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Hedgehogs - Reception/Year 1

Picture 1 Welcome to Hedghehogs Class Page!

Hello and welcome to the Hedgehogs class page!


The children have all settled beautifully into school and have learned the rules and routines of school well. The Year 1 children have approached the new levels of challenge with gusto and they are enjoying being the grown up children in the class!

This term, we will be kicking off with an Autumn topic, giving us the chance to make the most of real life experiences, and discussing what we notice around us.


For Year 1 this will mean a focus on science particularly, thinking about the change in the seasons, how we notice them and why they happen. The children will all be exploring literacy through these themes, and our first focus in maths will be place value.


In Reception, we are following the same themes, but we will be just starting our early literacy skills through our phonics lessons and continuous provision designed to get the children having a go at mark making with a purpose. We will be exploring number recognition and ordering initially, alongside basic place value, to really embed the children's understanding of number.


All the children will get the opportunity to learn through appropriately pitched child led learning in addition to adult led tasks, to ensure that they are accessing a broad range of activities and that they do not always only do what is easy!


Reception and Year 1 will continue to be doing PE on Fridays, so please ensure that they have their kit in school for this day. Year 1 will also need their kit for some Tuesday PE sessions. If possible, the children's kits should be left on their pegs throughout the week as there may be other time we get the children changed, whether to practise or for some additional PE activities. I already have 1 complete PE kit with no name in school, so please can I remind you how important it is to name all of your child's belongings. 


In our class we have high expectations for home reading. All Year 1 Hedgehogs are encouraged to read at home at least 4 times a week. In class we have an interactive display to support this, and the children can 'move their bug' each time they have read. On a Friday, all children that have read 4 or more times that week will get to put a named 'reading raffle ticket' in a pot to be in with a chance of winning a prize. The reading at home does not always need to be the home reading book from school, you are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts with your child and to record all reading in the reading diary so it can be celebrated! The record of home reading does not always need to be very detailed, a sentence letting the adults know that reading took place will suffice, though we always love to read what the children thought of their books! If the children read at home but this is not recorded I am afraid they will not be able to move their name, so please do support them in achieving this whole school expectation. Reception will not be getting home reading books until we have done sufficient phonics for them to access the early reading books, but please do enjoy a variety of fiction and non fiction with them at home. Good 'book talk' is the foundation of good reading. Also look out for our Phonics workshop in the near future!


I have had a few parents ask about snacks, whether the children need to provide them and what to bring. The children will be offered a piece of fruit provided by school both morning and afternoon. We cannot guarantee what type of fruit this will be, but it is often bananas, apples, pears, oranges, tomatoes and carrots.  On a Friday, if you would like to send your child with a healthy cereal bar or alternative fruit or vegetable item for their morning snack that is absolutely fine, though we do ask that these are healthy (not chocolate) and that they do not contain any nuts. In the afternoons we have a fruit break rather than an general snack, so all the children are encouraged to have either fruit from home or school during this time.


Thank you for all your support, I am really excited about all the learning we are doing and it is wonderful watching your little people learn and grow with all our help :)


As always, if you have any queries, worries or feedback, please don't hesitate to come and have a chat on the playground.


Best wishes,


Mrs Banner





Autumn Newsletter

I have set up a class login for a large selection of free Oxford Reading Tree ebooks. You can access them at

username: holme

password: 1234


We have some lovely reading books, but please also feel free to read any books on the above site! I hope you enjoy them, and if you do read any please record it in the children's reading diaries!

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