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Squirrels Class 1

 

We are a mixed Year 2 and Year 3 class and Mrs Thomas is our teacher. There are 26 children in our class and we work really hard and have lots of fun!  Mrs Pinkerton and Miss Auty support work in Squirrels class during the week, helping groups of children with numeracy and literacy and working with individuals. Mrs Tickner teaches us Science and French on a Friday afternoon when she covers PPA for Mrs Thomas.   

 

In the Spring term our topic is Robots.  We will be linking many of our subjects to our topic.  Our class reader is The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.  In Literacy we will be reading and writing shape poetry,we will be using story maps to plan stories set in imaginary worlds, develop character descriptions and book reviews, and write instructions & persuasive letters linked to our class reader.  In Numeracy we will continue to work on multiplication and division calculations, Year 2s will recognise odd and even numbers, whilst Year 3 children will multiply and divide 2-digit numbers by single digits. In addition to revisiting addition and subtraction calculations, we will be refining our measuring skills - length, height, perimeter, mass and money.  Please view our topic web for further information about our learning. 

 

After February half term Ms Thwaites will be returning from her maternity leave.  She will work in Squirrels Class for 2 days (Thursday and Friday) whilst Mrs Thomas will be working for the remaining three days.  In addition we welcome Miss Lloyd and Miss Broome, teacher students from the University of Cumbria, who will be with us for five weeks.

 

 P.E

In the Spring term we will have PE on Monday (Coaching from Eden Valley Sports Partnership - Badminton) and Friday (Action Ants - fencing and ball skills). Complete outdoor P.E. kit is required each week - white or yellow T-shirts, blue or black shorts, trainers and a tracksuit. Please ensure all clothes are named, long hair is tied back and earrings are removed or covered with tape.  Thank you for your help.

 

Homework

We take a reading book home each night to read as often as possible - four times a week would be great!  Please keep note of any reading done at home in the reading log. Phonics, Spelling and Maths homework are also set.  All homework is set on Tuesdays and returned the following Monday.  A suggested timetable has been given out and a copy is posted below.

 

We hope you enjoy looking at our page and reading about what we have been up to!

Spring 18 - Robots Planning

Squirrels Homework Timetable

06.02.18 Art with Chalk and Charcoal

As part of Terrific Tuesday the Year 3s have been using chalk or charcoal to recreate famous robots.  We covered paper with either chalk or charcoal and then used rubbers as a pencil, to rub out the outline / features of a famous robot.  Can you guess which ones we have drawn?

Charcoal and Chalk Robots

11.01.18 Phunky Foods Session

We have had Gill from Phunky Foods with us this afternoon and we have made Hummus.  We have shown amazing teamwork skills and together we read and followed the recipe which we had to do this  carefully as we did not have the recipe demonstrated to us.  We learnt / practised how to cut vegetables using the bridge and claw techniques, we measured with spoons and weighed with scales.  We added different ingredients to make 2 different hummus.  Everyone made dippers from carrot, pitta bread, cucumber and pepper and creatively arranged it on the serving plate.  We looked at the different hummus before we tasted it.  Nearly everyone enjoyed it and some children tried both types of hummus.  Some children surprised themselves - they liked it when they thought they would not.  Well done to everyone for their superb teamwork skills, their bravery when it came to tasting and the children who did such an amazing job at tidying up.  Thank you Gill for coming to help us - it was such fun!  Enjoy the pictures below.

16.11.17 Recounts about our trip to Carlisle and Penrith Castles

 

The Busy Trip by Henry

Squirrels, we went to Carlisle Castle and Penrith Castle. First we visited the Captain’s Tower then we visited the garderobe. There were spiral stairs. They made us tired. Then we visited the keep then we went to Penrith Castle. We had to find the kitchen. When we found the kitchen we had a photo and then it was play time.

 

 

The Old Castles by Elizabeth

We went to Carlisle Castle. When we got there we talked about staff and then we put our lunches away. Then we went to the garderobe. It is actually a toilet and we smelled a smell which was like a number two! Then we went to the keep. Inside the keep there was the Great Hall. We smelled a smell which was a fire place and it smelled wild. Then we went to the dungeons and we dressed up. Riley was a prisoner and Hughie was the queen, Adam was a knight and next we went on the bus and we went to Penrith Castle. It is a ruin and a ruin is a broken castle. Mazie and Annabelle and Skye and Rhona went down the garderobe but they didn’t know and finally we went to the park. It was so legendary.

 

Squirrel’s Trip at the Castles by Ellie

On Monday we went to Carlisle and Penrith castle. We saw murder holes they were used to kill people who attacked the castle. They dropped hot sand, hot water and bricks. We saw a little door in a gigantic door it was used for when you were out of the castle and you could get back before you die. Then we went to the dungeons it was used for a prison cell and for storage. After lunch we explored more we saw carvings and arrow slits. Then we got on the bus and we went to Penrith Castle. It is a ruin we had to find the kitchen, red tower and the garderobe it means toilets. Then we went to the park I went on the swing then we went home. It was legendary!

 

Squirrels Day Out by Theo

On Monday we went to Carlisle Castle and Penrith Castle. First we went to the keep. In the keep there was a garderobe. A garderobe is the toilet. What a smell! There was a great hall which is the main room in the keep. Before that we went to the Captain’s Tower. Suddenly we spotted a hole it was a death hole. The death holes were used to drop stuff like hot sand and hot water. There was a little door in the big door because people were smaller then. After that we had our lunch and we split into groups. We went to the cannons and we went to the Mary Queen of Scots Tower. Then we went to Penrith Castle. We went to the gatehouse and we had to find the kitchen and the garderobe. After that we went to the park and I played on everything. It was amazing.

03.11.17 Learning about Bridges - Step 1: Making bridges

20.10.17 Over the last two weeks we have been reading and writing dragon themed poems. We have worked as individuals, in groups and as a whole class to create a variety of poetry based on models. Below is our class poem based on 'There was an old lady who swallowed a fly...' Get your child to sing / say it to you.

27.09.17 We have made story maps of 'The Paper Bag Princess'. Get your child to retell the story to you at home.

25.09.17 Action Ants:

This weeks Action Ants session was based on balance and agility.  The children followed a course of stepping stones, beams, balance tracks and hurdles to collect "treasure", then worked in teams to complete a relay course.  A game of prison ball (dodgeball) completed our time with Mr French.

18.09.17 Fencing with Action Ants - good luck spotting your child / children!

18.09.17 Henry has painted a picture of a castle at home

18.09.17 Henry has painted a picture of a castle at home 1

15.09.17 The Year 2s have been busy counting in twos!

15.09.17 The Year 2s have been busy counting in twos! 1
15.09.17 The Year 2s have been busy counting in twos! 2

14.09.17 Art work - our first display is ready to be seen - pencil drawings of castle. Next we are working on drawing self-portraits.

14.09.17 Art work - our first display is ready to be seen - pencil drawings of castle.  Next we are working on drawing self-portraits. 1
14.09.17 Art work - our first display is ready to be seen - pencil drawings of castle.  Next we are working on drawing self-portraits. 2
14.09.17 Art work - our first display is ready to be seen - pencil drawings of castle.  Next we are working on drawing self-portraits. 3
14.09.17 Art work - our first display is ready to be seen - pencil drawings of castle.  Next we are working on drawing self-portraits. 4
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