J3 classmates created their very own woodland workmate during a regular outdoor learning session in Gad’s Forest School.

The seven to eight-year olds have been reading ‘The Hodgeheg’, written by master author of animal adventures, Dick King-Smith.

Together, the cohort has really enjoyed getting into character and looking at setting descriptions, so what better way to fully appreciate the prickly balls of fun than by making one – and recruiting it to help with composition classwork?

Using wood, nails and a hammer, as well as natural materials found by rummaging in the vast Forest School grounds, the children crafted their version of the ‘Hodgeheg’.

Back in the classroom, literacy lesson was brought to life when the students employed their hedgehogs to illustrate dialogue in speech bubbles and went on to use inverted commas in sentences.

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