Friday 5th April 2019; Whatever the weather week.
We have loved exploring the great outdoors this week and experiencing a range of spring weather! We enjoyed our lunch outside under the shelter whilst listening to the hail beating on the roof, splashed in very muddy puddles, explored the Easter story and created Easter gardens and had a lovely Teddy Bears picnic. We also enjoyed releasing the tadpoles back into the school pond, we will continue to watch their progress over the Summer term.
The children each have a games pouch for home learning, please can I ask that these are enjoyed and then returned after the Easter break for us to refill with different games.
Please continue to practise their handwriting, reading, keywords, numbers and shape recognition over the Easter break.
Have a lovely break and we look forward to hearing all about their adventures when they return on Tuesday 23rd April.
Friday 29th March 2019
We have had a fantastic week of learning. We have lots of photos to share. So, make yourself a cup of tea, get comfy and I'm sure your little Squirrel will tell you all about their adventures this week.
Sounds of the week; 'or' (shut the door) 'air' (that's not fair) 'ir' (whirl and twirl).
Reminders for next week:
Whatever the weather week. Monday 1st-Thursday 4th April. Please see letter on class page for further information.
Thursday 4th April - Marble treat; Teddy Bears afternoon tea. Children to bring one small teddy bear.
Friday 5th April- Easter service (Rabbits leading). All children to wear full school uniform as we will also be walking to church. Easter bonnets to be worn on Friday 5th April, please see school website/app for further information.
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend. See you all on Monday for more adventures.
Friday 22nd March 2019
The Squirrels say that this week they have had fun:
Sharing our new story; 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and exploring the role play. Exploring our outdoors area, noticing seasonal changes. Planting carrots and potatoes. Creating our own band with the musical instruments. Learning the Easter story and sharing our Easter reflections. Making giant beanstalks from construction and measuring ourselves against them. Estimating how many magic beans the Giant could hold and then using our counting skills to check. Learning new skills from a visiting tennis coach.
Sounds of the week: 'oo (poo at the zoo), oo (look at a book), ar (start the car)'
Friday 15th March 2019
The children have amazed us this week with their fantastic learning. The effort and enthusiasm they have shown in all areas of their learning has been fantastic. We are really enjoying sharing traditional tales and rhymes and this week we have read the story of ' The Three Billy Goats Gruff.' I presented them with a challenge to build a bridge to help the goats cross the river and they have shown brilliant perseverance and teamwork as they have used various construction resources to do this.
In Literacy this week, we have written a jobs list for Goldilocks and suggestions as to alternative places for the troll to live. The writing that has come out of our sharing of stories and ideas has been fantastic. Many of us have enjoyed sharing these WOW moments with other adults across the school to show how well we are doing at transferring our learning of our sounds across to our writing.
In Maths we have continued to explore measure, comparing lengths of items. We have also explored pattern through Maths and art and been challenging ourselves to recognise numbers beyond 10.
Focus sounds of the week: 'ay- may I play? ow-blow the snow igh - fly high ee- what can you see?
When supporting your child's reading and writing at home, please remind them to:
'Spot the special friends, Fred talk the word, say the word.'
Friday 1st March 2019
We have had a super busy week of learning. We began the week exploring Fairtrade through a range of activities including stories, games and role-play.
In Maths we have been continuing our learning on length, ordering two/three items by their length and beginning to use the mathematical language to describe and compare; long/longer/longest/short/shorter/shortest/same/equal. Please do continue to reinforce the use of this language at home as the children are beginning to get to grips with this now.
In Literacy, we are reading the traditional tale of 'Goldilocks and the three bears.' We enjoyed the bears joining us for their breakfast and we have been enjoying many tea parties with them. We are drawing our class storymap to help us to retell the story from memory and beginning to write or draw our own stories. We have been focusing on practising spelling simple words and some trickier keywords and including these in our writing. We are encouraging all the children to blend their sounds to read the word as we have now learnt all of our set 1 and 2 sounds, with a particular focus on special friends eg; 'sh, th, ng, ch, at, air ' etc. Please do ask if you require further guidance on this.
Some of you may have seen or heard about the changes in our outdoor area. Miss Rule and I have been busy updating this to enhance the children's learning and with some new resources, the children have had a wonderful time exploring.
Squirrels pancake race: Tuesday 5th March 2.30pm (School hall, please sign in at the office)
Books at bedtime - Wednesday 6th March
Word day- Thursday 7th March; dress up as your favourite word.
Please see school calendar and weekly news for further information.
Friday 15th February 2019
WOW, half term already! Where has the time gone?!
This week's adventures.....
We have had a fantastic week of learning, the children have been very busy exploring our shoe shop and workshop where they have been practising measuring feet and labelling the shoes.
We have had a very active week, practising our balance and ability to control a bike and were very excited by the arrival of our new helmets.
In R.E., we have been exploring the meaning of 'precious' and sharing what is precious to us, the children linked this to taking responsibility.
Today, we enjoyed a day of outdoors exploring as our class marble treat. We made fruit salad, explored the pot of strange looking slime (frogspawn) which had appeared outside, brightened up our outdoors area by doing a spot of gardening, enjoyed a fruit snack up on the field and made the most of the sunshine!
Home learning; You may have noticed that their home learning books have not been sent home. This is because I have not set a specific task and instead would like you to focus on their next steps which were on their recent progress reports and continue daily reading, handwriting, keywords and exploring Purple mash- minimash. We have now learnt all our set 2 sounds, you will find these in their sounds tins for you to help them practise at home.
****** Thinking of having a clear out this half term? We are continually updating our outdoor area and would be grateful of any donations of items that could support their outdoor learning experiences eg; toys (trucks, cars, diggers), kitchen equipment (old saucepans, utensils, colanders, plastic bowls etc) and any gardening equipment, plants or seeds. *****
Thank you for your continued support, have a lovely half term break.
Friday 1st February 2019
We have had lots of fun in the snow! We began our day as scientists and made predictions of which snowball would melt the quickest; the snowball left outside, the snowball in our classroom or the snowball in our freezer. We have made predictions and will await the results....
Thursday 31st January 2019
As a special reward for super skills in PE today, 6 children were chosen to enjoy our scooters and balance bikes. These children were chosen for their effort, perseverance and excellent listening skills. Well done!
Wednesday 30th January 2019
We may not have had a lot of snow but we were determined to make the most of it! A wonderful Welly Wednesday morning exploring our beautiful grounds then warming ourselves up with a delicious hot chocolate.
Friday 25th January 2019
What a super week of learning! We have enjoyed exploring addition, focusing on our number bonds to 6. The children were introduced to the; 'part-part-whole' method as a way to look at how many different ways we can create a total of six. We have introduced the vocabulary of 'add, plus, equals, total or how many altogether?' We are encouraging the children to use this language, for example; your child may say;
'3 and 3 makes 6.' We are then repeating this as a number sentence; '3 add 3 equals 6.' We also introduced some actions to remind us, ask them to explain the part-part-whole method to you and show you the actions. Next week's home learning will link to this.
In P.E., we have been practising our jumping skills and having tested different methods, the children all agreed the method which produced the best results and was safest was to: 1) Feet together 2) Bend your knees 3) Swing your arms. This is something that would be good to practise at home and you could challenge them to jump forwards, sideways and backwards.
The children have been quite tired and emotional this week and we still have three weeks to go until half term! So please ensure they are getting lots of early nights so they are ready to learn and more able to manage their emotions when faced with challenges. They are all showing some fantastic independence skills, thank you for supporting this at home.
Have a lovely weekend, see you next week for more fun adventures.
Thursday 10th January 2019
It has been lovely to welcome the Squirrels back to a new term of learning, they have returned with lots of enthusiasm.
We have already been very busy! We began the week with a whole school Spirituality day, reminding ourselves of our school's values. In Squirrels class, we explored the Glitter ball; Reflection, the children linked this to how we treat each other as guided by Jesus and also our school system of growing green and tickled pink. We have each thought of one thing that we do really well (tickled pink) and one that we could improve (growing green). The children each have a petal and leaf on the class reflection flower.
We began our new topic; 'Once Upon a Time', and this week, we are reading 'The Three Little Pigs.' We have had lots of fun exploring our new role-play and small world areas.
The sun shone brightly for Welly Wednesday and we took advantage of this, having lots of fun exploring the field and noticing the signs of winter.
Friday 21st December
The children have been absolutely fantastic this week, singing beautifully both on and off stage. We have had lots of fun and there are lots of photos for you to enjoy. We were lucky to have Father Christmas visit us this week and the Rabbits joined us for Christmas Explorer time.
I have uploaded the Squirrels Nativity performance video. This can be found on our website under Children - video resource centre.
Thank you for all your support this term, the children have settled very well into life in Squirrels class and I look forward to more adventures next year!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
Friday 14th December 2018
We have enjoyed a week of baking, making Christmas decorations, sharing stories and practising for the Nativity. The children have done very well this week and are definitely ready for a rest this weekend. Be sure to recharge those batteries for the final week of Christmas fun next week!
If you have not already done so, please provide a plain coloured t-shirt for your child to wear during the Christmas production. Please bring into school on Monday in a named bag.
Friday 7th December 2018
Christmas has arrived in Squirrels class! We have received lots of lovely gifts this week, including an Nativity advent calendar, a book advent calendar and a special delivery from The Jolly Christmas Postman! Our Christmas Post office opened for business on Tuesday morning and has been extremely popular and very busy!
We enjoyed a lovely walk to Verwood Post Office today where we bought stamps for some very special deliveries. The children enjoyed the experience of posting their letter and we are very grateful to Verwood Post Office for making us so welcome at this busy time of year. The children were very well behaved, remembering their listening ears and good manners.
Monday 10th December; You are invited to join us for an afternoon of Christmas crafts and story time from 2pm. Please head to the school office and sign in then join us in class.
Friday 30th November 2018
This week we have been very busy; expressing ourselves through music, art and dance, exploring shape, practising our counting skills, applying our phonics knowledge to phonics based games, wow writing, building with the large wooden construction, enjoying tea parties and making Christmas cakes.
We will be visiting the village Post Office next week to send some very important mail. We will be walking there on Friday afternoon and returning in time for home time. This links well with our current learning and provides real-life context to what we will be reading and talking about in class.
Friday 23rd November 2018
WOW! What a fantastic week. The children say that they have been fantastic at; practising their sounds, playing in the role-play, counting and playing Numicon bingo. They say they had fun dancing with the ribbons and scarves, playing the musical instruments and sharing stories.
We have ended the week with everyone on the happy Squirrel, earning a class marble. I am very proud of their attitude towards their learning and showing kindness and respect towards others.
Cooking; Thank you to those that have brought in the ingredients for our class cooking. We will begin this next week, but are short of a few ingredients. So, if you have not already done so,please can you bring in the ingredient specified on the sticker that you took. We will need these in class on Monday please.
Superstar badge; just a little reminder that when your child is our class superstar they will be presented with the superstar pin badge on a Tuesday. They wear this for the week and we ask please that it is returned to school on the Following Monday ready for the next superstar. We only have one badge per class and it is disappointing for the next superstar if there is a delay in them receiving their badge.
Thursday 22nd November 2018 Exploring music and movement.
Today we have been exploring dance. We had lots of fun and moved to a range of styles of music. Some of us demonstrated our dance to the rest of the class.
Friday 16th November 2018
To launch the start of our new topic; 'Starry, starry night,' we received a very special parcel in class on Tuesday morning. We were very excited as we tried to guess what might be inside. We had suggestions of a dinosaur, a crocodile, a zebra, giraffe and many more large animals. Some children were even brave enough to put their hand inside the box to have a feel, although they quickly withdrew them when there was a suggestion that they felt sharp teeth! I am pleased to say that it was none of those animals and it was in fact Baby bear and his rocket with our new class text: 'Whatever Next!' This has led to some fantastic learning opportunities this week, please share the blog with your child and they can tell you all about our adventures.
We have been exploring our school values this week and made ourselves into a human slinky to understand the importance of working together as part of a team and valuing each other. We will continue to explore each of our school values over the coming weeks and also begin to share the Christmas story.
We have now learnt all of our set 1 sounds, the children are doing incredibly well applying these to their reading and beginning to sound and blend the words. Please do continue to practise these regularly at home as it really does make a difference.
The sharing of text from home in our 'Squirrels recommends', has proved very popular and we have enjoyed some lovely new stories. I will certainly be adding some of them onto my Christmas wish list for Squirrels class. Please keep an eye out in your child's planner so you know when it is their turn.
Friday 9th November 2018
We have been very busy this week exploring our creative sides. We shared our experiences of Fireworks and then used a variety of resources to create our own fireworks pictures. We have talked about the significance of Remembrance Day and why we many people choose to wear poppies. The children listed to a lovely story called 'Poppy's day' and then used various resources to print our own images of poppies. We created a display in class and the children took ownership of this, calling it; 'Poppy day 100.'
The weather improved for us to enjoy 'Welly Wednesday', during which, many of the children chose to play football. It was very entertaining to watch!
In Literacy, we have continued to practise our sounds, the children are doing well learning these so please continue to practise. We have continued to explore our storytelling of 'We're Going On a Bear Hunt' and we hope to share this learning with you later this month. Keep an eye out for the invite....
Within our Maths learning, we are consolidating our recognition of numbers 1 to 5 and accuracy of counting objects to five and beyond. We have enjoyed visiting the class Greengrocers to apply our Maths skills to a real-life context.
Thank you to those that have already brought in the cooking contributions. We do still have a few ingredients we require, so if you have not already done so, please look out for the labels at drop off on Monday.
The children have brought home lots of important bits and bobs in their book bags today so please do have a root through. They have also brought home a toothbrush pack. We incorporated the discussion surrounding these into our fit and fruity Friday. During which, we sang our teeth cleaning song, talked about healthy eating, did some exercise and made a fruit salad to refuel!
Have a lovely relaxing weekend, see you all Monday.
Friday 2nd November 2018
We may have only had a four day week but we have packed in lots of learning fun! The children have settled back into school routines very well and shown lots of enthusiasm for their learning.
In Literacy, we have continued reading; 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt,' learning to tell the story using a story map, adding actions to help us to remember. The children know it very well, maybe they can share this with you at home. They have also had a go at innovating the story by substituting the bear for an animal of their own choice. The tuff spot has been very popular with real grass, mud and water to retell the story and they have attempted to draw their own story maps, which they have done successfully.
We enjoyed a visit to the school library and chose some books to take back to class to share. From Monday, we will be introducing a daily opportunity to share a text from home, please see the class information page for further details.
The children are doing well with their sounds, please do keep practising these daily at home as they are vital to support their reading, writing and language development. This week we have learnt; 'j,v,y.'
We have continued to explore the three-ness of three this week and the children had to think of different ways to represent this number. They came up with some fantastic ideas and showed good reasoning and problem-solving skills.
We have also managed to explore our musical instruments, joined the rest of the school for the daily run, made models out of junk and enjoyed 'Welly Wednesday.' Wow! What an action-packed few days!
I'm ready for a rest this weekend after all that fun as I'm sure the Squirrels are! Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Friday 19th October 2018
Whatever the weather week.
We have had a super week of exploring the great outdoors. We have linked our learning to two stories; Percy the Park Keeper after the storm' and 'We're going on a bear hunt.'
Having done a super job of tidying the outdoors play area on Monday, the Squirrels were very surprised to see their playground looking such a mess on Tuesday morning! It would appear that we didn't close the shed properly, so all the resources blew around the playground during the stormy night! The children quickly set to work tidying, but were challenged to sort the objects into groups based on the initial sound of the words, for example; pots were put with 'p' sound.
We have had lots of fun, planning and building new homes for the animals that lost them during the storm. The rain didn't stop us this week and we enjoyed adapting the bear hunt story to our own version; 'We're going on a leaf hunt.'
Our special treat of making our own popcorn and watching a film rounded off a fantastic, fun week of learning.
Enjoy sharing the photos with your child, I am sure they have lots to tell!
The children have settled extremely well this half term, we have been learning lots of new sounds, practising our writing, reading and counting. Please continue to practise sounds, keywords and sharing lots of stories over the half term holiday.
Enjoy the week together and we look forward to hearing all about their half term adventures when we return to school on Tuesday 30th October.
Friday 12th October 2018
WOW! Where has the week gone?! We have had a fantastic week of learning and enjoyed sharing our learning with many visitors. The school nurse and Healthy Ted popped in to talk to us about ways to keep healthy and inform us that she will visit later in the year to measure us and check our hearing.
We have been focusing on the sounds we have learnt so far; 'm,a,s,d,t,i,n,p,g,o,c,k,u,b,f.' Please do continue to practise these at home.
We have been chasing the autumn leaves and catching them to practise our counting skills and set up a Farmers market which has been very popular. Today, we have enjoyed making apple crumble, I do hope the crumbles made it home safely!
Next week is 'Whatever the weather week.' Please check the class information page for further details.
Tuesday 9th October 2018 Read Write Inc. workshop
Thank you to those of you who were able to join us this morning, it was fantastic to see so many of you.
We do hope you found it useful and it gave you a ‘fly on the wall’ insight into how we teach and support phonics.
The activities were all designed to support their sound recognition, word building through sounding-out and blending words and to support their fine motor development. Development of their gross and fine motor control is essential to support their pencil control and these activities can be adapted for use at home.
You may have also noticed this morning, the importance of talk. Pronunciation of the pure sounds will support your child’s reading development. For further support on this, please visit the Ruth Miskin website parents page:
If you have any questions or would like to further discuss how you can support your child at home, then please do feel free to catch me at the end of the day or email me via the School office.
Friday 5th October
We have been busy this week exploring the Numicon shapes and recognising the numerals to match the shapes. We have also been exploring pattern; looking at repeating pattern through vegetable printing and creating our own patterns with coloured multilink.
We were lucky enough to have a visitor this week; Percy the Park Keeper, who came to read us a story and introduce our new topic: 'Amazing Autumn/Percy the Park Keeper.' We have started to talk about the similarities and differences between the seasons and exploring vegetables as we also received a letter from Oliver (Oliver's Vegetables), asking for our help to write a shopping list. The children have been applying their newly acquired sounds knowledge to produce some fantastic learning.
Following our story about Oliver tasting lots of new vegetables, we tasted some golden beetroot, which many of the children enjoyed and described as; ' crunchy', 'like yellow pepper', 'yummy.'
Year R Parent workshop RWI 8.45-9.30am
Please drop your child off as usual and go round to the hall for a chat before coming into the classroom.
Friday 28th September
Another super week of learning! We have had lots of fun and been very busy. We have learnt five new sounds (m,a,s,d,t) these have been sent home in the sounds tin for you to practise at home. We enjoyed preparing the vegetables for the harvest soup but there were mixed reactions when it came to the tasting of it!
The weather has been kind to us this week so we have been making the most of the sunshine, exploring the field, enjoying the balance bikes and playing with our shadows, we had lots of fun making various shapes!
It was lovely to see so many of you at the class meeting, please find the PowerPoint on the class information page for your reference.
Thank you for supplying vegetables for the soup and to those who were able to join us for the tasting.
They have been busy Squirrels this week and I did chuckle when I heard this quote from Evie;
'We have been so busy this morning, we've packed so much in!'
Friday 21st September 2018
We have had a super week in Squirrels class. The children are settling well into school routines and have joined whole school worship on a daily basis. The children were introduced to Kipper the dog today as we celebrated his birthday, we had lots of fun; playing games, dancing, singing and making and eating fruit salad. I have included some snapshots of this week's adventures, ask your child to tell you what they have been exploring this week.
Reminder: Squirrels class meeting 2.30pm Tuesday 25th September.
Have a lovely weekend!
Friday 14th September 2018
Wow! I cannot believe the Squirrels class have already completed their first week at school. They have all settled so well, we are very proud of them. Thank you for your continued support to ensure a smooth transition into school life at Trinity.
We have had a fun week of adventures; exploring our new classroom, making new friends, P.E. lessons, exploring the outdoor music area, singing, dancing and having lots of fun! Please share the blog photos with your child and hopefully they will be able to tell you all about their adventures.
The children have been very independent with toileting and changing for P.E., please continue to support them to practise this at home. Please also support them to recognise their name when it is written down, for example; on their bookbag and jumpers as some of them are finding this a little tricky.
A couple of reminders:
- Please check all uniform, water bottles and bookbags are clearly named.
- On a Monday and a Thursday your child will be participating in P.E. lessons. If they have long hair, please ensure it is tied back on these days. Some children still require some items of clothing for their P.E. kit, please do check your child's bookbag as we may have sent a little note home about this.
Have a lovely weekend,
See you all next week for more adventures.
Tuesday 11th September 2018
A fun morning exploring our new classroom and school!
Monday 10th September 2018
We are having a wonderful time exploring our new classroom and school!
Friday 7th September 2018
Welcome to Squirrels class blog!
It was lovely to meet you during the home visits this week and thank you for making us feel so welcome.
Date for your diary: Class meeting Tuesday 25th September 2018 2.30-3.00pm
Important dates are on the school calendar so please do check this often.
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week,