St Nicholas Church of EnglandPrimary Academy


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Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.

With this in mind, in our class we have a daily reading session, after lunch, where the children enjoy listening to adults telling them a story. 


Our class book for the start of this term is The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith.

Max is a hedgehog who lives with his family in a nice little home, but it’s on the wrong side of the road from the Park where there’s a beautiful lily pond and plenty of juicy slugs, worms and snails!

The busy road is dangerous but Max is determined to make his way across. If humans can do it, why can’t hedgehogs?

His first attempt ends in a nasty bump on the head and, when Max tries to speak, he realises his words are all mixed up. He is no longer a hedgehog but a hodge-heg!

Still determined to fulfil his mission, Max discovers the best way to cross the road – with the help of the lollipop lady and some careful detective work . . .


If your child enjoys us reading  The Hodgeheg, Dick King-Smith wrote a sequel called King Max The Last. Why not see if you can find a copy and read it together with your child.