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Welcome to Squirrels Class!



For the first half term our topic is ‘Space’. We will be exploring understanding the world through the history of astronauts, how the world works and where ‘space’ is. We will use a range of texts to learn more about Space and stories about astronauts to encourage us to use our imagination. Our role play area will include props to explore outer space so that we can use our imagination and knowledge from stories to act out missions to Mars! Our Talk for Writing story will be The Way Back Home where we will use drama and actions to retell the story. Our stories will help use to write a range of texts, like writing letters to space and lists of what we wold take with us!


We are also starting PE lessons alongside our continued access to our outside area, which will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.


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


We will then move onto our second topic of ‘Dinosaurs’ when we will be doing lots of finding out and research. We will be practising our technology skills to film our own stories about dinosaurs with puppets, and focus on ‘Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs’ to retell with actions.


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 rocket pizza, cheesy fossils and fruit salad. 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 will begin PE lessons this term every Tuesday and Thursday; please ensure they have a PE kit in school every day.
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 speak to Miss Stan, Mrs Bennett, Miss Southgate or Mrs Blyth 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.