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Friday 12th July

We have had an amazing week!

Monday was lots of fun competing in lots of activities for sports day. Well done everyone. 

Tuesday we travelled to Poland! Thank you to Oliver's mum and dad who came in to tell us about the country and teach us some Polish!! We learned lots throughout the day. We looked at maps and located Poland on a map of Europe. We also looked at the countries which boarder Poland. We found out about different places to go in Poland and wrote a postcard from the places we visited! We ended the day learning about some famous Polish people, including Marie Currie and Frederic Chopin.

Wednesday was spirituality day where lots of different activities were carried out across the school.

We have also been practicing our handwriting and spellings. The children need to keep learning to spell the words in their word tins!

We have been using purple mash to create quizzes about Poland. Can you answer the questions in your child's quiz? 

In maths we have been looking at patterns and sequences and completing activities on My Maths. 

We really enjoyed performing our dance to Up Town Funk today at our thank you coffee morning. 



Trinity Travels

Friday 5th July

Hedgehogs have enjoyed reading the story ‘Meerkat Mail’. We have linked the story to finding out facts about Meerkats and other animals in the story. We have found out about the Kalahari Desert where Sunny the meerkat lives, what it is like and what they like to eat. Hedgehogs have written facts, postcards and retold the story.

In maths we have revisited telling the time and position and movement. we have talked about clockwise and anti-clockwise, quarter turns, half turn and three quarter turns.

We really enjoyed find out what bugs were in our garden after we dug a small patch of grass. see photos below.

We sadly said goodbye to Mrs Kirby this week.

Hedgehogs have had a great day today as Badgers.

Don’t forget sports day on Monday. remember hats and sun cream.  We look forward to entertaining you after lunch.

We have a busy week next week, Trinity Travels on Tuesday and spirituality day on Wednesday.

What’s under your feet?

Hedgehogs Danceathon

Friday 28th June

In Hedgehogs this week we have been very busy with our learning. 

In maths we have been continuing to work with different measures. We then moved on to solving problems involving measures including length. We have been revisiting telling the time, including o'clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to. Please continue to ask your child to read analogue clocks at home and to solve problems such as, 'what will the time be in one hour?'

In literacy we have been continuing to look at instructions and have written our own instructions to make a 'thaumatrope'. The children used all of the features they have been reading and learning about this week. They then went back to improve their instructions, making them really clear. 

In computing the children completed their tunes using Purple Mash. They thought carefully about the feeling they wanted to create. We had some happy, sad and even scary tunes. 

We ended this week with our Danceathon. We made up a dance to Uptown Funk and performed it to the whole school at the end of the day. During our geography work we looked at some photos form the school website of New Eden school in Uganda which we were raising money for today. We looked at some of the similarities and differences between the two localities. Please begin to send in your sponsor money to the office as soon as you can. 

Reminder; if your child attends an after school club, then please send in a separate water bottle for them to have. (We will have already washed the school ones!)

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday 21st June

The highlight this week has to be our visit to Marwell Zoo. The children and adults were very excited about our trip. We were very lucky to see lots of the animals, especially the snow leopard which came right up to the window to see us!! During our session in the Education centre we learnt about habitats and how animals are adapted to live in these different places. We impressed the teacher from Marwell with how much we already knew! We were very lucky with the weather as there were only a few spits of rain while we were at the zoo. 

Today the children could choose what they wrote about, as long as it linked to our visit to Marwell. We had some children writing a recount, stories, facts and poems. They used the information they found out yesterday and of course their literacy skills! Well done Hedgehogs. 

Reminder for next week: don't forget the Danceathon next Friday. See details on the weekly news. 

Friday 14th June

Hedgehogs have planned and written their own fairy tales based on the story 'Beauty and the Beast'. They have worked hard to include conjunctions (but, and, or) and thinking of adjectives and adverbs to describe what nouns look like and how verbs are done! They started this week with planning what they wanted to include, thinking about the characters and the setting. The finished stories are amazing. Hedgehogs have also learned and performed the poem 'What the Sleeping Beauty Dreamed'.

In maths we have been thinking about sorting numbers, revisiting odd and even numbers, and multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We have also solved some more problems using addition and subtraction. they were thinking carefully about which methods they could use to solve the problems.

Hedgehogs are enjoying thinking about animals and their habitats. We will be continuing this learning when we visit Marwell on Thursday. Please remember that your child will need to bring their lunch and drink with a waterproof coat and sun hat in a backpack. They will be carrying their things all day! 

Hedgehogs have begun practising for our entertainment for the Summer fair. They are doing really well and cannot wait to show you what they can do! 

Engaged in thier writing

Friday 7th June

Welcome back! 

Hedgehogs have settled back into the swing of learning and what fun we have had! 

The children really enjoyed creating music in computing this week. We experimented with different instruments and speed to create some really great tunes. We used the purple mash site, 2simple sequence. I know some of the children have already had another go at home. We will be revisiting this next week, editing and changing our tunes. 

We have revisited the creation story and looked at where in the Bible the story is found. The children have created some wonderful paintings based on the creation story, which we hope to display. 

We have thought about our topic ‘Our Wonderful World’ and the children have thought of some great questions they want to find out about animals, some of them are linked to RE too.

Hedgehogs have been developing their understanding of stories and we have read and thought deeply about ‘Beauty and the Beast’. We have discussed special phrases, conjunctions (but, and, or) and looked at the vocabulary used, making sure we understand the meaning. Next week we will be creating our own stories, hopefully using the words and phrases we liked from the story.

Creation painting

Friday 10th May

Wow, what a quick week! We have however packed in lots of fantastic learning. 

In literacy we have been reading a play script called 'Oh Gnome!' Hedgehogs have been writing their own endings using the features talked about in the lessons including dialogue, monologue and stage directions. Some children might like to write their own play scripts at home! 

We have been revising and learning about fractions in maths. We have been looking at half, quarters and thirds and find fractions of shapes and numbers. We even extended our learning today by finding 3/4 of different amounts. The children did this by finding 1/4 first, then adding the number three times. E.g 3/4 of 20, sharing 20 into four equal groups equals 5 in each group three groups of 5 is 15 so 3/4 of 20 is 15. 

In geography we have been continuing to look at maps and this week we drew our own maps of the school field, to include our new running track! 

We had a great afternoon today baking cakes and eating them!! we also had some extra time playing on the field.

Friday 3rd May

This week the children have found out the results to their cress experiment and comparing the results with their predictions. 

We have been developing our understanding of multiplication and division this week in maths and have been using the two operations to solve problems. We have been thinking about how to record our workings out in different ways to prove our answers. 

We have been continuing to read and discuss the story 'The Flower'. Ask your child what it is about and their opinions of the story!

The children were surprised to see a new rug in the classroom on Monday. Our rug has different emotions and Emojis on for the children to sit on during inputs and carpet time. We spent this afternoon talking about the different emotions and matching up the faces with the emotions. 

Friday 29th March

In Literacy we have been reading and writing a non chronological text called Journey to the deep. We have organised facts into groups and are now using these facts to write our own sentences using sub headings. Next week we will be editing our writing and publishing what we have done. We have also worked on our spelling and punctuation, thinking about apostrophes for possession and adding suffixes to change the meaning of words. This week we have used -er and -est for comparisons and -ful, -less and -ly. We continue to work on our handwriting. Please remember to remind your child to use their best handwriting at home too!

In maths we have been adding three single digit numbers and looking at different strategies to do this. One strategy is to look for pairs of numbers which make ten or pairs of numbers that are doubles, making it easier to add. We have also been adding and subtracting two digit numbers and a multiple of ten. Ask your child what a multiple of ten is!

Well done to two of our class who have collected all the stickers on their book mark for walking, scooting or cycling to school and have chosen their prize. The school council will still be giving out stickers at the beginning of each day next week. Hopefully there will be more Hedgehogs choosing prizes next week. 

Friday 22nd March

After learning and exploring the story of 'The Princess and the Pea' the children performed the story to the rest of the school. They told the story confidently, including using the actions that we made up. Today they used the story to write their own Princess and the Pea stories. This half term we have been working hard with our presentation, making sure our letters are formed correctly and are the correct size. Please encourage your child to use their best handwriting at home too! 

After learning some mental methods for adding and subtracting in maths last week, the children were able to use them during some 'challenges' the children completed. Ask your children to keep practicing these mental methods. (adding and subtracting 9, and bridging ten; e.g. 26+8 partition the 8 into 4 and 4, so that you add four to 26 to make 30 then add the remaining four to make 34).

Thank you and well done to all the children that are working through the words in their word tins. I am trying hard to get through and check your children's words. Please bare with me as I work through the class. Please keep practicing reading and spelling these words so that they are embedded fully and ready to use! 

This afternoon we were lucky to have some extra PE. Neil Darragh from Dorset Tennis Academy came in to lead some tennis sessions with the children, which they really enjoyed. Please find a letter about tennis courses he runs at Emmanuel in your child's book bag. 

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Doe

Thank you for saving packaging from different types of food and bringing it into school last Wednesday. It was a great start to our science topic. The children will be learning about what different foods do for our bodies and how it is important we have a balanced diet.

Thanks again,

Miss Brown

Friday 1st March

Welcome back!

The children enjoyed their first day back learning about Fair trade.

Our topic this half term is 'Once upon a time...' We started our topic with 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We have listened to the story and have talked about parts that we like and dislike, trying to share our opinions and giving reasons. We have compared the story with other fairy tales and stories we know well, thinking about how they are similar. In literacy we have continued looking at the story and talked about different types of sentences, especially exclamation sentences. Ask your child for examples of exclamation sentences and other reasons exclamation marks could be used! We have also been looking at spelling rules, and using strategies to learn  to spell words correctly.

In maths this week we have been learning about repeated addition and how this is linked to multiplication. We were looking at aliens and using repeated addition and multiplication to find out how many eyes and noses different number of aliens would have! The children ended the week solving problems, remembering to use pictures and different ways to prove their answers. Keep practicing counting forwards in 2, 3, 5 and 10s to make this learning easier!


On Wednesday 6th March please can the children in Hedgehogs bring in an item of food packaging. This could be an empty pizza box, a label from a punnet of fruit, a cheese wrapper, an empty egg box or milk bottle. We are learning about food groups and often when doing this sorting activity, we are short of wrappers from foods that are part of the protein family, e.g. meat, fish and dairy. If you have any packaging for these foods, perhaps you could give this to your child to bring in on the date above.

Many thanks as always for your help. Miss Brown

Friday 15th February

What a week! Hedgehogs have spent this week listening, reading and talking about the story “Emily Brown and the Thing” We discussed the story in depth. The children thought about the things that they and other people can’t sleep without and drew story maps, recalling the events and order of the story. The children might like to write their own Emily Brown stories over the holiday. 

In maths, we have been working with money, thinking of different combinations of coins to make the same amount and solving problems involving adding and subtraction of money. 

After building our houses, we watched them burn under the safe supervision of the fire service. The children have really enjoyed our topic of The Geat Fire of London. 

Enjoy your half term holiday.


Wednesday 30th January

Today we welcomed Trisha from Bournemouth Water. The Hedgehogs loved learning about the science behind how we clean our water, the water cycle and importantly how we use water to keep healthy. The children thought of excellent questions and loved pouring water through the filters until it was as clean as they could make it!

Friday 25th January

Hedgehogs are enjoying their topic, The Great Fire of London. We have been continuing to find out about where the fire started and some of the important facts. In dance we are beginning to create a dance, telling the story of the Great Fire of London. Today we went back in time to September 1666 and wrote diaries about the first few days of the fire. The children remembered to include some of the spelling rules learned over the last few weeks. 

In maths we have been revisiting odd and even numbers. During the week we have been solving lots of problems, using manipulatives including Numicon shapes, rods, beads, pegs and number squares. Children used a range of ways to prove their answers including number lines, drawing pictures and writing number sentences. I over heard one child telling their friend “I love this. I want to do more”. 

We already have some large boxes ready to make our own Pudding Lane. Please start sending in any large boxes you have collected next Friday 1st February. 

Well done to the children who have learned to read and spell the key words in their word tins. Please remember children need to read the words confidently three times, spell the word three times and then spell the word correctly within a sentence. Word tins need to be kept in your child’s book bag as we will occasionally use them during the day and for checking. Thank you.

Friday 21st December

What a week! We have had so much fun! Firstly Hedgehogs sang beautifully in the school Nativity production. See their performance in the Video section of the website. Party day was GREAT! We made party hats, played party games and even had a visit from Father Christmas. We must have been really good as we had so many presents for the class. Today we had our Christmas service at St. Michael and All Angels church. I have said to the children to keep reading over the holiday and to log onto 'Purple Mash' and My maths if they want to! 

Advanced notice! We will be needing large cardboard boxes at the end of the next half term, so if you have any, please save them for us!!!

A big thank you for all the kind cards and gifts. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New year. 

Friday 7th December

Christmas has begun!! The children have started practising their song for the Christmas production! It's going to be amazing!! 

In maths the children have been recognising and naming the properties of 2-D shapes. What shapes can they spot this weekend? Can they tell you the properties? 

We have been looking and learning spellings this week, including words with the 'n' sound spelt 'kn' and 'gn'. 

I often say to the children about using their 'best' handwriting. Please ask them to show you their best handwriting at home too!! 

Hedgehogs really enjoyed their marble treat this afternoon. Thank you. 

Marble Treat


Hedgehogs are having their class reward on Friday 7th December. We have chosen to have a PJ party with our teddies and a movie. Please can the children bring their PJs and a small teddy in a named carrier bag. They may bring in a small amount of popcorn or some biscuits to nibble while they watch the film. We will also have some hot chocolate.

Friday 30th November

A fantastic week of learning!

We have learned lots about another 'famous person'. This week it has been Florence Nightingale that we have been learning about. We have used books and fact files to find out about her and today, we wrote our own non-chronological reports. We included titles, sub headings, introduction, statements and a picture.

In maths we have been using our number facts to 10 to help us work out number facts to 100! We have also been working with money. We have reminded ourselves which denomination of coins and notes there are and using these to find different ways of making the same amount. Please practice working with money at home including recognising the different coins and counting money. 

Advanced notice! On Wednesday 12th December the children in Hedgehogs will be completing a science experiment using egg boxes. I'd be grateful if you could collect some egg boxes please and send them into school with your child on Wednesday 12th December. Many thanks,

Miss Brown

Reading partners story plans.

Friday 9th November

What an exciting week!

We have been continuing to learn about place value in maths and have compared and ordered numbers using <, > and =. The children have been very confident in using these and have completed some tricky challenges too. We have started to look at coins and thinking of different ways of making a given amount. Please give your child an amount of money to make and see how many different ways they can make it. E.g. 10p could be made with 10p, 5p+5p, 5p+2p+2p+1p. etc. 

In literacy we have been continuing to use different methods to learn spellings. We have thought about fireworks and the sound that they make. Today we wrote firework poems using onomatopoeia! 

In reading and RE we have been thinking about Remembrance Day and have made poppies, and written prayers on them. We will be going to the memorial in Ferret Green on Monday 12th November, leaving school at 10:30. If you are able to walk with us, please let the office know. 

Well done to everyone that has taken part in walk, scoot and cycle to school. Keep your bookmarks safe ready for the next one after Christmas. We were very impressed with the efforts made with bling your bikes and scooters today, well done. Hedgehogs winner was Emily. 

Outdoor PE

Please can you check your child's PE kit. If your child wears tights, they will need a pair of socks to wear in PE. As the weather gets colder, a warm jumper and trousers will also be needed. Many thanks. 

Friday 2nd November 2018

Welcome back

It has been lovely to see the children and catch up on their half term stories. This half term we are learning about famous people. The children have been learning about Guy Fawkes and why we mark 5th November every year. Today the children have written about Guy Fawkes and were taught to use punctuation accurately. In art the children have been exploring the colours of fireworks through paint and created abstract designs on black paper.

In maths the children have been exploring place value. Today the children played ‘Guess my number’ and hid a two digit number in a feely bag. The rest of the group had to guess the number by asking questions such as ‘Does it have 4 lots of ten?’ or ‘Is it a multiple of two?’

Well done Hedgehogs!

Playing 'Guess my number.'

Firework pictures

Castle Banquet day

What an amazing day! Hedgehogs looked fantastic dressed up as kings, knights, queens, ladies and princesses! We prepared vegetables for our pottage, peeling and chopping. A big thank you for your donations and to Mrs Dunning for helping us. We then looked at shields and designed and made our own, which we later used for our jousting tournament! We had visitors from Liberty's Owl and Raptor center who talked to us about some of the birds. We were even brave enough to stroke the owl! The pottage that we had made was eaten, some even asking for seconds!

Today in literacy we wrote a recount of our day.

Castle Building

This week Hedgehogs designed and built their own castles! We thought of the important features that castles have. We then practiced making a moving drawbridge and how we could attach a tower. We designed our own castles, following a design criteria, (it had to have a moving drawbridge and two other features of castles.) In the afternoon Hedgehogs built their amazing castles out of a variety of 'junk' with some help from mums and dads. Well done Hedgehogs.

Wednesday 17th October

Today in Science we read the story of 'The Princess and the Pea.' The children were asked to make a bed for the princess so that the pea couldn't be felt under the chosen material. The children choose their materials wisely, opting for cotton wool, different fabrics, cardboard, polystyrene and paper. Well done Hedgehogs for thinking creatively about how to solve this problem. Thank you to all the parents who donated items from home to help with this project. 

Library books

Every Wednesday the Hedgehogs will be visiting the school library. The children are able to take home one book and this can be changed every week. Please encourage your child to return their book on this day so they can chose a new one.  Please see Miss Brown if you have any queries. Most children took home a book yesterday and they were very excited to explore the library!

Wednesday 3rd October

The Hedgehogs had an exciting afternoon of Science today. We investigated objects that would float and sink in a tray of water. The children  used the word 'buoyant' to describe the objects that floated. The Hedgehogs were very good at making predictions and are starting to explain their reasons as to why they think something might happen or did happen. 

Making our predictions.....

Then for the testing....

Friday 28th September

Firstly I would like to thank the mums that came with us to Corfe Castle yesterday. As I'm sure you know from your children, we had a great day. We had a fantastic guide who showed us around the castle telling us lots of interesting facts and stories about it. The weather also helped! The children have written some super recounts of our visit, remembering some of the interesting facts.

In maths, it was great to hear the children talking amongst themselves about how they really enjoy the lessons and that maths is their favorite subject!! We have been working on place value, looking at the value of each digit in a two digit number. The children have been working on being able to confidently represent numbers in different ways, including writing as digits, words, pictures, objects, Numicon shapes and on a number line.

Friday 14th September

We have continued learning about hedgehogs this week and have completed writing our information booklets. We have read a story called 'Don't Hog the Hedge' and answered questions about it. 

In maths we have been looking at creating patterns with shapes and numbers. We have been counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10. To practice this at home, go onto the ICT games website and click on maths, counting, the game we played was called whack a mole. The children are able to choose which steps they are counting in, a start number and if they are counting forwards or backwards. 

Thank you to Summer's Nanny who came in to help us make our hedgehog homes yesterday. They are not quite finished yet!

It was lovely to see so many of you on Tuesday for our class meeting. If you were unable to attend I have put the power point into the letters page. 

We already have a new jumper that has been left at school. If your child has lost one, please let me know. It doesn't have a name on! 

Reminder that home learning books need to be handed in on Monday. Thank you. 

Friday 7th September

We have had a fantastic first week in Hedgehogs!

The children have come back to school with great enthusiasm for learning. We have found out lots of interesting facts about Hedgehogs and have written our own information booklets. Ask your child about the interesting facts they have learned!

Next week we will need some shoe boxes and plastic bags. Thank you to those that have already sent some in. We will be using them on Thursday afternoon. 

Our class meeting is on Tuesday afternoon starting at 2:30. It would be lovely to see you there.

Our first week in Hedgehogs!