Welcome to Hedgehog Class (EYFS Reception)

The teaching staff who work in class are Miss Proctor and Mrs Butcher.

In our Early Years Foundation Stage classroom we develop our skills during whole class carpet sessions, small group games and through extended periods of play in our indoor and outdoor environment.  For an overview of our themes for this year, please click HERE

Our School Day!

Morning tasks

Every morning we practise our reading, writing, maths, fine motor and problem solving skills through our daily morning activities. We practise working independently to complete different challenges and have lots of fun at the same time!


During our literacy session we explore stories and develop our communication and listening skills.  We learn lots of stories throughout the year and use actions to help sequence and structure our stories.  As we develop our phonics skills we learn to read and write words and sentences.  When we are getting busy in our classroom we apply our reading and writing skills to our activities as well as practising our storytelling skills through role play and small world play.



Every day we have a daily maths session, either inside or outside! During these sessions we learn to recognise and order numbers as well as exploring the relationship between different numbers and amounts.  We learn the names of 2D and 3D shapes, make patterns and explore the characteristics of different everyday objects, using language to talk about and compare them.


We take part in daily phonics sessions to develop our early reading and writing skills. We are learning to recognise graphemes (letters) and the phonemes (sounds) they represent. We are also starting to listen for the sounds in words (segmenting) and reading words by blending sounds together.


Learning Through Play

Every day we get busy independently in our indoor and outdoor classroom! This includes helping ourselves to a healthy snack and choosing which areas to play both on our own and with each other. We select our own resources and choose how to approach activities using a trial and error approach to learning!

Through these opportunities we develop our skills in the 7 areas of learning: 

  • Personal, social and emotional development,
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world,
  • Expressive arts and design.

During our independent play we also develop the characteristics of effective learning; playing and exploring, being active and creating and thinking critically.


Throughout the year, we find out about a wide range of themes.  We find out about the world around us by exploring the weather, seasons, plants and materials -we even begin to experiment scientifically.  When learning about people and communities we talk about our own family traditions as well as learning about jobs, homes and celebrations from around the world.  We like to get out and about in our local community and visit lots of different places such as the park, post office and Bacup library. We learn how to use a range of technology such as computers, iPads and recording equipment.

Observation plays an essential role in finding out children’s interests, strengths and areas for development. We observe the children every day during child initiated play, both indoors and outdoors as well as when carrying out adult directed activities. This allows us to meet the children’s needs by providing a challenging and nurturing play environment which follows the children’s interests and develops their learning.

To find out more about…

  • what to expect for your child’s development when, please click here;  
  • an overview of our long term plan for the year, please click here.

Accessing learning in the great outdoors is a key part of strengthening our development.  Our continuous outdoor provision is accessible daily throughout the whole year… don’t forget to make sure your child has a suitable, warm coat during the colder, wetter months – be prepared, though we do encourage children to be careful and also use aprons, with our mud kitchen and outdoor mark making resources including paint readily accessible, it may be best to avoid expensive, white school coats.

Why not click on the picture below to enlarge it and read more about  our learning in the outdoors?…

outdoor link for website

It is important that we develop links with parents and carers so that we have an awareness of the things children do at home. This also helps us to build a picture of your child as a unique individual. We would therefore like you to share your child’s achievements at home using ‘WOW’ cards.

Whenever your child achieves something you feel particularly pleased with, you many want to write a WOW card which will be celebrated in class and will form part of your child’s ‘learning journey’.  The WOW cards can be for any achievements and it is important to remember that these will be unique for your child! A few examples are…

  • Riding a bike without stabilisers
  • Swimming without armbands
  • Being helpful at home
  • Counting up to 20
  • Writing key words
  • Dressing and undressing without help

We will send out WOW cards from time to time for you to keep until you would like to write one, and they are also available to take from the cloakroom notice board.  

Alternatively, please click here to download and print off your own to send in.

Every Friday afternoon we enjoy our weekly PE lesson.  During our lessons we learn through activities linked to a new story for each half term.  We develop lots of important skills such as running, hopping, skipping, rolling, balancing, jumping, throwing and dancing 

Please ask a member of staff if you would like any help or advice.

 Our EYFS children are starting their Forest School adventures with Ms Lydon and Mrs Butcher… watch this space for more information!



Please click on the following website link which may be helpful to extend you child’s learning at home…


  • The first year at school…