Hedgehog Class

Welcome to the Hedgehog Class web page. The class teacher is Mr. King and teaching assistant for the class is Mrs Thomas. Hedgehog class is a lower key stage 2 class of 23 children, from Year groups 3 and 4. 

Daily morning teaching includes; Guided reading, No-nonsense spelling, English and Maths. In Guided reading, children have a daily 25-minute lesson, in which they are grouped in small focus groups. In Maths we follow the White Rose scheme of work, which means that these are the only lessons that are delivered to Year 3s and 4s as separate groups.

Each Friday, children complete both a spellings and times tables test. All afternoons are spent covering the range of other curriculum subjects, with links made to our current class topic where appropriate.

Across each school year in Hedgehog class we teach 6 different topics, which are a mixture of History (Ancient Greeks, Tudors, Romans), Science (Electricity, Materials, Forces) and Geography (Waterways, Local Geography).

We also like to visit places to complement what we are learning about. In November 2019 we went to the British Museum in London as we were learning about Ancient Greece. Last year, we went on class trips to Copsegrove Farm, Greystones Farm, The Living Rainforest and the Roman baths.

At the heart of everything that we learn about are the 5 key school values of; collaboration, kindness, respect, responsibility and resilience. After spending two years in this class, children are more independent and confident, which ensures they are best placed for the challenge of moving into Owl class (upper key stage 2.

Please click on the links below to read the current class newsletter and curriculum topic web.

Term 1 Newsletter

Term 1 Rock Bottom overview for parents

Stone Age topic homework share

Hedgehog class stone age topic homework share. Children completed various pieces of homework during this term, to support their understanding of this topic. Here is a short compilation of just some of the work which was submitted….

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Copsegrove Farm – Hedgehog class visit

As part of our Stone Age topic, we went on a class visit to Copsegrove Farm. We spent a busy day inside the woods taking part in a range of different activities, which included: Finding out about Stone Age tools and animals Den building Wattle and daub Whittling Cooking over a camp-fire The children found […]

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‘Polar regions’ homework share – see our video below!

As part of the end of our ‘Polar regions’ topic, we had a homework share afternoon. Please see the video below, which shows all of our wonderful work!

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Antarctica – a class talk with an expert!

Hedgehog class were given a talk by local Antarctic explorer, Rod Rhys Jones. Rod is the current chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust and he spent a year on an Antarctic research station as part of the British Antarctic Survey team. It was interesting to hear Rod’s first hand experiences of what was like […]

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French topic day

At the end the of the Autumn Term, the children in Hedgehog class dressed in red, white and blue for a French topic morning. To begin with they had a question and answer session with a new parent and child who had recently started at our school, having previously lived in France. This was really […]

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Science: magnets and magnetic force!

This week Hedgehog class have had a real focus on our Science unit of work: Forces and magnets. During the lessons, children have been carrying out a series of different investigations in pairs. In the first lesson, we introduced what a magnet is and the children carried out an activity to prove that a magnet […]

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OHBOT computer programming at Eastcombe!

As part of coding in ICT we have 15 OHBOTS in school this half-term! The programming is similar to using scratch, with the added bonus of the attached OHBOT which moves using 7 different motors. To begin with children are learning how to make the OHBOT do basic movements, such as nod, blink, shake his […]

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Hedgehog class visit to British Museum in London 😊

To bring to an end our topic on Ancient Greece, we visited the British Museum in London! The children all had a lovely time and they particularly enjoyed using the tablets to learn about aspects of Greek history.

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Greek temples Art display 😊

As part of our Groovy Greeks topic we have been learning about the importance of temples in Ancient Greek times. The children used paint to create colourful backgrounds and Art straws to produce a display which showcases their own individual versions of temples.  

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Gloucester Tag Rugby Coaching this half-term

Our Badgers class, which consists of year 4, 5 and 6 children, are receiving Tag Rugby coaching from Gloucester Rugby this half-term. The children have been loving the sessions so far and were coached by former Gloucester and Samoa rugby star Terry Fanolua last week! As part of the Tag Rugby coaching, we will be […]

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