Welcome to Hedgehog class! Our teacher is Mrs Jackson, who has been teaching for 15 years, and has worked at Bedwell for the last 5. Her favourite things are Lindt chocolate and reading her Kindle. She doesn’t like running very much, and is scared of spiders!
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Science & DT - We investigated the work of famous inventors. We read and wrote biographies of Thomas Edison, Charles Macintosh, the Wright Brothers and Henry Ford, and then designed our own amazing inventions to help solve everyday problems (like cleaning our rooms and doing our homework!) We had great fun junk-modelling our designs, and then wrote descriptions of how they worked.
English - In the first half of the term we read and learnt the story of Where the Wild Things Are. We arrived at school to find a boat had appeared and after some in depth discussions we established it belonged to Max from Where the Wild Things Are. We learnt the actions to retell the story and thought in depth about the settings. We have developed our understanding of adjectives and verbs and now know what a noun is.
Maths - We have been exploring number in depth over the last few weeks, building our understanding of place value with two digit numbers using a variety of counting manipulatives. We have been able to count on in ones and tens and thought about how the digits change when we do this. Our chanting of 2s, 5s and 10s is taking place daily, and we are also spending lots of time rehearsing our counting to 100 so we can recognise the numbers confidently.
English - Our next English unit will see us focussing on explanation texts, based around animal life cycles. We will learn a model text to help us explore the features and structure of this tricky genre, and will then use this to support our own writing. We will be focussing on sentence structures, using causal conjunctions such as so and because to show the reason why things happen, as well as ensuring that we use key punctuation correctly. We will round-off our work by writing our own, independent explanations, explaining life cycles of other creatures. We will also continue to develop our phonics and spelling skills in daily Read Write Inc. sessions, and will practice our joined handwriting across all curriculum areas.
Maths - We will be returning to place value this term, thinking about different ways in which we can represent numbers, both on paper and in our heads. We will continue to focus on numbers to 100, making sure that we have embedded our understanding of tens and ones, ready for the step up to Year 3. We will then use all of this to help us to solve problems, using bar and cherry models to support our working.
Science - We will be learning about seeds, bulbs and plants this half-term. We will explore the features that plants share and learn to describe the basic structure. We will describe the way that seeds grow and develop into mature plants, and will conduct our own experiments to test how plants are affected by their environment. Finally we will explore what plants need in order to stay healthy.
Humanities - In our geography lessons, we will be learning about seaside environments. We will discuss what people do when they go on seaside holidays and learn about natural and man-made features that we find in these places. We will then choose a specific seaside resort to investigate further (selected based on our own experiences) and compare this town with life in Stevenage. In history, meanwhile, we will explore seaside holidays from the past and discover how they have changed over the years. We will use photos, video clips and first-hand accounts to support our learning, and will use all of this to discuss how seaside environments have changed.