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Term 5

Here be dragons!


This term's topic is a whole school topic, based on the book 'The Reluctant Dragon' by Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows author).  We will be learning the legend of Saint George and the dragon, acting out the story and making dragons, swords and shields!



Welcome to Squirrels Class


The Squirrels class is a Year 1 class.


Mrs Placentino teaches on Monday to Thursday.  The class Teaching Assistant is Ms Johnson. Ms Johnson has EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status) and teaches the class on Fridays supported by Mrs Eggleton-Gibbs.




In Literacy this term, the children will be listening to the story 'The Reluctant Dragon'.  They will draw story maps, act out the story, retell the story and eventually write the story.  We will be working on aspects of grammar such as using question marks and exclamation marks within our writing.




In maths we will be focussing on division, money, addition, subtraction and capacity.




In computing we will be practising basic computer skills such as using iPads and typing using a touch screen. 




We have daily Phonics lessons and we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ guidance.


Year 1 children undergo a phonics assessment at the end of the year called the Phonics Screening Test. The test is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words (alien words) that pupils read aloud to the teacher.





We have P.E every Friday this term. Please bring your P.E. kits in with your coloured house t-shirt at the beginning of term; they can be left on your child’s peg for the whole of the term. Please ensure your child has a named P.E. kit.


Forest School  

This term the whole class will have their Forest School session on Wednesday afternoon.  Children need to wear their school uniform to school and change into their Forest school clothes after lunch.

Please ensure your child has their forest school kit in school.  




Please bring in your bookbags and reading diary/books every day. Regular reading is essential for success in Literacy, not just for reading but also for writing. Parents, please continue to read with your child and change their book regularly as you did in EYFS. The guided reading trolley will be left outside the Year 1 classrooms at the start of each day and it has our whole range of KS1 books in rough order (the back of the books shows the order of the books and they are also colour coded). If you are unsure how the progression in these reading books work then please just ask. We are rather low on certain colour-levelled books due to lots of children being on the same level.  Please use Bug Club for a wider choice of books.  (Just ask if you have lost your log-in!)


How do we learn?


We are a Year 1 play based classroom. We have daily English, 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?


As a Squirrel, during free flow, you have access to the 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.  The children put a sticker in their choosing book to show when they have tried/completed a child-initiated activity.


Who helps us to learn?


Mrs Placentino is our class teacher.  Our full time classroom teaching assistant is Ms Johnson.  Ms Johnson teaches the class on Fridays (she has EYTS; Early Years Teacher Status) supported by Mrs Eggleton-Gibbs. Mrs Williams is the teacher in the other Year 1 class. Her teaching assistants are Ms Thomas, Mrs Hammond and Mrs Slipper.  Mrs Axenderrie, Mrs Guimaraes and Mrs Hussey also work with some children.


Squirrels Class


In Squirrels we really encourage reading.  This includes the levelled (colour-coded) reading books 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 has been 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.  All the children have been given their username and password for this.


If you have any questions please feel free to pop in and ask us.