Hello and welcome to our special page for Squirrels class (Reception)! We are really lucky to have a big and bright room with lots of different areas to explore! We have a beautiful cosy book corner, a special writing place (though we love to write wherever we can!) and a brilliantly resourced maths area as well as lots of other inviting areas for us to learn in! Squirrels class also have a lovely outside area which we share with Fox Cubs class so we can learn outside as well as inside! The children have lots of fun learning through play!
In Squirrels class, Mrs Swann is the class teacher. Miss Renshaw and Miss Panayiota are our Early Years Practitioners. Mrs Rowley is our Early Years Practitioner who leads our intervention programme in the mornings and helps us with our phonics learning. We really love working in Reception and want your child to be happy. If you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!
Reception class teacher
|Mrs Hussain HLTA|
Mrs Rowley Early Years
| Miss Renshaw
Early Years Practitioner
Busy, busy Squirrels Class!!
We are so lucky to work in the best class in the school (ok we are bias!) We get to work with a class of children who are so curious and enthusiastic learners!! They always have lots of fantastic ideas which we include in our daily activities and they explain what they are doing and why!
Our topic this term is
Down at the Bottom of the Garden!
Here are some ideas to start with and we will continue to add to them as we go through the half term! We also follow the principles of 'planning in the moment' which means that the children guide our learning following their interests and so every day is full of surprises!!
Summer - Week 1
Which plants can we name in our outside area? Do all plants look, feel or smell the same? What is similar/different between the plants? What tools can we use in our garden area? How are we going to look after the plants in our outside area?
We will continue our topic of 'Down at the Bottom of the Garden' which we started last term! We will read the story of 'Eddie's Garden' and explore what Eddie grows in his garden. We will continue to name different plants and look at how they are similar or different. In the art area we will use real plants and flowers to create our own pieces of art work in the style of Andy Goldsworthy! We will make a class information book about what Eddie grows in his garden using our phonic knowledge to write unknown words! In the role play area we will play and explore the Garden Centre to help us learn the names of tools and to practise buying them using money. In the outside area we will be preparing the planters ready for growing our own fruits and vegetables. We will decide as a class what we would like to plant!
Summer 1 - Week 2
The Enormous Potato and
Oliver's Fruit Salad
Which plants can we name in our outside area? What is similar or different between fruits and vegetables? How do we look after our plants and flowers? How can we use foods we grow in our own cooking? What fruits and vegetables can I name?
This week we will continue to explore what we can grow in the garden which can be eaten! We will explore different fruits and vegetables and start to grow some of these in the EYFS planters. This will be an on going project where we will look after the plants during the rest of the summer term. We will of course taste some of the fruits and decide which our favourite it! After our enjoyment of Supatato in the Autumn term we will look closely at potatoes and look at how we can grow these. We will begin by chitting the potatoes and look at how the potatoes change over two weeks. When they are ready we will plant the potatoes and see what happens! We will make our own fruit smoothie to practise our counting skills and to see what happens to the fruit when we use a smoothie maker. After making the smoothies we will write instructions so we can make them at home! On the creative table we will use real potatoes to create our own potato family using a range of materials and tools.
Summer 1 - Weeks 3 and 4
What is the little door that we have found next to the tree? Who lives behind the tiny little door? What does the little letter left in our classroom tell us? Can we make a house fit for a fairy or elf?
During these two weeks we will explore the little fairy/elf doors that have appeared in our EYFS outside area. We will look at the clues that are left each day to try and work out who has moved in to our outside area! During one afternoon we are hoping to go to Shipley Park so we can make fairy houses for more fairies and elves using a range of natural materials. We will read a letter left for us by the fairies and elves and then we will write a reply to them! In the maths area we will explore size - big and small and sort a range of objects. On the creative table we will make our own fairy doors!
The Early Years Foundation Stage
In Squirrels class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is organised into seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:
PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self confidence and self awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).
CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)
PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self care)
LIT - Literacy (reading and writing)
MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)
UW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)
EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)
In school we have a set of non-negotiables for Literacy and Mathematics for the children to aspire to by the end of each year group. Click below to see what is expected by the end of Squirrels class (end of EYFS).
We work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG's) in Squirrels class. Click on the document to see what the Early Years curriculum is all about and what the children should be able to do by the end of Squirrels class.
Squirrels Stars of the Week
At our school we have a special 'star of the week' from each class! In Squirrels class we have Sammy Squirrel who goes home with the star of the week for a whole week and he has a special diary for the star of the week to fill in ready to be shared with the class the following week. Sammy can't wait to meet you!
We have a weekly newsletter which will keep everyone informed about what we are doing and what we will be learning about in the future. The newsletter will come home every Friday but we will also put a copy here on our web page.
We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!
Welcome to Squirrels class
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and see any of the Reception staff. There is also lots of information in our Welcome to Reception Booklet 2018. You can download another copy by clicking on the link below.
We believe that parents and carers should be fully informed about what their child is learning in school. At the start of each topic we send home a topic overview so you can see what activities the children.
Challenges for your child to work on with you during the topic. The children will receive stickers for their hand print by completing the different challenges:
1 sticker – Finding a picture of a plant.
2 stickers – Looking after own sunflower plant at home.
3 stickers – Making a picture of a plant.
4 stickers – Making an information book about what can be found at the bottom of the garden.
Ambassador Awards 2018-2019
This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:
- Behaviour and conduct
Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!
Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Reception children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!
During the last few years we have developed the way that we collect observations about what your child can do during their time in Squirrels class. We use an app called 'Early Excellence' on our ipads. We will take photographs of your child completing different activities and make notes about what they are doing. One of the best features of this is that we can email you all the evidence we collect! Please make sure we have your email address and we will send you all of our observations! Don't forget to reply and let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. Please see Miss Harrison for an email request form if you have not completed this in your new starters pack or you can download one by clicking on the link below.
During the year we hold workshops to support parents and carers in helping their child at home.
Our dough disco workshop was very well attended last year and gave the children to opportunity to show what dough disco is all about!! If you want to know more about dough disco have a look at our dough disco booklet to learn those different dance moves so you too can have super strong fingers ready for writing!
We have held a workshop about letters and sounds to share useful tips about how we teach the children to use phonics to help them learn to read and write. We have made booklets to explain what we cover in each phase group. These have been sent home and you can find copies of them here! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and see me.
At the beginning of the Spring term we held a parents workshop to share what we do in school to develop communication and language skills and what you can do at home. Here are some of the handouts which were given out. If you would like a pack please come and see me.
Here are some of the handouts about how to support physical development for your EYFS child. If you would like a pack with all this information please come and see me.
Stay and Play sessions
Each term we have a stay and play session so parents, carers and other family member can join us in Squirrels class to see what we do. The children love showing everyone their classroom and the type of activities we do every day in Squirrels class. We always end with an activity for both children and adults. This could be a story, a squiggle, a dough disco or a dance! Who knows!! We like to keep it a surprise!!
The children love showing their grown ups the Squirrels classroom and EYFS outside area. We cannot wait to welcome you to our stay and play sessions this year!
Our next stay and play session will be on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 2pm. We hope you can join us!
Have a question or concern?
We understand that there are times when you might have a question or concern! You have an open door policy in our school and you are always welcome and to come and speak to any member of staff. Alternatively you can ring school on 01773 712840 or email our EYFS co-ordinator, Miss Harrison at email@example.com and we will do all we can to help.
Squirrels Class Dates
Here are the dates we have so far for this half term. We will continue to add to them as the half term progresses. Also remember to check your weekly newsletter!
Monday 19th April - Back to school for the children
Monday 6th May - Bank Holiday Monday - school closed
Tuesday 21st May – Stay and play session from 2pm
Friday 24th May – Ambassador Passports assembly at 9.15am. Your child will receive an invitation if they have achieved their Bronze or Silver award!
Friday 24th May – Last day of term
Monday 3rd June - INSET day - School closed for the children.
Tuesday 4th June - Back to school for the children
Helping at home!
There are lots of things you can do to help your child. We don't have formal homework in Squirrels class but below are some ideas of what you can do which are quick and easy and will help your child consolidate skills we have taught in school. Look on each topic web for some challenges we have set the children to help them gain extra points for their reward chart in school! If you would like any help or support please ask any member of EYFS staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!
Your child has a reading folder which includes flashcards, a homework book and reading book. Please practise these for 5 - 10 minutes every night if possible. We will hear your child read every week in school and will practise letter sounds and high frequency words in our Letters and Sounds activities. Also remember you can log on to Bug Club! Follow this link https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/. The school code is 7lwj. The password for all Reception children is pig. Please see Mrs Gent for your child's username!
Encourage your child to write their names on invitations and cards reminding them to have a capital letter at the beginning! As they learn their letter sounds help them practise writing them using the correct letter formation.
Play board games such as 'snakes and ladders' to encourage your child to count spaces to move their counters forwards or backward. When you are walking as the children to count how many foot steps from one place to another and ask the children to identify different numbers they see on doors or buses. Practise counting in order to at least twenty and backwards to zero.
Encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat, to put on their own shoes and to get dressed and undress by themselves. Remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating a meal. When eating encourage your child to use a knife and fork correctly.