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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 Mrs Burstow. 

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 13th September

posted 15 Sep 2019, 01:17 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 19 Sep 2019, 13:23 ]

Welcome to our first blog of the year!
It has been a tiring first full week for some of our hedgehogs but everyone is settling in very well and the children are understanding the routines and expectations of school. 
Our learning will continue to be very play based but as the weeks go by, we will introduce phonics learning and will focus on a number each week. We have started using the Cbeebies show,  'Numberblocks' this term. Please go on their website to familiarise yourself with it if you're unsure as there are games on there as well as some of the episodes.
Forest School this week was very enjoyable and they seemed to have the energy to walk much further than we thought! Mrs Linden is our wonderful Forest School Leader and leads our sessions. She also has the children all afternoon whilst I am on my PPA time, (planning time out of the classroom). Mrs Burstow is also in the classroom during this time. 
Tapestry should be up and running next week. I will try to upload at least one record of learning each week. Please share anything your child does at home or any trips, holidays etc that have enriched your child's learning experiences. We love to see them.
It's been lovely to get to know all the lovely new parents, (and grandparents) this year. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you wish to discuss something.
See you Monday  

July 19th

posted 19 Jul 2019, 13:33 by Karen Hyams

The end is in sight! We have started to feel quite tired now with a school trip that arrived back late, movie night, parent drop in, class assembly and auditions for Sparkwell’s Got Talent all happening in the last week! Next week should be less tiring but there is a school trip to the zoo on Monday to do first!
I have been busy doing nursery and home visits this week. It has made me feel quite nostalgic about my current Hedgehogs and made me realise just how big they are now and how much we have done. I will miss them and wish them all the best for their new class. My new intake look so small and are both excited and nervous in equal measure! It will be lovely for the new intake and the current Hedgehogs to meet at the zoo on Monday. 
Have a good weekend.

8th July

posted 8 Jul 2019, 14:45 by Karen Hyams

So much has gone on in the last few weeks it has been difficult to keep up with things! The children are all getting ready for next year now and we’ve had some successful transition days. They have all enjoyed their time in Miss Sparkes class and come back telling me about all the fun they have had. On Tuesday we have a ‘meet the teacher’ session after school so any parents who have not met Miss Sparkes yet, can come along and meet her and see the classroom. 
We also have our school trip this week. Please ensure that children come to school with sun cream on as there won’t be much time in the morning for us to do this. Please also make sure they have a drinks bottle in school as this allows the children to take drinks outside. It is not always easy to carry jugs and cups out with us. 
We are busy preparing for our end of year assembly (details coming soon), so we will be having a nostalgic look on how much we have learnt and how much we’ve grown! It seems such a long time ago they started school and now they are going to be Year Ones!

14th June

posted 16 Jun 2019, 03:16 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 16 Jun 2019, 07:16 ]

Welcome back to school! It doesn’t feel like we’ve been back for 2 weeks as our days always seem to fly by! This week we have had our teddy bear’s picnic. Unfortunately, the weather was not good enough for us to actually have the picnic in the woods, but we enjoyed a welly walk and then some teddy related activities. Lots of photos to come. 
We have also done our first moving up day. This was very successful and none of the Hedgehogs found this a daunting experience. We have another one on Monday afternoon. Over the next few weeks they will be plenty of these opportunities to get to know their new classmates. 
This week I will be sending home a note asking what technology your child is capable of using at home. This may be something as simple as them being able to turn on an iPad and select their own games and apps or using a device such as an Alexa.  This is part of my assessments for your child on how they are able to use technology and if they know what different types of technology do. I am aware some children do not use iPads, laptops etc but I am only interested in whether your child has the ability to do so and whether you have seen them do this. In school, all children have used laptops and iPads but the assessment asks for technology around the home. Your help with this is appreciated.
 We look forward to some very busy weeks ahead. Well done to all the children that have received a rainbow challenge certificate. These are awarded to children who complete all their learning challenges in the week (a writing, maths, art or design and a science or ICT based challenge as well as good tidying up!). The number of children completing them goes up each week. It would be great if all children get one this week!

Half term!

posted 27 May 2019, 01:13 by Karen Hyams   [ updated 27 May 2019, 07:08 ]

Although it’s been the shortest term, Hedgehogs have once again filled every minute with busy learning opportunities, days out and lots of outside play. The weather being good really makes a big difference to how we play outside and there has been several occasions where Squirrels and Hedgehogs have played together outside. This benefits Hedgehogs as they learn so much from their older friends and Squirrels gain a sense of responsibility in helping them gaining new skills. 
As it is getting warmer, please could you put sun cream on your child before coming to school. We do try and ensure they keep out the sun on really sunny days but if they have a hat and some cream on or some in school, it helps us to keep them safe in the sun. Thank you. 
We look forward to another busy term, preparing he children for their next stage in their school journey.  I will also be busy report writing and doing the children’s final assessments. Please come and see me if there’s anything about your child’s learning you would like to discuss. 
Have a happy half term. We look forward to seeing the children all refreshed and eager for their final term! 


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. 

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