Welcome to Hedgehog Class
It is great to have happy Hedgehogs back in the classroom!
Check back here regularly to see what we have been up to in school.
Oceans and Islands Home Learning
Well done to those Hedgehogs who have completed some of the activities from our Home Learning sheet. Scroll through the photographs to see what they have been up to.
The Hedgehogs have been outdoors exploring the woodland area. We have been looking for microhabitats. A microhabitat is a small habitat that is different from the surrounding environment. We all had great fun and enjoyed being out in the fresh air.
“We were finding microhabitats. We found a slug underneath some wood.”
“It was fun because we got to explore the microhabitats that we found.”
In our Oceans and Islands topic we have been talking about plastic pollution and the damage it is doing to our beautiful oceans. The Hedgehogs have written leaflets to inform others about the problem and to suggest ways in which people can help. Great work Hedgehogs. 🦔
Oceans and Islands Curriculum Overview
The Hedgehogs have been drawing hedgehogs. What great pictures, well done!
Last year in Hedgehog class…
Sports Week – July 2020
Sports Week certainly kept you busy at home Hedgehogs! Riding bikes and scooters, researching sports people, cloud gazing and maths. Well done! 😀
What a busy week you have had with our topic ‘Special People’. It made me think of you all and how special you are. Some of you have enjoyed the week by spending time with people and pets who are special to you. As well as that, you have also been busy researching, writing, exploring and measuring. We started the week in school joining a virtual Mass to celebrate the feast day of St. Peter and St. Paul, it was great to see a Hedgehog joining in from home too. Keep up the hard work Hedgehogs, I am very proud of you all.
All Around the World & Home Adventures
More great photographs this week Hedgehogs 🦔. A Horrible Histories fan who has made a very interesting leaflet on Egypt and someone clearly hoping for a holiday in Spain. 🤞🏾 All this as well as RE, story writing, hand writing, art, maths, football, scientific experiments and toasting marshmallows on the barbecue. Great work once again, well done Hedgehogs.
Rainforests & Adventures
Great work again this week Hedgehogs! 🦔 You have obviously enjoyed our Rainforest topic. Look through the photographs to see models, artwork, poetry, farming as well as adventures in a stream. 😀
A big thank you to Matilda and Alex for sending in photographs of their Transport work this week. Super pictures of new and old Police cars Matilda. Well done Alex, 500cm is a long way for a paper aeroplane to fly! If you took some photographs of what you have been up to this week, please don’t forget to send them in.
Minibeasts and Under the Sea
More super work from some of the Hedgehogs over the past couple of weeks on our ‘Minibeasts’ and ‘Under the Sea’ topics. Informative fact files, data handling and some great explanations as to why I should not be scared of spiders, I shall give it some thought! We even have a Hedgehog learning to count in Spanish. Also, lovely to see a Hedgehog out and about on an adventure. Great wellies girls!
Wow! I can see you have really enjoyed our Space Home Learning this week. You have all worked so hard. Baking delicious galaxy biscuits, constructing superb rockets, making models of the solar system, finding out space facts, writing space stories and playing space games made on Scratch. I am very proud of you all, what an awesome prickle of Hedgehogs you are. Keep up the great work.
Another super week of Home Learning Hedgehogs, well done! It has been lovely to see photographs of your VE Day work. Judging by the big smiles on your faces, you obviously enjoyed decorating your homes for the celebrations too. Keep up the hard work. I am super proud of you all.
Wow Hedgehogs! A real mix of photos and activities this week. Lovely to see some fantastic work on our Animal topic but also to see children helping at home. Well done all.
I hope you all enjoyed working on the topic of Family for your Home Learning. A big thank you to Emily and Matilda for their fabulous Family Trees. Well done girls, they look great!
Don’t forget to upload your Home Learning to our year group email address so that your friends can see your hard work.
Scroll down to find the Year 2 Handbook and the information given out at our workshop for parents.
Artists in Action
We have been exploring different printing techniques. We have made string block prints and we have drawn Tudor houses onto polystyrene tiles so we can make prints too. Take a look at the photographs below to see our work.
Great Fire of London Home Learning
The Hedgehogs have loved our Great Fire of London theme and have produced some fantastic Home Learning. We have seen Tudor houses, portraits of Samuel Pepys, map work, information posters, diaries and fire safety posters. As well as producing the work, they have also presented it to the rest of the class.
Well done Hedgehogs, you should be very proud of your achievements.
We shared our Class Assembly with our parents and friends at school. We thoroughly enjoyed telling people about the importance of being kind to others.
Please remember; Kindness makes a difference. 😊
Thank you to all those who came to watch. We hope you enjoyed it.
The History Man
The children were so excited when the History Man came to visit us. We are sure they have told you all about it. He brought with him some fantastic resources to help us learn about Tudor London and gunpowder! BOOM!
The hall was set up into different stations for us to go and explore.
A large map and model buildings helped us understand where the fire started and how it spread
Toy rats and plague cells helped us explore signs and symptoms of the plague
Tudor clothes showed us how difficult it was for people to get dressed in a hurry!
A pile of ash showed us what people had left of their possessions
A selection of lanterns, plates and cups let us explore life in Tudor London
Weapons gave us the opportunity to feel how heavy the swords, pistols and helmets were that people used in Tudor times.
Our favourite bit…
“We absolutely loved it when The History Man got us pumping water out of a bucket. We worked hard as a team to put out the burning house. However, the most amazing part was the gunpowder trail. We watched excitedly as The History Man lit the fuse and the gunpowder went “fizzy, fizzy, bang!”
Have a look through the photos to see the fun we had.
Year 2 – The Bakers!
We have been busy making different types of bread. Last week, Julie and Steven from Class Catering came in to talk to us about the different types of bread and the ingredients needed to make it. Steven the Chef demonstrated kneading for us so we would know what to do. He told us to use the heel of our hand to work the bread. It was exhausting work!
This week, after finding out that in 1666 the poorer people of London would have eaten rye bread, we decided to try baking some so that we could compare the different breads. We used the hall as our bakery and worked together in groups.
The Taste Test – Yum Yum! We loved sampling the different breads and hope you did too (if any made it home!)
Christmas Workshop – Glitter Fest 2019!
The children worked hard during our festive Christmas Workshop. They made all sorts of lovely decorations to take home. The mini Christmas trees using wool and pom-poms looked very effective and the glittery angels would look perfect on the top of any Christmas tree. Thank you to all of the adults who were able to join us and support the children. We look forward to Thursday when Father Graham will bless all of the baby Jesus’.
What impressive Home Learning Projects the Hedgehogs have produced!
Keep reading for more information and photos.
The Hedgehogs have been busy designing and making amazing boats. Children were able to tell us about testing their boats, both the successes and the failures! Two children even told us they had to add ballast to their boats to stop them sinking and they were able to explain what that was.
We had under the sea stories including ‘Toby the Octopus’, ‘The Herring’s Day’ and a tale all about a Mermicorn. You guessed it, a mix between a mermaid and a unicorn! Great under sea adventures.
A matter very close to our hearts following our work this term is Plastic Pollution. Some children designed posters informing people about ‘Plastic Pollution’ and one child made an amazing diorama depicting the plastic pollution in our oceans. Several children chose to research the Titanic and were able to tell us some interesting facts about the Unsinkable Ship.
Well done Hedgehogs!
We have been exploring place value.
We had a great turnout at our Year 2 Workshop. The children worked with their parents and grandparents to explore the different strategies they will use in Maths throughout the year. They also looked at the expectations for reading, writing and spelling. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that were able to attend. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of the Year 2 team.
Please see our Year group handbook for any questions that you may have.
How to help at home – Please see the curriculum overview for information on what is being covered this term
At our school we want to develop and promote ‘a love of reading’.
When sharing a book talk to your child about what he or she thinks might happen next in a story, how the story might end and then ask them to retell the story themselves. Picture books are very important to promote discussion, so look for books without any words to help your child practise this skill. Have fun acting out stories together. Your enthusiasm for a book will help your child to understand that books are exciting. Your child will receive a bookmark with their book and this should target the objectives that your child is working on.
Make reading times fun and relaxed and you will see your child’s confidence grow!
The children will be expected to have their spelling books in school at all times as they will have the opportunity to practise during the week. Please support your child in learning their spellings.
Other useful links
At St. Peter’s we use Phonics as a way of teaching the children to read and write. We use the Letters and Sounds document as our basis and support it with Jolly Phonics.
Throughout Reception and KS1 the children receive a daily phonic sessions of twenty minutes. The children re-cap the sounds they have learnt and are then taught a new sound. It is practiced by taking part in a variety of phonic activities and then it is applied in their reading and writing.
Children are also taught to read and spell Tricky words, these are the words which they cannot decode.
Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space, in their daily lives.
Help your child practise their times tables, we are working on the 2s, 5s and 10s. There are lots of useful websites on the Maths area on our website to help you with this! Some are below: