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Welcome to Squirrels Class!

 

We are really looking forward to the Summer Term 2019 in Squirrels Class. For the first half term our topic is 'Journeys'. We will be learning all about the types of journeys we make, including different types of vehicles. This topic will be supported through stories such as 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and 'Percy's Bumpy Ride'. For our Talk for Writing we will be learning about the story 'The Train Ride' using story maps and drama. Our role play area will include tickets and props for journeys to develop the children's role play skills. We will be going on a trip to Saxon Air where we will learn about the helicopters and maps, and go through the check in and security areas!

 

After the half term break we will have our International Week which will be focusing on Tanzania where we will be looking at similarities and differences between cultures, including schools, homes, animals, landscapes, food, music and language. 

 

We will then move onto our second topic of 'The Teddy Bears' Picnic'. Our Talk for Writing Story will be 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and we will perform a shadow puppet play of the story. We will be learning to use technology to film our performances and to create scenes from the story. We will also learn songs and add music to the retelling of the story. Our role play area will include items from The Three Bears House. We will also have a Teddy Bears' Picnic at school where you can invite a grown up!

 

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 pasta salad, porridge, fruit scones and sandwiches. For our full cooking menu please refer to our Spring Term Topic Web which is on display in the cloakroom in Badgers Class and has been sent home via your child's bookbag.


PE
We offer opportunities for physical education throughout the week in Reception, making use of our outdoor spaces. Badgers also have PE lessons on a Monday and Wednesday, please make sure they have their PE kits in school everyday. 
 
Cooking
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. Please support your children to learn their focus spellings.


Please speak to Mrs Houston, Mrs Felstead, or Miss Norman if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing our work with you throughout the Summer 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.

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