Squirrel Class

Welcome to Squirrel Class web page.
We are a small friendly class of  15 children. We have two 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. Recently, 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 Fire Fire, 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 Scott is a great teacher and is renowned for her amazing English lessons. Mrs Leese loves to teach us dance routines and Mrs Fowles is a marathon runner and looks after the school running club. 

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.

Home learning in squirrel class (during lockdown 2020)

Since school closure for all year groups Squirrel Class have been together at home using an online classroom ‘Seesaw’. The children have created their own online work journals. Work has been set daily following a termly topic. This has included ‘Under the sea’ and ‘Ready, Steady. Grow’ The children have uploaded work daily to their journal and they have received feedback by both teachers and teaching assistants for each piece. The children have enjoyed activities such as flower pressing, designing their own smoothies, painting snail patterns, cracking morse codes and growing potatoes to name a few. Children have enjoyed sharing their work, commenting on others work and seeing each other via the online classroom. It has meant the children have continued to see each other and remain in contact with their friends and teachers.

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

Please see the curriculum page for details on our Catch-up and Blended Learning Curriculum offers.

New Reception Parents Presentation

Autumn Term 1: Fire Fire!

Welcome back Squirrels for another fun packed term. This term our topic is ‘Fire Fire!’ We are excited that the fire service will be coming to visit us on the 1st October. Here is the curriculum map and homework for this term:

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Squirrels do Archery

It was Squirrels’ turn to do archery last week. They did brilliantly. We had a story about a castle first, the children were interested in how the moat might be defended. Special congratulations to Arthur, who got an award for independent work at archery.

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We have been looking at Life Cycles in science and were very excited this week when the tadpoles hatched. Have a look at the link to see the first stages in their development….. tadpoles

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Copsegrove Farm Mum-Day

On Wednesday we had the most fantastic trip to Copsegrove Farm in Bisley for some forest school work. This time though, we took Mums, Aunties and Grandmas with us. It was a fabulous day including learning about the fabulous 4 who live in the woods, keeping the badger warm challenge, making plaster footprints and not […]

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Miniature Circus’

Take a look at our wonderful miniature circus’ that we have made. They are wonderful. The children planned and designed their circus from the colour of the tent to the performers inside. The children created fire hoops, tightropes and even a trapeze in their designs. We thought carefully about the best materials to use in […]

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Circus Skills Workshop

We enjoyed a visit from Mr Sensible who taught us some fantastic new circus skills. We had the chance to try a variety of tricks including tightrope walking, spinning plates and scarf tricks to name just a few. At the end of the session we shared our new circus skills with a  performance to our […]

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Roll up, roll up its almost homework sharing time…

Remember that homework for this term is due in on Wednesday 3rd April. We cannot wait to see all your wonderful topic work that you have created at home. Please see the link below to view the homework topic grid: Homework_circus Spring 19

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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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