Welcome to the Summer Term in Hedgehog Class


Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you had a wonderful Easter break and that the children are feeling refreshed and ready for the new term.

This term our new curriculum topic is ‘Puddles and Rainbows’, where the children will learn about different types of weather. We will experiment with colour mixing, create our own weather station so that we can measure the weather and link our learning to the changing seasons. We will also learn about King Charles and the events that take place during a coronation in the weak leading up to King Charles’ coronation. You can find out more about our topic and what will be covered across each subject in the topic web.

This letter provides you with some information that you will find useful for the rest of term/year ahead.


Please ensure that your child has the following each day:

  • A water bottle that can be filled up from the classroom tap.
  • Their reading books and reading diary which must be brought into school on a daily basis.
  • Children do not need a rucksack to bring in items from home such as a toys, stationery or a snack. Snack is provided for them daily in class. They should use a book bag as this is sufficient for letters, diaries and reading books.
  • Please could your child bring a waterproof coat into school every day.
  • As the heat of the summer term increases sun cream and a hat are also advised.
  • Your child should be wearing the correct uniform as specified in the uniform policy on the school website.


We will have our PE lessons on a Monday morning and swimming on a Tuesday mornin.The children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit without having

the need of a separate PE kit bag left in school. Please ensure that your child’s swimming kit bag is named and contains thefollowing:


  • swim costume (boys need slim fit trunks/short, not “boardie style” shorts)
  • goggles
  • towel


Devon County Council require that jewellery, including earrings and studs, be removed for P.E. and related activities for health and safety reasons.


Your child will bring home a reading book every day to share with you. I would like to take this opportunity to stress how important it is that you read with your child for 10-15 minutes each day, then sign the reading diary and make any necessary comments. I check the diaries on a daily basis. It is very beneficial for your child to read to an adult regularly which will build their knowledge of different words and help them gain confidence with their reading. Please ensure that you discuss their understanding of the text. We have a regular reading raffle in school in which children who have been reading regularly at home are entered to win a book.

School Kit:

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

Home Learning:

Home learning is an important part of your child’s education. The home learning set will be planned to reinforce the work being covered in class. This will include practising the sounds that we learn each week in phonics, words with our focus sounds to practise reading at home and Tricky Words, so your child can practise spelling and spotting them when reading books. Each week, home learning activities are set on a Friday. If there is any part of the home learning that your child does not understand, please do come and speak to me.


Reception children are provided with a healthy snack daily just before break time as this is funded by the government for all children in EYFS.

I am sure that the Summer Term will be enjoyable for all the children, staff and parents associated with Hedgehog class. I believe in an ‘open door policy’, so you are welcome to come into the Hedgehog classroom with your child in the morning as they settle into their morning task.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or questions.

Many thanks,

Miss Lancelles