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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Hedgehog Class. Mrs Frost and Mrs Leader.

Welcome to Term 1 in Hedgehog Class.

A very warm welcome to all our little ones starting school in Hedgehog Class!

We hope you all enjoyed our Stay and Play sessions and had a wonderful Summer. Maybe you could bring some photos of your adventures to share with us?

You can view the Topic Web for Term 1 here.


Our topic this term is "This is Me" which is a great starting point for our children to share with us what they like doing, who their families are, where they live and the things they are good at. We will be having lots of fun painting, modelling, measuring, describing, talking and learning about ourselves, our senses, houses and homes, favourite stories, talents, hopes and dreams.

LITERACY: This term we will be reading lots of stories with repeated refrains and actions to encourage the children to develop their listening skills and have the confidence to join in, either with actions or words. We will also be singing lots of songs, poems and clapping games to develop an awareness of rhythm and rhyme.

PHONICS: We follow the DfE programme, Letters and Sounds, so the first sounds we learn are s,a,t,p,m,i,n and d. We have lots of games to play which encourage sound and letter shape recognition. As soon as the children have settled, I will be offering Workshops for parents where you can come and see how we teach phonics.

NUMERACY: We will be exploring number and shape in play activities, learning to count with one to one correspondence, matching shapes, finding number and shape in the environment and matching numbers to the amount of objects in a set.

CREATIVITY: Play is the key to all learning in Early Years. Little children develop the crucial skills of perseverance, risk taking and concentration, whilst also developing friendships, communication techniques, listening, fine and gross motor skills and perhaps the most important aspect of all, joy in their own achievements! We will be providing a vast range of play activities for the children to engage with and enhance their learning.

We are always around at the end of the day, so please feel free to pop in and see us if you have any concerns or queries, or equally if you have exciting news to share or just want a chat!

Mrs Kate Frost and Mrs Donna Leader.