Welcome to the Summer Term in Hedgehog Class

We are Reception Class and our teacher is Miss Johnstone

Our topic this term will be ‘Big Wide World’. In the ‘Big Wide World’ project, your child will find out about the world in which they live. They will learn about different climates and explore habitats, including their flora and fauna. They will locate the United Kingdom on a world map and compare life in the United Kingdom with life elsewhere. They will also learn about caring for their environment, both locally and beyond.

Please find attached our topic map highlighting the key learning opportunities for this half term.

You can support your child at home with the ‘Big Wide World’ topic by:

  • Use Google Earth to explore where you live and look up places you would like to visit.
  • Talk about places around the world you have visited or places where family members or friends live. Look at the places on a map and talk about ways to travel.
  • If you go on holiday, send a postcard to school to show where you went.
  • Share and discuss the Did you Know? Resource attached.

We will then move on to our second curriculum theme of ‘Splash’ where your child learn about water play and learn about the different forms and bodies of water. They will investigate objects that float or sink and explore capacity. We will also discuss how to stay safe near and in water.

This letter will provide you with further information that you will find useful for this term.



Please remember book bags and reading diaries need to be brought to school every day. It is an expectation that children are read with every day at home so please remember to write about any reading at home in your child’s reading diary. This term the children will continue to bring home a book they have chosen at their current reading level. In addition, they will also bring

home a ‘Read, Write, Inc’ phonics book supporting the sounds they have learnt that day. These new phonics books are part of a class set so it is important that they are returned daily for other children to enjoy and use to support their learning. All children that read at home, at least, five times a week, will be put into the class reading raffle and will gain the chance to win a fantastic new book.

Home learning will be sent home on Fridays to be completed in your child’s home learning book which is due by the following Wednesday. Your child’s home learning will be a range of phonics, maths and literacy activities that aim to further embed teaching and learning.

School Kit:

Please ensure that all your child’s clothes and belongings are clearly named, this includes PE kits, shoes and wellies.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Many thanks,

Miss Johnstone and Mrs Davey


We learn stories through role play, story mapping, rhyme and story telling. We enjoy learning poems and rhymes and have committed to learning a rhyme a week by heart which we perform daily, developing our vocabulary and building our confidence to become inspiring speakers. We recently put on a virtual class performance to our families and the other classes at Bampton School of all the poems and rhymes we have learnt so far this term.

Below is our curriculum plan and other information sent  home to parents and carers.

If you would like more information on our curriculum, you can contact either the class teacher or our Headteacher, Mr Bladon.

To do this, simply email bamptonstaff@alumnismat.org

Or call the school office on 01398 331121.