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Class 1 Squirrel

Welcome to Class 1 Squirrel!


In Squirrel class your child will be learning through the Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. We have a wonderful team lead by Mrs Jones, and supporting her are our teaching assistants Mrs Parsons, Mrs Jack and Miss Allenby.

Our learning journey...


Please browse our learning jouney below to see what we have been up to in Squirrel class!


Whilst spending time getting to know one another we began exploring the houses we live in. we talked about where we lived, the numbers on our doors, and who lived there. As our discussions and learning continued we began noticing the development behind the school. The children loved watching the diggers, and workers develop the new houses, which inspired us to use some similar materials to make our own walls during messy play, construction and outside. We looked at the shapes we needed to build and what pieces fit together.





We developed our learning further by looking at homes around the world.

We enjoyed our class read “Come Over to my House” by Dr Suess and

discovered the differences and similarities in homes from different cultures and countries.



Harvest was in full swing, and squirrel class performed at the school’s Harvest service in St. Thomas’ church. We continued looking at harvest as the children began harvesting our vegetable patch! We talked about how our plants and vegetables grew and what they needed.



As the children enjoyed the autumn weather we began looking at the differences and signs to show it had arrived. The children enjoyed looking at the different colours of the leaves, the arrival of conkers and the colder weather. We finished October by celebrating “Apple Day” as a whole school. The children loved dressing up as a type of apple, taking part in apple activities and a special lunch!







We began our new topic “into the night” and our class read was

Owl Babies. The children enjoyed recreating the story and began

to take it into the provision areas. Whilst playing outside the children

built a large nest from leaves, twigs, and cones they had found.



As the children enjoyed our Owl Babies story we had some visitors from Owl Adventures. The children learnt about and saw a variety of owls close up. We talked about when they were awake, what they eat, and where they might live. We had a chance to hold them and feel their feathers too!






The children came into the classroom one morning in December to an “incident”. The children investigated who the intruder could have been, where they came in and what their motives could have been! Luckily, this incident involved an early present for squirrel class… a story!



After reading the story and looking once again at the clues, the children came to the conclusion that it was the snowman who came to our class and he wanted us to share his story. As a class we studied and imitated the story with words and actions to retell it ourselves.





This half term our topic was “Around the world In 24 days!” As a class we have been exploring the story Handa surprise. The children enjoyed listening to it and acting it out.

This half term our topic was “Around the world In 24 days!” As a class we have been exploring the story Handa surprise. The children enjoyed listening to it and acting it out.



We then discussed the different fruits Hand had in her basket. We talked about if we had tried the, liked them and what we could use them for! We decided to use the fruit to make a smoothie! The children first had to decide which fruits they liked and disliked by using their senses. We looked at the fruit, felt the fruit and finally tasted the fruit.



Finally the children made a list of ingredients and created their very own smoothie!






This half term our topic has been “Let’s Write!” which linked in nicely with World Book Day. As part of that the children have been looking at “The Jolly Postman” as a story.


We also enjoyed a visit from Primary books and the children enjoyed using their vouchers and choosing new books to read.



We have been working really hard on writing letters to our favourite fairy tale characters, and finally the children took a trip down to the post office to post their stories, and they may have received a reply form the Jolly Postman himself!!






During March and in the run up to Easter Squirrel class were joined by some feathery friends. The children took part in the Living Eggs Hatching programme, and observed part of the life cycle of a hen.



The children managed to watch 10 chicks hatch and grow, and once they were strong enough the children have had the opportunity to hold, stroke and care for them.






We kicked off to a great start in Squirrel class, and received a star of the week certificate for the whole class! This half term we have been looking at “Our World”. We have been enjoying the Eric Carle book “They Tiny Seed”, and doing some gardening of our own!



The children have been busy in the garden weeding, and planting different seeds whilst watching them grow. We have planted cabbages, sprouts, parsnips, carrots, rocket and red lettuce. We have been watering them daily, made planting markers, and even made scarecrows to scare away the birds that might eat them.




We have also been planting inside too! Each child has made a cress head to watch grow, and look after. We have been watering them with pipettes and measuring their growth.







We continued our whole school topic “Our World” by entering and taking part in the village's “Scare fest”! Each class in school designed and created a scarecrow linked to a movie theme. Squirrel class decided to make a Minion!!



We used an empty box and collaged different materials onto it to use as the base, and minion’s trousers. The children then stuffed chicken wire with straw dipped in paint and glue – it was a very messy job! Finally we added his eye, hands and feet. He looked great!