In Art this week we have continued to improve our painting skills. We have been adding tiny amount of black to a colour to explore different shades and adding white to explore different tints.
In Maths we have been measuring the weight of different objects using non-standard units. We have been using the language 'lighter than' and 'heavier than' and comparing objects using the balances.
On Friday we enjoyed joining in with Sports Relief. We all wore sporty clothes and enjoyed doing some physical activities in class, as well as raising lots of money!
Week beginning 2nd March 2020
We have been going 'measuring mad' over the last two weeks in Hedgehog Class. We have measured length using non-standard units, such as cubes and counters, and also measured using centimetres with a ruler. Our final investigation today was 'Is your foot the same length as your forearm?' We measured and investigated and we think this is not true but what do you think?
We really enjoyed World Book Day! Don't we look fabulous dressed as book characters or ready for our 'snuggle with a book' time! We decorated our classroom door as a book cover and chose 'The Hundred Decker Bus'.
This week we have been travelling on ships! We have learned all about Christopher Columbus and his explorations. We designed and made our own ships like the Santa Maria and wrote mini-books all about him.
Week beginning 24th February 2020
On Tuesday we had a fabulous start to this half term with a visit from The Raptor Foundation. We saw three owls and one buzzard, eggs and feathers; the highlight though was when they flew over our heads!
After seeing the birds, we chose one to draw and paint.
Look at our gallery of paintings!
On Thursday we also enjoyed a Rugbytots session with Meg. She taught us how to score a 'squishy try' and play a hoola hoola tag game! It was so much fun!
In our Science this week, we were making predictions about which vehicle would travel the furthest down the ramp. We were super scientists, coming up with really good reasons such as big wheels, rubber tyres or the weight of the vehicle being important. We had fun testing our predictions.
Week beginning 10th February 2020
We had a great start to our week with a visit from Freddie's Dad who is a train driver. He told us all about his job and we asked him lots of questions too!
Wednesday morning was Forest School for us. Lots of digging, climbing, bird spotting, as well as LOTS of mud! It was quite cold, so toast and hot chocolate by the fire was perfect! Look at the fairy and elf homes a few of us made!
We have also been finishing our model vehicles in DT, adding axles and wheels, as well as windows, doors, lights and number plates! They look fantastic!
Week beginning 3rd February 2020
This week has been all about 'buses' in Hedgehog Class. We thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Hundred Decker Bus' by Mike Smith. It inspired us to go on our own bus adventure on the playground. We had amazing imaginative adventures to some wonderful places! We then became authors and wrote our bus adventure books. We are very proud of them!
In Maths, we have been exploring place value, looking at patterns on the 100 number square. We have really enjoyed playing the game 'Make the biggest number' - rolling a dice and deciding whether to put the number in the tens or ones place to beat our partner!
Friday morning was a lovely wintery morning, so Hedgehogs enjoyed a village walk. We looked for signs of winter and saw lots of shimmering frost and sparkly webs! We also looked at the main features of the village; whilst outside the shop, Dean, the shop owner, gave us all a sweet! Thank you Dean! Back at school we drew fabulous maps of our route, using a key with symbols.
Week beginning 27th January 2020
This week we travelled back in time to learn about cars in the past. On Thursday we became 'history detectives' when Mr Sheldrick bought his Austin 7 car for us to look at. We studied it very carefully, asking and answering questions like real detectives! Thank you Mr Sheldrick, we learned so much (and loved the sound of the horn!).
In PSHE we learned about road safety; we had fun in the courtyard role playing how to keep ourselves safe.
In Maths, we have been exploring the place value of numbers within 50. We used lots of different practical apparatus to help us partition numbers into tens and ones. We then explored making the numbers one more or one less.
Week beginning 20th January 2020
This week has been so busy for Hedgehog Class. We had lots of fun on Wednesday at Forest School; continuing our 'winter' theme, we made bird feeders and ice gardens. We enjoyed s'mores round the fire too!
We finished our winter paintings this week too, based on Monet's painting called 'The Magpie'. Do come and have at look at them on display in our cloakroom; they look amazing!
On Friday we had a great morning at Witchford Village College learning some circus skills. We enjoyed doing juggling, spinning plates, poi, pedal-gos and diablos! The Year 7 pupils at Witchford were very good at teaching us and helping us and we all really enjoyed ourselves!
Week beginning 13th January 2020
We have had a very wintery week in Hedgehog Class this week, with lots of learning focussing on the seasonal changes.
In English we read 'The Snow Lambs', learning about adjectives and exploring characters. In Music, we used the glockenspiels to add sound effect to the story.
In Art, we have looked at Monet's wintery picture 'The Magpie'. We have started to recreate that painting and look forward to finishing our paintings next week! We have also used cotton wool to do our own independent wintery collages.
In Science, we had had great fun working out how we could rescue the people stuck inside each block of ice! We decided to put the three blocks of ice in different places in the classroom, to see where the ice would melt the fastest. We observed and measured to see if our predictions were right. We were very good at working like scientists!
Happy New Year!
Week beginning 7th January 2020
This week we have enjoyed finishing our PSHE learning about feelings. We read 'Silly Billy' by Anthony Browne and then all made our own worry dolls. Don't they look great!
On Friday we had great fun in our dance lesson with Sarah from the Witchford Sports Partnership. We used hoops in lots of different ways, pretending to be on a bus! Look at the long bus we made, holding onto each others hoops!
Autumn Term 2019
Week beginning 16th December 2019
What a Christmassy week we've enjoyed in Hedgehog Class this week! We have made Christmas cards, read Christmas books, made Father Christmas decorations amongst lots of other festive activities!
With Mrs Strong we had a lovely time making edible 'Prickly Hay' mangers with a jelly baby for baby Jesus! Thank you Mrs Strong!
An elf was very naughty in our classroom on Wednesday evening! We think some of our class toy animals had to catch him to stop his mischief! We all did some super writing about what we thought might have gone on during the night!
And after our beautiful school Christmas Carol Service in the church we all enjoyed our Christmas dinner! Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!
Week beginning 9th December 2019
We loved performing our Christmas nativity 'Prickly Hay' this week! We all looked fabulous, and sang and danced wonderfully!
We've also really enjoyed exploring 'The Snowman' by Raymond Briggs this week. We received a letter from James' Grandad and so wrote back telling him all about the adventure James had with the Snowman that magical night.
Of course we just had to end the week making our own lovely snowmen!
Week beginning 2nd December 2019
Look...we have been busy finishing our model castles this week. Don't they look great!
Christmas has well and truly arrived in Hedgehog Class! We have made angel decorations for our tree, fingerprinted nativity scenes, written little books of the Christmas Story, as well as practising hard for our nativity production 'Prickly Hay'. We can't wait to share it with you next week!
Week beginning 25th November 2019
In Design and Technology, we have been designing and making our own castles. We drew our designs, listing all the equipment we will need. We have started to make our model castles, cutting out battlements, sticking them on our boxes and painting them.
In English this week we have read 'Cinderella and the Hot Air Balloon'. We enjoyed thinking where Cinderella and Bill might have gone on their adventure and all wrote wonderful letters home from them.
On Friday we had a lovely morning with our friends and families, making Christmas decorations. Have a look at some of the photos!
We had a wonderful time at Forest School on Wednesday. We had hot chocolate and baked bananas by the fire, made lovely elder beads and threaded them onto string to make a beautiful autumn hanging decoration.
In Maths, we have been using cubes, Numicon and numberlines to find the difference between two numbers.
Week beginning 11th November 2019
It's been 'Kindness Week'! We have had a wonderful week thinking about the importance of being kind; we read 'Have you filled a bucket today?' by Carol McCloud and thought about how we can fill everyone's bucket with acts of kindness. We also thought about the terms 'not nice', 'mean' and 'bullying', sorting different scenarios into each category.
Badger Class have been so kind to us this week. We were so excited to read their invitations to a sports party! We wrote replies and couldn't wait until Thursday morning. We had a great time doing lots of different sporty activities. Badger Class were so supportive and encouraging to Hedgehog Class too. We ended the morning with each Badger pupil giving a sticker to their Hedgehog friend and had a sneaky drink and biscuit too! It was an amazing act of kindness - thank you Badgers!
As our act of kindness this week, we all planted some daffodil bulbs and made little labels to put in each pot. We then had great fun walking around the village leaving each plant pot on doorsteps. It made us feel really good!
Week beginning 4th November 2019
On the 5th November we learned all about Guy Fawkes and had great fun exploring different ways to use the paint to create firework pictures.
To end the week, and our 'Castle' topic, we had a wonderful 'Banquet Day' on Friday. We all dressed up, entered the castle through the castle door, enjoyed entertainment with jokes and dancing and then devoured a wonderful feast!
Here are a couple of clips of our wonderful medieval dance...
Week beginning 28th October 2019
In English this week, we have read the fairy tale 'Rapunzel'. We all wrote a 'super sentence' and put them together to create a class Rapunzel book. We then thought about what Rapunzel could have done to escape from the tower. Our idea was to write a letter to her parents and send it out of the tower window as a paper aeroplane! So that's what we tried! William's aeroplane flew the furthest, landing in our imaginary garden!
In Phonics we have been learning 'ai', 'ay' and 'a-e'. We looked closely at lots of words, sorting them according to their spelling pattern.
In Maths we have been creating stories of 'how many left' (thinking about birds on Rapunzel's tower!). This lead on to us using the subtraction sign to write calculations.
Week beginning 14th October 2019
This week we have had a fabulous time exploring all things 'Autumn'! We started the week going on a welly walk around the village, looking for signs of Autumn. We saw conkers, leaves on the ground, berries on the trees and all the lovely autumn colours.
Using leaves we had collected on our walk we had fun collaging a hedgehog! Our hedgehogs have lovely leaf quills!
In Art, we also used clay to make little hedgehogs. We loved the slimy feeling of the clay!
Our Forest School afternoon was full of autumnal activites on Wednesday...baked apples on the fire, conker necklaces, making our own hibernation dens...plus the usual climbing and digging of course!
We still had time to read a very autumnal story called 'Don't Hog the Hedge', all about hibernating animals. We practised retelling the story using stick puppets and then wrote super sentences to create a story map. We are working so hard on our writing skills.
Week beginning 7th October 2019
In Maths this week, we have been investigating number bonds. We have explored different ways of making numbers, trying to be systematic!
We have started to get ready for harvest; we really enjoyed potato printing!
In English we have been learning about the features of non-fiction texts. We have written our own non-fiction books about castles and are very proud to be authors!
Week beginning 30th September 2019
This week in English we have had so much fun reading 'Sir Charlie Stinky Socks; the Really Big Adventure' by Kristina Stephenson. We predicted what might be behind the door of the tall, tall tower. We have then been busy planning our own party for the princess - writing invitations and sharing them with each other, writing lists of what we will need and then of course, enjoying the party!
In Maths we have been using the 'part, part, whole' model to help us explore numbers. We have investigated different ways of making numbers.
In Music this week we had great fun exploring all the musical instruments. We were finding lots of different ways to play them and make different sounds!
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
In English this week, we read The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. We really enjoyed writing about the story and making our own paper bag princesses!
We had a great time at Explorers' this week; we made dens, climbed trees, cooked potato wedges on the fire, as well as making lots of imaginary cakes and soups in the mud kitchen!
In Science this week, we had fun investigating the best material for armour. We tried paper, card, fabric and foil, testing each to see which would be the best? Which do you think would be the best?
In Maths, we have been comparing numbers, investigating which are greater than, less than or equal to. We used the mathematical signs to show our answers.
Week beginning 16th September 2019
Maths - Hedgehog Class have been very busy exploring numbers and patterns this week. We really enjoyed playing a game outside with our friends, jumping on numbers ‘one more’ or ‘one less’, as well as filling in missing numbers in different sequences.
Music - We have been very musical this week too; we have enjoyed playing some percussion instruments, listening and playing different rhythms. On Friday we also enjoyed a singing workshop from Quintin Cowan – a great end to a busy week!
Week beginning 9th September 2019
This week Hedgehog Class enjoyed reading 'King Jack and the Dragon’ by Peter Bentley & Helen Oxenbury. It sparked lots of fabulous learning!
We wrote a list of all the items King Jack used to make his castle den, painted pictures of dragons, made up our own stories about dragons and kings and made our own castle dens too.
Phonics – We have been superstars this week, segmenting lots of words to spell them using our knowledge of phase 3 phonemes.
Science – In Science we have been looking carefully at objects, working out what they are made from (metal, plastic, wood…).
To end our week we were visited by a real hedgehog! We were so excited to see a real one in our school grounds but we had to be very quiet!
Week beginning 4th September 2019
Welcome to Hedgehog Class!
We have had a wonderful few days back at school, launching into our topic ‘Castles’. We have dressed up as princes and princesses, counted with the jumping knight, found buried phoneme treasure in the sand, painted royal portraits and LOTS, LOTS more.
Everyone has settled really well and we are looking forward to a fantastic term!