Friday 14th February
Another half term over! It was lovely to see so many of you after school today looking through your child's learning. They have all worked so hard this half term and have really enjoyed learning about The Great Fire of London.
We said goodbye to Miss Bunnett yesterday and wish her all the best for the rest of her course.
In dance, the children used all the skills we have learnt this term to create a dance telling the story of the Great Fire of London. They remembered to use the beat of 8 for their movements, used different heights, used mirroring in their partner work and also thought about the speed of movements.
In maths we have been looking at the different denomination of coins, using coins to make the same amount and solving adding and subtraction problems using the coins. Please continue to work on this at home as many children found our learning this week quite challenging!
This week we used the rhyme, London's Burning to support our literacy work and some of our work in music. The children have had a go at playing the tune on the recorders and many have picked it up really well. We ended today with some of us playing our recorders while the others sang. It sounded wonderful!
Please remember to send your child into school with their PE kit on Monday as we will still have PE on Monday. Children will need to have warm clothes for PE as both sessions are planned for outside, as long as it isn't raining!
Hope you all have a restful week.
Friday 31st January
The children have enjoyed our dance learning. Creating sequences of movement to the beat of 8. We have linked our moves to tell the story of the Great Fire of London. Within our movement sequences, we have included holding some balances for a count of four.
This week the children have written telling sentences, which tell the reader what someone is like and showing sentences, showing the reader what someone is like through their actions and what they do. We also made sure that when we write a diary, we are writing in the first person, using I, me and my.
In maths we have been looking at two digit numbers and recognising the number of tens and ones. We have also been partitioning the numbers into different combinations of tens and ones. We then moved on to adding and subtracting tens to two digit numbers and using this to solve problems.
We have chosen our next class reward, which will be a disco where the children can bring in their own clothes! This will be next Friday (as long as we have collected enough marbles!) Please make sure clothes are brought into school in a named bag.
Please can I remind you to make sure your child's word tin is in their book bag. I haven't been able to check some children's words as they haven't had their tin! Thank you.
Friday 24th January
We have had a great week of learning!
The highlight this week was the visit from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and rescue service on Thursday. We were shown around the Fire engine, looking at all the equipment on board. We were even allowed to have a go at being a firefighter, using the hose and squirting water! After this we went back into the classroom for a fire safety talk. We learned some important messages.
In maths we have been working with odd and even numbers and using our knowledge of these numbers to solve problems.
In literacy we have read two stories, 'The Night Shimmy' and 'Chatterbox Ben'. We have talked about the two stories thinking about the characters and the events, and how the feelings of the characters change throughout the stories. We will be using these stories next week to create our own pieces of writing.
We have learned what a binary tree is in computing and we are beginning to create our own!
In art we have used the skills we have practiced over the last two weeks of mixing primary colours to make orange and using tints and tones to create fire pictures.
Please note the year two SAT's information meeting is on Tuesday 28th January.
Friday 17th January
The children are loving their learning!
In literacy we have read play scripts and information texts about The Great Fire of London. The children are remembering many of the important facts about it already! We have taken a couple of trips back in time to September 1666 to help us imagine what it was like during the events of the fire. Quiz your child. What can they remember? We have put the important events into order which has really helped us to write our recounts of The Great Fire of London. The children also tried to include many of the other features we have been practicing this week, including using past tense verbs correctly and using exclamation and command sentences.
In maths we have been learning about symmetry. We have been using strategies to help us decide if a picture, pattern or shape has any lines of symmetry by using tracing paper, mirrors, folding and just looking! We have made and completed symmetrical patterns and using folding to sort shapes into those which have lines of symmetry and those that don't.
We had great fun in art this week! We used primary colours, which the children revisited last week and made tints and tones. We made tints by adding white paint and making the colours lighter and made tones by adding black paint, making the colours darker. The children will use these in next week's lesson!!!
Friday 10th January
The children have come back to school ready and excited for learning. We have started our topic The Great Fire of London. We have been reading the diary of Samuel Pepys and learning about what it might have been like in 1666 and answering comprehension questions about the text we have read. The children have amazed us with writing subordinate clauses using ‘which’ and ‘who’. Ask your child form some examples of sentences they have written.
In maths we started with adding and subtracting one to two digit numbers, moving onto adding and subtracting 10 to multiples of ten. It was made easier as the children were confident with their counting forwards and backwards in steps of ten from any given two digit number. Keep practicing this at home!
Our PE lessons this term will be on Mondays (outside) and Tuesday (indoors) Please make sure your child has the appropriate kit for both.
Friday 13th December
We are starting to think about Christmas!!!
However we have also been working very hard. In literacy we have been learning a poem 'Who's afraid?' making links with our class text from last week. We read the poem and identified some of the literacy features including rhyme and repetition. We then looked at changing some of the words to make our own poem about animals. We finished the week using purple mash to write a fact file about all we have learned about Queen Elizabeth II. Today we have tied together all of our learning from the last two weeks to complete a free write where the children could choose what they wanted to write about. The writing was linked to animals. We had some stories, information texts and lots of poems!
In maths we have continued working with shapes, but this week we have been looking at 3-D shapes. We have been naming them and using mathematical language to describe them, using faces, vertices and edges. We also looked at the 2-d shapes used for some of the flat faces and were looking at solving problems using 3-D shapes today.
We have been thinking about the Christmas story and looking at how artists represent the different characters. We looked at a painting called 'Mystic Nativity' by Sandro Botticelli.
Next week we will be getting very excited about Christmas! Please remember to bring in a plain coloured t-shirt if you haven't already, for the performance. There will be some changes to the usual timetable due to the performances and other exciting activities going on! The children will still need their book bags! Don't forget party day on Thursday and also to dress your bike or scooter!
Friday 6th December
Another fantastic weekend of learning!
In literacy we have been reading our class story of ‘The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark’. We revisited expanded noun phrases and spotted the use in the story. We talked about events in the story and how in each chapter ‘Plop’ the baby Barn Owl finds out more about the dark! Before reading the last chapter, the children made predictions about what might happen. Ask your child what they remember about the story. Today we looked at images of the moon and wrote some excellent similes. We are continuing to work on our handwriting, making sure all letters are formed correctly and are the right size. Please encourage your child to use their best handwriting at home too!
In maths this week we have revisited 2-D shapes, recognising and naming them. We have been learning more about their properties and using the correct language to describe common 2-D shapes looking at the number of sides also looking at if they are straight or curved and if they are all the same length. We also talked about the number of corners or vertices. Next week we will be revisiting 3-D shapes.
We have talked about the important jobs the Queen does, including being head of the Church of England.
We welcomed Mrs Sampson from St. Micheal and all Angels church into Hedgehogs yesterday when we all made a Christingle that we could take home! We met in the hall with the whole school, turned the lights off and sang some Christmas carols.
Don’t forget it’s walk, scoot and cycle to school next week and the week after. Remember to bring your book marks and collect your stickers.
Friday 29th November
Wow, this week seems to have zoomed past!
In literacy this week we have used the story of Traction Man is here, by Mini Grey. We read the first part of the story, listening out for expanded noun phrases. The children got the hang of writing their own expanded noun phrases and today have used them really well in their writing of their own 'chapter' of Traction Man in the jungle. While Traction Man was in the jungle, he met a tiger and earlier in the week we worked together to describe the tiger and various parts of the tiger, such as his teeth, claws and eyes. Ask your child about their expanded noun phrases.
In maths this week we have been using our number bonds to ten to help us work out number bonds to 100! We have been adding and subtracting multiples of ten. Today we solved a problem using multiples of ten and money. Please get the children to keep recalling their number bonds to ten and one hundred.
Well done to those children who have managed to complete their magic square from our computing lesson on Friday. Please log onto Purple Mash to see this.
For our topic work this week we focused on geography and found the British Isles on a map of the world. We then talked about the British Empire. We found some of the countries which belonged to the British Empire on the map of the world. Can your child name any of the countries?
Friday 22nd November
This week Hedgehogs have become expert writers of explanations. We began the week reading an explanation about parents and their young which is linked to our science learning. We then looked at the 'tools' we need to include in an explanation; technical language, introduction, questions, time adverbials and conjunctions! We practiced using these during the week and today wrote up our explanation about the life cycle of a frog.
In maths this week we have been using standard units of measure to measure length. We quickly and confidently were able to use rods, rulers and tape measures to measure and compare the length of pictures of fish, parts of our body and worms! We also used charts and graphs to record our measurements on. See the photos below of us measuring!
In history we were thinking about what we might do after school if we were a child in 1953 and some of the toys we might have played with.
Some children didn't have trousers for PE this week. Please make sure your child has tracksuit bottoms for our PE lessons on Monday and Friday, which are both outside! There were also some girls without a spare pair of socks. Please make sure your child has the correct kit with them. Many thanks.
We are looking forward to the Christmas fair tonight!
Friday 15th November
Monday was spirituality day. We walked to the memorial for the two minute silence after which some of Hedgehogs laid their poppies with prayers written on. Once we got back to school, Megan’s Daddy talked about and showed us his medals. After lunch, we planted bulbs around the school grounds. We then learned The Lord’s Prayer including actions.
In literacy this week, we learned how to be great story writers by planning and writing stories about friendship and school. The children used ideas, words and phrases from the story we were reading last week. We have been learning the homophones, to, too and two.
In maths we have been learning to use the inverse number operation to solve missing number problems. We also practiced using part, part, whole and bar models to help us.
We created a time line and put some important dates related to the Queen, including when she was born, when she became Queen and her coronation.
PE is on Monday and Friday this half term and unless it is wet, we will be going outside. Please can you make sure your child has tracksuit bottoms, a jumper and a spare pair of socks. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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.