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2020-21 Year 1 Hedgehogs

Welcome to Hedgehogs! 


Take a look at what we have been up to.

Miss Mason (Teacher)

Miss Stanton (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Sinha Royle (1:1 Teaching Assistant)

Useful songs:


At the beginning of our math lessons, the children participate in a range of action songs to help support their learning.  Why not have a go at home?




Our quality text this term is 'The Storm Whale' by Benji Davies. On our return to school after the half term, we were surprised to find an urgent email about a whale that had been beached on the playground after some very rainy days. We saw a photo of the whale and discussed where the whale would have come from. Luckily, it had been returned to it's home. We then listened to the story of 'The Storm Whale.' We have been learning skills such as finding and using nouns (proper and common nouns), using 'and' as a conjunction to join two sentences and using capital letters at the beginning of sentences and for names. Following on from this writing, we have been looking at writing instructions on how to look after a whale. We started the unit of work off by looking at some objects in a suitcase related to the instructions and then having a lovely treat of cookies and milk (our whale's favourite snack). We have focused on verbs during this piece of writing. 

Let's Explore! 


In our topic this term we have a Geography and Art focus. We are comparing Australia to the UK (which we focused on last term) and are exploring the paintings of Australian artist, Ken Done. We are recreating his 'Great Barrier Reef' picture using different techniques in paint mixing, collage and sketching.

Children in Need!


For Children in Need, we learnt a little bit about why we donate money, who it goes to, and how it helps children in the UK. We did the 'Act your age' Challenge during our PE lesson. As the children are either 6 or will be turning 6 years old during Year 1, we decided to base the challenge around the number 6. We did 6 different activities for 6 minutes each and then rotated around so each group of children got to do each activity. The activities included: hula-hooping, step ups, balancing, throwing and catching a ball, balancing and bouncing a ball on a tennis racket, and throwing bean bags into a target. The children did amazing in their challenges and we thank everyone for donating to Children in Need.


The children did some lovely activities to celebrate Diwali in RE this week. They did some chalk Rangoli patterns, made a Diwali card, made a Diwali candle out of playdough and drew around their hands to decorate with mehndi. The children had a really lovely afternoon learning about the Hindu celebration!

Outdoor Learning Day!


The 5th November was our Outdoor Learning Day and so we spent a fantastic day learning outside with the theme of Bonfire Night! In the morning we went to the wildlife area we explored a range of activities. We got creative and made some sparklers, the children worked in teams to build dens, and we also wittled some sticks and roasted marshmallows around our own bonfire. Next, we learnt the Gunpowder plot and why we celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks. In the afternoon, we did some firework dancing and made a collaborative firework masterpiece outside. 

Gentle Fireworks!

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Jumping Fireworks!

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Our quality text this term has been 'I want my hat back.' The children learnt the skills to begin writing simple sentences about the character 'Bear'. From this we then went on a bear hunt in order to learn more about Bear and brown bears in general. We discovered what bears eat, what they look like and where they live. The children have now started to write a report on Bear based on these three areas.



In maths we have been looking at place value and number bonds. We have represented numbers in different ways: tens frames, part-part whole, dienes, numicon, number lines and hundred squares. The children are now learning number bonds up to 10 and writing addition number sentences.

Let's explore!


This term we have been looking at maps in our topic. We have explored the local area, looked at maps of the UK and world maps. A highlight has been our local walk around the Abbotswood shops which was great fun (even if it was rainy)! We have also used skills from maths in order to work out distances between Bristol landmarks on a map and we have started to learn how to use coordinates.



We have been beginning to learn how to program beebots this term. The children first learnt to use it just across the carpet and then moved onto using it on a beebot map.

Forest School:


We have had some great fun in the woods this term. The children have made dens out of branches, done some digging and raking, walked across a rope (and back with their eyes closed) as well as playing 'the floor is lava' which required them to work as a team. We can't wait get back out there!



We have been lucky enough this term to get a chance to learn some football skills with sports coaches. We have learnt how to dribble the ball, pass to each other with the side of the foot and stop the ball with our feet! It's been great to have some Friday football fun!

Passing the ball 1.mp4

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Passing the ball 2.MOV

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Cross Country running:


Hedgehogs showed us just how speedy they are this term. A sports coach came and trained the children in cross-country as part of a virtual sports competition with other local schools. They were put into teams and each child ran around the track 4 times for their team to get a combined time. Each child amazed us with their stamina and motivation to keep going for their team! Well done Hedgehogs!

Black History Month:


In our last week of term, we looked at some prominent African American figures in our Guided Reading and English lessons. In Guided Reading, we read about the inspiring story of Wilma Rudolph (American Olympic Athlete) and we looked at the Bus Boycott led by Rosa Parks during our English lessons. We looked at some pictures of Rosa and the bus and questioned what was happening in the pictures, what we noticed and what we wondered. We listened to a story about her life which encouraged us to think about the feelings of those involved in the events. The subsequent lessons involved looking at, memorising and writing a poem about Rosa Parks.