Squirrels

Welcome to Squirrels
 
Pupils: We are a year 2 class
There are 9 pupils in class, 5 boys and 4 girls
 
 
Teachers in Squirrels:  Emma and Helen
Emma H (Monday-Wednesday)
Helen P (Thursday- Friday)
 
Support Assistants: Clare, Jack, Nic, Louise (on a Tuesday)
 
The Summer term topic is 'Favourite Books'.  The termly overview will be attached below. 
During this topic we will encourage the class to look at, listen to and share favourite books to encourage a love of reading.  Please do drop us an e-mail in Squirrels to let us know your favourite books.  We will also listen to number songs and rhymes. The focus in technology is all about being a 'Young Investigator' and part of this will link in with using books to find out about new information as well as using the internet.  We will focus too on the e-safety message of always knowing what the children are accessing via technology.  Sharing books, listening to stories and looking at objects / puppets linked to the books is such a wonderful activity to do; it can take as long or short a time as your child is able focus on; the most important part it is that it is a fun and enjoyable time to spend together. 
Photos and messages can be sent in via e-mail to Emma or Helen.  Teams will be using e-mail and phone calls to let you know how the children are getting on and to keep in contact with those of you who are learning from home.  For those of you learning from home will add learning activities onto this page each week for you too, so please keep checking to see what new activities you might find.  Please go to the bottom of this page to find out about new activities added. 
 
As always you can e-mail us or phone if there is ever anything you need to tell us or ask.  We always love to hear from you.  It is important to be kind and look out for each other, so please don't be on your own if there is anything you need to talk about, or that we can help with. 
 
 
 
Autumn Term 2020
We are so pleased to say the children are all settling well into Squirrels class and adapting well to new school routines.  For some of the children - they have moved classroom, for those who have stayed - they have new classmates and for others - they have moved into a completely new school!  We are so proud of each and everyone of the Squirrels.  
 
Our focus is around settling in, being calm and enjoying being in school.   Opportunities to visit the tyre park and explore in the forest area have been very relaxing and a good way to use our senses to explore.  We have also been doing lots of working and playing in class too.  Here are some photos of us settling into school.  We hope you enjoy looking at them. 
 
 
Here are some useful websites and activities linked with our curriculum:-
Thinking and problem solving :-
Music and fun action songs to get you moving :-
Sensory activities:-
Christmas 2020
The run up to Christmas has been a little bit different this year, but we have still had lots of fun.  We have been busy with Christmas crafts, cake making, exploring Christmas related sensory resources, looking at Christmas books; a focus on the Christmas story and also the Story of "Stick Man".   
Father Christmas even popped in for a visit!
Here are some photographs of us enjoying the Christmas activities:-
Spring Term 2021
We hope that our Squirrels are adjusting to the new changes being at home, we will be providing activities that they may enjoy doing whilst at home. 
Our new topic this term is all about ' Exploring the stars'.  At the start of the week we listened to our space songs, please find the links below.  
We will provide a variety of activities linked to our topic and other areas of the curriculum each week.  These activities will be updated regularly - so do keep checking our Squirrels webpage.  To make it easier to see what is new each week - we will label each week as 'Week 1', 'Week 2', etc and move the previous week's activities onto a separate word document (which you can still access via the link.)
Plus there are lots of activities you can access on Education City https://www.educationcity.com/  and Espresso Discovery Education (just let us know if need your log in sending again).
We would love to see photographs or videos that the children have enjoyed doing, please feel free to email them over to us (Helen/ Emma).  
Try these fun websites that we are going to use for our e-safety topic.
 
Just click on an image to get there!
Here is the Squirrels Timetable. We thought it might be helpful to know the order of lessons that the children have each day.  You may wish to follow the structure of the sessions, even if you just dip into the lesson resources for a few minutes each session, it might help the children to follow a similar routine. (If this doesn't work for you, please don't worry and carry on with the routine you feel suits you and your child the best.)
 
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6 
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
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Week 12 home/ school activities

Communication/ Early Reading -   The focus this week is on the Easter Story again.   Listen to the Easter story (link above from previous week) or hear the story being read from a children’s Bible.  There is also a simple PowerPoint to look at (see below).

Communication / Early writing – Try out drawing your own crosses using different coloured pens.

Number work - This week we are counting Easter bunnies along with an adult. There is a great counting rhyme to join in with (please see below). Perhaps you could help to line up your teddies (or bunnies) to be counted?  Hearing the numbers as you jump up or stamp your feet is a great way to find out about numbers. If you have any number puzzles at home perhaps you could try a puzzle too.

PE – To get you warmed up have fun playing chase games or tail tag. Or have a dance around your house.

We are finding different ways to move around this week.  Can you jump like a bunny?  Or use your hands and feet to move around like a crab?  Try and see if you can move sideways.

RE – play the song ‘This little light of mine’ (link is above from previous week) and use your eyes to track the light pattern made by a torch as it is moved slowly up and down / left to right.  We will also be learning about Easter celebrations (please see link to Discovery Education – remember you will need your log in to access).  We are also looking at and exploring crosses and making our own crosses from sticks.  Can you find some sticks in the garden and an adult can help you join the sticks together to form a cross?

To link in with signs of new life we are making chocolate cornflake nests with mini eggs inside.  Perhaps you could help to make some chocolate nests at home? 

 

We hope you are keeping safe and having a good week.  Remember we love to see photographs of you learning at home.