Welcome to Squirrels class page
I am Mrs. Chapman the class teacher. Currently we have 16 pupils in Squirrels class. We have a role play area in our classroom and a mindfulness area. We also share the outdoor area with Hedgehogs. We love to learn through play and we often learn with Hedgehogs during particular lessons.
An introduction to Year One:
We build upon key skills and learning from Reception. Elements of Literacy and Mathematics are introduced in Early Years which are then developed more extensively in Year 1. We recognise that Key Stage 1 (Year R/1/2) is different from the Foundation Stage and therefore we aim to manage the transition from Reception to Year 1 in a gradual, staged approach, which allows the children to adapt during the Autumn Term.
English – Reading and Writing
The new English Curriculum includes the following areas;
Word Reading and Comprehension.
Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation.
The new Maths Curriculum includes the following areas;
Number and Place Value
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Properties of Shape
Position and Direction
Books are changed as and when the child has read their whole reading book. Please encourage your child to draw a picture and/or write a sentence in reading journals. Please sign reading journal as this lets us know the children are reading their books at home. Reading journals will be collected every Thursday so they can be marked and children will take them home again on a Friday.
Children will receive a weekly overview every Friday in their busy book. The weekly overview will cover some of what we have been learning in class and may include some useful information. It will also include the weekly spellings for the children to learn and a suggested challenge which may be literacy or numeracy based. Children can then share their homework in class the following week. Children are also encouraged to read every night and to use their reading journals to record any work based on their reading book.
The children are most of all expected to have FUN in Year 1. Learning takes place through a variety of ways and our main aim is to ensure the children are enjoying what they are learning. Lessons may take place on the carpet, at tables, outside, on the corridor or wherever necessary to make the lesson more alive and enjoyable.