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

Welcome Back!

Good evening Squirrels Class!

Firstly, I’d just like to say WOW! The children have all come back to school brilliantly today, I expected some tears this morning but the children have blown me away with how well they have settled back into the school routine! My classroom has definitely got its buzz back!

We have had an exciting day learning all about Mary Anning for International Women’s Day. We have looked at real fossils, made our own fossils out of clay (these will come home later in the week when they have dried) and made fact files about Mary Anning’s life. Please see below for a sneak peak of our day.

Photo sheet

Daily routine

Squirrel’s class daily routine will be the same as it was before Christmas. The day will start at 8.40am for children who have siblings starting earlier, 9am start for all other children in Squirrels class and finish at 3:20pm. Drop off and pick up are from the playground.

Reading books

I will be handing out new reading books on Monday 15th March (this gives me chance this week to hear all children read to find out which reading book they need). Reading books will follow the same routine as before, given out on a Monday and returned on a Friday. Please could you send in your child’s reading record and book (along with any other school books that you may find at home) this week, by Friday.


PE is now on a Tuesday afternoon and will be taught by Pass Master. Children should come to school every Tuesday in their PE kit which is appropriate to the weather. Jogging bottoms and a jumper will still be needed until it gets a little warmer.

Water bottles

Please could I remind all children to bring in a water bottle as we are trying to avoid using the class cups during Covid-19.

Phonics and Spellings

There will be no phonics lessons taught this week and therefore no spellings given out on Friday. This is so I can assess where the children are before starting our phonics sessions again next week.


We have STEM day on Thursday 11th March which is a whole day based around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The activity I have planned for Thursday requires a few plastic bags. If you have any spare plastic bags, please could you send these in? I would be very grateful and thank you in advance!

Thank you

I’d like to say thank you to all parents and carers for your continued support with the children’s learning. I appreciate how hard home learning is and can’t thank you enough for all of your time, care and patience with home schooling and sending me emails of the children’s work. I have really enjoyed seeing what the children have been up to and hope now we can get back to normality!

Have a lovely evening!

Kind regards

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning – Friday 5th March 2021

Phonics: We have now finished all of Set 3 sounds! Well done Squirrels! I will not be setting phonics home learning today. I will be assessing children’s phonics when we are back to see where we have gaps in learning or where we are struggling a little with a particular sound. We will then spend time recapping these sounds and consolidating our phonics knowledge.

Please feel free to recap any sounds your child is finding difficult by re-watching any of the videos posted online throughout lockdown.

Literacy: Today’s Literacy will consist of handwriting practise, spelling practise and a chance to do some free writing.

Free writing: Free writing is a chance for you to explore any writing you wish. You may want to write a story, a diary entry, a letter, a poem, anything you wish to write is perfect! I’d love to see what you have written today so please don’t forget to email me (squirrels@shawburystmarys.co.uk)!


Today’s handwriting – Diagonal join to Set 3 letters: ar

Handwriting sheet

Handwriting Extension

Spellings: This week’s focus is on the sounds ‘ear’ and ‘ure’ + numbers written as words as an extra challenge.

2 Spelling sheet ear ure

Maths: Friday’s Maths lesson in class is an Arithmetic lesson. We usually start with a quick arithmetic test and then go through this together as a class. Please have a go at the test and then ask an adult to help you make any corrections if you need to.

Year 1: Year 1 Arithmetic Test

Year 2: Year 2 Arithmetic Test

RE: Our topic in RE is – Salvation – Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Today’s LO: As a Religious explorer, I will write how I would be feeling/what I would say if I were Mary, arriving back at the empty tomb.

Look at the picture of Jesus’ body missing from the tomb and Mary Magdalene next to it. Discuss what you would be saying if you were Mary Magdalene.

Activity: Children to have the picture on their page and to write how they would be feeling/what they would say if they were Mary. Discuss this together.

Mary Magdalene sheet

Golden Time: Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

Have a fantastic weekend Squirrels Class! I cannot wait to see you all on Monday 🙂

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning – Thursday 4th March 2021

I am really looking forward to seeing you all today for our World Book Day Zoom meeting! Join us to celebrate wearing your costume or in your normal clothes is fine too – we are just looking forward to seeing your faces!

Some information slides for the children about World Book Day – us-t-2546067-world-book-day-pre-k-2-powerpoint_ver_3

Another link to the zoom meeting in case you can’t find the original post:

Topic: World Book Day Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 4, 2021 11:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 922 9715 0804
Passcode: hj6Fs0

Phonics: Have a look at the activities below, you can choose which one you want to complete to practise reading the ‘ure’ sound from yesterday or complete all of them if you wish!

ure phoneme spotter story

ure roll and read game

ure find and write

Literacy: LO: As a writer, I will be able to plan my story.

This links nicely with World Book Day today as we are going to plan our own version of the Fancy Dress Jungle.

Have a look at page 64 Story mountains and the copy of the story mountain on this page. Have a think why it is important to plan a story and how this helps when you come to writing your final ideas. Discuss your ideas with an adult.

Have a look through the story mountain planning sheet and share ideas to create an example using your character and setting that you have thought about this week.

Activity: planning-sheet Please complete this planning sheet, filling in your fantastic ideas. Please could I either have an email of the children’s plans or the children bring in this plan with them on Monday as we will be writing up our story when we are back together 🙂 (This is the only piece of work the children will need to bring in with them when they return).

Maths: Year 1: Measure mass

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Y1-Spring-Block-4-WO2-Measure-mass-2019.pdf

Year 2: Lines of symmetry – draw the whole

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Y2-Spring-Block-3-WO-Lines-of-symmetry-draw-the-whole-2020.pdf

Music: Disjunct melodies

In this lesson we will explore disjunct musical movement by listening to, performing and composing a musical story.


PSHE: Healthy hands are happy hands

In this lesson we understand the importance of maintaining personal hygiene. We will identify what personal hygiene is, understand the importance of handwashing and complete an experiment!


World Book Day Activities: I have posted PSHE and Music lessons as normal, however if you would prefer to complete World Book Day Activities instead here are a few websites with some nice ideas for activities at home.



Some activities below:

KS1 World Book Day Design a Character Mask Activity Sheet

World Book Day Card on Your Face Game

World Book Day Character Description Activity Sheets

World Book Day Character Selfies Activity Sheet

World Book Day Scavenger Hunt Checklist-

World Book Day Top 5s Activity

I hope you have a magical World Book Day! Please don’t forget to send me a photo of you dressed up 🙂 squirrels@shawburystmarys.co.uk

Mrs Edwards