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Welcome to Hedgehogs Class





The Hedgehogs are taught by Mrs Williams and supported by Miss Gomez.



Term 5 2018


Our topic for term 5 is:

'Secret Garden'



Our topic is 'Secret Garden'. We will be learning about life cycles of different plants and animals.  Later in the term we will be planting our own seeds and will be observing and recording their growth. 

In literacy we have read 'Jack and the beanstalk'. The children acted it out and had great fun! We have drawn story maps to help us remember the sequence of the story and will be doing some writing based around the story.

In maths we are moving onto multiplication and division. We have started to look at groups of objects and and recording it as repeated addition, for example 2+2+2+2= 8 and then how it is recorded as a multiplication sentence e.g 4 X 2= 8. (We are not learning the times tables as part of this unit.)

We practise counting everyday (forwards and backwards, and in steps of 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s).

Please ensure that children have a full P.E. kit including jogging bottoms/leggings for the colder months. It is really helpful to keep their kit in school every day for the whole term. This term our focus for PE is atheltics which will be every Thursday afternoon.


Sun Safety:


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.


Key Dates: 


Stay and play: Wednesday 16th May at 1.45pm

End of term: Friday 25th May 3pm - Non Uniform day- donation for Summer Fayre.


A few examples of play based learning in Term 3 2018


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 Gomez and Mr Collins supports Hedgehogs on Thursdays.  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.



Play based learning Term 2 Week 3

A few photos from our litter picking in the Year 1 garden.

Picture 1 Lizzy Williams - Class Teacher