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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'!


FOXES- Year 1, 2 and 3

Otters class  contains a mix of Years 1, 2 and 3 children.  The class teacher is Mrs Richardson.

Year 1 and 2 follow the Key Stage 1 curriculum and have plenty of opportunity for active learning through child initiated investigation and exploring. Year 3 follow the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

They all follow a systematic phonics programme.

In the afternoon all the children cover the foundation subjects.



Eagles - Years 4, 5 and 6

Eagles class is for the upper end of the school and currently contains a mix of children from Years 4, 5 & 6.  The class teachers are Mr Hardy and Mrs Varela

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.