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 a PE lesson every Monday afternoon and Thursday morning.
  • 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.
  • PE kits will be sent home with children on the last week of each half term.




  • 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 other week. We encourage your child to log on to TT Rockstars for 5 minutes a day and improve their speed and recall of multiplications! Ch
  • 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. 

Spring Term  - Under The Microscope 



Spring Term - Under the Microscope

During our Spring Term topic, we will be going on a journey to explore how three ladies changed the way that nurses and hospitals operated. We will be learning about the lives of Mary Seacole, Edith Cavell and Florence Nightingale; all very influential in their own time periods. We will learn why Florence Nightingale was named 'The Lady with the Lamp' and how her nursing care encouraged others to look after the sick.


Key texts this term include: 


Brave Nurses - Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell by Charlotte Guillain


Little People, Big Dreams - Florence Nightingale

Spring Term Timetable Year 2