Westvale Park

Primary Academy

Always Children First

Hares class

Welcome the Hares Class page. 


Hares Class staff:

Class Teacher: Mr Shepherd 

Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs 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. We will be sending home 2 books a week to engage with. These will be the Read Write Inc phonics books and a book from our library. Children will be assessed in due course on a suitable book from the library so they will not immediately be bringing these home.
  • Once your child is allocated their reading books, they will be collected in at school on a Friday and a new book will then be given out on the same day ready for the weekend. This allows children to read 5 out of 7 days a week at home.
  • 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 have been shown how to do this! 
  • Children will have the opportunity to visit the library weekly.
  • 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 in the autumn term.
  • 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 will be provided with 5 weekly spellings to learn at home. These will be sent home in the children's spelling records on a Monday and then children will be tested on these words the following Monday; please ensure these are brought into school.
  • 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 and improve their speed and recall of multiplications! 


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  



Summer Term: War and Peace 

In our Summer Term topic 'War and Peace', we will be learning about the Battle of Hastings and how William the Conqueror led his team to victory. We will explore how the different civilisations changed because of the battle. We will also explore the different rulers and how their leadership impacted on the lives of the people they ruled. 


Key texts this term include: 


To be confirmed! 

Summer timetable - Normal teaching week and forest school teaching week