Bellefield CofE Primary & Nursery School


Willow (Year 2/3)

Class Teacher: Miss Oatey

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Gould and Mrs Whatley


Dear Parents/Carers,


A very warm welcome back, I hope you have all had a lovely Summer Break. We have a very exciting year ahead of us in Willow Class! We will be kicking off with our new topic ‘Emergency 999’. Our topic this term will focus on the life and work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and the changes they made to nursing. I have attached a copy of our topic plan and curriculum drivers so you can see what your child will be learning about in each curriculum area.


emergency 999 topic plan 2023.pdf


hospitals knowledge organiser 2023.pdf


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


Phonics lessons happens for 30 minutes three times a week whilst Guided Reading takes place on the other two days). Children read books linked to their Sounds Write phonics and have a new book sent home every two weeks along with a book from our PM scheme that is aimed at a child's individual reading level. PM books will be changed every week and reading levels assessed once a term. 


Your child will be choosing their reading books this week. Children read weekly in school on a one-to-one basis as well as whole-class guided reading sessions. It is also important that you hear your child read at least three times a week and comment in their Reading Records.


As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When you help your child learn to read, you are opening the door to a world of books and learning. Reading aloud to children is the best way to get them interested in reading. Before long they will grow to love stories and books. Eventually they will want to read on their own.


With the help of parents, children can learn how to read and can practise reading until they can read for their own enjoyment. Then they will have a whole world of information and knowledge at their fingertips!


Just a few other general reminders for the year ahead:

  •  Your child will be entering Willow Class via the door in between Hazel and Willow. At the end of the day we will be seeing the children out from the Children’s Centre sliding door.2) Our P.E sessions are being held on Tuesday and Wednesday. This term we will be developing our Gymnastics skills. Please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days (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. Please also ensure book bags are checked regularly for letters etc.


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


  •  As the weather begins to change, please make sure your child brings in a waterproof coat each day.


  •  KS1 children are offered a piece of fruit or raw vegetable (funded by the Government) as a healthy snack, promoting commitment to healthy living. However, if your child in in Year 3 they will need to bring in their own piece of fruit.


  •  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!


If you have any further questions about the year ahead please do not hesitate in speaking to me either before/after school. or alternatively emailing

I really look forward to teaching your child this year!


Kind Regards,


Miss Oatey                        Mrs Gould & Mrs Whatley          Mrs Mason

(Class Teacher)                 (Teaching Assistants)                   (Covers Miss Oatey on Thursday)