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Friday 8th November

Welcome back! The children have returned to school ready for learning. We have begun looking at our topic and have watched a clip of the Queen’s coronation, acted it out and discussed what a coronation is and what one looks like. 
In literacy we have been reading stories with a familiar setting. We have discussed and are using interesting vocabulary linked to the character’s feelings, that we have read in the story, including anxious, embarrassed and proud.

In maths we have been revisiting place value. We have been using our understanding of place value to solve problems including using the ‘greater than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equals to’ signs. We also revisited the various denominations of coins and found different ways of making the same amount using different coins. Please revisit this with your child, making sure they are confident with using money. 
Monday is Remembrance Day, we will be walking up to the town memorial for the service at 11. If you are able to walk with us please let the office know. When we get back to school we will be planting bulbs around the school grounds and we ask that children bring a pair of named wellies into school.

Many thanks


Important message! 
The Year 2 SATs meeting will NOT be on Thursday 7th November. This meeting will be arranged for the Spring term. Apologies for the confusion. 

Friday 25th October

We have had a great end to our Castle topic with our Castle banquet day! The children all looked fabulous. We had knights, kings, princesses, queens and ladies. The children worked well in groups to make bread, taking in turns to measure out the ingredients and mixing them together. The children painted their shields that they designed. After lunch we had our banquet of the bread rolls and cheese. The bread we made was delicious! We then had a treat and saw four different birds of prey from Liberty's. They talked about how birds of prey were used to catch meat for the people to eat. Unfortunately we didn't have time for our jousting on Tuesday, so did it on Thursday! 

In literacy we read and learned a poem about castles. We then used that poem to write our own poems using prepositions and repetition. We also talked about the rhythm of the poem. The children's work will be put together to make a class castle poem book. 

In maths we have continued to look at place value, knowing the number of tens and ones in two digit numbers and using this to help solve problems and order a set of numbers. 

We hope you all enjoy your half term and look forward to seeing you in school again on Tuesday 5th November. 

Friday 18th October

It was lovely to see lots of you on Tuesday for our castle building. Thank you! The children had lots of design ideas for their castles and the results were amazing! 

In literacy this week we have been learning about non-fiction texts and the features this text type has. We spent the first part of the week finding out more facts about castles, focusing on what it would have been like to live in a castle. We then used the facts to write our own information booklets making sure we sorted the facts into groups and gave them sub-headings. Today we use the IPads to create an information page using Purple Mash. 

In maths we have been thinking about adding and subtracting and finding the inverse operation. We were using the part, part, whole and bar model to help us. Ask the children to show you! 

The children are working really hard on their handwriting and spelling. Keep practicing reading and spelling the words in the word tin. More words will be sent home next week! 

We are really excited about our Castle Banquet day on Tuesday. Children can come to school dressed up, (no need for school uniform). We have lots of exciting activities planned to finish off our topic. 


Friday 11th October

Well done to everyone for having a good go at 'debugging' the algorithms! It was a challenge! We have gone over the four programmes and have had another go at correcting the algorithms.  

This week in literacy we have been reading and writing our own instructions. We have learned about using adverbs of time and manner when writing instructions and the importance of writing the instructions in the correct order. We have linked this to our castle topic by writing instructions for making our castles next week. We have completed some focused practical tasks, which we will be using to make our model castles and have designed and planned what we would like them to look like. 

In maths we have been working systematically to find all possibilities and combinations to solve a problem whilst also becoming fluent with addition and number facts for numbers up to 20. 

Tuesday 15th we will be building our castles, parents are invited to come into school to support us with this from 1:15, it would be lovely to see you. Thank you for all the donations so far of cardboard boxes and tubes. We would still welcome donations of empty cereal packets and kitchen roll tubes.

Advanced notice; we have our castle banquet day on Tuesday 22nd October. Children are invited to come to school dressed up as princesses, queens, ladies, lords, princes, knights, jesters, pheasants! We have lots of exciting activities planned. 

Focused practical tasks and following instructions

Friday 4th October

Firstly congratulations to Flynn and Heidi for being elected to represent Hedgehogs on the school council. All four children presented their speeches to the class before voting took place. 

We have been continuing to learn about the features of castles and how they protect the people who live in them. Ask your child about this!

Today we completed a free write, where the children could choose the type of writing they wanted to do. We had some stories, poems, recounts of our trip and information texts. 

Please keep practicing reading and spelling the words in the word tins. I will not be giving out any more words, unless your chid can spell the words they have. Remember, three ticks for reading three times and three stars for spelling three times. (don't throw them away, we will check them at school!) 

In maths we have been working on understanding the place value of two digit numbers. Continue to ask your child about the number of tens and ones in any two-digit number. We used this knowledge to order numbers and solve problems involving place value. What is the smallest and largest number they can make with the digits... 4, 6, 2?


Friday 27th September

We all had an amazing day at Corfe Castle yesterday and were relieved that we didn’t get wet! The children enjoyed the tour of the castle, learning about the history of the castle. We received comments from members of the public about how good they were. Well done Hedgehogs. We have thought about our question ‘Why were castles built a long time ago?’ We are all able to give an answer! From the answers the children have begun to share some other questions they would like to find the answers to. 

In literacy we have continued to work on the story, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and today used the planning from the week to write their own fairy tales. 

In maths we have been looking at place value and representing two-digit numbers in different ways including using different equipment and then representing them by drawing pictures. 

We look forward to electing our school council representatives next week. 

Advance notice, Tuesday 15th October is our castle building afternoon. Please start collecting cardboard boxes and cardboard tubes. 

Harvest Service

Harvest Service 1

Friday 20th September

Firstly, thank you to all of you that were able to come to our Harvest Service this morning and thank you for all of your kind donations. Hedgehogs were the winning class, having the most donations and our prize was to have extra Golden Time this afternoon! We are so proud of all the Hedgehogs for getting up on the stage, singing and speaking in front of you all. 

This week we have been reading and exploring the story of Beauty and the Beast. We have read the story several times, building word recognition, fluency and understanding of the story. Next week we will be developing this further and beginning to use story teller voices and expression in our reading. We have been continuing to work on our spellings, including spelling common homophones correctly. Well done to all those children that have been able to throw away some of the words from their tin this week. We have started to think about how we can join sentences together using conjunctions (linking words). We wrote sentences using and, but and or

In our maths we have been looking at adding and how we can add numbers together in any order and they still equal the same. We have also been solving some subtraction problems and using the resources to support us. We are developing ways to record what we have done with the resources by drawing Numicon shapes, denes and numbers lines to prove our answers. 

We are looking forward to starting our castle topic properly next week, we had lots of the dressing up out this afternoon in Golden Time! Lets hope for a lovely day on Thursday for our class trip to Corfe Castle. 

Friday 13th September

Hedgehogs have enjoyed reading the story Don’t Hog the Hedge this week as part of our guided reading sessions. They were able to build their fluency by reading the story several times! Ask the children to retell you the story! We have continued working on our handwriting and we have been thinking about homophones, words that sound the same but have different spelling and different meanings. We finished this week reciting poetry, (to the whole school), and writing our own poems about hedgehogs. 

In maths we have been looking at patterns, creating our own patterns and linking this to counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. 

We have begun preparations for our harvest festival which we are leading next Friday. Don’t forget to get your tickets from the office! We are collecting food such as tins and packets to donate to the Trussell Trust. Please bring in your donations on Friday. 

Please can I remind you that for snack time, children should be having a ‘healthy’ snack. Many thanks 


Friday 6th September

Welcome to Hedgehogs!

The children have settled well and are beginning to learn the routines and expectations of being a Hedgehog! We have enjoyed reading and learning about Hedgehogs. Today we wrote our own non-fiction texts about hedgehogs, demonstrating some of the interesting facts we have learned about them. We have been demonstrating some fantastic handwriting and are going to continue working on making sure letters are formed correctly and are the right size! 

In maths, the children are keen to do some ‘really, really, really hard maths’. This week we have been getting our brains ready through estimating, counting and representing numbers in different ways including writing numbers as digits and words. We have also been representing numbers by drawing Numicon shapes and placing numbers in number squares and on number lines. 

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday for our Hedgehog class meeting.