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If we are to reach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with childrenMahatma Gandhi

    Welcome to Squirrel Class

   Year 1: Miss Lancelles

Part of our class and school ethos is believing, belonging and becoming. These three B’s are part of our everyday approach to learning and school life. Below are just a few examples of what these three B’s mean to us in Squirrel Class.


We may believe in helping each other, working hard to achieve the best we can, supporting others when we may need help in class, around the school and in the wider community. We believe in following our Church of England Values.


We belong to many groups, such as: our class, our school, clubs, our friends, our family, the wider community, England and the world.


We believe in striving to achieve and aspire to everyday wonders and future ambitions. We experience a wide range of curriculum subjects in Year 1 and 2 to inspire children to wonder about the world and what they could become when they grow up.


Our whole school topic this half term is “Land of the Dragon- China”. In Squirrel Class we will be exploring this through looking at the questions: ‘How is Chinese New Year celebrated?’, How do customs and traditions in China compare to those in England?’ and ‘What are the similarities and differences between life in China and the UK?’.


Below are the welcome documents that went out at the beginning of term. These include the welcome letter, topic overview for the term and Kirfs.



This half term we will be focusing on the story ‘Lin Yi’s Lantern’ by Brenda Williams. We will be learning the story using words and actions. We will explore the structure and techniques used within the text and use these ourselves. We will then use these ideas to create our own versions of the story. We will also be writing reports on an animals, using the Chinese zodiac story as our inspiration, linking to this half term’s science learning.

This half term we will be continuing with Phase 5 in phonics. We will be particularly focusing on alternative pronunciation of sounds.



Please continue to read at home every day and make a note of this in your reading diary. Little and often is the key to excellent progress in reading. All children that read, at least, five times a week, will be put into the class book raffle and will gain the chance to win a fantastic new book.

As well as listening to your child read, it is important to discuss the content of books too, so that their understanding can be checked.



We will be ensuring that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value, number patterns, properties of numbers, calculations, measures, data handling and problem-solving.

This half term Year 1  will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction We will be working with numbers beyond 20 this term.

As always, helping children tell the time and become familiar with using money is very helpful. In addition, helping children with their number bonds to 10(such as 11 + 9 = 20, 12 + 8 = 20 and so on) as well as learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables will help them with their learning.


This half term we will be focusing on the theme of ‘myself’.
We will be thinking about what is special to us and what is special in religion.




In science, this half term we will be focusing on animals including humans. We will be considering which animals are mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and birds, as well as learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also be learning the basic parts of the human body and thinking about the 5 senses.



This term we will be engaging in lots of cross-curricular learning as part of our topic. We will compare the physical and human geography of China to the UK. We will also be taking part in Chinese crafts and cooking a Chinese dish. We will be exploring traditional Chinese customs and festivals. We will be creating our own dragon dance and using drums to create a beat for this.

Home Learning

 Home learning is an important part of your child’s education. Year 1 will receive a handwriting/phonics sheet each week.

PE Kits and Swimming

Please could you ensure that PE  kits are always in school in a drawstring bag. PE kits should include: well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black tracksuit trousers, red PE top and a clean pair of socks.

PE kit on Thursdays.

Could you also please check that your child’s name is clearly visible in their PE kit and school uniform with a permanent marker. This will allow the children to easily identify their belongings in school.

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Useful Websites and Apps

An amazing handwriting app for iPad, iPod or iPhone users – it costs £2.29 but it is worth every penny!

This app is full of games and activities for helping the children practise their reading and spelling.

Practise your literacy skills by exploring each of the games and activities on this website.

Useful Coding Apps


A free programming app which improve skills in directional language and programming through sequences.

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Learn the basics of coding with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag & drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy and make her dance on their screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app’s challenges.

The furry aliens, known as Fuzzes were exploring space when their ship unexpectedly crashed on the maze-covered planet Smeeborg. The naturally curious fuzzes need kids to program them to explore all the colorful Technomazes on the planet’s surface. Teach your children the basics of computer programming in as little as 20 minutes a week with an engaging classroom curriculum.

CodeSpark Academy teaches the basics of computer programming through a variety of interactive learning activities including puzzles, games, step-by-step creative projects, game design and offline printables – all of which can be monitored by parents.