Hello and a big warm welcome back to school & Squirrels Class
Hello and a big warm welcome back to school and to Squirrels class!
We hope everyone had a lovely rest over the summer holidays and managed to enjoy some of the gorgeous sunshine while it lasted!
As you know, Squirrels class has 2 teachers; Mrs Johnson who will be in class Monday and Tuesday and Miss Osborne who is in Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
We will also be supported by 2 Teaching Assistants this year and welcome Mrs Clarke and Mrs Winrow to Squirrels class.
We are all looking forward to getting to know everyone and to the year ahead.
May we now take this opportunity to say hello and give you some useful information.
We have lots of fun things planned for the coming term. Our new topic is ‘If you go Down to the Woods Today’ and we are very excited about getting up close and personal with all kinds of bugs and thinking about habitats and life cycles. We will be learning about food chains and even plan to look at owl pellets to see if we can find out what they have eaten – get ready for some bones! We are also looking forward to reading our new text ‘The Last Wolf’ which looks at Little Red Riding hood in a whole new light!PE this year is planned for Mondays and Wednesdays and so it is essential that PE kits are in school for both days. To be honest, it’s very helpful if it is in everyday just in case we have to change plans. PE kits should include: shorts, PE shirt, daps OR trainers and jogging bottoms in colder weather. Please make sure this and any clothes are clearly named so we are able to return any lost property.
This year we will continue to take a fun approach to home learning, to give the pupils an opportunity to be more creative and choose what interests them. We hope that it will also provide some activities that pupils and parents may enjoy working on together. In addition to the essential daily reading and spelling practice, we will provide you with 7 different tasks. These are varied and cover a range of subjects and we encourage your child to complete 3 of these tasks. You may produce your home learning in any way you wish and spend as much time on it as you wish.
We are lucky enough to have access to the Purple Mash website and as children have their own log in details they may wish to produce some homework on here. You have lots of time for this, so spread the tasks out. We look forward to seeing all the wonderful work you produce!Children are asked to bring in a water bottle with a ‘sports’ top so they can keep hydrated throughout the day. It should come in every morning with fresh water (sorry no juice). There will be a tray in the classroom to keep it handy during the day. This also prevents children from having to leave the room to go to the water fountain and missing out on learning.
We need to point out that our cloakroom is very small and is actually used by more than 50 children as we share it with Year 3. Therefore to help all the children and to develop age-appropriate independence, we kindly ask that parents please say goodbye in the playground and let children come into school on their own. However we are always in the classroom so if anyone needs to talk to either of us or if you need to pass on any messages just come through. We will usually be available briefly in the morning or after school for 10-15 mins, if you need more time then please make an appointment. The door is always open!
We would greatly appreciate any help from parents/carers who fancy getting involved at any time, as well as parent volunteers to come on our visits or trips, you just need to let us know if you are available and then we can organise a time. We will always find a fun job for you to do and promise it’s not always messy!
Once again welcome to everyone and if you have any queries feel free to ask.