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Welcome to Hedgehogs class page!



My name is Miss Drake and I am the Hedgehogs Class Teacher. Miss Haythorn is the Teaching Assistant.  We work closely to provide a fun and safe learning environment! 


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Home Learning 

Each week you will find a variety of work. PLEASE DO NOT PRINT THE WORK OFF there is no need to, simply copy the questions into the exercise book that you got in your pack!

On our class page you will find Maths, English, Topic, Reading and Spelling activities. If you are in Mrs Williamson/Mrs Ellis' spelling group then please see the Year 1 pages (Foxes and Badgers) for your child's phonics activities. You can of course also have a go at any of their other activities on their too. 

I would love to see what you have been doing so please photograph what you do and email it to me so I can respond at: 

At this unsettling time it is even more important to remember to be patient and kind towards each other and recognise that children, as well as adults, may be feeling anxious and in need of an extra cuddle.



Easter Holidays Homework

Over the next two weeks it is officially the Easter Holidays and we teachers will be using the time to take a break from work and spending some quality time with our family. 

Please still feel free to send us emails and we will get back to you after the holiday – it will be fabulous to reconnect to our emails and find lots more lovely emails from you all. We are really enjoying receiving them, we miss you dearly and reading/seeing what you have been up to puts a smile on our faces. 

As many of you will still want to do some work/activities over the two weeks, here are some different more fun based things you can get up to, some of these we will enjoy trying with our little ones at home. 

There are also a few links to a number of different websites you might want to go on, some are repeated others are new.

We hope that, despite not being able to see your friends and family as we normally would do at this time, you still have a lovely time.

Have some fun and fingers crossed the Easter Bunny is still able to visit you.

Happy Easter

Best wishes


Miss Drake and Mrs Ellis

P.S. I have also uploaded this as a word document in case it is easier for you to access. 

Activities to try

  • Make some paper Easter eggs and hide them around your home for your grown up to find.
  • Go for a walk and see how many rainbows you can spot.
  • Make your own rainbow
  • Make a Lego theatre and put on show – we know how much you like to do this
  • Make a paper aeroplane, predict how far you can throw, try it out and measure the distance
  • Using Lego/blocks – how high can you build a tower, experiment ways to make it taller?
  • Play hide and seek
  • Go for a walk, find a stick, make it into a stickman and act out the story of stickman.
  • Do some gardening
  • Build a den
  • Fly a kite
  • Read a story to your teddies, grown up or sibling
  • Have a disco – maybe you could play musical statues/musical bumps
  • Make a pizza
  • Go for a picnic
  • Play with bubbles
  • Do a balancing race, it could be an egg and spoon race or if maybe try balancing a teddy on your head.
  • Go on a bike ride/scooter
  • Help do some chores at home – maybe you could make your bed, help set the table, wash the pots or tidy up your bedroom.
  • Make an Easter headband, do an Easter painting, potato printing, make an Easter wreath - see pictures below for help with these ideas. 


Websites to try - The children LOVE doing a word search at school here they can do some online. - Makes learning to read fun • Covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. • Computer version is 100% free. You can also download it from the app store to use on iPads and Tablets.   - log in: pupil1234 password: year 1 - there are lots of activities on here all set out in different sections Chose your childs Phonics Phase to play a selection of interactive games. – Joe Wicks daily P.E. is still on over the holidays and Friday is dress up Friday.  - log in: pupil password: 12 - lots of yoga videos set to stories - lots of Maths games, including the popular Hit the Button - a selection of different STEM activities you can try at home without needing too many resources.


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How many rainbows can you spot on your walks?

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I am sure you have seen lots about how people are painting/putting up rainbows in their windows to help us get through this unusual time. It is a lovely activity to do with your child and it gives you something to look out for when you go out for walks to do your daily exercise.  I know Eddie and I have enjoyed doing where we live. Here is Jake's. How many can you spot?   
We have been asked to share the above information with your children.  Please read it to them and talk to them about any worries they may have about the virus.  It is important to remember that this is a very unusual time for us and the children. 

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Week Two


This week's spelling focus is homophones.

Practice each of these and then get your grown up to test you and send a picture of your score:

  • here / hear, see / sea, bare / bear, sun / son

Here are some fun ways to practice them:

  • Paint them outside using water and paintbrush/or your finger.
  • Make them in playdough
  • Build them with Lego/stones anything you can find
  • Write them in a silly sentence


English – The Easter Story and Passover

  1. Watch the video clip of one version of the Easter story.  In your books write a retelling of the story thinking about the order of events, who the characters are and where the story was set.

    2. Watch the animation above of Jesus sharing the Passover meal with his closest friends.  Create a    ‘Wanted’ poster to catch Judas for betraying Jesus and leading his enemies to him.  You could set your poster out however you like, but remember it needs to be eye catching and include only the really important information that people would need to know.


Maths – Comparing and ordering numbers

Using the worksheets provided by clicking the link at the end, in your books, order the numbers from smallest to largest / largest to smallest.  Use the correct symbols to compare the numbers.


Challenge Follow the other link provided to the comparing and ordering numbers challenge cards.  See how many of them you can complete!



Watch the video to see how Toby and his family both prepare for Easter and how they celebrate together!

  1. Make your own Easter card and write a message to a person/people of your choice.
  2. If you are able to, and you have the ingredients available, you might wish to make Rice Krispie / Cornflake cakes with your grown ups J

I would love to see any other Easter crafts you might be making at home too J


Comprehension activities

Click the links below for two different Easter based reading comprehension activities. 



Check out Joe Wicks YouTube channel - The Body coach, every weekday morning at 9am Joe Wicks will be doing a half hour online P.E. class for you all to take part in.    



Are you wondering how to keep your child active once the lovely sun goes? Here you can find free active fun with Disney characters. 

This evening I received two lovely emails from Alfred and Haydn.  They have both been working very hard.  Alfred has been doing some excellent multi-tasking playing catch whilst counting in 2's and 10's - there is an idea for you all to try over the weekend, thanks Alfred. He has also written 4 chapters to his story doing a chapter a day- have a read of it below.

Haydn has worked very hard this week, he has even done a lovely picture of a volcano as his sister has been learning about them. 

Well done boys and to all the other children sending me work, I am very proud of you all. Keep it up!

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Oska enjoying the sun whilst practicing his throwing and catching skills.

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This morning I received another email from Ella.

I am VERY impressed with the amount of work she has been doing, here are a few examples.

She even sent me a photo of herself doing some exercise - Excellent Ella!

Keep on sending me your work to


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Want to communicate with myself and your class mates?

Go on Purple Mash and go into the sharing section. 

In there you will find a blog that we can all use.

Happy blogging. 

Miss Drake 

If you can't find it, once you are logged into purple mash, try the link below 

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Thanks Jessica for your lovely writing. Thanks to Lydia for all your hard work, here is some of her writing, spelling practice and Maths. Thanks to Ella for her writing about the video clip. Some more great work from Roxy today, she has certainly been keeping busy.

Keep sending me your emails Hedgehogs it's so nice to hear from you. 

Well done Roxy!

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Today I received a lovely email from Roxy along with several pieces of work.  She has been working very hard with help from her dad.  I have uploaded a picture of one of her pieces of work for you all to see. Thanks Roxy and well done!
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How many of you took part in Joe Wickes P.E. lesson today? Eddie and I did and had a great time. Here is a picture of us working hard - email me yours to add on here laugh

Reading at home!

I have created class logins for you to read a whole range of FREE books on Oxford Owl

Please make use of the free books on here during your time at home. Follow the link below 

username: pupil1234 password: year1

Keeping active at home!

On a normal school day the government requires schools to provide children with a minimum of 2 hours of Sports a week. To help you keep your child active during school closures Premiere Education have provided us with an active calendar to follow.  There is an activity on there for most days. Exercise is very important for physical and mental well-being, I hope these suggestions will be helpful.  

Keep an eye out for the April and May Calendar should we need them. 



As some children are now not in school and will not be for some time, I have uploaded a pack of work that you can access from home. Please try to do a bit each day and remember to keep reading with your child, even if this is you reading to them. Thank you Miss Drake

What a lovely morning we have had in Hedgehogs. The children have all come in some lovely costumes. Well done parents. 

Collaborative Art

This afternoon the children started a collaborative art project. They are working in groups of 4 to recreate a picture of Christopher Columbus in America, each one of them has a section of the picture. Once they are finished they will all be put together to make one group piece. Once they are completed they will be displayed in the classroom. Please feel free to pop in and see them. 

Super Starter: Eager Explorers

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This morning launched the start of our new topic Eager Explorers. In this topic the children will be learning about and comparing the two explorers Christopher Columbus and Sir Thomas Leigh (of Lyme park.) To start the topic the children completed a range of different fun activities all based on Christopher Columbus, why not ask them what they have already learnt? 

Christopher Columbus food tasting

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Christopher Columbus brought many interesting foods back to Europe from his travels. Today the children tasted some of them.


Today the children worked collaborative to make pancakes. They weighed out ingredients, chopped toppings and did the most important part - ate them. 

We have been practicing our ABC skills on the wall apparatus

Golden time

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This afternoon in golden time the children enjoyed spending most of their time doing activities around the Titanic. I am so pleased with their enthusiasm for the topic and enjoyed sitting back and watching them all learning whilst clearly enjoying themselves. 

Hedgehogs had a great time in their fancy dress marble treat.

Characters on the Titanic

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Today Hedgehogs have been doing more research into the Titanic. They were looking at information about some of the different people who were on the Titanic. They read about the richest person on the ship, an actress and a dancer along with several others. Tomorrow they will be using this research to help them write a character description about a fictitious member of the first class who was a passenger on the ship. 

Chinese New Year 2020

Hedgehogs have been impressing me with their memory of Chinese New Year. They have then enjoyed completing a variety of Chinese New Year activities to celebrate. 


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The Hedgehogs have been really enjoying the work on the Titanic. Today in gymnastics they have exploring agility by moving their bodies in different ways at different heights which avoiding the ‘obstruction’ aka bench onboard the Titanic!

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Happy New Year! 

This is half term our topic is ‘time travellers.’ In it we are being historians and learning all about the Titanic. The children have already made an excellent start and are showing lots of enthusiasm. Esme and Lydia have already done some extra work at home about it, well done girls. Thanks also to Alfred and Lilly T who have brought in some very useful books about the Titanic. If you have anything at home please send them in with your child. 


Here is our medium plan and newsletter for this half term

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The children have used to D.T. skills to make a moving Christmas cards. They used a split pin as a lever to allow the snowman to move across the ‘snow.’ We hope that you enjoyed them.

St Peter’s Church

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At the end of Christmas church we visited St Peter’s church to allow us to look at how the church celebrates Christmas. We compared this to how the children celebrate. Reverend Carl told the children about the importance of the Advent Reef, the crib and the three kings. The children were then given the opportunity to explore the church where they enjoyed looking at the stain glass windows and were able to identify some important Christian figures in the pictures such as Mary and Joseph. Finally they performed some of their songs and dances from our nativity. A big thank you to those grown ups who were able to join us. 

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Science: properties of materials

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In Science we have been exploring properties of matierals. We talked about how we could make a shelter for our plants growing outside. We discussed how we needed a strong, waterproof material. The children then worked together to build a shelter. 

Continuing with our project

Investigating how materials change.

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Hedgehogs have been doing a fantastic job this week. They worked so well as a team following the process that Jane Perkins uses when making her artwork. 

They have brought in materials, sorted them into the relevant colours and begun to make the different parts of the world using the sorted materials. It was lovely to hear them getting excited about the continent they were working on and I was impressed at how they looked in the Atlas to see what sort of colours they needed to include. Great work Hedgehogs.

Keep your eye out for your child’s PTA Christmas card. They will be coming home shortly.

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To celebrate Children In Need in Hedgehogs we investigated the perimeter of Pudsey using different equipment. Thanks to all of you for your donations.

On Friday we also had our Marble treat and enjoyed a pyjama party where we enjoyed a couple of treats and had a good sing along to music from Greece. Next Marble treat the children have requested a fancy dress party which I am sure will be equally as fun.

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Remembrance Day

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As part of our work on ‘let’s celebrate’ we are looking at the world and how we can celebrate our world by protecting it. We will be learning about the importance of recycling and ways we can do this. To start this off, in dance, we looked the continents the world is made up and worked in groups to use our bodies to produce them. 
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This afternoon we have started our new topic ‘Let’s Celebrate.

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To finish our topic on ‘Go Wild’ this week we our learning about Africa. The children have been researching African animals, finding out where Africa is and finding out about some famous landmarks in Africa. They have also looked at African patterns in clothing and animals and then had a go at making their own African patterns using different mediums.  

Forest School

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Myself and Hedgdhogs have enjoyed ourselves out in Forest School this afternoon. The sun was shining down on us and the temperature was warm for October. 

Lots of the children had a go at making Halloween inspired spider webs, some of the girls worked together to put up a shelter whilst others enjoyed practicing their balance and climbing skills.

Week 5 Rugby

This week the children have been practicing their kicking skills. 

This afternoon we have learnt a bit about Mandrils and compared them to the gorilla in our class story ‘The Gorilla who wants to grow up.’ We learnt that they both live in Africa in the rainforest and that a group of Mandrills and Gorillas are called a troop. We also learnt that each troop has a leader. We learnt that Mandrills are about 3 feet tall making it the largest monkey. It has very distinctive colours including a colourful bottom which helps to attract females. 

After learning about the Mandrill the children had a go at using pastels to copy Henri Rousseau’s painting of a Mandrill. 

Rugby Week 4: This week in rugby we have been practicing decision making.

As part of our topic ‘Go Wild’ the children have been learning about the French artist Henri Rousseau. They looked at some of his different paintings, in particular his famous tiger painting ‘Surprise.’ Using this our focus the children have then used oil pastels to create their own tiger picture. 

In Maths the children have been having a go at explains how they know an answer is true or false.

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Week 3 in Rugby and the children have been learning all about arrow hands.

Today the children were extremely active. They have been trying their hardest to run as many laps of the circuit as they can do in 3 minutes. I wonder if they will be able to beat their personal best when we try again later in the year. 

Week 2 - RuggerEds and the children have been perfecting their tiger hands.

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What a great first rugby session we had today. The children learnt how to hold the ball correctly, to use tiger hands when catching and how to make a try along with a few other skills. A huge thanks to Joe and Jacob for making the session so much fun, the children and I are looking forward to what we will learn next week. 

The Gruffalo 

This half term our talk for writing unit will be based on The Gruffalo. The children will be using ideas from the familiar text in order to write their own monster tale. Today your child will have come home with a copy of our talk for writing story map. Please ask your child to use it to help them retell you the story. 

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First of all I would like to say welcome to Year 2. It sounds like the children had a lovely summer and were very busy. They have had a great start back to the year, you should all be very proud of how well they have settled in. 

This half term our topic is Go Wild! We started our topic off today with a super starter where the children explored lots of different activities all about plants and animals. We set up some experiments and posed some questions to explore in the topic. See our photos for more information.