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Welcome to Squirrels


The Squirrels class are taught by Mrs Placentino from Monday to Thursday and by Miss Kiss on Fridays. 

We are supported by Ms Johnson.

Term 5 2018


Our topic for term 5 is:

'Secret Garden'



Our topic is 'Secret Garden'. We will be learning about life cycles of different plants and animals. Later in the term we will be planting our own seeds and will be observing and recording their growth.

In literacy we have read 'Jack and the beanstalk'. The children acted it out and had great fun! We have drawn story maps to help us remember the sequence of the story and will be doing some writing based around the story.

In maths we are moving onto multiplication and division. We have started to look at groups of objects and and recording it as repeated addition, for example 2+2+2+2= 8 and then how it is recorded as a multiplication sentence e.g 4 X 2= 8. (We are not learning the times tables as part of this unit.)

We practise counting everyday (forwards and backwards, and in steps of 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s).

Please ensure that children have a full P.E. kit including jogging bottoms/leggings for the colder months. It is really helpful to keep their kit in school every day for the whole term. This term our focus for PE is atheltics which will be every Friday morning.


Sun Safety:


As we approach the warmer weather, please can you ensure your child brings a named hat and water bottle in each day. Please apply sun cream to your child in the mornings before school as we are unable to apply any sun cream to children.


Key Dates:


Stay and play: Wednesday 16th May at 1.45pm

End of term: Friday 25th May 3pm - Non Uniform day- donation for Summer Fayre.






How do we learn?

We are a Year 1 play based classroom. We have daily Literacy, Maths and Phonic lessons. We learn by being independent learners and taking control of our learning when we have exploring time.


Where do I learn?

During exploring time you have access to our Squirrel classroom, the Hedgehog classroom, the creative area and the garden. In each area there are specific activities for you to complete based on our topic.


Who helps us to learn?

Mrs Placentino is our main classroom teacher, she works Monday to Thursday.  Our full time classroom teaching assistant is Ms Johnson.  On a Friday Squirrels are taught by Miss Kiss.  Mrs Williams and Miss Gomez are the teacher and teaching assistant in Hedgehogs. Mrs Axenderrie and Mrs Hammond will also be working with small groups and individual children across KS1.


Learning and teaching

In Squirrels we really encourage reading.  This includes reading a class book, but also includes reading library books, comics, newspapers and anything else they enjoy. The most important thing is to encourage a love for reading.  Children who enjoy reading are usually better readers and writers. Each child is also given a ‘Bug Club’ login. This enables children to read e-books on the internet.


We also have logins to access ‘My Math’s’ which is an online website which has maths challenges linked to your class room topic.


Usernames and passwords have been given out, if you lose it I can print it out again for you, please just ask.


Other curriculum subjects such as Science, Geography, History, Art, DT, Music and Computing are taught through topic work sometimes during exploring time and sometimes as discreet lessons.  


Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school every day. We suggest they leave them in school for the whole term.


Each fortnight we contribute to the school newsletter, letting you know what we have been doing in class and ways you can support this learning at home. 


If you have any questions please feel free to pop in and see Mrs Placentino.