Hedgehogs

Welcome to Hedgehogs class and a Happy New Year!

 

Mrs Lewis, Mrs Checa and Mrs Neve would like to welcome you to the Hedgehogs class page.

 

In our class we aim to provide a positive learning environment where all children are encouraged to become independent learners as well as engaged and challenged in their learning to reach their full potential.

 

Each week we will continue to update you with our learning and provide any relevant messages. There is also a communication page for you to use at home. If necessary, you can leave messages. Please record in your child’s reading record when you have read together at home and mark in their home school diary by ticking each day to show that they have read. Children who read every day will be entered in to a weekly draw in assembly, with a small prize.

 

Our topic for the whole of the spring term is Australia. Further information about what we will be covering can be found below. We have lots of exciting and memorable learning experiences planned. 

 

Blog

We will be updating the class blog regularly. To view this please click here


Swimming
Swimming will continue every Thursday for the Spring term. Our other PE lesson will now be on a Monday instead of a Wednesday. However, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.


Homework
Spellings will be set each Friday and tested on the following Friday. However, please ensure your child has their spelling book in their book bag every day. We would also encourage practising these daily at home. 

 

KS1 Teacher assessment

 During May 2017, children in year 2 will sit SATS papers. There are 5 test papers:

 • Reading x 2

•  English grammar, punctuation and spelling (optional)

•  Maths arithmetic

•  Maths reasoning

 

For  2017 the KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test remains optional. We will NOT be administering this test.

 

Instead of the old national curriculum levels, children will be given a standardised score. Teacher assessments will also be used to build up a picture of your child’s learning and achievements. At the end of the school year your child will receive an overall result saying whether or not they have achieved the expected standard for their age.

 

Please use links below for more information.

 

KS1 SATS information

 

http://www.theschoolrun.com/KS1-SATs-in-2017

As always, should you have any queries or concerns then please do come and see us.

 

Mrs Lewis & Mrs Checa 

 

 Curriculum Information for Parents – Spring 2017

 

Topic:   Australia

 

Our memorable experiences this term will include:

Make a model that’s bigger than you.

Experience different cultures.

Create art outdoors.

Read in a Tipi/Tent.

English

English will include Postcards and Letters. We will be writing postcards and letters and linking this to an Australian adventure. We will also be reading and writing stories from other cultures, focusing our work around the story Little Charlie and then adapting this into an Australian story. We will research and produce information texts about a famous person linked to Australia. We will read, enjoy and compare stories by the same author and write poems using descriptive language. There will be additional specific spelling, grammar and punctuation activities. Children will continue to develop their spoken language, handwriting and reading comprehension skills.

Maths

In maths throughout the year we cover, number, measurement, geometry and statistics. This term we will focus on:

Measurement: Money

We will recognise and use symbols of pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value. 

Find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money. 

Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.

 

Geometry- properties of shape

We will identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line. 

Identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces. 

Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes, [for example, a circle on a cylinder and a triangle on a pyramid.] 

Compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects. 

Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences.

 

Number – fractions

We will recognise, find, name and write fractions ½, ¼, ¾ and 1/3 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. 

Write simple fractions for example, ½ of 6 = 3 

Recognise the equivalence of 2/4  and ½.

 

Science

In science our focus will be Living things and their habitats. We will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. We will explore different habitats of animals native to Australia.  We will look at the Great Barrier Reef and the different types of marine life that live there. We will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Computing

Some aspects of computing will be learnt by application throughout the curriculum. The specific area of learning this term will be:

Using technology to retrieve information, looking specifically at researching and learning about Australia.

Espresso Coding.

Internet safety, keeping personal information safe, expressing concerns.

Art and Design / Design Technology

In Art we will find out about Aborginal art work and learn skills to create our own Aboriginal pictures. We will also explore pastels by creating coral reef pictures. In DT we will plan, make and evaluate a large free standing structure and complete smaller structures made from Modroc. 

Music

The unit will be based around the song ‘I want to sing in a band’. The children will learn the geographical origin of the music and in which era it was composed. They will experience and learn how to apply key musical concepts/elements, e.g. finding a pulse, clapping a rhythm, use of pitch.  They will also play the accompanying instrumental parts and learn to work together in an ensemble. They will develop creativity through improvising and composing within the song.

Personal, Health and Social Education

We follow the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum and also use circle time to promote self-expression and confidence. This term the aspects we will investigate are ‘Good to be me’ and ‘Going for Goals’.

History/Geography

In geography the children will be jetting off to Australia and learning about the world’s oceans and continents along the way. They will be labelling maps and using keys. We will also be comparing an area of Australia to our locality. We will compare aspects such as climate, customs and physical and human features. They will also learn about iconic landmarks and cultural differences.

Physical Education

The planned sessions for PE this term are gymnastics and swimming for the first half term and games and swimnming for the second half term. The children will go swimming every Thursday morning.

Beliefs and Values

The current Norfolk Agreed Syllabus provides the framework for teaching Beliefs and Values (RE) in our school. This term we will focus on creation stories.  

Parents have a right to withdraw their children from RE lessons; please let us know if this is something you are considering.