Forrest View

Hedgehogs

Year 2 - Miss F. Johnson

 

My name is Miss Johnson and I am the teacher of Hedgehogs class.  The other adults who will be working in our classroom are Mrs Robins, Mrs Mansell and Mrs Farrugia.

Our topic this term is ‘Read all about it!’ in which we will be investigating an extreme storm that has damaged the Reception classes’ outdoor area. We will be investigating the damage by interviewing eye witnesses and writing newspaper reports on the incident.

Our other Literacy topics include story writing based on the ‘Percy the park keeper’ stories, in which we will be using adjectives and connectives to make our writing even better. We will also be working on our spelling, punctuation and grammar. Then we will be creating our own weather poems and performing them with sound effects in music.

In Science we will be focusing on the properties of everyday materials. We will be promoting team work as the children will be working in groups to plan and carry out investigations to identify the most suitable materials to construct a storm-proof house.

In other areas of the curriculum we will also be focusing on weather. In PE, the children will be creating weather dances. Through art, the children will be experimenting with colour, pattern, texture, line and shape to create a variety of weather inspired pieces of art. In music, we will be learning about the tempo, dynamics and texture of music and the children will apply this when creating our own storm and sound effects.

After half term, we will focus on the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and North and South Pole. We will identify the key human and physical features of these areas with the children using maps and aerial photos as our key skills. This links with our ICT topic in which the children will follow routes using Beebots and Probots by creating and debugging simple algorithms.

Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure PE kits are in school. As we will be spending some time in forest schools it would be great if the children could have suitable warm clothing and footwear which could be left in school during the spring term.

We will also set a homework pack with weekly activities to complete. The activity pack will be handed out in the first week and can be returned at the end of term or weekly if preferred. The children will receive merits for each completed piece of homework handed in. It is also essential that you hear your child read daily and support them with their phonic packs. A merit will be given each time your child reads at home. We will also be focusing on times tables so please practice these with your child at home. We will be focusing on number bonds to 10 and 20.

We look forward to another exciting term filled with engaging learning opportunities.