Happy Half Term Squirrels Class!

The children have had a very busy half term and should be feeling super proud of themselves for all they have achieved!

They are coming home tonight with their homework (2 pieces of Maths and a spellings activity), reading books and their sunflowers. Some children have moved onto a new coloured reading book, however as explained in my previous post, some children have remained on the same coloured book. The children who are on the same colour will be recapping these books to build their confidence, fluency and reading comprehension. Homework is due in on Thursday 10th June and reading books are due back on Friday 11th June (they will then be quarantined over the weekend to recommence our usual routine of new books given out on a Monday and returned on a Friday). The children have also been encouraged to bring home a reading book of their choice from our class library.

Please do not forget to email me photos of you joining in with our school reading challenge (please see the main news on the school website for details).

Have a great half term and thank you for your continued support with your children’s learning!

Best wishes

Mrs Edwards

Reading Books

Just a quick update about reading in Squirrel’s class.

During the last two weeks, I have been reassessing the children’s phonics and reading levels. I am so impressed with the amount of progress the children have been making and they should all feel very proud of themselves. I’d just like to take this opportunity to also say a huge thank you for your continued support at home! The children are showing such a great interest in reading and often choose to read for pleasure in their free time. They also really love our story time at the end of each day and so many children love to share their favourite reading book from home, which has been an absolute pleasure to see!

Some children in Squirrels have now moved to a different coloured reading book and some have stayed on the same colour. If your child has stayed on the same colour, please do not be discouraged but this is because I want to build their confidence a little more and make sure they are making progress with their fluency and comprehension of what they are reading. To ensure your child is on the correct coloured book, I will not be issuing a book bag book for the children to bring home this week. Mrs Murphy and I will be reading with the children 1-1 and within the new guided reading groups to make sure the books are suitable for each individual child. The children will then come home with their new reading book on Friday, ready to share with you over the half term. The children are also encouraged to choose their own reading book from the class reading corner (this could be too easy or too hard for your child but is to encourage reading for pleasure).

After half term, we will continue as normal where new book bag books will be handed out on a Monday, read 3x a week at home and returned on a Friday – ready to be quarantined over the weekend. They do not need to be brought in every day. Reading records will be checked on a Friday and we will update the Reading Rocket accordingly, so please remember to record a small comment about how your child has been doing with their reading at home.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate in coming to see me at the end of the school day.

Kind regards

Mrs Edwards

 

A trip to Forest School!

Good evening,

Monday we will be introducing the children to our new Vision statement as a whole school (please see our new vision statement below) and I have lots of lovely things planned for the children throughout the day. Each class will be taking part of the vision statement to focus on in depth and Squirrels class are lucky to have ‘enjoyable and safe environment’. This to me screams “FOREST SCHOOL!” And as a Forest School leader I have been desperate to take the children’s learning outside.

Our Church of England School seeks to inspire and nurture a love of learning, curiosity, independence and self-belief in a safe and enjoyable environment. Building on a strong framework of Christian beliefs and values, we aim to support each other and the wider community.

Monday I would like the children to come dressed ready for Forest school, however the weather isn’t looking too promising! If it is drizzly during the day I will still take the children outside, if it is torrential rain then we will stay indoors and carry out the same activities but in the classroom (fingers crossed for dry-ish weather please)!

The children will need long trousers and wellies/old trainers/walking boots (please bring wellies to change into as the children will not be comfortable wearing them all day), they will also need long sleeves and a warm jumper. A waterproof coat will also be required 🙂. Please ensure your child is coming to school in old clothing as I cannot guarantee they will not get muddy. We do have spare waterproof trousers and coats that we can provide should you prefer 🙂

Please can I ask you to pass on this message to other parents who may not be able to access the website.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs Edwards

 

Junk Modelling Request

Good evening,

Next week (Tuesday) I would like the children to make something exciting out of junk!

Please could I ask for your support with donating any recycling you may have e.g. cardboard boxes, kitchen rolls, clean yoghurt pots, etc, etc. If you could send your children in with these this week, I would be very grateful and this gives the recycling time to sit in the classroom before carrying out our project in Tuesday’s Literacy lesson next week.

Kind regards

Mrs Edwards

Congratulations to our Reading Superstars!

A huge congratulations to the children in Squirrels class who achieved their Bronze Reading Certificate last week!

I have a sneaky feeling there will be a few more certificates given out very soon as lots of children are very close to getting ten ticks on the Reading Rocket Chart.

Keep up the excellent reading at home everyone 🙂

What an EGG-citing morning we have had!

This morning we had an egg-tra special Literacy lesson to launch our new topic Knights and Dragons (learning about castles).

We went on a walk around the school grounds and found lots of egg-traordinary footprints, scales, broken branches and a caution sign saying “Beware Dragons!” We then came across some beautiful dragon eggs!

As soon as our adventure was finished, we raced back into the classroom to write about our findings and shared our lovely ideas.

Thank you Squirrels class for an egg-cellent day!

Happy Easter Holiday!

The children are coming home with reading books and homework this Easter holiday.

There is a small piece of Maths homework and a sheet for them to write to me about their Easter holiday.

I hope you have a great Easter holiday and I look forward to seeing you all on April 19th! Get lots of rest and fingers crossed for some much needed sunshine!

Best wishes

Mrs Edwards

Last Day before Easter!

Good evening,

Just a quick message to remind all children to bring in their reading book with their record tomorrow and also their green homework file and folder please. Thank you to those who have already brought these in!

I will be setting reading over the holiday and holiday homework which can be found in their green files when I return them tomorrow at the end of the day.

Tomorrow the children are welcome to wear non-uniform and will be having a treat afternoon of a film and popcorn (a small packet of sweets for those who don’t like popcorn). This is to say a huge “WELL DONE!” to the children and to send them off for a wonderful Easter break!

Thank you so much for your continued support this term, the children are an absolute credit to you all and I wish you all a very relaxing, happy Easter holiday.

Best wishes

Mrs Edwards

Just a quick note

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to let you know that this week I will be in class each morning with the children as normal. However, each afternoon (Tuesday-Friday) I am in a zoom meeting 1pm-4pm for online training. I just wanted to make you aware as I will be unavailable on the playground after school each day and a supply teacher will be handing over at home time.

Please feel free to email me if you have any concerns or catch me on the playground at 8:55am 🙂

Reading: Children who have handed in reading records and books have been given new books today. This is now following the same routine as before Christmas – New books out Monday and returned on Friday. If you have not handed in books and reading records could you please do so tomorrow so I can issue your child with a new book.

Best wishes

Mrs Edwards