Squirrel Class

Welcome to Squirrel Class web page.
We are a small friendly class of 19 children. We have three adults in the class all the time. We work in a creative and interesting classroom and use our busy outdoor learning space every day as well. 
We also like to visit places for our learning. Recently we have been to Slimbridge, Nature in Art, Copesgrove Farm and Outer Space  (in a space dome!) We also like to have lots of interesting visitors to our class. This year we have been visited by a hedgehog, a guide dog, a scientist, an illustrator, a drummer and a large snake. We have also had live music performances from a cellist, double bass player and violinist.
Our learning is topic based, which brings it to life for the children. Forthcoming topics are dinosaurs, transport, dungeons and dragons and animals. 
Our class has a strong interest in children’s emotional and social development. We have a class Yeti who teaches us to keep on trying if we can’t do something yet. We have weekly circle time and put our values into practice helping each other and raising money for good causes. This term we have helped the Hedgehog Hospital and a cancer charity. Our children are confident to be individuals.
Our class is mixed age. There is a family feel to the class and the older children are supportive towards the younger ones. The mixed age class means that we can all work at our own pace. All of the children are able to engage in learning through play and working alongside older children allows us to stretch the younger children academically as soon as they are ready.
The adults in our class are enthusiastic and caring. Mrs Lees is a great dancer and is renowned for her amazing English lessons. Mrs Fowles is a marathon runner and looks after the school running club. Ms Bashford is a musician. She loves science, especially hands-on experiments in the classroom. Mrs Hunt is a great artist and Mrs O’Malley likes to share her knowledge of sign language and First Aid

Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and Year 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum. The Year 2 children are well prepared for their end of key stage tests, whilst enjoying a fun, engaging varied curriculum

Click on the links below to read our latest class newsletter and view our curriculum topic web.

Class 1 parents meeting 2018

New Reception Parents Presentation

Homework Autumn 18

Topic web autumn 2 2018

Class 1 Cooking

Class 1 have been cooking recently. We decided to learn to cook some simple healthy food. When we learnt about traditional tales in English we read the Magic Porridge Pot and made porridge for snack time. In RE we made and shared pancakes one week and Jewish Latkes another. We followed a recipe when we […]

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New Club – Wildlife

Our school is situated in an AONB, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with several SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) nearby, the most prized designation for a nature site. Immediately we step outside, we are surrounded by a great diversity of plants, insects and birds. In the evening we can hear owls from the […]

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World Book Day Book Sale

Squirrel Class held a book sale on Thursday with books supplied by the Cotswold Canals Trust. The children enjoyed being shop-keepers and hardly noticed that they were having a maths lesson. It was lovely to see children so excited by choosing books for themselves. The children bought about 150 books and with a few donations […]

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Visit from praying mantis

Daisy the praying mantis came to visit our class this week. She was very well behaved! We learnt about insects’ head, abdomen and thorax. The children were fascinated by Daisy and asked a lot of questions.

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Squirrel Class working together

We have a strong ethos of working together in Squirrel Class. We have lovely, small mixed age class, which is very supportive and we invest in team building and learning as a mixed age group. Adults spend up to three years with the same children,  getting to know them really well and seeing their individual […]

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Squirrel Class Out and About

We believe that there is plenty to learn outside the classroom as well as inside the classroom. We often get out and about, especially to natural places including regular Welly Walks and whole days at Copesgrove Farm. We have trips to bring our topics to life, such as our Dinosaur topic and our Transport topic. […]

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Squirrel Class like maths!

When we asked the class what they like most about school, maths was up there. Most of our maths lessons are hands-on before any attempt to write. Our maths lessons are not usually silent, in fact there is a lot of conversation! The children often work out tasks together. Once there is good understanding, then […]

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Squirrel Class news

News from Squirrel Class Squirrel Class presently has a small class of infants with three full time adults. We have really enjoyed the start of the year. We have done our first Welly Walk and we’ll do these regularly as the spring comes along. This time we built and floated bark boats. We have also […]

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Pre-School Stay and Play afternoon

Let’s have a roaring good time finding out what Eastcombe Primary School has to offer! We are offering a pre-school stay and play session with a dinosaur theme on Thursday 18th October, 1.30-2.30pm. No need to make an appointment, just turn up and have some fun. We look forward to meeting you.

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