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Welcome to Squirrels Class!


We are really looking forward to the Spring Term 2019 in Squirrels Class. For the first half term our topic is 'Winter Wonderland'. We will be learning all about the Arctic and the Antarctic, including the weather, location and animals that live here. This topic will be supported through stories such as 'The Emperor's Egg' and 'Penguin Small'. For our Talk for Writing we will be learning about the story 'Lost and Found' using story maps and drama. Our role play area will be an Igloo to develop the children's role play skills, followed by a shop selling winter warmers! 


After the half term break we will have our International Week which will be focusing on Germany where we will be looking at similarities and differences between cultures, including food, school, buildings, landscapes and celebrations.  


We will then move onto our second topic of 'Dinosaurs'. We will be learning all about different types of dinosaurs, their habitats, their diets and the fossils left behind! We will also be creating our own song 'We're going on a dinosaur hunt,' and adding our own music to this. Our Talk for Writing story will be, 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' where we will be writing a narrative using our own ideas. Our role play area will be an explorers' cave! We will also be going on a trip to the Dinosaur Park!


Throughout the term we will be producing artwork on both a large and small scale to display in our classroom. 


We will be cooking in our kitchen classroom making delicious recipes related to our topics, including winter warmer porridge, fruit ice lollies, cinnamon sugar snowflakes, cheesy fossils and dinosaur pastries. For our full cooking menu please refer to our Spring Term Topic Web which is on display in the cloakroom in Squirrels Class and has been sent home via  your child's bookbag.

We offer opportunities for physical education throughout the week in Reception, making use of our outdoor spaces. Squirrels also have PE lessons on a Monday and Wednesday, please make sure they have their PE kits in school everyday. 
Our cooking day will be Monday. Please ensure your child has a named container with a lid in school on a Monday so that they can take their tasty treats home! Please note on some occasions the children's cooking is eaten in class with the children as it may not be practical for them to bring their cooking home (e.g. toast). 

Learning at Home
Please read with your child at least three times a week and record this in their reading record. Children should be encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to segment and blend words when reading new words for the first time. 
Please also encourage your child to use Reading Eggs and Letterjoin to support their reading and writing skills. We would recommend this is done on a weekly basis. This term, the children will receive their focus spellings, please support your children to learn these.

Please speak to Mrs Houston, Mrs Felstead, Miss New or Miss Norman if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing our work with you throughout the Spring Term! Please remember to check Tapestry for updates on what your child has been doing. Please add your own observations onto Tapestry if your child has completed some learning with you at home which you would like to share.