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. We also have a dedicated team of teaching assistants working with children in our class at different times during the day. Mrs Parker will be working in class every day. Mrs Shanley will be working with a group of children each day. Mrs Tullett supports a small group of children every morning.
Miss Jephson (Monday- Wednesday) and
Mrs Deverill (Wednesday-Friday)
|Mrs Parker||Mrs Shanley|
In a morning the gates will be open between 8.35am and 8.40am. Please say goodbye to your children on the playground and they will walk around to enter the classroom via the cloakroom. Parents are not allowed to accompany them from the playground.
This term’s topic;
PE this term is on a Monday and a Friday. Please wear your PE uniform on these days and ensure that earrings are removed.
What is Titanic? How do boats float?
We will begin our topic by watching an animation to introduce us to Titanic. We will then test the boats that have been made at home to see if they float before investigating floating and sinking using different materials.
What countries make up the United Kingdom? Which of these countries did Titanic visit?
Using digimaps and atlases we will learn to name and locate the four countries of the United Kingdom. We will also name the capital city of each country and learn that Titanic was built in Belfast.
Where are the seven continents of the world? Which continents did Titanic sail to?
After reminding ourselves of last week's learning we will move on to look at a world map and locate the seven continents. We will learn a song to help us to remember the names. We will use an atlas to help us label the continents on our own world maps. Finally we will establish which continents Titanic visited from being built to embarking on her maiden journey.
What are the names of the oceans and seas in the world?
We know that Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean, this week we will learn to name the five oceans and locate them on a map of the world. We will learn another song to help us remember their names.
How did the Captain know which way to go? What is a compass?
Captain Edward John Smith was the captain of Titanic, but how did he navigate the route? This week we will learn about compass directions and apply this knowledge to follow routes through the ocean. I wonder what we'll find?
What route did Titanic follow? Which seas, oceans, continents and countries did this include?
This week we will put all of our knowledge to the test to build a labelled map of the world and plot Titanic's journey on it.
Who sailed on the Titanic?
We will end our topic by investigating what life on board the Titanic was life and which people were travelling on her during her maiden voyage in 1912.
This half term we will be designing and sewing our own Christmas baubles. We will first look at a range of baubles for inspiration, we will practise cutting skills and learn simple stitches before we design and sew our own design.
This half term we will be learning about habitats and the different types of habitats there are around the world, as well as in our school grounds where we will focus on microhabitats. We will learn how animals survive in their habitats and how they have adapted to their surroundings. We will also look at food chains and what a food chain is- focusing on vocabulary such as producer, consumer, prey and predator.
In PSHE this half term we will be exploring the topic of 'Drugs'. We will focus on medicines being drugs and how medicines can help people to get better or stay healthy (such as having vaccinations for Flu or Covid). We will also discuss how we need to stay safe when using using medicines and why we should use medicines carefully and correctly.
We will use Purple Mash to create art, imitating a range of styles such as pointillism, impressionism and the work of William Morris.
This term we will look at the Christmas story.
We will read the story of the birth of Jesus and discuss why this is an important event for Christians. We will also learn how Christians celebrate Christmas and we will visit the local church, where we explore Christmas further.
This term we will do karate on a Monday and handball on a Friday with Mrs Deverill.
Don't forget to come to school in your PE uniform on these days!
Our grammar work for this half term will focus on identifying subjects, verbs and leftovers in sentences and using this knowledge to add in capital letters and full stops. We will also be learning to use co-ordinating conjunctions.
For whole class reading and literacy we will be using texts that are all about Titanic and will help us to gain a deeper understanding and interest in what happened to her. We will begin with Samson's Titanic Journey, through our work on this text we will be writing character descriptions and persuasive postcards and letters. We will also write a diary entry. Following this we move to a non-fiction text; You wouldn't want to sail on the Titanic when we will be writing information texts about the disaster. We will then read; Titanic the Lost Ship and we will look at writing simple newspaper reports. For the final days of the term we will be exploring the poem 'The Night before Christmas'.
We will teach phonics to the whole class together and will run same day intervention sessions for children requiring further consolidation to help them to keep up.
Below we will attach parent information sheets which will explain the learning for each week in phonics so you can support your child at home.
In school we will listen to your child read their reading book at least once every week, please make sure that it is in school every day. Please support your child with reading by listening to them read regularly at home. Just a couple of pages every day makes a huge difference to their confidence. Remember to record on the Go read app or Boom reader website every time you hear your child read as these signatures will move your child around our 'Readopoly' board. Reading is the most important piece of homework you can do with your child at this age as reading is the key that unlocks all other areas of learning. To be successful writers, children first have to be confident and successful readers so your support is invaluable.
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.
In Maths the objectives we will looking at this half term are:
* Recognise the place value of each digit in a 2 digit number.
* Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number forward and backward.
* Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers.
* Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication, division and equals signs.
* Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.
* Use concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures.
* Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally including:
- a 2 digit number and ones
- a 2 digit number and tens
* Show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (Commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.
*Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
*Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.
* Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.
*Ask and answer 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.
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!
Each week we have a new value – 12 in total. The children will have an assembly Monday morning about how to show and give respect to others both in school and at home! We will be expecting this to be demonstrated to all members of our Coppice community, it is important that even when we move onto a new value, the old one isn’t lost.
Children can achieve their bronze, silver and gold awards for the core values awards throughout the year for each core value. We will of course keep you informed about how your child is getting on with this throughout the year.
Each week Mrs Seaton will send out a Newsletter that will reflect the value we are working on so that it can also be supported at home. We look forward to seeing our children bright and early ready to embrace the new weekly challenges!
Monday 6th November - Back to school
Tuesday 7th November - Bring your boats to school
Thursday 9th November - Photo Day!
w/c 13th November - Anti-bullying week
Friday 17th November - Children in Need
Thursday 7th December - Christmas Experience at Church
Friday 8th December - non-uniform day
Tuesday 12th December - 9.15 - KS1 Christmas Carol Concert for parents
Wednesday 13th December - flu immunisations
Thursday 14th December - Christmas Dinner
Monday 18th December - Christmas Fayre
Thursday 21st December - Christmas Party and break up
Friday 22nd December - INSET day
Monday 8th January - back to school