Hedgehog Class – Years 1 & 2

Welcome to our Class Page.

Taught by Miss Mead, Hedgehog Class is an exciting world of discovery and exploration.

With shared access to our learning garden alongside Squirrel Class, our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils have many opportunities to explore the outside environment, ask questions and continue their journey of awe and wonder as they discover exciting new things about the world around them.  Hedgehog Class is all about learning with friends, developing new skills, enjoying the challenge of new experiences and gaining delight from reaching personal goals.

While some may wonder at the challenge of teaching two year groups in one class, our experience at Nunney is that, with good planning and excellent teaching, it means we can provide a high level of flexibility of both curriculum and timetabling, to allow each child to develop the attitude, behaviour and skills they need to equip them for lifelong learning.

By the start of Year 1, our aim is that each child will have developed the skills to embrace the more structured approach to teaching and learning that is expected in the National Curriculum in Years 1 and 2. Placing great emphasis on literacy, we use the Read Write Inc scheme of learning as a systematic approach to the teaching of reading, and this enables our children to become independent fluent readers, with a love of books and stories.  Working closely with parents, we encourage all children to read daily at home and, with rewards built into progression, our pupils are always delighted and proud to achieve ‘rainbow reader’ status.

In mathematics, the focus in Years 1 and 2 is on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, learning to multiply these numbers confidently and quickly, securing knowledge of 2-digit numbers, counting, ordering and comparing numbers. Through providing exciting mathematical challenges, we seek to develop a love of enquiry as well as the essential skills of working systematically, perseverance and teamwork.  Through Mathletics, an online learning platform, our children are supported to secure mathematical fluency and key skills in a fun, engaging and child-friendly way.  Mathletics can be completed at home as well as school.