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Squirrels Class

Squirrels Class 1

 

We are a mixed Year 2 and Year 3 class and Mrs Thomas and Ms Thwaites are our teachers. 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 RE and French when she covers PPA for our teachers.   

 

In the Summer term our topic is Rivers and Rainforests.  We will be linking many of our subjects to our topic.  Our class reader is The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - a classic.  In Literacy we will be reading stories from other cultures and we will be writing stories based on what we have read.  We will be writing explanation texts and persuasive letters linked to our topic and writing short play scripts linked to our class reader.  In Numeracy we will continue to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations.  In addition, we will be working with fractions, shape, capacity and revisiting time.  Please view our topic web for further information about our learning. 

 

 P.E

In the Summer term we will have PE on Monday (Action Ants) and Tuesday (Fitness with Mrs Newby). We will also be trying to clock up more miles towards our 100 mile challenge.  Keep working on this at home.  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 four times a week.  By reading four times to an adult children will receive a raffle ticket and get entered into our weekly reading raffle draw.  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!

Summer 18 - Rivers and Rainforest Planning

Squirrels Homework Timetable

Jigsaw - Changing Me

Jigsaw - Changing Me 1
Thank you to all the parents who have very kindly sent in pictures and photos of their family members.  We have had such fun talking about the older generation - spotting how they have changed physically (hair colour changes, more wrinkles, ) but also discussing what they did and can do.  The children thought that the older generation are delicate, kinder, patient and more careful because they don't want to fall over.  Some older people are good at reading, walking dogs and walking up mountains. They thought that they were "good at everything", good at playing games and watching films.  Some older people are rich because they don't have to look after anybody, they just spend money on themselves.  Some older people take more time to do things.  Some things that the older generation are not so good at cartwheels, running, trampolining, hearing and using computers.  In our discussion we thought about how important it is to respect the older generation and each other.

Terrific Tuesdays - The Year 2 children have been busy planning and making wooden spoon robots.

06.05.18 Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

 

We have had an amazing day!  We have been privileged to take 26 fabulous children who were really well behaved and eager to learn.  On arrival we had lunch and then explored the Experiment area where there were lots of hands on science activities to interest exquisite minds and hands.  The 'Human versus Machine' Show was an amazing 1/2 hour where the children saw the benefits and the drawbacks to robots / machines.  Robots can't freestyle during the YMCA like we could!  Next we went into the robot exhibition where we saw robots from films and books and then we conversed with real robots - Pepper was a favourite.  A little more time was spent in Experiment before the journey home.. It's been super.  Thank you Mr Calway for helping us.

05.03.18 Robot Dance in Action Ants

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05.03.18 Cheer in Action Ants

27.02.18 Pastel Art

In Terrific Tuesdays the Year 3s have been busy recreating the robots from Wendel and the Robots by Chris Riddell.  They have used pastels for their drawings and have compared the differences between pastels and chalk / charcoal which we used last term.

The Year 2s have been planning and creating their model robots.  One person has finished so we will be uploading pictures as they complete their models.

Pastel Pictures and Model Robots

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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