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Hedgehog Class




 We are the Hedgehog Class and we are the youngest and liveliest children at John Hunt Primary School!






   Our teacher is Mrs Good and our teaching assistant is Mrs Anstey. Mrs Armstrong comes and joins us on a Friday.

 We work from 8:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon.  Some of us stay all day and go to Lunch Club and some of us stay for just the morning or afternoon session.


Each child is special to us and we endeavour to guide  and nurture them, offering a happy, safe and stimulating environment where they will flourish and be the best they can be.


Whatever it is, we enjoy rolling up our sleeves and getting stuck in. You may find us planting golden daffodils, creating perfect pizzas, counting conkers we have gathered or writing letters in the air with our bottoms!


We are a purpose built Foundation Stage Unit with four interlocking indoor areas as well as our own outdoor learning zone and field! We cater for our youngest children who are 3years old and attend part or full time as well as our full time older children who are 5.




Our Curriculum.

We follow the Early Years Curriculum at John Hunt Primary School.This is made up

of the Prime Areas and the Specific Areas.

The Prime Areas are

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development

The Specific Areas are

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


To find out more about our curriculum you can visit-

What we will learning about this term in Hedgehog Class


  Everyone has settled in now and we are making new friends, taking care of each other and learning together.  Every week our Foundation ladies add photographs and comments about our learning onto Tapestry for our families to see what we are up to. Mrs Good has added our topic plan so you can see what we will find out about in the Autumn Term.


   Feeling Friends

 Thank you Miss Law for making us some special Feeling Friends for helping us to talk about how we feel.

Our Feeling Friends


   We went on an Autumn Treasure Hunt Today !

 Autumn apple crumble with Mrs Edwards.   

We made a delicious apple crumble with apples from our orchard with Mrs Edwards today.

    Cookie Cooking

  This week we have been making shortbread cookies with Mrs Edwards.

    Why not try making some at home, they are delicious😊😊

Shortbread Cookie Recipe.

   Perfect Poppies

  We have a special Poppy plant growing in Foundation 1. Look at all the perfect poppies we have made.

Perfect Poppy Plant

    Amazing Take Care Homework.

  We are having lots of superb family homework joining us in school. The children have been working with their families at home to create Take Care hedgehogs. 

Amazing creations

    Thank you Bronny's mum!

  Bronny's mum sent us a present to help us learn. We think they are very special !


   Nativity News

  Performance times for

   our  Nativity will be -  

  December Thursday 6th at 2pm

    December Friday 7th at 10am


  Magic Moments in Foundation 1

Special memories


    We have had a very busy half term in Hedgehog Class. We have made lots of new friends. Everyone has settled and we are ready to face new challenges ahead!



   Don't forget to tell us all about your holidays on Tapestry so we can share them πŸ‘πŸΌ


   Welcome Back Everyone!

  Thank you for all the super Tapestry entries telling us all about your child's adventures during the holidays. We are sharing them with the children.

Scissor Work


  Over the next half term, we would like the children to practise using scissors. Please can everyone work at home to help their child use scissors. We would recommend a pair of scissors similar to the ones in the photographs above. These are available from most supermarkets and cost about 50p.

    We would love to see you practising with your child, so please post on Tapestry. Thank you !

Our Remembrance Garden


   We went to our Remembrance Garden to think about the soldiers. 

  Bonfire Surprise

  Today we built a bonfire at school. We had to be careful and we talked about how to keep safe. We collected sticks from the field and used these to build our fire. Whilst we watched the fire we enjoyed hot dogs and hot chocolate and sang camp fire songs.

  WELCOME 2019

Welcome back to school after our time at home with our families.

We are welcoming some new children to join the Happy Hedgehogs.

Hopefully, we will have some snow and spend some time exploring new experiences!

Mrs Edwards will be cooking every week with us.

Please read our newsletter to see what else we have in store...



Spring Term in Foundation 1


Spring 1

 Modern Classics like The Gruffalo and Going on a Bear Hunt


 Animals that like the cold weather and cold climates

 Spring 2

 Birds in Winter looking at Robins


 Eggs and Chicks

 New Life and Easter

    We went on a winters walk this morning. We all wrapped up warm because it was very very cold. Everybody held a friends hand incase we got lost in the fog and off we went...

  The grass was crispy, the spiders webs had been

 painted and it looked like the trees were growing hair!

 When we got to our school pond we were surprised there was no water in it anymore! The water had turned to ice and our pond was frozen. We went to the school shed to get a fork to break the ice so that our fish would be safe as we are  “Take Care “ Hedgehogs.

 We came back to the Hedgehog class for our snack and The Gruffalos Child story! How cosy!


  Our Winter Walk.

  Today we went our exploring the wintry day. We found painted spiders webs, crispy grass, the trees looked like they were growing hair and the water had disappeared from our pond and turned to ice!

 When we came back we all snuggled together and got warm and cosy. We shared the Gruffalos Child story. 

 We were just like the Gruffalos child at school today !

 After February half term, some of us will start Read, Write Inc.                               Grown-ups, you can find out about what we will be doing by reading the information underneath. If you have any questions, please come in and ask Mrs Good. She loves talking about Read, Write Inc. and the difference it can make to us!

Read, Write Inc

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at school. Everything else depends on it, so we strive to do all we can to ensure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.

We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves. At John Hunt, we want children to develop a love of books as well as simply learning how to read.


What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc is a comprehensive synthetic phonics programme that teaches reading, writing and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7, but can be used as an intervention program for children in Key Stage 2.

The children start by learning 44 speed sounds and how to sound blend for reading. At the same time, they develop skills for handwriting and spelling. Through lively story books that contain words that the children can decode, the children progress to read and achieve early success.


How is it taught?

Read Write Inc is taught every day, and children are streamed into groups according to ability. Children are assessed every half term and groups are revised accordingly. Where children do not make the expected progress within a group, they receive 1-1 tuition. In Foundation 1, we start to learn to listen to and identify sounds. Everyday we look at our letters and we are learning their names. Some children are learning to form their letters too.


RWI terminology

Whilst in Foundation 1, your child will be introduced to our phonics programme. They may begin to use terminology that you are unfamiliar with - this glossary of terms may help!

    This is Fred. He helps us in Read, Write Inc.

Fred talk

Your child will be encouraged to sound out words that they cannot read. We call this “Fred Talk”. Fred is a frog that joins the children in every session and he can only talk in sounds!

c-a-t = cat

sh-o-p= shop

n-igh-t= night


Fred Fingers

Fred Fingers are used for spelling. Children hold up the hand that they do not write with. They sound out the word they are spelling and put up the correct number of fingers for the word.

For example: m-ee-t = 3 sounds = 3 fingers.

  • Ask your child how many sounds they can hear in the word “meet”
  • Ask your child to put up their Fred Fingers (there should be three)
  • Using the hand that your child writes with, they pinch the first finger and say the first sound in the word ‘m’
  • Pinch the middle finger and say ‘ee’
  • Pinch the last finger and say ‘t’
  • Fingers are pinched left to right, as we would read.


Phonic screening test

Children complete a phonic screening test in Year 1. If the children do not achieve the pass mark in Year 1, they will be retested in Year 2.

During the test, children are asked to decode both real and nonsense words.

Read Write Inc fully prepares children for this test, including the ‘nonsense words’ that we call ‘alien words’. Asking children to read these alien words requires the children to demonstrate their decoding skills.


What can I do to help my child at home?

Reading at home

ü Read anything and everything! Road signs, menus, cereal boxes, logos, food packets, recipes etc

ü Listen to your child read – at least 3 times every week if possible.

ü Read books to your child that they cannot read for themselves

ü Enjoy a bedtime story together every night, no matter how old or capable they are!

ü Enjoy spending time at the library


Questions to ask when reading with your child:

Ø What is the character saying?

Ø What is the character thinking?

Ø What do you think will happen next?

Ø Why do you think the character did that?

Ø How do you think they feel?

Ø What is happening?


Click on the links below to access some really useful videos to help you understand how

Read, Write Inc. works and ways you can support your child at home.



  • Sound pronunciation guide Learn how to pronounce pure sounds from Set 1 Sounds through to Set 3 with 5 year-old Sylvie. This is a brilliant link and we look at this in school too.

  • Storytime at home Storytime at home: an essential part of your child's reading journey.

For more information, please follow the link to the Ruth Miskin website: