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Tomorrow’s success starts today
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Tomorrow’s success starts today



Welcome to Hedgehogs Class





The Hedgehogs are taught by Mrs Williams.


Miss Thomas, Mrs Hammond and Mrs Slipper. Mrs Gardiner will be teaching Hedgehogs on a Thursday Morning. 

Happy 4th Birthday to the OPEN Academy- ice creams all round!

Term 6

Ugly Bugs Ball

* Forest School *


All the hedgehogs have Forest School on a Wednesday afternoon.



Having fun whilst learning through play.



In Literacy this term, the children will be listening to the story 'The Reluctant Dragon'.  They will draw story maps, act out the story, retell the story and eventually write the story.  We will be working on aspects of grammar such as using question marks and exclamation marks within our writing.




In maths we will be focussing on division, money, addition, subtraction and capacity.




In computing we will be practising basic computer skills such as using iPads and typing using a touch screen. 




We have daily Phonics lessons and we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ guidance.


Year 1 children undergo a phonics assessment at the end of the year called the Phonics Screening Test. The test is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words (alien words) that pupils read aloud to the teacher.





We have P.E once a week on Wednesday afternoons this term. Please bring your P.E. kits in with your coloured house t-shirt at the beginning of term; they can be left on your child’s peg for the whole of the term. Please ensure your child has a named P.E. kit.


Forest School


We have Forest School Thursday mornings, please see the whiteboard outside the class for the rota.




Please bring in your bookbags and reading diary/books every day. Regular reading is essential for success in Literacy, not just for reading but also for writing. Parents, please continue to read with your child and change their book regularly as you did in EYFS. The guided reading trolley will be left outside the Year 1 classrooms at the start of each day and it has our whole range of KS1 books in rough order (the back of the books shows the order of the books and they are also colour coded). If you are unsure how the progression in these reading books work then please just ask.


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.



Picture 1 Lizzy Williams - Class Teacher