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Hedgehogs Class (Years 3 and 4)

Hedgehogs Class (Years 3 and 4)


Hello, my name is Mrs Ward and I am the Class Teacher in Hedgehogs Class.  Mrs Smith and Miss Elliot are the Teaching Assistants.


We are so excited for the start of the school year and our new class - Hedgehogs. We will be adding exciting things we have been doing each week to the school’s newsletter.


Over the course of the year, we will be learning about a range of exciting topics that will interest the children, along with deepening their knowledge


Term 1 and 2 will be: How did life change after the Roman withdrawal? 

Term 3 and 4 will be: Why do rivers and mountains change the land around them?

Term 5 and 6 will be: How were Ancient Civilisations similar and different? 




For whole class guided reading, we use various texts over the term and your child will be heard reading in class during this time or one to one with an adult during the week.

As well as this, we use Accelerated Reader as our reading tracker in school. At home, we encourage all children to continue to use their Reading Records to record when they have been reading. We will also record when your child is heard read in school in the same way.




Within our writing, we use 'Talk For Writing' to guide our own learning journey linked with our topic. This style follows immersion, imitation and then innovation. This will be on a two-to-three weekly cycle. Over the course of each term, we will be writing a range of both fiction and non-fiction pieces. Some units of work we will be completing are a non-chronological report based on the book 'What the Romans did for us' by Alison Hawes and a narrative based on 'The Thieves of Ostia' by Caroline Lawrence. 




In Hedgehogs Class, we use a programme called No Nonsense Spelling. This ensures we offer a comprehensive, yet accessible programme when teaching spellings. We will teach strategies, knowledge and skills pupils need to learn

spellings effectively.  




In both Key Stage 1 and 2, we use White Rose Maths as a foundation to our learning. We will enrich the children’s mathematical knowledge through reasoning, problem solving and investigative activities.


Our Term 2 learning will be focussed on Statistics, Multiplication and Division and Fractions.


To support the learning of times tables, we encourage children to use TT Rockstars as a home learning tool. 




We have a qualified sports coach Mr Andy Booker come to school every Wednesday to deliver PE across the school. In addition to this, the children take part in a planned programme of other physical activities each week, including swimming for children in KS2, and taking part in competitive activities.    




Across both Key Stage 1 and 2, we use a programme called Jigsaw to support the teaching and learning of PSHE and SRE. Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. This is adapted when needed to ensure that it meets the needs of our pupils.




In Hedgehogs Class, we will be setting homework weekly via Microsoft Teams, which will consist of English or Maths each week, along with spellings and timetables.

Please ensure your child reads a minimum of 3 times a week as well as using Times Table Rockstars to support their timetable knowledge. Thank you for your support with this.

Hedgehogs thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Oare Gunpowder works today, and worked hard on developing their landscape photographic skills!

In Science, we have been exploring states of matter and observing how some some materials change their state due to their temperature.

Hedgehogs enjoyed their first lesson of Cricket for this term, focusing on throwing and catching skills, as well as teamwork!

We have thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas dinner and party on our last week of term!

In DT, we have been learning about healthy foods and created our own fruit kebabs!

We enjoyed dressing up in spots today for Children in Need!

Hedgehogs performed a Remembrance Assembly to the rest of the school today and we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to explore some items regarding Remembrance too!

In Science, we have begun learning about our new topic of Sound and have been listening to sounds outside. We have recorded various sounds in relation to ourselves and have recognised that sound becomes quieter the further away it is.

In Science, we have been exploring and learning about food chains and food webs.

In PE, we have enjoyed the nicer weather and have been able to get outside and work on our speed and agility in multiskills.

In Science, we have been learning about food and digestion, including the different types of teeth we have. We then created our own teeth, showing the Incisors, Canines, Premolars and Molars!

We have thoroughly enjoyed creating Autumn pictures in Art this week! We've been very busy researching, practising our key skills and then creating our final piece, using a printing technique.