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 Miss Byrne is our wonderful teaching assistant.
Miss Jephson (Monday- Wednesday) and
Mrs Deverill (Wednesday-Friday)
Miss C Byrne
Half term (Spring 1)
This half term (Spring 1) our topic is:
What makes me incredible?
To begin our topic we will be looking at examples of portraits and self-portraits before drawing our own self portraits.
Why is it important to eat vegetables?
We will be finding out about where our food comes from and identifying root vegetables. We will taste and evaluate a range of salads made using these vegetables.
How do I prepare a vegetable salad?
Following on from last week we will be following a recipe to make our own vegetable salad, tasting it and evaluating it.
What makes people heroes? Who are our heroes every day?
We will be thinking about people in our everyday lives who are heroes and what makes a hero/heroine. We will arrange for a nurse to visit us to talk about their role and the conditions they work in.
Who was Florence Nightingale? Why was she a heroine?
This week we will be finding out about Florence Nightingale and why she is a heroine. We will create timelines of her life.
How did Florence Nightingale improve the hospital in Scutari?
We will look closely at the hospital in Scutari and learn about the changes that Florence Nightingale made to improve it.
To see the overview for the half term click below:
This half term we are looking again at animals including humans. We will learn about what animals need in order to survive and look in more detail at food chains.
Our theme this half term is Money matters and internet safety. We will learn how to stay safe when using the internet and what to do if we are not happy with something that we see on the screen. We will be learning about how to save money and how to spend money wisely.
In computing we are using Purple Mash to create a presentation.
In RE we will be answering the question 'Does praying at regular intervals help a Muslim in his/her everyday life?'
Our PE days this term will be THURSDAY and FRIDAY. Please ensure that PE kits are in school at all times and that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed or taped up on these days. Please can we also remind you to put your child's name in all items of clothing, including PE kits and pumps.
This half term we have a sports coach for our Thursday lesson which will be Goalball and on a Friday we will do gymnastics.
For this half term we will be looking at writing letters using commas in lists. We will use Elmer as a stimulus for our fiction writing where we can use adverbs, expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, a range of punctuation and different types of sentences. Non-fiction writing will be based around healthy eating and Florence Nightingale.
Phonics will be taught for 20 mins for 5 days a week and on a Friday we will have our spelling tests.
In Guided Reading we will be learning to improve our comprehension skills as well as our reading skills.
Help at Home
You can help your child at home by:
- Practising spellings.
- 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 we will be looking at:
- identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations including the number line.
- use place value and number facts to solve problems.
- applying their knowledge of mental and written methods - addition and subtraction including two digit numbers, adding three one digit numbers.
- show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot.
- solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in conexts.
- compare and order mass
- choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure temperature
- identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces.
- Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes
- compare and sort 3D shapes and everyday objects
- 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 quarter, half and three quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise)
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.
Spellings are given out on a Friday and are tested on the following Friday morning. Please make sure that spelling books are in school on this day.
Learning Log Challenges 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 2018-2019
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
Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!
Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Hedgehog children will be working through to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!
Monday 7th January - Back to school
Thursday 10th January - Sports activity day
Tuesday 29th January - KS1 dodgeball competition
Tuesday 5th February - Saltmine Theatre group performance and workshop
Thursday 7th February - School council musical performance
Tuesday 13th February - Fire service in to speak to Hedgehogs class
Thursday 14th February - 9.15 am - KS1 Ambassador Assembly
Friday 15th February - break up for half term
Monday 25th February - INSET day
Tuesday 26th February - back to school
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.