Welcome to the Squirrels Page.
What a week we have had! We went to Wiggery Wood on Monday and saw the beautiful Bluebells in full bloom, we had a visitor from France talk to us on Tuesday and on Wednesday, we went to Colchester on the train! Phew!
Our class trip was wonderful, and we used our learning in Maths and English to buy our own tickets to show the conductor. Despite the weather, we had a lovely time at the park in Colchester - we played on the swigs and climbing frame, we played on the skate park, with footballs and with the parachute, as well as having a picnic lunch!
We are so grateful to all our parents and carers, as we cannot have experiences like this without ther continued support and help - so from all of us, THANK YOU!!
In other work, we have been learning about fairy stories and we are going to write our own. In Maths, we have been linking our learning and usig our times tables to help us complete sharing activities. The Jellyfish have been working hard learning about rhyming and doubling and halving their numbers.
We are all looking forward to the bank holiday for a rest!
I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted! Where has the time gone?
It is lovely to see a gradual return of the nicer weather, and the Squirrels have been going out into our outside area much more this last couple of weeks! We love being outside!
We have had our last visit to Wiggery Wood this term. Our next visit will be in the Summer term (after the Easter holidays) and I will post the confirmed date nearer the time.
It was super to see all of you at the parents' evening. I hope you find these evenings as useful as I do - it is great to get an overview of how the children are at home as well as school, as this can inform my decisions and planning to make school more inclusive for all the children.
The children have been busy learning about the solar system this half term, and they are very excited about showing all their learning at the Squirrels Class Assembly next FRIDAY 17th MARCH! please attend if you can, we will start promptly at 2:40pm.
We have enjoyed World Book Day and we have Red Nose day to look forward to, as well as our assembly and the Spring concert! What an exciting few weeks of term!
As always, please pop in if you have something you wish to discuss, I try to be availalbe every morning and after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
We have all enjoyed another visit to Wiggery Wood, and Nahla's mummy joined us for this visit. If you would like to come along for a visit, or as a regular volunteer, please speak to Mrs Halls.
The children have learned all about instructions this week, and we wrote our own instructions to make a milkshake. The best way to test instructions is to follow them, so we all made our milkshakes and tasted them! Yum! Lots of fun and lots of skills, and our instructions worked really well.
Some of us have also been learning to use rulers to measure length. We are learning about centimetres and metres. It is fun to measure things around our school, and the year 2 children particualrly loved the trundle wheel!
It turns out, Squirrels class has a lot of computer geniuses in it! All the children are learning to use their algorithms in order to program different robots and turtles. They can make shapes, they can follow a challenge, they can create music...! It has helped us learn our left and right, and we have also learned about how we measure turning with fractions and degrees. Wow!
It's been a wonderful two weeks, and we can't believe we only have one week untiil half term!
We have had a wonderful start to our term in Squirrels! We are all very much enjoying our new role play area - which we have turned into the london underground!
We have also had two new members join our class - we welcomed Elise into Year 1 on Monday 16th, and then Lilly joined Year 2 on Wednesday. Both girls have settled well and it feels like they have been a part of our class for ages!
Year 1 and 2 have been hard at work learning all about their times tables this week, and we are starting to look tat sharing and division next week. Handwriting and presentation is a big focus for us this term, and the children are noticing an improvement already, which is lovely - it is very enjoyable to see the children taking pride in what they do.
Mrs Josse and Mrs Dixey came in on Friday 20th to do some cooking and needlework. Mrs Josse is amking 'earth cookies' with the children, and Mrs Dixey is making samplers. We ask for a 50p donation for these activities, so we may buy the ingredients and threads to make the children's products as lovely as possible!
Wiggery Wood dates are now confirmed with Mr Cooper, and are availabe to view on the calendar and you should also have received a letter. Our next visit is Monday 30th January, and I ask that the children bring in lots of warm layers along with gloves and hats, as it is very cold in the woods this time of year!
We have had a lot of visitors in class this week and the children have all been very polite and positive. They are a credit to you all, and I feel it is important to know that their manners are remembered and well used at school! Well done, Squirrels!
Happy new year!
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed being with your family and friends.
Our topic for the Spring Term is 'Transport'. We have some very exciting things lined up, including a new role play area and the beginning of our class pond. More details on that later in the term.
I will advise you on Wiggery Wood dates as soon as I have had them confirmed by Mr Cooper. Hopefully, the first one will be Monday 16th January.
I am looking forward to hearing all the news from the children when they return on Thursday 5th January 2017.
So, as we approach the end of term, I thought it would be nice to share some of the things Squirrels have been up to!
At the moment, we are getting ready for our amazing Christmas play - The Light of the World - where Squirrels are creation dancers and villagers.
In class, we have begun learning about the Solar Syatem. We are going to continue this learning after the holidays. We are discovering lots of amazing facts - but we are also asking lots of questions!
We have learnt all about the Nativity Story in Literacy, and have acted it our using puppets and scripts. We can now recognise the order of the story and we can see it in our Christmas play. We have also found out that there are different versions of the story.
We are still focussing on our times tables in maths, but we are now using what we know to help us with our multiplication number sentences. We have practised using arrays and groups, and afer the holidays, we are going to learn all about sharing and division.
We have enjoyed our time as history detectives and we learnt about our school and schools in the olden days. Our school celebrated its 50th birthday and we held a celebration! It was great fun!
Next term, we are going to be learning about transport and looking at the UK, so if you would like to talk to your child about this, please do! Also, if you (or anyone you know) can offer information about transport of any kind - for example, you work for British Rail or you are a lorry driver - please feel free to come in and talk to us about your job! Just pop in and see Mrs Halls to arrange a convenient time.
Mrs Kearton and myself wish you all a very peaceful and happy time over the holidays, and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!
Well, we can't quite believe we have arrived at half term already! The children have been so amazing, carrying on regardless of tiredness or sniffles. We have finished our gardening ready for the winter, and planted our winter flowers and prepared the soil for our winter veg crops.
Our Year 1 and 2 children have been fabulous detectives this week - asking questions to lots of people in school about what it was like for them at school. Mrs Kearton brought in a lot of artefacts and showed us all her school memoribilia! We were really impressed with her medals!
We have been busy learning new ways to remember information this week, too. Percy Parker and his times tables songs are a winner in our class, and I suspect the children may have sung them at home too...?! I know I do! Percy Parker's CD is availabe to buy on Amazon, so if you want to keep the times tables immersion up at home, please do get yourselves a copy!
A few reminders for you:
Wiggery Wood is MONDAY 31st OCTOBER - the day we return to school after the break.
Parents to lunch day is WEDNESDAY 2nd NOVEMBER - please remember to pre-order your lunch at the office. It's roast dinner!
Parent's evening is WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER 3.30-7pm. Letters have gone out.
School photos are on THURSDAY 10th NOVEMBER. If you want to bring a spare clean jumper and a brush, Mrs Kearton and I will be happy to get the children looking beautiful for their photo!
Have a wonderful half term rest, everyone! See you in a week's time!