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Welcome to Hedgehog Class! We are excited to share this year with your child and will post updates and information on this page.  Below you will find a summary of what we are learning about this year along with some useful information.

Term 6

This term we are learning all about dinosaurs! We have started by thinking about fossils - what are they? how are they formed? We tried an experiment to find out the science behind fossils.

 

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We have made our own fossils out of salt dough as well!

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The children walked to the church to help them reflect on the significance of pilgrimage. Once at the church, they prayed for the ill, the elderly, our school and the local community. The children were so well behaved and we are very grateful to the volunteers at the church and to the parents who came with us.  

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The children blew us away in their assembly! It made us so proud to see how seriously they took learning their lines, but also how much fun they had performing for you all. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

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Continuing with dinosaurs...

The children learnt about how we can better understand dinosaurs by looking at their teeth. To show what they learnt, the children then made their own dino teeth out of clay. Aren't they scary?!

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From real life dinosaurs to fictional dragons...

We have started our final story book of the year. All we know at the moment is that the story focuses on a dragon made of egg boxes. Of course, we had to design and make our own egg box dragons too!

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Term 5

To get the children excited about our topic, animals, we went to Quex. We were so lucky that the rain held off for the day and the children were so well behaved. They enjoyed looking at the animals, exploring the interactive area and letting off steam in the beautiful gardens. Thankyou to all at Quex for making us feel so welcome! 

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To fit in with our book for the term, the children created sunset pictures of the African Savannah.
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What better way to learn about fractions than with food? We set the children the challenge of finding half an amount of sweet toppings to decorate half their biscuit. They enjoyed the eating part the best!
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Term 4

The children learnt about the significance of Shrove Tuesday and tried pancakes with the traditional topping of lemon and sugar, and the less traditional chocolate sauce!

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World Book Day

The children had a brilliant time immersing themselves in books today! We redesigned front covers of our favourite stories, made bookmarks, shared our books and even wrote a new tale using all the characters we were dressed as.  

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Ash Wednesday

To mark Ash Wednesday the children attended a very special assembly. They learnt about God's plans for the world and had the opportunity to be annointed with oil.

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Maths

The children have begun the term thinking about weights and measures. We have been exploring height and length and discussing why 'big' is not a very accurate word to use.

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The children have been thinking about the best tool to help when measuring, We decided that it would be best to measure a whale in buses rather than paperclips! The children measured large areas around the school using themselves! 

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The children have been continuing to think hard about measures. They have predicted how much liquid a container can hold and then checked if they were correct, they have followed instructions to measure out the ingredients for and make potions and fruit salads and they have compared weights of objects. It is lovely to see them so enagaged and discussing their learning.  

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PHSE

As part of the children's PHSE, they have been thinking about how to keep their bodies healthy. They thought about exercise, rest and food. The children tried lots of different fruit to see what they thought. 

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Science

The children will be learning about plants this term. They planted a variety of vegetables and salads and will be looking after these for the coming weeks.

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Term 3

 

To reward the children for all their hard work and good behaviour recently, they got to have some fun with Monty in the courtyard. It was delightful to see the children racing around with him in the courtyard and to see those who were wary at first, gain the confidence to throw his ball for him. I am sure he will sleep well tonight! 
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We are so lucky at Holy Trinity and St John's in that we have lots of people come to visit us and teach us about the work they do. This term, we met Cathy and Buddy who told us how they help keep children safe. We will be doing star jumps to raise money to help them continue this wonderful work!
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As well as the NSPCC, we were visited by the police. They taught us how important it is to know our address and our grown up's names and that we should never be scared of the police - they are there to keep us safe. We had a fantastic morning with Debbie and Dan taking fingerprints, using invisible ink, dressing up and exploring the police car. The siren was really loud!
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English

This term we will be learning about a baby giraffe who goes on a very exciting journey to his new home. We found a parachute hanging in the trees in the playground - perhaps that is a clue to something that happens in the story? We have started to learn about what giraffes like to eat and the children painted some stunning acacia trees.

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In our story, Atir puts an amulet around Zeraffa the giraffe's neck. The children made their own amulets. I am sure Zeraffa would proudly wear any of them, they are beautiful!
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Once Atir and Zeraffa arrived in France, they needed to work out how to get to Paris. One of the ideas suggested was that they could travel in a hot air balloon and so the children have been learning how these work. The children designed their own hot air balloons for Zeraffa to travel in. I think they would look beautiful floating across the sky!
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We learnt how excited everyone was to see a giraffe walking through the streets on his way to see the King. To celebrate Zeraffa's arrival, the people in our story made giraffe biscuits so of course, we did too. Don't they look delicious? The children will be writing the recipe for the biscuits in their next lesson so they will be able to make them at home if they want to.
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The ladies of Paris were so excited to see a giraffe that they even styled their hair to look like Zeraffa. Their hair was so tall they had to lie down in their carriages! The children created their own hairstyles a la giraffe!
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Maths

The children are continuing to develop their understanding of number. They have been thinking about adding and subtracting within 20 are are using a range of resources and strategies to help them with this. They will then move on to numbers within 50 before starting to think about length and height.

If you ever want advice or ideas to support your child's learning in maths, or any area, please just ask!

Topic

In History we are thinking about the Ancient Egyptians. The children had lots of fun learning about the toilets and pyramids in Ancient Egypt. We have found out lots of information about Tutankhamun, I wonder how much your child can tell you about the boy king?

In Geography, the children are learning about the continents and oceans as well as studying the Masaai Mara tribe. The tribe live on a reserve in Africa and their lives are very different to ours. 

In Science, the children have been thinking about floating and sinking. This links with our current English book as Zeraffa the giraffe sailed down the river Nile on his journey to France. The children thought about which material might sink or float and then tested them to find out if they were correct. We then tested the materials to decide which would be the best for Zeraffa to use as a boat. We had a wet but very fun time!

 

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We challenged the children to see if they could make hot air balloons that actually flew. They had to think about everything they have learnt about hot air balloons and select their materials carefully. We had lots of fun making them and even more fun testing  them out!
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Dover Transport Museum

We had a fun filled day at Dover Transport Museum. The children had the chance to explore lots of different, old vehicles.

Computing

A key part of the year 1 curriculum in Computing is to understand programming. As such, the children explored the Beebots today. They experimented by giving the Beebots different instructions before building an obstacle course which they had to guide the Beebot around. The children were not allowed to pick the Beebot up and we were very impressed by their reasoning skills as they navigated the course.

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Religious Education

We were fortunate enough to visit the Baptist Church in Margate. The children learnt all about how people are baptised in the church and spotted the main features within the church.

 

Term 2

Anti-bullying Week

To mark anti-bullying week, we talked about the difference between unkind behaviour and bullying. It is important that children understand the consequences of being unkind so they whispered to a piece of paper as they scrunched it up. They then realised this was not a nice thing to do so said sorry and unscrunched the paper. The paper was still creased, their thoughts and words had still left a mark. We have kept the paper in our class to remind us to think before we think. We then thought about what we could do to make people happy and decided it is much more fun to say nice things about people. We each wrote something nice about someone in our class and we have a bucket full of kindness on display to remind us how special we all are!

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Fire Safety

The children were lucky enough to be visited by a fireman last week. He talked to them about the work of the Fire and Rescue Service and how they can keep themselves safe.

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As if that wasn't enough excitement, Hedgehog class had another visitor. This time they were of the 4 legged variety. It was Monty! The children learnt all about how to behave around Monty, they had a cuddle with him and are now trying to earn marbles to fill their jar so that they can have extra playtime with him.
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It's Christmas!

The children blew us away with their hard work and confidence in their Nativity. It is scary to perform to a hall full of people and we should all be incredibly proud of how well the children did. 

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To get everyone in the Christmas spirit for our Christmas dinner, everyone wore their Christmas jumpers for the day. Not only did we all feel very festive, but we raised lots of money to support the wonderful British Legion.
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The children made sock snowmen. Don't they look lovely?!
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To end the term, we had a Christmas party. We played lots of games, had a feast and even had a visit from Santa!
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Maths

The children have begun the term by thinking about subtraction. They have supported their learning by playing games to help them understand numbers get smaller as we subtract.

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This week we are learning about 3D and 2D shapes. The children handled some 3D shapes and then used them to build models.
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English

We have been reading about a very special dog who has lots of fun with his best friend - a sock who is bobbly and smells of cheese! One of their adventures takes them to an Art Gallery and because we are fortunate enough to have the Turner so near by, we went for our own trip to look around.

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The children were inspired by the sculptures and art we saw so they made their own sculptures from clay.
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In our current book, Claude and Bobblysock go for a hot chocolate and fruit salad. As part of our learning, and to develop our DT skills, the children made their own fruit salad and washed it down with hot chocolate! Yummy!!
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Religious Education

As we approach 100 years since the Armistice, the children visited the War Memorial. The children thought hard about the sacrifices made by our ancestors and made some beautiful artwork to commemorate the anniversary.

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Topic

The children have been thinking about Winter and the changes that occur as we move through the seasons. They drew some beautiful pictures to show what Winter looks like.

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Harvest Festival

Well done to all the children who took part in our Harvest Festival. They spoke and sang with such confidence and we hope you are as proud of them as we are!

Hedgehog Prayer

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Hedgehog Class reading

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Morning Work

Every morning the children will change their reading book then settle down to morning tasks. These range from activities to develop their motor skills, to English and Maths tasks. 

English

To launch our new book, we investigated some strange rocks that appeared in the school. The children came up with some wonderful ideas for why they were there - from a witch's cauldron to moon rocks. 

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The children thought about what Beegu's planet might be like. They painted their ideas before writing descriptions. From lava and slime filled planets to planets full of rabbits, the children had some wonderful ideas!
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The children have produced some fantastic writing about Beegu. They also made her a new spaceship to travel home in.
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To help the children plan and write their own stories about new aliens, they created a new character out of clay. I wonder what amazing adventures these aliens will have!
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Maths

We will begin year 1 by exploring basic concepts in number. 

The children have been thinking about ways to sort and group items and are working well as teams to explain their reasoning.

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The children have been working hard to develop their reasoning skills. They spent a morning exploring different ways of making 6.
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We have been exploring more and less. The children became number lines and counters to count accurately and move along a number line.
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Religious Education

To begin the year we have been thinking about the Bible. We discussed key themes within the Bible and the children drew their own pictures to reflect significant concepts from the Christian faith.

Science

The children have been learning about different materials and their properties. We went for a walk around the school grounds, spotting things made from different materials and thinking about why they are made from that particular material.

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As we move through the seasons, we have begun to think about the signs of Autumn. The children went for a walk to spot signs of Autumn and then drew and wrote about what they had seen.
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History

The children have been thinking about the order of events in their lives. They practiced creating a timeline of their lives so far.

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Design Technology

The children made some pizzas. They thought hard about what they would like to eat and they were delicious!

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Art

The children looked carefully at their faces and drew some amazing self-portraits. I am sure you will agree that they are a brilliant likeness!

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