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Squirrels

   

 

Welcome to Squirrel Class!

Below you will find information which will guide you through spring term at in Squirrel Class.

 

As the weather is getting more pleasant we will be taking advantage of this by taking our learning outside more often; the children will also be spending some break times and lunch times on the green where there is little shade. With this in mind please ensure you send your child to school with a water bottle and sun hat clearly marked with their name. Please can you also ensure you apply sun cream to your child before they come into school, you may also leave a bottle of sun cream at school, clearly labelled with your child's name, for them to re apply at lunch time.

 

The school day

School starts at 8.45am, and pupils in Squirrel Class are able to come straight into the classroom from 8:40am. Squirrel Class is accessed through the back playground (located outside Squirrel Class), Mrs Marsh, Mrs Jones, Mrs Walters or myself will be at the door ready to greet your little Squirrels as they arrive. If you arrive after 8:50am, please bring your child to the front office, so that we can ensure they are registered correctly.

At the end of the school day you will need to collect your child from the back playground, please rest assured that we will keep your child in the classroom until we can see their adult has arrived to collect them. The school day finishes at 3:10 and you will need to collect your child from the back playground.

 

Staff

Miss Casper is the teacher of Squirrel Class, she teaches all week apart from Tuesday morning when Mrs Jones teaches. Mrs Walters and Mrs Marsh are Squirrel Class Teaching Assistants.

 

Forest school and outdoor learning

At Leigh Primary we are a Forest School, Squirrels will be participating in Forest School sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 25th April
  • Tuesday 16th May

All outdoor clothing will need to be supplied by yourselves for Forest School and outdoor learning sessions. Please could you ensure that your child has a pair of waterproof trousers, a water proof jacket (or a waterproof all in one) and a pair of wellies that can be kept in school at all times (please name them clearly). We very much want to give your children the opportunity for as much outdoor learning that we can outside of the forest school slots. Therefore they will need this outdoor equipment in school at all times to enable us to do so.

 

Please ensure you child has a pair of wellies clearly marked with their name in school as we  are hoping that the weather will allow us to use the green  this term during break times.

 

Learning

In Squirrel Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which encourages children to develop independence, early writing and numeracy skills, phonic awareness, social skills and physical skills. Lots of work in Reception is child initiated and play centred, and there is a free flow between outdoor and indoor activity. Some work, as pupils move through Foundation Stage, becomes more structured and teacher led.

 

Topic

Each term we focus our learning around a topic, this term we will be focusing our learning around the topic of 'growing'. we will explore how and why things grow. Within this topic we will explore the stories Jasper's Beanstalk, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many others; we will also be looking at instruction and non- fiction texts and try to make our own. We will be planting our own beanstalks and thinking about how we can help them to grow. We will also have some class pets arriving at the start of term, we will be observing them throughout the term to find out how they grow and change over time.

 

Reading

We encourage you to “read” at home with your squirrels. Your child will bring 2 books home in their 'book bag' one of these is for them to take ownership of and the other is for them to enjoy you sharing with them from our class reading garden. Sometimes these books may seem easy – sometimes they may be challenging! We try to ensure pupils have a good range of reading experiences which challenge sufficiently but also allow them to enjoy the stories for their own sakes.

 

P.E

Please ensure your child has their P.E kit in school at all times; P.E will normally be on a Thursday but will occasionally happen on alternative days to fit in with our learning in class.

This term we have Tennis on a Wednesday afternoon in addition to our regular weekly P.E session, please ensure your child is wearing sun cream, has a cap and a water bottle as the children will be outside all afternoon on these days.

 

Tapestry

In Squirrel Class we believe learning take place all of the time, not just in the classroom and take into account your child’s home learning as well the learning which takes place at school when assessing their progress within the Foundation Stage. We will be encouraging you to get involved with your child’s learning journey by sharing pictures, notes, stories etc. about times outside school through an online Learning Journal called Tapestry. Tapestry allows you to share pictures, videos and notes about your child’s learning at home; it also allows you to view any photos, videos or comments we have added to your child’s Learning Journal at school.

 

 

 

In Squirrel Class we operate an open door policy. If you have a question or query, no matter how big or small, please feel free to come a see myself, Mrs Marsh, Mrs Walters or Mrs Jones before or after school.

 

Miss Casper