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Hedgehogs Class

Image result for hedgehog appleThe Hedgehogs are a class of 15 Reception children who learn and have fun adventures with the help of Mrs Hyams, Mrs Oldroyd and Miss Harris. 

Click here to see how to say the sounds correctly, this will help when reading or writing at home.  

This website explains how children 
are assessed in their first year at school. 

See an overview of this term's learning here.

Here is this term's home learning tree, pick a challenge each month!

The Oxford Owl site has some free e-books and games you may enjoy and look in the home-school link book for details of how to log into Bug Club for lots more great books and online games. This site shows you the key words we would like children to read on sight by the end of the year (and it has the Year 1 words for any super readers!). Some good early maths games and activities can be found here

Friday, 11th January

posted 11 Jan 2019, 11:20 by Karen Hyams

Happy new year! Welcome to the first blog of the year. 
Thank you to the parents who came to our parents meeting tonight. All information regarding the term is on the website as well as the home learning. Please ask if you have any questions.  I hope to make this term enjoyable for the children and ensure they have as much fun as possible while learning. Our question for this term is, 'where would be a good place to play?'. The focus for this question will be looking at our local area and will therefore be mainly geography and science based. 
Next week is Arts Week so Hedgehogs will be working with a local artist as well as exploring dramatic arts, poetry and learning about different artists. Forest School also starts again next week and then clubs will begin the week after so lots going on for the children to look forward to!
Have a good weekend.

Friday, December 7th

posted 7 Dec 2018, 11:40 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 7 Dec 2018, 12:03 ]


This week, Hedgehogs class has become Santa’s workshop. The children have dressed up as elves and have been doing all the jobs that elves do. This has included toy designing, wrapping presents and making toys. This has helped in our numeracy skills this week which has involved looking at 3D and 2D shapes. 
In phonics we have looked at the sounds, ‘y’ and ‘x’  as well as writing our letters to Father Christmas. 
On Thursday afternoon we went to the theatre and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Their faces were a delight to see. It’s no wonder we had some sleepy children on the way home. Even today they have been very tired but we still made time to decorate gingerbread men and make sugar cube igloos!
Have a good weekend

Friday, 23rd November

posted 22 Nov 2018, 07:58 by Karen Hyams

Well, the week has certainly flown by and next week we are in our final week of our theme on Leafman to be then replaced with Stickman! As you know, there is a very special character in 'Stickman' so we didn't want to get ahead of ourselves and the children to peak too soon with their excitement. Next week is also our last Forest School for the year. We will still see our nursery friends for the Christmas meal and hopefully they will pop in to see us for Christmas drinks and nibbles and gift giving.  
Just to let you know that PE day is a Friday. We usually go down to the Old School for this. I was very pleased that when we did PE last all the children had their kit. It is much better to leave it in school and the same goes for forest school clothes. We often go out as and when we can.

In maths this week, children have been focussing on addition of 2 single digit numbers. This concept does take a bit of time so we will do this until Christmas. In phonics this week we have learnt the sounds, 'j', 'sh' and 'r'. I also pleased to say that all the children have started blending their sounds and we even did this in front of Mrs McLoughlin and Luna! Luna was so impressed she gave us a present and a special doggy sticker. I've heard these are very rare indeed!
Don't forget arts and crafts afternoon on Friday 30th November. Please come along and make something lovely and Christmassy with your child. If they have older siblings, they can all come into Hedgehogs class so you don't have to split yourself between different classes.  
Have a good weekend.
Karen Hyams

Friday, 9th November

posted 9 Nov 2018, 13:04 by Karen Hyams

This week we have enjoyed our first full week back. Not only have we had a craft day and made vegetable soup on the fire at Forest School, we also looked at celebrations and celebrated our own Diwali. We all enjoyed dressing up and finding out a bit more about other cultures and religions.
We finished the week by doing an energetic PE lesson and started to think about Christmas and what parts the children would like to do in the Christmas nativity. A letter will be sent out next week regarding costumes. Thank you for your continued support with your children's learning especially their reading, phonics and numeracy skills. It's lovely to see so much put on Tapestry and the varied places they go and the enriching experiences they have.

12th October

posted 12 Oct 2018, 13:28 by Karen Hyams

This week we have done so much! We had harvest festival on Monday where the children showed off the art work they have been doing and sang ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’. They all enjoyed performing and I was very proud of them all. 
On Tuesday we played outside for most of the day which was just as well considering the awful weather at the end of the week. We collected some woodland items from the woods then returned to the school for hot chocolate and marshmallows. We put up a tent and the children just enjoyed taking some of their learning outside. 
As it has been Healthy Sparkwell week, the children made fruit squash using water and chopped fruit and fruit kebabs with Mrs Oldroyd. We have also talked about the importance of getting a good nights sleep and looked at where our food comes from - whether it comes from a plant or an animal and looked at different food groups. The children were very knowledgeable about their food. 
As you can imagine,by the time we got to the zoo visit, all the hedgehogs were very tired and the excitement of going on the coach quickly turned into a need for a sit down and a biscuit! We did have a lovely afternoon and playing on the tyres in the play area was possibly the hilight of the afternoon!
 I am exhausted so the children certainly must be. Looking forward to seeing them again after a much needed rest for us all!
Have a great half term.

Friday, 5th October

posted 5 Oct 2018, 13:10 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 6 Oct 2018, 00:55 ]

Another busy week has flown by! This week we have turned our focus to harvest festival. We have explored what it's about and used vegetables from our harvest display to create printing patterns and some investigations! We have even made a wheatsheaf out of salt dough. We also went down to the Old School this week to do some art work. We have tried to paint Autumn trees in the style of the artist, Leonid Afremov. This involved using a series of paint flecks to create the effect of leaves. The children absolutely loved painting and all said it was it the best thing!
We were once again joined by Little Orchard for our Forest School. We all had a really lovely morning. The children made leaf crowns and wooden necklaces using the electric drill which they all did competently with minimal support. It is so endearing to see how happy they are in the woods and how welcome they have made our nursery friends. 
As we head into our final week before half term, here are a few reminders:
Harvest festival is on Monday afternoon at 1.45pm. Please join us if you can.
The final parents evening is on Tuesday 3.30 -6.30pm. Thank you to all the parents who attended on Thursday. It was lovely to be able to show you and tell you how well your children are doing. 
Finally we have our zoo day on Thursday. Details in this week's newsletter. 
Have a great weekend

Friday, 28th September

posted 28 Sep 2018, 10:11 by Karen Hyams


This week we were joined by Little Orchard Nursery for our Forest School. We all enjoyed having them with us. Hedgehogs were very kind to our new nursery friends and we showed them all the fun things we do and the lovely things we eat when we are in the woods. This week we had chocolate biscuits and hot chocolate! The chocolate biscuits were a special treat as we had earned enough sparkly jewels to fill a jar! The hedgehogs received sparkly jewels for good learning and kind behaviour but we will predominantly use the apple colours from now on to reward good deeds. 
We are doing great with our phonics having learnt, 'p', 'g' and 'n' this week and continuing to blend sounds. All children are making good progress and I look forward to showing you your child's book and letting you know how they're getting on in the parent's evening next week. Parents evening is also the following week. Please see the newsletter for further details. 
Finally this week we had a visit from the RSPB. The children enjoyed listening to the story and then went on a minibeast hunt around the garden. They found collecting bugs a lot of fun. I on the other hand found it all a bit scary!
Have a good weekend.

Friday, 21st September

posted 21 Sep 2018, 12:03 by Karen Hyams


This week the children have learnt the sounds, ‘i’  and ‘t’ and have started blending. This is when children sound out each individual sound in a word to read or spell the word. We are using the sounds we have learnt so far to sound out 3 letter vowel, consonant, vowel words- known as CVC words. It is early days and we have only done this twice but we will continue this daily in the next few weeks.
In Forest School this week we were mushroom investigators. We were looking out for mushrooms and identifying them using our mushroom identification sheet. Unfortunately we didn’t see as many different types as we had hoped, but we had a lovely walk and collected leaves and conkers!
On Thursday we had a visit from Paula Clough who is teaching us a new programme of PE. She has given the teachers training on it so we can start the Real PE programme with our own classes. The children absolutely loved their first PE session and enjoyed the moves and games she taught them. They were all so tired when we returned that we turned the lights off, got the cushions and blankets out, and the children lied down for a story!
Today is apple day. As sparkwell’s emblem is an apple, the whole school have been involved in doing activities involving apples. This has included making apple juice, apple maths, apple bobbing and  lacing our paper plate apples. All this and the guinea pigs escaped! They are both back safe and sound after their big run around the football field! A lovely day was had by all.
Can I ask that book bags come in to school every day from now on? I do apologise that information regarding the reading books and book bags has been confusing so hopefully if they are in every day we can change the books and send any information out in the Home School Link Books more quickly. 

Friday 14th September

posted 14 Sep 2018, 04:48 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 15 Sep 2018, 12:03 by Francesca McLoughlin ]

Air ambulance, forests, baking and drumming!

Well, they should be tired this week!
On Monday we had a visit from Tony from the Air ambulance. Hedgehogs class found this very interesting and were inspired to make and colour in helicopters when they returned to class. 
On Tuesday we had our first session of Forest School. The weather was wet but the children seemed to find that all the more exciting! They enjoyed playing in the trees and making dens and especially eating the biscuits. As I explained at the parents meeting on Wednesday, in a couple of weeks time we will be joined by five of the oldest children from Little Orchard Nursery for our Forest School sessions. They will be accompanied by two members of their own staff. 
On Wednesday, we made some blackberry and white chocolate ‘crumbles’ as the children had picked some blackberries at Forest School. Thankfully there were some left to offer parents at the meeting. Thank you to the parents who came along, please ask if you have any further questions. 

Finally on Thursday we had an African drum lesson. The children really enjoyed this and answered the questions and showed excellent listening skills. They all played the drums well and some could keep a good rhythm. Two children even had a go at conducting us on the drums! This was followed by some woodwork in the afternoon. John is a volunteer who comes into the School to do wood work skills with the children. I am very impressed with the little buses they are making and I’m sure you will be too. On top of all this, we have begun our phonics sessions and this week we have learnt the sounds, m, s, a, and d.
No wonder we had a few children resting their heads this week!
Have a good weekend.

Friday, 7th September, 2018

posted 8 Sep 2018, 14:01 by Francesca McLoughlin

What a first week it has been!  All the new children have settled in really well to Sparkwell and their new class. They are all so confident that they even went to the Sparkwell 5th birthday assembly on Friday! 
Mrs Oldroyd and myself are making sure the children feel safe and happy and just enjoy coming to school. We will slowly start to introduce phonics and numeracy skills over the next week but we will go at the children's pace. It is such a privilege to have your lovely children in my first class.  A big thank you to all the parents for your messages of support in my new role and making me feel so welcome. 
Just a reminder....
Forest school begins on Tuesday so please ensure children have wellies and waterproof outdoor wear. We have some spares if you need them. Lidl are selling the children's waterproofs and wellies next week (Thursday, 13th September), so look out for them.
On Wednesday, Hedgehogs class will be having a parents welcome meeting. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the learning this term and ask any questions. 
Wishing you all a good weekend. 

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