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Welcome to Hedgehogs Year 1 Class



The Hedgehogs are taught by Mrs Williams and supported by Miss Ellis and Miss Dye daily and Miss Green in the mornings .

Term 4

How does a garden grow?


This term we will be getting green fingers as we will be learning all about plants.  Our overall question for the term is ‘How does a garden grow?’ We will be learning how a seed grows and shall be investigating the best conditions for it to grow in. We will be investigating the different names of plants and will be making our own Non- chronological reports about flowers. We will be making the most of our school grounds (and hopefully the warmer weather!) and exploring the school grounds to learn the names of as many different trees and flowers.

We will be linking a lot of Literacy into our topic this term and will be writing a lot about flowers, trees and plants. In guided reading we have selected a range of story books that all link into the theme of trees and plants. Some of the books we will be focusing on this term will be, The Tiny Seed, Jaspers Beanstalk, Oliver’s Vegetables and Planting a rainbow.

To start off the term in Maths we will focus on measures and will learn to use mathematical language to compare lengths. We will also have a go at measuring various items around the class using nonstandard units and rulers to measure.  We will then progress into the term looking at Multiplication and division.

Hedgehogs do have Forest School this term on a Thursday morning. Individual letters have been sent out to inform you when your child will be attending. As we are going it the morning, your child may come to school dressed for forest school but please ensure they bring their school uniform in a bag to change into before lunchtime.

Happy New Year

Welcome to Term 3- 2020

Our topic this term will be People who help us. We will continue to be a play based Year 1 class incorporating the national curriculum into our play and through enquiry based learning.

This term we have decided to split the curriculum subjects into mini weekly enquiries. This term we shall be covering the following themes:

Week 1 -focussing on DT and healthy living

Week 2 -Instructional Writing

Week 3 -Computing

Week 4- RE

Week 5- Science

Week 6- History


We will be introducing weekly PE into our timetable this term, please ensure that full PE kits are in class.

Hedgehogs do not have Forest School this term, this will resume after February half term, letters will be sent out nearer the time.

As mentioned at the end of last term, we shall be sending home spelling books with 5 spellings for your child to learn each week. Along with reading at home this will really help support your child to become an independent reader and writer. Please refer to the parent pay letter sent out at the end of last term. For more information, please see a member of staff.

Term 2 –Let’s celebrate!

This term our topic asks the question, why do we celebrate? We will be looking at a the meaning behind Bonfire night and learning the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. This will then lead us into learning about Diwalli and the Festival of light. We will discover the importance of light and what it represents. Then to conclude our topic we will be learning about Christmas and finishing the topic off with our Nativity performance.


Reading for success

All children will read to an adult in school at least once a week. They will also be reading with a partner each day in phonics for decoding, while Guided Reading activities will boost comprehension. However, nothing boosts a child's progress in reading more than reading to a grown up at home.


Book bands: We use Oxford Reading Tree scheme books are colour coded into reading bands. Children progress through the colours as they show that they can both read and understand the texts. Each time they move up a band we’ll write it in their Reading Record. You can choose the books together from our reading trolley in the cloakroom area. Please stick to the correct reading band.




Christmas Play


The Christmas Play this year is 'Hey Ewe'. The children have already been given their parts, but costumes letters and scripts will be given out as soon as possible. The dates/times for the Christmas play are as follows:


Evening performance: Monday 9th December at 3.30pm

Afternoon performance: Tuesday 10th December at 1.30pm

Morning performance: Wednesday 11th December at 9.30am


Tickets will cost £1 per chair. The money will be put towards new resources for the children and their garden.


Term 1- One World

A warm welcome back to you all after the Summer Break. I Hope you all had a lovely rest and are now looking forward to starting your new adventure in Year 1? 


Our first topic is ‘One World'.  We will be learning about our home town of Didcot and our school environment.


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. Our first book this term will be 'The Three Little Pigs.'


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.


The role-play area will be transformed into a train station .  The children can engage in writing for a purpose by writing things such as timetables, tickets and drawing maps. We will also be introducing money to help children understand the value of coins.  


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. 


Please can we ask that every item that comes into school is named, as it makes it a lot easier to help us locate missing items?




Hedgehogs have Forest School in Term 2- letters will be sent out nearer the time informing parents when their child is going. 


PE will be on Thursday afternoons for this term. Please ensure your child has the correct full kit in school at all times.


Important Dates:

Wednesday 11th September 3.15pm Meet the Teacher.


Thursday 24th October 3pm- End of Term.


Wednesday 6th November Term starts


Tuesday 26th November - Panto trip


Thursday 19th December- 1pm End of Term 2.

Hedgehogs Class Teacher Timetable






Mrs Williams supported by Miss Ellis, Miss Dye and Miss Green.

Mrs Williams supported by Miss Ellis and Miss Dye.


Mrs Williams supported by Miss Ellis, Miss Dye and Miss Green.

Mrs Williams supported by Miss Ellis and Miss Dye.


Mrs Williams supported by Miss Ellis, Miss Dye and Miss Green.

Mrs Williams supported by Miss Ellis and Miss Dye.


Forest School (Terms 2,4 and 6)

Mrs Mahmoud will be supported by Miss Ellis, Miss Dye and Miss Green whilst Mrs Williams is on PPA.

Mrs Williams supported by Miss Ellis and Miss Dye.


Mrs Mahmoud will be supported by Miss Ellis and Miss Green whilst Mrs Williams completes SEN work throughout the school.

Mrs Williams supported by Miss Ellis and Miss Dye.



A few examples of play based learning


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, Mrs Mahoud will teach the Hedgehohs every Thursday and Friday morning.  Our full time classroom teaching assistant is Miss Ellis and Miss Green supports the class every morning.  Miss Beaumont, Ms Gardiner and Miss Franklin 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.



Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school every day. We suggest they leave them in school for the whole term.



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



Picture 1 Mrs Williams - Hedgehogs Teacher