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 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
All creatures great and small!
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 term 2 - Week 1
Mad about Mini-beasts!
What mini-beasts can we name? What do they look like? Which songs do we know about mini-beasts? Which mini-beasts can we find in our outside area? How do the mini-beasts move? Can we move like the mini-beasts?
We will start our final topic of the year with the story of 'Mad about Mini-beasts'. We will start to name different mini-beasts and look at how they are similar or different. In our writing activities we will work together to make a class book about mini-beasts. We will write different facts about the mini-beasts and use our phonic skills to write unknown words! In the art area we will make different mini-beasts using a laminator and some cellophane! Come and look at our Reception windows to see what we have made! We will use the numicon to practise doubling the spots on to the ladybirds body using 1:1 correspondence. Some of the children will be exploring addition and adding two numbers together!
Summer 2 - Week 2
The Mini-beast Bop!
How do the minibeasts move? What dance moves can we sequence together to make our own minibeast bop? How can we use the musical instruments to make sounds like the minibeasts when they are dancing? What patterns can we see on minibeasts?
This week we will continue to explore different mini-beasts and look at how they move and where they like to live! We will be using the instruments to make different sounds to represent the moves that the mini-beasts are doing! We will be practising our writing skills when we label what mini-beast looks like In the creative area we will explore making different mini-beasts from a range of materials. In the investigation area we will use the Bee-Bots and program them to travel in different directions and we will look at the life cycle of a butterfly! In the outside area we will be going on a mini-beast hunt with our magnifying glasses looking for real mini-beasts! I wonder what we will find!
Summer 2 - Weeks 3 and 4
Chatsworth Farm and Farmer Duck
Which animals could we find on a farm? What are the baby animals called?
What noises do the animals make? How do the farmers look after the animals? What happened when we went to Chatsworth Farm? What did Farmer Duck do? How could we help Farmer Duck?
During these two weeks we will explore farm animals. We will take a trip to Chatsworth Farm and Adventure Playground at the beginning of the two weeks. At Chatsworth we will meet lots of different farm animals as well as some animals which make great pets such as guinea pigs! The children will have the opportunity to look after the animals by grooming and feeding them! It will be an amazing day!! We will use our learning from the visit to the farm to create our own big book about farm animals using our writing skills. We will be sorting the farm animals into different groups and counting how many we have in each group? We will use our talk for writing actions and a story map to retell the story of Farmer Duck. We will explore how baby farm animals grow into adult animals.
Summer 2 - Weeks 5 and 6
Rumble in the Jungle and Giraffe's can't Dance!
Which animals would we find in the jungle? What do the jungle animals look like? Which jungle animal is the largest/smallest? How do the jungle animals move? How can we sort the jungle animals into groups?
During these two weeks we will explore jungle animals. We look at animals we can find in the jungle and describe what they look like. We will develop an explorers area where we can go looking for different jungle animals! In our dance activities we will explore moving in different ways like the jungle animals and look at how Gerald the Giraffe dances! In the mathematics area we will order the jungle animals by size and use vocabulary such as tall, short, tallest and shortest. We will explore making different patterns on animals using a range of media and materials. We will make a class book about jungle animals which we will share with the Nursery children!
Summer 2 - Week 7
The Great Pet Sale!
What animals could we have as a pet? Do any children have pets at home? What do we need to do to look after the animals? What does a vet do? What have we enjoyed during our year in Reception?
Wow, it is hard to believe that we have reached the final week of the academic year! To finish our year in Reception we will look at the story of 'The Great Pet Sale!' In the mathematics area we will have a pet shop set up so we can practise buying different pets and items we need to look after the pets! Ask your child if they can name any of the coins we use to buy the items! We will look at the role of a vet and how they are the 'animal doctor'! We will explore their job role and start to think about what job we would like to do when we get older! We will also reflect on what we have learnt this year and decide what we want to get better at next year!!
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.
Squirrels Newsletter - Friday 14th June
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 point – Painting a picture of an animal.
2 points – Bring in pictures and photographs of different animals to share with the class.
3 points – Counting in 2’s and 10’s.
4 points – Making an animal fact card.
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 Monday 15th July 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!
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 3rd June - INSET day - school closed for the children
Tuesday 4th June - School reopens for the children!
Monday 17th June - EYFS trip to Chatsworth Farm and Adventure Playground
Wednesday 19th June - Sports day for Reception/KS1 at 1.30pm
Thursday 20th June – Class photographs today
Week beginning Monday 24th June – Happy and safe week for the whole school
Friday 5th July – Non-uniform day - children to wear own clothes in exchange for donation to the Summer Fair.
Wednesday 10th July – Summer Fair at 1.30pm
Monday 15th July at 2.00pm – Squirrels stay and play session at 2.00pm
Tuesday 16th July – Ambassador Passports assembly at 9.15am for Reception and KS1 classes
Tuesday 16th July – Ambassador Passports Gold award winners treat afternoon.
Friday 19th July - Last Day of term for the children.
Monday 22nd July - INSET day – School closed to 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.