Hedgehogs (Reception)

Welcome to the Hedgehogs Class.

The Class Teacher is Mrs Taylor and the Teaching Assistants are Miss Sampson and Mrs Young.

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Animal Explorations

a bearded dragon in the reception classroomOver the past couple of weeks we have had lots of animal visitors into the Reception classroom - all helping us to understand how we are similar or different from other creatures. The children really loved these visits and learned lots about the care of animals and how to handle them safely.a puppy in the reception classroomtortoises in the reception classroom

Potato Day

A reception child cutting out shapes for chipsToday the children spent a day learning all about potatoes!instructions for making mash and chips


We enjoyed lots of activities such as planting potatoes, ordering their life cycle, making chips and mashed potato and then eating our cooking with some baked beans.


Many of the children were not aware that chips and mashed potato were made in this way and loved the taste of their home baked goods.Reception children enjoying eating the food they cookedReception children safely using knives to cut up potato

Veggie Burgers

veggie burger mixToday, on our cooking Friday, we have been making veggie burgers. The children helped to chop the veg, crack the eggs, crumble the bread and grind the pepper.

Reception child grinding pepperEverybody had a stir of the mix and then it was formed into burger shapes ready for baking in the oven.

The children loved the burgers - especially because they could dip them in tomato sauce.burgers ready to bake

The Life-cycle of the Hen

This week the children are learning all about the life cycle of the hen.

Fudgey the chicken visiting the Reception childrenIntroduction and descriptive sentence work 
After a session of drawing everything they could remember about a hen life cycle presentation; the children completed an adult led sentence-based activity.

First the children had to cut out 4 pictures showing different stages of the hen’s life cycle then stuck them down in order. They then completed a sentence for each picture using the time related vocabulary first, next, then and last. They were encouraged to re-read their sentences during the session to make sure that they made sense. 
To help support their learning they could use the vocabulary sheets and the life cycle power point from the earlier session.

Guided Reading Session 
The children were given an information leaflet all about the life cycle of the hen. They worked as a group to use all the sounds that we have learned so far to decode and understand the information that was written. After this there was a challenge of some comprehension questions for the children to answer. They were able to self-assess their success at the end of the session by using the answer sheet to decide if their own answers were correct.

Looking closely at Rusty and Fudgey 
Mrs Taylor's pet chickens came in for a visit so that the children could look closely at what makes a chicken different and the same to ourselves. The children quickly spotted the fact that they have feathers, a beak, claws and wings and we do not. With a little support they realised that the chickens did have some features that were the same such as they need to eat food, drink water and breathe air to stay alive. 
The children knew that they needed to wash their hands after touching the chickens because they could have dirt on them.

Singing the hen life cycle song 
As a class we learned a song that describes the life cycle of the hen. After lots of practice - perfecting our performance, we Skyped our federated school - St. Thomas', and sang it to their Reception classes to help them to learn about the life cycle of the hen.

Self-directed inquiry 
During choosing time the children demonstrated their fascination with this topic by engaging in lots of role-play, craft and construction activities that helped them to develop a deeper understanding of the hen's life cycle.

The Great Oaks Federation Art Exchange

classroom display of the art exchange workThis week, as part of our springtime studies, the children have been looking at the flower paintings of Monet. They discussed why he might have created his paintings in the way that he did and then, using oil pastels, the children studied daffodils and created their own Monet inspired artwork.classroom display of the art exchange work

At the same time, the reception classes in our federated school - St. Thomas' was undertaking the same lesson. We exchanged some of our artwork so that the children could study and celebrate what each class had achieved.Classroom display of the art exchange work

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