Hedgehog Class (Reception)

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. 

This term (term 1) as part of our work on Harvest we visited the local ploughing match near Cheddar. 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. On return to class we took part in a range of activities linked to Harvest. E.g. Potato printing, observational drawings of food and stories about why we celebrate harvest in and school and at church. 



In term 2 we were very busy preparing for our Christmas Production 'Hey Ewe'. The children read, discussed and completed activities about the Christmas story and loved our Christmas Craft Day, which saw many parents come in to help us create many Christmas decorations, cards and crafty bits to take home. After performing their play to hundreds of parents, carers, grandparents and other members of the community Hedgehog Class took a selection of songs to the Community Christmas Lunch in the Methodist Chapel. 


This term we also took part in the National 'Beep Beep' Day. During this day we learnt about road safety, took part in pedestrian training and a wide range of art, craft and role play tasks to help us to understand how to stay safe when walking, cycling or scooting in our local areas. 


In term 3 we enjoyed learning about special times and the special places these occasions are celebrated in. We learnt about and held our own baptism for our baby Annabelle, our local reverend helped us to understand and re-create a holy communion and we looked at a Jewish synagogue and why this is a special place to Jewish people. Another special time we learnt about was Chinese New Year. We created our own Chinese lanterns, had a go at writing Happy New Year in Chinese, ate Chinese food, created ribbon dances with our own musical accompaniment and researched how and why this special time is celebrated by the Chinese community. 


We also enjoyed our PE sessions this term. We have started to learn our dance for the Dance Umbrella and had a fun multi-sports event at Chew Valley School. We loved having our basketball coach Matt teach us how to dribble a ball, we improved our ball skills like rolling, throwing and catching and some of us even managed to score in the basketball nets!


Life in Hedgehog Class

 We have put together a short video to give you a taste of life in our lovely class.  We hope you enjoy it.