Penguin and Puffin

Welcome to Penguin and Puffin Class Pages

Penguin class teachers are Mrs McCubbin (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Morgan (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Puffin class teacher is Miss Startup


We have a very exciting term planned for the children. Our topic during this term is Into the Forest.

Through this topic the children will be taught about habitats, woodland creatures and food chains using forest school style skills. We shall also undertake art projects using sculpture and learn about the celebrations of Halloween, Bonfire night and the Christmas story.

Our topics will support our English studies, which will include story writing using the influence of woodland themed books, writing fact pages about woodland creatures and creating celebratory themed poetry.

In Maths, we will focus on number, place value, addition and subtraction.

Throughout the term we will be sharing the children’s work with you via Class Dojo.

PE lessons will be every Monday, therefore children should come to school wearing their PE kit.

PE kit is: plain coloured t shirt (green, red or blue depending on your child’s house team), school blue sweatshirt, white shorts or plain, dark coloured track suit bottoms, depending on the weather.

Forest School activities will not be the same as those undertaken in Year 1. We will simply be using the Forest school area to help with our topical learning and we will provide further information via Class Dojo when these sessions are due to happen. You will not need to provide any additional clothing for these sessions, other than wellies.

In Year 2, the children will continue to work on the Read, Write, Inc Phonics Programme. This will support their early reading and spelling ad will be formally assessed using the National Phonics Screening during the second half of the Autumn term. It is crucial that if your child brings home additional “speed sounds” sheets, that they complete these daily for one minute. Not all children will be sent home with these but please speak to us if you have any further questions.

During Year 2, all children will be taught how to join their letters correctly using the letter join programme. This will be used in class and you may wish to encourage your child to use the joined handwriting style at home.

How You Can Help Your Child At Home 

This year, homework will be posted onto our Class Dojo page every Friday. It will include four small sections on one page; Maths, Spellings, Reading and Talk for Writing. Children may complete the tasks throughout the week and post the completed sheet onto their portfolio for review. A gold star will be rewarded for each completed task 😊

As well as supporting your child in completing their homework you can also support their learning by reading with your child each day and asking them questions about the texts that they are reading. Children need to read a variety of texts – newspapers, blogs, recipes, instructions...

Things to bring to school everyday

  • Book bag
  • Named water bottle (water only please)
  • Coat
  • A simple, clear pencil case containing:
    Pencils for writing and drawing
    Rubber (simple white rubber is ideal)
    White board pen
    Glue Stick
    Green and yellow highlighter for self marking
    Red pen for editing
    Ruler (15cm or 30cm with clear markings)
    Colouring pencils
  • The children's pencil cases will stay in school for the half term, when they will be sent home to be checked and re-stocked. 

Please could you make sure that your child's name is in all items of their uniform. This will help us enormously as we have a greater chance of finding lost items if they are named. Thank you.

Handle with Care

If your family is experiencing difficulties at home, I would like to provide additional support at school. I understand that you are not always able to share details and that is okay. If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, or weekend, please send myself or Miss Longworth a message stating ‘Handle with Care’ on Class Dojo. Nothing else will be said or asked. This will let me know that your child may need extra time, patience or help during the day.