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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 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 and 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, 10th May

posted 10 May 2019, 07:17 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 11 May 2019, 12:02 by Francesca McLoughlin ]

This week we returned to school after our long weekend to a Forest school day. Unfortunately, Mrs Linden was poorly and that meant Forest School on site was not the same and we were unable to do our musical instruments. Thank you for bringing in some tubes and boxes. Mrs Linden is better now and we will aim to do the musical instruments next week. 
This week we had a visit from the RNLI to talk to us about beach safety and what the different safety flags mean.  I was amazed how much Hedgehogs class knew already and they were inspired to base much of their play this week around beach rescue. 
Finally this week we also had a visit from Olivia’s kittens! They were all super cute and the children could not contain their excitement especially when two of them were running around the classroom! The kittens seemed exhausted afterwards so went back in their box for a well earned rest.  After they had gone,  the children then wrote and drew lots of kitten pictures. 
Have a good weekend.


Welcome to the Summer Term!

posted 30 Apr 2019, 07:06 by Karen Hyams

Hello and welcome back.
This term is going to be a very long and busy one. We have lots of exciting and fun things planned which I hope the children will find interesting. Our question this term is, 'what are summers for?' Our new topic overview and our new Home Learning Tree are now on the website for you to see.  Please feel free to upload your photos and descriptions of what learning and enriching things you do with your child especially if you are out and about enjoying the warmer weather by camping, going to the beach or just having a day out.
We are doing Tag ruby for the next few weeks and then continuing with our PE scheme so if PE kits could stay in school please. Thank you. 
Forest school continues to be on a Tuesday and today we had lovely weather and enjoyed some delicious wild garlic bread. 
Please come and see me with any concerns. Although this term will be about having fun in the warmer weather, it is also about getting prepared for Year One too. 

Happy Easter!

posted 6 Apr 2019, 03:23 by Karen Hyams

This term has been another busy one which has included a school trip, zoo visit and a classroom move! This week we have also had our own rhyming words easter egg hunt. We are loving our new outdoors area, which is still work in progress, but it has opened up much more learning opportunities for the children. Hedgehogs are all growing in confidence and their learning has progressed significantly this term. 
Thank you so much for all your support with your children’s learning. Everything you do at home from reading with your child, supporting them in their outside interests and giving them enriching experiences all help in their learning and development. 
I hope you have a lovely break and I will see you all for our final term in two weeks!

Friday 1st March

posted 1 Mar 2019, 12:17 by Karen Hyams

What a week! I don't mind telling you that I am very glad it's Friday! The move on Tuesday was very tiring but it was all worth it when the children ran into the classroom on the Wednesday so excited, smiling and wanted to investigate everything! We were very lucky that on our first day in the new classroom we also had beautiful weather which meant we could open the doors. It felt like we were on holiday! The atmosphere in the classroom was amazing and seeing their little faces so happy made my week.  We need to work on tidying up after ourselves but we will get there....eventually.
 A huge thank you to the parents that helped set up on Tuesday.  It made the day much easier for me.
Have a good weekend.


Friday, February 15th

posted 15 Feb 2019, 12:49 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 19 Feb 2019, 09:38 ]


This week has been a week of clearing and preparing to move into our new classroom. The children have been very helpful in clearing the outdoors area and helping Miss Harris and Mrs Hyams in packing things in boxes and organising our resources. Our new classroom looks lovely and all being well we aim to be moving on the first Tuesday back with the children using the classroom for the first time on the Wednesday. Very exciting!
As Forest School was at school this week, we decided to make Chinese food and celebrate Chinese New Year. We decorated chinese lanterns and made a vegetable stir fry with hoisin sauce, ginger and garlic. I think we all agreed it tasted delicious despite the huge chunks of garlic and ginger!
We are looking forward to a fresh start in our new classroom. The children are now half way through their reception year so Miss Harris, and I will be supporting the children in encouraging them to be more independent and to take more responsibility for their learning from now on. We have already started to see a growing maturity amongst our hedgehogs and lots of fantastic independent learning. 
As you may be aware, Mrs Oldroyd is sadly leaving us so the first week back will be her last in Hedgehogs.  I know the children will miss her lots. 

Have a good half term. 

Friday, 25th January

posted 26 Jan 2019, 13:30 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 26 Jan 2019, 13:34 ]

This week has been quite the week! As you know, we had Ofsted pay us a visit this week. Hedgehogs class were out at Forest School for the morning whilst they were here so we didn’t see the lady much, however all the children were very well behaved and gave a very good impression of our lovely school.
Forest school was a wet session this week. Despite all the rain, the stream was empty but the children made the most of what little water there was by jumping over the stream and getting very muddy. By the end, we had a few very cold hands but these were soon warmed up with a hot squash and a biscuit. We did some excellent measuring whilst there finding out the distance we could jump between the banks and how tall the children are when compared to the trees!
Most of the Hedgehogs have attended their first clubs this week. I know the children in my Tinkering Club really enjoyed it and I think the others did too. Thank you for sending in a little snack for them to have after school. They all needed a little something to keep them going until the end.
I have also been on a visit this week finding out how other EYFS settings do things. I have some great ideas I would like to put into practice for when we move into our new classroom. I was taken around the new classroom today and it looks lovely. It feels like a holiday lodge as it has sliding doors leading out to a verandah which overlooks the forest! I think we will be very happy there, especially when it’s warm and sunny!
Have a good weekend.

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.

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