Hedgehogs - Year 2

Welcome to Hedgehog class! Our teacher is Mrs Jackson, who lots of us know really well, as she taught us in Nursery. She has been teaching for 14 years, and has worked at Bedwell for the last 4. Her favourite things are Lindt chocolate and reading her Kindle. She doesn’t like running very much, and is scared of spiders!

Home learning ideas:

  • We have started using Google Classroom in class, and we should now all be familiar with it as a platform for learning beyond school.
  • We are regularly set maths tasks and challenges via Mathletics, and should all know how to log in - let your teacher know if you can't get on.
  • Try to spot where we use maths skills in everyday life – whenever something needs sharing between family members (sweets, biscuits, grapes etc), practice sharing them out one at a time, making sure each person has an equal amount - is there a remainder, or does the number share perfectly? 
  • Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. When you reach a number (eg. 20) ask how many 2s there are in that number? How many 5s? Encourage your child to use drawings, fingers or number lines to work it out. 
  • Constant practice of reading and phonics is just about the most valuable thing you can do at home. Try to read with your child as often as possible and talk to them about what they’ve read. There’s guidance on supporting phonics availabe on the Ruth Miskin site, here.    
  • In history, we’re learning about explorers, so try finding out about more of these great characters – they might be space explorers like Neil Armstrong, jungle explorers like David Livingstone, globetrotters like Ibn Battuta or British sailors like James Cook. You could watch video clips, read about their adventures or find some of the places that they went to on a map or a globe. There are some resources (aimed at KS2, but they work here) to get you started here on the BBC Bitesize website. 
  • Understanding the difference between living, dead and never alive is a key part of our next science topic, so go on a search around the garden or park to see what you can find that fits in each group, and talk about how you know which category they go in. There are loads of useful resources to support you on the Oak Academy site, too.

Our latest news:

  • During Lockdown, as part of our remote learning we chose a book to look at each week, which enabled us to read new stories we hadn’t read before. One of our favourites was The Day the Crayons Quit. We imagined being a crayon and why we wouldn’t want to colour anymore, we wrote letters to the main character Duncan and explored the use of these colours in our art work, producing some lovely pieces in the style of Mondrian. We were als  asked by 1Decision (the people behind our PSHE lessons) to join in with a ‘Smile’ initiative they have been running, which aimed to encourage people to be happy in this challenging time. They asked us to submit videos, pictures or drawings of anything that had made us smile. Lots of us sent our ideas in - and this picture was one of our favourites!
  • In science , we have been learning about materials. We have investigated what floats and what sinks (playdoh doesn't float - we were surprised), tested the strength of different materials by building bridges (uncooked spaghetti is surprisingly strong) and this week we explored different ways to change the shape of materials. We tried stretching, squeezing, twisting and bending - and, as you can see here, we tried very hard to find out what you can (and cannot) cut through!  
  • School Council elections - One of our first tasks this term was to elect our new School Councillors. We thought carefully about the skills we thought a good class representative should have, what we liked about our school and how it could be improved further. Building on this, we then drew on all our understanding to write speeches (with a bit of help from our mums and dads), ’selling’ ourselves to the rest of our class and showing why we’d be the perfect Councillor. It was a tough choice, with loads of us making fantastic speeches, but once voting was complete and all the ballots had been counted, we elected Poppy and Max. You can read their speeches here.

"Bedwell Primary is a very caring and inclusive school. Pupils are proud of their school and behave well. They said that they feel happy and safe."  

Ofsted report, 2018

We have been learning about... 

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.

This term's topics

English - We will be learning the story of The Magic Porridge Pot at the start of the term, memorising it by heart to help us to use its structure and language to create our own stories. We will explore the original text, answering comprehension questions, looking at similarities to other stories we already know and discussing the way that the author has made key moments particularly exciting. Throughout our work, we will continue to develop our basic sentence punctuation skills, ensuring that all our sentences make sense and are grammatically accurate.

Maths - We will be focussing on division and multiplication next term, relating this learning to counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10, as well as exploring the connection between the 10 times table and place value. We will also learn how to solve two-step problems using objects and drawings to explain our thinking. In addition, we will be developing our understanding of place value, and will use this to support the addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers.

Science - We will be continuing to explore living things and their habitats. We will identify differences between things that are living, dead or have never been alive, and learn about the key features that all living things share. We will explore the places where particular animals live, and think about the ways in which these are linked to their characteristics.

Humanities - We will be finding out what ‘explorers’ are and what they do. We will also begin to find out how the way they explore (and the equipment they used) has changed over time. We will look at historical maps and use them to recognise that in the past the entire world was not ‘known’ or mapped. We will think about how these discoveries of new places might have changed the world. Building on this, we will then focus on the lives and achievements of Christopher Columbus.

Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.