Willow (Year 2/3)

Class Teacher: Miss Oatey       Teaching Assistant: Miss Udell

Dear Parents/Carers,

A very warm welcome back, I hope you have all had a lovely Easter Break. We will be kicking off the new term with our exciting new topic ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’. Your child will learn about the history of medieval castles and the Normans, where castles are built, who lived in castles, the structure of castles, and so much more. I have attached a copy of our topic plan so you can see what your child will be learning about in each curriculum area.

As before, I would encourage children to find and bring in any books, information or pictures they can find relating to the topic.




Our P.E sessions are on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure your child has P.E kit in school (t-shirt, shorts/tracksuit bottoms and daps/trainers). P.E kit should be labelled clearly with your child’s name, as should all school uniform and book bags. Could you also ensure book bags are checked regularly for letters etc.



Your child will be given a Phonics Book to take home each week. This will have words containing sounds your child is familiar with. Your child will have a daily Sounds Write Phonics lesson for at least 30 minutes. Children, in their daily phonics sessions, are taught conceptual knowledge and skills that enable them to say the sounds and read the words. Your child will also take part in whole-class guided reading sessions each week to develop comprehension skills. It is also important that you hear your child read at home at least three times a week and comment in their Reading Records.



Homework is set every Friday and will be due the following Wednesday. This will be a continuation of your child’s literacy/numeracy learning within class. We are no longer setting spellings but at the back of your child's reading book will be a word list of words containing the different spellings of the sound taught. Feel free to practise reading these with your child and learn these at home. Please note there will no longer be a test for these words.


This term's Guided Reading book is 'The Dragonsitter's Castle' by Josh Lacey:


A few reminders for this term:

  • At the start of the day children now come straight into class for their morning activity.  At the end of the day we will be seeing the children out from the Children’s Centre sliding door. 


  • Children will need to bring in their own water bottle to drink from throughout the day.


  • Snack will be supplied at a cost of 50p per week. Payment is to be made via the school online payment system. Alternatively, you may choose to supply a healthy snack, such as fruit, for your child. Please also remember that nuts are not allowed in school due to allergies


  • We have Celebration Assembly on Friday afternoon at 2:40pm which is a time to celebrate the learning and achievements of the week. 


  •  The champion learner will get the privilege of taking Monty home for the weekend to look after. Please make sure he is back in school on the Monday so we can give him a full wash and groom!


  • Mrs Stevens (Oak Class TA) will be teaching Willow Class on a Thursday morning and Mrs Mason (Hazel Class TA) will be teaching Willow Class on a Thursday afternoon. 


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate in speaking to me either before/after school - don’t feel you have to wait for a parent’s evening! Alternatively you can  email willow@bellefield.wilts.sch.uk.

Best wishes,

Miss Oatey 


Westonbirt Arboretum




Kandinsky inspired Space Collages


This term in Art we are studying the abstract painter ‘Kandinsky’. We have created our own vivid and exciting artwork inspired by Kandinsky’s piece ‘Several Circles’. 

We used marbling inks to create some interesting textures for our planets. The children selected their own coloured inks and enjoyed seeing the patterns they created...they were very excited about what outcome they would get!

We then cut and tore these backgrounds to form our collage. We shared tips on how to create those perfectly rounded circles to form our planets. We had lots of fun splattering paint to get our 'starry' background!

We hope you enjoy looking at our finished Kandinsky inspired masterpieces!