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

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

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

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.

STEM Day

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

Holiday Homework and a very Merry Christmas!

I want to start by saying a huge thank you to all parents and carers for being so supportive this term and for the wonderful cards and gifts. And a big, big thank you to the children! They have been an absolute pleasure to teach this term, they come in each morning with such happy faces and have really shown just how resilient they can be with so much disruption to their learning. Fingers crossed we have a much better 2021!

Reading: The children have been given a new reading book to enjoy over the Christmas holidays, along with a reading book they have chosen from our class library. The book chosen by the children maybe too difficult for them but the idea is to encourage a love of reading and to share this book with an adult/sibling at home. Please feel free to read this to them if they find it too tricky! In January I will have another shuffle about with groupings, so their book colour may change.

Literacy: Please see below for a short piece of writing to complete over the holidays. Please encourage your child to try hard with writing on the line, forming letters carefully and using capital letters and full stops.

Literacy homework

The children are also coming home with a new Writing book. This is to encourage the children to write freely about anything they’d like. They could write in it like a diary, record a story that they wish to share at a later date or maybe they’d like to write a letter. This will not be collected in weekly as homework but I will be asking for these back on occasion to see what they have been writing and to give them the opportunity to share with their friends.

Maths: Maths homework is to fill in the missing – or + sign to make the number sentences correct.

Maths homework

There will be no spellings homework during the Christmas holiday as we have not completed any new phonics sounds this week. Please feel free to recap on any previous spellings.

I have provided the children with a new green homework file to hopefully help with keeping all of their work together now the homework files are getting quite full. The children can keep their homework, reading book, reading record and new writing book in this file.

Reading books and records are due on the first day back (Tuesday 5th January 2021) and homework files are due back on Thursday 7th January 2021.

And finally…just a little bit of Christmas fun!

Christmas Homework

Thank you again for your support this term and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year. Wishing you a happy, safe and restful Christmas!

Best wishes,

Mrs Edwards

Squirrels Spellings and Reading

We have had another very busy week in Squirrels class and the children have settled back very quickly after having to self isolate!

A few polite reminders:

Please ensure your child’s reading book with their record is given in every Friday. This is really important as the books being read 3 times a week in school link to the children’s book bag books that also need to be read three times a week at home. School books and book bag books focus on the same sounds which really help to support your children in making progress with their reading. New books are given out every Monday. This week we have been reassessing the children’s reading level and their book colours may change after Christmas.

Green homework files need handing in every Thursday in order to be marked and the new homework and spellings to be filed, ready to be given back out on a Friday for the weekend. I have ordered new homework zipper files to help the children carry their homework and reading books which are due to arrive next week!

Spellings: I have changed spellings slightly to focus on our weekly phonics sounds and to address any spellings we need to work on e.g. days of the week, numbers written as words, common exception words or Months of the year.

This week we have been looking at the sounds igh – “fly high”, ow – ” blow the snow” and oo – “poo at the zoo”. The spelling page is in the green homework file and underneath for you to refer to.

Spelling sheet igh ow oo

Have a good weekend!

Mrs Edwards

Squirrels Home Learning Wednesday 25th November 2020

Good morning Squirrels Class!

Phonics:

Today’s lesson is the sound ‘or’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyVwq7MU7Cc

Maths:

Please watch the video clips and then complete the worksheet below. This does not need printing if you do not have access to a printer, it can just be completed on a blank piece of paper.

Year 1: Tens and ones (please watch both videos labelled tens and ones)

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-11-number-place-value-within-20/

https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Y1-Autumn-Block-4-WO3-Tens-and-ones-2019.pdf

Year 2: Find the difference

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/week-11-measurement-money/

https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Y2-Autumn-Block-3-WO8-Find-the-difference-2019.pdf

English:

In this lesson, we will be exploring how the hatmaker’s son feels when he meets the monkeys himself.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-a-characters-thoughts-and-feelings-part-1-6xh36e

RE:

In this lesson, we will be learning all about what Jews believe about the Messiah. We will understand that different Jewish people hold different beliefs about whether the Messiah will be a person, or an age and a world that we must all bring about.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-do-jews-believe-about-the-messiah-ctjked

PE:

Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Don’t forget to send me your work or photos of your work/activities to 3134Squirrels@shawburystmarys.co.uk

Best Wishes

Mrs Edwards

Squirrels Home Learning Tuesday 24th November 2020

Good morning Squirrels Class!

Phonics:

Today’s lesson is the sound ‘ar’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vAAxD-53q0

Maths:

Please watch the video clips and then complete the worksheet below. This does not need printing if you do not have access to a printer, it can just be completed on a blank piece of paper.

Year 1: Numbers from 11 to 20

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-11-number-place-value-within-20/

https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Y1-Autumn-Block-4-WO2-Numbers-from-11-to-20-2019.pdf

Year 2: Find the total

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/week-11-measurement-money/

https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Y2-Autumn-Block-3-WO7-Find-the-total-2019.pdf

English:

In this lesson, we will be writing about what happens when the hatmaker loses his hats to the monkeys, making the problem really matter for our character.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-write-the-first-problem-in-the-story-c5k64r

Music:

In this lesson, we will be learning about pulse, how to find it and how to move our body in time to the beat.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/understanding-pulse-cdk38c

PE:

Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Don’t forget to send me your work or photos of your work/activities to 3134Squirrels@shawburystmarys.co.uk

Best Wishes

Mrs Edwards

Squirrels Home Learning Monday 23rd November 2020

Good morning Squirrels Class, I hope you have had a good weekend. Only 3 more days of home learning left and I can’t wait to see you all on Thursday!

Phonics:

Today’s lesson is the sound ‘oo’ (look at book).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH-9XQsksEc

Maths:

Please watch the video clips and then complete the worksheet below. This does not need printing if you do not have access to a printer, it can just be completed on a blank piece of paper.

Year 1: Count forwards and backwards and write numbers to 20

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-11-number-place-value-within-20/

https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Y1-Autumn-Block-4-WO1-Count-forwards-and-backwards-and-write-numbers-to-20-in-numerals-and-words-2019.pdf

Year 2: Compare Money

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/week-11-measurement-money/

https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Y2-Autumn-Block-3-WO6-Compare-money-2019.pdf

English:

In this lesson, we will be exploring the main character’s thoughts and feelings, given the problem he faces.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-a-recycled-characters-thoughts-and-feelings-69jpar

Science:

In this lesson, we are going to be observing the changes that occur to trees during different seasons. We will then be analysing the annual calendar and comparing events to the seasons. We will be recapping which weather can be seen in each season and how this may affect our calendar events. Lastly, we will be reading about a female scientist!

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-do-trees-change-across-the-seasons-chhk2r

PE:

Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Don’t forget to send me your work or photos of your work/activities to 3134Squirrels@shawburystmarys.co.uk

Best Wishes

Mrs Edwards

Squirrels Home Learning Friday 20th November 2020

Good morning Squirrels Class,

Phonics:

Today’s lesson is the sound ‘oo’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCnTmBiLfMU

Maths:

Please watch the video clips and then complete the worksheet below. This does not need printing if you do not have access to a printer, it can just be completed on a blank piece of paper.

Year 1: Patterns with 3–D and 2-D shapes https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-10-geometry-shape/

Y1-Autumn-Block-3-WO5-Patterns-with-2-D-and-3-D-shapes-2019

Year 2: Make the same amount https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/week-10-measurement-money/

https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Y2-Autumn-Block-3-WO5-Make-the-same-amount-2019.pdf

English:

In this lesson, we will be learning how to find important information in a text when we read, using our story, ‘Monkeys and Hats’.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-find-information-in-the-text-75jp4t

Spellings:

Year 1: The digraphs ‘ai‘ and ‘oi’ are hardly ever used at the end of a word.

Year 1 Look cover write check

Year 2: The sound /l/ spelt with ‘-le’ at the end of words.

Year 2 look cover write check

PE:

Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Don’t forget to send me your work or photos of your work/activities to 3134Squirrels@shawburystmarys.co.uk

Best Wishes

Mrs Edwards

Squirrels Home Learning Thursday 19th November 2020

Good morning Squirrels Class,

Phonics:

Today’s lesson is the sound ‘ow’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ty1hgMlJLQ

Maths:

Please watch the video clips and then complete the worksheet below. This does not need printing if you do not have access to a printer, it can just be completed on a blank piece of paper.

Year 1: Sort 2D shapes https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-10-geometry-shape/

Y1-Autumn-Block-3-WO4-Sort-2-D-shapes-2019

Year 2: Select money https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/week-10-measurement-money/

https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Y2-Autumn-Block-3-WO4-Select-money-2019.pdf

English:

In this lesson, we will be learning how to use capital letters and full stops to write story sentences that make sense.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-use-capital-letters-and-full-stops-68v3ad

Science:

In this lesson, we are going to be looking at more detailed impressions of what scientists are and look like. This will help us begin our lesson, then we will look at understanding how the weather changes across seasons. We will be reminding ourselves of the different types of weather and comparing this to the seasons. Lastly, we will be beginning our first scientific experiment! You will need a pencil, piece of paper and your weather drawing from Monday. Please note, the lady says we are in Spring but we are now Autumn!

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-does-the-weather-change-across-the-seasons-ctj34d

PE:

Joe Wicks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Don’t forget to send me your work or photos of your work/activities to 3134Squirrels@shawburystmarys.co.uk

Best Wishes

Mrs Edwards