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Welcome to Squirrel Class


Hello and welcome to Squirrel Class web page.

Squirrels are a Year 1 class taught by Miss Laura Hilton and supported by Mrs Jess Littlefield and Miss Amy Bevis.


In Squirrel Class we recognise that every child is a wonderfully unique individual.  We are proud and privileged to play a part in helping them to reach for the stars and achieve their dreams.  We believe that all children have the ability to achieve their aspirations through developing a 'can do' attitude and a growth mind-set through engaging in a stimulating and challenging learning environment.  Our aim within this is for the children to become confident, resilient and self-assured learners who are proud of theirs, and others achievements. 


Within the classroom we have Maths, English, Phonics and Topic working walls, as well as an English and Maths creative station.  Each area has been designed to help scaffold the children's learning and to ensure that all learners are challenged to suit their individual needs.  We also have a reading chart on which daily reading at home is recorded and rewarded.


Everyday in school I must have...

A water bottle

Book bag 

Reading book and diary

On a Tuesday in school I should have...

PE kit - As we are doing tag rugby this should include jogging bottoms and trainers.

On a Friday in school I should have....

Swimming kit - this should include goggles, and a hat.

Our Curriculum

In Year 1 we offer a continuous provision based approach.  The purpose of continuous provision is to offer children a constant environment that is safe for them to explore whilst challenging their learning and development across all areas of the curriculum.. It allows children the freedom to explore and become independent in making choices, while supporting children in becoming active learners.

Year 1 Expectations and Parent Partnership

In order to help your child reach their full potential please support them with these four key areas at home: 


Reading - Children should read every night for 15 minutes to an adult. Any reading should be recorded in the reading log book.

Maths - Marvin the Maths monkey will be choosing 1 person from Squirrel Class to come home with every weekend to learn and practice Maths skills.

Homework - Activities are sent home every Tuesday, to be brought back to school by the following Monday.  They will focus on objectives taught in class to consolidate the children's learning, as well as spelling activities which will focus on Year 1 common exception words.


Wherever possible, please encourage your child to have a go at new concepts and challenges as this will develop their growth mindset.



We believe it is important to recognise and reward the efforts and achievements of our children.


In Squirrel Class we reward children with

  • House Points.
  • Squirrel of the day presentation.
  • Special Mentions in Collective Worship.
  • Sports Value certificates in Collective Worship
  • Reading certificates.

Year 1 Class Timetable

Curriculum Yearly Overview

Autumn Termly Overview

Spring Termly Overview

Summer Termly Overview

Parent Support Pack

Reading Support

Guidance on the phonics screening check

To find out more about Phonics at St Michaels please follow the link.

Examples of words for the phonics screener.

Year 1 Common Exception Words

All children are expected to know and spell the Year 1 Common Exception words by the end of Year 1.