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WILLOWCROFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Tomorrow’s success starts today

Squirrels

Welcome to Squirrels

 

The Squirrels class are taught by Miss Beaumont, Ms Gardiner teaches the class on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.  

We are supported by Miss Franklin.

 

 

Term 1

 

Our topic for term 1 is:

‘One World’

 

A warm welcome back to you all after the Summer Break. I Hope you all had a lovely rest and are now looking forward to starting your new adventure in Year 1?

 

Our first topic is ‘One World'.  We will be learning about our home town of Didcot and our school environment.

 

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. Our first book this term will be 'The Three Little Pigs.'

 

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 train station.  The children can engage in writing for a purpose by writing things such as timetables, tickets and drawing maps. We will also be introducing money to help children understand the value of coins. 

 

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.

 

Please can we ask that every item that comes into school is named, as it makes it a lot easier to help us locate missing items? 

 

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. 

 

Squirrels have Forest School in Term 1- individual letters will be sent out informing parents exactly when their child is going. 

 

 

Squirrels class teacher timetable:

 

Morning

Afternoon

 

Monday

Miss Beaumont supported by Miss Franklin.

Miss Beaumont supported by Miss Franklin.

Tuesday

Miss Beaumont supported by Miss Franklin.

Ms Gardiner supported by Miss Franklin.

Wednesday

Miss Beaumont supported by Miss Franklin.

Miss Beaumont supported by Miss Franklin.

Thursday

Ms Gardiner supported by Miss Franklin.

Miss Beaumont supported by Miss Franklin.

Friday

Miss Beaumont supported by Miss Franklin.

Miss Beaumont supported by Miss Franklin.

 

 

 

 

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?

Miss Beaumont is our main classroom teacher, Ms Gardiner teaches the class Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Our full time classroom teaching assistant is Miss Franklin.  Mrs Williams and Miss Ellis are the teacher and teaching assistant in Hedgehogs. Mrs Axenderrie 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.

 

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 Miss Beaumont.

 

 

 

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