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Year 1/2: Squirrels Class

Hello all,

This term our Topic is Under the sea.

Ocean BBC Bitesize

In English we will be looking at books such as Commotion in the ocean, Snail and the whale and Mr Jelly and the pirates. In Squirrel class we have been re-reading the sentences we write and checking that they make sense or if they need amending. To do this we are looking at if we have used spaces between our words, phonics to help us spell and checking where we have used capital letters and full stops. 


 Want to try this at home? Discuss what they are going to write, get them to plan their sentence and write it down. Now ask them to re-read what they have written, is that what they planned? Can you read it? If there are any words spelt out phonetically read it out loud, did they get all the sounds in there? Have they used a capital letter, spaces and a full stop? Any mistakes work through together.


In maths we are learning about fractions, position/direction and time. Please see below for links to further lessons on these topics that you can do at home. These topics of maths come together nicely linking half and quarters from fractions into half and quarter turns as well as half and quarter past in time. 

Lessons on Time

Lessons on Fractions

Lessons on Position and Direction

Challenging fraction lessons

Challenging time lessons

Lastly, here is our recent letter that explains the changes within the classroom, the timetable and reading books/spellings:

Teacher: Miss Schembri

TA’s: Mrs Buckley (Mon-Wed) and Mrs Wrout (Thurs and Fri)


Recent letter/parent information:

We are a mixed year 1 and 2 class, I work very closely with both Miss Fitton and Miss Seager to ensure both year groups’ curriculums line up with each other and we will cover the same objectives within a term.

Due to the current situation we have had to make some changes to our classroom. We will also be doing PE outside as much as possible, so please check your child’s PE kit is weather proof for spring! Windows will also be open to increase air ventilation so jumpers are advisable. Hand washing and hand gel will be compulsory throughout the day.

As paper based objects require a 72 hour isolation period we will be sending spellings and reading books home on a Monday and ask for them to be in on Friday so they have the weekend to be in isolation. Five reading books will go home on a Monday for the whole week and reading records will be online (Logins to be sent to you soon).

Spellings will also go home on a Monday; the spelling lists will be coming from Spelling Shed and your child can access this website with their login and practise spellings online.

Homework may also be online, please bear with us while we find a way to send homework home digitally.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 We look forward to sharing this first term back with you all,

The Squirrel team.