Friday 19th January 2018
WOW! What a super week we have had. We have been very busy designers, scientists and builders in Squirrels this week.
We started the week by exploring materials and testing a variety to decide which we thought would be most suitable for the fourth little pig's house. We then shared our ideas from our home learning designs and drew a design in class based on our findings from our materials testing. Once our plans were in place we set about building the house, this involved teamwork and a great deal of perseverance. The houses looked fantastic and on testing day, we all nervously awaited the arrival of the Big Bad Wolf to try and blow them down. We had great fun and afterwards spent time discussing why we thought our house building was successful or what improvements we could make if we were to do it again.
The building continued as we now have 'The Three Little Pigs building site' in our outdoor area, they have been extremely busy buying bricks from the builders merchants and building their houses.
We continued to explore the four-ness of four this week and the children have been buying their fruit snack with Numicon and 'real money.' We are continuing to develop our work on shape and applied our knowledge and skills to our house designing and building. The estimation station has proved very popular during Explorer time and they have impressed me with their new Mathematical vocabulary which they are applying across their learning.
I am delighted to announce that we have appointed two class Fairtrade representatives this week. We learnt a little more about Fairtrade and democracy before voting for two children to represent our class at school meetings. I was over-whelmed by how many put themselves forward for the position. The confidence they demonstrated as they explained to the rest of the class why they thought they would be the best person for the job was wonderful to see. Our class representatives will attend meetings with Miss Brown and the other class representatives and feedback to us how we can support this worthwhile cause.
I know I am certainly ready for a rest after such a busy but delightful week of learning. Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Friday 12th January 2018
The children have engaged well with our new topic this week and have thoroughly enjoyed re-telling the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' using our story sack, small world play and puppets.
During circle time we have talked about feelings, emotions and showing kindness to others. We have started to explore if the pigs were right to punish the wolf in a pot of boiling water and explored what we think really happened to the wolf at the end of the story. The Squirrels enjoyed expressing the feelings of the Three little pigs and the big bad wolf through drama.
In Maths we have been practising our counting skills and learning to estimate, they have really enjoyed this and are beginning to use the language associated with this; 'more than/less than/equal/the same.'
We have had a busy week but the Squirrels have settled back into our routines very well.
Have a lovely weekend, see you all Monday.
Friday 5th January 2018
Happy new year! It has been lovely to hear all the children's Christmas news.
We have had a lovely few days settling back into Squirrels, exploring the classroom again and familiarising ourselves with our school routines.
In PE this week, we explored moving our bodies in different ways and using our bodies to create shapes. The children enjoyed this and showed good problem-solving skills and team work. We have also been working on developing our throwing and catching skills using a large ball.
In literacy, we thought about the gifts we had received as a class from Santa and then independently wrote a thank you letter to him. We have also been exploring literacy based games and activities. Everyone has chosen a new reading book this week and it is evident that many of them have been practising their sounds and reading over the holidays. Thank you for your support with this.
We begin our new topic on Monday, the Squirrels are very excited to find out what our new role-play area will be.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the kindness and generosity you showed at Christmas time, I will enjoy the pampering and relaxation!
Have a lovely weekend, see you all Monday for more adventures.
Friday 15th December 2017
Squirrels have had a fantastic week of Christmas fun and are all now ready for a well deserved break to enjoy the festivities with our families.
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas time and we look forward to seeing you all in the New year for more adventures!
Friday 8th December 2017
Christmas has certainly arrived in Squirrels class! We have had a lovely week exploring the Christmas based learning in our classroom.
We received a lovely letter from The Jolly Christmas Postman who had sent us a copy of his book to read. The Christmas Post Office has been very busy with parcel and post deliveries, we have measured the parcels and been busy wrapping them too. The Elves have been busy in Santa's workshop and Santa has been keeping a careful eye on all the Squirrels from his house.
We have continued to share the Christmas story and talked about the true meaning of Christmas, sharing our reflection thoughts and prayers with the class. The reading teepee has been transformed into the nativity scene with the children enjoying re-enacting the story (slightly adapted versions).The Shepherd has been searching for his sheep around the classroom and the Wise Men were seen in the Christmas Post Office!
Hopefully you all enjoyed your Christmas cake, the children thoroughly enjoyed decorating them and the festive baking continued this week with making mince pies.
Today, we enjoyed our marble treat which was to have a Christmas activity morning. The Squirrels have made some fantastic decorations, including the table decoration which came home with them today. We will be continuing with our crafts next week.
If you have not already done so, please ensure your child brings into school with them on Monday, a plain coloured t-shirt for our Nativity production.
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to more Christmas craziness next week.
Friday 1st December
We have been very busy over the past two weeks in Squirrels so I am sharing a range of photographs.
In Literacy we wrote a set of instructions to make a paper lantern, then followed these instructions to make our own. They look lovely hanging in the classroom and I know many of the Squirrels have made them at home too!
In Maths we have been exploring shape, pattern and a range of counting games. The children have enjoyed playing a range of Maths related games, particularly dominoes. This has helped them to develop not only their Maths skills but also their social skills to take turns and listen to each other.
The Christmas preparations are underway, cakes are baked and due to be iced next week. I know the Squirrels are looking forward to the new role-play area on Monday and lots more Christmas fun.
It was lovely to share your child's learning at the parent consultations, thank you for your support.
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to the festive fun continuing next week in Squirrels.
Friday 17th November 2017
We have been so busy this week and the Squirrels have amazed us with their fantastic writing, reading and counting.
In Literacy, the children have been busy choosing, drawing and labelling what they would pack in a picnic to take to the Moon, they certainly would not go hungry! We are continuing to develop our use of our phonics in our writing, using our 'Fred fingers' to sound out the word before we write it.
We are continuing to explore rhyme through various stories and poems, they are challenging themselves to spot the rhyming words.
We have gone number crazy this week in Maths. The Squirrels have been busy practising their counting to 10 and exploring the Numicon pegs to create Numicon shape patterns.
We have enjoyed using the 'Beebots' in class this week, imagining we are sending them to explore the Moon. This has involved careful programming of the Beebots to ensure they travel in the directions we require!
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to more adventures next week.
Friday 10th November
This week we launched our new topic 'Starry, starry night.'
We have had a fantastic week of learning. The children enjoyed creating their own fireworks pictures in Art, providing a spectacular display in our classroom.
On Tuesday, we had a mystery parcel arrive in Squirrels, it was very exciting! We had lots of fun guessing what it might be and were delighted to find inside the box Baby Bear and his belongings, including a story for us to share; 'Whatever Next!' It has caused much curiosity and the children have used their questioning skills during a hot seating session when Baby Bear answered many of their questions.
In Maths we have been practising our counting skills during our daily Maths challenge and explored shape by creating rockets.
The Squirrels have been busy using a variety of construction materials to build rockets with many visiting the Moon!
Friday 3rd November 2017
Following on from our marble treat at the end of last term, we have been reading the story of 'We're going on a Bear hunt.' This has helped us to learn some prepositions; 'over', 'under' and 'through.' We then used this language in our P.E. session, using the large apparatus to
re-enact going on a bear hunt.
During Literacy, we created a story map using actions to retell the story, the children really enjoyed this. They then created a new character for their version of the story, this has led to some fantastic writing from the children.
The new writing toolkits have been very popular with many of the children. Percy the Park keeper has had very long lists of jobs written for him!
In Maths we have explored the Numicon rods, we had lots of fun ordering them by size, creating shapes and patterns.
Now the children are fully settled into school life, if anyone is able to spare some time to help in class, please let me know as I am always grateful for an extra pair of hands!
Have a fantastic weekend. If you are watching any firework displays, enjoy, stay safe and I look forward to hearing about it next week when we will be creating our own displays in Art.
Friday 20th October 2017 'Whatever the weather week.'
We have had an absolutely fantastic week. It has been lovely to see the excitement in the children's faces as they approach the next adventure and we have certainly had a lot of those!
The children have thoroughly embraced outdoors learning and we have been outside literally whatever the weather. The experiences have ranged from the weird weather on Monday to a robin in the classroom and spotting deer on the school field during our leaf hunt!
The storm on Monday night caused chaos in our playground as I had forgotten to lock Percy's shed and the wind had blown everything around the playground. Thankfully, the Squirrels are brilliant at tidying and soon set about sorting the objects by their initial sounds and we had a lovely tidy playground again.
The storm also caused problems for Percy's animals as they lost their homes. The Squirrels found the animals hiding around the field and designed, then built the animals new homes.
The hot chocolate was very popular and today was extra special as we finished the week with our marble treat which included marshmallows on our hot chocolate. We were very lucky to have Mrs Macdonald help us to make our popcorn ready for our cinema morning, the children watched with fascination as the corn popped. Obviously, you cannot go to the cinema without a ticket, so the children made their own tickets and paid for their popcorn with Numicon. Everyone enjoyed the movie; 'We're going on a bear hunt' and related this to our own version on the story that we had created; 'We're going on a leaf hunt.'
Hopefully the children have shared their daily adventures with you as I could be typing for a long time if I listed them all here! Off now though for a well deserved half term break for all.
I am extremely proud of every one of my Squirrels, they have had a super half term and settled so well.
Have an enjoyable week and I look forward to more adventures with them next half term.
Friday 13th October 2017
This week, we have been busy using our increasing phonics knowledge to practise our letter formation. The children are engaging very well with this and are keen to show off their new skills. We then applied these skills by writing and drawing about some objects we found during our walk.
The biggest excitement of the week, was converting a shed space into Percy the Park Keeper's shed. I provided the children with the resources and they worked together as a team to create a wonderful outdoor role-play area. They have adopted various roles from leaf collecting to planting to making Percy's cup of tea! We will continue to build upon this next week as we embark on our 'whatever the weather' week.
Please remember to send your child into school on Monday with a waterproof coat and 'wellies'. The full details for next week can be found on the class page under 'class letters and information.'
Friday 6th October 2017
We have taken advantage of the beautiful autumn weather this week by taking our learning outside.
We have been lucky to have two visitors this week. The first, was Percy the Park Keeper, who joined us for a story to introduce our new topic 'Amazing Autumn/Percy the Park Keeper.'
We also had the pleasure of the company of Nurse Lucy, who brought along Healthy Ted. Nurse Lucy explained that she will be returning after Christmas to see us but for now we helped her measure and weigh Healthy Ted and check his hearing. This led to many pop-up doctor's surgeries in Squirrels classroom during explorer time.
The children have been exploring Numicon in Maths and have shown some fantastic problem solving as we explored how many different ways we could represent a number using Numicon.
In Literacy, we have shared some of Percy's stories and we had a lovely walk around the school grounds looking for and collecting signs of autumn. The children have learnt more new sounds in RWInc and have been practising writing these sounds. Hopefully, they will be sharing these at home with you.
Thank you for your support at the class meeting, it was lovely to see so many of you. The PowerPoint is on the class page for your reference.
Have a lovely weekend, I look forward to seeing everyone for more autumn adventures next week.
Friday 29th September 2017
We have had a 'souper' week in Squirrels.
This week, the Squirrels have been learning about harvest around the world. We have explored where our food comes from and how it travels to the shops for us to buy. They have enjoyed building a farm in the small world area and in the construction area the children have been busy building tracks to transport the food from the farm to the shops.
In Maths, we have explored pattern by printing with fruits and vegetables and using the Numicon to help us count and sort the vegetables ready for our soup. We also have been very busy writing shopping lists and buying and selling our produce at the farmers market. Our focus this week has been the number 'one', the children used 'real' one penny coins at the farmers market.
They impressed me with their culinary skills and it would seem I have a class full of chefs!
Thank you for your vegetable contributions and for joining us for the harvest soup tasting, it was lovely to see so many of you.
Friday 22nd September
Wow! Another super week in Squirrels, as you will see from the photographs.
This week, we joined the rest of the school for our daily worship and the Harvest service this morning. We have fully changed for P.E. and the children have impressed me with their developing independence skills. They have obviously been practising at home. Thank you for your support with this.
We have been developing our fine motor skills through our daily 'funky fingers' activities, the children have enjoyed the challenge of using chopsticks or copying a pattern on the peg board.
The children were introduced to Kipper this week and we celebrated his birthday today as a special class reward. We made a fruit salad for our snack time and the Squirrels were very busy in the writing area weighing his presents and creating cards and invitations for him.
We have also talked about staying safe as part of our learning about 'I am special, I am me!' as the children explored the bikes and road safety in the Squirrels outdoor area.
I look forward to seeing everyone for more adventures next week.
Friday 15th September
We have had a fantastic start to our learning journey in Squirrels. The children have settled very well into their new routines and it has been lovely to see them all looking so smart in their new uniform.
As you will see from the photographs, we have had a very busy week exploring our new environment and making new friends.
Hopefully, the children have shared some of their experiences with you at home but if not then these photographs are an ideal prompt to encourage them to do so.
Thank you for your support and please continue to encourage your children to dress and undress themselves as this is a great help when changing for P.E.
Have a lovely rest over the weekend Squirrels ready for more adventures next week!