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Hippos - Year 1 & Year 2

Welcome to Hippos

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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  'Over and under the Ocean'   We will also be focusing on the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and celebrate this remarkable achievement. 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  Tuesday afternoon and on a Wednesday. 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 have continious provision which are activities the children can access independently often based on topic ideas and cover the whole of the curriculum. One activity this half term is a travel agency. 

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. We also add work on SEESAW such as maths activities and Topic homework. 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.   








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Curriculum Information

Parental Meeting Information.

We will be celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee this half term and learning lots about the Queen and her role in our society. We will be having our Jubilee picnic but all week we will focus on activities based around the Jubilee celebration and HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second.  The children will be producing art work and musical pieces through out the week.




In English  this half term our  stories are 'Tiddler' and ' The Snail and the Whale'.   These will be done in our topic over and under the ocean.  When reading Tiddler we will be making stories up to explain why Tiddler is late every morning!  When reading the story 'The snail and the Whale the children will write a postcard from the snail to tell his family about the exciting places he is visiting.

Through out the half term we will also focus on grammar including super sentences and the use of suffixes. The children will also be encouraged to use these in their writing and learn about them in their shared reading. Through all of this we will also continue with our phase 5 phonics and the use and application of these sounds in reading and writing.



In Our Mathematics we take a mastery approach. We continue to  focus on addition and subtraction with increasing amounts up to 100(Year 2) and 50-100 (Year 1)  We will focus on multiplication, division and money and use these in both practical and problem solving sessions.


In our science lessons we will  investigate "Animals including humans". We will focus on the different groups of animals including the ocean animals  and will also learn about the life cycles  of animals focusing on frogs and investigating our pond habitat in our wildlife area.









In our our topic work this half term we will focus on naming and labeling the 7 Continents and the Oceans of the world.  In Computing, in Year 2, we will focus on the use the Google Chromebooks to create a presentation on Ocean Animals using Google Slides . In year one the children will be using Scratch Junior to program different characters to move in certain ways and directions. THis will also recap on our work on Algorithms. In art the children will learn about  Michelle Reader who is famous for making animal sculptures from recycled materials. The children will produce an ocean animal sculpture themselves from recycled materials, so please get collecting!!!!  In Design Technology We will be making and evaluating our own sock puppet ocean animals. We will also bake a biscuit that has a sea shape theme.

We continue to follow the Charanga music scheme and listen and respond to different styles of music and explore pulse rhythm and pitch with the year one children learning about being "Your Imagination " and the year two children will be  listening and appraising different music. Then they will be learning how to sing different songs and accompany them with instruments. Finally, they will be performing to others. Within Religious Education we will be focusing on the topic of “Story” The children will be listening to stories from Christianity and Judaism and then talking about their meanings. They will be then recording them as a comic strip for other children to read.

All of this and a visit to an aquarium!!!!!



Jigsaw (PSE/PSHE) and British Values.


Our Jigsaw Theme (PSE/RHSE curriculum) is 'Changing Me'  We always think about our British Values and our focus this half term will be based on our work on The Platinum Jubilee.



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.

We had a fab time doing our Forest Schools work! We made potions and had a good time finding our ingredients!

We had a great time at Vicar Water.

We had great fun when White Post Farm visited! The children were fascinated watching the animals/insects and love holding and touching them.

We really enjoyed our Robin Hood Drama Workshop!

World Book Day. Eric Carle was the author we used as our theme.

Our Big Bedtime Event!

The Great Fire of London Workshop.

We had a great time in our Forest Schools work and we also used tools!

We really enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year! We did Chinese Dragon dancing!

KS1 Christmas Concert- Part 1

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KS1 Christmas Concert- Part 2

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Harvest festival song - Harvest Samba

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We had great fun on Children in Need Day. Thank you for all your support and pennies!

We had great fun learning Indian dancing on Diwali Day!

Making fruit kebabs!

We had a great time at the allotment!

We had a great time in our chocolate workshop!