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Spring Term 2024

Week beginning: 12th February 2024

We've had a very busy week this week, with our learning being themed on 'buses'! We have learned about buses today and compared them to those in the past, made our own role play bus with tickets we made, drawn buses today and from the past, explored different printing styles to create bus art, and enjoyed reading the story 'The Hundred Decker Bus', by Mike Smith. This wonderful story ends with the bus being carried away by many hot air balloons, which inspired us to write our own hot air balloon adventure stories! Wow - a busy and fun week! We are very ready for a holiday after all that hard work! Have a great half term everyone!

Week beginning: 5th February 2024

We have been continuing our exploring of vehicles in the past and this week, we were lucky to have a visit from Mr Sheldrick, who bought his vintage Austin 7 saloon, to show us. We all had lots of questions to ask him and learned so much about cars in the past. Did you know that only the front window opened, there were no seatbelts and no indicator either - the driver had to put his arm out of the window to show he wanted to turn left or right! What a brilliant morning we had! Thank you Mr Sheldrick!

We wrote some wonderful letters to Mr Sheldrick to say "thank you"!

We had wonderfully wet time at Forest School on Thursday! We LOVED the puddles and mud! We then had early pancakes and hot chocolate to warm us up! Delicious!

Week beginning: 29th January 2024

In Dance this week, we have been changing direction and speed to create different pathways and make our dances look more interesting. We have been creating 'weather' inspired movements!

In Science we have been investigating how fast toy cars travel down a ramp. Do they travel faster if the ramp is steeper? We were brilliant at predicting and then investigating to see if our predictions were correct.

In Maths, we have been ordering and comparing numbers within 20 using < > =.

Week beginning: 22nd January 2024

This week in Science, we did a wonderful investigation, thinking about how we could rescue the people trapped in ice. We made some wonderful predictions and had fun seeing if we were right! 

In History, we have been investigating bicycles used today and those used in the past, looking carefully to see how they have changed.

Our school Art Gallery was open this week! We really enjoyed seeing the art through the school, as well as seeing our own displayed there.

We had a lovely time at Forest School on Thursday. What a busy week we've had!

Week beginning: 15th January 2024

What a busy week we've had in Hedgehog Class! We have been learning all about the seasonal changes in Winter - a what wonderfully winter weather we've had this week to enjoy!

 

We read the story 'Here comes Jack Frost' and this inspired some very wintery artwork. Do look in our cloakroom to see our fabulous paintings.

Thursday was perfect wintery weather for us to get out and explore the seasonal changes we could see in our village. We put on our coats, hats and gloves - it was very cold. We saw bare trees against the wintery blue sky, a farmers field with no tall crops, red berries, glistening frost on the leaves, ground and cars and walked on the crunchy mud! Our wintery writing on Friday was wonderful, full of descriptive sentences.

Here is some of our super writing...

Week beginning: 8th January 2024

Happy new year everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for a busy Spring Term!

We started the year with Mr Sweeney launching our new school rules:

~ Be Ready ~

~ Be Respectful ~

~ Be Safe ~

We are all getting very good at keeping these rules! Do talk to us about them and ask us what we have to do for each rule!

In Maths this week, we have been consolidating our understanding of place value of the teen numbers. We have been representing the numbers using lots of different manipulatives.

In Computing this week, we have been programming Beebots with simple instructions. It was so much fun!

In our art this week, we have completed watercolour paintings inspired by Kandinsky, ready for the Babylon Art Gallery competition. We added card and tissue paper to enhance the colours. We are very proud of our finished artwork, and hope you will come and see them in our very own art gallery in school in a couple of weeks...more info to follow!

Home Learning - Monday 8th Jan 2024

Autumn Term 2023

Week beg: 11th December 2023

We have had SO much fun this week performing our nativity...'The Twinkly Nativity'. With the lights, props, staging, our wonderful costumes and fabulous singing everyone found it a very special time!

In Computing this week, Hedgehogs have been comparing painting a picture on paper to on a computer.

In DT, having designed our own hand puppets, we have been busy making them this week. Some of us chose to glue our puppets and some sewed them. We love our puppets and can't wait to play with them!

 

Week beg: 4th December 2023

We've had a very Christmassy week in Hedgehog Class this week. We have been busy rehearsing our nativity and can't wait to perform it to you next week. We all had an amazing time on Thursday at the Pantomime at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, watching 'Mother Goose'; it was so funny and the singing and dancing had us all mesmerized! On Friday, we enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers, doing a fun Christmas Santa dash to keep fit, and doing some Christmas crafts! What a busy week - we are all exhausted and very glad its the weekend!!

Week beg: 27th November 2023

We have been working very hard in Maths, carrying on with our addition families and now linking this knowledge to subtraction facts. We have been using part, part whole models to help us calculate missing numbers in addition and subtraction sentences.

We had a wonderful afternoon on Tuesday creating lots of wonderful Christmas crafts with our families! The school looks so festive now! Thank you to everyone who came to join in the fun!

 

We also enjoyed decorating our classroom on Friday and putting up our class Christmas tree!

Week beg: 20th November 2023

What a wonderful day we had celebrating the end of our castle topic, enjoying our Castle Day! We danced, crafted, and feasted! Look at all the fun we had...

Week beg: 13th November 2023

What a very busy week we have had, with so many curricular enrichment activities and visits!

On Monday, we walked to St James' church to look for all the features of a Christian church we had been learning about. Thank you to Ellen Leeke for your talking to us about the church.

On Wednesday, we had a wonderful visit to Soham Village College, attending a cup stacking event. It was so exciting going on a double decker coach and we learned so many skills during the afternoon.

This week has been 'Kindness Week' in school, a chance for us to learn about situations that are 'not nice', 'mean' and 'bullying', as well as spending a lot of time thinking about kindness. We learned how we need to fill each others buckets by doing kind acts, which prompted us to do a random act of kindness for our neighbours in Stretham village. We each planted a pansy plant, and delivered it to different doorsteps around the village. It made us feel very happy being kind to others. 

We ended our kindness week, with Children in Need day, a chance for us to spread some kindness wider afield. We all wore spots and stripes, put pennies on Pudsey and entered a cake competition. Thank you to everyone for your generosity!

Week beg: 6th November 2023

This week, Hedgehog Class have worked so hard in Maths, continuing to use part, part whole models to support our addition calculations. We then moved on to number bonds, investing all the different ways of making each number up to 10. Some of us are becoming really systematic in our methods!

We have travelled back in time again this week, not as far back as Guy Fawkes this time, to learn about Remembrance Day and the end of World War 1 on 11the November in 1918. On Thursday, we walked around the village to find the two war memorials and also look at the wonderful poppy display in the village. We learned that 24 men died from Stretham in WW1 and 11 in WW2. It inspired some fabulous writing and creative poppy making!

Week beg: 30th October 2023

This week, Hedgehogs have been learning all about the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes. We learned all about the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and then worked with our friends to come up with lots of different adjectives and phrases to describe Guy Fawkes and the plot. At the end of the week, we used our ideas to write super sentences to create a 'wanted' poster' for Guy Fawkes!

In Maths, we have been using 'part, part, whole' diagrams and bar models to represent different addition facts. We have got so confident at writing the four addition facts in a family!

On Friday, we were very lucky to have Tara from Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust come to visit us. She told us all about the different wild animals they rescue; we were particularly interested in learning about the hedgehogs and hoglets! We gave Tara all the wonderful donations of dog and cat food that we had collected. A big thank you to everyone for your generosity, Tara really appreciated it!

Week beg: 16th October 2023

This week, Hedgehogs have been out and about noticing seasonal changes! We had a lovely walk spotting different leaves, conkers, acorns, berries and fungus!

In our Art, we have been colour mixing, making secondary colours from primary colours. We are expert colour-mixers now!

After our Art lesson, we then had a go at colour mixing independently, painting autumn trees with leaves in primary and secondary colours. Don't they look so colourful!

Week beg: 9th October 2023

This week in Maths, Hedgehogs have worked so hard learning to use the greater than >, less than < and equal to = signs to compare numbers.

In English, we have been reading lots of non-fiction books all about castles. We then wrote our own non-fiction books, using a contents page, headings and page numbers. We are very proud of our books!

 

We had a wonderful time at Forest School on Thursday, carrying on making autumn crowns and baking apples on the fire. We also used palm drills to make holes in conkers and thread them onto string to make conker strings. We will use these in our Maths lessons next week!

Week beg: 2nd October 2023

This week in Maths, Hedgehogs have been comparing numbers using the vocabulary 'more', 'fewer/less' and 'the same'.

In Art, we have been exploring different lines to create a group piece of art around the theme of water. Our large pictures were amazing and had such lovely detail.