Hello and welcome to the class page for Hedgehogs class, formerly known as Year 2.
Miss Jephson and Mrs Deverill are the class teachers in Hedgehogs class and Mrs Shanley is our wonderful teaching assistant and Mrs Clarke works in our classroom in a morning on a Monday to Thursday.
Miss Jephson (Monday- Wednesday) and
Mrs Deverill (Wednesday-Friday)
Mrs Shanley (All week) Mrs Clarke
This term’s topic;
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
PE days this term are Monday and Wednesday. Please wear your PE uniform on these days.
Where is Africa? What countries can be found in Africa?
We will be using an atlas and the Digimaps website to locate Africa on a world map. We will also be naming the 7 continents and the worlds oceans. We will then explore the African continent and look at countries which are located in Africa. In particular we will focus on the country of Kenya.
Why are physical and human features in Geography? What physical and human features can be found in Africa?
We will be investigating what physical and human features mean in Geography and then looking at images from Africa and identifying and sorting if they are physical or a human feature.
What is Kenya like and how is it different from Heanor and the UK?
We will be looking the country of Kenya and comparing it to where we live. What is the same? What is different? How is it different? We will look at school life in Kenya compared to our school day.
What is the climate like in Africa? How does it compare to the climate in the UK?
We will explore what is meant by climate and will look at graphs comparing the temperature and rainfall of Africa with the UK. We will then look at why it is so different and what the equator is and identify climate zones- tropical, temperate, cold and warm.
Twycross zoo- What animals come from Africa? Can you name them?
This week we will be visiting the zoo to see all of the different African animals and find out more about them.
Who are the Big Five?
Following on from our visit to the zoo, we will be learning which animals are known as the Big Five in Africa. We will be doing our own research to find out more about these animals.
Who are the marvellous Maasai?
In our final week of this topic, we will explore the native tribe of Kenya the Maasai. We will find out about their culture and their way of living. We will then write a non-chronological report about the Maasai.
This half term our art lessons will focus on our topic of Africa. We will be creating African landscapes by mixing colours and by doing a college to create an African sunset. We will also look at patterns on different African animals and use a variety of media to copy these patterns. We also also do paintings of the African animals to put on our display in the classroom.
To see the overview for the half term click below:
Our unit of work is called 'Gardens and allotments' we will be planting our own allotments and learning about the minibeasts that visit gardens. We will be making our own bug hotels and monitoring the visitors. We will look at farms and the role they play in providing food before learning about food chains.
Are all changes bad?
This half term we are looking at changes and if all changes are bad. We will discuss and explore changes that may have happened already in our lives such as loosing a tooth, moving schools, parents not living together anymore and friendships. We will also look at loosing things like toys and how we feel when this happens and if our favourite toys have changed over time. We will explore that some changes might be temporary or some might be permanent and that changes are positive as well as negative.
We will use Purple Mash to explore making music online. We will also be using purple mash to answer questions using branching databases.
What can we learn from sacred books?
This term we will look at sacred books in the Christian, Islam and Jewish religions. We will read stories from these books such as Moses and Jonah and the Whale. We will discuss what messages are being given in the stories to the followers of these religions. We will also look at how these special books are kept and what they look like.
This term we will do Multi skills on a Monday with the sports coach and on a Wednesday we will do gymnastics with Mrs Deverill.
Don't forget to come to school in your PE uniform on these days!
We will begin by watching and reading Tinga Tales; Why Lion roars and Why Chameleon changes colour. We will be writing stories in our words and thinking of our own ideas for why Chameleon changes colour. We will be writing Kennings poetry based on animals before moving on to read Meerkat Mail. Following our visit to Twycross Zoo we will write a recount and then we will learn a classic poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat'.
Help at Home
You can help your child at home by:
Practising common exception words - reading and spelling.
Talk about what they are learning in class that week.
Encourage your child to read out any writing they complete at home to check it makes sense.
Read with your child at least 3 times a week.
The website below offers daily letters and sounds lessons online. If your child needs to re-take the phonics screening check in June 2021 then these lessons would be beneficial for them.
In Maths the objectives we will looking at this half term are:
*Recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10x tables, including recalling odd and even numbers.
* Calculating mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and writing them using the multiplication, division and equals signs.
* Solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts
*Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity including equivalent fractions
*Use place value and number facts to solve problems.
Applying mental and written methods- addition and subtraction including two two digit numbers, adding 3 one digit numbers.
* Solve problems with addition and subtraction.
*Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length and height.
* Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 of a turn (Clockwise and anti clockwise)
* Tell and write time to five minutes including quarter past and to the hour and draw hands on a clock face to show these times.
* Know the number of minutes in an hour and hours in a day.
*Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.
*Ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity.
* Ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data.
* Name, describe and identify 2D and 3D shapes as well as identifying 2D shapes on 3d shapes.
* Finding lines of symmetry in 2D shapes and patterns with shapes.
Help at Home
Talking about the learning they have done in class.
Practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and learn them as times tables
Practise recalling addition and number facts to 20.
Encouraging your child to count - add money, count out objects, calculate how many will be left, estimate how many there are etc...
Practise telling the time.
Learning Log Challenges will be given out at the beginning of term and the children can select which activities they would like to do to make a given total of points! These activities need to be returned to school by the end of the term!
Ambassador Awards 2020-2021
This year we will continue with the Ambassador Awards that recognise children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:
Behaviour and conduct