Squirrel Class

Welcome to Squirrel Class
We have had a great beginning to our year, starting with Home Visits and then settling the children into class. The children have been so resilient, settling quickly, learning routines and building new relationships with the staff and their peer group. We are feeling positive about the year ahead in Squirrel Class! 
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. Please 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.
Please send your child in P.E. kit every Tuesday for P.E. If the weather is cold, black tracksuit bottoms or leggings are acceptable. For the next few weeks we will be doing listening games and then after half term we will be getting out the large apparatus! 
Forest School: Squirrel Class will be starting Forest School on Thursday 15th October . They can come to school in their forest school clothes and normal school shoes. These should be old, warm clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and suitable for whatever weather we have. The children can change into their 'school wellies' when they go outside.
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 keep develop good relationships with all our parents, as well as the children, so please feel free to contact us.
Kind regards,
Ms Lazell, Ms Armour and Mrs Goodeve
Have a look at what we will be doing in the first half 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. 
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