We are Hedgehog Class! We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class. Our teacher is Miss Harris and our teaching assistant is Mrs Claxton.
We hope you enjoy looking through our class page, as it is updated regularly with news, information and photographs.
You can also follow me on Twitter for regular updates from our class @MissJH2
PE is taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Earrings cannot be worn for PE and must be removed (at home if children cannot remove their own) - staff are unable to remove/reinsert earrings. Please ensure PE kits are kept in school every day, and are clearly labelled. PE kit should include an outdoor PE kit - tracksuit bottoms, t shirt and trainers; and an indoor kit - shorts. Children are barefoot during indoor PE. Black pumps/plimsolls are not suitable for PE as they do not support children's feet and ankles.
All medicines must be sent to the office and a form completed. We can only administer prescription medicines. If you need to give your child a non-prescription medicine, you are welcome to come in to school and administer this yourself.
Items such as lip balm and Vick's inhalers must also be handed in to the school office with your child's name on. These items can cause quite a distraction during the day, so if they are needed in school, they need to be kept in the office.
Our Forest School lesson is known as WILD WEDNESDAY - children should come into school in their normal school uniform, but bring their Forest School clothes to change in to (long sleeves, long trousers, old clothes that you don't mind getting wet or muddy!) Wellies should be in school each day as we may use the woods on other days. Our Forest School session is delivered by Mrs Vipond (Mrs V!) and Mrs Claxton.
Reading books - these will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays. Reading books and reading records should be in school each day. Reading at home will be counted up to maximum of 7 times per week, to count towards our Rainbow Readers awards. A brief comment in the Monkey Book is all that is needed each time you read or share a book. Reading books should be in school each day please. Sharing books with your child is one of the most important things you can do to support your child's progress and confidence.
Show and Tell - children are bringing a variety of items in to school for Show and Tell. On some days we can have several children all wanting to share things, which I'm sure you can imagine can be a very lengthy process! Some items are getting lost or damaged which can cause upset for the children. So with this in mind, I would ask that such items are not sent in to school. The half termly Topic Homework will be an opportunity for the children to showcase their work (meeting the speaking and listening objectives) and to Show and Tell to the class. Item such as certificates and awards (for things outside of school) can be brought in to share on a Friday in Shine Assembly (dance, swimming, judo etc).
Spellings - Year 1's have regular spellings to practice at home. All children in school have a Spelling Shed log-in to practice spellings on a computer or tablet. Its a great app with many pre-set list of spellings that children of any age can do.
Snacks - children are provided with a fruit/vegetable snack each day. There is an option to buy toast mid morning too, via Parent Pay, at a cost of £1 per week. Payment must be made by Friday for the following week. Contact the office for further details.
What can we see in Summer?
This term's topic will see us investigating the weather and the seasons, changes within our natural world, holidays and leisure time as well as staying safe in the sun.
Hopefully the weather will be kind to us during the coming weeks so we can really enjoy the very best of the great outdoors!
Below is a topic overview, and a copy of a book list that may be useful for you to share with your child. As it's a short term, we won't get the chance to read everything in school, but you may wish to share some further reading at home.
Spring Term 2 - Dinosaur Planet - What's in store for Hedgehogs
Stomp, crash, roar!
Watch out – there are dinosaurs about! Yes, that’s right, we’re travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs.
This half term, we’ll visit a museum, look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. Learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fantastic fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories are some of the other activities we’ll be involved in this half term. We’ll also use our artistic skills to make model dinosaurs and to design dinosaur landscapes.
We've already discovered a dinosaur egg in the school spinney, and the children have recreated a skeleton out of natural materials. We're very excited to see what else we can find.....
Home Learning is listed below in a separate sheet
All children to complete the highlighted task.
Year 1 children to complete 3 additional tasks (4 in total)
Reception Children to complete 2 additional tasks (3 in total)
Homework will be showcased on Tuesday 9th April, when you are welcome to come along and share the children's creations
(Please do not send in homework before this date, as we have no room to store it).
Hints, Tips and Ideas to support your children at home!
In this section I will try and include anything that I think that could be useful for parents and carers, supporting their children at home. I get asked a lot about websites, apps, books etc, so each time I do, I'll add it on here for everyone to share. Do let me know if there's something in particular that you'd like to know about, and I'll do my best to find something for you!
www.phonicsbloom.com This has an annual subscription of £15 per year, but has lots of games, activities and resources.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Again this has an annual subscription of £12. I use this a lot in class, so the games will be very familiar to the children.
You Tube has heaps of videos available to choose from. My favourite (and the childrens) is Geraldine the Giraffe - lots of short films (2/3 mins usually) about a naughty giraffe who goes looking for words with a particular sound. Also, Mr Thorne does Phonics (he's Geraldine's owner!) are very similar, but without the giraffe!
Spelling Shed is a resource that school has subscribed to - you should be able to download the app/access the site for free. All children have a user name and login so you can use it at home. Hedgehog logins are stuck in the front of their Monkey Books.
Base Ten Blocks Math - is an app to support place value, addition and subtraction. Its very simple to use and bright and visual, so the children love it!
Daisy The Dinosaur is a fun to use, coding app, where the children have to move Daisy around and get her to follow commands.
Art and Design
Doodle Buddy - a great app, with so many features on it. Children can write and draw, change the materials and colours they are using. Artwork can then be printed off, emailed and shared on social media.
Spring Term 1 Topic
Please find below information about our exciting new topic for this half term, 'Are we there yet?' This should give you a broad outline of what we will be exploring, but as ever, we are flexible and led by the children's interests and questions. In addition to travel and transport, we will also be covering some cities, including London, and the history topic of The Great Fire of London.
To support your child's learning, please could you send in a holiday picture (from anywhere!) and a picture of any unusual forms of transport that you may have experienced or even own e.g a rickshaw, hot air balloon, roller skates, motorbike (things that the children are unlikely to have seen on a regular basis). Either send in an actual photo or email it across to the office who will forward it to me.
Autumn Term 2 Update
Christmas is very quickly coming around. We have been practicing for our Nativity at the church on December 13th, and the children are very excited to see you all there. Please check your letter (on letters page as well as sent home) for information about what time to arrive at church on the day.
Homework is due in on Monday 17th December - please send it in on the day, as we have no storage space for items in class. Homework is such an important part of the children's learning. It enables them to put in to words/pictures/creations what they have been learning about in school. It also enables them to share their creations with other children by presenting their work to the class. From experience, the children really enjoy doing this and are very proud of their efforts. It supports the children in meeting the 'speaking and listening' aspects of their curriculum.
Children without homework to share can become upset on the day, as they can feel left out during the presentations. If you have any questions about the homework, please get in touch.
Children have had their flu vaccines this week, so thank you for supporting with this. It's so important that our little ones are protected and safe.
It is the season for coughs, colds and tummy bugs and we are grateful for your vigilance with school attendance. Tummy upsets require a 48 hour absence, after the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea before returning to school. With coughs and colds, children are often fine to be in school, unless they have a significant temperature, tonsillitis etc, when you may feel its best to keep them at home. Germs can spread so easily between children, so we are working hard at hand-washing routines. If your child falls ill at school and we feel they are best to be at home, we will always call you to discuss this. Any medicines brought in to school need to go to the office where a 'care plan' will be completed. We can only administer medicines prescribed by a doctor.
So, the final 2 weeks of term will be busy and exciting for us all. We are all looking forward to the festivities and hopefully a visit from someone very special on the last day of term!
We were very lucky to have Mr Zissman in school this week whilst we talked about the significance of why we wear poppies. He is a volunteer in our school, and also a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, as well as being a Walton local! He answered a whole host of questions about the army, war and most poignantly, his injury, and subsequent accolades. The children learned so much from this experience and were respectful and inquisitive in equal measure. A huge thank you to Mr Zissman for taking the time to share your story with us this week.
Read more about Ben's story by following this link:
Autumn Term 2 - the run up to Christmas!
This is such a busy term for us in school. The clocks and the weather changes seem to affect us all, and we need to make sure we wrap up warm, ready for any weather.
We (Reception and Nursery) will be doing a traditional nativity in Church towards the end of term. Year 1's will be joining the rest of KS1 for a school Christmas performance.
I have uploaded this terms topic web for your information. Homework will follow soon, but with a deadline before the end of term as I recognise that it's such a busy time of year for us all. Please let me know if there are any aspects of the homework that are not clear - it is an important part of your child's wider development. They love showcasing their work to their friends. In the past, children have become upset when homework hasn't been completed (they feel left out), so do let me know if you need any advice or support in doing this.
Spelling Shed: this is a fantastic website, used to support your child's spelling. I will be sending out log-in details in the monkey books later this week, so children can access this at home. There are many pre-set lists on the site. I will be adding lists of our own as the weeks progress.
As ever, so let me know if you have any questions or queries,
Homework Projects Autumn Term One
Thank you so much for the wonderful homework projects that you've supported this half term. It was a pleasure to see all of the hard work that has gone in to completing them. And, it helps us to get to know our Walton families a little better too!
Photos to follow.....
The children have asked that I share the following songs and activities with you, so you have the pleasure of singing them at home!! We've been enjoying these over the last few weeks - warning...they are quite catchy. Enjoy!
The Wiggles Taba Naba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58Xn9bTIxGI
George Ezra Shotgun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAiVsqfbn5g
Will I Am and Sesame Street What I am https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVzjoj96vs
Baby Shark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w
https://www.jumpstartjonny.co.uk/#freevideos We really enjoy Cool Kids and I Like To Move It.
https://www.gonoodle.com/ Lots of choice on here, but our favourite is Banana Banana Meatballs!
We have had a really busy start to our new school year. It's been great to spend this time getting to know your children!
A few updates for you:
Wild Wednesday will now be in the afternoons, NOT the mornings. Please send your child in normal school uniform, with their Forest School clothing to get changed in to at school.
I have sent a plastic wallet home for each child this week - this is to store reading books and Monkey Books in. Please ensure these are in school every day. Books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays, if they have been read at home. We count 'reads at home' up to a maximum of 7 reads per week, which count towards Rainbow Readers awards.
I have been asked about how to write in the Monkey Books - an example below:
14.9.17 The Bug Hunt Simon could talk about the pictures. He was able to name the colours he could see. He could tell me that Dad was grumpy as 'he had a cross face.' He attempted to sound out c-a-t.
One entry in the book per day is all that is needed - a brief summary is fine. It helps us to focus future reading books, and phonics lessons if we know what types of books your children are enjoying. Feel free to share books from home too!
Can you please ensure any letters or slips are returned to the office/letterbox, rather than being left in children's bags.
Long hair (long enough to be tied back) should be fully tied back each day.
All uniform and Forest Friday clothing should be clearly labelled - not all children are able to recognise their own items.
As ever, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact either myself or Mrs Claxton. Morning times are extremely busy in school, but we are usually available on the gate after school for any queries. Please contact the office for for urgent queries and they will arrange a mutual time for us to meet.