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Squirrels 2021-22     Year 2

Today we had our raffle for those children who  have read 3 times or more.  Our three winners were vary happy to choose their book prize.

We have been working hard on our number bonds to 10 and 20 this week.  We have also been thinking carefully about our presentation.  Below is a good example of presentation from one of our Squirrels.

After our exciting drama lesson yesterday, we listened to some stormy music again and imagined we were in the middle of the sea during a storm.  We used commas in a list, bold words, exclamation marks, and amazing adjectives to describe what we could sea, hear, and how we felt.

Over the last few weeks we have been learning how to code.  Today, we brought all those skills together by designing our own background and characters, and then coding them.  We enjoyed adding sounds, adding timers, and making our characters move.

Today we listened to some stormy music.  We looked at lots of instruments to see which ones we could use to make the noises of the storm.  We went outside and participated in drama, showing  how we would feel if we were in a storm.  We also practiced rescuing people in a life boat.

We loved trying the life jackets on and getting in the life boat!

Mrs Mace and Mrs Hitchen enjoyed the lifeboat too!

Over the last few weeks, we have been reading "The pirates next door" by Jonny Duddle.  This week, we will be taking it in turns to read the book "A pirate's guide to landlubbing".  We will be reading in groups of 5 so that we can ask questions, talk about the book and find out interesting facts.

For P.E. this week, we had to see how fast we could run 40m.  We played some warm up games and then ran as fast as we could to the finish line.

Today we looked at a map and identified the features.  We then made our own pirate treasure maps which included a key.  We swapped maps with a partner and had to follow compass directions (North, East, South, West) to find the treasure.

This week we have been reading 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr.  Today we wrote book reviews to explain what the book was about and to say our favourite parts of the story.

We worked really hard in P.E. today.  We had to run around the cones and see how many laps we could do in 4 minutes.

Today we wrote descriptions of a desert island.  Can you spot the amazing adjectives and sentence starters that we used?

We were very excited this morning!  Our time capsule is going to be buried today so we went to see where it will be.  How long will it be before it someone digs it back up to see what life was like in 2020/21?

For our 'Wonder Time', we explored how many ways we could partition the number 43.  E.g. 21 + 22 = 43, 40 + 3 = 43.  We persevered and worked hard to find all of the different ways.

We had a great Mini Kixx session today for P.E.   Here are some of our action shots.

We are loving our new topic 'Land Ahoy!'  Today we looked at some pirate artefacts and practised using possessive apostrophes.  We have been very excited to hear a message from "Penelope the Pirate" too.  What a great start to year 2!

In maths today, we practised using the greater than, less than, and equals to symbols.  We worked in groups of 3 and took turns being a number or the symbol.  

Squirrels 2020-21    Year 1

For our last day of year 1, we decided to do a class dance to celebrate.  We hope you enjoy!

This week we have been working on our pirate pictures.  We used different shades of blue paint to make the background, then cut out shapes from card to make the pirate ship.  We are so excited to learn in our new topic 'Land Ahoy' in Year 2.

Today we listened to "The Crayon Box that talked" by Shane Derolf.  We talked about how we are all unique and different.  We then made and decorated our own crayons to show our personalities.

Today we had an Olympics Day.  We made crowns, Olympic torches and golden medals.  We enjoyed looking at different opening ceremonies and learning about where the Olympics started.

Today we did some collaborative artwork.   We all coloured in a page and put them together to make our squirrel picture.  We had lots of fun.

Today we learnt how to add 2 two-digit numbers together.  Look at our beautiful presentation and problem solving skills.

Today we learnt how to play 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' on the chime bars.  We practiced reading simple music and staying in time.  We had lots of fun.

Today we searched for leaves on the ground outside.  We then used two different paints to create a repeating pattern.  We made sure that we kept the paint separate so that they didn't mix and we kept the leaves the same orientation.

Today we looked at pictures of Mexican mirrors that are sold on the market.  We looked at the patterns and the colours.  We then designed our own mirrors and used tin foil in the centre.  Look at our super work.

We had a fantastic afternoon finishing our moving pictures based on the story "Bee and Me".   We talked about levers and sliders and how they work.  Do you like our art work?

We had a fantastic afternoon in Forest School celebrating 'International Mud Day'.  We enjoyed making mud balls and aiming at targets, relaxing in the hammock and building with natural materials.

Today we went on a nature walk around the school grounds and identified signs of summer.  We used Purple Mash to create our own 'summer' pictures and then labelled the signs of summer that we could see.

We have been working on our perseverance over the past few weeks and using 'Big Brain Bill'.  Today we cut out nets for 3d shapes and had to persevere to figure out what 3d shape they made.  We really enjoyed ourselves and kept trying, even when we found it tricky.

Sports week

We are having a great start to sports week.  So far we have done:

Relay races, javelin, running races, dribbling a football, passing to a friend, and scoring goals.  We are learning new skills and having lots of fun.

One of our favourite activities was hockey.  We learned how to use the sticks correctly.  We practiced passing to a partner, dribbling around cones, and scoring goals.

We loved doing a body scan today and learning different yoga positions.  We were all very relaxed.

This week, we learned the nursery rhyme "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear".  We looked at the rhyme in the poem and counted how many syllables were in each part of the poem.  We chose our own character and wrote poems to the same rhythm of the nursery rhyme.

We had a great time in Forest School this week.  We used natural materials to build, lopped and stripped willow.  Our favourite part was the tyre swing.

Today we wrote poems based on "By Myself"- Eloise Greenfield.  We talked about rhyme. 

Click HERE to listen to some of our poems.

Today we practised our spellings by using our new spelling wheel, reading the word, writing it, and checking it.  We also matched up half of words using lollypop sticks.  We played 'tricky word popcorn' and used alphablocks to spell words.  We had lots of fun!

We enjoyed forest school today.  We have been learning about shapes in maths so we practised making shapes by working as a team and counting the correct sides and verticies.  We used loppers to cut branches from the willow.  We also blindfolded ourselves and our partners directed us to find a tree.  After walking back, we guessed which tree we felt.

Today we worked on our teamwork and perseverance skills.  We practised rolling a ball down a drainpipe, running around and catching it at the other side.  We supported our friends and had lots of fun.  What a great end to this half term, after all of your hard work.

Today we read the story of Goldilocks and independently wrote our own stories.  Here is some of our writing.  We tried really hard with our handwriting and we tried to start our sentences in interesting ways.

We had a super time being dinosaur explorers today!  We built dens, figured our how to get the dinosaurs from inside the frozen eggs, made our own fossils from clay, sat on the reflection swing, and had lots of fun with our friends.  We even discovered some snails that had made their home in our tuff spot.

Today we wrote a fact file about the Ichthyosaurus.  We tried to include lots of facts and present our fact files neatly.  Here is some of our work.

Today we explored dinosaurs in the forest.  We sang 'In the forest I have found' and looked at how much the forest has grown!

Today we have been learning about capacity.  We practised writing 'full', 'half full' and 'empty' to describe different amounts of water.  We then practised pouring different amounts of water. 

We have been learning about Mary Anning.  Today we looked at dinosaur fossils!  We thought of adjectives to describe them.  

We had lots of fun exploring in the forest today.  We talked about the life cycle of an apple tree.  We then had fun playing and exploring in the forest and playing with our friends.

Today we wrote some sentences as a class and practiced our  handwriting.  We tried so hard to sit our letters on the line.  Here are photos of all of our work.

We have had a great day making Hapa Zome in Forest School.  We learnt that it is Japanese Art.  We loved using the leaves and flowers to make our design.  We used rocks to press the pattern into our fabric.

Today we continued making our animated story books on Purple Mash.  We thought about good ways to start out story and used sounds and animations to make the story more exciting.

Over the last term, we learnt all about London.  Today, we recorded an advertisement to tell people all about what they can see when they visit London.  We hope you enjoy it!

We loved forest school today.  After learning about plants in our topic, we all planted our own sunflower seeds.  We had a great time.

We practiced going safely around the fire circle and we thought carefully about what plants need to grow.

Here is us playing forest hide and seek.  Can you see us camouflaged?

We LOVED playing in the mud kitchen!

We really enjoyed our first day back at school.   We planted runner beans, butternut squash and sweetcorn and talked about what plants need to grow (sunlight, water, soil, carbon dioxide).  We all enjoyed being back at school with all of our friends again.

Today we had fun making our own moving Easter egg crafts, with a chick peeking out.  We thought carefully about our designs, careful cutting and how to make a moving part.

We have had a FANTASTIC first session of Forest school today.  We learnt our 'fire rule', played forest hide and seek, hid our decorated eggs and then hunted for them all.  We had such a brilliant time in the forest and the sun came out to say hi.

Here we are with our decorated 'eggs'.

Today we looked at photographs of silhouettes.  We made our own sunset background and then cut out silhouette pictures out of black paper to make the silhouette effect.  We worked so hard and had lots of fun.  Can you guess what some of the landmarks are?

Our pictures look fantastic in our classroom window!

We enjoyed playing a game of landmark bingo to help us to remember all of the landmarks that we have talked about.  Can you guess who won?

We have been investigating materials to see what would be good to use to make an umbrella for the teddy.  We tested whether the materials were waterproof and flexible.  We had lots of fun!

Today we commemorated 'reflection day' and colored in some flowers for our door.

We have been busy this week in Squirrels.  We have designed and written our own books based on "The Queen's handbag" by Steve Antony.   We made our own front covers and blurbs.  We also practiced reading our books out loud.  We had lots of fun being authors!

Here are some of our stories.

Today we designed our own Red Noses for Comic Relief, and competed in an 'red nose and spoon' race.  We had so much fun!

We are learning about London this term.  Today we practiced drawing a key and designing our own city.

We used paint and a heart-shaped template to make cards.  We used our fingers to make the heart shape with our fingerprints.  We are really proud of our work.

Today we practiced being news reporters and advertising London.  We practiced introducing the advert and saying some interesting facts.

What a fantastic first day back of school!  We had lots of fun today guessing shapes by closing our eyes and feeling the properties.  We also started reading "The Queen's Handbag" by Steve Antony.  We also did lots of colouring and shared all the things we have been doing at home.  I am super proud of you all!

We have been so creative with our home learning this term and have done lots of DT and art.  We learnt new techniques and thought carefully about how to make our models strong and used texture and colour in art.

We have continued to work so hard at home with our home learning.  We  have been learning all about winter.

You have all been working really hard on your home learning over the last few weeks.   I know many of you have enjoyed listening to 'The bear and the piano' and have thought carefully about how the bear would have been feeling.  You have also tried hard to tell the time and to find half of a shape.

We have loved being creative and doing lots of making.  We sewed our own puppet, made a Christmas card, making a calendar, decorating our bag, and making a Christmas decoration.  We are so excited for Christmas!

We have been very busy writing Christmas acrostic poems today.  We loved thinking of Christmas words and trying to use our best school handwriting.

We had lots of fun today with our phonics stars.  We were fantastic phoneme spotters.

We have been learning how to sew this week in Squirrels.  We learned about holding our needle correctly and which side to sew through.  We will be making our own Christmas hand puppets.

We have been working so hard on our phonics.  We have enjoyed sounding out our words, matching lower case and capital letters, making words with letter cards, and reading our new phonics books.

We had lots of fun today collecting sticks and leaves to make our own Stick People.  We learned how to tie knots to join our arms and legs onto our stick people. 

We have been learning about the Great Fire of London and have had lots of fun re-enacting the fire and thinking about what we would see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.

We had lots of fun today exploring Autumn.  We collected orange, brown and yellow leaves and made our own Cyril the Squirrel!

What could be inside our Curiosity Cube this week?  We have been learning lots about Autumn and this morning, some leaf creatures made their way inside our cube!  What could have happened?  What questions do you have?  Why is there  a trophy inside?  Can you be creative and critical thinkers as you investigate?

Today we have been using rulers to measure worms.  We remembered to start at 0 and to line the worms up carefully.

Today we enjoyed practicing our drawing and loved looking at each others' drawings.

Today we looked at photographs of Worksop today and compared them to Worksop in the past.  We enjoyed talking about the changes that have happened to the buildings, the cars, and the fashion.

In maths we have been exploring our number bonds to 10.  We used part-whole models to find number bonds to 10, then we played a game trying to recall the number bonds quickly.

Today we looked at the work of Pablo Picasso.  We looked at the painting of the 'weeping woman' and the abstract style of the art.  We then made our own Picasso style self-portrait.  We had lots of fun.

This week we have been practicing saying the story of the Gingerbread man.  We have been using actions to help us to retell the story.  We have been saying 'full stop' to help us to remember our punctuation.

Today we made our own tissue paper rainbows.  We loved looking at the different colours and using different methods of making our rainbows.

Today we talked about symbols of the last 6 months.  We used cotton buds to decorate our own rainbows.  We enjoyed using cotton wool to make the clouds.

Today we talked about what makes a healthy diet.  We learned about the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo and looked at the artwork he made, based on fruit and vegetables.  We had a go at making our own artwork.

Today we practiced our fine motor skills.  After reading 'Funny bones', we made our own split pin skeletons.

Today we used art straws to make our own 'Funny bones' skeletons.  We had great fun and learned how to use our scissors correctly.

We've had a great start to year 1.  We have all settled in really well and are enjoying being back with our friends.  Today we made our own Squirrels to decorate our classroom.  We used cotton buds and paint in Autumn colours to decorate our Squirrels.