Coppice Primary

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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.

Class Teachers


Miss Jephson (Monday- Wednesday) and
Mrs Deverill (Wednesday-Friday)

Teaching Assistants

Mrs Parker Mrs Shanley
Mrs Tullett

 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;

Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Topic Knowledge Organiser Summer 1 

Take a Walk on the Wild Side topic overview

Timetable Summer 1

Summer 1 Homework


 PE this term is on a Tuesday and a Friday.  Please wear your PE uniform on these days and ensure that earrings are removed. 

Week 1

Where is Africa?

What countries can be found in Africa? 


We will begin by using Atlases, globes and Digimaps to locate where Africa is in the world. We will then label Africa on a world map, along with the other continents in the world and the oceans too. We will then look at an African map closely to find out which countries are in Africa and we will focus on the country of Kenya.


 Week 2

What are the physical and human features in Geography? What physical and human features can be found in Africa?



We will learn what physical and human features means in Geography and then we will look Africa and its physical and human features. 

Week 3

What is Kenya like and how is it different from Heanor and the UK?


We will explore the country of Kenya and find out what it is like to live there -both in the rural and city areas of this country. We will learn about this by watching a video clip from the BBC about a girl called Evangeline, who lives in Kenya, and we will also follow Barnaby Bear on his travels to Africa. Afterwards, we will compare how the UK and Heanor are different from Africa and how our lives are different from Evangeline's.


 Week 4

What is the climate like in Africa? How does it compare to the climate in the UK?

This will focus on what the climate is like in Africa and why it is hotter than in the UK. We will also look at the amount of rainfall in the UK and in Africa and compare the different amounts and explore why the amounts are so different.

We will also link this lesson back to work that we did on the Arctic too, in the Spring term- explaining why there are cold places and hot places with extreme temperatures around the word.

Week 5

Twycross Zoo- Which animals come from Africa? Can you name them?


 This week we will be visiting Twycross Zoo to discover which animals live in Africa and what they are like.

We will be learning about Africa's 'Big Five.'

Week 6

Who are the Marvellous Maasai?


Finally we will learn about the National Parks and game reserves, in particular the Maasai Mara National reserve and the Maasai tribe. We will learn about their way of life, traditions and culture.



 This half term we will be be doing art and our art work will link with our topic on Africa. We will begin by mixing primary colours to create warm colours for an African sunset. We will then create a second African sunset using collage. We will use our paint mixing skills to create different colours for African animals and we will use charcoal, pastels and wax crayons to try to copy patterns on African animals.




 Our Science work for this half term focuses on plants.  We will check that we can name the parts of the plant and talk about their function - we learnt this in Year 1.  Then we will look at plants that give us food and learn the difference between fruits and vegetables.  We will observe closely different seeds and will plant some seeds in our outdoor allotment.  We will investigate the conditions needed for plants to grow by placing cress in different places and observing what happens.  We will predict where the cress will grow best and refer back to our predictions when explaining the results of our investigation.  Finally we will explore the life cycle of different plants.


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This half term we will be looking at the unit of work on Living and Growing. We will focus on how we have changed since we were babies and we will look at the human life cycle. We will look at boys and girls and how they can be different and we will challenge stereotypical views on this. We will also look at  girls and boys body part names and use the correct vocabulary for these parts of the body. Finally, we will look at keeping clean and the things we need to do to keep ourselves clean and the importance of this.

Letter to parents regarding PSE this term. (Sent in Spring 2)


We will use Purple Mash to look at Questioning. This work will involve using and creating pictograms and binary trees, as well as investigating a non-binary database.



 This half term we will be looking at sacred books and what we can learn from them. We will be looking at the religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and their sacred books- the Bible, Qur'an and Torah.


 This term we will do Athletics on a Tuesday and striking and fielding 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 using subordinating conjunctions in our writing (if, that, because, when).  We will continue to learn how to use commas in a list, apostrophes for contractions and apostrophes to show possession.

For whole class reading and literacy we will be using texts that help to immerse us in our topic work.  We will read 'Meerkat Mail' this is always a popular book.  We will write character and setting descriptions using this book as a stimulus.  We will then move on to a new book 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' - through this book the children will learn more about Kenya and will be writing in the role of characters in either a letter or diary form.  Following our visit to Twycross Zoo we will use talk for writing strategies to help us write a recount about our visit.  Finally we will read 'The Ugly Five' by Julia Donaldson and use this to help us to write our own animal riddles.




Phonics - Sound and District Primary School


  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.


Summer 1 week 1 is our assessment week

Summer 1 week 2 parent information leaflet

Summer 1 week 3 parent information leaflet

Summer 1 week 4 parent information leaflet

Summer 1 week 5 parent information leaflet

Summer 1 week 6 parent information leaflet 


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 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.

Click here to read our literacy non-negotiables for year 2

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:

* Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables

* 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

* Solve problems with addition and subtraction. (including problems with money and giving change)

* Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure temperature (degrees celsius)

* Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences.

* Compare and sequence intervals of time.

*Tell and write time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw hands on a clock face to show these times.

* Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.

* Interpret and construct simple 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.

* Identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes, including line of symmetry in a vertical line.

* Identify and describe properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces.

* Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D 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.

Click here to read our maths non-negotiables for year 2

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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!

Summer 1 Homework

Year 2 expectations

Coppice Values

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!

 Diary Dates


Monday 15th April- School Opens for Summer Term.

Monday 6th May- Bank Holiday (School closed)

Monday 13th May- Year 2 trip to Twycross Zoo.

Monday 27th May- Half term Holiday.

Monday 3rd June- School open for the final Summer Term.



We want your children to be happy and enjoy coming to school and learning.  If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to any of us so that we can help. Alternatively you can email using the following email addresses.