Welcome to Hedgehog's class page!
Hello, I'm Mrs Walters, your child's class teacher. Your teaching assistant is Miss Palmer. We have had a great start to the new term and the Christmas feeling is beginning to creep in.
In our story telling lessons, we are now learning about the Magic Porridge Pot. It's a great traditional tale and the children have enjoyed mapping and stepping the story out. Ask them to tell you about it... they really are becoming great story-tellers!
We have also been practising our addition and subtraction skills in maths and most children are now able to solve a range of calculations using their own written methods. Children are still working on their times tables and we already have one child in Spain and one other in France.
We still have a few children who do not have PE kits in school. We do PE on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has their kit in school, including their house T shirt, each week. Thank you.
This week's star of the week is
Alan has a great attitude to learning. He is always ready for a challenge and loves to work his way through tough maths problems. Alan's behaviour is excellent all of the time! He is a great role model for the rest of the class.
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 Reagan.
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).