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Hedgehogs Class

We are a Foundation Class of 15 children. Mr Crawford, Mrs Oldroyd and Miss Mildren help us with our learning and look after us. We have lots of fun and we like learning inside and outside. 

Click here to watch a video of how to say the phonic sounds correctly and here  to watch an information video for parents. 
Click here for Mr Crawford's youtube videos.
- Take a look here at the look here Autumn term learning overview.
- See the home learning tree for the Autumn Term here.
- Watch a shortened version of the parents meeting presentation here.

A Christmassy week!

posted 9 Dec 2017, 07:22 by Stephen Crawford

What a fantastic Christmassy week we have had at Christmas.
Obviously you are all well aware of how amazing the class were in their Christmas production. To stand up on stage and sing and dance in front of a truly huge number of watching adults is a phenomenal achievement, one many adults wouldn't be able to do! We are all exceptionally proud of them.

We've also enjoyed working with the Owls class this week, they had designed Christmas craft activities and worked hard to demonstrate and teach these to the Hedgehogs. We had lots of fun.

We've also been working on some lovely Christmas paintings to show in the Church, the children decided what they felt was important about Christmas and painted a picture of that.

So much Christmas fun!

Number and shape

posted 1 Dec 2017, 14:21 by Stephen Crawford

We've had lots of fun with Lex the lion this week, he has been giving us different number challenges and games and helping us to explore 2D shapes in a variety of different ways. We even came up with an idea to scare away the Chalk Monster (whom I'm sure you will have heard about by now) - we made our very own shape monsters! They're up to see in class if you are feeling brave enough!
Tim has, as always, been helping us to learn and think about our phonics some more. We've worked on 'y', 'w' and 'th' together, as well as having lots of fun with the word 'no' and thinking about forming 3 word sentences and lists! So much learning!
In forest school we worked really hard with saws and secateurs to cut some holly trees to make our own christmas cookies, and we are starting to form a 'Stick man' character who may come into our thinking a bit more as the word 'Christmas' starts to become more commonplace...

Performing, blending, measuring and burning!

posted 26 Nov 2017, 12:24 by Stephen Crawford   [ updated 26 Nov 2017, 12:26 ]

We've continued to have lots of fun in Hedgehogs class.
We have been putting a lot of effort into performances. We are building up our experience and ability to perform songs, dances, stories and other exciting things in front of others to help us with our confidence, our story telling project, and our upcoming Christmas production!
We have had so many different varied performances and it has been a joy to watch them.
During all this we have continued to work with Tim to develop our phonics and have been looking at 'nonsense words' to help solidify our correct use of blending sounds together.
We have also been measuring lots of things for Lex the lion, including his spaghetti lunch!
Of course, we have enjoyed forest school adventures and have been especially focused on using fire to cook.

Little Red Riding Hood

posted 7 Nov 2017, 12:40 by Stephen Crawford   [ updated 7 Nov 2017, 12:41 ]

This week we have been thinking about the story of Little Red Riding Hood, we've performed and explored this story in a number of ways, sequenced it and discussed the various characters and events.
We've also been enjoying Arts week where we have explored art through music creation, two dance sessions, Little Red Riding Hood book cover making, fairly crown making and robot movements. So much fun to start our new half term with!
Here are some of our adventures taking Little Red Riding Hood into the woods:

The end of our first half term

posted 4 Nov 2017, 11:45 by Stephen Crawford

There were so many fun things happening at the end of our first term, but I'm just going to highlight three of them for you to look at below.

Police visit:

Apple day:


Another exciting week!

posted 29 Sep 2017, 08:02 by Stephen Crawford

What an exciting week we have had again in Hedgehog class!
  • We started the week with a look at our new special book; The Gruffalo, and explored making Gruffalo hats and going for a Gruffalo walk in the woods.
  • We've worked on 'eights and loops' as part of our Write Dance story as flowers have grown all around the Write Dance people.
  • We've had special visitors from a Paramedic and a Nurse and had lots of fun exploring hospitals and medicine.
  • We've even discovered the school's own real life Gruffalo-type creature in the form of Miss Martin, the Chalk Monster! She has been stealing our class chalks and we've been making traps to catch and stop her.
  • Finally, we've also been blessed to receive a wonderful gift from a parent of last year's class; a lovely outdoor kitchen play unit. Thank you!!!!!!
It's always such an adventure in hedgehogs class... I wonder what 'Our Story' will be next week...

More Hedgehog fun

posted 22 Sep 2017, 13:58 by Stephen Crawford

It's been another lovely week in Hedgehogs class.
We have continued our learning about The Three Little Pigs by working on expressing the story ourselves in plays and productions. You can see videos of some of these on your child's Tapestry account.
We have also been learning a bit about 'Leafman' in our forest school time, and had lots of fun creating our own leafmen following this.
This week we built upon our first phonics sounds by looking at four d,t,i and n, and practicing more blending. Tim was very pleased we could now write his name as well as Sam's.
We've looked at numicon some more and challenged ourselves in games with it, we've expanded our look at pace in music last week to consider different instruments for specific events or actions in a story, we've explored and learning about robot-bees and we've developed our abilities to respond with our bodies to varying musical styles in PE! So much fun in just one week!

We have also been introduced to 'Teach your monster to read', a fun game-based way of consolidating phonics learning and developing listening skills. You can access this at home as well, and continue with the same account and monster they have made in class. To do so, follow this link and then type in their first name (first name, space, and first letter of surname if there are two children with the same name in the class). 

Next week we will be starting the week with a Gruffalo-focused Monday Forest school session and continue thinking about this story for the rest of the fortnight.

Week 2

posted 15 Sep 2017, 04:40 by Stephen Crawford   [ updated 15 Sep 2017, 04:41 ]

What fantastic fun and learning we are having in Hedgehogs class.
Things have already diverged and changed based on the children's interests and explorations and we love it that way!

This week we have started to explore the Three Little Pigs as a response to lots of building and enclosing activities from our first week. We've also been exploring the next stages of the Write Dance people as the fog slowly lifts to a calm and slow exploration of strange animals.
This week we've also had lots of roleplay about the police, we've had our first PE session, our first phonics sessions, our first forest school trip and even our first drumming lesson!
So many firsts!

Next week we will continue to explore the three little pigs, start to see what happens next to the write dance people, explore more phonemes and graphemes with Tim and... and... well, we don't know it all yet... lets see what the class decides...

Our first day

posted 5 Sep 2017, 12:39 by Stephen Crawford

What a lovely first day of school we had!
Mrs Oldroyd and I both commented on how ready, calm, engaged and happy the children were today, they are a credit to you!
We have had lots of experiences already and have been exploring different routines and rules of the day alongside various fun activities and challenges.
We have met Sam the puppet who helped us learn 4 key carpet time listening/speaking rules.
We have explored balancing and self-initiated collaborative building challenges.
We've roleplayed with peers and made Mr Crawford copious amounts of tea!
We've read our reading books, opened a present from Mrs McLoughlin and Luna (the dog), done a writing challenge with Mr Crawford, built marble runs, painted, played cops and robbers, dressed up, relaxed with a book, built towers and so much more!

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, I hope you are too!


posted 9 Aug 2017, 02:29 by Stephen Crawford

Here is a little "Goodbye" video from Mr Crawford, Tim and Lex. We will still see you when you are big Squirrels though, don't worry!

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