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Another super effort on Bug Club this week with 20 children reading online... excellent news. Thank you to those of you who shared work on class dojo, it really is lovely to see. This will be our final week of sending out home school work... sad day for all, I am surewink! Next week (can you believe it) you have the chance to spend the day with your new teacher and head back into school if you haven't done so yet, this week's English includes completing some work for your new teacher, I hope you all manage to take the time to complete it.  smiley 

This week Mrs Foster is in school Monday and Tuesday and we are both in school on Wednesday. If you need to phone us for any reason, please call the school office on those days. Remember you can still contact us through class dojo at any time. smiley

For those of you in the final group to come in and see us, we are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 8.45 laugh


I have kept the last 2 week's work on here this week, so if there is anything you have missed or you would like the children to do in the final week then you can look back and see if there is anything to complete. 

Take a look at these live lessons and virtual tours!

Find your class homework here whilst the children are at home

As we know the schools are remaining closed for this week. If you have any queries or need support, please contact us via the message system on class dojo. Try to keep your day as follows

- A maths challenge

- An English challenge

- 15 minutes of reading 

- 15 minutes looking for and practising words with the weekly spelling rule

- A topic challenge  

- Time tables practice ( 2s,5s,10s and 3s) Don't forget to use TT rockstars

- Keep active - skipping round the garden, go for a family bike ride/walk or why not try a Joe Wickes PE session...

Maths for W/B 6.7.20

As this will be our final week of home school work, I have included a selection of work, activities and games.

There are sheets which you can print or draw your own, online games which you might recognise and some

activities to keep you busy.


First try money.   Ask a grown up for a handful of coins, sort them out, draw round them and write the value on them. 

How much money do you have?  Write the total, remember to give the coins back! smiley

If you like worksheets; there are 2 choices, the first uses smaller amounts of money and the next is more difficult.  

Or if you prefer a game try 


We can try Shape today

Look around your house to find different 2D and 3D shapes, which room has the most different shapes?  The bathroom?  The kitchen? See what you find out.

Then try the sheet called Maze puzzle or if you like a game it’s 


(If you are in group 3 and planning to join us in school- please save this for Wednesday)

Try times tables,  count in fives while you do star jumps, practise saying the 5 times table while you clap your hands or tap your feet.   Use tables for division facts with the sheet called….  Who is right? 

Or this games uses multiples….and coconuts!


Collecting data, collect 2 handfuls of lego or other tiny toys, sort them into groups.

You could sort them by size, shape or colour. Which group is the smallest?  Largest?

Use the Roadblock sheet with a graph to answer questions about data.


Lots of data and questions in this game.


Finally Friday, have lots of fun…



As we are using a few online games for maths this week here is a really useful link to online safety activities for children.

English for W/B 6.7.20

With this being our final week before the children get the chance to meet their new teacher,

we thought English could be a time of reminiscing and then preparing something to bring in for

their new teacher.


This week's spellings are question words. 

Even though this year has been cut short and we didn’t get chance to finish it together, I want you to think about all of the things we did get to do together.

Can you create a mini timeline of the things we have done? Remember a timeline puts everything in order starting with what happened first and leading up to today.


End of year 1                                                                        End of year 2



Below are a few things we did get to do this year (talk about them, can you remember them?) place them in order on your timeline but add your own if remember other things or things that happened to you specifically … like turning 7, made a new friend…?

Planetarium at the school (first day back after Christmas)

Our ‘What makes Britain Great?’ Topic (Started in September)

Pantomime (9th December)

Received a letter from the Queen (January)

Royal Tea day (11th December)

Learning about the First moon landing (End of January)

Making our Rockets (10th January)

Christmas play (17th December)

Learning about Tim Peake the most recent British astronaut to go into Space (February)

Harvest assembly with our Just can’t wait to be King Dance (October)

Home learning began (19th March)


Look back at your timeline, pick one thing from it which you either remember the most or you would call your favourite memory.

Draw a picture to represent it, think of as many adjectives as you can that will help you describe that memory or what happened. Add them around your picture.


(If you are in group 3 and planning to join us in school- please save this for Wednesday)

Write about your memory in any way you wish, perhaps you could turn it into a story, a diary entry, a poem (acrostic poem maybe with the letters year 2) or a letter to your new teacher explaining about your memory of this year and that you look forward to the memories you will create in year 3.


(Work to take in on your transition day)

Create an all about me poster for your new teacher, add yourself to the centre (it could be a painting of yourself, a drawing or even a photo), then add 5 interesting facts about yourself that you would like your new teacher to know.

Add family to your poster, perhaps a mini family tree especially if you have siblings in the school.

Add things you really enjoy doing, let them know of anything you think you need more help with … maths, timestables, spellings, learning to skip???


This week’s spellings are question words (Spellings resources below- remember to try and do a spelling activity each day, to keep practising – more handwriting, finding more spelling words in books, wordsearch etc)

Look through the PowerPoint together.

Then use the spelling words given in the PowerPoint for some handwriting practice.

Try your best to remember the formation of each letter.

-all letters (except capitals) start on the line

-caterpillar letters (a c o d q g) all start with a c

-tall letters ( l t h b k) all start by going straight up.

-try and join but remember some letters are better left not joined to their next letter…. (r  s  b  p g y)


Complete the Word Map activity sheet and then try a quick spelling test.

Topic activities for W/B 6.7.20


In this lively video the children learn French words for colours, toys, clothes, furniture, and counting to 10. It is quite long; about 30 minutes and you may prefer one or two chapters,

Click the chapters below to jump to a specific section.

00:05 Household Items

07:20 Counting to Five

08:44 The Colours

12:08 Practice the Colours

14:36 Where's My Shoe?

16:54 Clothes

21:24 Numbers Zero Through Ten

24:26 Toys

29:02 Colour and Number Practice With Toys

32:45 Practice With Clothes

34:30 Practice With Household Items



This week we are looking at a freshwater creature, it is a frog. It is called an amphibian because it lives both in water and on land.

First look at this information ml

Then try to make a life cycle picture of your own, here are 2 to try….

The first  is an online picture and the second you can print and cut out or draw your own. Look in the resources for an idea.  You could use a paper fastener in the centre but even Blutak will do as long as you can turn the top part around.  Then you find the correct words in the windows that you cut out. 

Topic - If you are planning to be in school on Wednesday please save this activity for then and bring a shoe/cereal box if you have one. 

Water habitats.  A habitat is a place where animals and creatures live.  Animals that live in water adapt to their habitat (fish that live at the bottom of the sea (where it is dark) have lamps out the top of their heads to help them see).  Your challenge is to create a water habitat in a box (a shoe box size/if need be simply design one). Try and make the habitat for a specific animal if you can, do a little bit of research to find out what that animal needs in its habitat to survive. 

See the sheet in resources for some ideas.


This week see if you can make a cartoon animation. Go to 

Choose a background and a sticker and then record it getting bigger/ smaller or moving. Have some fun and use your imagination !


Buddhist festival Wesak

Look at the powerpoint that tells you all about the Buddhist festival Wesak and why they celebrate it.

Festivals help to bring the community together and encourage

people to remember the religious side to life. Create a poster

to advertise and explain the celebration of Wesak and to invite

people to join in with its celebrations.

Maths Activities for WB 29.06.20


This week we will working on solving word problems, we are starting with multiplication and division problems that use times tables for 2, 5, 10.

Look in resources for a PowerPoint to help you start.

Then try the Monday problems, you don’t have to print it; you could write down the calculation and answer - just the same as the PowerPoint.


Try some word problems that use addition and subtraction.

Remember that calculation families where you use an inverse can help you. Here is one to help you.     5+2=7




It can help with larger numbers too;   15+2=17,  2+ 15=17, 17-5=2, 17-2=5

Look in resources for a problem page and using number facts, choose your challenge.


(If you are in group 2 and planning to join us in school- please save this for Wednesday)

Choose your challenge from resources

Look for  Problems of the day…    Day 12 or Day 13  or both!

Each has 2 levels, the one with Blue lines is more difficult that the orange lines.


Now for something a little different.  We would like you to make up your own word problems using the ingredients from your disgusting cake.


It could be something like…   My cake has 2 spiders, 2 ants and a frog.

        How many legs are in my cake?

You could challenge everyone else on class dojo to find the answers!


Choose your test challenge.

It could be the first one or second, they both have 15 questions.

Or if you prefer you could try the ‘Maths Mixture’ challenges.

English Activities for WB 29.06.20


This week’s spellings are words related to telling the time (Spellings resources below- remember to try and do a spelling activity each day, to keep practising – more handwriting, finding more spelling words in books, wordsearch etc)

Look through the PowerPoint together.

Then use the spelling words given in the PowerPoint for some handwriting practice.

Try your best to remember the formation of each letter.

-all letters (except capitals) start on the line

-caterpillar letters (a c o d q g) all start with a c

-tall letters ( l t h b k) all start by going straight up.

-try and join but remember some letters are better left not joined to their next letter…. (r  s  b  p g y)


Choose 4 of the given spellings and then 2 of your own (words relating to time) and write a sentence for each.


Listen to the story ‘The Rascally Cake’

Stop after the first few pages (after he lists the ingredients and before he makes the cake), what do you think will happen in the rest of the story, what do you think the cake will turn out like.

Draw a picture of what you think the cake might look like after being baked. Can you label parts of the cake describing it. How many ‘disgusting’ adjectives (describing words) can you use for this cake? Use an online to help you extend your vocabulary. Instead of using disgusting, dirty or big for every description, what other words might mean the same?


Make sure to go back and finish listening to the story, what did the cake turn out like? Did it look anything like your prediction?


(If you are in group 2 and planning to join us in school- please save this for Wednesday)

I would like you to think about that disgusting cake Mr Rufus decides to make for Christmas, if you were to make a cake like his… how disgusting could you make it?

Just as Mr Rufus does when deciding on what to include in his Christmas cake, can you think of all the disgusting things you might put in your cake.  

Try not to just list things (nouns), try to add descriptions (adjectives) of each..

For example

Not just a spider’s leg but a hairy, revolting spider’s leg.

Not just a slug but the gluey slime from a slivering slug.


Have you ever seen a cooking show on tele or you tube?

They are there to show people how to make something in particular, they talk about the ingredients, where it has come from and then the show the viewer how everything is put together and finally they would show the end result.

Look at this example

Do you think you could create a mini cooking show for your disgusting cake?

Don’t worry, we don’t really want you to make it or even collect the ingredients! Ask to use some of the kitchen pots and pans and then something that could ‘represent’ each of your ingredients (try to narrow down your ingredients to no more than 10 things). For example – rips of paper, playdough, lego, toys, marbles, dry pasta etc.

Act out a quick cooking show for your family or video it (add it to class dojo for us), then ask who ever is watching if they would like some of your cake smiley!


Remember last week, you looked at what instructions needed to include…

  • List of things you will need
  • Ingredients
  • Title
  • Imperative verbs (those bossy words)
  • Time conjunctions (next, then, first, finally etc)


Now that you have thought about what is going into your disgusting cake (Wednesday) and you have thought about how you prepare and bake your disgusting cake (Thursday’s acting), can you now write down your instructions for others to attempt your bake too?


Try and make the instructions clear and not too long.


Don’t forget spellings today smiley.

How many words related to telling the time can you spell?

English Resources

Topic Activities for WB 29.06.20


This week we would like you to complete a ‘Mini games virtual challenge’. The games include a variety of skills to try and score your best results at.

Have a go at some of the activities, if not all of them, record your results on the results sheet and upload them to your class dojo!

All about having fun!


We are going to be looking at digital art for the next few weeks. 

Let’s start with using a computer or tablet to colour pictures in.  go to this page and choose an animal . You can see an example in resources.

Topic – (Leave this activity for Wednesday if you are in the second group and you are planning to come into school)

Battle of Maldon –

This week we are thinking about a famous battle that happened in the river Blackwater over one thousand years ago in 991.

It is called the Battle of Maldon.

It is important because it is the oldest battle that was written about.

Look in resources for a PowerPoint called The Battle of Maldon, you might recognise some of the pictures.  At the end look at the pictures that show you how people remember the battle, draw or make your own picture about the battle.


Comparing the Lord’s Prayer to the prayer that a Buddhist might say.

Buddhists don’t pray the same way as Christians do.  They do more of a meditation.  They chant mantras that help them follow the Buddhist’s way of life.  They do have a prayer, find it in the resources below.  Look at the Buddhist’s prayer and compare it the Lord’s prayer (remember we went through the Lord’s prayer in class so we should know what it means, although it was a while ago nowJ). 

What is similar and what is different? 

You can draw a table in your book with heading similarities and differences. 


We would have been looking at coding this term – it is the software behind creating games and programmes for computers. 

We would like you to go to the website – .

You can find the log in details and information in the resources below.

Please follow the lessons in order so that you can really grasp the concept of coding and how it works. If you followed the first set a weeks ago, please continue with the next few lessons.

Last week's plans can be found below if you wanted to catch up on any of the activities you may have missed laugh

Maths for W/B 22.06.20


Months and days of the week

Can you find all of the jumbled days and months? (Days and Months)

Use the calendar to find the answers to the questions (calendar fun)

Can you write the months of the year (your spellings this week) in the order they appear in our year… starting with January?


Estimate time….    there are 3 challenges for you to try; 2 to look at and one to be active.  Look in resources for the first 2. (How long 1 and 2)

Here is the one to keep your body and brain busy.

Estimate how long it will take for you to ….  do 15 star jumps? 5minutes, 5 seconds?

Estimate first, then use a timer or clock to help you find out.

Now try estimating how long to  …   Run up and downstairs?

                                                  Drink a glass of water.

                                   Race to the end of the garden and back.

                                                   Read a bug club book. wink

                                                     Make your bed.

                                                     Eat a banana.

             Make up 2 of your own


Match the cards to remember units of time.  


Telling time  

Find 2 pages to practise telling the time in resources. (Telling the time 1 and 2)


Try this game for 2 players, you might need to play it more than once to get the winning ideas

English for W/B 22.06.20


This week’s spellings are months of the year  (Spellings resources below- remember to try and do a spelling activity each day, to keep practising – more handwriting, finding more spelling words in books, wordsearch etc)

Look through the PowerPoint together.

Then use the spelling words given in the PowerPoint for some handwriting practice.

Try your best to remember the formation of each letter.

-all letters (except capitals) start on the line

-caterpillar letters (a c o d q g) all start with a c

-tall letters ( l t h b k) all start by going straight up.

-try and join but remember some letters are better left not joined to their next letter…. (r  s  b  p g y)


Pick 5 of the months that you find trickiest to spell… can you make up a mnemonic for each of them to help you remember how to spell them.

Eg. – March – Monkeys And Rhinos Chase Hippos


We are focusing on instructions this week …


Have a look at the ‘How to make a cake’ instructions (there should be two in the resources below), decide which is the best set of instructions and discuss why? What is different between them? What does the better set of instructions have that the other one does not? Are they set out in different ways?

From looking at these examples, can you think of at least 5 important things all instructions should have to make them clear and easy to follow?


Instructions have to be written in a certain way to help the reader understand them, as you found out from yesterday’s activity. They also need particular types of vocabulary… such as time conjunctions like first and then which can help you know the order of the instructions or when a new instruction has begun.

The other vocabulary you will always see in instructions is imperative verbs like put, cut or stir words that are telling the reader to do something (you could call them bossy  verbs, as they never say please J).

Read the instructions ‘How to make a globe’ (in resources) and find all of the time conjunctives and imperative verbs.

You could create a table and write them in, simply list them or highlight them if you have printed them off.

Challenge – can you find any adverbs in these instructions (an adverb is a word that describes the way you do something eg slowly, fast, thoughtfully) ?


Opps… We have added another set of instructions about brushing your teeth in the resources but they are all muddled up!

Can you help by writing them in the correct order?

(Would be great for practising your handwriting but if you have been doing lots of writing maybe just cut up the instructions and glue them in the right order, up to you.)

With some instructions, you get diagrams/pictures to help you understand them more. Can you add a diagram to each of the instructions once you have them in the correct order?


Today, we would like you to write a set of your own instructions, something you know exactly how to do… it could be something as simple as washing your hands or if you are a keen baker, instructions to baking a cake, a game that you play or how to plant a seed. Anything you wish!

Use the Instruction word mat and checklist (resources) to help you write your instructions.


Don’t forget spellings today J. How many months of the year can you spell correctly?

Topic challenges for W/B 22.06.20


Making choices and thinking about the consequences.  Look through the PowerPoint below about making choices and then you will need to choose a few of the scenarios and discuss the consequences. You can choose to either write or draw the consequences in your books.    


This week we are going to find out about food chains.

Watch this clip 

Now you can make your own food chain.  There are some pictures in resources to give you some ideas if you need them.

You can draw your own pictures, copy these or cut them out and put them in the right order.

Topic – (Leave this activity for Wednesday if you are in the first group and you are planning to come into schoollaugh)

This week we are looking at islands and salt marshes. 

What is an island?  Look at the Powerpoint, were you right?  

Are there any islands where we live?  Look at the map from last week and identify the islands. (Northey and Osea).

We are also very lucky to have a salt marsh.  What is a salt marsh? 

They are a mixture of mud and silt in a sheltered part of our coastline.  They are also the home of a unique ecosystem because the plants have to be able to grow in a very salty environment.  

Look at the map from last week, identify the salt marsh.  What creatures will live there?  

Research a few of the creatures that live in salt water estuaries and marshes.  

If you went for a walk along the beaches or marinas (Mayland, Bradwell or Burnham), what creatures could you spot?  Look at the wildlife spotter to help you spot a few.


Challenge yourself to read French numbers up to 20 and say them with a French accentsmiley


Last week you planned your picture with a winding mechanism. Look at it first then have a go at making the whole thing. Make sure you include the winding mechanism. Think about how it will attach to the picture. If something doesn’t work the way you planned think about how else you could do it.

Send me a photo or video of your model when you are finished!

(If you were one step ahead last week, then think about how you could add a different object or animal to your winding mechanism that moves at different heights to your other one.)

We LOVE to read!

Welcome to Hedgehog Class

Mrs Foster and Mrs Walden are the class teachers

About us

In Hedgehog class, we are all in year 2, our last year of Key Stage 1.


About us:

Our teachers are called Mrs Foster and Mrs Walden. We also have Mrs Allen-Dudley who works with us 3 mornings a week. Mrs Pearce and Mrs O’Connell work with us every day sharing mornings and afternoons.

If you need to contact us, please use the message system on class Dojo or phone through the office. 


Our topics for the year are:

Autumn term: What makes Britain Great?

Spring term: What’s up there?

Summer term: Is water everywhere?


This term we have been reading lots of space related books both fiction and non-fiction, the children have loved learning about space and seem to really enjoy books that have a link to it. 

So far we have read 'Man on the Moon', 'First steps on the moon', 'Back to Earth with a bump', 'The Iron Man', 'Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11' and lots more.

Can you find anymore Space related books that interest the children? 



Homework is obviously the best way for you to support your child at school. Reading with your child regularly, asking comprehension questions and helping with spellings are essential.  Please make sure your child reads with you at least 3 times a week.

Children will have weekly spellings, connected to their Letters and Sounds phase, which will be given out half termly in the back of their homework books. They will also receive a ‘look, say, cover, write, check’ sheet, in their homework book every week. 

At the front of their book they will have challenges to choose from for their other homework. If they wish to do more maths they can use My Maths or practise their number formation; writing numbers in words; number bonds; counting in 2’s 5’s, 10’s and 3’s.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and needs to be returned on a Wednesday. Children will be rewarded for good homework by gaining Dojo’s and team points.