We've had a very egg-citing time in Squirrels this week (as always)!
We have made Easter cards for our parents, decorated eggs and rolled them down the hill to see whose egg was the fastest. We're not sure who won that race but Mrs Riley's egg survived and is still in one piece so she was the real winner!
The Easter bunny then came and hid some Easter chocolate lollies around the room and the children had to find them. Then they could eat them.
It's been lovely to be outside in the sunshine this week!
Happy Easter everyone!! Have a good break!
Mrs Austin x
We have had a fabulous week in Squirrels this week.
We have been recognising items that are different colours. This week's book we have been reading is 'The Queen's Knickers' and the children have enjoyed designing their own knickers and then placing them in places we asked them to...they were good at it too!
Squrriels also read sentences and placed the princess or prince in the correct place.
It's also been nice to spend some time in the outdoors, whilst it's been dry and sunny.
We had fun during Comic Relief completing the challenges. Leo held a haribo on his tongue the longest and I held a book on my head for the longest.
We were also great at doing squats and bouncing on the peanut ball. We then made Miss Makanji into a Boxtroll model and the children enjoyed playing with the box afterwards.
Mrs Austin :) x
This week has been all about one book: 'The Squirrels who Squabbled!'
We have been reading the book and doing lots of squirrel art. We then made squirrel feeders, using apple, peanut butter and squirrel food. We experimented with a pine cone, to see what noise it made on different surfaces, when we rolled it, spun it and dropped it. We have been continuing our work with money, which has been fantastic! The children in school and at home have been working hard!
We have had a fantastic World Book Day and we finished it off by baking Squirrel biscuits...yummy!!
For the last two weeks, we have been reading The Gruffalo and we have followed instructions to create a Gruffalo mask. We have also followed instructions to make jam sandwiches. Tyler asked The Gruffalo lots of questions! Freddie has been doing his maths and identifying the biggest number. We have been making fossils, in school and at home!
Using the laptops, we took used Mash Cams on PurpleMash to take photos of ourselves and changed our Avatars to look like us, in aid of Safer Internet day.
Well done home and school Squirrels!!
It's been an unusual start to the year but you guys have coped so well with it!! I'm so proud of you all!
The Squirrels that are at home and school have been so busy this week and we have seen lots of each other via Microsoft Teams, which has been lovely.
We had a new addition this week - Bradley, who has settled into Squirrels amazingly!!
We have been making rock cakes, exercising with Joe Wicks, playing musical instruments, (dancing to 'Shake Your Sillies Out,' which Dennis and Noah absolutely LOVED!
We have been sharing and turn taking, playing dominoes and snakes and ladders with one another.
We also had SNOW!! So we have been playing in the snow and made a mini snowman!
At home, Harry has been sorting 2D shapes, Tyler has been writing what a disaster is and painting a house on fire, linked to our topic, 'The Great Fire of London.' Imogen has been making rock cakes and Freddie had a lovely walk in the sun. Leo joined in with a treasure hunt that Ms Cheetham ran!
Such a weird, but wonderful week! Well done Squirrels!
Mrs Austin x
This week, we have created art pictures of penguins and igloos to represent the Antarctica, we made our own musical instruments and we enjoyed Forest Schools on our school field. I enjoyed getting muddy with the children this week!
Squirrels were fab at building a tower strong enough to hold a figure and making a train track to carry our teddy bears across. The problem solving skills of the children were fantastic!
Another busy week - well done Squirrels!!
Mrs Austin :) x
Squirrels have had a busy week this week! We have been following instructions to program the Beebots, we have created pyramids and ostriches in topic for our 'Where's Wally' topic. We have been doing a great job at sharing and turn taking, when playing games with one another. We even tried fig rolls and dates...they weren't a fan of the dates but some of them LOVED the fig rolls!
Mrs Austin :) x
Welcome back! I hope you all had a relaxing half term. I'm so glad that we're back...I missed the children!
This week, we have been up to lots of different things. We have been matching the quantities to numerals, exploring the Beebots and digging during forest schools, which we all love!
We also made chocolate apples for Bonfire Night and our favourite part was licking the chocolate out of the bowls.
This was our week on the top yard equipment too, which we missed! We can't wait to be on it again! The children have done a great job of settling back into the school routine!
Mrs Austin x
This was the week that we had a picnic on the moon! It was such good fun!
We have been sorting and identifying letters in non-fiction books, emptying and filling containers and placing big and small objects in the correct containers.
We enjoyed playing in a den during our Small Hall time ans as allways, we had a fab time at Forest Schools!
We all made kebab rockets out of strawberries and banana which was yummy and we had a non-uniform day for World Health Day. Such a brilliant week to be a Squirrel.
Squirrels have been looking at small and big animals and seeing if we can identify which are little and large. We have had a delivery of new equipment in the Squirrels' yard so we have been experimenting with that. Squirrels are really lucky that we can go to Forest School once a week, which is great fun!
We made watermelon stars and moons and the majority of us had a little nibble of them too! We were impressed that Noah and Roman had a try! Well done boys! During P.E. we were in teams to climb under the bar and over the bench...we tried our hardest to balance on the bench too.
A fab week in the Squirrels' classroom!
Mrs Austin x
Welcome back!! The Squirrels' team have been looking forward to having the children back and meeting the new ones too! We have had a fab start to the week; we made some chocolate Rice Krispies cakes and then ate them. This week, we were the first class on the new playground and it was amazing! We had such good fun!! We're so happy to be back!
Mrs Austin x
Our focus this half term is food...yum! We have made animals out of fruit, we have used our fingers to eat (Never Use a Knife and Fork) and we have made cornflake cakes! Imogen, Tyler and Lewis have been practicing their writing. Lydia took a trip to the beach and all of squirrels have enjoyed playing with their mini teachers. Keep up the good work Squirrels and parents. :)
Mrs Austin x
This week in the Squirrels class, we have been making fruit kebabs. The children did a fantastic job of cutting the fruit, dripping the melted chocolate onto the fruit (and eating the fruit and chocolate).
We have been counting and matching the amounts to the number. The children have enjoyed playing with the sea creatures in the foam.
Some of the Squirrels have had the opportunity to go to Forest school where they experiencing the outdoors!
We had a fabulous time at the Wharf Aquatics Centre in Pinxton. The children absolutely loved it and would love to go again (an amazing place to go for free!). We saw marine fish, cold water fish and tropical fish. Lydia was very excited that she found Nemo and Dory. It was such a good afternoon.
We might even nip again next half term.
It's been another fabulous week in Squirrels. We've been exploring real coins this week and some of us have been identifying and naming the specific coins. We played dominoes with the coins and Connor beat us all.
We have just finished reading The Rainbow Fish therefore we changed the character and had a go at retelling the story with our new character. Some made a jellyfish, shark, turtle and a starfish. They were fantastic.
During our cooking lesson, we used our starfish biscuits that we had baked previously and iced them.
Looking forward to our next couple of weeks!
Happy New Year to you all. I hope you've had a lovely Christmas and a relaxing break.
It's fantastic to be back and Squirrels have been amazing ALL week!
We have been exploring water this week and identifying which containers are full and empty and experimenting with the temperature of water. Some of Squirrels have been lucky enough to go horse riding which they absolutely loved!
This term we are learning about 'The Blue Abyss' so we have been focusing on The Water Cycle. Therefore, we made some mountains out of papier Mache and when they dried, we poured water on them to represent rain coming from the clouds, falling down the mountains and forming seas/rivers. Some of Squirrels also remembered that the sun dried up the seas/rivers to form more clouds. Absolutely fantastic week! Well done to all.
Squirrels have had a fantastic last week of November. We listened to the Diwali story of Rama and Sita and then we made Diwali sweets which Dennis, Ashton and Lydia absolutely loved!
As we have been reading 'The Stick Man,' we made our own Stick Men using pipe cleaners and then used them around the family tree.
All of the children have enjoyed the new additions in our classroom; the spinners and the fire engine. I have really seen a massive difference when sharing these with one another, which has been lovely to see!
We also made Christingles ahead of our trip to church, even though some of the children kept eating the sweets and raisins. We also looked at the meaning of each piece of the Christingle.
Mrs Austin :)
A huge welcome back after the two week break and I can't believe it's November!!
Squirrels had a fantastic first week back and again, we were very busy.
Our topic this half term is 'Let's Celebrate' so this week, we were focusing on Bonfire Night. Therefore, during our cooking lesson, we made chocolate apples and then took them home! They looked yummy. Some of the children even licked the bowls clean!
In our Computing lesson, we used paint to create firework paintings...they were amazing! We also described the noises fireworks make by watching videos online and using bubble wrap to create the noises ourselves. We came up with words like; fizz, pop, crackle.
In maths, we have been counting using different objects including numicon. Some of the Squirrels were counting up to 5, some were counting up to 10 and Connor even counted past 20 - great job everyone!!
Finally, it was a week full of cake as it was Dennis' birthday and Mr Austin turned a year older too! What a great week we have had!!
Another fantastic week in the Squirrels class.
We all had a go at using the Beebots and seeing where we could end up on the mats. Harry was great at finding the treasure! In our cooking lesson, we made an apple crumble. Lucy and Imogen loved eating the ingredients. When the crumble came out of the oven, the Squirrels couldn't wait to try some. It was delicious. Some of us even had seconds. Yum!
As we've had lots of rain over the past couple of weeks, it was lovely to get outside on the field and play with our friends in the sunshine. Our main aim was to help each other and every single one of us was great at that!
It's been a fantastic couple of weeks in the Squirrels class - we have been extremely busy!
We iced our biscuits we made the week before and the majority of the children licked their plates clean, which was great! We had a go at praying like Muslims do in a Mosque. For Earth Strike Day, we made our own globes, using paper-mache and we enjoyed climbing on the apparatus in the hall and bouncing on the trampette. This week we went on our first trip (I think we were one of the first classes to go on a trip - yay!) we visited a Residential Home and played Bingo - it was lovely to see the interaction between our children and the people that live there!