Week beginning Monday 29th March 2021
Having lots of children working at home last week, it has been great to get the Hedgehogs all back together this week and in time for Easter. We have not completed as much Easter based activities as we normally would as we have felt it is very important for the children to have as much consistency as possible. Plus it has been our last few days on our Rocking Royalty topic which the children have really enjoyed. Our maths work has been focused around size and the children have been comparing different sized Queens, Kings and jam tarts, and we had lots of fun mark making our Easter cards for English. We also had a great time this week using our brand new polaroid style camera, taking selfies and watching them develop.
Week beginning Monday 15th March 2021
This week, we have continued with our Rocking Royalty topic and begun to move away from our focus around the Queen and started to look at castles. This has complimented our English work around The Frog Prince, and making choices.
In maths we have been exploring 3D shapes, building castles and seeing if any of the 3D blocks will roll. The children have been really confident at matching symbols to 3D shapes, and done a great job of it.
Week beginning 1st March 2021
Having started our new Rocking Royalty topic last week, we had a slight shift of focus for World Book Day week and spent this week exploring Peppa Pig books. We kept slightly on target by looking at Peppa Pig meets the Queen in English and our maths has focused around sequencing numbers. Our Peppa Pig focus has led to some pretty fun sensory trays including chocolate angel delight for splashing in muddy puddles and a food based picture of Peppa Pig herself. The children have really enjoyed exploring the sensory trays and playing with the Peppa Pig toys. We have also had an exciting week as it's been our week on the top yard playgroud, the first time for some of our children. Their climbing got better every day.
Week beginning 1st February 2021
This week our topic focus for disaster has moved away from Fire and Fire Service, and onto Ambulances and getting hurt for the rest of the half term. The Hedgehogs have been working on new words, symbols and signs for doctor, pain and medicine and in Maths we have been looking at number and numicon recognition. This week is was the Hedgehogs turn on our new top yard play scape and we had a fantastic time exploring!
Week beginning 25th January 2021
Well Hedgehogs are now firing on all cylinders! We have some working hard at home, some children in school and some doing a bit of both but we are all trying our best to make sure that everyone is as safe as they can be in this difficult time.
The focus for Maths this week has moved on from shapes to counting and we've started to explore a new story called Birdie and the Fire in English. As our topic is still Disaster, we are mostly focusing on fire, the fire brigade and asking for help. The children are really enjoying different activities such as squirting away the foam with a water spray, making a burning building for the tuff spot and pushing things over in science.
Happy New Year! Welcome back! Week beginning 11th January 2021
So another year has begun but lots of the challenges from 2020 have stayed with us. Some of the Hedgehogs are coming into school and others are learning from home, some are doing bits and bobs of both. I think that you are all doing a fantastic job and I want to say a huge thank you to all the children, parents and staff for doing their best in such a difficult situation.
For the Spring term, our Topic is 'Disaster' and for our hedgehogs that is going to look like Fire and the Fire Service and moving on to road safety and Ambulances/ Doctors. We have begun by lots of play with our dolls house and Fireman Sam toys, and the children are already having a great time.
This week we have started off with some shape work in maths and it's been great to see how the children have got on with it at home and school.
Week beginning 14th December
This week the Hedgehogs have got in the Christmas Spirit! We made lots of wonderful Christmas crafts such as toilet roll Christmas trees and hand print wreaths. We made some delicious gingerbread men and enjoyed stickman, we might even spend our last day making our very own Stickmen. We watched a very special online Christmas Panto and even had a virtual visit from Santa. We hope all the Hedgehogs and their families have a wonderful Christmas time, and look forward to 2021.
Week beginning 30th Novemeber 2020
This week we have begun looking at making groups of the same amount in maths and thinking about the repetitive phrases in 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. The children have really enjoyed exploring the different sensory trays we have out reflecting the story and also the fantastic rainforest that the children built together. Our favourite time of everyday is relaxation and although it has taken us sometime to get into it, have a look at the photos and see how well we are doing.
Week beginning 16th November 2020
This week has been another busy one and we've had everyone child in everyday! 100% attendance! Well done to all of our families :)
For the past two weeks we've been looking at size in maths, sorting objects that are big and small and the kids are starting to get the hang of it. We've been keeping it nice and hands.
In English this week we have visited one of Julia Donaldson's classic's Monkey Puzzle which has been a great reflection of Wally visiting the Rainforest. Lots of the same animals keep popping up and the children have been getting really good at identifying them.
Week beginning 2nd November 2020
Welcome back after a lovely two week break. This half term our new topic is Where's Wally. In Hedgehogs, Wally is off to South America, exploring the river, rainforest and mountains in the region. This week the children have enjoyed meeting Wally, and practice following some positional words, putting him in different places on and under things.
We've also been enjoying Enterprise Week, beginning the making of our products for the Virtual Christmas Fayre and exploring money. The children have loved using the different piggy banks and purse, and had little goes at spending money in our shop.
Week beginning 5th October 2020
This week in Hedgehogs we have been looking at colour matching in Maths and the children have been so fantastic at it. Check out the photos!
On Friday was Hello Yellow day to promote positive wellbeing, for our Hedgehogs we were very lucky to have a super movement session with our special therapist and then we has a super relaxation session in class. The children were really calm and happy and it did us all a world of good.
Week beginning 21st September 2020
It has been so wonderful to have all the children in Hedgehogs getting to know us, the routines and meeting each other. Although some are returning, it has been so long apart, it feels like a whole new bunch. And what a marvelous job you have all done at home as the children are all so happy.
Jack, Huey and David are chattier than ever! The children are also more interested in playing and exploring so we've had lots of small world toys out, and Ryan has developed a new love for threading; we've had to go in search of more things for him to thread.
We've been joined by Lucy and Lewis from Squirrels who have settled in beautifully, getting to know us and how it works in the Hedgehog classroom, and we've had a brand new little boy called Zac join us and he has been so brave and is just cracking on with it. A super bunch!
Welcome back! It has been so wonderful to see everyone back in school and a huge welcome back from all the staff. There are a few new faces in the Hedgehogs team (see below) and some big news from me. I got married over the summer and am now called Mrs Austin. Very confusing for the children, so huge apologises.
What a world! So although some of our hedgehogs have returned/ are planning to return, some of us are still at home. I have been so impressed with all the hard work our families and children have been doing to keep going in such a strange time. They really are fantastic, have a look below and you'll see too x
Home learning during Lock Down!
As time keeps sneaking on, we've started a brand new topic at home! Our learning for this term will focus around 'Truly Scrumptious!' We will be looking at all kinds of foodie treats, sweet and savoury, from all around the world, and discovering lots of healthy treats too. Although regular ideas are being shared with parents, this is obviously a challenging time for many and there is no expectation on children to complete this work. We are missing our children greatly and really looking forward to being together again. Until then, here are a few photos of what they have been up to.
Week beginning Monday 9th March 2020
This week we have begun looking at local bodies of water as part of our topic. The children have reall enjoyed exploring a river based sensory tray and have had a go at making noises for ducks, frogs, fish etc. to add to the tray.
In English we have been looking at happy and sad faces and matching these to an emotion symbol picture. We have encouraged the children to make their own happy and sad faces.
In Maths we have begun looking at size, sorting things into big and small and this is going to grow into comparing more objects. The children's homework this week is based around more of this.
On Thursday we had a trip out to Newstead Abbey to have a look at the different bodies of water there. The children were really interested in the waterfall, especially going behind it. They loved having a play on the park and we are hoping to go back next Thursday for more fun :)
Hopefully we all stay fighting fit and can have lots of fun and learning together next week.
Week beginning Monday 24th February 2020
We hope everyone had a fun and restful half term week. Our Blue Abyss topic is continuing for this half term and this week we have moved onto tropical water, looking at the different kind of animals live in warmer waters and in our science, looking at the different parts of these animals bodies. In English, we've been looking at colours in stories and focusing on The Rainbow Fish.
Now that our turn has finished with Forest Schools, we've got our favourite session, PE, back on a Wednesday afternoon and the children have really enjoyed getting back in the swing of things. Although our focus is invasion games and we are starting to move in each other's spaces, the children get so much out of large movement, we always begin our sessions with lots of gross motor skills.
Week beginning Monday 3rd February 2020
This week we are looking at Polar Seas. The children have enjoyed looking at the different animals that live in frozen oceans, and exploring icebergs and how they float in water. We've explored stories such as Barry the Fish with Fingers and an online story called The Runaway Iceberg.
Week beginning Monday 27th January 2020
The past couple of weeks we have been looking at weather as part of our topic. We have enjoyed different kinds of songs, explored clothing for different weathers,enjoyed stories such as Raindrop Bill and even used shaving foam and coloured water to make a rain cloud. Our Maths has focused on sequencing numbers and the children have really enjoyed showing how much they know.
Welcome back! Week beginning 13th January 2020.
Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, and have managed to shake off all the illnesses that were around. We are looking forward to 2020 and starting the new year off with a very exciting topic: The Blue Abyss. We will be looking at water, ice and steam, the weather, tropical oceans and polar seas, local bodies of water (definitely some pond dipping!) and water transport. Its going to be a busy term.
We are also very lucky because the Hedgehogs will be taking part in Forest Schools this half term which will give all the children a great opportunity to explore the woods every Wednesday afternoon. They will get messy so please make sure you send in waterproofs and wellies.
Week beginning 9th December 2019
Although Christmas is fast approaching, we have tried to keep it on the down low. In our celebrations topic, we have explored celebrations such as Hannukah, Thanks giving, Birthdays, Bonfire night and now Christmas. The children have really enjoyed our sensory trays and songs during each weeks focus.
This half term we have been trialling a new carpet time strategy which is aligned with 'attention autism' and it has really engaged the children at carpet time. Have a look at the photos below, you can see they LOVE it!
Week beginning Monday 18th November 2019
This week we have been continuing our celebrations theme by learning about birthdays. The children have been really enjoying exploring our sensory tray themed with different birthday objects and in maths weve been thinking about age and how old we are. Its been really engaging for the children!
Week beginning 4th November 2019
Now that our tablet is up and running, I'm hoping to be able to share much more of our learning on our class page. This week has been a busy first week back after half term and its been so lovely to see all the children cope so well with getting back and into routine, especially Ollie who is now able to sign our afternoon song!
Our topic this half term is 'Let's Celebrate' and its a perfect opportunity to look at lots of our own celebrations and celebrations from around the world. For more information about this, our topic maps can be found on the Phase 1 page.
With our new sensory room and movement rooms up and running, the children have had a great time exploring those.
Hello and welcome to our brand new class: Hedgehogs!
Not only are we a brand new class at Bracken Hill School, we are lucky enough to be in a newly renovated classroom with our own separate calm room and work room.
My name is Miss Clerkin and I am really excited to get started. We have two fantastic teaching assistants, Miss Corcoran and Mrs Killeen. Swimming is on a Monday and PE is on a Wednesday.