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Welcome to Squirrel Class

 

 

This is our final week in Squirrels. We are all very sad as we have loved being Squirrels this year but the children will spend the last 2 weeks with their classroom and move up to the next year all together.

 

We hope you have seen lots of improvement in your child's ability and in his / her growing confidence.

 

We will have a party on Friday morning to celebrate all our hard work.

 

Thank you for your support.

Today we made our own pitta bread sandwich. We cut, we grated, we spread, we chose what we wanted to eat and we showed off our beautiful pitta bread sandwiches.

Remember, you can put what you want in your pitta bread, hot or cold.

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Look at our lovely pitta bread sandwiches

In Math we have been ordering numbers from the smallest to the biggest. Some of us worked to 20, some others worked to 100! We are getting really good at this.

 

You can practice playing a simple game: when you see 2 numbers (on houses, on cars, in the shop ect...) look carefully and work out which is the smallest and which is the biggest. Then choose 3 numbers. You will quickly get really good and really fast!

We are picking cards randomly and putting them in the right order from 1 to 20.

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As part of our literacy, we have been looking at a picture of a tiger.

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We have been thinking of words to describe how he might be feeling. Can you find some more words?

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We have been thinking of reasons why he might feel like that. Can you think of others?

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Term 6 : we are starting a new book.

 

Here is the beginning of our new role play area.

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We made some models of animals from the book of Handa's surprise, and then painted them carefully, looking at models of them. It was great fun and we were very focused on our work.
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Number bonds, Number bonds, I know my number bonds! They help my Maths stay strong!

 

The children know that song very well.

 

We have been practicing putting the number bonds together so we know how to make 10. There are lots of different ways to make 10:

0 + 10 = 10                                      1 + 9 = 10                   2 + 8 = 10                   3 + 7 = 10 etc....   

Can you make up some more?

The children have been matching a ball of ice cream with a cone to make 10.

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We have been learning about 3D shapes.

We can say their name and we are learning to describe them.

 

We have learnt about CUBES , CUBOIDS, CYLINDERS, SPHERES, PYRAMIDS.

 

We know that a flat side is called a "face", a line where 2 faces join is called an "edge" and a point has the fancy name of "vertice".

 

Look all around you and you will see these shapes everywhere.

We made our own 3D shapes.

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To continue with our African theme from Handa's Surprise, we prepared some chapatis today.

We weighed the flour, added some oil and then some warm water and kneaded, and kneaded and kneaded some more. That was a good experience.

Then we shared the dough out and flattened the little balls of dough with a rolling pin. We brushed them with oil and then fried them.

 

Afterwards, we took little pieces of our chapatis and tried some of the amazing dips that Mrs Beeching had prepared, all African dips. Lots of children thought they were delicious. Thank you Mrs Beeching.

Matt and Emilia had a busy morning on Wednesday.

They did lots of measuring using rulers and snakes. Then we decided to compare the 2 children using cubes. Amelia is 7 cubes taller than Matt. But when asked if it was a good way to measure them, Emilia said no. And when asked what would be a better way, Matt said we should use a number line. We all agreed it would be much better.

 

Then the 2 children played with the water. They had a very good time. When it was time to tidy up, they both put the toys away and then took turn to open the tap to empty the bath.

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We have been reading Handa's Surprise and we have learnt the words really well. We can re-tell the story easily. The other day we had fun acting the story out. Look at us, we are holding stick puppets of the characters and of the fruits and animals. These naughty animals ate all the fruits Handa was going to bring to her friend Akeyo. The children had a very good time pretending to be these naughty animals!
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In Squirrels children have been working on place value, that means they are understanding that 14 is 10 and 4. We have been practicing using numbers on arrows to understand how 2 digit numbers work. So that we work out that 25 is not 2 and 5 but 20 and 5. Most children have understood this really well and are making great progress in their Maths because of that.

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As we have been reading Handa's Surprise, we have been talking about the fruits that Handa brings to her friend. So on Friday we made our own fruits out of playdough and labelled them. It was really fun. Some of them looked so good we nearly wanted to eat them!

Do you like our fruits? Which ones do you like best?

This is Term 5

 

We have already been working very hard.

At the moment, we are learning to measure and we are comparing: which one is the longest? Which one is the shortest? Look at us having lots of fun!

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Look around where you live and see if you can measure and compare different objects. You can use a ruler or a tape measure, or you can use cubes or anything else to have fun.

We are reading Handa's surprise.

So last week, we decided to try different fruit. We made some fruit kebabs: we cut different fruits and put them on a stick. Then we ate them. It was fun and delicious.

 

Some of us had never tried pineapple. They were not sure about eating some, but then when they tried, they thought it was yummy!

And other people had never tried mango. But when Mrs Harding offered them some, they ate a piece and then wanted more!

 

Well done for trying new thing everybody!

Who's up for an Easter Egg Hunt?

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We have been making Easter craft activities.

 

Do you like our work? We had lots of fun!

We have been practicing recognising shapes and describing them.

We have also been taking about bears and what they eat, where they live, how long they live for (about 25 years), what kind of animal they are (mammals) etc...  We learnt that bears eat fish, plants, seeds, berries and of course honey. 

 

So today (Thursday 22nd March), we decided to bake some bear biscuits. That is, biscuits with something bears eat. Someone suggested fish but we didn't fancy fish biscuits or dead animal biscuits!!! Instead we opted for honey biscuits.

 

The children loved mixing and cutting their shaped biscuits into squares, triangles, rectangles ... And they all voted that they were delicious! That was a big success!

Here is the recipe if you want to try it at home. Remember: honey biscuits, not fish biscuits! And you can ice them afterwards for extra biscuitness!

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What shapes can you recognise? How many sides do they have?

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Hands up who liked the honey biscuits!

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Now that we have been reading 

We're going on a bear hunt

so many times, we know all the words by heart. So we had a wonderful time acting it out!

 

We were in groups and some of us did the beginning, some did the mud and the forest etc... then we all came together in front of the bear cave. And when realised there was a bear in the cave, we ran back to our bedroom.

 

And you know what?

                                                                              WE ARE NOT GOING ON A BEAR HUNT AGAIN!!!!

Well, until next time at least!

Come and join us on a bear hunt. Be ready for a BIG adventure!

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Look at our amazing display! We went to Dane Park and collected some grass and sticks. Then on Friday we created our own picture of the different environments from the story of The Bear Hunt. It was lots of fun, we had glue everywhere!!! But the results are good enough to go to The Turner Contemporary, we think. What do you think?
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Mother's Day!

Did you see our beautiful cards? We looked at some ideas and then made our own. They are all different and gorgeous. They are each very personal. We hope you loved receiving them.

Today was amazing!  (Thursday 8th March 2018)

 

First we planted grass seeds: we read the instructions, we put gravel at the bottom of the tray (thank you Mr Palmer for the gravel); then we spread some soil and sprinkled some grass seeds. We watered the tray and left nature do its wonderful work.

 

We discussed what is needed for the seeds to grow and become grass and all the children agreed that we need:

  • soil
  • water
  • sun

Come back in the next few weeks to see how our swishy-swashy grass is growing!

We are amazing little gardeners!

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After we planted our grass seeds, we went on our adventure.

Thank you so much to Emilia and Krzysztof's Mums for coming with us. We hope you enjoyed your morning with us at Dane Park.

 

We went on a Bear Hunt!

We spotted a bear in a window but we didn't think it was the right one. Once in the park, we walked around, saw marks on the trees we believe were bear claws. We noticed a big bear paw print on the ground. It was deep and muddy. The path was stony and narrow. And where ever we went we remembered that:

We can't go over it

We can't go under it

So we had to go through it!!!!

 

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Today we had a

Teddy Bear picnic.  (Thursday 1st March)

 

It was meant to be outside but you have seen what our playground looks like! So we had an indoor picnic.

We made our sandwiches: one group made honey sandwiches (bears eat honey, don't they?), a second group made ham sandwich and the third group made cheese and cucumber sandwiches. We practiced spreading butter and honey and we practiced cutting our sandwiches. It was a bit tricky.

 

Then we shared our food and sat on the carpet with our teddies. We also had grapes, teddy faces crisps and teddy faces chocolates.

 

We all ate together and played with our teddies. Can you see the naughty teddy trying to eat the children's sandwiches?

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What is happening to Squirrels today? Look at our playground.

 

We have had a great time playing with the snow flakes on Monday trying to make snow angels.

On Tuesday, it was AMAZING! It was so exciting to play in the snow. We are hoping there will be more this week, it's so much fun. (And very cold: please remember to bring your gloves).

On Wednesday we played snowball fights. It was exciting and Mrs Suttle got bombarded by the children. It was also very cold and our gloves were covered in snow!

The mystery is: who made the snowman?...

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Welcome to Term 4.

 

The role play area has changed and we have been talking about bears. We have been looking at the picture of a bear coming out of its cave and a family running... What does that mean?

 

Can you guess what book we are going to read in Squirrels this term?

Our role play area has had some more activities added. And it all seems to be about bears and snow and mud and river...
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That's because we are reading

 

We're going on a Bear Hunt

 

Why are we seeing so many bears around Squirrel class?

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We have been really busy doing lots of fun things. Here are some of the latest activities we did. Enjoy!

Today in Squirrels we did ...... COOKING!!!!!  We made

Fairy cakes

We looked at the recipe and worked out what we needed to do each step of the way. Then we measured and mixed and added and counted ... Lots of hard work!

 

There were 3 groups so each group flavoured their fairy cakes differently: one was raisins, one was lemon and one was chocolate.

 

And after cleaning up and doing a Maths activity, well ...... we just had to

EAT THEM! Yum, Yum!

 

 

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Why don't you have a try? This is our recipe.

Today Tuesday 6th February was

Safer Internet Day.

 

We talked about the different things we play on our laptop or tablet or phones. We realised that the internet is keeping us connected. But we also know that if we see something that is wrong and makes us uncomfortable, we need to tell someone.

 

So in Squirrel class we discussed who we can talk to about it and the children wrote the names of the people they trust on the hand they had just drawn.

Look at our hands joining us together. And the names of the people we trust to keep us safe when we see something wrong on the internet.

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This term in literacy we have been reading:

The Jolly Postman

We learnt to write letters and to address an envelope.

Our letters start with       "Dear ...... "

 

and end with                 "love, from ....."  (even though some of us didn't want to write "love"!)

 

 

So in class we picked someone's name and wrote a letter to that person (secretly). And last Thursday, we went to Margate post office to buy our stamps and send our letters off. The manager of the post office was very kind and let us go behind the counters. Now we are waiting for our letters. Which will come first? The ones with 1st class stamps or 2nd class stamps? The race is on!

 

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The other week, we did some cooking. We do lots of cooking in Squirrel class.

Look at us making some

cheese straws!

They were delicious. We had fun grating the cheese, rolling the pastry, sprinkling the cheese on half of the pastry and then folding the other half over. We flattened it, rolled it again and then cut it into sticks that we twisted. In the oven and ta-da: loads of delicious cheese straws for us to munch on the next morning!

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