Welcome to Hedgehog Class
Hedgehog Class is our Year One and Year Two class, where Mrs Vipond is our teacher and Mrs Trowern is our teaching assistant. Our class page will be updated regularly to share our learning with you; we hope you enjoy it.
A very warm welcome back to Term 6, to those children both in school and at home. I hope you had a lovely half term break and enjoyed the warm weather - long may it continue!
This term our topic is 'sun, sea and sand', how lovely it would have been to go to the seaside together! There is a topic home learning menu and this can be found on the class learning page, along with guidance. We will be following parts of the grid in school so it would be lovely to see what you create at home; keep using the home learning email to send your pictures in.
We will be continuing to have our Zoom calls, this time on a Friday. For those that have not joined a call, details can be found on the class learning page newsletters - do look out for invitations.
What a strange start to the term it has been. I do hope you are enjoying finding out about the different queens and maybe dressing up or making your own castle? Had we been in school we would most definitely have talked about some of the events that happened this week. Did you know it was Queen Elizabeth II's birthday on Tuesday? It was also Earth Day on Wednesday and at the beginning of the week there was the chance to see an incredible meteor shower (I only saw two!). For the space enthusiasts, it was also another special birthday...The Hubble was 30 on Friday. There are some incredible images on NASA and the BBC websites for you to look at. Keep staying safe and I look forward to seeing some of your home learning through the emails next week .
A very warm welcome back to Term 5, albeit a remote one for the time being. I do hope you had a lovely Easter holiday and managed to get outside in the warm weather - did you have a go at the spring portrait or perhaps learn to tell the time, or maybe just a lot of eating!?
This term our topic is 'famous queens' and in particular Queen Elizabeths and Victoria. Each class has their own topic home learning menu and this can be found on the class learning page, along with guidance. Do have fun with it and I'd love to see some of your creations, so use the email address provided if you would like to share them. I'm looking forward to Ella cooking me a lovely meal as part of her home learning!
Home learning updates are on the class learning page but in addition to this I have added some further links below - Wiltshire library have hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks available to download for free and JK Rowling has launched 'Harry Potter at Home'; full of wizardy treats! From the 20th April, BBC Bitesize will be publishing daily, on-line lessons - worth a look I think.
I hope you manage to get out and enjoy the sunshine in your gardens or on your daily walk and I look forward to seeing your spring portrait creations!
Find the current and next reading and spelling lists on the class learning page - link below.
Home learning updates will also be posted on the learning page; the first one will be on Friday 27th March. In the meantime, please continue to read, practise your spellings in fun ways and continue with your maths on NumBots. Make the most of the lovely weather in your gardens or on your safe walk during the day.
Hedgehog Class are used to playing Hit the Button, NumBots and more recently we tried the Daily Challenge Top 10 - challenge yourselves to addition/subtraction number bonds or missing number questions. Year 1's are at Phase 5 of their phonics learning and will be able to read the words and decide if they are real or not!
The links below are to additional, trusted external websites that incorporate small video clips or slideshows on a specific topic - or just a bit of home learning fun!
Already we have sown some seeds, been to France, checked how energy efficient we are, started to learn our new story and met the Queen (well her stand-in for the day)!
It's Hedgehog Class worship next week so do come along to see our lovely learning so far this term.
We started the week by following instructions to make our boats and then testing their properties out in the water, after our scientific predictions - were we right?
Our trip to Beaulieu was an excellent way to round off all the topic learning we have done this term and it was great to see and handle all of the toys we had previously discussed. There are lots of pictures from Palace House and the museum on the gallery page.
Wash your hands! Line up! We've been learning about bossy verbs, how to use them as a command and how to turn them into instructions. Our last instruction for our toy was to 'play with your spinner', so we did!
In maths, Year 2's have been recognising a half and a quarter of shapes and objects, while Year 1's have been enjoying counting in two's.
We like to listen to different styles of music and this week we listened to and watched some of Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' and discussed why lots of Nutcrackers appeared in Salisbury over Christmas time. We then watched some of The Royal Ballet School performing the Russian folk dance and thought we'd give it a go too - great dancers in Hedgehog Class!
NumBots was launched with huge excitement; I hope the children have fun with it when they can - do please let me know if there are any problems so I can quickly resolve them.
We've had a very creative week and have used our materials and properties knowledge to try out some different house designs that would withstand the huffs and puffs from the wolf (or each other); have a look at our creations! We also tried mixing primary colours ready for use in our old-fashioned toy.
Lots of cuddly props helped us to start learning our new book and coupled with some fantastic acting ability (tears, shock, kindness and relief) Dogger was introduced, lost, found and re-united with his owner!
We took advantage of some rain-free days and decided to have an aerobic few minutes in the fresh air during our maths lessons to practise our KIRFs. Who knew star jumps could be so beneficial!
We've all had a great first week, including celebrating two birthdays, and have been quick to start our learning this term. Just a reminder that our topic for the term is 'toys, past and present' and children can bring in items relating to our topic or science learning on a Thursday. We have already started to discuss different types of materials and their properties, followed by a 'yes/no, guess the object' game based on our descriptive abilities. Year 2's ended the week with a carousel of maths learning to incorporate doubling and being able to quickly find and then add or subtract numbers on a number line - the lucky dip activity was a special Friday counting aid!
Wow! Well done to everyone who took part in the Nativity 'A little bird told me' and for learning lines and all the songs - you were super stars! In addition to our busy week of performing, we have also been continuing with our maths learning and trying out some different winter-themed acrostic poems.
This week we have been meteorologists, singers, authors and artists; never a dull moment! Our rain gauge was as accurate as the weather station in Larkhill and we found out that sharing our English learning with other classes is great fun, even if it was a little bit scary to begin with. We ended the week with a Hedgehog Class collage of Saint Nicholas.
We rounded off another busy week with a topic day, where we focused on Scotland and Saint Andrew. Of course that necessitated baking some shortbread!
Homework books will be out next week with updated reading and spelling lists.
Hedgehog Class have celebrated lots of birthdays this week, some bigger than others, and it has been lovely for the children to enjoy their special day in their home clothes; along with the birthday crown.
We started our fiction book 'The Building Boy' this week and have enjoyed making and sequencing the story with some helpful props, before we move on to starting to write the story next week.
In topic we have discussed the continents (not to be confused with consonants or vowels Year 2's) and enjoyed watching a David Attenborough clip about Antarctica, as well as focusing on the UK and where Salisbury may, or may not, be located!
We've had a busy start to the term and have enjoyed listening to different styles of poetry before creating our own firework poem. The banana poem was a particular favourite! We have also started our topic this week and it was lovely to see the exciting facts and pictures the children wrote and drew over the holiday - our topic board is looking amazing; thank you!
We have had a great time learning all about the moon landing and I hope you enjoyed our class worship!
Homework books will be coming out on Monday with some information based on questions asked during the parents evenings.
We used Sycamore seeds and Autumnal leaves to give us some seasonal, adjective-inspiration in our writing this week, although the moon landing proved too much of a pull and we have been enjoying topic learning during some of our English lessons.
Hedgehog class have also learned about the Greek Titan Atlas and how there is no need for us to carry our worries around; instead we have a worry box where they can be thrown away. Keeping with positive well-being, we have also discussed how important it is to remain healthy on the inside and out. Some relaxing music helped us to stay calm whilst we completed our learning.
This week, amongst other things, we have learnt about food chains and what predators and prey are, tried out some yoga techniques, created some fabulous conker crafts and finally started our learning about Neil Armstrong - it has certainly been a giant leap!
Thank you to all who were able to help with our woodland walk; we were so fortunate with the weather! There are lots of great pictures from the morning but I am saving them till our class worship on the 18th October (although the children have had a sneaky peak!).
With it being a short week this week due to the TD day, we have had no topic learning however, next week we will be starting to look into Neil Armstrong - I know lots of the children have some amazing items to bring in on a Friday but the topic is running till the end of term, so there will be plenty of opportunities to share the facts!
Have a lovely weekend
This week has seen Hedgehog Year 1's flourish with their beautiful handwriting; they've been practising their joins with some letters, whilst the Year 2's have really concentrated on their spellings. Thank you for all the help with homework; it's great to see everyone having a go and we certainly have lots of Professor Assessor whizzes! Can I please remind you to ensure homework books are handed in on a Thursday so new spellings can be added, ready for Friday.
We're looking forward to our walk on Monday; fingers crossed the weather remains dry...
It was lovely to meet those of you that were able to attend on Tuesday; hopefully you found the evening useful. If there are any further questions, please find me on the playground in the morning, after school or contact me via the office.
Our class explorer walk will take place on Monday 23rd September. Thank you for all the kind offers of help, a letter will be coming home next week with the details.
We've had another busy and fun week; have a look at a snap-shot of our activities. I've saved the musical ensemble video for another time!
Our topic for Term 1 is 'Intrepid Explorers', where we will be investigating two great explorers, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. We'll also become explorers and learn about our local habitat during our science lessons.
We have had a lovely start to our year in Hedgehog Class. The children have settled in very well and we have been quick to establish our new routines. As well as agreeing the class rules, drawing self-portraits, discussing the Creation Story and harvesting some delicious looking carrots, the children have also been reading, practising their spellings and familiarising themselves with number facts - it's been a busy week!
Do come along to the 'meet the teacher' evening next Tuesday, where you can find out more and ask any questions. I will also be explaining the forthcoming homework.
Thank you for all the offers of help on our 'woodland exploration'; I will confirm details over the next week.
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