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Squirrels Class

We are a class of Years 1 & 2 with our teacher Miss Sparkes and teaching assistants Charlotte Harris, Viccy Florey and Olivia Harris.

For a parent's guide to national assessments for Year 2 (including a short video clip) click here .

For useful information on spellings the children need to learn, visit this website: Year 1   Year 2   
For some great phonics games and activities click here (linked with permission from this school!)

Spring Term's Home Learning Tree   


If you need to brush up on some tricky grammar vocabulary that children are starting to learn you may find this glossary useful!

Wet and wild

posted 7 Feb 2019, 12:42 by Jenny Sparkes

Today we looked at the stories linked to Chinese New Year and so made rainbow noodles on the fire. On the way to the woods we enjoyed splashing and playing in the stream. When we got to base camp some of us made rafts and the catering crew prepared the vegetables. We really enjoyed the water and mud! When we got back to school we washed off in the car park puddles! Then we dealt with the sogginess! Well done to those Squirrels that were kitted out for forest school and had a full change of clothes back at school. 👍⛵️

Snowy zoo trip

posted 3 Feb 2019, 10:34 by Jenny Sparkes

Squirrels really enjoyed their trip to the zoo. They started with a close encounter with two snakes, a blue tongued skink,a tortoise and a land snail. They were really interested in the patterns and finding out about reptiles. After their close up look at the animals indoors we went and enjoyed the wintery zoo. The otters and lynx seemed pleased to see us!

Skills that Forest School helps to develop

posted 24 Jan 2019, 07:42 by Jenny Sparkes   [ updated 24 Jan 2019, 07:50 ]

Just look at the looks of concentration, focus and engagement on the faces of the Squirrels today. A giant pine cone became a hedgehog and a stuck stick was a team challenge. Children that were worried about using the saw went for it and were so pleased that they managed it. Another fabulous day in the woods. 

Amazing design and make project

posted 2 Dec 2018, 11:17 by Jenny Sparkes

The children have really enjoyed learning using The Egg Box Dragon. This ended with them designing and making their own egg box models. The children learned so much about joining materials, axels, finishing and instructions. Their finished models are absolutely amazing. 

Meet Our Student Teacher

posted 2 Nov 2018, 06:16 by Jenny Sparkes

Hi there,

I am Miss Hawkins, a student teacher from Plymouth university who is going to be working in Squirrels class for four weeks this term this term and four weeks in the summer term. 

I’ve been enjoying getting to know the children this week and am looking forward to teaching them getting to know them more in the coming weeks. 

So many smiles

posted 13 Oct 2018, 12:16 by Jenny Sparkes

Squirrels have had such a busy term and when you look through the pictures you will see smiles all round. 

Animal Alphabet

posted 13 Oct 2018, 11:54 by Jenny Sparkes   [ updated 13 Oct 2018, 11:56 ]

We had a lovely time at the zoo finding an animal alphabet. We were very lucky that the big cats all came out to see us. We saw a cheetah, jaguar, tiger, lynx, and lion as well as meerkats, otters, deer, wallaby, peacocks and lots of goats! The children loved stroking (the very patient) goats once they had decided the goats would not eat them!  The children were using brilliant language to describe and to compare the animals. 

'Real PE'

posted 20 Sep 2018, 11:54 by Jenny Sparkes

Squirrels had a fabulous time in their first 'Real PE' lesson. They were learning about having a stable one legged balance through skills challenges and games. They were being pirates and played a great game called Popping Pirates! There was some super partner work and teamwork going on as well as children challenging themselves to get better. 

Why did the mushroom go to a party?

posted 14 Sep 2018, 11:08 by Jenny Sparkes


Today we went to the woods to search for different sorts of fungi. We found lots of different types in all sorts of places. We know not to touch them so we took photographs instead. 

Settling in and being busy

posted 13 Sep 2018, 23:53 by Jenny Sparkes

Squirrels have been so busy already. This week they were introduced to the book Beegu which is about a small alien who crash landed on Earth. The children have made aliens, painted aliens, designed and made spaceships and written about what they think Beegu might say about Earth. They have set up our building site and enjoyed exploring that. This week we had our first dance session of the year as well as a drumming workshop. The Year Ones are settling in brilliantly and the Year Twos have been helping out and enjoying all of their learning. 


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