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All children in Hedgehogs will be assigned some spellings to practise on Friday 8th October 2021 and the Year One spelling tests will begin on Friday 15th October 2021.  Spellings are assigned to children via Google Classroom, so if you haven’t already done so please ensure you have logged in and have joined the virtual classroom.  If you are having any problems with this please contact the school office. 


Spelling tests will then take place each Friday.  The word ‘test’ can feel a little daunting, particularly as the children have not experienced spelling tests before, however, please remind your child that it is okay to make mistakes (it is how we learn) and that all we want is for them to try their best. 


Please ensure your child practises their spellings regularly, using pre-cursive handwriting.  If you feel that your child needs further challenge, they could practise their spellings by putting each word into a sentence.  This helps children to apply their spelling knowledge, within their writing. 


During spelling tests, the words will be dictated verbally to your child and they will be expected to write them down.  Their spelling book will be sent home with them each week so that you can see your child’s spelling test score, however, please don’t use this book to practise spellings in and please ensure it stays in the book bag so that it is always in school when needed for spelling tests. 



Resources to Support Children’s Learning at Home


Thank you to all parents who attended our welcome meeting.  It was great to meet you all.  For those of you who were unable to attend, I look forward to discussing your child's progress with you during parent's evening.   Below are some resources that will help you to help your child work on their personal targets, or consolidate their learning at home.

Snails, Tails and the Nature Trial


The children have now embarked upon their first topic, ‘Snails, Tails and the Nature Trail.’  The children had a visit from Mr Gill, who was quite concerned that he had frightened some of the wildlife away when working on the nature trail, during the summer holidays. 


The children enthusiastically explored the nature trail, using their observational skills, knowledge organisers and classification guides to find out more about the plants that grow in the New Forest and the animals that live there.  Remember, you can find out more about the knowledge and skills your child will learn during this half term by reading our Year One Curriculum Overview below. 


We are thrilled with how quickly the children have settled in to life in Year One and we are impressed with the super learning that has taken place already.  


PE and Welly Walks


This year our PE lessons will take place every Wednesday and Friday.  Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days, with hair tied back safely and any earrings removed.  Please also remember to drop some wellies off during the first week of school.  Your child’s wellies can remain in school for the academic year, stored in the welly box outside the classroom door.  We are hoping to visit the nature trail on Thursday 9th September for an exciting topic hook.




Welcome to Hedgehogs!




Welcome back to school and a very warm welcome to Hedgehogs Class.


Welcome information for parents:

This year the children in Hedgehogs will be taught by myself (Miss Dyer) and teaching assistant Mrs Bennett.  Mr Bryant will also be supporting learning in Hedgehogs class this year.  The adults are very excited!  We can’t wait to embark upon a new adventure together and are looking forward to hearing about the variety of experiences each child has had during the summer holidays. 


Mrs Bennett, Mr Bryant and I really enjoyed our transition day and are looking forward to welcoming you back to school.  We are aware that many children will naturally be nervous about their return to school.  In the first week of the Autumn Term our priority will be to help all children settle into their new learning environment and begin to feel more confident.  We will teach the children to understand new rules and routines with a focus on how to keep themselves and others safe within the classroom and the wider school.  In addition to ensuring the children build relationships with the adults in the class, we will help them make new friendships and restore existing friendships with their friends from Year R.


In addition to spending time helping the children settle in to life in Year One, we will also be assessing their learning to ascertain the extent to which children can apply their knowledge from Year R, in preparation for the Year One learning journeys that will begin in Week 2.  Please view the Year One Curriculum Overview, published below for a brief outline of the learning that will take place throughout the year.


I will endeavour to keep this web page up to date with correspondence and resources to help you support your child’s learning at home.  Should you wish to discuss your child’s wellbeing or progress with me at any time, please feel free to see me outside at the end of the school day or contact the school office to request a phone call.   I am available daily and am genuinely always happy to help.  I strongly believe that communication is the key to a successful year and I look forward to working closely with the Hedgehogs and their families throughout the academic year.


Warm wishes.


Miss Dyer

Year One Curriculum Overview