29th June 2017: The end of a fantastic year!
It has been a truly wonderful year and I am so sad to say good bye to our lovely squirrels! I have loved getting to know you all and look forward to seeing you continue to grow in your future at Bracken Hill School. Good luck and know that Mrs Tomlinson, Mr Dore and Me, are always here if you need us!
Week commencing 19th June 2017: Sports Week
This week the children have done a whole variety of different sporting activities including yoga, wake and shake, trampolining, cricket, climbing, human hungry hippos and even more!
Week commencing 12th June 2017
This week we have continued looking at Fairy tales in English, learning about the story of Hansel and Gretel and thinking about repetitive phrases in Fairy Tales such as Once upon a time, and happily ever after.
In maths we've been looking at less and subtraction.
We've also had a special Buddhism day this week, where the children have tried some meditation and looked at making Buddhas.
Next week is Sports week when we will do lots of different sports themed activities, please send your child in PE kit everyday. It should be lots of fun!
Week Commencing 5th June 2017
Welcome back after the half term break! This half term our topic in Squirrels is Holidays and we would love it if you could send in some holiday snaps; old ones or new ones, even just a trip out to the seaside, would be very welcome.
This week in English we have been looking at Rapunzel and had a go at acting out the story using masks.
In Maths we've been doing a range of activities, from filling and emptying containers, building and comparing different sized towers, and getting cars to move in different directions and in different ways.
Week commencing 22nd May 2017
This week we have been asking and answering more where, what and who questions, and looked at the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what can you see?
And in Maths, we've been taking turns playing dice games and other games, and also spent time sorting and matching, and looking for the odd ones out.
In our DT life skills session, we made muffin pizzas with healthy toppings! The children really enjoyed choosing their own topics, practicing their spreading skills and most enjoyed tasting theirs at the end.
Week commencing 15th May 2017
This week we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes in maths and their properties, and in English we've had the Traction Man story and designed our own superhero, then asked and answered questions about them. Squirrels' have great imaginations!
In DT this week, we've made some cheese, cherry, raisin and apricot scones. They were delicious.
Week commencing 8th May 2017
This week in English we've been looking at some of AA Milne's poems, and thinking about nursery rhymes, rhyming words and rhyming couplets. We've done lots of practical activities using real objects and done some singing or different nursery rhymes.
In maths we've continued to do our learning about addition, some children have looked at adding 2 digit numbers using the grid method.
Week commencing 2nd May
In English this week we've been looking at Winnie the Pooh and using adjectives to describe our favourite cuddly toys. We've done lots of talking about how they look and feel, and written the sentence 'My favourite toy is _________'.
In Maths we've been focused on addition, including practical activities, looking at single digit addition by counting on and then looking at tens and ones to add double digit numbers. We're getting really amazing at writing our number sentences.
Week commencing 24th April 2017
Welcome back! We hope you all had a super Easter holiday and are looking forward to a fantastic summer term. This half term our topic is Growing and for more information on this, have a look at the curriculum overview.
27th March 2016 - Yorkshire Wildlife Park
We have had a fantastic day at Yorkshire Safari Park! The children were really well behaved and I could not have been more proud of them. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed our day
Week commencing 13th March 2017
This week Wally has been visiting volcanos. We've started off making a paper mache one, and looked at plate techtonics to find out how they are made. In History,we found out about Mount Vesuvius and the town of Pompeii, trying to make our very own Roman vases, like the ones left in Pompeii.
In English, we've used the book of Handa's Surprise and Handa's Hen to help us write lists but also to think about different settings and how we can tell its not in England. And in Maths we've been doing basic multiplication by thinking about 'groups of'. This has proved to be quite tricky!
In Science, we've continued to learn about animals and habitats, this week making our own microhabitats for Simon the Snail. A real spider even creeped into all of our leaves and sticks when we were collecting them.
This week we've sent home lots of paperwork regarding our trip to Doncaster Wildlife Park. Thank you all for your speedy responses in sending everything back. It should be a wonderful day and I look forward to sharing all the photos with you.
Week commencing 6th March 2017
This week, we have been learning about Disneyland Paris. We've found out about France and the Eiffel Tower, smelling different foods such as garlic, onion, baguette and some blue cheese. We found out about the history of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney and the theme parks and decorated some cupcakes into castle towers.
Spring Term 2: Around the World
This half term our topic has continued to be Around the World and following our learning about the continents last half term, we have encouraged the children to send Where's Wally where ever they want him to go. They have chosen for him to find some tornado's, visit Thailand, Disneyland Paris, Volcanoes, a submarine and the seaside.
Week commencing 9th February 2017
This week our pirate, Captain Red Beard is in Australasia. We've built some fantastic Sydney Opera Houses from paper plates and used cotton buds to create some aboriginal styled work.
In maths we've been looking at repeating patterns and in English we've been answer different questions about our pirate adventures including what, where, who and even why questions. Why has been especially difficult!
We've also spent some time playing with the beebots, trying to get them to go where we want.
We hope you all have a brilliant half term break and look forward to seeing you in just over a week's time,
From all the squirrels team.
Week commencing 30th January 2017
This week our pirate Captain Red Beard has been in Europe. We found out about Monet and Picasso, making our own abstract portraits, and baked some delicious pain au chocolat's. As a special treat for making it to the top of our rewards beanstalk, we had out the climbing aparatus in the hall and watched the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
In English we have been looking at matching letters, including capital and lower case matching, and tracing over different shapes!
In Maths we've been focusing on big and small, sorting by length and estimating lengths. Have a look at our photos below to find out more:
Week Commencing 23rd January
This week we've been looking at North and South America, making some lovely healthy cranberry cookies (see photos below). We have been looking at maps, making pictures of ourselves into Frieda Kahlo paintings by adding on big eyebrows and found out about Native Americans by making headresses and Totem poles.
In Maths, we've been doing lots of matching numbers to groups of objects in maths and our literacy has been about The Night Pirates.
Week commencing 16th January 2017
This week our pirate Captain Red Beard has written to us from Africa. We will be learning about Africa across our topic, making African Masks and listening to African music.
This week we have been learning about Peter Pan in English and had chance to play with some Peter Pan toys, practicing all the new language we've learnt and sharing with others.
We've also been ordering numbers in maths, and had a go at controlling/ programming the BeeBots in our computer time.
Week Commencing 9th January
This week Pirate Red Beard wrote to us from Asia. He was visiting Japan but the rough seas along his journey meant he had lost his telescope overboard. He asked the children to make him a new one (he wanted it to be yellow and black). We found out about Geisha's and made some fans. We tried some Asian food including mango, rice and naan bread. We also built The Great Wall of China.
In Maths, we've been looking at shapes, finding them in our environment and in pictures. Our science has been looking at plants and learning about the different parts of them including the stem, leaves, roots and flowers.
Spring Term 1
Welcome back! We hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and are excited to be back at school. This half term our topic is Around the World, and we will be following the adventures of Captain Red Beard on his journey to the different continents and over the different oceans. Lots of our work is going to focus around pirates and in English we will be looking at different stories including Pirates Love Underpants, Plunge into the Pirate Pool, Peter Pan, Pirate Pete and the Night Pirates. Have a look at our phase overview for more information.
12th December - School trip to White Post Farm
We had a wonderful school trip on Monday. The children were so well behaved and really enjoyed feeding and cuddling the different animals. A few joined in as part of the Nativity show and everyone met Santa Claus.
6th December: Christmas Around the World
We had a fantastic day learning about Christmas in America, making candy canes and American flags. Then in the afternoon, we went around all the different countries that other classes had looked at, tasting different foods and drinks. Some of us even saw Santa!
28th November - 2nd December 2016: Stick Man, Money and Hanukkah
This week, in Squirrels class we have been learning about rhyming words using Stick Man. In maths we've been learning about money. We've had plenty of time has been spent making a shop and cafe, giving us lots of opportunity to practice our counting and thinking about value.
In topic we've been learning about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. We've made Stars of David and used the computer to make lovely Menorah pictures.
21st - 25th November - Bodhi Day
This week children have been learning about Buddhist celebrations and India. We've meditated, danced to Bhangra, made some beautiful clay buddhas and lotus flowers from cake cases.
In literacy, we've been learning about the Magic Bed story, thinking about different destinations a Magic Bed could go to and other possibly magic furniture.
In maths, we been counting on and completing practical addition.
14.11.16- 18.11.16: Remembrance Day/ Autumn Poetry/ anti-bullying and Postional language in Maths
A very busy week started today with a visit from Zoolab. The children were really brave and everyone got friendly with the different animals including a Giant Snail called Deidre and Gary the Gecko.
7th - 11th November: Bonfire Night
This week we've been learning about Bonfire Night. Our English has focus around using adjectives to complete Firework poem. In topic we've spent time collecting sticks and building bonfires, making masks of Guy Fawkes and looking at London as our capital city, building landmarks with construction materials.
We've had a great time!
31st October - 4th November
This week we have been thinking about Halloween and Day of the Dead festivals!
Today we have been really lucky and had a visit for the Library van who've let us choose some books!
6th - 30th September
A massive welcome back! We are so pleased to have all children back in Squirrels class. After a very busy few weeks getting to know each other and learning our new routines, we are starting to feel well settled.
This week we have been looking at doubling in maths and had a special Pizza Day so that we could double our toppings, make some recipes, think about dangers in the kitchen by sticking red flags on them and of course, making and tasting some delicious healthy pizzas.
11th July to 22nd July 2016
Hello, my name is Kate Clerkin and I am the new Squirrel's class teacher and a new teacher to Bracken Hill School. We also have 5 children new to Bracken Hill joining our class and its been a fun 2 weeks finding out all about each other and learning new routines. We've been learning about the Olympics and Italy; and enjoyed a brilliant water fight, Bracken Hill's Got Talent and even a disco to celebrate a brilliant year.
Week beginning 20th June 2016
Sports Week - this week the squirrels have participated in lots of different sporting activities including brain gym, penny football, boccia, cricket and table cricket, human hungry hippos, circus skills, team building and of course sports day! The class team have been impressed by how much effort the children have put into trying the activities and then working on their skills to improve. We found out that Aysha and Lavinia are budding boccia stars, James and Lee have a great eye for table cricket, Chantelle is an amazing fielder when it comes to cricket, Jensen can catapult a bean bag for miles and Olivia is our amazing cheerleader!
My favourite session of the week was team building where the children had to work together to get a ball from one end to the other just using drain pipes. The children really developed and used their problem solving skills and alongside excellent communication meant that they saved the ball 3 times - each time solving a trickier problem!
Week beginning 13th June 2016
Despite the wet weather the children and staff came in very excited for their trip to white post farm! The trip had been planned with Rabbits class to consolidate our learning in science where we had been looking at all living things (animals). The children got to see pigs, rabbits, cows, goats, alpacas, chickens, ducks, snakes, lizards, spiders and much more. All of the children got a turn in holding some animals which included a baby mouse, guinea pig and chick. The children were very gentle, kind and considerate to the animals and realised the importance of how to look after the animals including what they eat and where they live. The class also worked on their social and communication skills when playing in the play areas, working with their friends and having a fantastic time. Well done Squirrels the staff are very very proud of you
Week beginning 23rd May
This week we have seen the children re-tell the story of the 'Owl Babies.' We have some budding actors and actresses within the class who love to get up and perform. Have a look at our videos to see what you think! In maths we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes, the children started the week by identifying squares, circles, rectangles and triangles and by the end we were using the language of curved faces, edges and corners. Some of the class have even begun to talk about cylinders, spheres and prisms.
We hope that you have a lovely week off and look forward to hearing about what the children have got up to.
Week beginning 16th May 2016
This week we have still been recovering from the excitement of residential. However, the children have continued to give 100% towards their learning! We have continued to explore the owl babies and have created owl baby masks ready to perform the story next week - make sure you look next week for the videos of these!
In maths we have progressed our learning further by looking at addition. Some groups have been adding one digit numbers and some have gone further by adding two digits and also three numbers. Well done to Lavinia, Jensen and Lee who have worked independently all week on this - using numicon but also self correcting their work when asked to check their answers! Keep up the good work Squirrels
Week beginning 9th May 2016
This week we have finally been on our residential to Kingswood and it is fair to say that we have had an amazing experience. All the children have taken everything in their stride and across the 3 days we have seen huge amounts of progress in independence, life skills and most importantly team work and communication. For some of the activities this has been a key area, where they have had to work together to reach an end goal, all the staff are immensely proud of the children.
They have taken part in low ropes, camp fire, archery, zip line, crate stacking, night line, aeroball, laser quest and mini Olympics. It is no wonder that the children and staff have come back completely exhausted but with some amazing memories!
Well done Squirrels you have done us proud!
Mrs Summerell, Mrs Askham, Mrs Pearce and Mrs Hickman
Week beginning 2nd May
This week the Squirrels have been reading the 'Owl Babies' story, learning about Sarah, Bill and Percy whose Mummy disappears one night but then happily returns the next morning. We have explored what makes us scared and what we can do to make ourselves feel safe. Alex orally gave a great sentence and then copied this from the whiteboard using his best handwriting and remembered his finger spaces! Following on from this the children sequenced the story and used story language to explain what was happening in each picture.
In maths we have been further progressing our learning in 1 more and 1 less, as well as ordering and comparing numbers to 20. Molly and Aysha have made excellent progress and demonstrated to the class that they could independently order numbers up to 20 - well done!
Do not forget that next week is our residential - keep your fingers crossed for sunny weather!
Week beginning 25th April 2016
Another amazing week from the Squirrels Class - well done!
In English we have been continuing our theme of poetry and this week have been talking about things that are special to us. The children were very clear about what was special to them and how they would feel if they lost these things.
In Maths we have been consolidating our learning of addition and subtraction. We have used numicon to support our learning and the children have loved writing number sentences.
We are all getting very excited about our upcoming residential trip!
Week beginning 18th April 2016
The children have made a really positive start back to school and we have loved hearing about what they have got up to over the holidays - lots of adventures!
This week in maths we have been looking at adding and subtracting 1, 2 and 3 from different numbers. The children have used lots of different resources and this is something that we will continue to look at next week.
In English we have been looking at Poetry and emotions, the children have been really insightful about how they are feeling and also matching colours to how they are feeling! We finished off the week by watching 'Inside Out' and discussing the different emotions!
Have a great weekend!
Welcome back to the new term!
I hope that you have all had a good 2 weeks off and not eaten too much chocolate!
This half-term our theme is Explorers!
In science we will be learning about all things living - including how we can group animals into mammals, amphibians and fish. As well as this we will start to learn what the difference is between herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.
In art we are going to be experimenting with colour and painting causing a colour chaos and having lots of creative fun.
See you on Monday.
Mrs Joy Summerell
P.E and Swimming Days.
In Squirrels class we have PE once a week - Wednesday afternoon with Miss Selby.
Swimming is Thursday morning.
Please remember to send in the relevant kits for those days. P.E. kits can be left in school and sent home at each holiday.
Questions or comments? Not sure about a homework task? Got a worry?