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.
Our topic for term 1 is:
'Health and Happiness'
Our first topic is 'Health and Happiness'. We will be learning about our bodies and how to keep fit and healthy. We are hoping to organise some visits from health professionals, such as doctors, dentists and health visitors - if you are able to help please let us know! We will be trying out a variety of sports and fitness activities and learning about the calming benefits of mindfullness.
In literacy we focus on a story then draw a quick story map to help remember the sequence. We deepen our knowledge of the story by acting it out, do 'hot-seating' where you ask a character from the story lots of questions, then do some writing based around the story.
In maths we will start the term by focussing on place value. We will learn about number order and the value of each number and how this can be represented using a variety of manipulatives.
The role-play area will be transformed into a Doctor's Surgery. The children can engage in writing for a purpose by writing things such as appointments and prescriptions. They can speak in role by pretending to be the doctor, nurse or patient.
Please ensure that children have a full P.E. kit including jogging bottoms/leggings for the colder weather. It is really helpful to keep their kit in school every day for the whole term.
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 will be given out soon, 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.