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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  '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. This is generally every Friday. Please ensure that all books and diaries are in every Friday.  The Children  receive 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 continuous provision which are activities the children can access independently often based on topic ideas and cover the whole of the curriculum. The year one children continue the Rainbow Challenges. One of our  activities this half term is a travel agents. 

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.   







Curriculum Information



In English  this half term our  stories are 'Trevor Travels to London  ' , 'Wombat goes Walkabout' and  'The Big Wide Mouthed Frog'.     These will be done in our topic  Our Wonderful World.  When reading Trevor Travels to London  we  will be creating a Tour guide to include the London Landmarks. When reading Wombat goes Walkabout  we will be writing facts about Australian animals and the Year 2 will create a non chronological report.  Finally when reading The Big Wide Mouthed Frog we will create riddles linked to animals.  Through all of this we will also continue with our phonics teaching using our new Super Sonic Phonics Scheme.





In Our Mathematics we take a mastery approach. In year one this half term we will focus on Money using our counting skills counting in 2s,5s and 10s.  We use addition and subtraction number facts to 20. We then use time as a measurement and move onto fractions.We look at place value to 50, positional language in geometry and finally using length, mass and capacity as measurements.  In year two we will use money and using addition and subtraction to 100 with a money focus. We will use time as  a measurement and then move onto fractions. We will then return to addition and subtraction of numbers to 100. We will consolidate our understanding of shape and finally using length, mass and capacity as a measurement.


In our science lessons we will  investigate materials thinking about the types of materials and whether they are natural or man made. We will do an investigation involving making bridges and finally think about how some materials are harmful for the environment and how and why we need to recycle. 









In our our topic work this half term we will focus in Geography   on learning about the country Australia and comparing it to England   In Computing we will prepare for programming and coding. We will create and use algorithms.

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 "In the Groove  " and the year two children will be learning their music on the theme " I want to play in a band" Within Religious Education we will be focusing on the topic of “ Religious Symbols  " in year one and in year two we will focus on " Religious Leaders" . We will also learn about Chinese New Year.




Jigsaw (RHE) and British Values.


Our Jigsaw Theme (PSE/RHSE curriculum) is '' Dreams and Goals " thinking about what we would dream and aspire to do. Our British Value this half term is the Rule of Law.



            Forest Schools

 Hippos will be doing Forest Schools on the following dates and the children will need appropriate clothing and footwear.


      Tuesday 10th January 2023

       Tuesday 24th January 2023

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

Grandad Wheels -the children enjoyed the visit by this author.

Playground Games from the past.

Our Diwali Dancing.

Forest Schools

Harvest Samba 2022

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Useful website links.

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