The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Year 1: Hedgehogs Class

A Message from the Class Teacher

Welcome to Hedgehog Class!  We are a Year 1 class who enjoy learning new things, whether it be through delving onto a new book, using our maths skills to solve challenges or learning through history, geography and the creative curriculum in our exciting topic work!  We hope you enjoy having a look around our website!

What will we be learning this year?

Have a look below to see what we will be up to this term!


  • The Enormous Turnip
  • Poetry (especially Michael Rosen)
  • Fantastic Mr Fox

We will be sharing and enjoying stories, writing instructions, poems and recounts, describing characters and settings and role playing.  We study each book for a few weeks using the book to cover as many forms of writing as possible.  Through that work we will look at things like adjectives/nouns/verbs, capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, pre-cursive handwriting, conjunctions, becoming familiar with story-telling language and phonics/spelling.


  • Division and multiplication using groups
  • Finding half and a quarter of objects and amounts
  • Comparing and beginning to measure lengths and heights, mass or weight and capacity or volume
  • Money – recognising coins and finding amounts
  • Telling the time to the hour
  • Recognising the days of the week


Topic – Farmers and Markets

  • Science – Animals including humans (classification of animals, where animals live, what different animals eat)
  • Geography – Key human features (city, town, village, factory etc.), using observation skills to study the geography of the school and the surrounding environment
  • History – Events beyond living history (Battle of Hastings)
  • RE – Hinduism, Easter
  • DT - Construction
  • Art – Drawing from experience (line and tone), digital portraits
  • PE – balance and agility, simple tactics
  • Music – using words to describe our experience of music

These are just some of the things we will touch upon on this term!

What you can do to help at home?

Reading is the MOST important thing you can do with your child.  We would encourage at least 3 reading sessions with an adult at home per week if possible!  It has a HUGE impact on their progress in school! This does not always have to be a school book – please do read widely with your child!

Do continue to practise the 100 high frequency words with your child, as these are the most important words that your child needs to spell in Year 1. We will be looking for the correct spelling of these words in your child’s writing.

Miss Seager and Mrs Usher