Westvale Park

Primary Academy

Always Children First

Otters Class

Welcome the Otters Class page. 


Otters Class staff:

Class Teacher: Miss Card 

Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs Wilkinson 



  • 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 new reading books will be given out to children on a Monday. 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!




  • Otters 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 6 weekly spellings to learn at home. These will be sent home via the children's spelling records. 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. 
  • We will be rolling out 'Times table Rockstars' very soon! We will keep you informed. 


Forest School


  • Your child will attend a forest school session once a week.
  • Clothing will be kept at school and we will email you when it is time to bring this in. (Forest School for Year 2 begins after October half term). 
  • Children should have wet weather suits for these sessions to ensure that they are covered and safe.
  • Children are split into either Group 1 or Group 2, for Otters Class. 

Autumn term topic - Pudding to Pepys



In our 'Pudding to Pepys' topic, we will be delving into life during the period of 17th century Britain and the year of 1666, The Great Fire of London. We will be exploring the life of Samuel Pepys, a government worker and also a famous figure of recording the events of this very historic event that changed the face of London. 


During our Maths learning this term we will be, consolidating place value to 100, practicing addition and subtraction in 1's and 10s and exploring, sorting and drawing 2D and 3D shapes.


Autumn Topic:

Pudding to Peyps 


This half term we will be focusing on following this enquiry question within our topic: 

  •  Some people believe that The Great Fire of London was a good thing (cause and consequence)? Do you agree?


Key texts this term include: 

  • The Huge Bag of Worries - Virginia Ironside 

  • Toby and The Great Fire of London - Margaret Nash and Jane Cope 

  • Who was Samuel Pepys? - Paul Harrison 

Autumn term timetable - The timetable is the same for both Year 2 classes.