Welcome to Hedgehog Class!
Our class is made up of 15 enthusiastic Foundation Stage Children, 2 highly experienced teachers and our lovely teaching assistants Mrs Ansel (MonTues,Wed,Fri) and Mrs Marriot (Thurs). Our teachers are very passionate about early years and are dedicated to developing a love of learning and discovery.
To nurture our natural curiosity and develop awe and wonder, we love to explore outside in all weathers and find out about the world around us through a 'hands on' ethos. We are encouraged to ask our own questions and experiment to find the answers. We learn best when we discover for ourselves, nutured and guided by our teachers.
We believe that working together is an essential part of developing our social and emotional skills. We work collaboratively in lots of ways; talk partners, team work to build and create, earning class rewards to name a few.
To help us become lifelong learners we think it is important to develop independent skills and have ownership of our learning. We take responsibility for our growth by choosing our next steps together and talking regularly about the challenges we face.
We are courageous and practice our resilience through risk taking and perseverance in solving problems in our child initiated play.
Growing together we inspire each other to achieve our full potential as courageous life-long learners.
Our new topic for next term is 'Celebrations'. Please see the topic web below. We look forward to starting our Nativity play rehearsals! We will shortly inform you of your child's role and send home song words to practice. Have a lovely half term!
Mrs Hall's photo of the week...
The photo I've chosen this week demonstrates our fantastic maths work this week. We used the rule of one more to build some steps in the physical area. We then realised that if we stood on thesteps we got taller and taller. We also had great fun jumping off the end!
I've chosen this lovely photo of making our Diva lamps this week. The children had a wonderful have-a-go attitude and tried all the tools to chose their favourite effect. We can't wait to paint them!
I love this photo because it shows that however busy we get with our learning, we always have time for birthdays!
This weeks photo is one of my favourites. It shows how well the children have engaged this week with our star challenges. They have loved our fairy tale topic this term and have really immersed themselves in putting on plays and puppet shows. They have used the provided resources to enhance their play and it has been lovely to see them blossom in confidence since those early days in September. They are really bonding well together and it's lovely to see.
I couldn't choose just one photo this week as we have had so much fun! This week we celebrated all our hard work as a class, making Gingerbread men and eating them while we watched a movie. 50 marbles well spent!
For this weeks photo I have chosen our Harvest Assembly. It was a great celebration of how far the children have come already. They were able to listen to and learn a brand new poem (and not a short one!) They worked so well as a class to perform and recite the poem. We were very proud of them!
This weeks photo is of our first forest school. We had so much fun using the new spades kindly bought by Leon's mum. We worked together in groups to dig and fill up our buckets with mud and use it to make mud paint. Great messy fun! It was lovely to see the children helping each other not to slip on the mud too.
I love this photo as it shows the fun the children have had this week outside. They have really enjoyed exploring the playhouse and making dens! It's lovely to see them so settled already!
This weeks photo shows the amazing teamwork skills the children have demonstrated this week building sandcastles, helping each other with aprons, playing games and completing puzzles. This group demonstrated great skills by using talk to work out who would do each role, they took turns, interacted politely and got the job done! Well done Hedgehogs!
Phonics and Early Reading Parents Information...
Please find below a video of the early reading skills presentation for your information. Please be aware that we are transitioning this year to a new phonics scheme so there may be a few small differences in the way that we teach phonics but the principles of early reading are the same. Please do ask if you have any questions.
Please do write any questions you may have (not about individual children please, these can be discussed with class teachers) and we will try and answer them on here.
Helpful information and links for Parents...
Useful online links to support learning at home...
Hedgehog Nativity 2020
What a fantastic end to a very busy term. Well done to all our little hedgehogs for their wonderful performance in this year's outdoor Nativity. We are so proud of you all.
Take a look at the Gallery page for more photos.