The Bythams School

The Bythams Primary School

Creeton Road, Little Bytham, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 4PX

Telephone: 01780 410275 Email:

Hedgehogs Class

Welcome from Mrs Marshall, Mrs Foster, Mrs Lovell and all of the reception and Year 1 children of Hedgehogs class.


After several days of incubating the 4 duck eggs, kindly given to us by Mrs Hind, we have ducklings!  Three have successfully hatched and are now under a heat lamp in the Hedgehog classroom.  We all got to hold one of the ducklings, which is a challenge considering how much they wriggle!  We will be teaching them to swim tomorrow. 

It’s all very exciting and the experience completely supports our topic of Claws, Whiskers and Feathers!

The Mystery Of the Missing Gingerbread Men!

After a week of activities around the story of The Gingerbread Man story, on Thursday the children in the Hedgehog class made their own gingerbread men.  However, when we arrived into school on Friday Mrs Marshall was shocked to find 7 Gingerbread men had disappeared!  She asked the children from Gardening club if they knew what had happened or had even eaten them!  They all said they didn’t know anything about it.  Upon looking more closely the children found that the icing had been used and the sweets they were going to use had disappeared.  Peter and Elodie noticed that there were gingerbread crumbs on the table.  Mrs Wilson came in to tell the class that in the evening she had been called out to school as the alarm had gone off.  The children thought that a robber must have entered the building and took the gingerbread men.  Mrs Lovell wondered why the robbers hadn’t taken her chocolate which she had left.  Archie thought that the gingerbread men had escaped!  We all went looking for clues around school.  Thomas was keen to find out where the robbers had gone to.  Taylor found a footprint!  Grace saw there were crumbs on the floor near to the office.

Mr Clarke came into the classroom to let Mrs Marshall know he had the video from the camera in Hedgehog class.  We all sat down to watch what it had filmed.  We were amazed to see that the gingerbread men had escaped and ran away!  Elodie thought that it was the gingerbread men who had used the icing before they had left.

Later, the children wrote about the mystery, below are some extracts from their work.
Jack  wrote:  On Friday morning seven Gingerbread men ran away and one had a cane, there were crumbs on the table and the icing was open.
Conor wrote:  We found crumbs and footprints.
Taylor: One Friday morning we found crumbs on the round table.  There were 29 gingerbread men but seven gingerbread men had ran away.
Grace wrote:  I was sad and I was angry.
Lucy wrote:  I thought that a robber took the gingerbread men.  On the film it was actually they had escaped by their self.
Peter wrote:  They ran away and might have jumped out of the window.

Independent writing from Year 1 children.

The children did finally ice their gingerbread men as luckily there were enough left to have one each!  Here is a photo of the reception children showing their yummy gingerbread men.

Forest School

Find out about Bythams' Forest School and what our classes have been doing there

Playing in the Snow and Making Bird Feeders 27 February

The Hedgehog children had a fantastic time in the snow today while at Forest School! They enjoyed making snow angels and miniature snowmen. Later, everyone made a bird feeder to attract the elusive school robins. The children loved combining all the ingredients into the lard and then pushing it into a cup. Afterwards, they hung their feeders onto the tree branches in the Mini Spinney. We were all amazed when two robins came down to feed!

Making beds, chairs and moon gloop for our aliens


So far, this term in Maths we have been doing subtraction sums. The Year 1 children have been subtracting using the counting back method, number bond families and stories and pictures. The reception children have been using special stones from an alien planet to subtract with. They’ve also been ordering numbers and finding the missing numbers in a number sequence.

Moon Zoom!

Early in January, Mr Clarke received an email from a driver passing by the school at night, he had seen flashing lights in the sky over the back of the school. The driver heard a loud crash and a screech and the lights disappeared. He suggested we find out what had happened that night.

The next day the Hedgehog class went out into the Little Spinney to look for clues. They were amazed to find green footprints, bottles of rocket fuel, alien gloop and scattered metal debris. They also found an alien note which Libby (our Forest School leader) read out to us. The note explained that two aliens, Glub and Bogo, had crashed landed in the Little Spinney and that they are now trying to repair their ship before heading off home. The good news is that the aliens are friendly!

The children are very excited to help Glub and Bogo repair their ship, they’ve already helped make waterproof homes for the aliens to live in while they are here. As the children have never seen Glub and Bogo they have drawn their own aliens and written a description about them. This term there will be plenty of science, history and design technology work based around materials, space travel and famous astronauts.

The children made their own alien using the K’Nex.

Settling in to School Life!

The new Hedgehog children are all settling down to the new routines of the class and making new friends.
There have been lots of great opportunities for them to play and learn, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Hedgehog Maths

In the Hedgehog class we don’t just do maths inside, it often spills out into out garden.  The Year 1 children were writing number lines counting in tens.  The reception children were ordering the cones to 10.


The Hedgehogs are having PE lessons with Mr Brewer, who is teaching them different types of ball skills. The children have been learning how to roll, throw, catch and collect different types of balls. The children are learning how to get ready to catch a ball and they play many exciting games too!


This link is for Tapestry, your child’s online learning journey. Please logon regularly to see what your child has been up to. Even take some photos and share what you have been doing at home.

Tapestry Online Learning Journal

A fantastic website that has lots of great maths games to help your child with numbers and shape, space and measure. Topmarks

A great website with free phonics games to help your child with all phases of their phonics. Phonics Play

This is an amazing website that offers learning experiences in all areas such as problem solving, reading, number and generally all round fun games that will engage them. The Big Bus

I can write my numbers


Phonics song

Download Phase 2 Sound Chart

Articulation Phonemes

Useful websites

Our Useful Websites page has links to some great games and information which will help some of the work we are doing in class, such as Letters and Sounds - A great website that has free phonics games and resources to help your child with all phases of their phonics.

The eSafety page has links to some websites that will give you help and advice on staying safe when you are online.

Growth Mind Set

At the Bythams Primary School we believe in a creative curriculum to engage the children. As part of this we are encouraging the children to develop a ‘Growth Mind set’. This is when children keep on trying to develop and improve, learning how they learn best and thinking about what they need to do next.

This website link to CBeebies explains the idea of a growth mind set really clearly have a look at how this really encourages children to think and learn. Growth Mind set link.