Welcome to Hedgehogs Year 1 Class
'Health and Happiness'
Our first topic is 'Health and Happiness'. We will be learning about our bodies and how to keep fit and healthy. We are hoping to organise some visits from health professionals, such as doctors, dentists and health visitors - if you are able to help please let us know! We will be trying out a variety of sports and fitness activities and learning about the calming benefits of mindfulness.
In literacy we focus on a story then draw a quick story map to help remember the sequence. We deepen our knowledge of the story by acting it out, do 'hot-seating' where you ask a character from the story lots of questions, then do some writing based around the story.
In maths we will start the term by focussing on place value. We will learn about number order and the value of each number and how this can be represented using a variety of manipulatives.
Please ensure that children have a full P.E. kit including jogging bottoms/leggings for the colder weather. It is really helpful to keep their kit in school every day for the whole term. This term our focus for PE is fitness, this will take place every Thursday afternoon.
As we approach the warmer weather, please can you ensure your child brings a named hat and water bottle in each day. Please apply sun cream to your child in the mornings before school as we are unable to apply any sun cream to children.
Hedgehogs will be going to Forest School on a Tuesday morning for Term 1. Please look out for a letter coming home to let you know when your child is attending as we can only take 15 children at a time. In order to run our forest school sessions we do require a parent helper. If you feel you are available to help then please speak to Mrs Williams.
How do we learn?
We are a Year 1 play based classroom. We have daily Literacy, Maths and Phonic lessons. We learn by being independent learners and taking control of our learning when we have exploring time.
Where do I learn?
As a Hedgehog, during free flow, you have access to our Hedgehog classroom, the Squirrels classroom, the creative area, the fine-motor skills area and the garden. In each area there are specific activities for you to complete based on our topic.
Who helps us to learn?
Mrs Williams is our main classroom teachers. Our full time classroom teaching assistant is Miss Dye. Mrs Platentino, Miss Kiss and Ms Johnson are the teachers and teaching assistant in Squirrels. Mrs Axenderrie and Mrs Guimeras will be working with small groups and individual children across KS1.
Why do we learn?
In Hedgehogs we really encourage reading. This includes reading a class book which we send home and change regularly. It also includes reading library books, comics, newspapers and anything else they enjoy. The most important thing is to encourage a love for reading.
Children who enjoy reading are usually better readers and writers. Each child is also given a ‘Bug Club’ login. This enables children to read e-books on the internet.
We also have log ins to access ‘My Math’s’ which is an online website which has maths challenges linked to your class room topic.
Usernames and passwords for the above will be given out soon.
Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school every day. We suggest they leave them in school for the whole term.
Each week we produce an A3 laminate on the classroom door letting you know what we have been doing in phonics and ways you can support this learning at home.
If you have any questions please feel free to pop in and see Mrs Williams.