We can’t believe it is the summer term already! The last half term went by really quickly, with the preparations for the KS1 play, Eddie the Penguin, in which the Squirrels Class took part providing the musical accompaniment. They enjoyed the rehearsals and the performances! It was lovely to see their confidence grow. As part of our “water” topic, we had a very special guest: Sebbie’s dad came in to explain to us what it is like to work under water and let us all try on his equipment. The children had prepared some very interesting questions and wrote beautiful thank you cards, too. Forest School is providing a great source of observation material to learn about growth and change, along with the tadpoles and the butterflies that we are looking after in our classroom. We have another busy term ahead of us, full of life in the garden, in the forest and in the classroom.
We have started this term profiting from the lovely weather by taking the classroom outdoors. This is a great way to observe the changes that are occurring all around us, and a great way to inspire the children to use their newly acquired writing skills to record what they can see as scientists, explorers and other experts. The children are grasping the concepts of diagraphs and trigraphs as we continue with Phase 3 phonics. We continue to explore small and big numbers through games and lots of counting. They have become familiar with 2D shapes in their surroundings, and are exploring 3D shapes this term. Cooking cakes is one of their favourite activities, reading a simple recipe and weighing the ingredients against an egg. Sharing the cakes when Mrs Turner brings them in hot from the oven is always a very special time for all.
At forest school, the children have become very self-sufficient, and very confident climbing the trees and creating their own dens, working in teams or independently. Forest school and walks around the village will provide a great opportunity to notice how things are growing and changing all around us, including the developing frog spawn in our tank.
Happy New Year from the Squirrel Class!
The first term was very enjoyable for everyone. The children have formed a lovely group and gestures of kindness and friendship abound amongst them all. Through music, games, and practice, the children have become confident with the Phase 2 of our phonics programme, and are ready to learn the Phase 3 sounds. Language related to addition and substraction is becoming embedded in their play. Not only that, they have also grown in confindence through activities such as their performance in the Nativity play, their classroom staging of Room on the Broom and other stories, and their trip to the Pantomime, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
This term, we are looking forward to exploring water from many different angles, experimenting with ice, different capacity containers, and investigating what we can find in the river, to name a few.
Autumn term 2
We have had a wonderful first half term. They children have settled into the new routines, friends and environment and we have started our phonics journey. This term we will cover all the single sounds in Phase 2, learning the songs as we go all along. In addition, we will be finding out all about Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas discovering how different people celebrate in different ways.
Autumn term 1
Welcome to our class! We hope you have had a restful summer. We are about to start our learning journey. We'll have a few weeks for the children to settle in and become familiar with their new environment, friends and adults, before we start our phonics journey. This half term is "all about me".
Keep an eye on this page for news and updates and some pictures of what our class has been up to.
The Squirrel Class Team