Welcome to the Super Squirrels!!!!
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It is so lovely to have everyone back in Squirrel Class and to have the hustle and bustle of everyone getting on and exploring their learning in so many different ways. During Step Up September, Mrs Jones has been working with the Year 1 Squirrels in the morning along with Mrs Thorpe and in the afternoon we are supported by Mrs Fillingham and Mrs Beat.
Our new Reception Squirrels are being supported by Mrs Jones, Mrs Fillinghgam, Mrs Beat and Miss Woodhead. They have all settled in so well and we can see many new friendships forming.
Step Up September has allowed us to assess how the children are feeling about being back at school full time, assess their prior knowledge before ‘moving up’, provide an opportunity to talk, consolidate key foundation skills and just have fun with their friends!!
As per government guidelines, a lot of our learning will take place outside (unless it is absolutely pouring with rain) and with this in mind, your child will need a change of footwear (wellies) and a warm coat in school at all times. A hat and gloves will be required as the weather gets colder.
As there is a chance that some of you may have to self-isolate with your families I have added links to The Oak National Academy. These lessons are teacher led and will enable you to continue learning until you are able to return to school. The sessions are fairly short and it instructs you on what to do and when, it will even tell you when to pause the video to get your resources ready!!
Literacy – Here you will find a collection of 10 lessons linked to our topic The Gingerbread Man. It is expected that you complete one lesson per day (Mon- Fri).
Maths – Here you will find a collection of lessons linked to our Maths topics. It is expected that you complete one lesson per day (Mon- Fri).
5 lessons on Addition and subtraction within 10.
10 lessons on Numbers within 20.
Home Learning Challenges
Here are some other challenges you could try linked to The Gingerbread Man. I can’t wait to see what you choose to do!!
Home Learning Challenges
Home Learning w/c 13.07.20
It is the final week of our Seaside learning topic!! As usual, please support your child in choosing activities from the grid to complete and send in any photos you have of them with their completed work.
I have set some Art challenges on Purple Mash, the children can of course explore other areas and activities if they wish to, and I have sent them an email via Purple Mash too.
Phonics Links – I have provided two slide shows with ‘green words’ for the children to practice sounding out, blending, and reading. A PDF with instructions on how to use these slide shows is also available. I believe it is similar to the sound slide show from last week.
Slide show 1 – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/29093.html
Slide show 2 – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/29099.html
PDF instructions – Speedy Green Words slideshows
As we are now nearing the end of term, myself and Mrs Fillingham would like to share this poem with Squirrel Class. We think it sums up the crazy year we have had!
Finally, some more photos of super home learning that has been going on at home!
Home Learning w/c 06.07.20
We are continuing with our Seaside themed learning grid this week so please support your child in choosing 3 activities from the grid to complete. If you want your child to access Oak Academy lessons this week, that is absolutely fine too. Whatever work you are doing, please keep sending the photos! They are really great!!
Whichever you choose, don’t forget you will also have new phonic activities to have a go at, these will also be linked below and of course, Purple Mash 2Dos. I will also send everyone an email on Purple Mash with a question for you to answer.
We have now finished Set 3 regular sounds. Therefore, the next couple of weeks will focus on consolidation and practice of the sounds. Please do not worry if your child hasn’t quite grasped all the phonemes yet. They are repeated throughout Year 1 and 2.
Activity 1 – Set 3 Speed Sounds Slideshow. This is an activity where you can scroll through a slide show with your child and they can practice saying the phoneme on the screen. The link for the slideshow is https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/26334.html
Here is a link to the instructions for using the slideshow (don’t worry, it’s fairly simple!) SS3 Speed Sounds slideshows
Activity 2 – Forest Phonics https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/forestPhonics/index.html
If you scroll down a little, there is a black box with instructions. Once on the webpage, please choose a focus sound for your child to practice. Once they have chosen a sound, a snail will appear and they will need to click on this. The game will say a word which uses the chosen sound e.g. chosen sound ‘ew’, the word the game says is ‘drew’. Your child will then need to choose the correct phonemes from the selection to make the word they have just heard. Once they have made the word, they click the rock to check the answer. If they get it right a scene appears before they are asked to click on the snail again. If they get it wrong, a cross appears and they get another go.
Have a lovely week!!
The following powerpoints are to support a Purple Mash activity.
Super Squirrels Home Learning Photos – Seaside
Once again I have had some wonderful photos sent in of the children in Squirrel Class completing their seaside learning projects! I’m sure you’ll agree, they are all superb!! There has been a lot of boat making this week!!
Home Learning w/c 29.06.20
This week you will need to choose if you are going to learn through our topic grid ‘the seaside’ or if you want to follow a set of lessons for English and Maths using the Oak Academy website. If you are choosing to use Oak Academy, then click the link at the top of this page and you should be taken straight there, you will need to look for ‘Reception’ within the ‘schedule’ tab.
As before, if you are choosing to follow the learning grid about the seaside you can choose the activities you complete. I have put links to all the resources you will need for these activities below.
Whichever you choose, don’t forget you will also have new phonic sounds to have a go at, these will also be linked below and of course, Purple Mash 2Dos. I will also send everyone an email on Purple Mash with a question for you to answer.
Please take photos of your finished projects/work and send them to me so I can see how fantastic your work is.
Mon – RWI ear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EneZ1UubxSA
Wed – RWI ure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwCzf71flBA
Home learning Grid Seaside and resources/links
Grid – Home Learning Grid Seaside.docx
Design an ice cream.pub Seaside-Video-Powerpoint_ver_2 seaside-senses-poetry-writing-frame
Punch and Judy video clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BKM1AYTS98
Barnaby Bear Videos
Under the Sea Yoga video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC83oFEeVZA&t=29s
Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLOHgft8LTs
The-Lighthouse-Keepers-Lunch Activity Sheet
Super Squirrels Home Learning Photos
Home Learning w/c 22.06.20
It is the last week of our Rainforest Topic and I can’t wait to see what projects you complete this week!! Or if you prefer you can continue learning through the Oak Academy. Don’t forget to check out Purple Mash to complete a 2Do and also read and respond to your emails!! Have a fun week!
Here are this week’s phonics sheets and videos to support learning our new sounds this week. All of the phonemes this week sound the same as previous ones we have learned but have a different way of being written down. The worksheets have all of the graphemes (written sound) on so you can look at how they are different with your child. Try reading them, putting the word in a sentence, writing them, circling the focus sounds within the word……the possibilities are endless!!
Mon – RWI ire Sorry there is no video for this phoneme/sound.
Wed – RWI ew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZojmFjUAGh4
Fri – RWI oa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCJyHN0IFE8
Home Learning photos
Home Learning w/c 15.06.20
This week you can continue your learning through our Rainforest Topic using the grid you were sent last week and the resources below or you can choose to do a week of learning via the Oak Academy. Don’t forget to check out Purple Mash to complete a 2Do and also read and respond to your emails!! Have a fun week!
Here are the phonics videos and sheets to help with our new sounds this week. All of the phonemes this week sound the same as previous ones we have learned but have a different way of being written down. The worksheets have all of the graphemes (written sound) on so you can look at how they are different with your child.
Mon – ‘er’ RWI er https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK8_kUg3454
Wed – ‘ow’ RWI ow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJtvjxBYg7I&t=7s
Fri – ‘ai’ RWI ai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnXaN-CvR9s
Home Learning w/c 08.06.20
This week you will need to choose if you are going to learn through our topic grid ‘rainforests’ or if you want to follow a set of lessons for English and Maths using the Oak Academy website. If you are choosing to use Oak Academy, then click the link at the top of this page and you should be taken straight there, you will need to look for ‘Reception’ within the ‘schedule’ tab.
If you are choosing to follow the learning grid about rainforests, you can choose the activities you complete. I have put links to all the resources you will need for these activities below.
Whichever you choose, don’t forget you will also have 3 new phonic sounds to have a go at, these will also be linked below and of course, Purple Mash 2Dos. I will also send everyone an email on Purple Mash with a question for you to answer.
Please take photos of your finished projects/work and send them to me so I can see how fantastic your work is.
Use the worksheet to practise reading words with sound in, spotting the sound within words, and also looking at sounds that sound the same but look different when written down.
Mon – ‘aw’ RWI aw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xvdbR6g060
Wed – ‘are’ RWI are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiQYPO7Y4yM
Fri – ‘ur’ RWI ur https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uVVJXbc870
Home Learning Grid – Rainforest resources/links
Postcard template Video A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEsV5rqbVNQ
Science Experiment Rain Clouds Science Experiment Question Prompts
Rainforest Cafe Menu Customer orders
EYFS-Jungle-Facts-Powerpoint Rainforest facts
Monkey Puzzle story video – it is the first story and lasts about 5 minutes.
Home Learning wc 01.06.20
This week we will review the split vowel digraphs – ‘a-e’ ‘i-e’ ‘o-e’ ‘u-e’. Use the RWI sheet to practise saying the sound and also reading words with relevant sounds in. There is also an alternative spelling for each sound (previously learned) included on the sheet so the children can practise those too!
Here are some games which will help consolidate knowledge of split vowel digraphs.
Poop Deck Pirates – Choose phase 5 and then click 2 of the split vowel digraph phonemes. Children will need to decide if the coin is showing a real or silly word.
Word maker – this game requires children to choose the right letters (including the split vowel) to make the word to match a picture. They may need a little help with instructions from you before they start the game.
This week I have provided some Maths Mats which have a selection of questions on covering different areas within maths. You can choose to do one each day, there are 6 in total. It doesn’t matter what order you complete them in. Children could use objects to help them if needed and can draw and write on the sheet to help them. On each mat is also a section to practise number formation.
This week we are thinking about nature, wildlife and the great outdoors! I have set two 2Dos on Purple Mash where children can explore the Garden Centre or the Park in Simple City (Mini Mash).
The Wildlife Trust have launched their 30 Days Wild challenge today and so this week I will provide links to some of the activities they have suggested to get children out into nature.
30 Days Wild Bingo Can children spot all these things in nature when they are out and about on a daily walk or even in their own garden?
Nature Table Collect different items and objects to make a nature table.
RAW_CARD_SCHOOLS There is a challenge to complete a Random Act of Wildness every day in June. You could do one every day, challenge one on Day 1, or choose the challenge randomly each day.
If you want to have a look at some other activities then click the following link https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/30-days-wild-homeschooling
It would be great to see photos of your nature tables or challenges if you complete them so please do send them to me. My email address is at the top of this page!
Mon – focus on ‘air’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcHIX2xK–A
Wed – focus on ‘ir’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ta_KKUU-98
Fri – Play the treasure game!! Buried-Treasure-Phonics-Game
You can either print off the pages provided or make your own. Get your child to choose a ‘coin’ and read the word. All the words have the ‘air’ or ‘ir’ sound. Ask your child if the word is a real word or a silly word. If the word is real, they put it in the treasure chest. If the word is silly they put the word in the rubbish bin. As an extra challenge, you could ask your child to say a sentence using each of the real words.
Maths – Every day challenge!! Can you count to 100 from the number your mummy or daddy gives you e.g. Mummy says 35, you start on 36, 37, 38, 39, 40………100.
Mon – Watch these Numberblocks episodes to find out more about numbers to 100.
Tues – Finding patterns to 100. Children find/ colour in patterns on 1-100 grids, e.g. they could colour the 10s numbers, or all the numbers with a 5 in them, or all the numbers where the digits add up to 1o. Encourage them to look for and describe their own patterns as well. Questions you could ask – Do you recognise any special numbers on the grid (e.g. house number/ age/ bus numbers etc.) What’s special about the numbers you have coloured in? What pattern do they make?
For this activity you can either print this 100 square 100 number square or use the number square here on Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares (click on 1-100)
Thurs – Missing numbers. Can you work out the missing numbers in this 100 square. There are two versions to choose from.
Easier/less numbers to fill in – Dinosaur-Themed-Missing-Numbers-Number-Square-1-100
Trickier/more numbers to fill in minibeast-missing-numbers-number-squares-_ver_1
Fri – Play Helicopter Rescue on Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/helicopter-rescue (click on find a number, direct, 1-100)
Listen to this story written and read by Tom Fletcher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHx_kn6MG7k
Draw your own monster and write 3 sentences about it. Here are some examples –
My monster smells of_______.
My monster has _____fur and ______scales.
Can you make your monster out of recycled materials…? You could use cereal boxes, toilet rolls, yoghurt pots, bottle tops….the list is endless!! I’d love to see photos of these!!!!
Look at all the amazing activities the Squirrels are doing while they are staying home….
Phonics Links –
This week we will review ‘ar’ and ‘or’. For each sound there is a video to watch and a sound/word sheet. Encourage your child to watch the video and then have a look at the corresponding sound/word sheet. Can your child read all the words? Can they say/write a sentence using the different words? Can they think of ay more words which use the focus sounds?
Tues – ‘ar’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXBQDsgRuMo
RWI phonics ar
Fri – ‘or’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm9PRHDJlv4
RWI phonics or
Maths Links –
This week we will work on one more and one less than a given number. There are two activities here and also a 2Do on Purple Mash. I have also provided a number line for children to look at should they need it. Numbers-0-to-20-Numberline
Mon – One-More-or-One-Less-Flowers-Counting
Wed – Find One More or One Less Than
Reading/Writing Links – The Three Little Pigs
This week we will focus on the Three Little Pigs. I have provided a PowerPoint story for you to look at with your child. If you have a copy of the story at home then please feel free to read that as well or instead of using the PowerPoint. Once you have read the story together, see if your child can answer the questions about the story. Use the PowerPoint or your own book to prompt them with the answers if they are not sure.
The 3 Little Pigs questions.pub
Now you know the story really well, why not try one of these activities…
Sequence the story using the pictures provided and then write a sentence under each one to tell the story in your own words. the-three-little-pigs-story-sequencing
Use the pictures to finish the story map of The 3 Little Pigs, once it’s finished, use the map to tell your grown up the story in your own words. the-three-little-pigs-cut-and-stick-story-map
Topic Links – Materials
Linking to the story of the Three Little Pigs, take a look at different materials. First, have a look at this PowerPoint and see if you can work out what the objects are made from.
Then see if you can use your knowledge of materials to group and sort the materials on these worksheets. You don’t have to complete them all!!
Phonics Links –
This we are reviewing the short and long ‘oo’ sound.
Mon – Watch Alphablocks episode with a focus on ‘oo’. Series 3, episode 18.
Wed – Long-Short-Oos-Word-Cards If possible print the words out and get your child to read each one. After they have read it sort the word into the correct group ‘short oo’ as in book, look, cook or ‘long oo’ as in pool, food, moon.
If you can’t print the words, maybe your child could copy them and then sort them into the two groups.
Maths Links – If you haven’t looked already, check out Numbots! All parents received an email regarding this last week.
This week we will practise our number bonds to 10.
Tues – Sing a long to the Number Bond rock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-74-_3WSrD0
Thurs – Ladybird number bonds Number-Bonds-to-Ten-Ladybird
Reading/writing/topic – VE Day celebrations
Friday 8th May marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. It is important that we share these events with out children, talk about why we are celebrating, who we are remembering or honoring and why. Mrs Watt Jones has already set a challenge via the FaceBook Corringham updates page but here are a few more ideas that you might like to explore with you children.
Look through this VE Day PowerPoint. VE-Day-Powerpoint
Talk about the pictures with your child. What can they see? What do they think is happening? How do they think the people feel? Look for similarities and differences between the past and now – what has changed?
If anyone in your family was part of WWII, talk to your child about what they did, if possible, talk to the person themselves (remotely).
Other activities you may like to take do –
Design a Medal – can you think of a hero in your family/community? Design a medal for them that shows why they are a hero to you.
Union Jack Template Display Bunting – print out and colour in some bunting for your VE Day celebrations.
Phonics Links –
This week I would like the children to review their knowledge of some of the Set 2 sounds. Watch the video to review the sound and then have a go at the activity.
Mon – ‘ay’ as in play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTCP8i4Nwgc
Activity – Roll and Read mat ay Roll a dice a read the first word on that row. Cross it off if you get it right, then roll again.
Tues – ‘ee’ as in tree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfM7Hz7US0U
Activity – Spot the ee words
Wed – ‘igh’ as in light https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYCR2RZ4ZYY
Activity – My book about igh
Thurs – ‘ow’ as in snow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPtNBSfCkJA&list=PLFE759D814D8232E8&index=64&t=0s
Activity – ow-phoneme-spotter-story Read the story and underline or circle any words with the ‘ow’ phoneme in. This is an opportunity to talk about other ways to make the ‘ow’ sound e.g. as in ‘no’ as some of these words appear in the story.
Fri – Phonics Pop http://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html
Click on the link which takes you to the home screen of Phonics Pop. Grown ups, on the right hand side please select the following phonemes – ay/ee/igh/ow. Then your child can play the game.
Reading and writing –
Have a go at writing your very own newspaper about what you have been doing while you are staying at home. Use this pack from ‘The Happy Newspaper’ to help you. There is a template and also some other little activities to do as well as lots of happy news!! The Happy News pack
Just a few activities to have a look at money with your children. Don’t worry if they don’t recognise the coins, that will all come with time….the best way to practise is to buy items in real life….as that is not possible right now, why not set up a ‘snack shack’ at home and ‘charge’ your child/children to come and buy items….!! I’d love to see photos of this!!!
Mon – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game Click on ‘sorting’ and then ‘sort two coins’. This activity asks children to sort coins into 2 groups e.g. 2p or 10p. Encourage children to look for the number on the coin if they are not sure.
Wed – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game Click on ‘counting’ and then ‘1p to 10p’ This activity requires children to count the total amount of money in the piggy bank. They may need a little help with this one. I would suggest writing the coins down and then focusing on adding the numbers together (using objects to make it easier if you wish). Once they have worked out the total…..children click on the total at the bottom of the screen.
Fri – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money Click on ‘one coin’ and then ‘1p – up to 10p’ This activity is the children going to a toy shop. They will need to put the correct number of coins on to the screen to equal the cost of the toy e.g. car =5p. Child chooses 5 x 1p.
Spend some time in the garden and look for minibeasts and bugs. Use this Bug Hotel link to make somewhere cosy for them to live.
Mon – ‘i-e’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9JSTYL7vyc
Wed – ‘o-e’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDms5bRsvq4
Fri – ‘u-e’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdfBg1SMFzM
Reading and Writing Links
Although worksheets and templates are provided for you and child to write on, these will need printing out. If you don’t have access to a printer, then you could just copy the page/do the writing in a notebook or on A4 paper.
Do you like activities.docx
Do you like… story book
There is some requirement to make some resources for these activities but please do it the easiest way possible for you. Also, the number formation sheet does need printing out but if you don’t have a printer then the children could just copy from the screen.
Maths Numbers to 20
Maths Number formation
Maths On and Off the bus
Here are a selection of easy – to – do art activities. Enjoy!
Photos from home learning in Squirrel Class…(sorry some of them are sideways…..but you guys really have been so busy!!)
Timetable week 1 (30.03.2020)
Mon – ‘ea’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6F4KRdhqak
Flashcard video – not available
Wed – ‘oi’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRTITdRL_cU
Flashcard video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzCVmpy6uvg
Fri – ‘a-e’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkycxr-joDk
Flashcard video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoSD16T8Puo
Story video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q35GN23ZFzM
We think these websites are really useful for helping your child to continue their learning at home.
Cbeebies (especially Numberblocks and Alphablocks!) Phonics Play Oxford Owl – interactive books
As parents and carers, you play a really important role in your child’s education. Here are some things you can do at home to help your child
- Practise new phonemes (sounds) when they are sent home.
- Listen to your child tell or read a story. This can be the book sent home by school or a book of your child’s choice.
- Count objects around the home.
- Look for numbers, letters and words when you are out and about e.g. in the supermarket, car number plates, at the cinema.
- Encourage your child to practise writing. Get them to write a birthday card, a shopping list, label their toys etc.
Things to do at home
ICT home learning
Hi there, we are the Super Squirrels!
We love to come to school to be with our friends and learn through play and exploration. There are 17 super children in Squirrel class and we are supported by Mrs Jones, Mrs Fillingham and Miss Woodhead.
Look at all the fun Squirrel Class have been up to so far this year…
We love to explore in our outdoor area….in the mud kitchen, the garden, building dens and riding bikes.
We love to use the water pump, use real equipment and be silly with our friends!!
We love to role play and pretend, make music, write and draw, play games together and create amazing buildings!
We are practising our team work skills with Friday Challenges!!
We use Read, Write, Inc at school to help us with reading, writing and spelling and we do ‘super sentences’ every day to support us with handwriting. We love to explore Maths through real life opportunities and activities with the adults.
We think school is cool!
Come back soon to find out more about the different topics we will be exploring.
In Squirrel class, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum using ‘Development Matters in The Early Years Foundation Stage’. Development Matters
Take a look at our curriculum topic overview and newsletter here:
Squirrels EYFS Curriculum Topic Planner 2019 – 2020