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Happy Easter

Happy Easter Hedgehogs! It's hard to remember what day it is at the moment but it is now your Easter holidays. There is absolutely no expectation for you to do any work over the holidays, I am re-sharing the #10 challenges for the spring term as there will be a new #10 coming for summer. There will be a prize for those children who have completed 10 of their challenges so don't forget to upload your photos to EexAt.


If you would like to keep up some learning over Easter I would recommend that you continue to focus on 2 bug club books each week. RWI who provide our phonics scheme have released some additional resources and books for us to use whilst we are not in school, I have attached the link here:


I wanted to add a little note to acknowledge the importance of looking after our mental health. This is always of the highest importance however for many of us this will need more consideration in times of uncertainty. I have attached a link to the wellbeing section of our website for some activities to help us relax:


I hope you have a really lovely holiday, stay safe and look after eachother.


Mrs Clark

Spring #10

Spring #10 1

Story Time 2/04/20

huge thank you to everyone who has sent me photos of their home learning! I have really enjoyed looking through them and seeing you having a lovely time safe at home, I miss you all a LOT! I will be posting a few photos of your home learning later today, so if you haven’t sent me a picture yet and you would like to, now is your chance! 

Enjoy todays story time!

Story Time 1/04/20

Happy April Fools Day Hedgehogs! 

Hope you have played some good tricks today?

Story Time 31/3/20

Hi Hedgehogs! 

I hope you have had a great day? I have been super impressed with all of the photos of your learning that you have sent to me! 

Here is the link to today’s storytime...

Story Time 30/3/20

Hi Hedgehogs! 

Sorry that I didn’t upload a Story Time on Friday, I was busy moving house! I hope you are all okay and ready to hear today’s story.

Home learning wb 30.03.2020


Welcome to week 2 of your home learning Hedgehogs. Well done on all your super work from last week, I've really enjoyed looking through all of your pictures!


Phonics and Literacy

Please continue to participate in your daily phonic sessions:

Please continue to focus on 2 bug club books each week that have been assigned to you, including those all important quizes.

Writing challenge

We are going to be doing some baking this week so for your writing challenge please write your own recipe to make a cake.

Monday- Begin with deciding on the cake you would like

Tuesday- Write a list of ingredients you will think you will need

Wednesday- Write the method to making your cake

Thursday- Download your cake recipe, check how many ingredients you have guessed correctly and buy what you need from the supermarket

Friday- Bake your cake

I'll look forward to seeing lots of photographs of your finished cake to make me super hungry in time for the weekend, not as much as I'm sure you will enjoy eating them.



We are going to be learning about halving this week. Begin by applying this context to whole objects, such as a pizza or an orange. Once your child is secure in this concept explain that we can also halve numbers. We can apply this to the recipe we are working on to make our cakes. If we were making a cake half the size, what ingredients would we need? For example instead of 6 eggs how many would we need? Make it practical, this activity will be best done at the end of the week when you are baking your cakes and the children can physically see the ingredients. Focus on learning half of numbers to 10 initially and then if your child is secure in this move onto numbers to 20.

Maths Challenge

It's quiz time! on Friday quiz your child's knowledge by quick firing them these halving questions, see how many they can get right!

(1) Mrs Lonergan has 2 apples but she needs to give half to Mrs Clark, how many apples does Mrs Clark have?

(2) What is half of 10?

(3) Ginny has eaten half of her strawberries, she has eaten 4. How many does she have left?

(4) What is half of 6?

(5) There are 10 pencils in Reception, the Foxes need half and the Hedgehogs need half, how many should each class have?

Creative Challenge

Creative Challenge 1

Have a super week hedgehogs. I'm here if you need anything on

Love Mrs Clark and Moon x

Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime


Harrogate theatre are live streaming their pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk today at 12pm. This has been our story for this half term so I'm sure you will all enjoy watching it played out on the stage:

Story Time with Mrs Clark and Moon 26.3.20

Todays story time is a little longer than usual! Grown ups, seize this opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea that is actually hot!

I can sing a rainbow 🌈 

If you happen to be walking past school, see if you can spot my rainbow on our school fence! 

Story Time with a special guest!

Here is the link to today’s story time, enjoy everyone!

A little update from Mrs Clark and Mrs Hodgson


Hi Everyone!

Its Mrs Clark and Mrs Hodgson here! We are busy looking after a few children in school, but we thought that we would say hello to you all working hard at home, to let you know that we are thinking of you. 

This morning we have checked EExAT and were so pleased to see that some of you have been uploading photos for us! Molly and Aubrey have been learning about money, Eddie has done some lovely writing, Luke has been working on his number bonds, Annie has been watching my story time videos and Layla has written us a beautiful letter too!

Please keep sending in your photos to the email address given, or uploading them onto EExAT! We love seeing your happy faces! 

Keep having fun and tune in later for the third installment of Story Time with Mrs Clark and Moon heart

Story Time 24/3/20

Moon was a little annoyed at me today, he wanted to go to the park and enjoy this lovely weather, but it’s not safe for him to be too close to people right now, so we stayed in and made him a beautiful costume for today’s story time! He is so proud of his work. 

Check out our newest story here...

Story Time with Mrs Clark and Moon

As you all know, I just love reading stories! So for each weekday that we’re not at school, I will be uploading a story time video for you to watch at home. 


Home Learning wb 23.03.2020


Hello little Hedgehogs and welcome to your home learning page smiley It’s a little strange not seeing your lovely smiles this morning! I am thinking of you lots and I hope your enjoying all this extra time with your grown ups, it’s very precious!

I have a little surprise for you, coming later on today. So pop back to find out what it is!


I have created you a timetable which you can find attached below. I hope you find it useful but please remember it is not compulsory- it's simply there to give you some guidance. If you need anything at all please contact me on the email address sent last week.


Phonics and Literacy wb 23.03.2020


Please follow the link below to access your daily phonics lesson:

Please begin by focusing on speed sounds 1 @ 9:30am, if your child requires more challenge then please refer to the Speed Sounds 2 session @ 10:00am.

These lessons will be available for 24 hours so please don't feel that you need to complete them at the allocated time.


I have assigned all Hedgehogs 2 books for each week to read on bug club, please let me know as you would in your child's planner how challenging they find the level of text and i can assign accordingly. Remember to do the quiz's after reading to support children with their comprehension skills as this is as important as the phonetic decoding of the text.


Writing  Challenge

Write your weekly shopping list. Please don't copy this and make sure you are using your Freddie Frog Fingers to hear all the sounds. Parents- the actual challenge may be what you can actually find on the shelves off your shopping list but we can at least try!


Maths wb 23.03.2020


This week we are going to be recapping number. To support your child with this please logon to Numbots and give your child time to familiarise themselves with their account:

Your login will be stuck inside your child's planner however if you need anymore support please drop me a message on the email provided above.


We would also like to introduce your child to money this week. Have a go at:


Maths Challenge

When you go shopping with the list you have made for your writing challenge and you are out buying your weekly essentials have a go at adding some different coins together to pay for some different shopping items. Estimate how much you think each item of shopping will be. What will cost the most and what will cost the less? You can check the receipt afterwards to see if you are right. Have a go at using some coins to pay for one of the items on your list yourself.


Hedgehog project 23.03.2020


This week we are going to get our musical juices flowing. We had so much fun creating our own band earlier this year that I thought it would be fun for us to create our own musical instruments.

So be as creative as you can, you are going to need to raid the recycling bin, the craft cupboard and maybe the kitchen cupboard too. You can make one instrument or a whole orchestra, from shakers to guitars to recorders; the more creative the better.


Don't forget I would love to see your photos so please keep using your EexAt account to uploads all your wonderful pictures!


Good luck and happy crafting,

Mrs Clark x

Welcome to Helpful Hedgehogs!

We are the Helpful Hedgehogs, one half of the Reception year. 

Our Staff Team: Mrs Clark - Class Teacher, Miss Carrit - Teaching Assistant, Mrs Keavy - Teaching Assistant, Mrs Hodgson - Nursery Nurse (Tuesday AM) and Mrs Fox - PPA Teacher (Tuesday AM).

Our PE day is a Wednesday, pupils should come to school dressed in their PE kit.


Please scroll down to see our latest learning.

Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman? 1
Do you want to build a snowman? 2
Do you want to build a snowman? 3
Do you want to build a snowman? 4

Inspired by our trip the the cinema to see Frozen 2 (and our love of frost in the mornings recently!) we have been investigating all things cold!

We have read the story of Jack Frost and have been busy completing challenges which link to this. We have used salt and ink to make magic ice pictures, we really enjoyed watching the salt soak up the ink from our brushes.

We have also discovered how to make ice. At first we were certain that putting water in the fridge would turn it to ice, but this didn't work. We tried leaving water outside, but that didn't work either! So eventually we tried putting it into the freezer and it turned to ice overnight! We enjoyed feeling the ice and describing it.

Next we really want to learn about Polar Bears, stay tuned for more of our investigations!

Our Self Select Paint Area

Our Self Select Paint Area 1
Our Self Select Paint Area 2

We are now able to squirt our own paint into a palette and mix our own wonderful colours! It took a little bit of practice, but we have really got the hang of following the recipes to make our favorite colours. 

We can even wash up our own paint pots and brushes once we have finished!