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Curriculum Newsletters 2022-2023

English - Instructions - This week in Hedgehogs class the children have been learning how to follow simple instructions.  The children had to listen to a simple instruction given by an adult and look at a visual display to learn the steps to make a sandwich.  Once the children had made the sandwich they then sequenced pictures and statements to show the correct order.

History (Kings & Queens) - This week Hedgehogs class have been learning about where Kings and Queens live.  The children designed their own castle using Duplo and Lego.  They also designed a castle using different collaging materials and paint techniques.  

In Art this half term Hedgehogs have been learning about famous Artists who use colour in their Artwork.  The children created pieces using techniques used by Ian Davenport and Jackson Pollock.  The children had lots fun squirting paint onto canvas using syringes and splattering paint with brushes.

Chinese New Year- We have been taking part in activities to learn about Chinese new year. We read the Chinese New Year story about how the years came to be named and we learnt about how people might celebrate Chinese new year.

Science- this term in Science we are learning about material changes. We have been learning to identify materials, identify solids and liquids and last week we started exploring how some materials can be changed by heating.

Assembly! We are so proud of how well Hedgehogs did in their assembly today. Our focus was 'New Year' and events that we are excited for this year. Here are some pictures of the work we did to prepare for this including exploring items linked to different events and symbols for these, selecting symbols of our favourite events, writing/ drawing about events and practicing communicating our work to a group. Well done everyone!

Maths- Hedgehogs have been doing some fantastic Maths work during the first week back. Groups have been working on different focuses including; joining in with sequences of counting, making amounts to 5, tallying to show amounts, more and less and doubling!

Birthday! This superstar is 10 next week- Happy Birthday!

Christingles- We have been making Christingles and learning about why these are important for Christians. We will see them lit during our Christingle assembly this afternoon.

Christmas dinner- We all enjoyed our Christmas dinner!

Maths- Statistics- This week in Maths we have been learning about Statistics. We have been working on sorting by a given criteria with occasional prompting and on sorting by a given criteria linked to number or shape. A few of use have also, following a sorting task, ued our knowledge of counting to make block graphs and answer questions about these! Well done Hedgehogs!

Children In Need- Today everyone wore their spotty or own clothes and donated £1 to raise money for Children in need. We talked about why this is an important charity and took part in lots of activities to commemorate the day including icing biscuits, painting Pudsey, looking for spots around school and painting Pudsey ears.

Geography - The children are beginning a long journey to Bethlehem.  They are visiting several countries along the way.  So far the children have visited France and Italy.  They travelled by plane, checking they had their passport and boarding pass.  They also enjoyed tasting some foods with the in-flight trolley service.  Some children used laptops to find out more information about the country they have been visiting

English- These superstars have been doing some fantastic work reading and writing/ building words linked to our 'Betty and the Yeti' story!

Remembrance day- We have been taking part in activities to commemorate remembrance day!

Anglo-Saxon jobs- As part of our work on Anglo-Saxons, today we learnt about different jobs they might have had to carry out and compared these to what we would do now. The jobs included weaving to make clothes, farming their food rather than going to a supermarket and carving 'Runes' rather than writing using pens and paper.

French- As part of our French Café topic we have been learning the names of some French foods including vegetables. Today we practiced our understanding of the vegetable names by using symbols, repeating words or using the French words independently to request the vegetables we wanted to use to print with. Everyone engaged fantastically!

PE-Balances- In PE some of us have been working on carrying out a sequence of balances with a partner. Here are some pictures of 2 of our pairs trying their partner balance sequence on a bench- Well done!

In Science this week the children enjoyed making Lava Lamps.  They had to listen to instructions and then re-create their own Lava Lamp using plastic bottles, water, oil, food colouring and fizzy tablets.  The children chose what colour food colouring to use.  They observed the results of the experiment using a torch.

History- Anglo-Saxon houses- We compared pictures of Anglo-Saxon and modern homes and then made our own Anglo-Saxon house pictures. We discussed differences between these and our homes as we worked.

Maths- Number work- In our number work we have been working on understanding the quantities that different numbers represent. We have been sorting/ stacking/ grouping items then counting these with support as appropriate or finding amounts to match number cards. A few of us have also been working on estimating.

DT- In DT we have been learning about Rockets. After learning about the different parts of a rocket e.g. nose, fins and thrusters, we made our own pull string rockets. We cut out the different parts our rockets would need, making choices about colours as we did this, and we then decorated them before carrying out test flights!

The children have been listening to a new story called, 'Alien's Love Underpants'.  They have had lots of fun exploring sensory items related to the story, especially the Flying Saucer.  Children have completed a variety of activities including, matching objects to pictures, listening to the initial letter sounds in words and matching to the correct picture, and building and writing sentences containing up to four key words.  

In Science this week, the pupils discovered some amazing facts about the sun.  They had lots of fun exploring shadows in the playground.  The pupils used large chalks to draw around shapes of objects and their friends.  They had lots of fun!!

Hi everyone, we have a fantastic first week back in Hedgehogs! Here are some examples of what we have been up to...

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