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Summer Term Overview and letter

Week beginning: 19th July 2021

The children have really enjoyed being back together in school this week. We had lots of fun at Forest School on Tuesday, exploring, climbing, swinging and being very creative!

We have enjoyed getting ready to become Rabbit Class next year too; we met our new teachers, made model rabbits and did some wonderful rabbit writing all about ourselves.

On Wednesday, we enjoyed a rather warm Sports Day! We all ran really well and had LOTS of fun! We were particularly proud of those children who were awarded special bands for demonstrating passion, teamwork, respect, honesty, self-belief and determination; well done everyone!

What a year! We have had so much fun together as Hedgehogs!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday - have lots of fun, stay safe and well!

Week beginning: 28th June 2021

What a wonderful day we had at South Angle Farm on Wednesday. We saw lots of lovely animals; we got to feed the sheep, llamas, alpacas and chickens. We stroked a rabbit, cockerel, lizard, new born duckling and tortoise and saw the wonderful Princess Fuzzyboots the tarantula. We managed to avoid the drizzle - nothing was going to spoil our lovely day!

Week beginning: 21st June 2021

This week we've been thinking about how amazing our bodies are! In our Science lesson, we drew round a friend and then put as many labels of different body parts as we could. We then learned about our five senses and went on a walk to listen, smell, look and feel things around us. It was great fun!

Look how tall our beans have grown! We ae looking after them really well!

Week beginning: 14th June 2021

What a busy and fun week we've had in Hedgehog Class this week!

In Science, we have been learning about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We had some 'animal poo' (playdough!!) and used tweezers to look carefully to see what the animal had been eating - seeds, grass or bones! We could then work out which group our animal belonged to! It was great fun! 

In Computing, we have been learning how to program the beebots.

We have had a great week planning and preparing for our 'Ugly Bug Ball'. We have written invitations, designed and made masks and today, we decorated cakes! What a super time we had at the ball - playing beetle drive, eating our ugly bug cakes and dancing the 'bug bug boogie'!

Week beginning: 7th June 2021

We've had a lovely first week back, learning all about insects. On Monday, we enjoyed making bug hotels and finding sheltered places around the field to hide them.

In English, we read the story ' Billy's Beetle' and used it to write a similar story of our own. 

In Maths, we have been exploring halves and quarters of shapes and numbers.

In Art, we explored fingerprint painting to create a summery minibeast pictures; then we used fine black pens to add details. They look really effective!

Week beginning: 24th May 2021

This week we have been learning all about birds! We have enjoyed reading The Ugly Duckling and imagined we were the Duckling to write in our diaries. We also learned about the features of birds and made swans by curling paper.

Look how our beans are growing! We are watering them & looking after them well. They are growing so tall! 

Week beginning: 17th May 2021

In our PE this half term, we have been enjoying learning some team games and improving our throwing and catching. 

In Maths, we have learned all about arrays. We made arrays using counters and then had great fun using cotton buds and paint to print different arrays.

As we are learning about Amphibians in Science, we read the story 'Home Sweet Home' by Caroline Pitcher, which is all about a frog who has to find a new home. We are all such good readers now that we read lots of sentences from the story and put them in the right order to retell the story. We then created a story map, about our own animal who had to find a new home. Our stories are wonderful!

Week beginning: 10th May 2021

We have been working very hard in Maths this week, making equal groups. We have used counters to help us, and written our calculations as repeated additions.

This week we have been learning about reptiles! Our story in English has been 'The Selfish Crocodile' and in Music we had great fun using the musical instruments to add sound effects to the story. We had to listen carefully to each instrument to decide if it made the right sound for the crocodile and all the other animals in the story!

We ended the week making our own snappy crocodiles!

Week beginning: 4th May 2021

This week we have been learning about the animal group of mammals. Our story in English was all about a mammal - a very colourful elephant called Elmer. We enjoyed designing our own elephant masks and painting & collaging our designs to make them. At Forest School on Friday, we took our masks down to 'the jungle' and enjoyed celebrating our own 'Elmer Day'!

Elmer was very special as she was so different from the other elephants. In PHSE we thought about how we are all different and all very special. We did some fabulous writing about how special we all are and have made a wonderful display in the classroom.

In Maths this week, we have been exploring weight, comparing and measuring the weight of different objects using balances.

Week beginning: 26th April 2021

In our PSHE this week, we have been thinking about how to be a good friend. We thought of all the characteristics that make a good friend, mixed them together in a bowl and then drew a picture of our friends at school, thinking about what makes them a lovely friend.

In Computing, we have been using Word to write sentences and have learned how to save our work; this week we edited our sentences, changing the font and font size.

In Geography, we have been looking at a map of the world. We have learned the 5 oceans and the 7 continents.

Week beginning: 19th April 2021

We have started our new topic this week 'Animal Antics!' We have been learning all about Fish this week and our story in English has been 'The Rainbow Fish', by Marcus Pfister. We have written thought bubbles for characters in the story and realised that sharing is really important, just like the Rainbow Fish learned in the story. In PSHE we thought about how we can be kind and share with our friends and in Art, we collaged our own Rainbow Fish!

We have been working SO hard in Maths, consolidating our understanding of Place Value and using it to help us with our addition calculations. We have got so much more confident working out missing numbers in addition sentences.

In Music, we have enjoyed exploring the instruments and learning their names. We described  the different sounds they made and worked out which made watery sounds.

We had such a wonderful time at Forest School on Friday; the sun shone and we had a great time exploring, playing, looking for signs of spring and investigating the wildlife in the pond!

Week beginning: 12th April 2021

What a busy week we have had in Hedgehog Class! We have been learning about plants and seeds this week. We have planted lots of seeds: beans in bags, cress on cotton wool and wild flower seeds in our tyres and pots in the courtyard. We can't wait to watch them grow!

We have read the Fairy Tale 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and enjoyed comparing it to two other similar stories...'Jim and the Beanstalk' and 'Jack and the Meanstalk'. Hearing these stories inspired us to write our own beanstalk stories.

In Maths, we have been working very hard to consolidate place value; we have been identifying the tens and ones in different numbers, adding and taking away one and ten. We are so much more confident now.

Week beginning: 22nd March 2021

This week, in Hedgehog Class, we have have had a lovely week learning all about Easter. We have read the Easter story and written our own super sentences to retell the story, learned about some Easter traditions, made Easter cards and really enjoyed making our own Easter gardens. On Friday, we had our own school Easter tradition of an Easter egg hunt (thank you PSA Easter bunny!). Happy Easter everyone!

Week beginning: 15th March 2021

This week Hedgehogs really enjoyed carrying on with Science week activities; we explored how we could make some dirty water cleaner. We had some brilliant ideas and all enjoyed trying them out, making our own water filters.
This week we have been learning all about the season of Spring. We went on a Spring walk, looking for lots of signs of Spring and we then wrote some wonderful Spring poems, carefully drew some daffodils and created some lovely delicate fingerprint flowers. 
We have also been practising cutting using a knife and fork, so that we can cut our own food in the hall at lunchtime. We are all trying so hard.
Here we are dressed up as superheroes on Red Nose Day! We had a fun day and look fantastic...

Week beginning: 8th March 2021

What a fantastic week we've had all being back in school, and a very busy one too! We have continued to celebrate World Book 'week'; we have listened to lots of different stories, read books in our reading den, used the puppet theatre to act out stories, made our own book marks and character masks, as well as sequencing events in a story and writing some super sentences! Wow!