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Tomorrow’s success starts today


Welcome to Squirrels


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

We are supported by Ms Johnson.


Our whole school topic this term is 'When I grow up'


To introduce this topic we asked the children what they would like to be/to do when they grow up. 

In the coming weeks we are very lucky to have a number of visitors coming in to talk about their jobs and to inspire the children. If you think you would be interested in talking to the children at Willowcroft about your job, please speak to Miss Law.


Our role play area is now set up as a shoe shop; offering children opportunities to learn through play.  By making signs and writing down orders children will be engaged in writing for a purpose.  They will be measuring feet and using mathematical comparative language.  We are going to investigate whether the tallest person has the largest feet and if the shortest person has the smallest feet.


In literacy we are going to be writing non chronological reports about an arctic animal.

In maths we will be practising counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10, forwards and backwards!  We will also

re-visit place value, addition and subtraction.




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.