Miss Parker & Miss Rhodes: Team Squirrel!
Welcome to our Squirrels' class page. Here you will find information and updates about our weekly learning.
Week thirteen (6.12.19) It’s finally time to celebrate Christmas!
The Christmas story
This week we are learning about the Christmas story. We talked about who celebrates Christmas and why some people do not. Our challenge is to write a sentence about the Christmas story or sequence the story and write about each picture. Do come and take a quick peek at our working wall after school.
Miss Rhodes worked her Christmas magic this week to make a stable role play area which the children love. There has been a few camels, sheep and pregnant Mary’s wondering around on donkeys finding a room at the inn.
In maths, we are learning about o’ clock. We discussed where we can find clocks to see the time and here is a long list we made:
At the train station or bus station
The children have loved exploring the clocks and telling the time. We looked at what time we wake up, go to school, eat our lunch, go home, have dinner and go to bed. Some of the children said their bed time was 10:30! That’s even later than Miss Parker’s!
NEXT WEEK... WE NEED YOUR HELP...!
Calling all toilet rolls and kitchen rolls!
Please could you collect these for us so we can make all sorts of Christmas craft with them... I'm sure you will get them back once your child has revamped them to look Christmassy and fabulous!
Please collect as many as you can and bring them in ASAP. THANK YOU!
Week twelve (29.11.19) Kindness and Anti- Bullying week
This week has been all about kindness. We discussed what makes a good friend, different feelings and emotions and how best to deal with them. To be a good friend, the children suggested that they should;
"Be kind and considerate of everyone."
"Share and play nicely together."
"Talk to each other if something is wrong."
"Do not make them sad."
When looking at our different feelings and emotions, we shared experiences of when we felt different feelings such as happy, excited, sad, angry, surprised and nervous. The children gave brilliant examples which linked to the word perfectly. They showed excellent understanding of different emotions.
In our role play area we made kindness spots so children can make friendship cards, good citizen certificates and look at books all about looking after ourselves, our environment and different emotions.
Linking back to when the SCARF life bus came to visit Langrish, we also read a story about Harold the giraffe who shared his scarf. We discussed what he did which was kind and also what he said which was kind.
When team squirrel went in the Life Bus, Julia talked to us about our bodies and feelings. The children related back to things Julia was saying about when we felt sad or lonely and what to do about it to make us feel better.
To continue our minibeast topic last week, we brought our bugs to life by giving them a name and a superpower. We wrote about this independently using our phonic knowledge to decode the words to write them down. Ask your child what their minibeast had as a super power!
Week eleven (22.11.19) All about minibeasts!
It has been a brilliant week for communication, memory and writing! The children have taken minibeasts in their stride and loved sharing their knowledge about the minibeasts they know. While discussing minibeasts, key vocabulary came up such as predator, camouflage, prey and habitat. When asking the children about what each word means, here is what they said:
Ollie: Camouflage means to blend in.
Tom: It means to be able to catch things you want to eat because they can’t see you.
Bas: Predator is things that eat you.
Hattie: Habitat is where they live.
From these key words we talked about who are predators might be.
Lucas said, Dinosaurs would eat us.
Skye: Tigers might eat you, so they are predators.
Artie: Lions would too!
Then we linked back to our dinosaur topic and suggested, would all dinosaurs eat us? To which the children replied:
Poppy: No! Some just eat grass.
Freddie: They are herbivores, they don’t eat meat.
Amilie: the T-rex would definitely eat us...
Bas: ...but they are extinct so they can’t eat us now.
Throughout the week the children became investigators in our role play minibeasts investigation area. Children became researchers by looking through non-fiction books to find out more information about their favourite minibeasts. From this, the children then wrote down the facts they learnt sharing information about where minibeasts like worms, ladybugs, woodlouse and butterflies live and also what they eat.
To fulfil our writing skills even more, we created clay minibeasts of our choice and turned them into fictional characters. Next week, we will write about what the type of minibeast they are, their name and an interesting fact about it.
Here are the minibeasts we found in forest school!
Week ten (15.11.19) Remembrance day
This week we learnt about why we wear poppies and the importance of the day to some people. To show our respect we held a 2 minute silence at 11 'o clock Monday morning. Afterwards we reflected on what the children were thinking about during the time.
Ollie: “I was thinking about the battlefields and all the poppies that grew after the war.”
Poppy: “I was thinking of the soldiers who must feel scared.”
Jonah: “I was thinking about the soldiers and how they looked after us.”
Freddie: “I really love wearing my poppy so everyone can see it!”
To show our thoughts to Remembrance Day we made our own clay poppies and painted them. They look fantastic! The children will be taking them home this weekend for you to see.
In forest school we had a chilly but beautifully sunny autumn morning outside and of course Jack Frost had been. We found some brilliant red mushrooms by the tree. The children understood that they are great to look at and find but we must not touch them. They went on bug hunts and found enormous worms hidden under damp, dark logs. In the mud kitchen the children were making chocolate soup with sprinkles of leaves and apples, which were found on the ground.
To support our fine motor skills we used a tray and marble to move paint around to create brilliant firework paintings. The children chose the colours they wanted to use and spent time moving the tray all around to ensure the paper was covered with paint.
Using the bikes to good use we practised our bike skills by controlling the bikes to move around the different sounds and shouting out each sound as they pass…
Week nine (8.11.19) Celebrating Diwali
This week we have been exploring and learning all about Diwali. We learnt that Hindu’s celebrate by cleaning their homes, decorating their houses and front doors with lights and rangoli patterns, wear new clothes, give and receive gifts and have a huge feast with family and friends.
During our play we created our own rangoli patterns using coloured sand, just like we saw in the books and videos all about Diwali. Also our role play area had puppets and masks that created the story of Rama and Sita. To support their role play, there was beautiful dressing up clothes for them to wear. The children did a great job at retelling the story and creating different scenes to support their story telling. Their favourite character was Ravana the demon because they loved that he had ten heads and twenty arms.
The bikes are in full swing!
The children are LOVING the new balance bikes! We completed some training which thankfully all the children passed. It explained how to use the bikes safely and effectively. Here they are trialling them out...
A big thank you for bringing in your autumn bits. The children enjoyed touching, painting and describing and talking about where they found them and comparing them to the other autumn bits.
Home learning for next week:
For our maths next week, it’s all about counting and recognising numbers for a purpose. Could you please take a photo of your house number and bring it in by Wednesday. This way we can recognise numbers for a personal significance and order them in a variety of ways.
Also, next week we will be learning all about Remembrance and why we have poppies. If you have anything at home which may support our leaning please bring it in so we can share it as a class :) .
Week eight (23.10.19) Enjoy a well deserved rest!
Well your children are well and truly tired. They deserve a well earned rest. They have tackled an awful lot this term… New school, new friends, new routine, new expectations, new teachers, new classroom and so much more.
To finish of our half term we baked pumpkin cupcakes, learning that we needed to measure six ounces of flour, sugar and three eggs.
Then of course, we toasted marshmallows in the woods! They loved it!
Week seven (18.10.19) Not more dinosaurs…
This week we have found ourselves still loving dinosaurs and finding out facts about the different dinosaurs, looking at what they eat, how tall and long they were and where they lived in the world. We used the map to find the different countries.
We created our own dinosaurs through collage. We used our scissor skills to carefully cut different materials like felt, card and tissue paper.
In maths, we are all about 2D shapes. We have found out how many sides a circle, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon and pentagon has. We can now describe the different shapes to one another and understand that 2D shapes are flat. We looked around the classroom and outside to see where else we could see 2D shapes.
‘The inside of a tree stump is a circle’ Ollie said.
‘A coat hanger is a triangle and so… hmm there aren’t many triangles around are there?’ Ruben said. ‘There are rectangles everywhere, the windows, the door and the boxes.’ said Abigail .
Hattie can explain the difference between a rectangle and square... ‘You see the rectangle has two long sides and two short sides. Now the square has four short sides, they are the same.’
In phonics, we have learnt the sounds i, n, m, d. using all these sounds together we are beginning to make up our own words and make real words. To do this we used magnetic letters to build the words, we then read them and finally wrote them on whiteboards.
A little home learning for half term…
Over your half term break, can you go outside and find something ‘autumny’. It could be something colourful, spiky, smelly (not too smelly please), big, small or crunchy. We will have an autumn table ready for you to put your findings on Monday morning after half term.
Week six (11.10.19) Dinosaur madness…
This week the children have turned dinosaur mad by enjoying our small world dinosaur land. Using the iPad, the children have brought the dinosaur book to life by making holograms of different dinosaurs and their eggs.
“Wow, it’s like they are moving across the table! Arghh quick he’s coming!” Joshua said.
This week in P.E we have been working in pairs and practising our ball skills. We learnt to control the ball to one another by kicking it, bouncing it, throwing, and catching it.
Langrish School have entered a school project called the '2019 Big Draw Festival'. The children drew, and then coloured in their self-portraits, which will be displayed at St Peter's Church during October half term for a fantastic art installation. .
Working with Miss Rhodes in small groups, the children read ‘We are all different’. The book created brilliant discussions and questions by the children, which they then related to their experiences.
In phonics, we have learnt the sounds s, a, t, p. We learnt to say, read and write the different sounds. To support our writing we wrote with a variety of resources in large and small print anywhere and everywhere…!
In maths, we are learning to count with a one to one correspondence. To support our counting skills, each child was given 10 lolly sticks and were given instructions to follow which entailed them counting out a number and creating a shape with that many sticks. We made decagons, squares, diamonds, triangles, pentagons and octagons.
Here we are applying our learning independently...
Next week it’s our meet the teacher on Tuesday 15th October at 2:45pm or 5:15pm.
Week five (4.10.19) a creation of colour and imagination…
This week the children have proved they are true artists. Miss Parker gave them a challenge of using oil pastels with black paper. She showed them a few examples online of different examples for inspiration and just look at what they did…
There are pictures of planets and rockets, landscapes, enchanted gardens, a dog in a cave, rainbows and even a swirling whirling snowstorm.
We have begun our discrete learning in phonics and playing 'I spy' games where Miss Parker shows them an object from her bag and they have to write the first sound they hear in the word. So far we have used the sounds s, a, t, p. The children were then challenged to write all the sounds they hear in the word.
In maths, we are counting with numbers up to 15,using pegs and elephants to count and match with the number. Also, we have been creating shapes with lolly sticks and creating repeating patterns using blocks.
A little note:
As you may have noticed, the children are coming home with a library book each week. The children get to choose a book from our library and take it home to read with yourselves. Please note that this is not their ‘reading book’ it is just a book to share together at home. Each Friday we will change the books therefore please make sure they are in their bags Friday morning so this can happen.
Week four (27.9.19) From the doctors surgery to a music room…
This week there has been a change of interest from the children. We have now moved onto musical instruments and transformed our role play area to a music room. Here at Langrish, Hampshire music run different music lessons and one of our children attends ukulele lessons. After his music lesson he came into the classroom and showed us what he had been learning. This got the children excited and encouraged the children to give it a go themselves. There was beautiful singing of ‘row, row, row, your boat” along with them playing the ukulele. Since this brilliant moment, children are using the different instruments correctly and learning what each instrument is called.
In our P.E lessons we have been using the balancing beams, rope swings and climbing equipment. With each P.E lesson the children are getting more confident, independent and supporting one another to climb or balance without the help of a teacher.
This week we have been talking about seasons and how they change. As we are now in autumn, we are noticing big changes happening outside. We went for a learning walk in our forest school session to find different things that show signs its autumn. Here are some of our Autumn trees, created using just our hands.
The children had the best Thursday morning with Perform. Merlin the Wizard came and took the children on an imaginative adventure to help find his sword.
A few reminders:
Please can we have back target tracker link forms so Miss Parker can set you up to see observations of your child.
We are still awaiting some forest school kits. Unfortunately, some children are missing the full experience due to not having the correct footwear and clothing. Especially with the weather changing, wearing school shoes and no waterproof trousers is not appropriate.
Week three (20.9.19) Forest School and First aid
This week the children have been rhyming, being sound robots, being shape experts and gymnasts! This is just some of the things we have been doing..
We had our first session out in the woods. The children were gathered around the fire circle where they were told three important rules which they must follow to ensure they are safe.
- If Miss Parker shouts “3, 2, 1, come back everyone”, children must return back to the fire circle as soon as they hear the call.
- When by the fire circle, the children must not go into the fire pit square. Even when there is no fire taking place, children must not go into it. This is to ensure the rule is reinforced for when a fire does take place.
- If needing the toilet, children must tell a grown up they are going so they know where they are at all times.
We had a brilliant time with bug hunting, tree climbing, team building and playing in the mud kitchen. Here are some photos of the fun we had on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
First aid and Doctors role play
As you may know, Miss Parker went on an outdoor first aid course this week. On her return, the children were interested about where she was and what she got up to. We discussed when we have hurt ourselves and what we did to make things better. Next, Miss Parker showed the children how to put someone in a safe airway position and how to assess the situation to ensure safety for themselves and the casualty. Then we drew around two children’s bodies and began to label what we knew about our bodies. Here is what some of the children said:
“We have bones all over our body” Tom
“Skin is everywhere. It protects our bones and organs” Jonah
“The heart pumps blood.” Freddie
“Hands help us to grab things” Ruben
“Lungs, we have two of them” Hattie
From this, we have set up a doctor’s role play area to continue their interest. So this weekend if you get put in a safe airway position be sure to let us know!
Week two (13.9.19) Sleeping lions and self-portraits
Wow, I cannot believe how brilliant your children are. They are taking school life in their stride… they independently choose their lunch each day, they put their coats and bags on their pegs, they put their water bottles in the correct baskets at the beginning of each day AND they even collect their things independently to go home. For just five days at school, they are becoming experts at this school malarkey! However, by 2:30 we do find some sleepy children trying to take a nap before home time... especially by the time Friday came.
During the day we have been exploring the small world, puzzles, looking at different sounds and drawing them with our magic fingers, counting up to 10, reading over 26 stories a day, pretending to be superheroes and so much more…
We painted self-portraits using mirrors to help us. We concentrated on what colours we needed to represent each feature of our faces. We were all brilliant artists! Take a look on our working wall in the classroom.
In P.E we played fruit salad. The children were super team players, helped one another when needed and became very competitive! It was a world record for team squirrels as it only took 15 minutes for everyone to get changed AND we didn’t lose any socks or have any clothes thieves! Lets hope they can keep it up!
Week one (6.9.19) Welcome to Team Squirrels! Class of 2019 – 2020
Our first day of school was a success! Thank you for inviting Miss Rhodes and myself into your homes. It is a great insight to see your children in the comfort of their homes and of course seeing their favourite toys and family.
At school, the children walked down with smiles on their faces ready for their new adventure. We got to know each other by finding out who is who and what they got up to in the summer holidays. From this, we went through a few important things that happen in Squirrel Class. We found our pegs, found out where we put our bags, the water bottles, what was for lunch and most importantly, where the toilets are.
We went on an adventure around the school to meet important people in school such as Mrs Graham and Mrs Langan in the school office and Mrs Wright, the Head teacher. Mrs Wright even let the children go in her office; they were very excited!
Once back in the classroom we had a brilliant time choosing, exploring and making friends. We played outside in the water tray, with the doll’s house, car run, trains, computers, mark making area and roleplay.
At lunchtime, the children managed to get their tray, knife and fork and collect their lunch independently. We had some super eaters who ate all their dinners up after such a busy morning at school. Once finished, the children cleared their trays and got ready to go home.
I am so proud of each and every child this week. They have taken on any challenge given to them and took ‘big school’ in their stride. Have a restful weekend Team Squirrels!
Here are a few things to remember for next week:
P.E kits in a P.E bag – blue T-shirt, black shorts, hoodie, jogging bottoms and trainers.
Forest school clothing – wellington boots, waterproof trousers and jacket.
Bears – we will begin to share each of the children’s adventures with their bears! They will stay in school for the first half term.
Please ensure ALL clothes and shoes are labelled with names.