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.
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, RE and Wider Curriculum working walls, as well as an English, Phonics 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
Reading book and diary
On a Monday and Tuesday I should come to school wearing...
My PE kit - This should include blue/black short/jogging bottoms, blue/black t-shirt, school jumper and trainers/daps.
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. Within continuous provision children are able to explore the environment and develop independence. It allows children to make choices and initiate their own play.
Each session starts with a whole class learning input, children then either take part in a focus group working with an adult, or they work in a 'shadow group' to complete a task designated by an adult, or the children choose their own learning through continuous provision.
At St Michael's C of E First School we use the phonics scheme Read, Write Inc.
To find out more about Phonics at St Michaels, how to support your child and information about the Phonics Screening please follow the link.
All children are expected to know and spell the Year 1 Common Exception words by the end of Year 1.
At the end of every half term we complete an Art or DT project with a focus on developing and enhancing our creative skills and knowledge.
In Autumn 2 we looked at abstract art and learnt about the artist Paul Klee.
We learnt about different types of colour (primary secondary, tertiary), colour mixing, and how to make different shades and tones of a colour. We then applied all our skills to create our own versions of 'Cold City' by Paul Klee.
In Spring 1 we carried out a DT project based around the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.
Jack gave us a mission to design and create a contraption that would help him steal the golden egg from the giant.
The children planned, designed and labelled their contraption before creating it. They then evaluated their design and altered their plans to improve their contraption to prevent the egg from breaking.
In Spring 2 we carried out an Art / DT project based around the work of Andy Goldsworthy - a sculptor who uses natural materials in his designs. We collected a variety of natural materials such as twigs, leaves, stones, and pinecones. We then used them to replicate some of Andy Goldsworthy's designs, as well as design and create some of our own natural sculptures.
Our 2nd project was to use natural materials to design and build a den for lost explorers. The children worked in teams to forage for and collect suitable materials before using them to build their den. They showed great teamwork and perseverance to ensure their den was able to stand up and provide shelter.
We believe it is important to recognise and reward the efforts and achievements of our children.
In Squirrel Class we reward children with
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.
Here is a list of useful websites to use at home.
These links will take you to sites which are full of games and activities to help your child with their learning.
Maths games for all areas of learning:
TT Rock Stars - supporting with times tables:
Supporting spelling, grammar and punctuation:
A website to support you and your child with staying safe online and while using the Internet:
An online safety resource for young children. A story about being responsible online, focusing on cyberbullying.
Search engines suitable for young children to use: