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Year 1 - Squirrels

Welcome back! I can't believe we are in the second Spring term already! The Squirrels are working so well as a class and really trying their hardest in all their learning. Mrs Baker and myself are really proud of each and every one of them. Thank you for all there lovely holiday homework diaries. I will enjoy going through these with your children. The new spellings for Spring 2 have been uploaded below, alongside the integrated learning unit for 'One Small Step' and a new knowledge organiser (fact file) for your child to use. Please download a copy and encourage your child to regularly read and write sentences to show their new facts they have learned. The Squirrels have also learnt how to write questions and correctly punctuate them so please continue to practise this with your child at home. Also listed on the integrated learning unit is the home learning for this topic, please have a read and encourage your child to have a go. We can't wait to begin receiving their creations to decorate our classroom. It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening and share your child's successes; if you haven't yet been to see me then please arrange an appointment at collection next week. It is really beneficial to provide you with your child's targets for learning. 


Thank you for your continued support. Please continue to read with your child at home as much as possible. Ensure that your child is recognising special friends within words to read them accurately - real and alien words.


Mrs Flood


Happy New Year! 


We hope you all had a lovely, relaxing festive break and wish you a happy and healthy 2019! We are looking forwards to hearing the exciting things the Squirrels got up to during their time off. Our new topic is Ready... Steady ... Cook! The children had a very exciting first day back when they were the audience for a Foxy live episode! The children enjoyed watching Mrs Howe and Mrs James compete for the title of Pizza perfectionist! The integrated learning unit overview is uploaded further down the page so you can see what your child will be learning and support their learning at home! Please try to complete the home learning activity with your child as a fun way to extend this learning unit! We will look forwards to tasting their baked goods! I have also uploaded the spellings for the whole Spring Term. I have slightly changed this and put each weeks spellings in one file with your child's group as the document name. Please continue to support your child in learning their spellings. 


Thank you for your continued support. 


Mrs Flood 

It's the most wonderful time of the year!


The children are working their socks off and I couldn't be prouder of them. Nativity festivities are in full swing and the children are busy learning all their lines and parts! Apologies that the spellings were not sent home, they are now attached below titled December spellings and update. We will not be sending home new spellings on Friday as we will be testing and regrouping children based on their needs. The spellings letter will explain this fully. Thank you for your continued support. 



Super Squirrels


The Squirrels just keep getting better and better every day! I am so proud of each and everyone of them! Thank you for continuing to support them at home with their reading and spellings. I can tell that the children are trying really hard at home to learn their spellings and their progress is incredible! Well done Squirrels!


Phonics Update


In addition to daily RWI sessions, your child is also having an afternoon phonics session. Last week we learnt 'ay' - may I play and 'ee' - what can you see? The children have enjoyed using these two new sounds to read and spell words containing these sounds. Please continue to identify these when reading at home and encourage them to show off their phonic knowledge by spelling words correctly that contain these sounds. This week we will be learning 'igh' - fly high and 'ow' - blow the snow. 


The children have been also learning about tricky words (irregular common exception words) that are not phonetically plausible. At parents evening, I will give out copies of these words for you to practise reading at home with your child. Your child will also get these words within their weekly spellings. 


Handwriting Update


We have now finished our handwriting assessments in Squirrels class and have been able to use these to begin interventions with your children to support them in practising forming letters that they currently find tricky. I will be sending home specific handwriting activities that will be specific to your child's needs. Please continue to encourage them to complete these for bonus monster points! Once children can form lower-case letters correctly we will be moving on to capital letters. 


Children also need to form the digits 0-9 correctly. It is common for children to reverse these numbers so extra practise will support them in forming them correctly. Once children are confident in forming these digits correctly, please encourage them to practise writing numbers to 100. This is an end of year objective so they may not be able to do this straight away but we are doing lots of practise in class. 


Thank you for your continued support. 


Mrs Flood

Week 2 Update


Squirrels School Councillors


Last week, the Squirrels were asked to vote on who they would like to be our Squirrels School Councillors. We had many nominations and lovely reasons for why specific children had been nominated. Well done to Ernest and Pippa who have become the Squirrels School Councillors. They have already started fulfilling their new responsibilities and I am very proud of them both. 




This week we have sent home the first set of spellings.  Your child will need to practise these, as we will test them  next Friday 21st September.  The children will be able to bring their red spelling test book home with them each week so that you can see their score, however, please ensure that these remain in your child's book bag. Please can we remind you not to use these books to practise spellings at home. The spellings will also be updated in the spellings section on this page. Please click the relevant week and then find your child's spelling group. 


Homework Book


Your child also brought home a homework book which will be used throughout the year to send home activities that would support your child's development. Please support your child to complete as much as they can and return them to school regularly so that we can reward them with Monster Points!


Welcome Meeting


I am looking forwards to meeting you all at our welcome meeting on Tuesday 18th September straight after pick up. If you are unable to attend, I will send an information sheet home with your child. 


Thank you for your continued support. 


Mrs Flood



Welcome to Squirrels 

Welcome back to school after a long summer break and welcome to the Squirrels page of our school website. This year the children will be working with myself; Mrs Flood and Mrs Baker. Our lunchtime assistant this year will be Mrs Wheeler. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children this week and have been so impressed with how quickly they have settled into new routines within their new classroom. They have been enthusiastic and willing to try their best, constantly displaying excellent behaviour. We have loved hearing about their summer holidays and have been thrilled with the wonderful homework they have returned with. Thank you for your support with this. We are excited to embark on a new adventure with the children as they enter Year 1.


If you scroll down this page, you will find the integrated learning unit for our first topic "Awesome Authors". I will regularly update our class page with a range of resources to help you further support your child's progress at home, however, if you think of anything else you would like to see on this page then please come and see me at drop off or collection. I am available daily to answer any questions you may have. Please continue to read as much as possible with your child at home and continue to practise reading the first 100 high frequency words as well as the common exception words for Year 1. If you need another copy of these then please do ask. Thank you for your continued support. I will look forward to meeting you all on the 18th September for our Year 1 transition meeting. 


Mrs Flood