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Year 1: Hedgehogs Class

A Message from the Class Teacher

Welcome to Hedgehog Class!

We are an energetic Year 1 class who enjoy learning new things, whether it be through using our English skills to produce work based on our latest book, using our maths skills to solve challenging problems, or through learning and expressing our ideas through the wider curriculum subjects.

Please read on to find out what exciting things we are learning about this term!


Our current topic in English is ‘Stories from other cultures’. So far, we have used read Handa’s Surprise and have used drama and sequencing to become familiar with the story. We will also be reading some stories about Anansi, the trickster spider and working up to creating our own Anansi stories.


This term, we are building on the maths knowledge we already have, and our focus areas will be:

  • Measuring length in cubes, steps and centimetres
  • Money
  • Addition and subtraction facts

Here are some photos of us measuring using cubes:




Our science topic for this term is ‘Habitats’. We currently have some sea monkeys in the classroom and have researched how to make a suitable habitat for these. We will also be learning about animals that live in different parts of the world and identifying what they need in their habitats.

Wider Curriculum

Our topic for the wider curriculum this term is ‘Under the Sea’.
In geography, we will be identifying features of the seaside, devising maps and comparing different areas.

In DT, we have been decorating sea creatures using different fabrics and have made a lovely window display. Here are some of our sea creatures:

In music, we will be listening to lots of different pieces of music and identifying the pulse and rhythm.

Our PE topic this term is ‘Co-ordination and team games’.


In RE, we are learning about stories with a moral. So far, we have read The Boy Who Cried Wolf and identified the moral of this story. We will also be reading some of Aesop’s Fables, such as The Hare and the Tortoise.

What you can do to help

Reading is the most important way that you can support your child with their learning. We would encourage at least three reading sessions with an adult at home per week. This has a huge impact on your child’s learning!

Please also continue to practise the 100 high frequency words with your child. The best way to do this would be to use the words in sentences, so that your child is used to using the words in context.

Your child has also been given a login for the Spelling Shed website, where they can practise the 100 words. There are competitions on Spelling Shed throughout the year, which your child can participate in.

If you have any queries, you are always welcome to speak to us at the end of the day!


Miss Seager and Mrs Usher