Welcome to the Hedgehog Class from the amazing staff who will be working with your children.
Welcome to The Hedgehog Class of 2019!
An exciting year lies ahead of you.
I am the class teacher for The Hedgehogs, Mrs Taylor, and I am brilliantly supported by my two fantastic assistants Mrs Young and Miss Sampson. We have worked together, in Reception, for over 10 years - following our philosophy of trying to make learning as fun and creative as we possibly can.
This term we are going to be concentrating on getting to know your children and starting to introduce them to their early Reading and Maths skills - building on the foundations starting in their pre-school settings.
Our days for getting changed for PE sessions are Thursdays and Fridays so please make sure that the children do not wear earrings on these days.
After a lovely leaf hunt around the school grounds, the children used glue to attach their leaves to a hedgehog outline inorder to create some lovely artworks. They loved comparing and sharing their leaves and selecting a button to add an eye. Well done little Hedgehogs.
So that we can all get to know each other we have been exploring our faces and creating pictures of them. The children have loved using the iPads to create these vibrant pictures and enjoyed their time with an adult who helped them to create a painting of their face using the correct colours.
A Visit From A Real Hedgehog!
Today a real hedgehog came in to visit the children. The children listened closely to the hedgehog's owner about why he is a different colour to our garden hedgehogs, what he eats and how to care for him. Gilbert wandered around the classroom meeting all of the children and sat beautifully whilst the children asked lots of questions about him.
As part of our 'apple' topic the children have been tasting different varieties of apples and voting to show if they liked them or not. We had lots of discussions about respecting other people's opinions and how eating apples is a healthy choice. We also used our developing mathematical language to compare the number of votes in each column - saying where there was 'more' and 'less'.
The Reception children have loved exploring our spice flavoured paint this week. They had nutmeg, ginger, cumin, clove and cinnamon to explore. They spoke about their favourite smell, what it reminded them of and then used the paint to create an apple picture.
All week the children have been really excited to have a potion lab in the classroom. They have been trying to make magic potions in their choosing time previously so we created this lab to follow their interests.
Dennis our Maths dragon has been setting challenges in the potion lab. Everyday the children have come to school in the rain. Dennis has introduced them to a new magic number and asked them to make a 'rain away potion' where the ingredients total that number. They have loved doing this - they decided how long the potions needed to bubble in the cauldron and also how to use it. Everyday, after the potion had been deployed the rain has stopped - we are really magical hedgehogs!
1st October 2019
The Hedgehogs were very lucky today because Farmer Millar brought his tractor in to show the children. This was to help us to gain more understanding about where our food comes from. The children explored all around the tractor and even got to climb inside! Many thanks to Whilloughby Foods and Farmer Millar for this wonderful experience.
11th October 2019
The children spent a whole week wondering what scarecrows might get up to after the harvest. They started the week by making their very own sock scarecrow - they loved stuffing their socks with straw and spending a whole afternoon decorating them to turn them into scarecrows. Every one was unique! Well done Hedgehogs.
Jobs For Our Scarecrows
11th October 2019
The children spent an afternoon trying to find a suitable job for their scarecrows on the farm. On one of our nature walks we discovered some posters about the animals on the farm. On the reverse was some information about what the animals eat and sleep on. The children had a really spirited discussion about which animals their scarecrows would be safe to care for - it turns out that the ducks are the best option because they don't eat or sleep on straw. Good job Hedgehogs.
18th October 2019
The children have loved learning about pumpkins this week. They have been learning about 2D shapes in Maths and used their developing skills to design their own Jack 'o' Lantern.