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Welcome to the first year of the infants!  Hedgehog Class have settled well into Year 1 and we are developing our literacy and numeracy skills through a creative, topic based, curriculum. 

Wow! What a busy half term we have had in Hedgehog Class.  We have seen the return of 'Take One Picture Week'.  During this week we based all of our work around the famous painting 'Tiger in a Tropical Storm' by the artist Henri Rousseau.  We read about the Tiger that came to tea and wrote lists and labels for the Tiger.  We ordered and measured tigers, painted forest scenes and even created our own versions of Rousseau's work.

Our first topic of the year has been 'Who Am I?' 
We looked at the work of some famous artists for inspiration when creating our own self portraits.  We looked at photographs of ourselves when we were babies and discussed how much we have changed!  We have also been thinking about the similarities and differences between us, we understand that we are all unique and this makes us feel special.  We have been thinking of positive ways to manage our emotions and we all made individual worry dolls and instructions to go with these.  We have had so much fun in our class doctors surgery, especially when weighing babies and using the stethoscopes. We even found time to plant some peas in our outdoor area to encourage healthy eating!


In October we celebrated Black History month.  We loved our African Dancing workshop and the African and Caribbean tasting sessions!  We found out about the African country of Ghana.  We made colourful masks and created our own traditional Ghanaian clay pots. 

Our next topic was TOYS!  We discussed, drew and labelled our favourite toys.  We looked at some toys from the past and had an exciting trip to The Museum of Early Childhood.  We read the stories of Dogger and Elmer and the Lost Teddy.  We also used the film Toy Story to inspire our creative writing.  We had lots of fun learning about money in our class toy shop.


During our 'Day and Night' topic we read a variety of stories about the dark such as Owl Babies and Can't You Sleep Little Bear?  We found out about nocturnal animals and created our own fact sheets, riddles and information booklets.  In maths we continued to develop our number skills with a focus on mental strategies of addition and subtraction.  We also investigated light and found out how different materials alter the passing of light.  We had great fun in the dark tent seeing how the absence of light affects our sight. 


Our next topic was 'All Dressed Up'.  We investigated the properties of materials and discovered what clothes are made from and why.  We researched the types of clothes worn around the world and the different reasons people wear these clothes e.g. cultural, religious and climatic.  We loved reading the story of Traction Man and designing our own super hero using 2D and 3D shapes.  We also read the funny story of Aliens in Underpants and wrote our own rhyming couplets for the story!  We had clothes shop in our classroom - this helped us with our work on money in maths. Our visit to St John's Church was enjoyed by all.

 
This term our topic is ‘Flowers and Insects’. We have been making the most of the beautiful weather and have spent lots of time learning outdoors. We went on a Mini beast hunt and found worms, millipedes and woodlice.  We have looked at different environments to compare things that are living and non-living - we also discovered many things that used to be alive. 
 
We are slowly turning our classroom into a garden centre! We are growing cress, grass and beetroot and our aubergine seedlings have already been planted out in the poly tunnel! We love watering, weeding and caring for our crops.



Take a look at the photographs below to find out more!  

 

 

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Tiger in a Tropical Storm - Henri Rousseau

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