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My name is Miss Drake and I am the Hedgehogs Class Teacher. Miss Haythorn is the Teaching Assistant.  We work closely to provide a fun and safe learning environment! 


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Year 2 Spellings


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The Hedgehogs have been really enjoying the work on the Titanic. Today in gymnastics they have exploring agility by moving their bodies in different ways at different heights which avoiding the ‘obstruction’ aka bench onboard the Titanic!

Happy New Year! 

This is half term our topic is ‘time travellers.’ In it we are being historians and learning all about the Titanic. The children have already made an excellent start and are showing lots of enthusiasm. Esme and Lydia have already done some extra work at home about it, well done girls. Thanks also to Alfred and Lilly T who have brought in some very useful books about the Titanic. If you have anything at home please send them in with your child. 


Here is our medium plan and newsletter for this half term

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The children have used to D.T. skills to make a moving Christmas cards. They used a split pin as a lever to allow the snowman to move across the ‘snow.’ We hope that you enjoyed them.

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At the end of Christmas church we visited St Peter’s church to allow us to look at how the church celebrates Christmas. We compared this to how the children celebrate. Reverend Carl told the children about the importance of the Advent Reef, the crib and the three kings. The children were then given the opportunity to explore the church where they enjoyed looking at the stain glass windows and were able to identify some important Christian figures in the pictures such as Mary and Joseph. Finally they performed some of their songs and dances from our nativity. A big thank you to those grown ups who were able to join us. 

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Science: properties of materials

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In Science we have been exploring properties of matierals. We talked about how we could make a shelter for our plants growing outside. We discussed how we needed a strong, waterproof material. The children then worked together to build a shelter. 

Continuing with our project

Investigating how materials change.

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Hedgehogs have been doing a fantastic job this week. They worked so well as a team following the process that Jane Perkins uses when making her artwork. 

They have brought in materials, sorted them into the relevant colours and begun to make the different parts of the world using the sorted materials. It was lovely to hear them getting excited about the continent they were working on and I was impressed at how they looked in the Atlas to see what sort of colours they needed to include. Great work Hedgehogs.

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Keep your eye out for your child’s PTA Christmas card. They will be coming home shortly.

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To celebrate Children In Need in Hedgehogs we investigated the perimeter of Pudsey using different equipment. Thanks to all of you for your donations.

On Friday we also had our Marble treat and enjoyed a pyjama party where we enjoyed a couple of treats and had a good sing along to music from Greece. Next Marble treat the children have requested a fancy dress party which I am sure will be equally as fun.

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Remembrance Day

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As part of our work on ‘let’s celebrate’ we are looking at the world and how we can celebrate our world by protecting it. We will be learning about the importance of recycling and ways we can do this. To start this off, in dance, we looked the continents the world is made up and worked in groups to use our bodies to produce them. 
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This afternoon we have started our new topic ‘Let’s Celebrate.

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To finish our topic on ‘Go Wild’ this week we our learning about Africa. The children have been researching African animals, finding out where Africa is and finding out about some famous landmarks in Africa. They have also looked at African patterns in clothing and animals and then had a go at making their own African patterns using different mediums.  

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Myself and Hedgdhogs have enjoyed ourselves out in Forest School this afternoon. The sun was shining down on us and the temperature was warm for October. 

Lots of the children had a go at making Halloween inspired spider webs, some of the girls worked together to put up a shelter whilst others enjoyed practicing their balance and climbing skills.

Week 5 Rugby

This week the children have been practicing their kicking skills. 

This afternoon we have learnt a bit about Mandrils and compared them to the gorilla in our class story ‘The Gorilla who wants to grow up.’ We learnt that they both live in Africa in the rainforest and that a group of Mandrills and Gorillas are called a troop. We also learnt that each troop has a leader. We learnt that Mandrills are about 3 feet tall making it the largest monkey. It has very distinctive colours including a colourful bottom which helps to attract females. 

After learning about the Mandrill the children had a go at using pastels to copy Henri Rousseau’s painting of a Mandrill. 

Rugby Week 4: This week in rugby we have been practicing decision making.

As part of our topic ‘Go Wild’ the children have been learning about the French artist Henri Rousseau. They looked at some of his different paintings, in particular his famous tiger painting ‘Surprise.’ Using this our focus the children have then used oil pastels to create their own tiger picture. 

In Maths the children have been having a go at explains how they know an answer is true or false.

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Week 3 in Rugby and the children have been learning all about arrow hands.

Today the children were extremely active. They have been trying their hardest to run as many laps of the circuit as they can do in 3 minutes. I wonder if they will be able to beat their personal best when we try again later in the year. 

Week 2 - RuggerEds and the children have been perfecting their tiger hands.

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What a great first rugby session we had today. The children learnt how to hold the ball correctly, to use tiger hands when catching and how to make a try along with a few other skills. A huge thanks to Joe and Jacob for making the session so much fun, the children and I are looking forward to what we will learn next week. 

The Gruffalo 

This half term our talk for writing unit will be based on The Gruffalo. The children will be using ideas from the familiar text in order to write their own monster tale. Today your child will have come home with a copy of our talk for writing story map. Please ask your child to use it to help them retell you the story. 

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First of all I would like to say welcome to Year 2. It sounds like the children had a lovely summer and were very busy. They have had a great start back to the year, you should all be very proud of how well they have settled in. 

This half term our topic is Go Wild! We started our topic off today with a super starter where the children explored lots of different activities all about plants and animals. We set up some experiments and posed some questions to explore in the topic. See our photos for more information. 

If you want to see what last years year 2 go up to then see below. 
All the children had a fabulous time at Whitehall. They worked well in their teams taking part bouldering, orienteering, caving and the zip wire. We were really lucky with the weather and were able to stay outside all day. 

Year 2 had a great time taking part in the High Peak School and Sports Partnership 

Our Science results 

We discovered that we were right about plants needing light and water. We were surprised to find out that the plants didn’t change colour when we we put them in the water with dye. 

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What will happen when we put our flowers in coloured water?

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Hedgehogs are scientists!

Today we set up a science investigation to test if it’s true that plants need sunlight and water. To do this we put a plant in the cupboard with water and no light. We put a plant in the sunlight with no water and we have a plant in the sunlight with water. Afterwards the children predicted what will happen to them - let’s see whose predictions will turn out to be true. 

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This week we made penguins and wrote instructions about them afterwards.


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Today we visited the community allotment in Fairfield as part of our project with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. It is a beautiful place to visit where the children were able to go pond dipping. They also learnt about the water cycle - they were fascinated to find out that we are drinking same water that was once drunk by dinosaurs. 

This week we have been learning all about special places. We talked about our own special places and compared them to a Mandir which is a Hindu temple. 
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What a fantastic time we all had at ‘Fairfest’ this afternoon, even the rain didn’t stop the fun. A huge thank you to all the parents that came and an even bigger thank you to those that joined in. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 

Today the children have been learning road safety.

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This afternoon in Hedgehogs we were being ‘photographers.’ We were thinking about how to improve our photographs. We talked about and practiced focusing the pictures to avoid blurriness. We also explored how zooming in or out allows us to capture exactly what we want to. 

The day we played football in English and Miss Drake and Miss Gratton got a red card.

This morning all of Year 1 played football during English. There was a lot excitement especially when Miss Drake kicked the football at the fence and Miss Gratton called her a silly name. To find out more you can read your child’s recount of the whole match. 
Well done to all those children who took part in the Easter bonnet parade. There were some excellent eateries and it was very hard for the PTA to choose the winners. 

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Northern Ballet

On Friday, Hedgehogs had a great time working with Keisha from the Northern Ballet. The children worked brilliantly both individually and in groups. 

Golden Mile

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Congratulations to the first four children for reaching 5 miles in our golden mile. All the children have been doing lots of running so I am sure it won’t be long before there will be more children receiving certificates. Thanks to Chris, Alex and Max from Premier Education for presenting these certificates. 


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This afternoon we have been learning about the Hindu celebration Holi. The classroom looked very colourful as we used artwork to represent how Hindu’s throw coloured powder paint at each other to celebrate good overcoming evil and the start of Spring. 
This half term our topic is ‘Knights, Castles, Dragons.’ We will be learning all about the different parts of a castle, what knights were and how they protected their castles. We will also be learning about the legend ‘George and the Dragon.’ 

What a fantastic time we had at the Making Space dance festival. The children practiced and performed at the Opera house where seats were sold out. They performed brilliantly and were very excited to be involved in the festival. A huge thank you to all the parents who were able to join us. 

Our Spring Term topic is 'Chocolate!'. We are looking forward to learning about how chocolate is made and becoming chocolate bar inventors! Take a look at our class newsletter to find out more! 

This afternoon Hedgehogs have been exploring properties of materials, thinking about how they change shape.

Trip to Chesterfield!

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We had a fantastic day in Chesterfield learning all about how the town and church get ready for Christmas!

What a great to start to healthy living week. All of Hedgehogs had a fantastic time with the RuggerEds coaches.