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Fernhurst

Primary School

Squirrels

Overview

Reception consists of children in their first year at Primary School. Squirrels is taught by Mrs Beattie and is supported by Mrs Bell and Mrs Krzanik. The classroom consists of an indoor area with two rooms and an outdoor area too. These areas are set up in a way which will encourage children to experiment, develop and progress in the following areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development (gross and fine motor)
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Exploration, experimentation and play are encouraged in Squirrels class and we aim to provide an environment where children are confident to be independent, take risks and also develop their social skills too.

Here are a few of the great things that we use/do in Squirrels class:

  • Tapestry: an online programme where parents can view and contribute to their children’s learning journals.
  • Dojo Points: An online website where children have their own ‘Dojo alien’ and are rewarded in the class for things such as tidying up.
  • Talk for Writing (T4W): We will regularly be learning stories using T4W. This is a multi-sensory way of learning stories- children will be able to retell stories using actions and words along with a ‘story map’. This will support their development in many of the Early Years areas including: literacy and communication and language.
  • Mud Kitchen: we have a new mud kitchen in our 'orchard' which the children enjoy exploring and learning in.

Autumn Term 2019

This is our first term in Squirrels class! We are excited about meeting and getting to know all the new faces from children to staff.

We will begin with our 1st topic 'Do you want to be friends?' This topic is based all around starting school and getting to know each other. We will aso begin to learn sounds and numbers.

Following this, we will focus on 'Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?', where we'll focus on the text 'Leaf Trouble' by Jonathan Emmett.

Spring Term 2020

Wow, a whole term has passed already and Squirrels' children are becoming more and more independent. This term we will begin to focus on the importance of challenging ourselves and a Growth Mindset is key to our learning.

We will begin the term with our topic ‘Will You Read Me A Story’, which will be based around lots of different traditional tales including 'The Three Little Pigs'.

Following this, our other topics for the Spring term will be 'Can I Switch It On?’ and 'Are We There Yet?' where we'll focus on journeys using the text ' We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen.

Summer Term 2020

We are entering our final term in Squirrels Class. The children have really been impressing all the staff with their progress and how mature they are becoming. They are certainly nearly ready for Year 1!

This term will begin with ‘Do Cows Drink Milk?’ focusing on our key text ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins. This story is a classic, and whilst simple with little words, it is a great story for teaching the children about looking at the illustrations carefully as often there is more happening within the pictures than is said with words.

In the second half term our topic will be ‘Who Lives in a Rock Pool?’ A seaside based topic, and we will be looking closely at 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister. 

Parents: Please keep your eyes on this page for updates including the curriculum overview and termly class newsletter that will be uploaded within the first few weeks of starting school.

TAPESTRY

Please find below links to useful documents on how to use Tapestry, our online learning journal.

Tapestry Guide for Parents Android

Tapestry Guide for Parents IoS Apple

Please click here to see a copy of a presentation made to new parents on Helping your Child Learn to Read.