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. Miss Hall works with specific children in Hedgehogs class in a morning. Mrs Naylor works one to one with a child in our class every morning.
Miss Jephson (Monday- Wednesday) and
Mrs Deverill (Wednesday-Friday)
Mrs Shanley Miss Hall Mrs Naylor
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?
Hopefully you will all know that Titanic was a very famous ship that sank after colliding with an iceberg. For our first lesson you have all been asked to build your own boats and we will begin by testing whether they float or sink. We will find out about why boats and other objects float and then we will carry out a floating and sinking investigation.
What countries make up the UK? Which of these did Titanic visit?
There are four countries that make up the United Kingdom. I wonder if you can remember their names from when you learnt about them in Year 1? This week we will use an atlas to name and locate the countries and their capital cities. We will then locate the places that were significant in Titanic’s maiden voyage.
Where are the seven continents of the world? Which continents did Titanic sail to?
There are seven continents in the world and this week we will learn a song to help us remember their names and use an atlas to label the continents on a world map. We will find out which continents Titanic sailed to as part of her maiden journey.
What are the names of the oceans and seas in the world?
Most of the Earth's surface is made up of water so this week we will learn to name the five Oceans. We will learn another song to help us with this and we will look at maps in an atlas to help us locate the oceans and mark them on our own maps. We will find out which oceans Titanic sailed across and which ocean she sank in.
How did the Captain know which way to go? What is a compass?
This week we will learn what a compass is and how it works. We will find out about compass directions and use these to find our way around the world’s oceans.
What route did Titanic follow? Which seas, oceans, continents and countries did this include?
We will create a paper plate model of the world this week and will mark on it all of the continents and oceans. Then we will draw the route that Titanic followed on her maiden voyage.
Who sailed on the Titanic?
For our final lesson we will look more closely at the people who sailed on the Titanic and what life was like for the passengers in first class, second class and third class.
This half term we will be sewing our own 'delightful decorations'. We will learn how to do running stitch and over stitch. We will practise sewing materials together and adding decorations such as buttons and sequins. We will look at a range of Christmas tree baubles and decorations for inspiration before designing our own decorations and then turning these designs into reality.
This half term we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will look at the seven life processes that determine if something is living or not. We will classify and sort things into living, dead and never been alive. We will then look at different habitats including micro-habitats on our school grounds. We will learn how animals have adapted to their surroundings and will make different habitats from shoe boxes.
In our PSHE unit of work this term is Drug Education. We will look at how medicines are different types of drugs and if used correctly and safely can help make us better. We will talk about medicine safety and how we can stay safe. This work will be done through stories, circle time and discussion.
We will use Purple Mash to create pictures. We will look at different types of art such as college, impressionism, surrealism and pointillism and the work of different artists too such as William Morris, Piet Mondrian and Seurat. We will then use Purple Mash to create our own artwork based on these different styles of art and artists. At the end of the unit we will use our art skills to create Christmas cards in Purple Mash using 2Paint.
This term we will be looking at the religion of Christianity again. We will be focusing on the birth of Jesus and looking at the Christmas story. This work will include looking at what advent is and how Christmas is celebrated by Christians. We will hopefully be going to the local church, in Marlpool, to find out more about Christmas and what is done in church to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
This term we will do karate on a Monday and handball on a Friday.
Please check the days your child is doing PE on.
Don't forget to come to school in your PE uniform on these days!
Our grammar work for this half term will focus on learning the difference between present and past tense and learning the rules for adding 'ed' to verbs to write them in the past tense. We will also learn about pronouns. We now know what nouns and adjectives are so this term we will learn how to write expanded noun phrases and use these in our writing to add detail. Finally we will learn how to use commas in a list.
In our literacy work we will use the text 'Samson's Titanic Journey' to write descriptive sentences and persuasive letters. We will also be writing diary entries describing the events on board the Titanic. Following this we will use the book 'You wouldn't want to sail on the Titanic' to create non-fiction posters about the Titanic incorporating diagrams, labels and captions. We will use our work on the oceans and seas as a stimulus for poetry writing. Finally we will use the text 'Titanic the Lost Ship' as a stimulus for our newspaper reports.
We will teach phonics to the whole class together and will run up same day intervention catch up sessions for children requiring further consolidation.
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 write in the reading diary every time you hear your child read as these signatures will move your child around our 'Readopoly' board and will also earn them credits towards their Ambassador awards. 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 two digit number (Tens, ones)
* Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.
* Show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.
* Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including a two digit number and ones and a two digit number and tens.
* 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.
* 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 (x), division and equals signs.
* Identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides.
* Compare and sort common 2D shapes
* 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 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!
Ambassador Awards 2022-2023
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 31st October- First day of term.
Thursday 10th November- Individual school photographs.
Monday 14th November- Anti Bullying week
Friday 18th November- Children in Need
Wednesday 14th December- Key Stage One Christmas Concert
Monday 19th December- Christmas Fair
Tuesday 20th December- Ambassador Passport Assembly
Wednesday 21st December- Last day of term. Christmas Party Day.
Thursday 22nd December- INSET Day
Monday 9th January- First day of Spring Term