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 term so far learning lots of new things! Our 'Here, there and everywhere' topic has been a big hit and the children are becoming incredibly knowledgeable about the 7 continents. They have had fun investigating maps and globes and have been intrigued by the different human and physical features found in different countries. They've learned about the poles and the equator and know a great song to remember the names of the continents!
In our storytelling lessons, we are now learning about the Marriage of Ganesh. It's a great tale which links nicely to our Geography topic. The children have thoroughly enjoyed mapping and stepping the story out and are looking forward to deepening their learning through some creative and innovative learning tasks. Ask them to tell you about it... they really are becoming great story-tellers!
In Maths, we have been practising a number of different skills, including how tally charts, frequency tables and pictograms can be used to collect data. Children are still working on their times tables and we now have one child in Egypt and several others in Italy! Well done all... keep up the great work!
We still have a few children who do not have PE kits in school. We do our PE on Mondays and Thursdays. 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
India has made a real effort this week with her handwriting. She has been practising different styles over the last few weeks and has now settled on a beautiful cursive script! I reckon she would give the Year 6s a run for their money where handwriting is concerned! Keep it up India!
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 Poppy.
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).