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. Mrs Slack-Naylor works with children across Ladybirds and Hedgehogs classes in a morning.
Miss Jephson (Monday- Wednesday) and
Mrs Deverill (Wednesday-Friday)
Mrs Shanley (all week) Mrs Slack-Naylor (AM only)
This term’s topic;
PE days this term are Monday and Thursday. Please wear your PE uniform on these days.
What is Titanic? How do boats float?
We will watch an animation about the Titanic disaster and find out about the forces in action to help objects to float. We will investigate the best material to construct a boat from by testing which materials float and sink. We will also be testing the boats that the children made in the holidays!
What countries make up the United Kingdom? Which of these countries did Titanic visit?
We will find out about where Titanic was built and where she sailed from and identify these places on a map of the UK. We will also learn to name and locate the four countries of the UK and their capital cities. We will learn a song to help us to remember these places.
Where are the seven continents of the world? Which continents did Titanic sail to?
To begin we will remind ourselves about the United Kingdom and our learning from last week. We will then look at a world map and learn to name and identify the seven continents - we have another song to help with this! We will look again at where Titanic was built, where she sailed from and to and see if we can identify which continents were visited as part of her journey.
What are the names of the Oceans and seas in the world?
We know about the countries and continents that Titanic visited, next we are going to learn about the seas and oceans and work out which ones she sailed across and where she sank. We will revisit the location of the seven continents on the world map too.
What route did Titanic follow? Which seas, oceans and countries did this include?
All of our learning about the countries of the UK, the continents, seas and oceans will come together this week. We also have another song to learn to help remember the names of the oceans! The children will be given jigsaw pieces to create their own paper plate map of the world. They will label the continents and oceans and will mark on the route that the Titanic sailed.
Who sailed on the Titanic?
We will investigate 'What was life like on board the Titanic?' and also which people were travelling on board the Titanic on its maiden voyage and why. We will be using a range of evidence to find out about the three different classes on board the ship and compare this with travelling on a ship today.
Why did Titanic sink? How did the sinking of the Titanic change sailing?
In our final week of this topic we will sequence the events of the sinking of the Titanic and find out about lessons learned from this disaster. We will investigate how travelling by ship was made safer and decide which change was the most significant.
To see the overview for the half term click below:
We will be learning how to sew; running stitch, cross stitch, back stitch and blanket stitch. We will look at examples of samplers and identify the different stitches used before designing and sewing our own samplers.
This half term we will be looking at living things and their habitats. We will find out about the seven life processes and sort things into groups; living, dead or never been alive. We will explore what a habitat is and look at habitats in our school grounds and also around the world such rainforests, the Arctic and the African savannah. We will discuss why different animals live in these habitats and how they are adapted to the conditions there. Finally we will find out about food chains and look at what a predator, prey and producer are and what a herbivore, carnivore and omnivore are.
This half term our PSHE work will focus on Being Me. We will explore what makes me, me and how we are different to others and unique.
Our work in lessons will be about Online Safety and coding. We will look at refining searches using the search tool and will learn what email is and how we send emails. We will also learn about digital footprints and will begin to think about the information that we leave online and what we need to do to keep personal data secure. In our coding lessons, we will look at algorithms and what debugging means and how we can debug simple programs.
All of our ICT work will be taught using Purple Mash activities.
Who is a Christian and what do they believe?
Our unit of work this half term will look at Christianity. We will learn about Christian beliefs about Jesus and God. We will retell stories such as Jonah and the Whale, the Lost Son, Ten Lepers and the Good Samaritan and discuss what these stories tell us about God and Jesus. We will also discuss issues of good, bad, right or wrong arising from the stories. Finally we look at the Lord's Prayer and we will think about what this prayer actually means.
This term we will do karate on a Monday with the twins and on a Thursday we will do hockey with Mrs Deverill.
Don't forget to come to school in your PE uniform on these days!
We will begin the new term by reading a book called 'Samson's Titanic Journey' - through this story we will learn about the events of the Titanic. Our reading skills will focus on understanding new vocabulary, making predictions and drawing simple inferences. We will be using adjectives and nouns in our writing about the story and will write descriptions of the Titanic and Samson. We will also write in role as we record thoughts and speech. Following this we will look at a non-fiction text 'You wouldn't want to sail on the Titanic' - our work on this book will include us making information posters, writing labels and captions and simple diary writing. Following this we will read some poems on a theme of the sea, oceans and boats before moving onto our last story 'Titanic the lost ship'. We will write and record news reports and design persuasive posters - why you should sail on the Titanic. During this term we will also complete our first whole school writing activity using the short animation 'Rooted' as a stimulus.
We will teach a daily whole class phonics lesson. For Autumn 1 we will be following our recovery curriculum, using assessment data from the Summer term of Year 1 we have planned to consolidate phase 5 knowledge before we progress to phase 6.
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 2022 then these lessons would be beneficial for them.
In Maths the objectives we will looking at this half term are:
*Recognising the place value of each digit in a 2 digit number (tens and ones)
* Comparing and ordering numbers from 0 up to 100; using <,> and = signs
*Using 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 two digit number and ones
- a two digit number and tens
* Counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 from any number forwards and backwards
* Recognising and using symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combing amounts to make a particular value.
* Finding different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money.
*Choosing and using appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm)
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 2021-2022
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!
Thursday 2nd September 2021 - INSET Day
Friday 3rd September 2021 - INSET Day
Monday 6th September 2021 - School re-opens
Friday 22nd October 2021 - last day of term
Monday 1st November 2021 - INSET Day
Tuesday 2nd November 2021 - school re-opens