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Hippos - Year 1 & Year 2

Welcome to Hippos

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Parental Meeting Information.

Important Information for Hippo Class.


Welcome to Hippo Class we are a mixed Year 1 and 2 class. We are the Happy Helpful Hippos and we are encouraged to do the best we can in all areas.  Our Learning this half term will be based around the topic  'Food Glorious Food'   See below for details on what we are learning in our different curriculum areas . Children will have their reading books changed once a week. The children's progress is shown on a chart displayed in the window of the classroom. The children receive a sticker in their reading diaries for each 25 reads they do. They also receive other treats for passing specific milestones along the way!  PE will be on a  Wednesday afternoon and Thursday Afternoon. PE kits will be needed for this and currently the children need to come to school in their PE kits. All earrings will need to be covered by plasters/tape  on these days for health and safety. Please provide this in class for your child. 

Can all items of clothing be named that way we can return it to you as soon as possible. In the wintertime can ALL items be named this includes gloves, hats and scarfs as these are usually the items that go walkabout!

During the week the children are set Rainbow Challenges. These are activities that the children access independently. The activities have a colour linked and when they are completed the children receive a coloured lolly stick. If the children complete all the challenges on a Friday they receive a small treat such as a sweet or a lolly. 

Homework is set on a Friday to be returned or marked as done online on a Wednesday. It is usually based on activities such as Education City or Bug Club. We also add work on SEESAW such as maths activities. It is really important this is done by the children as it usually consolidates skills, activities or ideas that the children have already covered in class. Thank you for your help in this area.   







Curriculum Information



In English  this half term our  stories are 'Supertato Run Veggies Run' , 'Tasty Poems' and ' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.  The children will be making a wanted poster for Evil Pea when reading ' Supertato Run Veggies Run' They will then create their own tasty poem with a picnic theme . Finally they will use the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a stimulus to write a story about a visit to a chocolate factory. 


In Our Mathematics we take a mastery approach. Firstly we will focus on place value in number. Then we will  learn mathematical methods to use in addition and subtraction of number. We will use and understand 2D and 3D shapes and use and create patterns. We will use mathematical ideas within problem-solving and also realise the use of maths skills and concepts in our everyday life in class and at home. 


In our science lessons we will investigate animals, including humans. In Year One We will use the senses and Year Two the effects of sugar on teeth. We will use investigations to support our findings. We will think about what is needed for a healthy lifestyle including healthy food as well as the effect of exercise on our bodies.  









In our our topic work this half term we will focus on Mr Cadbury in our History sessions. In computing we will use the Purplemash program to create a piece of work and learn how to save that work into a folder. In Art and Design we will be making self portraits using Vincent Van Gogh as a stimulus. We will design a sweet or lolly with some help from a visiting chocolate company. In RE we will explore what it means to belong, looking at different beliefs and practices including festivals. 

We continue to follow the Charanga music scheme and listen and respond to different styles of music and explore pulse rhythm and pitch.



Jigsaw (PSE/PSHE) and British Values.


Our Jigsaw Theme (PSE/RHSE curriculum) is 'Being Me in My World'  We always think about our British Values and our focus this half term will be on Demoracy 



Useful website links.

Below are some websites you may find useful to support your child's learning:

Look at the slideshows below to show the exciting activities we have taken part in to help our learning.