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Week commencing 20th September

It has been another busy couple of weeks in the Squirrels class! We LOVED exploring dinosaur and human skeletons and digging for fossils. We even made our own fabulous salt dough fossils using different parts of a dinosaur.

In maths we continued to learn to recognise and represent numbers and we learned about big and small objects. In English, we have been reading The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet. We enjoyed labelling features of the book and wrote a sensible shopping list of things we could feed hungry Dino. We love being creative too, and in art we used dinosaur’s feet to print with, creating a fantastic footprint trail!

Don’t forget that PE is on a Wednesday (send in a kit, please- we'll change at school) and on a Friday (come in in your PE kits).


All the best,


Mrs Purdie and The Squirrels Team smiley

Week commencing 6th September

Hi everyone!


It has been such a brilliant start to the term and the Squirrels team are so proud of how the children have settled in and adapted as we welcomed a new staff member and new pupils too! Our Jump into the Jurassic topic has been BRILLIANT so far and has provided many opportunities for creative learning. Making dinosaur biscuits, dinosaur masks and painting large scale dinosaurs was particularly fun. In maths we are learning all about number; counting, recognition and representations using lots of concrete objects. Our hook for English, was a dinosaur invading our classroom during play time!!! The children loved seeing the mysterious footprints and large dinosaur egg. 

Please remember that PE is on a Wednesday (send in a kit, please- we'll change at school) and on a Friday (come in in your PE kits). 

Also don't forget to label clothing, bottles, lunch and snack. 2 bottles - one for snack and one for dinner - would be great. 


Kindest regards, 


Mrs Purdie and The Squirrels Team 

Wow...the new Squirrels have been ever so busy! They have all settled in brilliantly. 


We have been looking at what items are magnetic and which are not. We have been doing lots of counting, making sure each of out athletes get one medal each. We have been using our turn taking skills to play games with each other. We were fabulous in P.E, when we had to roll the ball to one another. The children enjoyed taking selfies on the laptops, as if they were athletes! It's been such lovely weather that we have been doing some maths and English outside and we have had fun at play time. All of us were fantastic at creating the Olympic Rings, using tissue paper. 

It was lovely for the class to meet their new teacher, Mrs Purdie, and altogether, we took part in a skittles Science experiment. It was great to see all of the colours! 


Fabulous Squirrels - Well done to everyone!!


Mrs Austin smiley

Our Summer Transition Topic is The Olympics. See the overview for more information.

Summer Transition

Squirrels 2021 - 2022

Welcome to Squirrels!

There are a few new faces in the Squirrels' team.

Mrs Austin is currently the class teacher, however, Mrs Purdie will be joining us from September, which we are excited for! Also in the team, we have Miss Birch, Miss Makanji and Miss Maxwell.

We will be doing PE on Thursdays and Fridays so please ensure your child wears the appropriate kit on these days. 

Swimming will take place later on in the year, but more information will be coming to you about that closer to the time. 

Please ensure your child wears the correct uniform and brings a drinks bottle and a healthy snack every day. 


Thank you smiley


Wow! We had such a busy week as it has been Sports Week! 

The children went on a climbing wall, took part in an obstacle course, made smoothies, went on The Sensory Bus, made chocolate bananas, dancec, rode didicars, play different games and went on the bouncy castle. 


It was such a fun, but tiring week!! 


Mrs Austin smileyheart

As always, it's been a busy week in Squirrels and we have enjoyed the sunny weather. 


We made rainbow fruit skewers, which were tasty, we listened to a different stories about Jesus, (Jesus Walking on Water and Jesus Heals the blind), and we tried to see if we could walk on water and we tried to place a ball in a bucket whilst blindfolded. We weren't very good at it! 


We went on the school's new trim trail on the field, which was fun, we created a class poster about the explorer, Christopher Columbus and we had fun in the sun during our P.E lesson, using our batting skills. We have created Father's Day to the special men in our lives and we have explored different remote control cars in our Computing lesson. 


Such a fab week - well done Squirrels!! 


Mrs Austin smiley

Our last week of term and we have been looking and learning about diary entries. The children had a really good try at writing their own. Noah said he found meerkats and armadillos! We have been weighing different items to see which items were light and which were heavy. We have enjoyed time in the small hall. Throughout the week, we have been creating our own islands and they look AMAZING! Well done Squirrels! 

Bestwood hid Kindness rocks around the school and we found some. It really made our day. The children played with them on the field and then rehid them! Thanks Bestwood! 


Such a good week this week Squirrels! Have a lovely and safe half term! 


Mrs Austin :) x

We have had another busy week in Squirrels. We have been sorting cars into colours and objects into certain categories. We have been learning all about different explorers and we have been learning about Ernest Shackleton this week so we made a sleigh! 

We really enjoyed sorting different food and drinks into which had the least sugar and which had the most sugar. During Computing, we used shapes to create different modes of transports for our explorations. On Friday, we took part in Pyjamarama, wore our pyjamas whilst we listened to stories and ate popcorn and drank hot chocolate. It's been such a fun week! 


Mrs Austin :) x

Squirrels were able to go on the Top Yard, which was so much fun! We also worked on our patience, whilst playing with the parachute. 

In P.E. we were able to take turns, as we played catch Tennis, however some of us needed a little more support with this. Noah, Leo and Dennis enjoyed dressing up as pirates!

We learnt a new game called 'Table Cricket' and the children absolutely LOVED it!

As we are learning about different explorers, we made some binoculus and used them to look at key objects around the school. 


We had such a fun week together! smiley


Mrs Austin heart


Welcome back!


We hope you had a fabulous Easter!

We are looking forward to having everyone back in school smiley.

Our topic this half term is Land Ahoy which we are really looking forward to.

Land Ahoy!

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 smiley 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!!


Mrs Austin smiley

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!! 


Mrs Austinsmiley

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 smiley 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! smiley


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.


Mrs Austin smiley

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 smiley 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! smiley


Mrs Austin x

Welcome to the Squirrels' Team: September 2020

Week commencing 15th June

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. 


Mrs Austin smiley

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!


Mrs Austin smiley 

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.