Hedgehog Class Page - 2020- 2021
Welcome to the Hedgehog Class page. Mrs Ford is our Class Teacher. Miss Cunningham is our trainee teacher and Mrs Sian is our class learning mentor. Mrs Du Preez will be teaching us on a Monday afternoon. We are all really looking forward to welcoming you back to school and starting our Autumn term in Year 2. This web page will be update regularly with information and what is going on in class.
Year 2, Term 1 - This term our topic is: Famous Queens
This term we are learning about three very famous women, one of my personal favourite topics! At the start of the term we will think about what a monarch does, where they live and the jobs and duties that they have. We will be exploring the life of Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II and considering how the role of a monarch has changed over the years.
In Art we will be thinking all about portraits and learning different techniques to improve our detail and use of colour. We will be looking for inspiration from the artist Pablo Picasso and using his style in our own work.
In Science, our topic is 'Growth and Survival' and we will be learning about all the things that animals and plans need in order to survive. We will discover how we can keep ourselves healthy and what a balanced diet is. As well as exploring healthy diets, we will also look at the importance of exercise in every day life.
This term, our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. Please refer to the guidance sent to you from Mrs Penny regarding coming to school on these days wearing a PE kit. Due to current guidance, we carrying out PE lessons outside so please dress appropriately for being outside. It is so important we all wear appropriate footwear for PE lessons so please ensure you wear trainers.
In our RE lessons we will be learning about who Jesus was and what he taught Christians. Together we will be exploring stories about him from the Bible and learning why in Christianity he is such a special person.
We will continue our 'whole school' approach to school life developing a 'Growth Mindset.' We will focus on how certain thoughts can change our behaviour and why. We will continue to think about red and green thoughts and how we can change negative thinking into positive thinking. As a class, we will discuss how our bodies and thoughts change when we experience a particular emotion. We will carry out different relaxation strategies and mindful meditation activities to help us focus on our thoughts, making it easier to turn red ones into green ones.
We will also be developing our knowledge of ways to stay safe in school and in every day life with the current COVID- 19 situation. We will be learning about the importance of regularly washing our hands, keeping things clean, social distancing and following the guidance of 'catch it, bin it, kill it.'
Meet British Values Bear who will be helping us share our ideas and thoughts during class circle times!
English in Year 2
In our literacy lessons, we use 'Read Write Inc' - Let's Get Writing. We combine our Phonics, Guided Reading and Writing into one literacy lesson. This is an excellent way to show how reading skills link to good writing skills. Below, is the complex speed sound chart that we use to help us with our reading and writing.
We will be working especially hard this term on our writing targets. These will be attached to your writing books and sent home with your brain builder homework so that you can work on them at home (if you scroll to the bottom of the page, writing target cards are attached for you to look at). For more information about the Read Write Inc scheme used in school, see the following links - or come and speak to a member of staff in school, we will be more than happy to explain to you how it works.
Every 2 weeks we have a Brain Builder challenge in class. This is always an activity which you can carry out in a personalised way. There are also Year 2 Spellings attached to learn at home as well as Maths activities. We always dedicate time to show your homework in class and excellent homework is always shown in assembly too!
(NB: Just a reminder that in class, we present our homework in a show and tell session - where the children receive verbal feedback and praise.)
We love reading!
We are a class that love reading. There is a special book corner in our classroom for you to curl up with a book in during Golden time. The more you read, the more ideas and better you get at writing! Every day we always finish the day with a story. I also love to hear about the different books you are reading at home. If you have one that you would like to share with the class, please feel free to bring it in and we will read this at the end of the day. It doesn't just have to be a fiction book, it can also be a non-fiction book too! Last year, we discovered lots of new books by sharing what we read at home with each other. For example, one suggestion was the book, 'The World's Worst Children' by David Walliams. This then became our class text and we ended up creating some incredible character profiles because we learnt so many new words and phrases.
We will working this term to work especially hard on our comprehension skills. Whilst it is really important to be able to sound out and read fluently, it is also very important that we understand what we have read. Make sure at home that someone helps you with your reading by asking you lots of questions about what you have read, so that you fully understand what you are reading.
NB: It is really important that you keep up your reading at home as well as in school. I cannot stress enough how much of an impact it has in the progress you make if you practise your reading at home.
Parents - please use the questions given out at the beginning of the year (there is a link to download this at the bottom of the page) to support reading with your child.
Remember, once you have finished your school book, it needs to go in the reading tray so your diary can be checked by an adult. We always like you to choose your own reading books in Year 2 as that way you will be more interested in the book! It is also great practise for next year when you go into Key Stage 2! It is quite alright to spend more than one night on a book, especially if you are working hard to think about the story with an adult in more detail.
Star of the Day
Each day, Mrs Ford and the other adults choose someone who has been a star that day. This could be for really trying hard in your learning, being a great role model or even just being really polite. If you are the star you will get a special certificate to take home. You will also get to use a special pencil the next day in your lessons!
We also give out 'dojo' points, which now link to house points. These are different points that are awarded for lots of different things that we value in school such as: being a good friend, exceptional manners, excellent effort and outstanding work. At the end of the week we have a class 'dojo' winner who receives a certificate. Each week our points are reset. If you want to find out more, please watch the video on the link attached. https://www.classdojo.com/en-GB/#LearnMore
* PUNCTUALITY- Please remember that the children need to be at school for 8.40 am in your designated staggered slot time. In Year 2, we regularly stress how punctuality and organisation are very important life skills, so please help us enhance this learning by arriving in school on time every day. Thank you for your help with this:-)
*PE KITS - Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. Please make sure that you wear your full PE kit to school on these days. As previously mentioned, we will be having PE lessons outside so please dress appropriately in the kit that is suited to the weather that day. Trainers are essential, please make sure these are worn.
*JUMPERS - Last year we did have a lot of children losing different parts of their School Uniform, in particular jumpers. In Year 2 we always remind the children to collect their jumpers from the different parts of the school, in particular off the school field after lunch. In class, we have a jumper tub which they put their jumpers into to avoid the risk of the jumpers getting lost. At the end of the day, the children are given a 15 minute slot to collect all their belongings and are reminded of what they need to take home. As we are getting ready for Key Stage 2, we really stress to the children the importance of taking responsibility for their own property. This helps them to become independent. If your child comes home without a jumper it may very well be in our jumper tub!
*SNACKS - Remember that you are allowed to bring in a healthy snack for break times. This could be a piece of fruit or vegetables. Please do not bring in nuts.
*WATER BOTTLES - Please make sure you each have a water bottle so that you can regularly top it up with fresh water. Learning is thirsty work, so we always recommend that you drink lots of water to help feed your brains! As it is a lot warmer, we are encouraging the children to take their water bottles outside with them at play times so that they always stay hydrated.
If you have any questions, please drop an e-mail to the class e-mail address - email@example.com and this will be answered as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can put a quick note in your child's diary for us to read and we can respond to it when the diaries are checked.
Thank you for visiting our page!
Mrs. Ford, Miss Cunningham and Mrs Sian