Squirrel Class go to STEAM

We all had a wonderful time yesterday visiting the STEAM Museum in Swindon. This was part of our ‘On the move’ topic.

We found out all about Brunel and Stephenson and their role in the creation of trains as a way of transport. We had lots of fun dressing up as the different characters.

The children enjoyed exploring and investigating the museum including pulling the levers in a signal box to move a virtual train to exploring the underneath of a full size steam train.

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Mr Men Madness

Welcome back to the new school year. This term our topic in Squirrel Class is ‘Mr Men Madness’.

Check out this Mr Men story map by Harrison.

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The children have all designed their own Mr Men and will now be creating their own amazing Mr Men adventure stories. Keep checking back for some of their stories coming soon

Squirrel Class Spring Welly Walk to Bismore Farm

We had a brilliant ‘Welly Walk’ to Bismore Farm last Friday. The children were amazing and coped very well with quite a walk, especially the steep hill on the way back! They also climbed three styles (quite a challenge when you are 4/5/6), crossed a stream and dodged some seriously muddy puddles (or most of them did…).

Thank you very much Mrs. Lewis and Mrs Hawkes for coming with us and Farmer Russell from the farm for letting us come and see the lambs. We got to stroke them and watch them have a feed as well as ask any questions.

We drew some sketches of the lambs and managed to spot quite a few signs of spring along the way.

Trip to Roves Farm

Remember Squirrels that tomorrow we are off to the farm to start our new topic this term ‘Moo, Baa, Cluck’. After recent weather it might be a good idea tomorrow to wear wellies if you have some, if not old shoes would be fine. See you all in the morning.

Phonics Meeting

On THURSDAY 14th APRIL at 3.20pm we will be holding a phonics meeting in Squirrel Class. The purpose of this meeting is to share with you how we teach phonics and give you some tips for supporting your child at home. This will include correct pronunciation of sounds which is something we can only do with your support. The meeting will last no longer than half an hour and a crèche will be provided in Owl class. We would love to see parents from both Squirrel and Hedgehog class attend. We look forward to your support.

Sports Relief

To raise funds for Sports Relief, we would like the children to dress in sporty clothes on Friday (18th March) and bring in £1 to donate to Sport Relief. Suggestions include tracksuits, sports kits etc.
We hope you are able to support this worthy cause.

Goodbye Mrs Modaley

Yesterday was Mrs Modaley’s last day in Squirrel Class and we will miss her enormously. The children gave her a good send off in assembly where she was presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers and card. I am sure Mrs Modaley will be back in school for supply work in the future. We now welcome back Mrs Scott, who will be job sharing with Mrs Marks in Squirrel class after half term. Mrs Scott will work the beginning of the week and Mrs Marks will continue to work a Thursday and Friday.

Squirrels Welly Walk to Frithwood

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The Squirrels had a super welly walk to Frithwood on Thursday, 4th February. The focus was on looking for shapes and we found lots of 2-d and 3-d examples to support our learning in Maths. We then did some spotting and managed to find buds, nests, catkins, fungus and lots of other interesting things (including poo)! Finally we built some impressive twig towers! Thank you very much to all the ‘grown ups’ who came with us and a special thank you to Thomas who was our photographer this time and he did a great job.

 

Squirrel Class Visit Bristol Aquarium

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Last week Squirrel Class enjoyed a fascinating day out at the Aquarium in Bristol to support our topic, ‘Dive into the Sea’. Our day began with a safari tour of the Aquarium where our guide Tom told us lots of gross facts (and interesting information) about the sea creatures. We all fed some fish who went crazy when we fed them. We saw an electric eel who had come all the way from the Amazon rainforest. We also saw a cucumber fish which was awesome and we had a very close look at some sea horses.  We had chance to touch real shark teeth and we even found Nemo! The two leopard sharks were the highlight for most of us and we really enjoyed watching them as they swam round.

Apologies that some of the photos are a bit dark, we weren’t allowed to use a flash!