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Year 1/2 (Hedgehogs) Terms 1, 2 & 3

Welcome to Year 1/2 - The Hedgehogs!

Keep watching our class page as we will be filling it with exciting class news, photographs and video clips of things we’ve done during our lessons!

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The newsletter for Term 3 has been added to the website and this will give you some information on work that is being covered during lessons this term.

So after running our back to basic letter formation course we would like to share some writing transformations! Please look at the before and after!

These are the posters we use here in our classroom, you may like to look at them or display them at home.

Please see Mr Hygate’s class page to see photographs from our whole school Team Robots and the Meanies project.

Please see Mr Hygate’s class page to see photographs from our whole school Team Robots and the Meanies project. 1

Today we spent the day learning about how to stay safe when online!

Today we spent the day learning about how to stay safe when online! 1

Miss Chapman's literacy group have created their own version of round and round the village poem.

 

Our class poem - Round and round Stowting:

Round and round Stowting.

Round and round Stowting.

Round and round Stowting.

Like we always do.

 

Cycling down the steep hills of Stowting,

Cycling down the steep hills of Stowting,

Cycling down the steep hills of Stowting,

Like we always do.

 

Crawling through the bushes of Stowting,

Crawling through the bushes of Stowting,

Crawling through the bushes of Stowting,

Like we always do.

 

Dropping down the Fireman’s pole in Stowting,

Dropping down the Fireman’s pole in Stowting,

Dropping down the Fireman’s pole in Stowting,

Like we always do.

 

Driving through the streets of Stowting,

Driving through the streets of Stowting,

Driving through the streets of Stowting,

Like we always do.

 

Gliding through the air of Stowting,

Gliding through the air of Stowting,

Gliding through the air of Stowting,

Like we always do.

 

Great fun was had this week at the Infant games!

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Quick reminder:  If you are the parent of a Year 1 child, we would like to invite you to attend an information session regarding the statutory test your child will have to sit this June. In order to make this session available to all Year 1 parents, we will be offering a morning and an afternoon session which will take place this Thursday. The session will only be half an hour to forty-five minutes and will be held at 8.30am and again at 3.00pm.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Mrs Uden & Mrs Jackson

We are going to be having a class focus on using cursive handwriting and it would be especially helpful if you would work on this at home with your child. You will find useful resources in the Phonics & Handwriting section of our website that can be downloaded and used. Thank you in advance for your commitment to your child's learning.

We are going to be having a class focus on using cursive handwriting and it would be especially helpful if you would work on this at home with your child. You will find useful resources in the Phonics & Handwriting section of our website that can be downloaded and used. Thank you in advance for your commitment to your child's learning. 1
We are going to be having a class focus on using cursive handwriting and it would be especially helpful if you would work on this at home with your child. You will find useful resources in the Phonics & Handwriting section of our website that can be downloaded and used. Thank you in advance for your commitment to your child's learning. 2

We had a visitor from the fire services and learnt some important safety tips.

We have completed some practical based money work using different coins to buy various items from Miss Chapman's shop!

In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!

In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  1
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  2
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  3
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  4
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  5
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  6
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  7
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  8
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  9
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  10
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  11
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  12
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  13
In Science, this afternoon, Hedgehog’s made some space art work pictures! We all had lots of fun creating the background by blending pastels and then we coloured and sorted a set of the planets! Mrs Jackson was really proud of how hard we worked on this task!  14

We carried on our letter writing task, we created a class checklist of all the key features we needed to include in our letter writing!

Using our class text ‘Dear Greenpeace’ this week we have pretended that an animal has come to live in our garden, we then wrote a letter (pretending we were from Greenpeace) explaining why we wouldn’t have seen our animal in the garden.

This week we have been focusing on our problem solving skills. We have been trying to identify missing numbers in calculations, here are some examples of our workings out!

We have learnt a simple rhyme to help us remember the name and order of the planets in our Solar System. We also know that Pluto is now not considered to be a planet!

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In the story Emily thinks she has a blue whale living in the pond in her garden, so today we have spent some time researching facts about blue whales!

Our current English work is all about letter writing, we are using the story Dear Greenpeace as our stimulus. First we had to find out what the charity Greenpeace actually does to help the environment.

Our current English work is all about letter writing, we are using the story Dear Greenpeace as our stimulus. First we had to find out what the charity Greenpeace actually does to help the environment. 1
Our current English work is all about letter writing, we are using the story Dear Greenpeace as our stimulus. First we had to find out what the charity Greenpeace actually does to help the environment. 2
Our current English work is all about letter writing, we are using the story Dear Greenpeace as our stimulus. First we had to find out what the charity Greenpeace actually does to help the environment. 3
Our current English work is all about letter writing, we are using the story Dear Greenpeace as our stimulus. First we had to find out what the charity Greenpeace actually does to help the environment. 4
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Mrs Brown, myself and the rest of the team would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas, we hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. We would also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for all of the wonderful cards and gifts we have received!

Some super shots from Prickly Hay!

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Could we possible have all required costumes in on Monday 3rd December. Thank you for this in advance!

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We had great fun playing tag rugby this week!!!!!! Could parents just make sure that all Hedgehogs have the correct PE kit in school (plus a bag to put muddy shoes in) and that children can put this kit on independently.

Year 1’s also have their first lesson on odd and even numbers!

Year 1’s also have their first lesson on odd and even numbers!  1
Year 1’s also have their first lesson on odd and even numbers!  2

Year 1 spent a lesson learning a song and then ordering the days of the week correctly.

Year 1 spent a lesson learning a song and then ordering the days of the week correctly. 1
Year 1 spent a lesson learning a song and then ordering the days of the week correctly. 2
Year 1 spent a lesson learning a song and then ordering the days of the week correctly. 3

Year 2 have been working really hard on halving both even and odd numbers. They have also been focusing on using neat, clear workings out! Here are a few examples of their work.

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Science show! Today the Hedgehogs were really lucky as we got to visit the Rabbit's Science Fair.The Rabbits taught us a little bit about magnets by creating some amazing games for us to play! (Have a look at the Rabbit's webpage for some photographs!)

Don’t forget to wear your Pudsey or Blush ears to school on Friday to celebrate Children In Need 2018! Also bring in some loose change to help us decorate our Pudsey face with coins!

Don’t forget to wear your Pudsey or Blush ears to school on Friday to celebrate Children In Need 2018! Also bring in some loose change to help us decorate our Pudsey face with coins!  1

Our amazing Inter Faith Week visit from Imam Hasan and Rabbi Cohen!

Our new classroom display which shows off our Rangoli pattern artwork and Diwali research.

Our new classroom display which shows off our Rangoli pattern artwork and Diwali research. 1
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We have spent some of our lesson time researching what the festival Diwali is and looked at why Hindu's celebrate.

Here are some of the facts we discovered:

  • Diwali is an important Hindu festival, it is the Hindu festival of light.

  • Hindu’s celebrate because it is the start of their new year.

  • The word Diwali means row of lighted lamps.

  • The festival celebrates the Goddess Lakshmi.

  • Hindu’s light diva lamps.

  • The festival means it is time for: cleaning the house, decorating the house with lights, buying new clothes, exchanging gifts, having a family meal and creating Rangoli patterns.

 

We then moved onto designing a Rangoli pattern.

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Rangoli Patterns

 

During Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns on the floor by the front door to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and is said to bring good fortune. Rangoli patterns are traditionally drawn using rice grains, flour, sand or chalk and designs are usually taken from nature or are pattern based.

We have been looking at time this week in maths, year 1’s have been working on identifying o’clock and half past times and year 2’s have been looking at quarter past and quarter to times.

Here are some photographs of our shoeboxes we created for our Safari Geography project. These were amazing!

The Hedgehog's have been working hard on their keep fit skills! How many bright red faces can you see?

A few snaps from today's habitat walk!

We are hoping to go on a habitat walk around the local area on Friday morning which links to our current Science unit of work. Please could you ensure that your child has a pair of wellington boots and a rain coat in school!

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We spent lots of time researching safari animals, we found out some really interesting facts!

We spent lots of time researching safari animals, we found out some really interesting facts! 1
We spent lots of time researching safari animals, we found out some really interesting facts! 2
We spent lots of time researching safari animals, we found out some really interesting facts! 3
We spent lots of time researching safari animals, we found out some really interesting facts! 4
We spent lots of time researching safari animals, we found out some really interesting facts! 5

Pictures of the most amazing safari sunsets! What fabulous artisits you are Hedgehogs!

Here are a few examples of some parts of our independent story writing. We created our own version of the Little Red Riding Hood traditional tale.

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We now have our own class wellie boot rack!

Mrs Uden has asked if all parents could now provide their child with a pair of boots that can be kept here in school, please could you also ensure that these are clearly labelled with your child's name.

Many thanks for doing this in advance.

Next week we will be completing some more art based work. We are going to be creating a safari sunset picture, we need to find out how to make a silhouette and find out how to mix watercolour paints. Watch out for some finished examples next week!

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Traditional African Music Compilation: African Tribal Music & African Melodies

We have been listening to African music in class whilst we have been working and several of the children have asked for the link so they can share this with their family at home.

Meet the Hedgehog tribe!

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The Maasai Tribe love music and dance, both are very special in the Maasai culture. They sing lots of songs together, wear lots of beaded jewellery and wear their best clothes. The Maasai Tribe perform a special dance, called the jumping dance.

 

We are currently making our own version of a Maasai collar so watch out for the photographs!

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Maasai Jumping Dance

Maasai warriors in Kenya perform the competitive jumping dance.

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I’m so exited to see the safari in a shoebox projects next week, i’ve already had a few sent in and it’s causing great excitement!!!

I’m so exited to see the safari in a shoebox projects next week, i’ve already had a few sent in and it’s causing great excitement!!! 1
I’m so exited to see the safari in a shoebox projects next week, i’ve already had a few sent in and it’s causing great excitement!!! 2
I’m so exited to see the safari in a shoebox projects next week, i’ve already had a few sent in and it’s causing great excitement!!! 3

We are looking at mini beasts in Science and we have created a new habitat for these creatures!

We are looking at mini beasts in Science and we have created a new habitat for these creatures! 1
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We are looking at mini beasts in Science and we have created a new habitat for these creatures! 3
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The Creation Song

We spent two lessons working on character descriptive writing!

Today the Hedgehog’s have created a working wall with all the questions that they would like to research for our topic 🇰🇪

Our current Literacy project is based traditional tales and today we have been working on our story retelling skills! Here are 2 fantastic pieces of year 2 work!

Our current Literacy project is based traditional tales and today we have been working on our story retelling skills! Here are 2 fantastic pieces of year 2 work! 1
Our current Literacy project is based traditional tales and today we have been working on our story retelling skills! Here are 2 fantastic pieces of year 2 work! 2

The Hedgehog class have been working hard on their Geographical skills this week!

 

We have been using an atlas to help us locate where the United Kingdom and Africa are placed on a world map.

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We then looked at a more detailed map of Kenya and located Nairobi (the capital city), Kisumu and Mombasa (other cities), Mount Kenya (a mountain), lake Victoria (a water source) and also the Indian Ocean. We then created our own version of a map of Kenya and even used a key, Mrs Jackson was very impressed!

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Our new Geography topic is all about going on safari whilst in Kenya!

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Today we spoke about needing a passport, then we made our plane tickets and boarding passes, after that we boarded our flight on Kenyan Airways and travelled to Kenya! The Hedgehogs have now arrived at their destination and are waiting to explore!

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In flight safety video In flight attendant

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The votes are in and Mrs Jackson is pleased to announce that our new Year 1/2 School Council members are ... ... ... ... ...

 

Year 1: Hector and Bonnie

Year 2: Bertie and Seren

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