We are the happy, helpful Hedgehogs and we try our best in everything we do! Our class teacher is Miss Smith and our teaching assistant is Miss Burton.
Our topics this Spring term are:
During the first half term, we will be learning about animals from other environments around the world, such as the polar regions, Africa and Australia. We will be comparing them with our own local environment and thinking about how we can conserve our world. We will be learning about different cultures and learning about Chinese New Year. In the second half term, we will explore colour and space. We will look at the changes that happen when we mix colours and the changes in our environment as Spring arrives. We will be learning about Shrove Tuesday, St Patrick’s Day and Holi.
Over the term we will be covering all of the seven Foundation Stage Areas of learning.
Communication and Language
We will rehearse and speak in front of others, asking questions and sharing our own knowledge and ideas. We will also be talking about, justifying our opinions, and listening to the opinions of others. We will be telling ‘Helicopter stories’ and also engage in Talk for Writing activities.
This term we will be practicing a variety of different skills for example throwing, catching, kicking and balancing. Foundation Stage Two children will be taking part in multi skills. In addition to this, we will be using our outdoor area to climb and balance, and learn how to travel safely avoiding obstacles. We will also carry out many different motor skill activities including, threading, using tweezers and cutting out shapes.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We will be working collaboratively with others to solve problems and share ideas. We will reinforce the golden rules and will be working hard to follow the rules as a class, showing care and concern for others. We will also learn about the cultures and beliefs of others.
We will be looking in depth at our shared stories and will make story maps to help us when retelling them. We will use non-fiction books and the internet to find out information. There will also be e a variety of shared and independent reading and writing activities as well phonics lessons. Some of the stories we will be sharing are; The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud, Handa’s Surprise, The Blue Balloon and Mixed.
We will continue to practice our counting skills through our daily ‘Cool Count’. We will be practising our counting skills in many different ways and learn to add and subtract. We will be participating in shape, space and measures activities, including looking at 2D shapes, measuring and weighing objects and thinking about time.
Understanding of the World
In the first part of the term, we will be looking at other environments and comparing them to our own. We will be looking at maps and learning which animals live there. In the second half term, we will be testing materials and exploring light and dark. We will be using technology in lots of ways.
Expressive and Creative Development
Over the term, we will take part in lots of different creative activities. We will be having lots of fun painting, modelling, sticking and creating and generally getting messy. We will be looking closely at objects and draw them using different media and materials. We will take part in role play to act out the stories we hear and we will learn different songs and add instruments to them. We will be working together to create a dance and to retell a story to perform to others.
As you can see, we have a busy term ahead of us in Hedgehogs. Thank you for all the support you have shown and all the hard work that has gone into home learning with your child! Please keep reading at home and don't forget to write in your child's diary three times a week. Please practice the phonics quiz challenge with your child as they will be tested on the phonemes every Friday.
Thank you for your help and support!
Remember that the door is always open and if you ever have any questions, worries or concerns please feel free to catch a member of the team to discuss any issues. If it is not appropriate to talk at the time, we will arrange a time and date to chat at a more convenient time.
If you have a spare hour to come into Hedgehogs to help we would love to see you!
P.E. is every Tuesday. Please make sure that your child has their P.E. kit in school and any jewellery is taken off.
Please make sure your child brings their water bottle to school every day.
A healthy tuckshop is available every day for 20p.
Please make sure your child has their reading book with them every day.
Phonics Quiz is every Friday. Please make sure Phonics Quiz books are in school and children practise their phonemes on a separate piece of paper.