Squirrel Class

Spring Term
Welcome to Squirrel Class
 
We are so excited to have all the children back at school with us and look forward to spending time with them and finding out all their news! Our priority as they return is their well being and happiness.
 
Please read the Spring 2 topic web, based around Growing and Keeping Healthy, as it will give you an overview about learning this term.

Mrs Stack, an experienced early years teacher has joined our team as Ms Armour is now on maternity leave. We are thrilled to share Ms Armour has had a gorgeous boy called Jefferson! Photos will be shared soon!

 
Reading:
Please support your child as much as possible with their reading at home. Their books will be changed weekly as rereading books is really valuable for developing confidence, as well as continuing to share your own books and stories from home. Remember to write in their reading diaries, so we know you have shared the books together. We will be reading with your child in school, so we ask you to keep their books and reading diaries in their bags each day.
Do empty out other bits and pieces such as drawings otherwise the bags won't fit on the pegs!
Thank you!   

P.E. 

Please send your child in P.E. kit every Thursday for P.E. with our specialist instructor Toby, and every Friday for Karate. The children should wear P.E. kit and a school jumper on these days, trainers or plimsolls. Only trainers with Velcro please, no laces! 
 
Parent help: We are always keen to have parents in to help. If you think you might be interested please talk to a member of staff.
 
Contact: Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions or concerns. You may choose to ask a quick question at the door, email or ring and make an appointment to see us. We are keen to continue good relationships with all our parents, as well as the children, so please feel free to contact us. 
 
Our class email address is squirrelclass@lancastrian.org.uk
 
 
Kind regards,
 
Ms Lazell, Mrs Stack and Mrs Goodeve
 
 
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Home Learning Spring 2
We are busy learning!   
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More Home Learning Activities 
Take a peep!
Nathan's astonishing story and Lego model about Jack and the Beanstalk!
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Watch the bean growing-it's incredible! 
Ms Armour shows you how to make a Gingerbread Man Puppet
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Activities at school in Bubble 2
Look what Rex has been up to! 
Autumn Term
Having Christmas lunch in our Christmas jumpers!
Jesus' Christmas Party
We were so proud of Squirrel Class and we thought they did a fantastic job of performing the Nativity. 
Squirrel Class
Peeling Sprouts!
Today we had a go at peeling sprouts to help develop our fine motor skills!
Forest School with the Gruffalo!
At forest school we had to find the Gruffalo and all the other characters from the book. We also cooked Gruffalo crumble on the fire, it was delicious!
Diwali
We talked about the festival of Diwali which is a special time for Hindus and listened to a story about Rama and Sita.
We made our own diva bowls out of clay.
P.E.- We have started large apparatus in the hall
Have a look at what we will be doing this term. 
Pencil Grip
This is a short video on teaching your child to hold their pencil correctly. Often this is a gradual change and we just work gradually towards this, as they develop their large and fine motor skills. The 'pinch, flip and grip' method is a good way to gently remind your child how to hold their pencil. They will probably revert to their old grip some of the time. 
 
 
Our trip to the Bishop's Palace Gardens.
 
We had a great trip out, talking about, and experiencing
changes to our world in autumn.
Forest School Week 2
Today we took turns to make our own fires with special firelighter tools, cotton wool and Vaseline.
We also toasted marshmallows on the main fire.
 
Forest School- Week 1
Today we explored the Forest School area. We used rope swings,the hammock, the sitting hammock, made pretend fires, climbed trees, created creatures out of pine cones and made forest creatures out of clay. We also had the parachute out for games, drank hot chocolate and  listened to a special story about a cheeky squirrel! 
Thank you Miss Camp, we can't wait to have a real fire next week and toast marshmallows! 
Harvest Assembly
Thank you so much for the donations you sent in for the food bank, we really appreciated your support.
We had a tasty breakfast, followed by dancing to a Harvest Samba and then a Harvest Assembly with Zena and Paul from St Paul's Church.
Fire Safety Talk
We had a fire safety talk with Richard the fire fighter. He told us about fire engines, his work and shared the following fire safety rhyme.
Matches and lighters never touch
They can hurt you very much!
Richard told the children to ask their grown ups, if they have working fire alarms at home.
Please talk to your child about this.
Thank you!
Our Classroom Displays
Developing Maths Skills- Subitising!
 
We will be having a big focus on the skill of subitising in maths. This is a key skill and will really help your child to develop their conceptual awareness of number.
Find out more in this short video by Karen Wilding, a maths consultant. 
Developing Independent Skills.
Please help your child to put their coat on and do it up independently, if they can't do this yet.
This video shows one way your child could put their coat on, or they can put their hood on first and then put their arms into their sleeves.
Starting School Pictures