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Tomorrow’s success starts today
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WILLOWCROFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Tomorrow’s success starts today

Hedgehogs

 

Welcome to Hedgehogs Class

 

 

 

 

The Hedgehogs are taught by Mrs Williams.

 

 

Play based learning Term 2 Week 3

Our topic this term is 'Let's Celebrate!'

Our role play area is now set up as a birthday party, offering children opportunities to learn through play.  Children are encouraged to write for a purpose; writing invitations, party food lists, present lists and thankyou cards.  Maths opportunities include counting out cups, plates, cakes and candles.  Early multiplication concepts are explored; if 5 children are coming to the party how many cups are needed? 5x1=5.  If each child has 2 cakes, how many cakes are needed altogether? 5x2=10.  Children can consolidate their learning of addition and subtraction facts, e.g. There were 10 cakes and 3 have been eaten, how many are left? 10-3=7

 

Over the term we will be learning about various festivals including 'Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night', Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas.  We will be finding out about the origins of these events and the stories that are told.  We will be doing various art activities such as firework painting (Jackson Pollock inspired!), making clay divas for Diwali, Christmas arts and crafts and practising for our Christmas play!

 

Supporting your child at home...

 

 

 

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 Bird.  Mrs Platentino, Mr Aspinell 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 a letter, letting you know what we have been doing in the week and ways you can support this learning at home. 

 

If you have any questions please feel free to pop in and see Mrs Williams.

 

 

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

Picture 1 Lizzy Williams - Class Teacher
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