Welcome to the Autumn Term in Squirrel Class

Welcome to Squirrel Class - Year 1 & Year 2

Our teacher is Miss Lawrence

 

Our topic for this half term will be ‘Superheroes.’  As part of this, we will be using the text ‘Traction Man is here’ to create our own superhero stories. Our Science topic will be ‘Plants’ and we will be studying the different parts of plants, before thinking about what plants need to grow.  We will develop our art skills by working on a wax resist of an onomatopoeic superhero word, as well as creating some superhero prints.

 

We will be continuing with our class routines in the same way as before, but just as a reminder, I have included the information below.

 

Routines: 

Please ensure that your child checks that they have the following each day: 

  • A full water bottle.  If your child drinks all their water, they are very welcome to refill it from the classroom tap.
  • Their reading diary and any reading books that are sent home.  As there may not be set days on which your child is heard to read, it is really important that they bring their books to school each day.
  • Their book bag containing their reading diary and reading books. 
  • Instead of having a PE kit in school all week we would like the children to continue to come into school on PE day wearing their PE kit. Our PE day will be Monday.
  • Please make sure that every child has a coat in school even if the weather is good in the morning.  We try to go outside in all weathers.
  • Please apply sun cream to your child before the start of the school day and ensure that they bring a hat to school if you would like them to wear one.

 

PE

We will have both indoor and outdoor PE lessons this term. Devon County Council require that jewellery, including earrings and studs, be removed for P.E. and related activities for health and safety reasons.  If possible, please could earrings be taken out before school and left at home on PE days.

 

Home Learning

The home learning set will be planned to reinforce the work being covered in class. Each week, home learning activities are set on a Friday. If there is any part of the home learning that your child does not understand, they can always bring it back into school and I will be happy to go through it with them.

 

Times Tables

Children should learn their table facts (2, 3, 5 and 10) as often as possible, through recall, counting up and back in that multiple and, when confident, learning any corresponding division facts.

 

Daily Reading and reading diaries

We have settled into an effective system where children change their own reading books as soon as they arrive in school every day.  Please encourage your child to do this. Children will also need to give in their red reading diary as soon as they arrive at school.  We aim to check reading diaries daily.  However, if you have an important message it is helpful if you could write it on a separate piece of paper so I can action this immediately. 

 

Snack

Your child will be provided with a healthy snack daily just before break time.

 

We have so many exciting opportunities planned in Squirrel class this half term.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning.

Below is our curriculum plan and other information sent home with parents and carers.

If you would like more information on our curriculum, you can contact either the class teacher or our headteacher, Mr Bladon.

To do this, simply email bamptonstaff@alumnismat.org

Or call the school office on 01398 331121.

 

Here is the curriculum plan for the first half of the Summer Term 2022

Summer 2 Superheroes topic web to go home

Click here to download a copy

Here is the Knowledge Organiser for our new topic this term:

Superheroes knowledge organiser

Click here to download a copy

 

 

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.

 

BELIEVING

Here in Squirrel class we believe in each other and ourselves, working hard in order to achieve our goals.

 

BELONGING

We all belong in Squirrel class, as well as belonging to many other groups, such as: Bampton CE Primary School, The Alumnis Mat, school clubs, our friendship groups, our family, our local area of Bampton and the wider world.

 

BECOMING

By following the School values and trying our hardest, we believe that we can become whatever we strive for, overcoming all challenges in our lives.

 

COVID, rules and expectations

The expectations will be made clear to the children in a safe and friendly way to keep the classroom and school germ free.   The children will be expected to wear their full school uniform, however if you could please dress your child in full PE kit on their PE days (please see letter above to see our PE days).

We will be ensuring they all regularly wash their hands and that cleaning happens throughout the day of school equipment. The schools high expectations of behaviour will remain the same.

If you could please send your children in with limited items as all of the small steps we take will help to keep our school germ free. Any items you do send into school please make sure it is labelled clearly for example their jumpers or hats.