Welcome to Hedgehog Class
Hedgehog Class are the Year 5 and 6 children at Great Hockham Primary School and Nursery. Being the oldest children in the school, we have extra responsibilities such as taking on the roles of Buddies to Reception children, Reading and Maths Ambassadors and caring for the school chickens. Many of us run clubs for younger children - we have an adult to help us keep the children safe but we plan, run and evaluate the clubs all by ourselves.
Please click on the links below for the latest learning. It is not expected that your child does all the activities - they are there as ideas if they are helpful. I'll continue to try and provide 'worksheet'-type activities which may be less time-intensive for you, in addition to the more creative style of learning. This week, I have provided a set of maths lessons to be done daily.
To see uploaded images of your work, please visit the Home Learning Gallery for the whole school.
Friday 22nd May
Good morning everybody! Goodness me - the last day of term already - how quickly that last half term went!
Well, there was no storm where I live but there was a bit of welcome rain for the garden. Now it looks like being a fine and sunny week ahead which will be great for getting outdoors. I will be trying to keep up with my cycling - I will definitely enjoy the time to do some every day during half term. We have plans here to cycle to Norwich and back next week which I am looking forward to - I hope to meet my children at some point which will be amazing. I hope you have made some plans for the holiday with your families and that you get to enjoy some sunshine and a well-earned break.
Take care - see you in June - when I believe my little birds will have flown!
Thursday 21st May
Good morning - I hope you all enjoyed the fabulous weather we had yesterday. Every day I spend time pond-watching and because it was so warm yesterday there was a lovely invasion of damselflies. They really are the most amazing insects and I loved seeing how they behaved. The species I think I saw were the Large Red Damselfly and the Common Blue. Apparently, you can tell the difference between damselflies and dragonflies because damselflies tend to be smaller, when they rest they keep their wings folded and they have smaller eyes than the dragonfly. I have added pictures of the species to the slideshow below.
I see from Mrs Dobbin's page that her baby bluetits have flown! I think ours must be about to do that. In just a few days they have got feathers and the stronger ones are crawling all over the nest and flapping their wings; I think I can see seven babies. It's funny - I was watching them and you could see different characters - the active, noisy ones and the quieter, sleepy ones. I wonder if there are differences like that in any of your families!
I think today is supposed to be very warm again, with maybe a storm later on. Enjoy all of it, Hedgehogs and I'll be back tomorrow.
P.S. If you haven't checked out the Home Learning Gallery lately, please have a look - I upload all your work on there and there's some amazing stuff to see.
P.P.S. Mrs Ambrose has asked us to share this fab idea with you all: Rob Biddulph (DrawwithRob) is aiming to go for a world drawing record at 4pm today - a record that you can help him set. Please visit this website if you want to take part: http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob
Wednesday 20th May
Hello Hedgehogs! I've got a bit of a science theme for you today, I am adding links to four digital science magazines that are aimed at families. There's lots of info and some fun investigations, activities and experiments. Links are below - I hope you enjoy them.
Mrs Garrod has asked me to remind you about the peregrine falcon cameras at Norwich Cathedral - here's a link to it: https://hawkandowltrust.org/web-cam-live/norwich-cathedral-side
My own bird watching continues! The bluetits are very active and you can see the babies are getting feathers and are not so floppy any more! There seems to be a very dominant one which always gets food first but the parents do also seem to rummage down in the nest to reach the less pushy ones at the bottom! I have added the latest photos to the slideshow.
OpenUpScience Digital Magazines
Tuesday 19th May
Good morning everyone! I have been really enjoying the sunshine over the past few days - at the end of a day's work, it is so lovely to be able to walk around the garden with my husband and enjoy looking at all the plants. Often, we notice flowers that seem to have sprung from nowhere! I love to look at the changes and I really marvel at the different ways all the plants have evolved to try and survive and reproduce - attracting pollinators, defending against pests and things that want to eat them, and dispersing such a wide variety of seeds in the most amazing ways.
I have taken a few photos of my favourite plants today.
Have a wonderful day,
P.S. Feeling pretty pleased I decided to take these pictures early this morning as I found a fish that had jumped out of the pond and was lying, gasping for breath, on the soil. Managed to rescue it and it is now swimming around in the pond again ( a bit muddy but I think it's going to be okay).
Some of my favourite plants
Monday 18th May
Good morning everyone - the start of the final week of half term. Last week the Year 6s would have been doing their SATs and Year 5 would have been sitting similar kinds of tests. There would have been breakfast and bowling for Year 6s and a woods trip for all of us. How things have changed! If we can all get back together before July, I will be doing my very best to organize trips to the woods - apart from anything else, I haven't forgotten that you are owed a trip as part of your golden acorn prize. To be honest - you have been so amazing during lockdown, I think you deserve everything on the prize tree.
I miss you very much, Hedgehogs,
Friday 15th May
Good morning everybody. I have been thinking that there is one good thing to have come out of the lockdown situation and that is our website and the opportunities that have emerged to use it as a way of connecting with one another. I have loved reading the other teachers' daily messages but most of all I have really enjoyed the Home Learning Gallery. Of course, I love getting work and messages from Hedgehogs but being able to see work from across the whole school in one place is a wonderful thing. It shows how hard you are all working but, more importantly, it shows what creative and individual people you all are. It's funny really, because although I know that potentially the whole world can see your work, somehow the website seems just for us - a way of our small but very special community to stay in touch and to celebrate the uniqueness that is Great Hockham Primary School and Nursery.
Take care and have a fabulous weekend,
P.S. Birds so busy at the moment they have kicked the nesting material over the top of the babies so I can't see them at all this morning!
Thursday 14th May
Hi everyone - I was digging in my garden at the weekend and found a very strange piece of glass. My house is pretty old so I wondered at first if it was old glass that had come from the original windows of the cottage but it looked a little odd. I did a bit of research and at one point came across information on fulgurites which are formed when lightning hits the ground. The heat is so intense that sand, soil or other minerals are reformed into glass-like structures. Isn't nature amazing?
Now, I don't think my odd piece of glass is one of those - I still don't know what it is - but do check out some of the cool pictures of fulgurites that I found online.
Have a wonderful day, Hedgehogs,
Wednesday 13th May
Good morning ...
Today our morning message comes from you, the youngest members of our school family.
It is not too late to send us your photographs and drawings. This message can continue to grow each week so do continue to email us.
Have a lovely day,
Somewhere Over The Rainbow: The Squirrelettes
Tuesday 12th May
Good morning everyone. I have managed to get a slightly better picture of the baby birds - if you look on the slideshow, you should be able to see the open beak of one of them. I can see them quite clearly on the monitor but the image gets a bit blurred by the time I have taken a photo of it! I imagine the babies are making some kind of chirruping sound but if you click on this link:
you can hear the adult's song and a bit of info about bluetits.
Thank you to those of you who sent in a photo for the video. It will be uploaded soon.
Have a lovely day, Hedgehogs,
Monday 11th May
It’s very exciting - the birds have finally hatched! I have popped some photos in the slideshow below. Mum and Dad are very busy feeding the babies but it’s hard to say how many there are at the moment. And the bluetits are not the only things that were born on Friday: My daughter has a bee hotel in her garden and she managed to film a bee emerging after the winter. Last year an adult bee will have laid an egg in one of the bamboo tubes and left a grain of pollen as a first meal. Then the adult will have sealed up the end of the tube with mud. When the temperature is warm enough, the egg hatches and out comes a baby bee. I have uploaded the video below.
This got me thinking about how there is so much beauty everywhere – we don’t need to go far at all. On a walk near my home at the weekend, I took a picture of a beautiful wood and sent it to my family who came back with a picture of what they could see at that moment. My mum could see the lilac about to come into bloom in her garden and my daughter was walking by the River Yare just half a mile from her home.
So, although we can’t go far, we who live in this wonderful part of the country and who are lucky enough to have gardens, don’t really need to look very far for the wondrous things in life: the snowstorm of cow parsley, the joys of a river bank, the pleasure in seeing a favourite tree burst into colour and the birth of the birds and the bees!
Have a lovely day,
Thursday 7th May
Good morning everyone - it looks like it will be another sunny day today - hurray! Thank you to everyone who has sent in a photo for the film - we hope to share that with you next week. There's still time to send in photos so please join in if you would like to.
It's been such a pleasure receiving all your pictures of work. I know not everybody can do this but I have really enjoyed the daily pictures of all the wonderful things you have been doing. I am very, very proud of you, Hedgehogs.
My little bird is still sitting on her nest - we think this weekend is the 'due date' for hatching so, fingers crossed, I'll have some good news for you after the Bank Holiday weekend. Have a lovely mini-break, enjoy the VE celebrations that I know so many of you are involved in and I look forward to 'seeing' you again next week.
Wednesday 6th May
Good morning - thank you to those who have begun to send in pictures for the Hockham video - I am looking forward to them all being in a film together so keep them coming if you can!
If you look at the slideshow below, you will see a fairly ordinary-looking plant that I have in my garden. Its common name is a lamb's ear plant and it is lovely and furry to touch. However, the main reason I planted it was because I found out that a type of bee called a wool carder bee gathers the fluff from the leaves and makes a nest with it. I think that's amazing! I've included some pictures taken by other people of the bee and its nest.
I hope you have a lovely day,
If you click on this link https://www.youtube.com/user/WildlifeWatchUK/videos it will take you to some cool videos produced by the Wildlife Trust. Every Wednesday at 10am, there is a new, live stream.
Tuesday 5th May
Thank you so much for all of your lovely messages about the Somewhere Over the Rainbow video. We're glad you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed making it for you, the amazing children in our school family.
If you would like to take part in a video here's what you need to do:
Do some fabulous art work of either rainbows, rabbits, owls, deer, hedgehogs or squirrels (no words please, just pictures).
Take a photo of you holding your art work, just like the adults have in our video.
Or if you don't want to be in the video, just take a photo of your art work.
Email your photos to us by Monday 11th May.
Make some popcorn and wait for the premiere to be announced!
Have fun, from Mrs Fowler
Monday 4th May - For today's morning message, please play the video below. Have a lovely day - Mrs F
Friday 1st May
Good morning everyone - what a glorious start to the morning - the trees are that wonderful, intense green that you only get in Spring. I am lucky enough to be able to see many trees from my window - beech, hazel, holly, horse chestnut, laurel and other ones that I have no idea the names of! (I'd should ask Mrs G!). All of them are lit up and vibrant and I feel very privileged to have such a view. I think it was possibly on just such a morning that Mole left his home to explore the sunshine in The Wind in the Willows.
My little bird also left her home this morning! While I was watching, she hopped up onto the edge of the hole and then was gone - presumably to take a comfort break! Apart from that, she still sits minding her clutch of eggs. While we wait for her eggs to hatch, I thought I'd recommend this website to you:
https://hawkandowltrust.org/web-cam-live/norwich-cathedral-side This is the place where you can see the peregrine falcons that are nesting on Norwich Cathedral - very impressive - and they also have a webcam in a barn owl box.
Have a lovely day and a great weekend - the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny.
Thursday 30th April
Good morning - I was glad to see the sunshine when I woke up this morning - I soon got fed up with the rain! Even my dogs got a little fed up yesterday - you can see a picture below of Lily hunkering down with a couple of my bags! I see that Mrs Dobbin's eggs have hatched; our bluetits are still sitting on the nest. When I checked this morning, it looked like mum was having a lie-in - I don't blame her!
As I write this, I can hear the news about Captain (now Colonel) Tom and the special celebrations that will be going on for him today. This story really is extraordinary, isn't it - not just the astounding amount of money he has raised, and the fact that he's number one in the charts, but the fact that he made such a difference at the age of 100. Absolutely inspirational.
Wednesday 29th April
Good morning, lovely Hedgehogs. Yesterday was even quieter than usual here due to the rain but the birds in the nest box are very busy. It's difficult to get a picture of both the parents at the same time as the dad seems to fly in and out very fast, presumably delivering some food to mum. Mum is pretty active on the nest and she keeps turning round, preening herself and organizing the eggs. I have added the daily picture of mum and I'll try and get one of both of them at some point. Have a good day, take care and stay safe.
Tuesday 28th April
Hello everyone. Like many people, I have been having to make some changes in what I would normally do around the house and garden. I decided that it would be a good idea to plant some vegetables in places normally taken up by bedding plants. (We don't have any bedding plants this year but I did have veg seeds.) There are pictures below of a couple of my first efforts - salad in an old wheelbarrow and a courgette ladder to support the plant as it grows and keep the courgettes off the ground. It is actually a lot sturdier than it looks - it's made from hazel branches left over from pruning trees at the back of my garden. The wonkiness is natural curve of the branches and I am calling it the 'rustic look'!
Hope you have a good day - I think it's going to be a wet one but at least the salad and the courgettes will be happy!
Monday 27th April
Good morning - I hope everyone enjoyed the sunny weekend. We went cycling both days and really enjoyed the sight of all the trees bursting into leaf. Mind you, I always tend to forget the beautiful tree I am lucky enough to have in my front garden. I've put a picture of it below - it's a horse chestnut (or conker) tree. It's probably a bit too big for the garden but I love it and so do all the birds.
Speaking of the birds, I have finally seen a parent on the nest. I am assuming it's mum we can see - every so often she has a shuffle round and turns the eggs. I hope you can see her on the picture for the 26th April below.
Have a lovely day,
Friday 24th April
Good morning, Hedgehogs! It was really lovely to hear from so many of you yesterday. Thank you so much for emailing - it means a lot. It sounds like you're doing some fantastic things with your parents ranging from helping on the farm to baking and gardening to art and listening to Beethoven in a meadow, as well as all the school work. You and your families are amazing.
The eggs are still in the nest - hurrah! - in fact, I think there are more. I am sure I can see 6 or 7 now which is a relief. Still haven't seen an adult though but I suppose it must soon be time to sit on the eggs and then at least one of the parents will be there most of the time.
Enjoy today and then have a lovely weekend with your families,
Thursday 23rd April
Good morning, Hedgehogs. I checked the nest box before logging in today and couldn't see any eggsHowever, there were new feathers on the nest so I am hoping that the other ones have just been covered over ready for the next batch. I'll keep you informed!
One good thing to come out of the lockdown is the banter you can have via social media - what would we have done without it? I have a Family thread which is so important as I can't see them at the moment and last night we had a 'chat' which contained over 150 posts! It was all a bit mad - the kind of thing you get when families get together but it was lovely. My sister is currently delivering a daily WhatsApp 'lecture' on giant cacti (my turn to pick a subject next week) and I thought you might like this fact: The giant Saguaro cactus grows to around 40 feet (over 12 metres) tall and can weigh 4,800 lbs (over 2 tonnes)!
Have a lovely day, Mrs F
Wednesday 22nd April
Morning everyone! I hope you all managed to get back into work mode yesterday - it can be super hard after a break, especially when you're working at home. The bluetits have definitely got into work mode in the camera box - there are four eggs this morning! I didn't really know the process but it seems they will lay gradually and then incubate them all so they hatch at about the same time. Nature is amazing, isn't it?
Take care, Hedgehogs. See you tomorrow, Mrs F
Tuesday 21st April
Good morning everybody! I hope everyone is well and had a relaxing Easter, enjoying some fabulous weather. Now we're back in term time, the new Home Learning is below.
I am very excited because we have birds nesting in a box that has a camera. Some of you may remember that I thought we had bluetits investigating a box earlier in Spring - well, it seems they changed their minds and chose the one with a video feed - little divas! Anyway, we've been watching the nest progress and it's fascinating to see the skill. I think I can see three eggs this morning - there was only one yesterday.
On a different nature note - I would like to recommend this site: https://neal.fun/deep-sea/ It's an animated exploration of the ocean and it contains some really cool and amazing facts! It basically goes deeper and deeper and weirder and weirder. Look out for the iron-clad snail and flabby fish!
Those of you who share a house with a very young person might like to help them learn early counting - see if you can track down the dragon again elsewhere on this site. See you tomorrow, Mrs F
Thursday 2nd April
Last day before the Easter Break! I have received lovely work from some of you - please do share if you haven't already. You just need to photograph something you've done and email it to the class email page and I'll post it up.
The weather for the Easter Holidays looks pretty good so I hope you can get out into your gardens and enjoy the sunshine, maybe do some planting. Gardening is my job for this weekend - getting all my seeds in pots and having a bit of a tidy-up in the garden.
Have a wonderful break and I'll be back here in a couple of weeks (but if you want to send me some work, I'll be checking the emails over the holidays, so please keep them coming in!).
Wednesday 1st April
Good morning everybody! I would like to focus this morning on the wonderful work that many of you have sent in for us to share. If you haven't visited the Home Learning Gallery yet, please take a look - it has got such brilliant images of your work and activities. So many of you are doing an amazing job and showing just how hard-working and creative you are. It has been especially nice for me to see work from across the school all in one place. Keep the sharing going and, if you haven't shared anything yet, but would like to, please just email it to the class email address. Thank you, squirrels.
Tuesday 31st March
Good morning all! While I was in school yesterday, I had a look at the 'biodegradable' lids we have been studying. There is still no sign of decomposition but the one in the salt solution has now got these really cool cube-shaped crystals, so it's not all bad! (Sophie and Bella - I added more water to keep the experiment going.)
Monday 30th March
Good morning - I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We got a little bit excited when it began to snow on Sunday - including Lily, who was outside at the time. Here she is, licking a snowflake off her nose! It's a bit of a shame the snow didn't settle but much better for the birds and insects who are becoming very busy now.
Good morning, everybody!
Hey, Hedgehogs - have you ever felt really cross with someone but were struggling to find the right kind of response? Well, you could always try this one used by my five year old niece when she was cross with her dad:
Hey, your mama was a slug.
A slow one especially.
Good morning, Hedgehogs and all other visitors to our page! It's lovely to see that some of you have started to email telling me what you have been doing. Please keep those emails coming and I'll add any pictures to our gallery - see under News and Events. I loved your clock, Isabel!
As I write this, I can see that some bluetits have moved into a nest box at the back of my garden and are busily doing something; I must find out what they are doing - feeding chicks seems too early - maybe the male feeding the female while she sits on the eggs? Perhaps some of you know and would like to tell me or maybe you could make that a home learning task!
Hurray - Spring is here!
Help! I didn't know whether to call a plumber or a knight in shining armour this morning!
How to train your dragon? Put it on a spin cycle!
Hedgehogs have been on an amazing trip to Gressenhall Rural Life Museum. The trip was a themed day out with the title 'A Victorian Whodunnit'. We travelled back in time to 1865 to solve a murder mystery in the workhouse where one of the inmates had been 'murdered'. There were four suspects and we spent the day helping Detective Lightfoot solving the case. It was great fun and everybody said they'd love to do it again.