Squirrel (Year 2)

Squirrel class is a fun an exciting place to be. We are all about learning and having fun while we do it. In Squirrels Class the children learn through a wide range of activities, both inside and outside of the classroom. We are looking for them to develop into independent, resilient and resourceful learners. 

What do I need to bring to school everyday?

You will need:

  • A water bottle
  • A named lunchbox. Healthy snacks are provided but you are welcome to bring your own 
  • A waterproof coat 
  • Your reading book and Home School Contact Book

We have plenty of books, toys and games etc. in school so please do not let children bring in anything unless they have permission or it is specially requested. This is to avoid issues in school where things may get lost or broken.

What other equipment might I need?

On a Friday Squirrel class will have PE. Children will need to come to school on these days in their PE kits:

  • School jumper or cardigan (no hoodies please)
  • Red t-shirt
  • Black shorts or jogging bottoms
  • Trainers or daps

On a Friday, Squirrel Class will have Forest School in the afternoon. They must bring their forest school kit into school with them to change into. For forest school they must have: 

  • A long pair of trousers
  • A long sleeved t-shirt
  • Socks 
  • Wellie boots 
  • A waterproof coat
  • A pair of gloves, hat and a scarf (in the winter)

You will not need any other equipment as this will be provided for you. We are really trying to reduce the amount of items brought into school. We ask that you do not bring anything that is not on the list in.


Reading is such a crucial part of the learning journey. In Year 2 we are looking for the children to start to move on from learning to read and start to be able to read in order to learn. To support this it is an expectation at New Close that all children in Year 2 read, at least, six times a week. A comment should be left in the home/school diaries. Your child will have a decodable book suitable for their phonetical ability. They will have this book for a week and will read three times a week in school. We will teach your child to read through decoding, prosody and comprehension, and will record this with a stamp/sticker in their home/school diary. 

Every Friday homework will be set. We will rotate between Maths and English. The homework needs to be completed each week by Wednesday.

We have high expectations of behaviour at New Close. Everything we do is centred around our six values:

Aspire, Positivity, Pride, Resilience, Respect and Responsibility. 

We really aim to focus on celebrating positive learning choices. When the children do something positive in the classroom or around school they may receive a house point. This will be counted up on ClassDojo and will go towards the child's personal total and also contribute to the score of there house team. 

In Squirrel Class we also have our whole class reward jar. This is for occasions where the whole class do something fantastic. At these times beads will be put into the jar. When the beads reach a certain height, the whole class we have a reward.  

Adults in Squirrel Class

Class teachers
Mrs Anderson - ha@newclose.wilts.sch.uk

Teaching Assistants
Mrs Hanney