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Friday 20th July

Wow, what a week! Firstly we started the week with sports day. This was Hedgehogs last year of potted sports. I noticed how well they supported the younger children in their groups. Well done Hedgehogs!! 

The following day we had Spirituality Day where the children visited each teacher completing activities linked with the 'Fruits of the Spirit'. (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). Please ask your child what they did!

For the rest of the week we have continued with our literacy learning focusing on read, reciting and performing poetry. The children found some fantastic poems for their home learning. 

In maths we have been learning through some active maths activities, this week focusing on addition and subtraction. Today they were able to decide if a number sentence was true or false and explained their reasons to the rest of their group. Great explanations!

We completed our topic with discussing food chains. The children were able to think of and create their own food chains, using appropriate vocabulary. 

The best news is that we have collected enough marbles for our class reward! The children had a vote and decided that they would like to have a pajama party with their teddies and a movie. We will be having our reward on Monday 23rd July. Children may bring their pajamas in a named bag with a small teddy. They may bring a small bag of popcorn to eat during the movie if they wish. We are hoping to watch 'The Gruffalo' and The Gruffalo's Child'.


Friday 29th June

The highlight of this week has to be our class visit to Marwell Zoo. We had a fantastic day seeing the different animals. The children were very well behaved. We learned about different types of habitats and how animals are adapted to the habitat that they live in. I'm sure the children have given you a detailed recount of our trip!!! If not don't worry, in our literacy learning we are writing recounts of our visit. Ask about the features of a recount. In our maths learning we also used our trip to collect, interpret and compare data about our favourite animals we saw. Please look at our picture from our day. 

Remember our wacky, hair, wigs and races day on Wednesday. 

Friday 15th June

Hedgehogs are enjoying our new topic of 'Our Wonderful World, animals' We have been linking this learning in our science, geography and literacy learning. 

In literacy and RWI we have been thinking about the structure of stories and what makes a good story. We have looked at examples of stories that we like to read including 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Snail and the Whale'. Next week the children will be planning and writing their own fairy and adventure stories based on those read. 

In maths the children have been working on using written methods for addition and subtraction including using an empty number line, partitioning and using column addition to work out the answers. We then used these methods to solve some tricky word problems. Next week we will be focusing on using written methods for multiplication and division and using these to solve problems. 

We have begun practicing our entertainment for the Strawberry fair and are very excited about performing in front of our family and friends. 

Don't forget children have an extra day off on Monday as there is a Teacher training day. 

Friday 11th May

We have had a short but busy week in Hedgehogs. In maths we have been learning to find fractions (1/2, 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 and 1/3) of lengths, and have used these to solve problems. In literacy we have been continuing to learn and practice spelling rules,  looking at adding the suffixes  -ment and -less to root words and learning to spell common exception words. We have also been looking at extending sentences by using the conjunctions and, but and or. 

We have all enjoyed our computing lesson this week. We used the program 'Daisy the Dinosaur'. We had to give Daisy some instructions to move! 

Next Friday could the children please bring in a photograph of themselves that they can use in PSHE. The photographs will be stuck to the middle of a piece of paper, so doesn't need to be too big!

Please can I remind you that we are looking for any old shoes or boots that we can use a planters for our entry to the Verwood in Bloom competition. Please hand your donations to the office. Thank you to those who have already donated. 

Friday 4th May

This week we enjoyed visiting St. Michael and All Angels Church. We had a good look around and tried to complete an alphabet hunt, looking for objects which start with each letter of the alphabet. Thank you to the mummies and helpers that walked with us. 

Today we had a great time on our bikes and scooters for our class reward. What will the children think of for our next one?

In maths we have been learning to identify and find fractions of shapes and numbers. Ask your child to look out for fractions as you are out and about this weekend! 

Hedgehogs have been continuing to learn new spelling rules and this week we planned and wrote our own shape poems. We will putting these on display in the corridor. 

Have a happy and safe bank holiday weekend.

Friday 27th April

I liked measuring especially when we measured ourselves in maths this week. Finley

I learned to measure lots of different things using meters and centimeters. Lucas


This week we welcomed Mrs Cashion, a SCITT student, to Hedgehogs. She will be with us for nine weeks.

In literacy we have continued learning 'The Gruffalo' story. We learned about and used expanded noun phrases to describe the characters in the story. We also thought about different types of sentences including, statements, questions, commands and exclamation sentences. We also learned about the different types of punctuation marks each sentence needs. At the end of this week we planned and wrote our own version of 'The Gruffalo'. They tried to include our learning from this week. Children may want to continue writing their stories at home! I would love to see them.

In maths we have been learning about measures, focusing on length extending our understanding of which unit of measure to use. We compared measurements and were able to solve some problems. 

We have been talking about The Creation story and where we can find it in the Bible. 

On Tuesday 1st May we will be visiting St. Michael and All Angels Church. We shall be leaving school after lunch at 1:00 and returning to school for the end of the day. We will need some helpers to walk with us. Please let the office know if you are able to help us with this. Thank you. 

Well done to everyone that has taken part in the biking and scooting to school this week. There is still another week to join in. Lets hope the weather is kind. Reminder that we are going to have another meet and greet on Tuesday morning at the Potters Wheel car park, leaving the car park at 8:15. Please join us!

Hedgehogs will be having their class reward on Friday 4th May. We have chose to have a wheels afternoon. Children may bring in their bikes, scooters, skates into school to use in the afternoon. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate safety equipment and that it is clearly named. 




Friday 20th April.

Welcome to the Summer term. This will be a very busy term for us in Hedgehogs!

We have written recounts of our Easter holidays and it sounds like you all had lots of fun! We have also been learning one of my favorite stories, 'The Gruffalo'. It seems to be a favorite for the children too. We will be using the story to create our own stories next week, thinking about using expanded noun phrases, different types of sentences and using the correct punctuation. 

In maths we have continued to work on multiplication and division. We have been making sure the children recognize the symbols and understand what they mean so that they are able to answer and solve problems using both. See their mathletics tasks for more practice with this. 

The children enjoyed our DT day yesterday. They planned and made games involving a magnetic element. I hope your child has shared their game with you. 

Please can you make sure that your child comes to school with a named water bottle which they bring into the classroom and a named cap to wear outside. Thank you.

Friday 23rd March

What a great week of learning!

We have continued learning about the lives of famous people. This week we have begun learning about the life of Florence Nightingale. We will be writing a piece of information text about her next week, remembering facts that we have learnt and also using some of the features of non-chronological texts such as using headings, using technical vocabulary and conjunctions. 

In maths we have continued to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction. We have thought about ways of adding three single digit numbers together and looking for number bonds and doubles to make this easier. 

We really enjoyed our spirituality day today. We spent the day completing different activities with each of the teachers in the school, learning about different parts of the Bible. Ask your child what they have done! I have included the words to a song that we were learning this afternoon about 'The Kingdom of God'. 

Next Thursday we will be walking to the church to watch the puppets. Please let the office know if you are able to help us with this. 

Friday 9th March

We have enjoyed finding out about how we have spent our snow days! Lots of snowmen, snowball fights and sledging!

After learning about Fair Trade for the last two weeks, we have this week begun our topic for this half term. We are learning about famous people. We started this week learning about Queen Elizabeth II. The children have been thinking about making notes from facts they have found on the internet. We used the BBC website, primary history page which has lots of information about a range of famous people. Today they created their own information page about The Queen. 

In maths we have been working on using addition and subtraction. We have focused on developing some mental methods for adding and subtracting 9 and also adding two numbers which cross the tens boundary e.g. 5+8 and 27+5. 

The children enjoyed making banana cake this week ready for the Fair Trade tea party this afternoon. We also made some banana chips, however they stuck to the paper whilst baking in the oven, so we couldn't try them!

We made some special cards this week using our skills of printing. The children were very creative using objects from around the classroom to create various pictures.

Friday 9th February

We have had a very busy last week of this half term.

The highlight of the week was making our houses for the Great Fire of London and watching them burn! We used cardboard boxes of different sizes to create our own Pudding Lane. The children painted, stuck on the wooden beams and made straw roofs for them. On Thursday We had two firemen come into school to start and put out our fire. While the fire was burning we talked about some of the things we have learnt this half term. We also talked about how after the Great Fire of London things were different. In music we have been learning to play 'London's Burning' on the recorder. Some of use played, while the rest of us sang.

In maths we have been learning about money and thinking of different coins we could use to make the same amount. We have also been converting £ to p and p to £s!

In literacy we have read a poem about The Great Fire of London. We looked at some of the features, including rhyming words and had a go at writing our own rhyming sentences about The Great Fire of London.

Our Great Fire of London!

Friday 26th January

'I've enjoyed learning more about the Great Fire of London.' Howard

'I liked doing maths on the I pads.' Thomas


In literacy this week we have continued to learn and practice spelling rules. We have been thinking about different types of sentences and have written commands and exclamations linked with our topic. We have also learnt about using apostrophes for possession. Ask your child to look out for theses in their reading.

In maths we have been thinking about odd and even numbers and solving problems. We are working really hard at being able to explain how we know an answer is correct.

We are getting close to having our own Great Fire of London, so can you please start sending in your cardboard boxes! Thank you.

We have noticed that some book bags are looking quite full. Please can you take a few minutes to go through your child's book bag and remove anything that doesn't need to be in there! Many thanks.

Reading the morning papers!

Teddy Bear picnic

 Hedgehogs have come back to school ready for learning after the Christmas holidays!

They are enthusiastically asking questions and finding out about The Great Fire of London, our new topic. So far we have been finding out about Samuel Pepys and his diary.

In maths we have been looking at the properties of 3-D shapes, including counting the number of faces, vertices and edges. We then compared two different shapes. We have also been adding and subtracting two digit numbers with ten and multiples of ten. 

Hedgehogs have certainly achieved enough marbles for their class reward. The class has voted and have chosen to have a Teddy Bear's picnic. We will be having our reward on Friday 18th January. Children may bring in a named teddy or soft toy. We will be enjoying a snack and a drink of squash during our picnic, which will be indoors! If you have any questions about our reward, please ask. 

Hedgehogs have had a fantastic week. On Tuesday we had our Castle banquet day. We dressed up and had, kings, queens, princesses, knights and ladies. We made pottage that we ate, designed and made our own shields, solved some problems, had a jousting competition and had some birds come to visit us from Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre.

In maths we have been learning about 2D shapes. Recognising their properties and knowing the names by looking at the number of sides it has. We learned that 2D shapes that have straight sides are called polygons.

We completed our science experiment to find out which material would make the best mattress for a princess to sleep on! Ask your child what they found out!

We are looking forward to next week, when we will be learning more about the Christmas story and performing in the Nativity. Please remember to bring in a plain coloured t-shirt and black trousers in a clearly named bag.


Vist to the Memorial

Friday 10th November

"I have enjoyed finding different ways of making the same amount of money." Nikita

"I liked doing our firework acrostic poems." Olivia

" I like doing PE on Monday and Fridays." Jasper

"I've enjoyed reading a book about a lion's paw in Read Write Inc." Ella


We have all enjoyed reading and writing our own firework poetry this week. We have learned about acrostic poems and onomatopoeia!

In maths we have been continuing to consolidate our understanding of place value of two digit numbers. We have learned to use <, > and = symbols confidently to make number sentences correct.

We have talked about Remembrance day and have written prayers onto poppies that we made. We will be walking to the memorial on Ferret Green on Tuesday morning, where we will lay some of the poppies. If you are able to help us walk there, please let the office know. We shall be leaving school at 10:10.

We will soon be having our banquet day, where the children can come into school dressed in medieval costumes. We will let you know the date of this very soon.

Friday 3rd November

We have been very busy in Hedgehogs this week!

In maths we have been learning about place value, thinking about the number of tens and ones (or units) in two-digit numbers. Today we were thinking of different ways of making the number using tens and ones. Some of us even worked systematically!

We have been learning about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot and how they are related to Fireworks night. We have also been learning to spell some common exception words including... pretty, said, could, with and because.

We had a great day on Tuesday, designing and making our model castles. We practiced making a moving drawbridge, then planned how we were going to make our castles including a moving drawbridge! We were so lucky that lots of mums, dads, nanny and granddads could come in and help us make them in the afternoon. We have now evaluated our work.

"I enjoyed writing my information pages about castles". Emily M

"I enjoyed doing maths, working systematically to find all the additions and subtractions". Nikita


 Hedgehogs have continued to learn about non-fiction texts and have used the information they know about castles to write their own information pages using the features. We have been working on our spelling and have learned to spell some common homophones. Ask your child what homophones are!

 In maths we have been securing our addition and subtraction facts for numbers up to 20 and we have learned to work systematically, so that we have found all possible combinations.

 We have investigated the properties of some common materials in science. Look at the pictures below.

 Advanced warning! After half term we will be making castles. We will have designed our castles in school and invite parents/carers to come in to help us make them. For this your child will need to begin to collect some cardboard boxes, tubes and other useful 'junk' that they think they could use to build their castle. Our castle building day will be Tuesday 31st October from 1:15 - 2:45.

Friday 22nd September

"I learned the story  "The Enormous Turnip". Zoe

"I enjoyed the introduction to our new topic. Writing about what we already know and writing questions about what we want to learn". Jasper


What amazing Hedgehogs we have! Well done for leading the school Harvest service today. They spoke clearly, and confidently shared what Harvest is all about. The story telling of "The enormous Turnip was fantastic and they only started learning the words and actions on Monday! After the service the children innovated the story by changing small parts to create their own version of the story. We had... The enormous carrot, the enormous strawberry, the enormous banana to name just a few. Ask your child how they changed their story.

In maths we have been using addition number stories to revisit number bonds and subtraction facts with numbers up to 20.

We have been working with our partners to read a text and to develop greater fluency. We have also been answering questions about what we have read.

We started our new topic 'Castles' this week. We thought about the things we already know about castles and wrote questions about what we want to find out. We are looking forward to our trip to Corfe Castle in Tuesday and we pray that the weather will be kind. Please can I remind you that your child will need a back pack to carry their lunch, snack, drink and water proof coat in. They will have to carry it around with them all day! A plastic bag would also be useful for the children to sit on while they are having their lunch.

Don't forget to send your child's home learning, including spellings, into school on Monday.

Friday 8th September


"I liked Golden Time." Finley

"I liked drawing a picture of a hedgehog." Ethan

"I have liked doing maths everyday." Tyler



What a fantastic start to Hedgehogs!

This week we have become familiar with our new routines and thought of some important Hedgehog Rules for our class. We have been trying hard to show that we know what they are and to get our spine put on the Happy Hedgehog!

We have started our mini topic, 'Hedgehogs' and have already learned lots of interesting facts about them. Ask your child what they have found out about hedgehogs!

We have been working hard with number in maths and have been estimating, counting and putting numbers onto a number line. We have also been writing numbers as digits and words. Please  practice writing numbers as words at home, particularly some of the tricky ones that can't be sounded out.

Please can chidlren bring in thier home learning books from Rabbits on Monday as we will be continuing to use these before starting new ones. Home learning will be set and sent home on Tuesday.

Don't forget our class meeting on Tuesday, it would be lovely to see you.