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 'Our Wonderful World' 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 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 or Bug Club. 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.
In English this half term our stories are 'Katie in London' , 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London' and ' The Runaway Wok'. The children will be writing a postcard with a London theme. They will write a fact sheet based on the Great Fire of London. Finally The children will be writing an alternative ending of the story Runaway Wok. We have a visiting theatre company linked to The Great Fire of London and a company who will do Chinese Dragon Dancing with the children.
In Our Mathematics we take a mastery approach. We continue to focus on place value in number where the numbers are increaing in size We will focus on number facts and in some cases the children will be using money. Then we will learn mathematical methods to use in addition and subtraction of number. 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 continue to investigate everyday materials and their uses In Year One and Year Two the children will design a way to keep an egg safe when travelling down a ramp. The children will also evaluate their work and write up their observations.
In our our topic work this half term we will focus on our country and China and think and observe the differences between the two countries in our Geography sessions. In computing we will focus on creating and testing Algorithms. In Art we will use collage to make Chinese Dragons and we will observe and learn about the artist Peter Clark and in DT we will be making scones . We will learn about Greay Fire of London in our History sessions. We will celebrate Chinese New Year by tasting Chinese food as well as doing our Chinese Dragon dancing workshop.
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 the Banana Rap and the year two children performing I wanna play in a Band .
Our Jigsaw Theme (PSE/RHSE curriculum) is 'Dreams and Goals' We always think about our British Values and our focus this half term will be on the rule of law.
Useful website links.
Below are some websites you may find useful to support your child's learning: