The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Year 1: Hedgehogs Class

A Message from the Class Teacher

Welcome to Hedgehog Class!  We are a Year 1 class who enjoy learning new things, whether it be through delving onto our latest literacy book, using our maths skills to solve the latest problem-solving challenge or learning through history, geography and the creative curriculum in our exciting topic work!  We hope you enjoy having a look around our website!

What will we be learning this year?

Have a look below to see what we will be up to this term!


  • Tiddler by Julia Donaldson
  • The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright
  • Oi Frog! by Kes Gray

We will be sharing and enjoying stories, writing instructions, poems and recounts, describing characters and settings and role playing.  We study each book for a few weeks using the book to cover as many forms of writing as possible.  Through that work we will look at things like adjectives/nouns/verbs, capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, pre-cursive handwriting, conjunctions, becoming familiar with story-telling language and phonics/spelling.


  • Finding one more and one less
  • Counting in 10s
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Division and multiplication using groups
  • Finding half and a quarter of objects and amounts
  • Comparing and beginning to measure lengths and heights, mass or weight and capacity or volume
  • Money – recognising coins and finding amounts
  • 2D shapes
  • Telling the time to the hour
  • Recognising the days of the week


Topic - Toys

  • Science - Use of Everyday Materials - What are the names of these common materials?  What are their properties?  Why are they well-suited to their jobs for certain objects?
  • Geography - Local area, name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the UK and surrounding seas.
  • History – Toys through history.
  • RE – Saints and Christmas.
  • DT - Construction.
  • DT - Food - Tasting, breading, tearing, flouring, squashing, mashing.
  • Art – Clay and hand printing.
  • PE - Throwing and catching, choreographing and performing dances.
  • Music - Singing/performing - joining in with songs, singing loudly or quietly, quickly or slowly.

These are just some of the things we will touch upon on this term!

What you can do to help at home?

Reading is the MOST important thing you can do with your child.  We would encourage at least 3 reading sessions with an adult at home per week if possible!  It has a HUGE impact on their progress in school!

We will also send home a list of the first 100 high frequency words that your child needs to learn to spell in Year 1. We will not be setting formal spelling tests, but will be looking for the correct spelling of these words in your child’s writing.

Miss Seager and Mrs Usher