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Hedgehogs – Final week of Spring 1

A truly fantastic ending to a great term this week with Hedgehogs class!

Kicking off the week we had a visit from Tom Mclaughlin, a brilliant author and illustrator who came in to discuss story writing and overcoming dyslexia to create great stories. The children were great listeners and have written excellent stories for our ‘Chagword’ competition as a result! We even got to share our dragon poems with Tom who was very impressed with how creative they were!b2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0184_20170209-155730_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0188_20170209-155736_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0180.JPG

For maths we have had lots of great fun discussing fractions and trying to figure out tricky word problems. It has been great to see the children build upon their skills and explain how they know what a fraction is and how we can use it in everyday life and beyond.

In DT we finished our race cars and had a brilliant time using the ramp to measure how far they could travel. The children were very supportive of each other and all worked incredibly hard regardless of the result! A big well done from me for all trying your best Hedgehogs!b2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0192_20170209-160011_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0197.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0218.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0224.JPG

This week our most exciting news of course was our school trip and I honestly couldn’t be prouder of how polite and well behaved Hedgehogs class were. 

We began our trip with a tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the amazing engineering that it took to make it so successful. We then enjoyed a bridge building challenge with only sellotape, newspaper and string to help us! Despite our limited resources, the children worked in small teams and overcame their problems with creative solutions and idea sharing. I’m sure Brunel would have been proud of our engineering ideas here!b2ap3_thumbnail_P9222517.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_P9222527.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0255.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0252.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0257_20170209-153353_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_P9222533.JPG

After a spot of lunch we then enjoyed a guided tour of the SS Great Britain and how things were different for Victorian travellers in the time of Brunel. We particularly enjoyed exploring underneath the water and seeing the gigantic propeller and rudder! Although the models of real-life passengers were a bit scary for some, the children have expressed that the worst part was definitely the realistic smells of certain areas on the ship such as the shared toilets for poorer passengers. Having said that, we weren’t very keen on the menu for the upper class passengers either! The best part however was definitely ‘meeting’ the man himself and exploring a real life Victorian ship!b2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0262_20170209-153357_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0264.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0278.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0270.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0291.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_IMAG0304.JPG

With each activity we took part in, the instructors/guides were very impressed with how Year 2 and Year 1 listened well, shared their answers politely and explained their ideas for how things might have been in Victorian times. We even surprised our bridge guide Robin with some incredible fact recall about Burnel and his life so hats off to you all Year 2! The children have really impressed during this trip and were described as a ‘credit to their school’ so well done indeed Hedgehogs class!

We hope you all have a good rest over half term as the children have certainly deserved it and we look forward to seeing you all in Spring term 2!

Best wishes,

Joe Skinner and the Year 2 team.