Welcome to Hawthorn Class!
My name is Mrs. Leneghan and I teach in Hawthorn Class.
We have 2 Learning Support Assistants who work in Hawthorn class - Mrs. Denyer works on Monday mornings and Mrs. Punt on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
Mrs Scales covers me for part of Tuesday morning and on Tuesday afternoons.
A little bit about me:
I enjoy teaching all subjects but I particularly love Science and English. I adore books and one of my favourite things is sharing books and stories with my class.
When I’m not at school I like to spend lots of time outside – either gardening, down at the beach or going for long country walks with my family.
In the Autumn term we will be focusing on these Power of Reading books -'The Emperor's Egg' by Martin Jenkins and in the second half term ‘Bear and Rabbit: Rabbit’s Bad Habits’ by Julian Gough and Jim Field. During the term, we will be enjoying reading and writing information facts about penguins and Antarctica, researching and writing facts about rabbits, writing stories and diary entries inspired by our Power of Reading books, and listening to and creating our own poetry.
Our maths learning will include ordering and sequencing numbers to 100 and beyond, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be using place value and number facts to solve problems. We will also be counting in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward. We will use addition and subtraction facts to 10 and 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.
Remember to keep practising your number bonds to 10/20 and 100 and times tables as we work our way through the Times Table Rockstars scheme, starting with 2s, 5s, 10s- and 3-times tables.
In science, we will be learning about ‘Animals and Their Habitats’. We will learn which animals live in each different habitat in our school grounds and how they are adapted to surviving there. We will begin to understand simple food chains and how animals affect each other.
Learning will take place outside as often as possible and children need to be dressed for the weather. Please ensure the children have a shower proof coat and wellies at school as we go out even when it’s raining!
It is important for children to read and talk about books every day. As they become more confident at decoding words, please encourage them to look out for punctuation and begin to read with expression. In Year 2 we start to focus more on children understanding what they have read and to make plausible predictions about what might happen, based on what they have already read. We will be sending home a bookmark with question starters to help give you ideas about the kind of questions you can ask your child, to help them to develop their understanding.