Welcome to Hedgehogs Class
Hedgehogs Class is one of Woodlands Schools’ busy Early Years Foundation Stage classes. We have pupils who benefit from a highly structured daily routine, who are also supported with sensory circuits and sensory aids. Hedgehogs Class is a fun place to learn through play, we have a busy topic led curriculum and enjoy accessing a wide range of activities throughout our school week.
The class follows the EYFS Seven areas of Learning which allows for a varied and engaging curriculum, tailored to the needs of each pupil, allowing everyone to extend their knowledge and explore the world around them.
Our EYFS follows the seven areas of learning. Each child has their own EYFS targets alongside their EHCP education goals. Children are assessed throughout their time in Hedgehogs to see what they enjoy doing and how they access these different activities. We take many pictures to share with parents to show what the children have been up to!
Let’s look at each area of the Early Years and give examples of the fun activities you will find happening within our classroom.
Daily literacy sessions combine our topic based story and our school’s Comprehensive Literacy approach for teaching Literacy. Each day we explore different letters, enjoy mark making, learning our letter of the day and sharing stories with one another.
The children loves looking at photographs provided by parents. Our news, show and tell sessions allow us to develop communication and social interactions between the children in Hedgehogs.
We learn a range of mathematical concepts through story and play. You will find our continuous provision is set up to allow children to access a range of free flow activities both with and without adult support. Our maths table is a highlight and children often enjoy exploring colours and shape through games and iPad apps. We also have our variety of maths activities outside including our sand and water tables to work on early maths skills and develop play.
We enjoy our weekly number song sessions alongside our colour and shape individual learning activities.
Understanding the world
We develop our understanding of the world through our topic-based learning. As discussed on our schemes of work available on the website, each term new topic is explored through play. We will access activities through stories, art and our outside learning.
We also enjoy sharing topic themed days with Key Stage 1 throughout the term!
Expressive arts and design
We love arts and crafts. We are a very messy class who enjoy a range of messy play activities. Each week we have lots of painting, colouring and messy play linked to our topic of the term. We also love exploring music and decorating our classroom with all of our wonderful artwork. We enjoy cooking sessions, dancing and being as creative as possible.
We access sensory circuits each morning and also enjoy using the soft play area and hall once a week to work on our gross motor skills.
Hedgehogs love being outside in the garden! We particularly enjoy the bikes, slides and climbing apparatus. Similarly, we enjoy being with our friends sharing a ball and playing in the Wendy house.
Personal social emotional development.
In Hedgehogs class, we are learning to spend time alongside our peers and work together. We enjoy our group communication sessions, shared story time and group games each week. We encourage all of the children to be aware of those around them and to develop these skills throughout play. All of our learning encourages children to work together and wait their turn, share their activity and develop their communication.
Throughout the year we host family parties. We love welcoming all of the children and parents into class to access activities together, socialise and get to know one another. Our therapists, class team, parent support advisor and leadership team often join us to chat with the families. We spend time outside, accessing toys, arts and crafts and even have squash and biscuits!