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Year 1: Hedgehogs Class

A Message from the Class Teacher

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 Fantastic Mr Fox. So far, we have used adjectives to describe the characters (Mr Fox, Boggis, Bunce and Bean), and we have used these ideas to create WANTED posters for Mr Fox.

You can see some of our favourite adjectives below, which we have used our phonics to try to spell correctly.


We will also be learning to use prefixes (like un) and suffixes (like er, ed and ing), we will be writing letters from Mr Fox and a diary entry by Mrs Fox.


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

  • Measuring time (using stopwatches)
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Addition and subtraction


Our science topic for this term is ‘Plants’. So far we have learned about how trees change in the different seasons, and we have had a plant hunt on the field. We will also be labelling parts of plants and growing more plants to add to the turnips and potatoes we planted last term.

Have a look at some of the photos from our plant hunt!


Wider Curriculum

Our brand new topic for the wider curriculum is ‘Kings and Queens’. We have already been introduced to William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, and we have come up with some questions we would like to find out about them.

We will be using this topic to think about what changes we would implement if we were king or queen of the country or in charge of the school!

In DT, we have been learning about where food comes from, and we will use this to design a medieval feast, fit for King Henry VIII!

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 ‘Running and Jumping’, so we will be doing lots of energetic activities and using the skills we learn in games.


In RE, we are learning about Hinduism this term, building on what we learned about the story of Rama and Sita last term. We have been looking at the different ways that Hindus celebrate Diwali, and made our own artwork to reflect this!




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