A warm welcome to all parents and pupils!
We are Hedgehog Class, made up of Miss Saffron (Class Teacher), Mrs Walden (Teaching Assistant) and 24 wonderful little people.
We look forward to an exciting year of learning together.
Our School Day
Our school day begins promptly at 8:30am when we will begin our morning lessons.
Please can children bring in a bottle of plain water each day to keep hydrated along with weather-appropriate clothing (jumpers, cardigans and coats as it gets colder). It’s really helpful for children’s personal items to be clearly labelled with their names so that, should anything get lost, belongings can be quickly returned.
At break times children will be provided with a fruit snack such as oranges, apples and pears. Hot school meals are to be booked over Parent Pay, or children can bring a healthy packed lunch. Please remember that we are a healthy and nut-free school which means that nuts, chocolate and sweets are not permitted.
The school day finishes at 3:15pm Monday-Thursday and 2pm on Fridays.
Here is our timetable to give you an idea of our school day:
Our P.E. lessons will be on alternate Monday afternoons and every Thursday afternoon.
This term’s alternate Monday PE lessons will be on the 18th September, 2nd October and 16th October.
Learning in Nature
We will be having 3 Learning in Nature sessions this term.
These sessions will be on alternate Mondays when there is no PE.
Learning in Nature sessions will be on the 11th September and 25th September. The date of our third session will be decided and communicated later into the term due to the 9th October being an Inset Day.
For these sessions, please can children bring into school some wellies, coats and clothing that can get wet and/or muddy. This means we can enjoy learning outside in all weathers and seasons!
Our Learning this Term
This term, our big question is ‘Where will our future take us?’ with a focus on computing. We have lots of exciting events coming up this term including dress-up days, a Careers Day and our termly Learning Showcase.
We will be exploring and discussing materials and seasonal changes in science this term, which means we will be taking part in lots of different crafts and experiments, linking our learning to our space theme this term. We will also be exploring the life and contributions of the amazing Neil Armstrong in our history lessons.
In PSHE we use the Jigsaw scheme. We also have Jerrie Cat who helps us with our ‘paws for thought’ moments. This term’s focus in PSHE is ‘Being Me in My World’ which looks at our hopes and fears, discussing how to work as a team and setting expectations for the school year ahead.
We use the Read Write Inc Phonics and Spelling programs and the children are familiar with Fred Frog, who helps us to read words. We place a high value on children’s reading and enjoyment of reading. Within our class we have 3 class reading sessions a week where children can enjoy listening to a story being read to them. Our English curriculum is driven by high quality texts, both for writing and reading. We use a three-phase approach in which contextual knowledge is acquired by pupils through access to a variety of linked texts, and writing is driven by a core text each term.
For further information about the Year 2 curriculum, please take a look at our topic web. If you or anyone you know has any skills that relate to any of our topics and are willing to volunteer, please talk to us!
Homework will be set through Purple Mash on Fridays to be handed in by Wednesday the following week. We also expect spellings to be practiced at home each week, which will be due on a Thursday and handed out on a Friday.
For other ways to support your child’s learning at home, we recommend:
- Reading for at least 15 minutes daily, which you should record in your child’s reading record. It is also good to talk to children about what they have read to help them develop discussion and comprehension skills. Reading for pleasure has been proven to have a huge impact on children’s understanding of the world, development of empathy and acquisition of vital life skills to name a few, so reading with your child is one of the most valuable things you can do!
- Keeping your children up to date on current events. You can do this in an age-appropriate way using sites like Newsround, and this allows children to keep up with what is going on in the world.
We operate an open-door policy, so if there are any concerns or worries you are more than welcome to come by and talk to us! It’s best to catch us after school but if there are any immediate concerns on drop-off, please catch one of us. We are here to help and always want the best for you and your child and will try to support you as best as we can.
Miss Saffron and Mrs Walden
Take a look at our learning environment!