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Helmingham Primary School & Nursery



Hedgehogs - Nursery and reception

The Hedgehogs class is made up of children from nursery and reception.

The class teacher is Mrs Cross.

The nursery and reception children in Hedgehogs learn partly through whole group discussion, affectionately known to our children as 'carpet time' and small group practical activities. We follow the Early Years Curriculum which is very active and play based and believe strongly in following the children's interests and outdoor learning. Children learn in small groups working with adults and also through child-initiated activities inside and outside. Alongside these activities, children also get involved with 'Woodland walks' every Friday throughout the year, 'Dough gym' (to encourage fine motor development) 'music and movement', 'Show and Tell' and PE sessions.

The children have access to a stimulating and unique environment located in a beautiful old victorian school house. We have areas where children can take part in structured learning, role play, music, crafts, cooking, mark making and messy play! The children also have access to two outdoor learning areas each providing different qualities and exploration. Our favourite place is our 'Grassy Garden'!

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Otters - Year 1 and 2

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Otters class  contains a mix of Years 1 and 2 children.  The class teachers are Mrs Salmon and Mrs Finch.

Year 1 and 2 follow the Key Stage 1 curriculum and have plenty of opportunity for active learning through child initiated investigation and exploring.

They all follow a systematic phonics programme.

In the afternoon year 3 join Otters and cover the foundation subjects.

Otters Class in our 'Under the Sea' topic have been finding out about oceans, river, countries and continents. We have made paper sea creatures and our gymnastics has included creating sea creature inspired travelling sequences. We have enjoyed printing sea creatures in art and learning all about the different groups of animals in science.


Woodpeckers - Year 3 and 4

In the mornings we come together to form the Woodpeckers.  We are a mixed class of Year 3 and Year 4 and our teacher is Mrs Checketts.

During our time together we concentrate hard on our Maths and English before we separate into Owls and Hedgehogs for the afternoon.

We thoroughly enjoy our Talk 4 Writing approach for literacy as it is a really fun, hands on style of learning.  Through the progression of hand actions and story maps we can retell a story.  We then develop specific skills such as dialogue or punctuation and apply them to the text we have learnt.  This helps us are become confident, interesting, dynamic independent writers.

In maths we use White Rose to help us look deeper into mathematical thinking.  We enjoy a very practical approach where possible, and explore different methods to record our answers. We don’t always find this easy, so we also spend time thinking about ourselves and how often, we may not be able to do things straight away but with practice, perseverance and a positive attitude we will achieve in areas we never thought possible. Hence our motto is ‘We can’t do this YET!’

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Owls - Year 5 and 6

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Owl class is for the upper end of the school and currently contains a mix of children from Years 5 & 6.  The class teachers are Mrs Hawes and Mrs Bakewell.

Children in this class have opportunities during the school year to be involved in activities with children from other local schools, compete in sporting tournaments, attend activities run by the high school and attend educational visits linked to a range of aspects of the school curriculum.

The children in year 6 do some adventure days before they move to high school.