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Hedgehogs - Reception/Year 1

Picture 1 Welcome to Hedghehogs Class Page!

Good afternoon our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families,

I hope you've enjoyed your day in the sunshine, β˜€οΈ I have added a few pictures of the classroom for those of you returning tomorrow, so you know what to expect, it looks very different, but remember it is to help keep you all safe, you will still have fun and see some of your friends but we need to look after each other and keep each other safe, so that’s why we have taken a lot of things out of the classroom so they don’t carry those naughty germs! You’ve done a great job so far Hedgehogs, we are so proud of you! I have put a back to school powerpoint below which may help you settle in, I hope you have a lovely day all of you whether you are learning in school or at home I know you will do your best to have fun and be happy! I will speak to you in the morning!

love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰

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Monday 1st June, 2020 β˜€οΈ
Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, I really can’t believe we are at the start of another new month!! We do hope you all had a good rest in the half term, we have been so lucky with the weather! β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ
It is an inset day today, so I won’t put any learning activities up on the page until tomorrow! We will try and keep the activities as close as possible to reflect what the children, who are going back into school, will be learning! We were in school on Thursday preparing the class for those coming back, it is very different Hedgehogs, it is to keep everyone safe which is the most important thing! As always we are available to answer any concerns at all via tapestry or the office! Please do not hesitate to contact myself or Miss Heron if you need to! We will also be keeping in touch via phone as before! I know this is a very difficult time for everyone at the moment so if you have any questions please ask and we will do our very best to help! 

I would just like to wish a speedy recovery to Ellis, who has been very brave whilst nursing a poorly arm! πŸ™ Hope you’re better soon Ellis! I’ve added some more pictures of those who’ve given permission to share on the page below, as always I’m very proud of you all for the hard work and exciting activities you’ve been sharing!  

Good luck to those of you who are going into school tomorrow, it will be very different Hedgehogs πŸ¦” but Mrs Lunan and Mrs Dee Kay will make it as special as possible for you! I’m really sorry Miss Heron or I will not be there to see you, but we will still be here planning lots of special learning activities for you! 
Thinking of you all


Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall

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Friday 22nd May, 2020β˜€οΈ

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦”and families, we hope you're all keeping safe, well and happy!😊

I've been looking through more of your home learning activities and as always they have made me smile 😊 such a lot! I will finish commenting on them a little later, so please dont think I've missed them! We are very proud of you all, you are working so hard from phonics to literacy to maths, geography, art, physical activity, knowledge and understanding of the world, science wow the list goes on and showing your great resilience in these strange times! Well done to you all and your families!

I am adding some of your pictures and videos below, and will add more throughout today, so look out for them ;0) if you would like to see your pictures and videos on the class page and you haven't already given permission, please do so on tapestry or via the office!

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and half term break you can all enjoy the sunshine β˜€οΈ and not worry about doing any school work  πŸ˜‰ you all deserve a good break! It would still be lovely to see all the fun things you get up to in the half term so if you'd still like to share your pictures and would like to see them on the class page, send them on tapestry and I will put them on for you!

Don't forget to dress in purple today yourselves and/or Teddy's and think about keeping your mind as healthy as your body, remember, keep talking to each other! 😊

Thinking of you all!

Love from 

Mrs Ges RileyπŸ˜‰ Miss Jess HeronπŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰

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Thursday 21st May, 2020 β˜€οΈ
Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! Wow it was a warm one yesterday, I hope you all kept hydrated and safe in the sunshine! I hope you are all feeling well physically and mentally, did you have a look at any of the mindfulness activities? Keep them in mind for the coming weeks just in case you’re feeling things are getting difficult to understand or cope with! Remember though talking to a loved one about how you feel is the most important thing you can do! You may or may not be pleased to hear I am not going to put any more learning activities on the page today! You have plenty to keep you going! πŸ˜‰ I will put some pictures of your wonderful home learning activities tomorrow, but for now here is a really lovely 😊 activity you can do which will help to keep your mind calm, I find them very therapeutic, a bit like a snow globe πŸ˜‰ please  be kind to yourself and others!

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall


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Wednesday 20th May 2020 β˜€οΈ

Good Morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  and families, what a beautiful day we had yesterday and today looks like it may be even warmer, be careful out there, make sure you have sunscreen on and drink plenty of water!

I hope you are getting on well with the activities we have put on the page for you, I bet you are all getting even better than you were at your phonics when we were in the classroom πŸ˜‰ To keep up the good work I have added some games for you to access to help you with your phonics while youre having fun ;0) and some worksheets to help you with that beautiful letter formation you can do! I am also going to add a couple of number bonds to 5 worksheets to get those wonderful maths brains going. We know you are all working hard so these should be a good selection for you to carry on with! Please dont forget your reading and to please keep sharing your super pictures and videos on tapestry or to the office.

We do hope you have another lovely day and as we are thinking about mental health awareness this week, I have added some more ideas you can think about and try if you woud like to, there is a focus on changes in our lives and helpful ways on how to cope with them, in the current circumstances we are all going through changes in our lives! These ideas may assist in helping to keep your mind as healthy as your body!  

Chat tomorrow Hedgehogs, remember if you have any concerns children or adults we are here to help as best we can! 

stay positive

Love from 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall

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Tuesday 19th May 2020

Good morning our amazing Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  and families!

I hope you have all had a good start to the week, I know some of you had already started reading the mermaid story and even completed the first activity, brilliant job!! 

There are a few powerpoints at the bottom of the page focusing on the phase 2 & 3 phonics. These are quick refresher powerpoints to help embed the phonics knowledge we have taught in the classroom. Your child should read the phase 2 sounds without much, if any support, they have also completed phase 3 in the classroom but we will revisit this phase to help with mastering recognising, blending, saying and writing these sounds to help with fluency. There is a phase 2-5 tricky words powerpoint, they only need to focus on the first two colours  which are phase 2 & 3 tricky words. I have also added a very quick number bonds powerpoint, these are important skills for the children to develop, but just a few minutes a day will help enormously. ;0) Thank you for your continued hard work Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families we are really proud of you!! πŸ˜‰


As it is mental health awareness week I thought I would share the following taken from a site I have used in the past called 'Caring for Kids' it highlights what we have been discussing recently about the power of communication and talking to each other. I have also added....... you guessed it ;0) a couple of powerpoints (I've gone a bit powerpoint tastic today ;0), but they are easily accessible and understandable for the children, there are some lovely worksheets as well. If you would like to access any more information about good mental health for your children and yourselves there are lots of sites out there which a list of a few is added on the well-being page of this school site.

Please continue talking to your families about all of your feelings Hedgehogs, good and not so good, remember the emotions board game I shared last week, I have played this on numerous occasions and found it really helpful.

It is as important to look after your mental health as much as your physical health...


'As a parent, you play an important role in your child's mental health: You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment you create at home. You can also learn about the early signs of mental health problems and know where to go for help.'


How can I nurture my child’s mental health?

Help children build strong, caring relationships:

  • It’s important for children and youth to have strong relationships with family and friends. Spend some time together each night around the dinner table.
  • A significant person who is consistently present in a child’s life plays a crucial role in helping them develop resilience. This person—often a parent or other family member—is someone your child spends a lot of time with and knows they can turn to when they need help.
  • Show your children how to solve problems.

Help children develop self-esteem, so that they feel good about themselves:

  • Show lots of love and acceptance.
  • Praise them when they do well. Recognize their efforts as well as what they achieve.
  • Ask questions about their activities and interests.
  • Help them set realistic goals.

Listen, and respect their feelings:

  • It’s OK for children and youth to feel sad or angry. Encourage them to talk about how they feel.
  • Keep communication and conversation flowing by asking questions and listening to your child. Mealtime can be a good time for talking.
  • Help your child find someone to talk to if they don’t feel comfortable talking to you.

Create a safe, positive home environment:

  • Be aware of your child’s media use, both the content and the amount of time spent on screens. This includes TV, movies, Internet, and gaming devices. Be aware of who they might be interacting with on social media and online games.
  • Be careful about discussing serious family issues—such as finances, marital problems, or illness—around your children. Children can worry about these things.
  • Provide time for physical activity, play, and family activities.
  • Be a role model by taking care of your own mental health: Talk about your feelings. Make time for things you enjoy.

In difficult situations, help children solve problems:

  • Teach your child how to relax when they feel upset. This could be deep breathing, doing something calming (such as a quiet activity they enjoy), taking some time alone, or going for a walk.
  • Talk about possible solutions or ideas to improve a situation and how to make it happen. Try not to take over. 
  • This is an extract from the Caring for Kids web page

Please don't be overwhelmed by all of the power points, these are for you to access over the coming weeks.

Chat tomorrow Hedgehogs πŸ¦” , thinking of you all!

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

Monday 18th May, 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! Welcome back to another beautiful week, β˜€οΈ we hope you had a lovely weekend! The weather is going to be good again this week, so maybe you’ll be able to get out in the fresh air and enjoy nature, maybe you could get some exercise together as a family,( maybe even a star jump challenge πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰) being around nature with loved ones, especially in the good weather, has been scientifically proven to really lift our spirits and give us a real boost! 😊I know I feel much better after a walk and talk with my family surrounded by nature! See if you can remember the focus activities I added last week, try and focus on all the beautiful detail around you on your walk! 

I have added the general planning for the week, Miss Heron has completed, at the bottom of this message and I will add some extra focus activities throughout the week for you to access if you would like to, we would please ask If you can, you pay particular attention to the phase 2 & 3 phonics activities added as these will reinforce the great work you have done at school and home and is essential for fluency in reading, writing and spelling! I know lots of you are accessing the phonics play and other phonics games recommended, please keep up the good work! πŸ˜‰ I will also add some more of your fantastic pictures of the amazing home learning activities you have been doing! Great job all of you! Please take care of each other, be kind and considerate to all of your family, things have been strange for quite some time now but it is starting to become our new normal way of life, talk about how you are feeling to your families or if you struggle to talk, write or draw how you are feeling, sharing our worries with loved ones will help to make us feel better! 😊 

Thinking of you all fondly

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ and Mrs Ellie Hall



Hello! We hope you are all keeping well and safe.

This week, we will be looking at the story ‘The Singing Mermaid.’ We have a few activities that we would really like you to complete. Can you ask your adults to find the story on you tube so you can listen to it?

This is a lovely rhyming story about a mermaid. There are several characters in the story, can you talk to your adults about each one? Maybe you could describe them using ‘WOW’ words (wow words are adjectives. You can use BBCbitesize/ adjectives to help). Can you choose your favourite character and write a character description about them?  You could write one sentence or several sentences! Remember your beautiful letter formation, capital letters to begin each sentence, finger spaces and a full stop at the end. Oh, and most importantly, those fantastic ‘WOW’ words! 

As well as looking at adjectives this week we are also looking at rhyming words. There are lots of rhyming words in The Singing Mermaid story, can you spot which words rhyme and tell your adults? Maybe you could try out rhyming worksheet that we will attach for you!


Let’s get creative! Can you paint a picture of a mermaid? What will you need to include in your painting? Can you chat to your mummy or daddy about it? Can you have a go at making your own mermaid or ocean creature out of junk modelling? You could even use playdough or salt dough to make your own jewellery? If you are using salt dough, can you paint them when the salt dough has dried? You can find some inspiration on tapestry where we have posted some examples. We can’t wait to see what you make!


To keep the fitness spirit up, we would like you to count how many star jumps you can do in one minute. Can you do this every day? Do you get quicker? We’d love to know how many you can do. Maybe Mrs Riley or Miss Heron could have ago! How many do you think they will do?

If you complete all the activities set, Twinkl have lots of lovely mermaid activities that you might like to try!


Daily activities

Reading – please try and keep up with your reading. Try and read 5 times a week if you can.

Keep practising your phonics.  We usually spend 15-20 minutes every day going over the letter sounds, tricky words and applying them when reading and writing simple captions. Mrs Riley is posting phonic challenges on the class page most days so please try and have a go Hedgehogs! 

Letter formation. Please spend 10 minutes each day practising your letter formation. It is really important that you are forming your letters correctly every time you write them. If you need help please ask an adult to model how to form them correctly and you can copy them.

Don’t forget your maths skills too! Can you spend 10 minutes every day practising your number formation, recognising, counting and ordering skills? 

Please keep logging onto Tapestry and it is a fantastic way for us to communicate and interact with you. The photographs and videos you are posting are brilliant and we are enjoying seeing them.

Miss Heron & Mrs Riley 

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Friday 15th May, 2020

Good Morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  and families, can you believe we are at the end of another week and before we know it half term will be upon us, time seems to be going very quickly. 

I am keeping myself busy with school work, (thinking about you all and enjoying seeing your activities on tapestry or email), walks, reading, keeping in contact with friends and family, baking and I have even taken up knitting ;0) have you tried anything new or something you haven't done for a long time? We would love to hear and see more of your activities ;0)

I do hope you are enjoying the outdoors now the warmer weather has come back! Did any of you try the mindfulness activities? We would love to hear how you got on if you did!

I am going to add some more pictures of your wonderful home learning, I will add more as the day goes on so watch this space ;0) x

We are also going to add some more phonics activities over the next couple of weeks for you to have a look at, remember your phonics are really important to help you to read, write and spell! It would be really beneficial to familiarise yourselves with what we have learnt already (phase 2 and 3) then we will start thinking about phase 4! Dont forget all the great phonics games on phonics play and other sites listed in the targets on class pages. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰and Mrs Ellie Hall

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Thursday 14th May, 2020

Good morning our brilliant Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families. I do hope you had a good day yesterday and a good look at some of your friends on the class page, isnt it lovely to see them!! smiley I am adding some more amazing pics of your activities at the bottom of this page! We are so impressed with all the fabulous things you have been doing and learning, I will be adding more tomorrow so please dont think I have forgotten you, I do need your grown ups permission to put your pics and videos on here though, keep them coming please, we are so proud of how hard you are all working!

Today I wanted to talk a little more about mindfulness, what it means and how it can help us in everyday life!

Mindfulness is paying attention with care, to one moment at a time. We are all often distracted and our minds are working overtime. Our minds can easily be filled with busy thoughts, even if they are pleasant, too many things going on in our heads can be distracting or overwhelming. Practising using your senses to focus on one thing at a time and really live in the present can have a very calming effect on us and often help aleviate stress, worry or anxiety! I have uploaded a few pics at the bottom of the page from a book I have, that I have used on many occasions and find it very therapuetic! It is good to try and calm our minds and bodies when there are lots of worries about, and Im sure we are all a little more concerned about our strange new world at the moment!

I hope you and your grown ups will try some of the mindfulness activities and let us know how you get on, maybe write down how you feel when you have a lot going on in your head and then after you have completed a calming task write down how you feel then, it is good to recognise your feelings whatever they may be! And learn how to accept and cope with all of our feelings or emotions! 😊

Have a lovely day HedgehogsπŸ¦” and families, chat tomorrow!

love and warmest wishes from

Mrs Ges Riley smiley Miss Jess Heron smiley and Mrs Ellie Hall

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;0) home learning Well done E AND L Some wonderful history here too πŸ˜‰

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Wednesday 13th May, 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday and managed to get some fun learning activities in? I have had such a huge smile on my face looking at some of your pictures and videos of the wonderful learning you are doing! I will share some on the page for you over the coming days so you all get to see your friends, having fun at home, I hope it makes you all smile as much as it did me. Please keep the pictures and videos coming if you can, via tapestry or emailing the office, I will need your permission to share them on the class page. Thank you for making us smile so much Hedgehogs and families!smileysmileysmiley

Take care and keep enjoying your learning 

Love from

Mrs Ges Rileywink Miss Heronwink & Mrs Ellie Hallwink

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I hope you enjoyed seeingE, R and R and you are smiling as much as I am ;0)

I will add more in the coming days, please can you give your permission via tapestry or the office, it will be so lovely for all the children to see each other and feel that togetherness again! Thank you again for all your hard work Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, we know this is a difficult time but we are so very proud of you all!!!!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰


Tuesday, 12th May, 2020 

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, we do hope you are all still keeping safe and well!
How are you getting on counting all of those legs? πŸ˜€ I wonder if any of you could work out how many legs there are in your home, 😊 remember to count your pets 😊 also if you’re feeling really clever can you work out how many there would be in our classroom if we were all there including myself, Miss Heron and Mrs Hall πŸ˜‰ happy counting, I look forward to hearing everyone’s answers πŸ˜‰ Did you enjoy the story? I have added a few more fun activities below, remember these are just ideas for those who would like some extra fun  learning activities, in addition to those on the weekly plan! There are some beach themed postcards you could write to loved ones you’ve not seen for a while, there’s a beach cafe activity working out how much you can spend out of several purses from the menu, a story called lucky duck and an art activity! 
have a lovely day Hedgehogs πŸ¦” 

love from 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall

Monday 11th May, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, we do hope you had a good bank holiday weekend and are ready for a brand new week! We would love you to share some of your adventures over the weekend with us! Did any of you go outside your front doors for celebratory afternoon tea or any other exciting things? 😊

Mr Riley hung some bunting on our house, we put a flag up and all the neighbours came out on their driveway for a picnic, whilst talking to each other from a good social distance 😊 some even dressed up (see pics below 😊) it was such good fun and made everyone happy 😊 Please let us know what you did that made you happy or smile over the last week! 

We are starting a new topic this week, and all the fun things we can learn using this as our focus! There is a document below explaining our new topic and all the fun activities we can try this week! Let’s hope that beautiful sunshine β˜€οΈ comes back for this week it got a little chilly yesterday brrrr! 
We do hope you are all happy, safe and well! We miss seeing you all, but are very proud everyday of the resilience you show, and love to see your fantastic pics of your amazing learning at home! Please remember to let the office know or make a comment on your uploads in tapestry if you would like me to share any of the pictures of your learning activities with your friends on our class page! Thank you πŸ™πŸ» keep smiling and keep busy Hedgehogs πŸ¦” chat to you tomorrow! 

Love from 

Mre Ges Riley😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall 😊

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Thursday 7th May, 2020

Hey there, our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!

We do hope you have all had a good week so far. We just wanted to reiterate how proud we are of how well you all seem to be coping, through these difficult times. Understandably, it can be overwhelming on occasions and with the uncertainty of these unprecedented times,  the adults and the childrens concerns and anxiety levels may be heightened. We would like to focus on some coping skills for both the children and adults to help when those days/times do occur! The most important one which we are all very familiar with is contact, reaching out and talking to family, friends, to us at school or there are lots of helplines available out there if you feel more able to talk to them. Asking the children to draw a picture of how they are feeling, can get the conversation going, those young brains can work overtime especially when they are worried about something. I have enclosed some mindfulness and well being activities at the bottom of the page for those of you who would like to try, these can be for adults or children, there are some boredom buster activities too, just something a little different, we are aware there is a lot of helpful sites out there, these are just a few ideas and we hope you find them useful to do or spark other ideas. I have also included an emotions board game, it's a really good way to help children recognise the different emotions they feel and why! All part of helping with coping strategies.


Well onto our next focus for some celebration over this long bank holiday weekend celebrating the very special 75th anniversary of VE Day .......or Victory in Europe Day, children, this is the anniversary of the surrender of Germany at the end of World War II in 1945. This day is marked annually on the 8th May in the UK with a two-minute silence and an address from the Queen. Maybe some of your grandparents or great grandparents could tell you a little bit about it! 

Quite apt to be thinking about coming through one of the worst times in history, but stronger and more resilient than they were before because people pulled together and helped each other, that is one of the most incredible things about a crisis the strength, resilience and kindness the vast majority of people find within themselves! We hope you enjoy the bank holiday weekend together, which looks like it is going to be a beautiful sunny β˜€οΈ 😎 one and there are a few celebratory activities you can do, if you’d like to, below and a power point that explains a little bit about VE day!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or worries. We are all in this together, coping or struggling through similar emotions at different times. So please remember we are here to help, the best that we can. Have a lovely weekend together all of you there’s a beautiful sunrise this morning to start our day! 

Warmest wishes to you all 

Mrs Ges Rileysmiley Miss Jess Heron smiley and  Mrs Ellie Hall


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Ahoy there me ole pirate 🏴‍☠️ Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families arrr πŸ˜‰

We hope you are all as happy and well as can be,

How are the pirate meals coming along? We have got some inspirational ideas we’ve  found for you, Pics below πŸ˜‰ we would love to see some of yours, we could share them for your friends and us to see on here if you would like that?

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I found a good pirate story did you? 

‘Penguins make bad pirates’ on you tube, we would love to see and hear what story you have found! πŸ˜‰πŸ΄‍☠️

Remember if you have any concerns or worries, Miss Heron and I will be in touch today or tomorrow, if we didn’t manage to speak to you last week and we will be available via the office/ email for everyone else, please let us know whatever is on your mind and we will do our very best to help!

Have a lovely day Hedgehogs πŸ¦” 

Thinking of you all

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall 


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What kind of pirate would you be? πŸ˜‰πŸ΄‍☠️
What characteristics have you got? Here are a few ideas! 
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Tuesday 5th May, 2020 β˜€οΈ 
Good morning lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! We do hope you had a good start to the week and you’re finding your last week of pirate 🏴‍☠️ learning, fun! 

I would just like to take this opportunity in these uncertain times, to talk about the well-being of children and adults, it is so important to look after our mental health!

Good mental health is key to our well being and vice versa! I have enclosed an extract from a course I did last year entitled ‘Understanding Children and young people’s mental health’, 

remembering these five ways to boost well-being  can really help to keep us positive and contribute greatly to our good mental health! Please look after your mind as well as your body, we are all in this together and we are here, if you need to talk about any concerns! 
Thinking of you all

Warmest wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess HeronπŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall

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Monday 4th May, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!
We hope you all had a wonderful  weekend and are ready for your last week of fun pirate 🏴‍☠️ activities arrr πŸ˜‰ there are some super science and magnificent maths activities for you to do, fun learning, which will really help with working out how much is in your treasure chest and make a wonderful waterproof pirate ship, think about all of those materials we investigated, that will help you with this activity! Foody fun too as well as some exciting writing ✍️ and reading! 🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️To be done throughout the week, just do the best you can please perfect pirates πŸ˜‰
They are posted below! Have fun!!! 
Remember we’d  really love to see all the fun, learning activities you’ve completed over the last few weeks πŸ˜‰ if you would like us to share some of the wonderful work you have been sending via tapestry please drop us a comment on your last tapestry upload or let the office know by email and I will share on the class page so all your friends can see what you’ve been up to πŸ˜‰ a good way of helping us all feel connected...... together while we’re apart! Have you completed many acts of kindness this weekend? Miss Heron painted a fence for her family...... She said she got more on her face than the fence πŸ˜‚ I think she’s right take a look at the picture below! But she helped her family and made them happy, that’s a good thing, my acts of kindness were, making some more cakes for neighbours, friends and family and I made some phone calls to those on their own to see how they were and shared a couple of jokes with them! I wonder if you could find a joke and tell your family, friends and us please, it’s good to smile and laugh and share those smiles and laughter with others! I’ve shared a few with you at the bottom of the page! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ please don’t forget we are really proud of you, stay safe, well and listen to your families πŸ˜‰ I will chat to you tomorrow! We are here to help you any way we can, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns at all! 

Love from 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall


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Aha me ole shipmates, here’s a few pirate jokes to make you smile 😊 or even laugh πŸ˜‚ x
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A funny comment (well he thinks it is πŸ˜‰) from Mr Riley for any Star-wars fans out there he says “ May the Fourth be with you!” 🀦‍♀️ Hopefully it made you smile πŸ˜ƒ I hear it every year!!!  

Friday 1st May, 2020 🌀

Good morning our lovely HedgehogsπŸ¦” and families,

Wow the 1st day of another new month, the time does seem to be going very quickly. I hope you got to splash in some puddles this week, the weather hasn't been so good but needed for all the gardens and farmers growing the food we eat, but it does look like the sunshine is back with us for a little while!

Did any of you sing happy birthday to Colonel Tom Moore, hasn't he been so inspirational at 100 years old doing what he can to help others, I think he’s fantastic! That brings me to our next idea, can you all please try and complete at least one act of kindness each day, it could be a phone call to a member of your family you haven't seen for a little while (ask Mummy or Daddy for help), or help your little brother or sister do something they struggle with, ask Mummy or Daddy if there is something you can do to help them, draw a picture or write a letter to a friend or a member of your family and send it to them to make them smile, anything you can think of, helping others and being kind helps us to feel better as well, isn’t it a lovely feeling to know you have made somebody smile? Maybe you could let us know about your acts of kindness, that would certainly make us smile too! ;0)

I hope you enjoyed Miss Heron’s story wasn't it lovely and Mrs Thomas's story all about pirates as well πŸ¦”  what a treat. 

I decided my act of kindness today would be to bake some cakes for one of my neighbours who is a bit fed up being on their own! I am very careful and wash my hands a lot more when I am baking and I make sure I do not touch the cakes I am giving away I will share a picture with you at the bottom of the Page, I used lots of skills while I was making my cakes🧁, I read the recipe and wrote down what I needed, I followed the instructions step by step, weighed and measured the ingredients, checked the temperature of the oven put my timer on and carefully decorated them when they were cooked compared the sizes and decided I should try the smallest to check they were ok ;0)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, we are thinking of you all.

Warmest wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess HeronπŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰

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I didn’t eat them all I promise πŸ˜‰

Thursday 30th April, 2020 πŸŒ₯



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Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs  πŸ¦” and families!

It was so lovely to chat to some more of you yesterday and hear how you are all getting on,😊 I will say it again and again we are really proud of all of you for being so resilient in such uncertain times.😊

Well after my interrupted attempts at videoing reading a story for you all the other day, thank you Murphy ;0) Miss Heron has kindly done one for me to upload on here for you ;0) it is a funny story! So please enjoy! Thank you Miss Heron I really enjoyed it πŸ˜‰

I will have another go next week ;0) it would be so good to see some of you reading a story to your class friends and us that we could all see on here, if you would like to you could send one to the office or upload to tapestry, that would be amazing! 

Have a lovely day all of you, I will check in again tomorrow!

Love from
Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊



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Wednesday 29th April, 2020


Good morning our amazing Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families,

it was so good to hear some of your voices yesterday when Miss Heron and I rang to speak to you and your families! (I will be ringing those who were busy today) It is so good to hear how well you all are and how you are getting on so fabulously, with your fun learning in these difficult times! We are very proud of all of you, it certainly made both of us very happy to hear and see some of the fantastic learning you are doing!  We understand it can be a struggle sometimes but your resilience will shine through!! 

Today I found another couple of really fun ways to help you with your phonics, reading and writing! There is a phonopoly game ;0) it is like monopoly but with phonics, how cool is that! (If you haven't got a printer dont worry you could use the idea to make your own game up ;0)) My boys used to love playing monopoly when they were younger ;0) there is a level 3 and level 4 see how you get on you could make your own rules up to make it even more fun! There is also a tea party activity pack with menus to write, order forms, receipts lots of fun things to do! I saw a wonderful tea party being had this week using the tiger who came to tea for inspiration ;0) 

Have a little look and see what you think ;0) having fun while you learn is what it is all about! I did try and video a story for you today but my dog Murphy kept barking ;0) I think he wanted to tell you the story instead, watch this space Miss Heron or I or maybe somebody else will pop up on here or tapestry to read you all a story!!!laugh Maybe you could upload yourself telling us a story and if you'd like us to share it with everyone that would be lovely, a little bit like we did in the classroom! smileyremember these are additional ideas for activities if you would like to do them! 

Please keep safe and well and listening to your families, it is really important that you listen and do what they ask you to do! Keep being kind and considerate to each other and those around you, these are very surreal times and we at school are very proud of how you are all coping and not just the children ;0)

Warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley wink Miss Jess Heron wink& Mrs Ellie Hall

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Tuesday, 28th April


Good morning super Hedgehogs and familieswink


I hope you had a good day yesterday! Have any of you started on your halving activities yet? Keep going you'll master it if you keep practising!

I have included a few activities below to help master some of those tricky phonics we had not covered as much in class and some CVC words you can have a practice with, just  for those of you that feel like challenging yourself with a little more fun learning. There are some lovely outdoor maths activities too! If you haven't got a printer use the screen as a guide, to read, copy, draw and write down what you see. Still really enjoying the work that is coming in via tapestry, it's so good to see your beautiful smiling faces, looking like you're really enjoying your learning experiences at home. Keep at it all of you, children and grown ups you're doing an amazing job, remember we are all in this together and we are thinking about you all constantly, thinking of ideas to keep you busy learning and having fun whilst safe at home. But also remembering that you must only do as much as you feel able to do as a family. Enjoy spending time together, it is really important families do not feel overwhelmed with work but have enough choice to find something that fits your learning environment perfectly. Everyone has different circumstances.

Take care all of you, be kind and helpful to each other and I will check in tomorrow.

Warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley wink Miss Jess Heron wink & Mrs Ellie Hall wink

Monday, 27th April 🌀


Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!
We do hope you are all keeping safe, well and coping the best you can in these unprecedented times! Please remember we are here for each and everyone of you, myself and Miss Heron will be getting in touch with you all by phone this week for a catch up,wink so if you have any worries or questions we will do our very best to help! 
I would just like to say an enormous thank you to all of you for your hard work, resilience and resourcefulness, children and families alike, you are doing a fantastic job!

I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the amazing activities you have been doing, (those of you who have uploaded them to tapestry or sent via email) I have spent the evening reading, watching, commenting and smiling continuously at your wonderful learning, well done!  Please bare with me I am learning about and updating tapestry continuously, but if anyone is having a problem using it please get in touch, we will try our best to help! 
Below is the plan for the week and links to resources, we are continuing the pirates theme for this week, but remember you can adapt this to something else if you’re not keen on pirates turn it into princesses, polar bears anything that helps spark your interest we want you to have fun πŸ˜‰ the theme is just a resource to assist your activities, so as long as you’re experiencing the learning that accompanies it you’ll be fine! 
We are really looking forward to seeing more of your amazing experiences, activities and learning! Our main focus this week is tricky words and halving
Have a great start to the week! 
Thinking of you all 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰& Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

Friday 24th April β˜€οΈ
Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, 

Im so sorry I didn’t check in with you yesterday, we had some issues with internet 😬 I do hope you had a lovely day! It was very warm β˜€οΈ
Have any of you made any bird feeders or watched any birds in the garden or while you are out walking? I’m really enjoying listening to the different sounds of the birdsong, they all sound like they’re having a conversation πŸ˜‰ what do you think they might be saying to each other? Listen carefully and maybe chat to your family about what they might be saying πŸ˜‰

I have found a couple of charts for those of you who are watching the birds to help you recognise them and if you are feeling very clever there is a chart you could complete! These are on twinkl if you want to print more, there are so many wonderful resources, remember to look at if you are interested they have lots of wonderful information and ideas too! Don’t forget, send pics of your activities please, we would love to see them and let us know if you would like us to share them so your friends can see what you’ve been doing! Have a wonderful weekend in this beautiful weather!

Missing you all, we will be in touch very soon!

Warmest wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰& Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰

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Wednesday 22nd, April β˜€οΈ

Good morning lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!

Can you believe this amazing weather? We are so fortunate, I have spent a lot of time in the garden and I have noticed how many birds are around and they’re not afraid to fly to their bird feeders while I’m around which is so lovely to watch! Look at the picture of this robin below!

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If you would like to see more birds in your garden, here are some simple bird feeders you could make with your families! I wonder how many types of birds will come and say hi! 
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These are made with juice/milk cartons or a plastic bottle! There are so many lovely ideas on, Pinterest, Twinkl and other sites! Nature is so beautiful! Remember these are just ideas, being in the garden and watching nature all around us helps me feel better, along with my daily exercise, I hope it does make you feel better too!

Thinking of you all!

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall

Tuesday 21st April, β˜€οΈ
Good morning our wonderful, resilient Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families. Another beautiful day! We are very blessed with the weather! β˜€οΈ

We thought you might like some more ideas to help you with your learning for this terms Pirate 🏴‍☠️ theme! Remember the learning tasks are given weekly so you can choose what you can manage to do in chunks throughout the week! I will still check in with you to say hi and if we have anything else that may help you have some more fun activities at home! 

There are a couple of poems you could read below, see if you can read them in a pirate voice “arrrr” (said like a pirate πŸ˜‰) Maybe your grown up could read one in a pirate voice too πŸ˜‰ there’s some ideas for your writing tasks and character descriptions, can’t wait to hear all about your pirates πŸ˜‰ Yr 1’s let’s see some fabulous cursive writing ✍️ remembering your finger spaces, capital letters, full stops, and those  amazing adjectives! There are some resources to help you below! 

You could have fun making a pirate ship to play on in the garden or make a treasure map πŸ—Ί and hide some treasure for your family to find! Make a safe plank to walk πŸ˜‰

Have fun with your learning, please send us pictures of your work either on tapestry or via the office, thank you!

Please carry on being safe and well at home, help your grown ups by listening well, and doing what they ask you to, like you would at school πŸ˜‰ we are so very proud of you all!

Chat soon! Missing all of you, but you are all in our thoughts constantly, be kind and helpful to each other! 
Love and warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰


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Monday, 20th April 

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter and didn’t eat too much chocolate!! For the next few weeks our topic is going to be Pirates! A topic I know lots of you will love and will hopefully inspire you to do some amazing work for us to see! We can’t wait to see what you do for us. Remember to send pictures, they always make us smile and feel very proud!


For Literacy, we are going to be looking at the story ‘Pirate Adventure’. You can find this story on or on, you will also find lots of other magical books for you to enjoy on this site. If you have another pirate book you would like to read instead, this is also fine! We would like you to read the story with your grownups, we know how much you love reading! Can you tell your grown ups what happens in the story? You could even use the words beginning, middle and end. 

What about telling your grown ups who the characters are in the story? We know how much you LOVE to draw; can you draw one of the characters and using adjectives write some simple sentences to describe your favourite character? 

Year 1 children we would love it if you wrote us a character description. I wonder if you can include those conjunctions we looked at before Easter? (Grownups, conjunctions are joining words for example the pirate has a sharp sword so he can fight other pirates). 

Your final activity for literacy is to retell the story. Do you think you could choose a part of the story and write it? You might want to perform a puppet show using the characters for your grownups? Year 1 children, we would really like you to write the story in your own words. Remember to check your work when you have written it to make sure it makes sense. Read it out loud and check your spellings. We can’t wait to read them! 


Now its time for maths. We would really like you to keep practising your counting, addition and subtraction. There are lots of pirate worksheets on twinkle. If you would like us to send you any PLEASE email us and we will happily send them to you! 

This week we would like you to recap counting in 2’s. Pirates always have lots of treasure. Can you find some 2p coins to use as your treasure? (maybe ask your grownups first) if you haven’t got any 2p coins buttons will also work and coins can also be found on twinkle if you have access to a printer. Using the coins or buttons start at 2 and practise counting 2, 4, 6 ,8 how far can you go?

Year 1 children your challenge is for your grown up to choose a different number in the 2 times table to start at for example 22, can you count on in 2’s from the number they tell you? 


Now what do pirates need? I know A PIRATE SHIP? But what materials would you need to build your ship? We would like you to put your pirate hats on and design your own pirate ship. Can you label your ship with the materials you have used? Why not use junk modelling to make your own ship! We would love to see how creative you get, so please send any pictures so we can have a smile!!!


What else to pirates do? They make people walk the plank!!!! Ok so we haven’t got a plank, and no we are not making our grownups walk the plank! Instead we would like you to use your bath to investigate sinking and floating objects. Gather some objects together in your pirate chest and predict whether you think they will float or sink. Then investigate!!!! Can you explain why some objects float and some objects sink? 


We hope you have a fantastic week. We will be on hand for if you have any questions or just need some extra support, we are all in this together and just an email/ phone call away. 


Your teachers, 

Miss Heron and Mrs Riley. 




Thursday 16th April β˜€οΈ
Good morning our smart, resilient Hedgehogs  πŸ¦” and families,

We hope you’re all safe and well at home! I saw some really good ideas for recording our safe time at home, some of you may have come across it already, but thought you could use these as ideas, to record some of your most memorable times, experiences and coping strategies while keeping safe and well at home! 
Have any of you been on any exciting virtual adventures over Easter? I went to Disneyland and went on some virtual rides, Avatar, at Animal Kingdom and Soarin  at Epcot were amongst my favourites, I went to Longleat safari park and learnt all about the animals and watched some amazing Blue Planet episodes! 😊 We live in such an amazing world and through technology and time we can experience so much! Hope you’re all happy and managing to have fun together and make some wonderful memories! 
Warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall😊 xx

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Tuesday, 14th April


Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and familiesheart

We do hope you're all having a good Easter break, having fun together and staying safe and well at home! We have been blessed with the weather so far.wink 

We have sent activation emails to EYFS families to enable the use of tapestry,


'Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child's experiences during their time with us.'


This platform which is used in the classroom, will soon allow you to access your child's page and add their learning experiences, adventures, photos, comments etc. to their individual learning journey. Once you have received the email, you 'should' receive instructions on how to set up access to your child's page. It will only allow you access to your own child and should ask you to set up a password.You will receive an email from us soon with more detailed instructions.

The Tapestry system is hosted on a secure, dedicated server based in the U.K. Information and images of your child will not be shared with outside agencies or other parents. The only people able to access their online Learning Journal are members of staff and yourself.

You will have password protected access to your child’s online Learning Journey and we encourage you to contribute information and evidence of your child too by uploading photos, videos and comments of their learning development and experiences. We want Tapestry to be exactly that – a woven blend of information and evidence from school and home about your child, their abilities and progress made. It also has the added benefit which IT offers to give instant access in a paperless instance. You are also able to comment on observations made by the staff.


We ask you not to share any images uploaded by staff onto your child’s Learning Journey on any social medias and trust you adhere to this policy.


Please bare with us as there may be a few teething problems to start, as always with technology, it is wonderful when it is working well.surprise Please could you contact us through the office if you have any problems setting your access up or struggle to upload information.


Obviously in these unprecedented times this will be a very advantageous platform to share what your child is doing on a more regular basis. We can add to their Early Learning Goals and create their next steps and expectations.


We really hope you are enjoying your Easter break and not eating too much chocolate wink I hid Mr Riley's treats around the garden, it took him quite a while to find them! wink

We'd love to hear all about your adventures and experiences while youve been at home! We really miss you all, but we are very proud of how resilient you are all being in these very unusual times! We will chat to you again very soon!



A couple of families very kindly gave us permission to share their wonderful learning experiences at home. Fantastic job E and L very impressed with your enthusiasm and resourcefulness! 😊😊

Love and warm wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron  πŸ˜‰& Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

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Friday, 3rd April


Hello! We hope you are all continuing to keep well and safe.

Next week our topic is Easter. To introduce this topic can you ask your adults to read a book to you all about Easter If you don’t have any Easter books at home maybe your adults could find one on youtube for you, e.g. We’re going on an egg hunt or Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt.  Alternatively, go to and watch the videos all about celebrating Easter. Could you try writing your own Easter story? Can you write a beginning middle and end? Who would your characters be?

We also thought it would be a fabulous ideas for you to have a go at making an Easter card for somebody you know? You are all so creative and will have some great ideas but if you are struggling, you can find lots of ideas on pintrest and google! Could you add a message in your card using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops and showing off your beautiful letter formation? Year 1 children don’t forget your cursive writing!

You might also want to start to think about where the Easter bunny is going to hide your eggs. Could you write these ideas down E.g. On top of the chair, under the plant pot, on the window sill. Year 1 children, can you have a go at writing a character description of the Easter bunny? You might even want to design your own Easter bunny to describe. Don’t forget those adjectives!

Other activities this week include thinking about how we and other people celebrate Easter. You have already been looking at the Easter story, but could you talk to your family about what you do to celebrate? You could also use technology Is this different to the way you celebrate? You could have a look at on twinkl to see how people celebrate Easter differently around the world. Year 1 children, can you locate these places on a world map? You could even begin to look at the oceans that surround these places.

During the week maybe your adults could help you to make some chocolate Easter nests. I’m sure many of you have your own recipes but if not you can find some easy recipes on the internet! Maybe you could write list of the ingredients you will need? Identifying the initial sounds and year 1 children practise spelling these things accurately applying your phonics.  Could you help your grown-ups measure out the ingredients? Year 1 children especially can you identify the unit of measurement that is used, for example grams or ounces? Can you talk to your adults about how the chocolate changes when heated and cooled? Could you challenge yourself to count the eggs in twos? Most importantly… don’t forget to share them with your grownups and EAT THEM ALL UP!!!

Another thing you could try is the Easter shape search sheet. This is on twinkl also. You can show your adults how amazing you are at finding 2d shapes. Can you describe your shapes? how many corners, sides do the shapes have? Year 1 children, you might want to think about addition. If you had 4 squares how many sides would you have?

Don’t forget to keep up with your reading! Try and read 3-5 times a week if you can. Over the next week we are going to read a story for the children so keep your eyes peeled. Keep practising your phonics. Keep going over the letter sounds, tricky words and applying them when reading and writing. If you haven’t already tried it, you can look at Number Blocks. It is a really good programme to watch. It can be found on the BBC iPlayer. For Year 1 children, counting in 2, 5 and 10 songs will be great for your children to listen to.

Have a fabulous Easter!!

Love Miss Heron. Mrs Riley and Mrs Hall.

Hey there, our lovely Hedgehogs and families wink

just a note to say I have added links to lots of extra activities below, (sorry if you haven't got access to a printer, some are instructional or can be copied by hand) these are only if you'd like to have a go over easter or after! The letter and number sheets could really help with mastering number/letter formation and help you with writing all of those amazing stories, notes, letters, cards etc you  or even writing down how many easter eggs you would like wink You certainly have lots to keep you busy but it is the Easter holidays and you all deserve a good break, adults ;0) and children alike.

Lots of fun activities to be had though, I think I'm going to have a go at the mindfulness easter egg colouring and basket making ;0) and maybe try making hot cross buns laugh 

Remember you can check out again too and maybe take a virtual trip to a zoo, aquarium, national park over easter so much choice on there for all the family!

Have an amazing Easter all of you! We are very, very proud of your resilience and hard work in these extremely unusual times! You're all amazing!!!! 25 house points will be added to each group ;0)


Thursday 2nd April, smiley

Good morning our amazing Hedgehogs and families,

We do hope this last Thursday before the Easter holidays finds you all safe and well!

We have had some requests for more  tricky words, as some of you have mastered the ones you have taken home in your learning packs yes well done, I can see a lot of house points being added over this home learning period. I have added some links at the bottom of this page for phase 3 and 4 tricky words and a couple of other links you may find useful. We will add more in the coming weeks, remember to use 'phonics play' for fun games to help you master your phonics. You will have had a list of high frequency words in your learning pack, can you see how many of those and your tricky words you can find when you are reading/sharing your books! How many fun ways have you found to read? I lay on the floor, on lots of cushions smiley with our dog Murphy yesterday and read him a story he seemed to really enjoy it! 

Did any of you start a tuck shop at home for buying your snacks ;0) a great way to practice working out monetary value, which we had just started before we finished school, maybe you could start your own little shop up?

How many ways can you make these amounts....

here's an example

8p = 5p+2p+1p or 2p+2p+2p+2p or 2p+2p+2p+1p+1p

now you have a go with the following

EYFS 6p, 10p, 12p, 15p

YR1 18p, 21p, 32p 39p

You can make some of your own up if you get on well!

Maybe give your toys a price label and see how much you would need to buy toys from your shop ;0)

I do hope you are enjoying your walk, cycle or run and are writing or drawing what you have seen or taken pictures.

Here are some pictures from my walk today I thought you might like to see, the lambs were so funny, leaping and bleating all around their pen.

Remember to stay safe and well at home, be kind to each other and help your families with whatever they ask you to do! We do miss seeing you all and your big beautiful smiles, but we are very proud of how you are coping in these very uncertain times.


We will chat to you again tomorrow, take care

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall


Lambs on our walk ;0)

Lambs on our walk ;0) 1
Lambs on our walk ;0) 2
Lambs on our walk ;0) 3

Wednesday, 1st April πŸ“–β›…οΈπŸŒˆ

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!

Wow, the start of a new month! I hope you are all safe and well and have been enjoying some  of the learning activities from the many resources we have included!
Thank you to those of you who’ve been in touch with what you have been doing!  
If more of you could share some pictures and/or notes of your activities with us by email, that would be fantastic! 😊
I hear some of you have been ploughing through your learning packs and resources given and would like some more worksheets 😊 I have attached a link below 

for those with printers, please do not worry if you haven’t got a printer this is just an extra activity, you can have a look at the link and talk about the activities! 

If you can focus on your ‘fun phonics’ and look for all the digraphs and vowel digraphs in the everyday things around your house or on your walk!  Here are a few examples πŸ˜‰
cereal boxes/food packets:

cornflakes, weetabix, cheerios, cheese.....

You could maybe see how many you could find in the books you are reading and record them in your red or blue books or on a sheet of paper!
Any signs or posters you see out on your walk, can you read them by using your phonics knowledge? πŸ˜‰


Heres another few fun activities you could have a go at! Did anyone make a windmill in the last couple of days? Did it work?
Elephants 😊 my favourite!



We do hope you have a good day, enjoy your fresh air on your walk, cycle or run! Be kind to each other and yourselves! Listen to your adults!  Remember πŸ˜‰ don’t try and do too much, just what you can, but above all please stay safe, well, positive and happy! 
Chat tomorrow,


Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊


links to phonics activity sheets and calming story’s /meditation 


A nice calming story!

Something for bedtime or quiet time πŸ˜‰ careful, grown ups I nearly fell asleep checking them out, I felt very relaxed after though πŸ˜‰

#kidsmeditation #kidssleep #meditationforkids

Guided Meditation for Children 



Tuesday 31st, March β›…οΈπŸ’¨πŸŒˆ


Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families 😊

We do hope you had a good start to the week!

Did you find anything on the chatterpack list that you think might be fun? Our son Thomas is in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and he said he’s going to try and learn to play the ukulele! πŸ˜‰ if he learns a good tune I will share it with you! πŸ˜‰
I was searching for some ideas that we could do for Easter 🐣 and I thought you might like to have a go at these, it would be nice to recycle your egg boxes too! So here’s a  few ideas! Have fun!










Aren’t they lovely, maybe you could hide some around your garden or house for an Easter themed hunt? 

Remember to try and enjoy as many different types of books as you can please! We’re looking forward to hearing about your favourites! πŸ“š πŸ“– 

For those of you who are itching to do some phonics remember our phonics play, we are revising all of the sounds we have done in phase 2 & 3 so you can have a go at those whenever you can! 

Above all please stay safe, well and positive  please remember to listen to your families, you’re all doing an amazing job!

Have a good day! Chat tomorrow!

Thinking of you all!

Love from   

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall 😊

Top tip

If you wanted to get your children to use their practical maths skills in a fun way, there was a great tip today on tv you may have seen! Giving the children a set amount of money each day or week it could be play money or  real and set up a tuck shop for the snacks they have throughout the day/week making the healthy snacks cheaper 😊 so they need to budget for their snacks, eg. biscuit 30p crisps 50p fruit 10p chocolate bar £1 πŸ˜‰ they pay you out of their budget! Use smaller amounts for those less confident with monetary value! Some fantastic learning opportunities and they won’t eat you out of house and home πŸ˜† 


Monday 30th March β›…οΈπŸŒ¬πŸŒΌ

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! 
Hopefully you had a good weekend together, and you managed to get out for your daily exercise, it is so important to get some fresh air, for all the family if you’re able to!
Mr Riley and I went on a couple of walks around our village and into the woods, over the weekend and saw lots of beautiful things, the wild flowers 🌺🌸🌼 that are popping up through the ground, the blossom bursting from the branches, so many buds in the trees, we even saw some lambs! 😊 We also spotted some rainbows πŸŒˆ and teddy bears 🧸 in the windows which did make me smile 😊 We heard lots of lovely sounds too I closed my eyes and listened carefully and heard birds singing, lambs bleating, the wind blowing, children laughing in the distance... I wonder what you saw and heard on your walks, cycles or runs? Maybe you could draw or write down some of the things you did see and hear! Or even take some pictures of what you see (if you have access to a camera) I got thinking when I was feeling the wind blow against my face, about how we can use the weather for our fun activities and one I love to do is making windmills, so I thought you might like to have a go, you may need a little help from adults or older siblings folding and pinning, but they are fun to make and play with all you need is a square piece of paper, coloured pens/pencils to decorate, scissors, glue, a stick and a drawing pin, I will put some step by step pics on here or head to our good old friendly google site 😊 and type in making a paper windmill


remember not to cut the paper all the way to the middle! 

We’d love to see pictures of any you make 😊

If you can read/share a book, comic, encyclopaedia, magazine, atlas any book in an unusual place, under your bed, under the table, in a den just make reading even more fun than it is already, as we've seen in the classroom it’s obvious you all love your books!😊
Remember though, the most important thing is you are all healthy, safe, well and as happy as you can be! These are very unusual times for everybody and you may be a little bit concerned, please talk to your families and try not to worry too much, focus on all the positive things around you!
Try to be kind and helpful to each other and listen to your adults, none of us are familiar with what is happening but we can get through this much better by helping each other! 

I am going to add a site at the end that has lots and lots of helpful sites and tips for adults and children alike in these uncertain times! I did the virtual tour to Lapland, saw the Northern lights   visited an aquarium in Georgia and a couple of National parks! 😊 Adults please take care of yourselves too, don’t put pressure on yourselves to do everything, these are suggestions and guidelines only, your mental Well being is as important as your physical! 

Have a great Monday, talk to you tomorrow, take care of each other!

Warmest wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜Š Miss Jess Heron😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall😊



Friday 27th March β˜€οΈ 

Good Morning our amazing Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and Families!
Another beautiful day is upon us, a little chilly brrr when we walked our dog πŸ• Murphy, this morning but that was early, the sun 🌞 is now out and warming the air! 

Wow it’s Friday already, well done all of you! A school week completed almost 😊 We really hope you are getting used to this new ‘normal’ way of life, as strange as it may seem! You are doing an amazing job! But please remember, we are here to answer any concerns, questions or even if you just want to reach out and share something that you have found you really enjoyed or works well! 
We really miss seeing all of your beautiful, smiling faces each day! If you could take pictures of all the wonderful things you are doing, we would love to see them! If your families would like to or are able to email us some pictures and a little message to the office that would be fantastic, only if you can or you’d like to 😊 we are so looking forward to seeing/hearing about all your adventures and learning this last week, at some point! Remember if you can keep a little diary or journal of all your activities and achievements together whatever they may be, what you particularly enjoyed or found challenging πŸ˜‰ this will really help with our future planning to help create and support you on your individual learning journeys!

Have any of you created a rainbow 🌈 for your windows yet? I thought I’d share a picture of mine with you and a few of the animals I had a go at drawing over the last few days πŸ˜‰ maybe you could create one or two and send it to the family or friends you are unable to see at the moment, how lovely it would be to imagine their happy faces when they opened a letter that contained a happy rainbow 🌈 or animal πŸ¦’ πŸ¦”πŸ•πŸ¦πŸ’ πŸ˜ created with love πŸ’• from you, kindness is even more important at the moment, to each other, but especially to those living on their own! πŸ₯°

Do remember to keep washing your hands too πŸ˜‰ (happy birthday twice) I’m sure you’re all very used to this by now πŸ˜‰ well done!

We do hope you have a lovely day together, remember to stay safe, stay well, stay sane πŸ˜‰ and be happy at home! We will be in touch very soon!

If you’d like a virtual trip to a museum, safari park, Zoo, watch a play or concert, theme park this weekend there is so much to experience online at the moment! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy yourselves whatever you may do! 
Love and virtual hugs πŸ€— 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall 😊

Thursday 26th March β˜€οΈ

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, what another beautiful day it is turning out to be,β˜€οΈ how lucky we are! I hope you’ve managed to get lots of fresh air in your garden or on your daily walk, cycle or even run for those of you feeling really energetic πŸ˜‰! Above all I hope you are safe, well and all listening to your families and sharing ideas and thoughts! 
I am going to share a timetable of events being shared on line by numerous celebrities 😊 how lovely that so many people want to help keep us occupied and happy 😊 we are very lucky!

Here's what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily, to help with their education while schools are closed: πŸ‘πŸΌ 

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks


10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman


11.00am - Reading with David Walliams


12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)…/category/get-kids-cooking/


1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass


1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel…/status/1241098264373592065


2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)


4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)


Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests


Remember these are just ideas along side the resources we have given you!  
We hope you have another lovely day together! 
Warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall 😊



Wednesday 25th March β˜€οΈ
Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! It’s another beautiful day out there, we do hope you are all happy, well and safe at home! 
I have added some fun step by step drawing activities for those of you who would like to have a go, I did some yesterday and found it very therapeutic πŸ˜‰

PE at nine o’clock yesterday with Joe Wicks got my heartbeat up 😊 but I did feel good afterwards! 
We are thinking of you all and hoping you are managing to have fun together! I will put some more ideas on for you tomorrow! Have another lovely day stay safe and well!

Warm wishes

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊

Art ideas for those budding artists amongst you 😊

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Tuesday 24th Marchβ˜€οΈ
Good morning beautiful hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, I hope you had a lovely day yesterday! We do miss seeing your smiling faces! I just wanted to share something with you, that I shared with my village support group, after lots of parents were concerned about home schooling! A lot of parents found it reassuring, I hope you do too!


“Good morning everyone,

 what a different world we are all living in at the moment! 
It sounds like some of you are really concerned about home schooling, please try not to worry! 
There are lots of Apps, resources, ideas out there to help with home schooling I can pop some on the end of this message if you like, I’m sure you’ll have seen lots πŸ˜Š but the biggest resource is You and your lifetime of experiences whatever they may be! 
Please remember your Well-being too, don’t try to do everything yourself! 
Plan together and ask the children to help in areas they maybe wouldn’t normally, menu planning, cooking, baking, cleaning, decorating, gardening, older children can help with the younger children reading with them teaching them? You can incorporate so much learning here unknowingly πŸ˜‰ maths, reading, literacy, problem solving understanding the world around us!! 
Children even if reluctant at first, thrive on responsibility write up a list of chores and ask them to create a fair rota, these are all life skills and very important in our all round learning! Just remember you can only do what you can do! Some children and parents need to follow a routine others may not! Don’t overload yourself, have fun together where possible and talk to each other about how you are feeling! Try and focus on the positives, I know that’s very difficult in stressful times, but believe me it does work!! Try and belly laugh as much as you can, you are all healthy and together, these are the most important things! Remember there are lots of learning opportunities to be had offline too! 
Some resources for ideas-(if needed)
BBC bitesize
Your schools will be very supportive too! 
Good luck, remember you’re all amazing πŸ˜‰ you have a lifetime of skills to share with your children what better opportunity!

look after each other and your Well being this is going to be so important in the coming weeks!

Best wishes

Ges Riley 😊


Please take care of yourselves and try not to get anxious over learning time at home, these are unprecedented times and as long as you are all safe and well this is the most important thing. We will continue to put learning resources up as support for you, please don’t be overwhelmed! Lots of children may need this routine but you know your child better than anyone! 
Will chat to you all tomorrow,

best wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊


PS. For those of you who love stories, I’m sure that’s most of you 😊 David Walliams is sharing a story a day on his website  WorldofDavid Walliams.Com I’m trying to attach the link but the internet is on a go slow πŸ˜‰... will keep trying! Stay safe and well all!

 Monday 23rd March β˜€οΈ

Good morning Hedgehogs and families πŸ¦” 😊

I hope you’ve all had a safe and good weekend!β˜€οΈ

Remember Hedgehogs πŸ¦” although you may not be in school, we are thinking about you all and have lots of fun learning activities for you  to carry on your important learning at home! Your families may have organised some different fun activities too, which we would love to hear about, if you could make a diary, workbook or journal/video journal to share all the amazing learning you are doing this would be wonderful!


Remember there are daily PE lessons 9 am Mon- Fri 😊 The link is:


Our new sound for phonics this week is ‘ure’ as in pure, cure, manure..... see how many funny sentences you can put together! 😊

There are lots of games too on phonics play.


As it is such a lovely day maybe you could create your own bit of African jungle, in a corner of the garden or even in a box! Thinking about all of the animals we have learnt about and maybe even some new ones, you could even make your own animal up 😊 describe what it looks like, what it sounds like, what it eats, how much it weighs, how tall it is, taller than a giraffe πŸ¦’ shorter than a lion 🦁 , heavier than an elephant 🐘  lighter than a monkey πŸ’? Lots of possibilities, we would love to hear all about them! You could write or tell your own story about the adventures of your new jungle animal! 😊

Remember to have fun, stay safe and well, listen to your families and talk to them about any concerns you have, it’s always better to share worries and questions!


Families please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, if you email school they can pass it on to us. 

Thinking of you all


Mrs Ges Riley😊 Miss Jess Heron😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊


Thursday, 19th March


Good Morning Hedgehogs and families,😊


We would just like to take this opportunity to let you know that although most of you will be unable to attend school from Monday, Miss Heron, Mrs Hall and I (Mrs Riley) along with all the other members of staff, you see day to day, are still thinking of you all! We are planning lots of fun learning activities, that you can share with your families at home.

We have put together learning Packs that will be ready to come home on Friday, we will also update the class page weekly with ideas and links to resources. Additionally if you have any concerns or questions please email school and it will be passed on to myself and Miss Heron and we will do our utmost to resolve any worries or questions about your child's learning.

I will outline our daily timetable for those of you who would like to follow as close a school routine as possible, this may help with staggering learning and also settling back into school when we have come through the other side.




9.00 - 9.25 am Phonics (there is a link to 'Phonics Play' below)

9.25 - 10.25 am Literacy

10.25 - 10.40 am Collective Worship

10.40 - 11.00 am Playtime

11.00 - 12.15 am  Numeracy/Maths

12.15 - 1.15 pm Lunchtime

1.15 - 1.45 pm Guided Reading and handwriting

1.45 - 2.45 pm Topic/Science/Art/RE/PE/PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education)

2.45 - 3.10 pm Circle time PSHE (talking about the days events, what did we enjoy, learn, find difficult, any worries, how we are feeling etc) Story, get ready for home.



The tiger who came to tea- the story is on you tube πŸ™‚

Think of their own character and invite them for tea. You could have a tea party at home as an additional activity. Can they write their own version of the story (yr 1's especially)

All reading is good, there is another link at the bottom of the page that Mrs Banner put on last year for the Oxford Reading Tree and there are lots of ways of enhancing your child's reading and writing, get them helping with shopping lists, to do lists, reading recipes together checking labels, making labels for things! 



Working on one more and one less past 10 and addition and subtraction using resources such as beads, blocks, pasta (if you have any ;0)) 

Measuring, tallest, shortest, longest etc... using blocks, lego, cubes etc. to measure items around the house and garden. Comparing everyday objects, using mathematical language, 

Everyday Mathematical Language in the Early Years Foundation Stage As featured in the ‘EYFS Profile exemplification for the level of learning and development expected at the end of the EYFS’

Size – tall, taller, big, little, middle size, small, medium, long, short, tiny, large, centimetres, thickest, enormous

Weight – heavy, heavier, light, lightest

Capacity – full, empty, half full, enough 




Recap the phase 2 and phase 3 sounds using 

Username : march20   password :  home

Lots of interactive phonics games on here.

We have introduced two new sounds and a new tricky word so far this week 

the sounds 'ear' and 'air' and the tricky word 'they'

The children made sentences up and had a go at writing them down. 

Can they hear the fair? Are they sitting on the chair? 

They can carry on with these tasks with the sounds in phase 2 and 3 which you will find on phonics play. 



to listen to different types of African music. Can they identify any instruments that are used?

Can they use resources at home like pots and pans to create their own African music?

Can they make up a song using African words and think of a tune?

Can they dance to African music? 

Can they watch films like the lion king and listen out for African music? 

Listen to the sounds, what animals can they hear?



Draw what they might see in the jungle

Can they turn handprints into an animal using paint

Paper plate frogs

Draw their favourite animal 



Africa - we have discussed the geography of Africa, the fact it is a continent and that it has more than 50 countries and more than 1500 languages.

We have researched African foods, sweet potatoes, corn, pomegranate.

On BBC bitesize we watched 2 video clips on the lives of 2 African children one living in rural Kenya and one in urban Kenya we compared them to each other and ourselves discussing the similarities and differences in our lives.

We have made Masai necklaces and researched African animals, talking about the jungle in depth. This can be carried on. 

Understanding the World (UW) is one of the four specific areas of learning in the EYFS framework. It involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology, and the environment



Materials -  We have been investigating materials and their uses.

BBC Schools-Properties of Materials

 Use this interactive game to show children how the properties of materials can lead them to being used for a particular purpose. For example, rope is strong and bendy so it may be used to tie the logs for a raft. Try asking children why other objects could not be used for this purpose? e.g paper. This could lead to a healthy discussion about the properties of different materials and their uses. Have fun making a list of objects which use materials not suited for their purpose like: a chocolate kettle, a paper coat, a metal hat.



We have been exploring many different ways of moving- jumping, skipping, running, hopping, leaping and following more than one instruction at a time utilising these movements. We have also been learning to throw underarm accurately, bowling or skittles is good to develop this skill. All forms of physical activity are good.

Joe Wicks the body coach will be putting on daily PE lessons 9 am Mon- Fri 😊 The link is:

Poem to Learn

We have all been tasked to learn a poem for when we return to school, as we have been doing Africa in our topic the following seemed appropriate:

The African Elephant




The Easter Story

If you could discuss the Easter story with your child they could draw pictures, add key words, sentences there are lots of resources on twinkle such as sequencing cards, writing activities etc. 
















There are lots of learning resources online such as; 

BBC Bitesize 



We will add more in the coming weeks! 


We wish you all well in these uncertain times. Try to keep positive and enjoy your learning together. We will be in touch again through here soon.

Kindest wishes 


Mrs Ges Rileysmiley Miss Jess Heronsmiley & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊









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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