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Welcome to Squirrels Class!



We have had a lovely start to the Autumn Term. For the first half term our topic is ‘Magical Me’. We will be learning all about ourselves, including discussions about what we like and understanding differences in people. This topic will be supported through stories such as 'People Who Help Us’. Our role play area will include uniforms from different jobs. For our Talk for Writing we will be learning about the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ using story maps and drama.


After the half term break we will have our International Week which will be focusing on Turkey 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 Winter and Celebrations. We will share different kinds of celebrations and discuss how we have grown, and share photos of when we were younger. Our Talk for Writing Story will be ‘Dogger’ and we will be talking about our favourite toys. We will also be learning to use technology by using directional language to control Beebots.


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 smoothies, biscuits and pizza. 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 after Christmas, however please ensure your child has a PE kit in school.
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 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 Autumn 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.