Westvale Park

Primary Academy

Always Children First

Hares class

Welcome to the Hares Class page. 


Hares Class staff:

Class Teacher: Mr J. Shepherd 

Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs R. Bartley



  • We encourage you to read with your children at home at least 5 times a week to foster a love of reading within your child. Children have their ZPD level so they will know what colour book they are reading.
  • Please remember to write in your child's reading journal every time they have read at home. We also encourage the children in Year 2 to write a comment in their reading journal. They will be shown how to do this! 
  • Children will have the opportunity to change their book in class, once they have completed their quiz! This can be done at anytime during the school week.
  • Please also ensure that you keep the reading books in school bags as we may want to record our reading with them in their reading journals too!




  • Hares Class have PE lessons every Thursday.
  • PE will take place inside and outside during the autumn term, depending on the weather.
  • Please ensure all your child's PE kit is labelled.




  • Children are asked to read their books at home as much as is possible. This will encourage children to learn new words and be able to write for longer. 
  • Times Table Rockstars Battle of the Bands will commence every week. We encourage your child to log on to TT Rockstars for 5 minutes a day and improve their speed and recall of multiplications!
  • Children should complete Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes within 24 hours of finishing the book. If you are finding it difficult to access AR, please speak to your child's class teacher. Please find the link below to access AR and type your child's username and password when promoted.


Forest School


  • Your child will attend a forest school session once a fortnight.
  • Clothing will be kept at school. 
  • Children should have wet weather suits for these sessions to ensure that they are covered and safe.
  • Children are split into either Group A or Group B, for Hares Class. 
  • Children are actively encouraged to become very involved in forest school life. Therefore, please do not be surprised if they have mud on their wet suits; it is all part of the experience of developing the whole child and their resilience skills. We will do our best to ensure mud is washed off of hands however please understand this is also part of our aim to increase resilience and the love of the great outdoors. 

Summer term - War and Peace

During our Summer term topic of War and Peace, Year 2 will be learning about William of Normandy and his invasion of Britain in the year 1066. We will be learning to understand how he led his team to victory against the Saxons, who were at the time under the rule of King Harold. We shall explore how William's army were strong and powerful enough to defeat Harold and his team of men. Children will learn to understand the tactics used by both sides, including how the Normans were able to get across the sea from France.


Key texts this term include: 


The Battle of Hastings - Gillian Clements

1066 And Before That - History Poems - Brian Moses and Roger Stevens

The Battle of Hastings; Big Cat - Ben Hubbard

Norman Britain for Kids - Living History - Keith Goodman

The Battle of Hastings - Helen Cox Cannons

Summer Term 5 Timetable Year 2