Hedgehog Class (Reception/YEAR 1)
Hedgehog Class is an exciting, fun-filled classroom which has the 'learning through play' ethos at its heart. We enjoy lessons both indoors and in our outside learning environments. Our lessons are practical and inspiring. Throughout the year we are very lucky to welcome visitors and have hands-on experiences to enhance our learning.
As we enter our final term we will be planning our end of year celebration assembly and graduation. Please keep an eye on the website and the newsletter for dates. We hope to see you there!
In Term 5 we explored the two new topics 'Minibeasts' and 'People Who Help Us'. The children have had a wonderful time hunting the school grounds for minibeasts, learning about their habitats, life cycles and the importance of looking after our environment.
We have welcomed many visitors into our classroom this term including the fire service, police, a dentist, RNLI and two doctors. We now have a greater understanding of how and why these people help us, how to contact them if we need them and the equipment they might us in order to help us. When the doctors and dentist came to see us we also learnt the importance of healthy eating and a healthy life style to look after ourselves. We also discussed how to look after our teeth by brushing them daily and thinking about the amount of sugar we eat. We've also had a lot of fun exploring police and fire engines and squirting a few hoses along the way too! Some children even created their own superheros and thought about what powers they would have to help others.
In our Literacy lessons this term we have learnt to retell and innovate the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. We even had the opportunity to go on our own bear hunt. Luckily the bear wasn't too scary!
In Term 4 we continued our RE topic of 'Special Times' by having a Hindu wedding, led by our Diocesan Youth Worker Angela Fraser. We then looked at the similarities and differences between a Hindu and Christian wedding.
It has been a very busy term in Hedgehog Class. We also performed our dance 'Good Time' on stage at The Forum in Bath. The children always amaze us with their enthusiasm and confidence when performing to such a large crowd. Their performance on the night was fantastic and we are so proud of all the hard work they put in.
Finally as part of our topic 'Plants' we visited Westonbirt Arboretum. Here we spent the entire day outdoors learning about the parts of a plant, their functions, what a plant needs to grow, the signs of spring and looked for creatures which live among the plants. We had a great time using our bodies to demonstrate how plants grow and work, calculating the age of trees, looking at badger sets and for new signs of life. We even had some time to splash in a few puddles and play in the park before our return to school!
In Term 3 our RE topic was 'Special Times'. As a class we have shared times that have been special to us and have explored the Christian special times of a Baptism and Wedding. To help us understand these occasions better we have visited our local church of St Andrews where Rev Charles has shown us what happens at these events. The children were then able to ask questions to further their understanding. We have also learnt about Chinese New Year. We have explored what the country of China is like, where it is and how and why this festival is important. We even had the opportunity to taste some yummy Chinese food!
In Term 2 Hedgehog Class explored the topic of 'Light'. We have had a wonderful time learning about why light is so important within a range of festivals at this time of year. We have listened to stories explaining Bonfire Night, Diwali Christmas and Hanukkah. We have had lots of fun learning about how these festivals are celebrated and taking part in some traditions ourselves. We have learnt songs, toasted marshmallows, created firework pictures/ dances, made cards, Stars of David, a Hanukiah, Torah Scrolls, a Yad, and Diva Lamps.
We also visited the Methodist Chapel this term where we performed songs from our Christmas Nativity to members of the village as they had their Christmas dinner. The children sounded great and the villagers were very grateful for their visit.
Father Christmas also visited our class! He was so impressed by the letters we wrote to him that he left a letter of his own in return! Happy Christmas Hedgehog Class!
During the last week of Term 1 Hedgehog Class took part in a multicultural week. Throughout the week we focused on the continent of Africa. We welcomed Angela Fraser who spoke about her visit to The Gambia, made smoothies with fruits from the continent and created flags representing the countries of Africa, animal masks and tribal necklaces. We learnt about the importance of water and how families in Africa collect water from wells and carry it back to their villages. In groups we competed to see if we could carry water in the same way. Most of us stayed dry!
We also took part in a 'Homes Around the Word Art Day' where we watched a video showing us homes all over the world. We then made our own using different materials and techniques.
In October our school nurse came to visit us in Hedgehog Class. She talked to us about the importance of washing our hands to stop the spread of germs and keeping ourselves healthy. She also taught us how to look after our teeth. We learnt how to brush our them and what foods we should eat to have a healthy lifestyle and strong teeth in the future.
In October we visited our local church of St Andrew. We met Rev Sandy who told us about her role in the church, who the church is used by and why people visit it. We had the chance to explore the church to understand the different areas and ask questions about what we saw.
This term (term 1) as part of our work on Harvest we visited the local ploughing match in Priddy. We enjoyed a tractor ride, the chance to see a range of machinery from the past and present and a closer look at the crops harvested by local farmers.