Onyx, Peridot & Tanzanite

Year 2

The class teachers are Miss Bristow (Tanzanite), Miss Dalton (Peridot) and Miss Kirkwood (Onyx). There are also 3 teaching assistants, who work across all three classes, supporting the pupils who are Miss Marshall, Mr Khalid and Miss Khan.

In Literacy we follow the Pie Corbett ‘Talk for Writing framework’. This helps the children to develop a good understanding of different structures of writing and access a range of genres. At the end of each topic children will use the features they have learnt about to write an independent piece.

In addition to daily writing lessons, the children also have daily phonics and numeracy lessons.

SPaG (Spelling punctuation and grammar) sessions are taught before each literacy lessons to deepen the children’s understanding of the English language and to enable them to fully understand written and verbal text.

To support their knowledge and love of reading, we have reciprocal reading sessions where all children read the same text. Each day a small section of the text is read and then children are guided through a cycle of predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising. This allows the children to develop confidence in their reading, access a text they might be not be able to on their own and to develop public speaking skills. We also have reading skills sessions where the focus is on the development of children’s comprehension skills.

Homework is sent out on Wednesdays and collected in the following Tuesday.

We welcome all parents and adults to speak to any of the adults in the classroom if you have any concerns, issues or questions about your child’s learning.

  • Peridot and Tanzanite have P.E on Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
  • Onyx has P.E on Thursday and Friday mornings.

Children need their P.E kits in school at all times so that they can join in with gym, dance and games sessions.

During the year we encourage all children to attend our different after school clubs and lunchtime booster groups such as Maths Club or Handwriting club. Your child will be given more details about this during the term.

Staff – Peridot

Miss Dalton – Teacher


Staff – Tanzanite

Miss Bristow – Teacher

Staff – Onyx

Miss Kirkwood – Teacher