Hedgehogs Class 2023-24

Welcome to Hedgehogs class page. We hope this is a space to provide you with important information, share some of our learning and give you some useful links and resources to help support your child at home.


Meet the team

Class teacher- Mrs McLean 

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Cooke, Mrs Hoppe, Mrs Wakeling, Mrs Kenny, Miss Allouche

Mrs Hassan provides cover throughout the week.

Curriculum Overviews

Below you will find the curriculum overviews for each half term in Year 1. To support our Theme lessons, Knowledge organisers are used to outline the main skills and information the children will be learning in each term. We use them in class to help retrieve key information quickly. You can use these to support your child at home- perhaps cover part of the document, can they tell you what is missing? You could muddle up the key vocabulary section, can they put it back together? 

Autumn 1- All about me

In English this half term we will be using our Talk 4 Writing strategies to learn the text 'The Three Billy Goat's Gruff'. We will retell the text using puppets and story maps and will spend time focusing on the tools of descriptive writing, including adjectives and similes. Following this we will go on to innovate the story, each creating and writing our own new version. Throughout the unit we will focus on use of full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

In Maths, we will begin by reviewing the key areas of Early Mathematical learning, including counting and cardinality, comparison, composition and pattern. We will then look at counting within 100 using resources such as numberlines, hundred squares and gattegno counting charts to support us.

All about me Knowledge Organiser

 Autumn 2- Houses and Homes

This half term we will begin by looking at recount writing. Continuing to embed basic punctuation such as full stops and capital letters, we will also write sentences using time conjunctions such as first, next, later. We will continue to use the strategies from Talk 4 Writing to support this. The children will use the skills taught and learnt to write a recount of their class trip. We will then move on to fiction and learn the story 'A squash and a squeeze'.

Houses and homes Knowledge Organiser

 Spring 1- Carnival of the Animals

Using the Talk 4 writing approach, in English we will be using the text 'Monkey See Monkey Do' to support us in writing a story with an opening and ending. We will continue to focus on basic sentence construction with a full stop and capital letter and will begin to consider the use of conjunctions such as 'and' and 'because'. Following this, we will look at non-chronological reports, writing facts about an imaginary creature. 

In Maths we will be learning about Place Value in numbers to 20. This included reading and writing numbers, partitioning into tens and ones, comparing and ordering numbers and saying 1 more and less.  We will then move on to addition and subtraction with numbers to 20.

Place Value to 20 Knowledge Organiser

Addition/Subtraction to 20 Knowledge Organiser

To find out what we are learning in our Theme and Science lessons, take a look at our knowledge organiser.

Carnival of the Animals Knowledge Organiser

Spring 2- Toys through time

This is always one of our favourite topics- Toys through time. We will kick start the theme with exploring the children's favourite toy from home and will get the chance to later handle some toys from the past. For further information on this theme and everything we will cover, take a look at our knowledge organiser.

Toys through time Knowledge Organiser

In English we will be using the text 'The Magic Porridge Pot' to look at description within our writing. We will continue to use Talk for Writing to learn the text and will look at skills such as giving nouns names, eg The dog walked down the road-  The small poodle trotted down the cobble lane. We will then move on to instructional writing, first making porridge and then working together to instruct someone how to play a traditional game.

In Maths we will continue our unit on Addition and Subtraction within 20, commencing with subtraction and then finding missing numbers. We will then move on to understanding place value in numbers to 50, making groups of 10s and ones. Please practise counting in 10's at home to support this learning.

Addition/Subtraction to 20 Knowledge Organiser

Place Value to 50 Knowledge Organiser


Summer 1- What a wonderful world

This half term we will be exploring the great outdoors, learning about plants and weather.  The children will use their observation skills to identify wild and garden plants and evergreen and deciduous trees, naming their parts and comparing them.  In Geography, we will learn about the weather patterns seen in the UK across the four seasons and how weather can affect us and our environments. Take a look at our two knowledge organisers to see what we will be learning.

Plants knowledge organiser

Weather knowledge organiser

In English we shall be learning the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' using our talk for writing techniques. We will focus on describing the setting, later changing the castle to a beach, jungle or distant planet. We shall look at using adjectives in a sentence of three to create an image in the readers head. Towards the end of the half term we will use our best persuasive language to persuade someone to buy some magic beans.

In Maths we will be starting our unit on Multiplication and Division. At this stage, the children do not need to use the multiplication or division symbols, instead we will use the language of 'groups of' and 'rows of' to describe groups and arrays of objects.  Please practice counting in 2,5,10's to support this at home. 

Maths multiplication and division knowledge organiser

 Summer 2- Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

We shall be finishing the year with the perfect Summer theme of 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!'

We will identify the capital cities of the four countries of the UK using maps and atlases and will locate popular seaside towns such as Brighton, Tenby and Blackpool. We will compare human and physical features of Brighton to those of Dunstable, identifying why coastal towns are popular with tourists. We then compare modern seaside holidays to those taken by the Victorians. 

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside- Knowledge Organiser

In English we shall be using the text 'The Secret of Black Rock'. The children will be applying all the skills from the year to describe the setting and character, as well as writing their own legend. We shall finish the term with some summer poetry.

In Maths we will begin by exploring fractions, identifying halves and quarters of shapes and quantities. This will then lead us into telling the time to the hour and half past. We will also consolidate our learning of place value to 20 and will use this to calculate problems involving addition and subtraction.

Maths fractions Knowledge Organiser

Maths time Knowledge Organiser

Useful websites and resources

Use the links to access some useful websites to help your child with their learning. We recommend accessing Numbots and Nessy at least four times a week, as well as regular home reading.

Numbots- a fantastic website for practicing those key maths skills including place value and number bonds.  

Nessy- really useful for supporting children with their reading and spelling at home.

Phonics Bloom- lot's of fun phonic games to play at home.

EPIC- an amazing resource of high quality e-books

Seesaw- keep up to date with all the learning and announcements in class

A guide to the Year 1 Phonic Screening Check