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.
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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