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Hedgehogs - Reception/Year 1

Picture 1 Welcome to Hedghehogs Class Page!

Hello and welcome to the Hedgehogs class page!


This term the children have enjoyed learning all about dinosaurs and we are now doing lots of lovely work around the books of Julia Donaldson! This will hopefully give the children a good understanding of what an author is, in addition to giving them a fun and exciting stimulus for learning! We have reached the point in the year where the level of challenge needs to be increased, so the children are having to work harder to 'build their rainbow' by Fridays! For the rest of this term we are going to be encouraging the children to have a go at being authors themselves, using all the wonderful phonics they know to start attempting story writing. The most important part of this process is the children making up stories verbally, so initially we will be focussing on that, moving on to attempting to write some of their story down as and when the children are ready to do so. In maths we will be revisiting number bonds to 10, building on measuring (which we have been doing over the last few weeks) and before easter we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes.


All the Year 1 children's learning will be very similar to the learning happening in Owl's class, with bit of learning matching that above where appropriate.  Please see the Curriculum letter for more information or feel free to ask an adult!


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. 


In our class we have revamped our expectations for home reading. All children 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.


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





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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