WELCOME TO Horizon Class!


Can you find out how 'Horizon' links to our astronomical theme?

Class Teacher: Miss Rachel Ballinger

Teaching Assistants: Mrs L Howse & Mrs G Stevens

PPA Cover (Thursday PM) - Mrs L Howse


You can see our curriculum overview by clicking the image above.

You can read more about our curriculum here: www.st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk/our-curriculum 


Our BIG Question: Could you survive on a desert island? 

Our Class Text: A Planet Full of Plastic

Planet Full of Plastic.jpg

A Planet Full of Plastic by Neal Layton - YouTube


PE: Our PE lessons will take place on a Wednesday and Friday.
Pupils can wear their PE kit all day, PE kits should be plain (no football shirts, etc.); footwear is black daps/pumps or trainers; tights should not be worn under PE shorts; hair should be tied back; and earrings must be removed. Wednesday is outdoor PE so something suitable for the cold weather is advisable.


The children have done really well to read at least 10 of their 50 best books. To find out what books your children will be exposed to this year follow this link Booksfortopics: Best Books for Year 2.


This term we will be looking closely at books that will help with our English and geography focus such as, Grandad's Island by Benji Davies, The Big Book of the Blue by Yuval Zommer, A Planet Full of Plastic by Neal Layton, Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway and Jude Daly and Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary by Simon Bartram.



How to Help at Home:

The following websites are recommended to promote the practice of reading and phonics: 

 http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/     FREE login - Jan21 password: home
(Phase 2-4 Games will consolidate learning from EYFS, Phase 5 games will consolidate learning from Year 1.)

(You have to register to access the above site... however it is free and has access to over 250 ebooks which are tablet friendly!)

When supporting your child with reading and phonics, please remember to...

  • Say each sound in the word from left to right.
  • Blend the sounds by pointing to each letter, i.e. /b/ in bat, or letter group, i.e. /igh/ in sigh, as you say the sound, then run your finger under the whole word as you say it.
  • Be careful to only say the sound and don't, for example, add in an 'uh' sound when saying sounds like 'b' (which is a very soft sound just made with your lips, and shouldn't be pronounced 'b-uh' or 'bee' (which is the letter name, not its sound). 
  • Talk about the meaning if your child does not understand the word they have read.
  • Work at your child’s pace.
  • Always be positive and give lots of praise and encouragement.  


Try to listen to your children read at home at least twice a week. We change books every Monday and Thursday.


Continue to visit the Mathletics website where every Monday, we set weekly homework for you to complete at your leisure. Mathletics United Kingdom | Empowering Maths Learning Online Your log in was set home with some home leaning packs before Christmas. If you have lost it do not hesitate to contact admin and it can be shared with you.