Welcome to Skylarks Class!

Skylarks is one of our year 2 classes, taught by Miss Pryor and supported by Mrs Winn.


At Cotton End Forest School, we are committed to providing a creative curriculum which is based on ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’. This approach is hands-on, broad and balanced, and provides our pupils with opportunities to gain essential knowledge, skills and understanding. We intend that all children should enjoy their learning, achieve their potential and become independent life-long learners.

Through a creative, holistic, outdoor-focused approach, we will aim high, striving for every child to achieve highly, both academically and socially. Through learning opportunities in the classroom and beyond, including Forest School, our curriculum will nurture curious minds, stretch imaginations and provide opportunities for every child to become leaders in their own right. We believe that education takes place beyond the walls of the classroom, and we utilise our outdoor space to promote a fully inclusive environment where children feel safe and confident to try new things.

We enjoy a creative and thematic approach to our curriculum, linking many different areas of the curriculum together through termly topics which are enhanced by the outdoors.

Throughout the course of one academic year, we cover three different themes (one per term) and lessons are differentiated to support and extend all of the children in the class. Our topic for Spring Term is ‘Kings & Queens’ which explores different countries through the adventures of Felix! We are exploring different countries, cultures, landmarks and maps, whilst creating our own maps both inside and outside the

Throughout the year, we learn through high quality classroom based activities, which cater for all learning styles. Where possible, lessons are enhanced by trips, visitors and outside learning.

Here are some photos from our outdoor learning:

Here are some photos of our Forest School sessions:

Please see below for key information to be aware of.

Important information for Year 2:

Forest School – Forest School sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon – please make sure children have wellington boots, waterproofs and a waterproof coat or jacket. These are part of the everyday school uniform and may be needed for additional outdoor learning sessions at any time, so please make sure your child is fully equipped in school.

PE – Children have PE on a Tuesday afternoon – please make sure children have the correct PE kit in schools at all times.

Spellings –  Spellings will be sent home on Friday and are due in on the following Thursday. Spellings will be tested every Friday. Please ensure your child practices at much as possible during the week.

Reading Books – Every child has been sent home a reading book and reading record. Please write the book your child has read, the number of pages and a short comment to support reading in school. Written inside your child’s reading book is their reading day. Please ensure your child’s reading book and record is in school on this day to ensure they can be heard read.

Homework – Homework will be set termly. Children can choose an activity from the grid each week to complete. Please take a photo of practical homework or encourage your child to write a short paragraph about their weekly homework in the Learning Journals. Homework is due in on Thursdays.

This Summer term, our topic is ‘Ready, Steady, Grow!’ Please see our curriculum overview below:

Ready, Steady, Grow!