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Welcome to Hedgehogs 
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Intent- Focus in our EYFS

Although we may be small, we are mighty! We want our reception children to have big ambitions and high expectations of themselves. We have a strong sense of community, in and around school and we aim to create a curriculum that truly meets the needs of our children. It’s our children’s sense of fun and imagination that we want to drive and shape that curriculum; a rich, exciting and balanced curriculum which enables each individual child to develop academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically, without barriers. Our curriculum will enable the children to share ideas, express their opinions and apply knowledge and skills learned in a wide range of meaningful contexts. It will enable all children to flourish and to be the very best they can be. To support the implementation of our vision we will create:

 • A stimulating and purposeful environment for developing inquisitive, independent and resilient lifelong learners who work hard.

 • A culture of working independently and collaboratively, where we see getting something wrong as part of learning how to get it right

 • An ethos where all children are encouraged and supported and challenge is fully embraced

 • Exciting and challenging opportunities to promote our children's personal development and understanding of their own emotional and physical wellbeing.


Implementation- How do we achieve this?

At the heart of our teaching and learning is a drive for independence. The children will become independent and self sufficient in many things during the early years. All ‘topics’ of learning will have an entry based ‘hook’ to excite and engage the children and a ‘purpose’ for learning so that it is meaningful and relevant for them. Where possible, learning will be supported and enriched by visits, workshops, role-play, outdoor learning and practical resources.


Impact - Impact for our children

 From their different starting points, all children will make good progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically during their first year at school. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are ready to continue on their next steps. They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best. They will begin to demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge. Our growth mindset philosophy will enhance this. They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities. They will be kind, respectful, honest and have a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves.

Spring Term topic -

Down on the Farm

Key Information


Our topic for this Spring term is ‘Down on the Farm’. This is a topic with rich resource for talking about caring for the environment, animals, and for ourselves. It provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning, as well as lots of story books to link to our farm theme. Looking at farms that grow crops and vegetables extends the scope of this topic and allows for lots of fun with planting, growing and cooking! We are planning to visit the Little Owl Farm too!

This term we will be reading ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins. We are lucky enough to have a Rosie of our own too!



Thank you for your ongoing support and, as ever, we are always here; do not hesitate to ask any questions.


Mrs.Cartwright and Miss.Harrold.


PE will continue to be Wednesday morning with Mr. McDonnell. Please make sure PE kits are in school with your child’s name on. Thank you.  





This term the children will have a new book to bring home. It is called a tricky word book. Every day we will learn a new tricky word and the children will have the opportunity to practise this in their books at home. The children will also have a new homework book after half term which will have a piece of Maths or English homework every Thursday to bring back to school the following Tuesday.



Forest School

Forest school will continue on a Tuesday afternoon. Please send children into school wearing old clothes on that day. Please also send in warm clothes like additional fleeces and hats and gloves for the colder months. Extra socks are also handy too.




Reading books will continue to be checked for changing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you would like your child to keep the same book for longer, please make a note of this in their reading record. Every child learns at a different pace, we are here to support that journey with you.


Upcoming Events and Dates:


Taster Tennis Sessions: Tuesday 14th January 2020


World class athlete in school: Friday 31st January 2020


SAET Harmony Day: Monday 3rd February 2020


Author Visit: Friday 7th February 2020


Parents Evenings

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020


Reception trip to Little Owl Farm: Friday 20th March 2020


Family Fun sessions 

Thank you for handing back attendance forms. If there are any outstanding, please pass on to us as soon as possible. Thanks.


Wednesday 26th February 2020



Friday 15th May 2020



Wednesday 17th June 2020



Parent Workshops:

Reading: Tuesday 25th February 2020 4.30-5.00pm


Writing: Tuesday 3rd March 2020 4.30-5.00pm


Maths: Tuesday 10th March 4.30-5.00pm


Phonics: Tuesday 24th March 2020 4.30-5.00pm








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