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Tomorrow’s success starts today
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Tomorrow’s success starts today


Welcome to Squirrels Class  


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 very lucky to be taught by the headteacher and deputy headteacher; Mrs Hemery and Mrs Doy!  Mrs Williams and Mrs Hutchins are the teacher and teaching assistant in Hedgehogs. Mrs Axenderrie, Mrs Hammond and Miss Bramley 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 for the above will be given out soon.


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




Our topic this term is 'One World'

For our whole school topic this term we are focusing on 'One World', encouraging the children to understand the importance of looking after the planet we live in and all of the living things on it.


Our topic will be kicked off with an assembly to call on all of the Eco warriors out there and create an Eco council to help set up new initiatives and support others with their learning.


We will also be taking part in Bollywood dancing to help us understand more about other cultures.


Years One and Two will have a 'Litter picking day' around the week of 2nd October, where we will don our safety gear and go in search of rubbish around our school area. The aim of this activity is to consolidate the children's learning about recyclable materials and how much the environment is affected by litter that is dropped. We will also hopefully see the Biffa truck come to collect our litter on Friday 6th October!


Friday 20th October is a HUGE day for all of Willowcroft as we hope to run a 'Recycled' fashion show where the children have designed an outfit for their class teacher that is made entirely out of recycled materials!


Parent Information
'Meet the teacher' - Wednesday 13th September 3.15pm.