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Welcome to Squirrel Class!

Our Teacher is Miss Aulsberry.

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Steed, Miss Bunn and Mrs Watt.

Standalone Farm

We had such a wonderful and wet time on our trip to Standalone Farm! We had lots of fun in the muddy puddles and got to see all of the animals, finding out how they are looked after, what they eat and what they like to do when it’s raining. We even got to practise some of our Makaton signs for the different animals while we were there.

Here is the curriculum coverage that we will be focusing on this half term:

Communication and Language:

•Discussing changes in our environment.
•Key workers reviews and assessments.
•Retelling known stories..
•Using Big Talk to develop language skills and sentence structure.
•Discussing how our families lived in the past compared to how we live now, e.g. technology, food, clothes.
•Discussing the different religions and cultures of children in our class. 
 

Physical Development:

•The importance of healthy eating.
•Travelling along various apparatus with skill and control.
•Handles a range of wood work tools effectively and safely.

Physical Education:

•Using a range of catching, throwing, balancing skills in preparation for Sports Day.
•Understanding how to start and finish a race in response to a whistle.
•Look at good sportsmanship when supporting our friends during Sports Day.
 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

•Looking at how we can show respect towards others cultures, religion and values.
•The importance of team work and compassion when taking part in competitions.
•Focusing on how we can respect the views of others.
 

Literacy:

•Using our phonic knowledge to write short sentences about our Easter holidays.
•Story writing- shared and independent writing of a recount of a well known class favourite. The children will make their own books including a front cover and illustrations throughout.
•Continue guided reading sessions to develop comprehension skills.
•Continue guided writing sessions to help develop fine motor skills and sentence structure. 
 

Maths:

•Doubling numbers to 10.
•Exploring capacity, weight and length.
•Understanding the importance and the value of money- linked to our Enterprise Week on the 20th May.
•Introducing Big Maths.
•Looking at denes and tens to represent larger numbers.
 

Understanding the World:

•Planting and growing seeds.
•The past and the present- sharing photographs of our family members from the past and making observations on their toys, clothes, etc.
•Learning about the different cultures and religions of the children in our class.
•Using i-Pads to take photographs of the wildlife in our outside environment.
•Using BeeBots to create a range of algorithms. 
 

Expressive Arts and Design:

•Manipulating clay to make models of minibeasts and wildlife that we find in our new outside area.
•Woodwork- learning about the importance of safety when using real tools.
•Using watercolours to make front covers for our story books.
•Junk models- looking at the design and making process, linking to the children's interests in the structure of a building. 

Our Duckling Experience

We have been very lucky to be able to watch our eggs hatching into little ducklings. We have spent a lot of time observing the duckling and have had the opportunity to learn how to look after them by feeding and holding them carefully.

WOW Day!

Wednesday 6th  February- Superhero Training day. Come dressed as your favourite Superhero!

Our topic this half term is Superheroes.

Here is the curriculum coverage that we will be focusing on this half term:

Communication and Language:

•Discussing what we already know and want to find out about our new topic.
•Talking about what superhero power we would want to have.
•Retelling superhero stories with actions.
•To listen to and follow a range of instructions, asking for clarification if needed.
•To develop their own narratives in their Superhero comics. 
 

Understanding the World:

•Using the i-Pads to create our own superhero character.
•Strengthening our super growing skills by investigating what plants need to grow.
•Growing our own plant and keeping a plant diary.
•Creating an algorithm to direct our Superheroes around the treacherous maze.
•Taking part in Science and Technology week (week 5) completing a range of experiments.
 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

•To give their opinion on something they like/dislike.
•Looking at different friendship scenarios and discussing the best way to solve a problem.
•Can describe themselves in positive terms and identify their strengths.
•Take steps to resolve conflicts of opinions with their peers. 
 

Maths:

•Looking at addition using practical resources.
•Learning how to write our subtraction ‘Super Number problems’.
•Exploring 2D and 3D shapes.
•Investigating height, weight and capacity.
•Explore repeating patterns.
•Looking at positional language. 
 

Expressive Arts and Design:

•Exploring colour mixing when selecting colours for painting our Superhero props.
•Using instruments to create onomatopoeia sounds. 
•Choosing appropriate materials when designing and making superhero cloaks.
•Using images to create a comic book on an i-Pad.
•Looking at a range of technology that is used around the home.
•Making our own Supertato to retell the story for our comic strip.
•Creating Chinese New Year decorations and trying new food.
•Creating repeating pattern Superhero bandanas. 
 

Literacy:

•Identifying onomatopoeia in Superhero stories.
•Finishing a superhero rhyming sentence.
•Creating captions and speech bubbles for our superhero comic strip.
•Superhero story mapping and story writing.
•Using adjectives to describe our superhero and their powers.
•Introducing ‘Big Talk’.
•Continuing to learn about our ‘Monster Phonics’ phonemes and the characters they match. 
 

Physical Development:

•Developing our fine motor skills by cutting, sticking, manipulating materials.
•Physical Education:
•Looking at different ball skills; passing, throwing, catching, kicking.
•Learning how to transport apparatus safely.
•Taking part in a ‘Superhero Training Camp’

Dinosaur Visit 20.11.18:

Today we had a very exciting visit from two T-Rexs, Millie and Jack. We learnt all about the life of dinosaurs; how long ago they lived, how big they could grow, as well as what they would eat. We got to meet Millie and Jack up close and find out what they felt like.

We then had the opportunity to become Paleontologists and learnt all about the different types of fossils you can find. We had the chance to carefully dig up our own fossils and see if we could identify whether the dinosaur was a carnivore or a herbivore. We had so much fun!

Police Visit 19.11.18:

Reception were very lucky that today we had a visit from 3 police officers and their police dog, Finsbury. During the session, we learnt all about the role of both the officers and their dog and how they keep us safe.

We also had the opportunity to take our finger prints and studied the different patterns and then meet Finsbury up close and find out how he keeps us safe. We asked a range of different questions to further extend our knowledge of the police offices role in our community. 

Curriculum Overview

Please see below the seven areas that we cover in the EYFS curriculum. Each half term we will list for you the skills that we will be focusing on in each of these areas through our adult led sessions and opportunities that we provide for the children during Play and Learn time. 

Communication and Language:

•Listening carefully within a small group.

•Thinking of questions to ask a visitor e.g. fireman, policeman, nurse.

•Talking about our families and lives at home.

•To share knowledge and their experiences.

•To show understanding of reposition.

•Using talk to share new experiences with our friends.

 

Understanding the World:

•Exploring our new environment. Learning how to use the resources in our environment, knowing who can help us.

•Exploring different roles in the community, knowing the different people who help us.

•Shows interest in technology and learn how to operate simple devices.

• Exploring growth in our Outside Garden and care and concern for living things.

 

Literacy:

•Using fiction and non-fiction books, e.g. finding information about our new topic.

•Understanding the role of an author and illustrator.

•Understanding that print carries meaning.

•Exploring different mark making.

•Listening for initial sounds in words.

•To describe the main theme, characters and events within a story.

 

Maths:

•Looking at different amounts and the value of number.

•Counting reliably/ to estimate small amounts/ find one more or less than a given number.

•Finding numbers of personal significance.

•Placing events in chronological order.

•Measuring by height and length.

•Exploring capacity, e.g. how much water can the fireman fit into each container.

 

Expressive Arts and Design:

•Selecting appropriate resources to make different props for role plays.

•Selecting appropriate colours for painting our self portraits.

•Exploring how colours can be changed.

•Constructing with a purpose in mind e.g. making emergency services vehicles, our homes.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

•Talking about likes and dislikes.

•Understanding behaviour boundaries of our classroom.

•Knowing who we can ask for help at school and in our community.

•Discussing feelings.

•Learning how to share effectively.

•Learning how to respectively use our new school environment.

 

Physical Development:

•Understanding how exercise effects our bodies.

•Becoming independent in dressing for P.E.

•Experiment with different ways of moving.

•Learning how to safely use the climbing equipment.

Physical Education:

•To run skilfully negotiating space.

•Traveling and jumping.

•To catch a large ball.

 

Fun and Helpful Websites

Below are some videos and websites that will help support your child's learning. 

Squirrel Class Achievements

Each week we award a Star Reader, Star Mathematician and a Star of the Week from Squirrel class. This will be announced during Celebration Assembly and your child will get to go up in front of the whole school and receive a prize.  Details will go out in the school newsletter, and will also be posted here. Watch this space!