Welcome to Skylarks Class!

Skylarks is one of our Year 2 classes, taught by Miss Barker


At Cotton End Forest School, we are committed to providing a knowledge-based curriculum which is linked to ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’ opportunities. 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 with skills which will allow them to meet the challenges of the 21st century..

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.

In Year 2 Skylarks, the children will continue to develop the skill of working independently and will be encouraged to challenge themselves across the curriculum. The children learn through a range of high quality classroom-based activities, as well as a range of outdoor and practical tasks, which cater for all learning styles.

Please click on the link below to access the planning overview for Summer Term 1:



Important information for Year 2:

Forest School – Forest School sessions take place on a Friday 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 Monday 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.


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: