Welcome to the Hedgehogs class page
In Hedgehog class with have reception and year 1, which covers Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. The class is taught by Mrs Hopewell, who is supported by Mrs Hassell (Each morning, all day Wed & Fri). In addition, Mrs Cutmore provides support on Wednesday afternoon and Friday mornings. Year 1 have P.E on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with Year 2. The children also have library time on Thursday afternoons. We are lucky to have a large outdoor learning environment with a new covered area and offer continuous provision (unrestricted outdoor access to the early years play area), for foundation pupils and then allocated access for year 1 pupils.
We have a class mascot called Harry Hedgehog. Each weekend he visits one of us and we share our adventures with the class each week.
This half-term's topic
Our topic for the next few weeks is 'Animal Allsorts' the children will be learning about classifying animals and sorting them. We will be choosing our favourite animal and finding out key facts needed for a fact file and complete this using a range of non fiction books.
We will be thinking about how we care for animals and where they live and while we are at the zoo we will be thinking about their different habitats. The children will be looking at different animal patterns and try to create these. We will also be making animal biscuits and visiting Woburn safari.
We don't set homework for our Hedgehogs, but we do encourage parents to do daily reading at home. Each Thursday we have a heart words test (sight words, which are the first 100 words that can't be sounded out, as set by the DofE for children at this level). Year 1 have a phonics based spelling test each Thursday.
We really encourage children to read at home each evening to parents, this really helps improve fluency and confidence.
What we've been up to
On Thursday we all went for a visit to Woburn Safari. The children had great fun and loved seeing all the different animals. First we walked around the foot safari, we saw some cheeky Monkeys who were busy having their breakfast and were climbing all around us! We then walked around and saw the Penguins, Giant Tortoises, Sea Lions, Otters, Lemurs and enjoyed the bird show where the Parrots flew straight over our heads! After lunch it was time for the guided tour coach safari. We were so lucky to get up close to Black Bears, Tigers, Lions, Rhino, Elephants and so many more! We got to see some baby Giraffes up really close and watch their mothers munch their lunch right in front of our windows! The children especially loved it when the monkeys climbed on the coach, we wondered if we would end up taking them back to Northill!!
The children had a great day and were a credit to the school, well done Hedgehog Class!