Welcome to Hedgehog class! Our teacher is Mrs Jackson, who has been teaching for 16 years, and has worked at Bedwell for the last 7. 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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English - We have been observing the life cycle of a butterfly so we could write an explanation of its life cycle. We had 20 caterpillars in class that we observed daily, changing and growing until they turned into a pupa. We were very excited when they all turned into butterflies and enjoyed releasing them outside.
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.
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 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 begin by returning to our four core operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - securing and developing the strategies we have worked on this year and then using them to solve lots of different types of practical and written problems. We will explore different ways we can represent problems, including through the use of pictures and bar models, and use these to independently decide what maths we need to do.
Science - We will be continuing to explore the world of plants, identifying their common features and recognising similarities and differences between plants found in different countries and different habitats. We will describe the way that seeds grow and develop into mature plants, and will design and carry-out tests to find out what things plants do (and don’t) need in order to grow well.
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.