Welcome to Hedgehog's class page!
Hello, I'm Mrs Walters, your child's class teacher. Your teaching assistant is Miss Palmer. This term, we are lucky enough to have two student teachers from Marjons with us. They are called Miss May and Miss Spraklen and they will be teaching some of this term's lessons.
Memories of the SATs are fading although the children are still feeling motivated and energised from the positive experience they had. They worked really hard in the run up to the tests, practising the skills they would need, developing their ability to read for longer periods of time etc, and as a result they were very well prepared. It really was lovely to see such confidence and enthusiasm from them all. Thank you to all parents who supported at home too - early nights, good wishes and cuddles were exactly what they needed!
We have had a great term so far learning lots of new things! Our science topic has been a big hit and the children are becoming incredibly knowledgeable about the basic needs of plants and animals. So far we have looked at micro-habitats and have been out and about in the school grounds to look for mini-beasts. This week, the children made their own micro-habitats which we plan to place strategically around the school next week in an attempt to provide home and shelter for some woodlice, spiders and worms.
In our storytelling lessons, we are now learning the story of the Pied Piper. It's an old tale which follows our learning about the Plague really nicely. The children have thoroughly enjoyed mapping and stepping the story out and are now looking forward to deepening their learning through some creative and innovative learning tasks. Ask them to tell you the story... they really are becoming great story-tellers!
In maths, we have been learning about measuring, particularly what unit of measure is used to measure what. The children have enjoyed weighing out oats for our sports athletes, mapping out running tracks for our distance runners and checking water temperatures to ensure that it is cool enough to drink. They have been really useful and are really beginning to get to grips with it all!
Children are still working on their times tables and we now have a number of children in Egypt which is really proving to be a challenge. I wonder who the first one to fly into Kenya will be?
Well done all... keep up the great work!
We still have a few children who are not bringing their PE kits into school each week. We do our PE on Monday. Please ensure your child has their kit in school, including their house T shirt, each week. Thank you.
Remember that it is Sports Day on Thursday so all children must have their kit!
This week's star of the week is
Tilly is this week's star of the week. She is a joy to have in the class as she behaves impeccably at all times. She is also now really taking care to present her work neatly and think carefully about what she writes. Keep up the great work Tilly!
This is Swoop. Swoop is our best behaviour owl. He only goes home with children who have perfect behaviour.
This week, Swoop went home with Alan.
Thank you to all parents who have been reading at home with their children - it really makes a difference! We recommend 10 minutes a day if possible. Regular reading truly makes a difference to their attainment and will help to develop a life long love of reading. For those children who are on A.R. readers, we will endeavor to 'quiz' your children on their books as often as possible (usually after a couple of reads at home) but there may be occasions where they slip through the net. If this happens, we will make sure they are quizzed the following day. Please continue to fill in their reading diaries as we generally rely on your comments to let us know they are ready. As always, please feel free to pop in and see me if you would like any guidance on how to support your child's reading skills. Children are also becoming more independent in their reading so we are trying to encourage them to read to themselves if they have some free time - there really is nothing better than a good book!
Children who obtain three 100%s in a row will be moved up a level as long at the level remains within their zone (speak to me if you need more information on how this works). A reward scheme is now in place for children who complete and pass the most quizzes. In addition, the more confident readers are encouraged to read longer books to build up their word count...
News flash - We are currently top of the key stage as cumulatively we have read the most words!
Congratulations everyone... you are fabulous!
Thank you also to those of you who are supporting your children each evening on their weekly spellings. The year 2 spellings are a challenge and your support will ensure that children feel prepared for the Friday tests. You could even extend them by asking them to write the words in sentences as this helps to apply their skills in a more complex context. Please keep it up! In addition, thank you to those of you who are supporting classroom practice by picking up on some of the children's counting gaps. Regular counting, whether it be in 1s, 2s, 5s or 10s will ensure your children grow in confidence with their calculations in year 2. For those that are ready, the chanting of times tables may sound old fashioned but shouldn't be under-estimated. By the end of year 2, it is expected that children know, and can say their 2, 3, 5 & 10 times tables with confidence!
Just a few housekeeping notes: Please ensure coats and jumpers are clearly labelled with your child's name. Book bags and quiz books should be brought into school each day (even if they are not yet ready for a quiz).