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summer hedgehog Hedgehog Class

 PLEASE NOTE: 

MA, SPaG and spellings are given out on a Friday. MA and SPaG are due in on a Wednesday but the children can get bonus house points for bringing them in early. Spellings are tested on a Friday, giving the children a full week to learn the words and their meanings. The Spelling Home Book MUST be bought in on a Friday to allow us to show you which words they spelt correctly in the test and to stick in the new spellings for that week. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

 

hedgehogs 16.17 

 

Welcome to Summer Term at Leigh!

Many thanks to the Taylor family for giving Rigby, our class hamster, a home over the holidays. He had a brilliant time sharing your holiday with you! 

 

This page will contain information on what you will need, what we will be doing in class and links to any additional homework you are given. It will be updated regularly so keep checking back to see what's new. 

The School Day:

Please remember that the school day now starts at 8.45. Doors will be open from 8.30 and children should come straight into the classroom when they arrive.  

Equipment: 

All children in KS2 are required to write in fountain pen, however we understand that this is not an easy transition for some children and we will therefore do a lot of work on penmanship in class. You can bring in a simple pencilcase (that will fit in your tray) in which you will need a fountain pen, blue ink cartridges, Berrol handwriting pen (in blue) and you may want a pencil, rubber and sharpener. Please make sure you bring spare ink cartridges to school as these will not be provided!

Hedgehogs will be doing Swimming on a Thursday afternoon this term as their PE. Please ensure a FULL PE kit is still in school all week and that it is all clearly labelled. 

 

For Forest School sessions, you will need spare clothes as usual and appropriate footwear. Please check the calander for Forest School dates for Hedgehogs. 

Please make sure you bring a coat in to school as you will still be going outside to play - even if it's raining!

 

Topic

This term our topic will be 'Rock of Ages'.

caveman

We will be travelling back to Prehistoric times, starting with the Stone Age and moving through to the Bronze and Iron Ages. We will look at how we know about these times and the clues that were left behind. Our journey through the Stone Age will look at the earliest forms of dwellings and how hunter-gatherers lived their lives. We will create cave paintings using natural materials and make our own bow and arrows. In Science, the Hedgehogs will look at types of rocks, their formations, where they can be found and how they can be identified. 

To link with our topic, we will be reading Stig of the Dump by Clive King as our class text. 

 

  Things to do at home: 

In Hedgehogs we always encourage further learning at home. Below is a list of suggested activities that could be done at home. 

- Visit a Prehistoric site and take pictures or write a report of what you saw. 

- Write a story from Stig's point of view. What would it be like being a cave man in the modern day? 

- Create a model of a cave dwelling.

- Research extinct animals that would have lived in Britain in prehistoric times. Write a fact file about them. 

 

English

Some of our work in English will link with our topic work. This will include creative writing, persuasive writing and non-fiction reports. Hedgehogs will also have stand-alone Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons and handwriting sessions. 

 We will start the Summer Term by looking at humorous fiction writing using the stories of David Walliams as a guide. We will look at his writing style and how he builds up character profiles and tells the story from a child's point of view. Hedgehogs will write their own humorous stories to finish the unit. 

Alongside this, on Monday mornings, Hedgehogs will work on non-fiction persuasive writing with Mr Eaton. 

Following on from this, the class with look at traditional poems. They will explore the vocabulary of sounds and study the use of adjectives and adverbs/adverbials as descriptions. They will write poetry inspired poems such as Sounds in the Evening by Eleanor Farjeon.

 We will have regular guided reading sessions where small groups will study a book appropriate to their reading and comprehension ability. 

Our class book is currently 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King. 

 

Maths

Maths lessons happen daily. The details of what we will be looking at over the next few weeks are below. 

 - 3D shapes, their nets and their properties

- Equivalent fractions, addition and subtraction of fractions and fractions of amounts

- Decimal places and rounding to the nearest whole number

- Problem solving involving all four operations

Some Hedgehogs will also do additional groups outside of maths lessons with a specific focus or area of need. 

Please note that we follow a spiralling curriculum and so each of these areas will be revisited in different contexts over the course of the year, allowing children to revise and practise their mathematical ability. All work will be differentiated and crafted to meet each child's needs.

 

This page will be updated again soon but please do not hestitate to come and see me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you all soon! 

 

Miss Marshall