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Class 8

Welcome to Class 8’s page

This page is designed to let you know all about what Class 8 get up to!

We hope you enjoy looking at what we are learning all about. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask us on the door, in the morning or at the end of each day.

Life in class 8 is really fun as our days consist of many different lessons and making sure that the members of class 8 are happy and have opportunities to learn through a fun and engaging environment.

Who's Who?

Class Teacher:  Mr Hounsell
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Riddall

There are many opportunities for parents to be involved as part of the class as we would always welcome parents helping with trips, activities and listening to some of our members read.

Big Idea.                                       

Since arriving in class 8, the children have incorporated a big idea into their daily lessons which has allowed the children to answer some of our driving questions.

Each term at Rowanfield infant school we have focused on a big idea. Our recent driving questions that was our focus for our big idea was ‘What is leadership?’ ‘What makes a good leader?’

To answer these questions, the children have been learning about specific leaders around the world. The leaders that they chose to focus on Queen Elizabeth II which was really engaging as the lessons during the big idea week have had a history, geography, PSHCE and Art focus. These are all important parts of the national curriculum and broaden the knowledge of the children.

The members of class 8 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the leaders of our world and can use the skills of great leaders and become great leaders of class 8.                                                       

In spring term, we will be focusing on ‘RESPECT’ and how we can look after our world.                                                   


Core Subjects


We have some amazing mathematicians in class 8!     

The children have recently finished a multiplying and dividing unit that allowed the children to deepen their understanding of number. The children were applying this to answer word and missing number problems. All of the children were engaged and were able to use their strategies to answer real difficult questions.

The next unit for class 8 will be focusing on fractions. All of the children will be understanding wholes, halves, quarters and thirds of length, objects and quantities. They are really looking forward to learning about fractions.

Alongside our maths unit, the children have daily maths facts and basic skills sessions Maths fact sessions are a short 15minute session that consist of different activities.

These activities are opportunities to introduce, consolidate and review different parts of the national curriculum.

This term, children have been introduced and reviewed fractions, 2D and 3D shapes, place value and multiplying and dividing. IN basic skills, children have been reviewing addition and subtraction.

This lesson is once a week and taught on a Friday.  We encourage children to continue their maths outside of the classroom. Practice makes permanent!



One of our core subjects is English. This is where the children are introduced to different genres of writing and are able to experience different ways of writing.

In class 8, we recently have been writing a ‘defeating the monster’ story. The children were able to use the model text to create their own stories using the different skills that they have been taught. Some were really scary.

At Rowanfield Infant school, we use Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ process which allows the children to learn different text using actions and story maps. The children are really energetic with learning the text and allows them to use their knowledge of different texts to create their own.

After half-term, class 8 will be focusing on non-fiction unit and having a specific focus on recounts.

If you would like to learn more about ‘Talk for Writing’ there are many resources online.                                          http://www.talk4writing.co.uk/

Other Important Information

TImes Tables

Children have been practicing their times tables in class. They are becoming really confident with them. In class we use videos and games to make learning their times tables fun. In year 2, we need to be confident with x2,x5, x10 and x3 tables. A great resource is Jack Hartmann on Youtube as he makes videos and songs to help with times tables. See the useful resources section for link.



This term, children have been focusing on animals including humans and been learning about a healthy lifestyle. They have had great discussions of different species and learn about their offspring. This will help when the children visit Cotswold Farm Park. The children were very knowledgeable of a healthy lifestyle and were able to discuss what foods they needs to be healthy and fit. Next term, class 8 will be continuing to focus on animals.


 During our busy week, children focus on different lessons alongside out core subjects.PEis taught on Thursday mornings. Class 8, have been focusing on catching and throwing. The children have been learning different throwing techniques and applying these skills into games. After half term, children will be focusing on striking and fielding.                              

Please can we make sure that the children have their kit in school. Children will need a T-shirt, shorts (jogging bottoms in colder weather) and a spare pair of trainers.

During Friday afternoon, children have a year 2 PE lesson which is based on the REAL PE scheme and has wonderful and fun activities for children to enjoy being physical and developing their Agility, balance and coordination skills. 

 Forest School

Takes place on Thursday mornings and it gives the children a chance to work on their UNITED skills which is imbedded throughout our school. There are many different activities that the children can attempt and they really enjoy developing their skills in a different setting.

We attend forest school in all conditions unless it is windy which is made by our forest school lead Mrs Carey.

All children need a change of clothes and need a warm piece of clothing during these colder months. Please make sure that children bring their kit into school.