Hello! My name is Mr Walker and I am the class teacher for Squirrels Class this year! In our class we are also incredibly lucky to have Mrs Keggans working with us full time as our LSA. We are both excited to welcome you to Squirrels Class!
This year, our class is a little different as it has a mix of Year 1 students and Year 2 students. Read on to find out how it is going to work!
How will our year be structured?
Despite the mix of ages, the class will still be taught all together as they would in any other class. We will cover the same topics as Year 1 Hedgehogs and Year 2 Dormice, with challenges being adapted for each child, depending on which year group they are in and which criteria they need to meet. The KS1 staff have worked to create an exciting new curriculum which encourages children to work together through immersive experiences. All of this they will enjoy with their peers, no matter which class they may be in (Subject to COVID guidance at the time). Sometimes, we may split the class by year group and give separate challenges or tasks with Mrs Keggans and I supporting a group each. All children will be building upon the knowledge they gained in their previous academic year, taking any ‘gaps’.
The past year has been a huge upheaval for everyone, and we know that each family’s and each individual’s experiences of the pandemic will be different. Therefore, Term 1 will be focused heavily on wellbeing and easing children back into school life. Children will be having increased ‘Brain Breaks’ away from work, to allow time to relax and feel comfortable in their new class. Mrs Keggans and I will spend extra time getting to know each child and working with them to feel comfortable and happy. This is our main priority.
Reading & Home Challenges
Each child will be given a red Reading Journal, a yellow Busy Book and a school reading book of the appropriate level. Inside each book is an explanation of what each book is for. We encourage children to read as much as possible at home and keep a record in their reading journal. They should then show this to me or Mrs Keggans before changing their reading book. Spellings will be sent home weekly via the Busy Book, children will be tested every Wednesday. We will occasionally collect in any of these books for routine checking, they will be returned by the following day.
Squirrels class has PE every Tuesday and Thursday, children should come to school in their PE kits on these days.
I hope this gives you a brief insight into how our class works, please see the Termly Overviews at the bottom of this page to track your child’s learning. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!
Welcome to Squirrels!