Visualizing scenes from ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith

We are following the programme in comprehension:

‘Building Bridges of Understanding’.

We are learning comprehension strategies.


As a whole-school, we concentrated on ‘prediction’ in September and October.

Now we are practising ‘visualization’.

We are reading ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith.

We are also learning a lot about hedgehogs and road safety in class too.

Nicole drew this one:

We drew lots of pictures to illustrate The Hedgehog Family:

Ma, Pa, Peony, Petunia, Pansy and Max.

This is Owen’s one to show you the family…

‘… sitting in a flower-bed at their home,

the garden of Number 5A

of a row of semi-detached houses

in a suburban street.
This is Julia’s

Some other children also drew what they could visualize when we read:

‘On the other side of the road was a Park,

very popular with the local hedgehogs

on account of the good hunting it offered.


As well as worms and slugs and snails,

which they could find in their own gardens,

there were special attractions in the Park.


Mice lived under the Bandstand,

feasting on the crumbs

dropped from listeners’ sandwiches;


frogs dwelt in the Lily-Pond,


and in the Ornamental Gardens 

grass-snakes slithered through the shrubbery’.

JC included all these special features.

Here are our visualizations:

Visualizing ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith on PhotoPeach

Here is an Animoto of our work:


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A Reminder:

Please don’t leave your child to explore online unattended
The internet is a portal to the world outside. Children should be supervised.

Art Activity: Turning our names into aliens!

See how we did this on this slideshow…
Name Aliens on PhotoPeach

See some on Animoto…

Please remember: As entertaining as the internet can be please do not let your child explore the internet unsupervised.

Visualizing ‘It Was A Dark And Stormy Night’ by Allan Ahlberg

We are working on comprehension strategies

in reading, following the

‘Building Bridges of Understanding’ programme.


We spent the first six weeks of the school term

predicting what was going to happen next

in the stories we read.

Now we are adding ‘visualization’ to our skill set.

Teacher has read six short novels in class this year.

This one is our favourite by far.


“…Outside a light wind was blowing

the last of the storm clouds away.

In the east there was a glow,

and streaks of pink and violet

and duck-egg green tinged

the darker edge of the sky”.


From: ‘It Was A Dark And Stormy Night’

by Janet and Allan Ahlberg


Teacher thinks Nicole has visualized the sky at dawn, very well:

We all worked hard on ‘visualizing’ as you will see:

‘It Was A Dark And Stormy Night’ by Allan Ahlberg 

As always I would remind you to supervise your child when they are online.

Jake visualizes ‘The Pirate Ship’.


Click here to see our book review and to hear our podcast.

Winners of ‘The Enchanted Garden’ Competition

From Killruddery’s Estate, Facebook Page:

“Enchanted Garden Colouring Competition Winners!!
By Killruddery House and Gardens

These are the three winning entries for Enchanted Garden Colouring Competition.

Thank you to all the wonderful and creative kids who entered.

It was a really tough decision because as you can see the standard was very high.”


Congratulations and Well Done to Chloe and Rose.  

I’m sure you will have a magical time in ‘The Enchanted Garden.’

Inspired by the art work in the Disney Classic: ‘The Jungle Book’.

We watched the Elephant March from the Disney Classic ‘The Jungle Book’ paying careful attention to the artwork and then we did our own jungle pictures.

This one is Sinead’s:

This one is Mak’s:

You can see all of the finished painting by clicking on this link.

Be careful … It’s a jungle out there !
Remember that it is literally ‘a jungle out there’ on the world wide web and always remember to supervise your child’s online activities 🙂

We hope you like our pictures.

A Collage Like Nia’s

When we read ‘Emlyn’s Moon’ by Jenny Nimmo, one of the characters, Nia made a collage.
We thought this was a good idea and decided to make one too.

A Collage Like Nia’s

This one is Aoibhin’s to see the other works of art click on the link above.

What we found out about Jenny Nimmo.

Her Childhood

Jenny Nimmo was born on 15th January 1944.

To start with there was just her and her Mum.

Then they moved to her uncle’s free-range chicken farm.

When she was only six Jenny was sent away to boarding school.

It must have been hard to be so far away from her Mum.

It isn’t surprising that she didn’t enjoy boarding school.

She was was happier when she went to a secondary school.

She was told that she should become an actress.

At school, Jenny was quiet but she could be giddy too.

She loved to make people laugh.

Jenny Nimmo always loved reading and writing.

She read all the books in the junior school library by the time she was nine.

She had to persuade the librarian to let her join the senior school library.


Now she is an adult…

Jenny now lives in Wales with her family.

She writes after she has done her chores and fed all the chickens, rabbits and cats!


This is how she writes

She uses a soft, 3B pencil

and rewrites, makes changes and proof reads as she goes along.

When she’s sure she has made all the changes, she wants to,

her husband reads the story

and types it for her.


Her books

Many of her books are about ‘magic’ in real life situations.

The books that she has written that we have read are

‘Tom and the Pterosaur’,

‘The Owl Tree’,

‘The Stone Mouse’

‘The Dog Star’

‘The Snow Spider’

but she has written many, many more.

by Aoibhin and Nadine

THE STONE MOUSE and THE OWL TREE and THE DOG STAR were all written by Jenny Nimmo.

How are these stories the same?

How are they different?

Of the three books, which is your favourite?

Why is it your favourite?

Clay Owls in a Collage Habitat


Last week we made clay owls and placed them in a collage habitat.

Owl Habitats on PhotoPeach

Full list of artists still to be added.