Welcome to Squirrels

Autumn term 2018 


This week we have been:   

  • Practising subtraction using place value houses.
  • Finding different combinations of coins that make the same amounts.
  • Adding money.
  • Writing the opening of our own ‘Borrowers story’ using good adjectives.
  • Using a variety of skills such as measuring, estimating, and cutting to begin making our own ‘Borrowers’ rooms in DT.
  • Doing yoga and practising our hopping and jumping skills in REAL PE.
  • Discussing actions and consequences in PSHE.



Last  Friday our school took part in 'Red, white and blue day'. This was a special day to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War one. 

The children in year 2 enjoyed taking part in different activities including learning about the Union flag and creating their own using different art techniques; learning how to march to a beat with Mr Ridgeway and to stand to attention, as well a a variety of other activities such as paper aeroplane making and learning about the countries of the world. 

 Mrs Rogers brought in a special instrument called a flutina squeeze box, that belonged to her great great grandfather who fought in World War 1. We talked about the importance of singing to keep soldiers spirits up and to help people feel positive .The children learnt a song called 'It's a long way to Tipperary'.

We finished the day with a special assembly lead by Les, from the charity ABC to read, who was an RAF pilot. He shared his experiences and knowledge of planes and brought in his special models for us to see. 


On Thursday Squirrels enjoyed their trip to Bekonscot model village. The children were challenged with a pretty tricky mission to find their way around and find answers to questions about life in the model village.  They did a brilliant job and used excellent observational skills.  We took part in a workshop in the afternoon and pretended to shrink down into tiny 'Borrower size' and we found out about how homes have changed. We hope the children are inspired  to build their own model rooms this week and include lots of details. 

The children and staff would like to say a very big thank you to all the lovely parents and governors who were able to support us on the day. We couldn't have done the trip without you and are grateful for giving up your time to help us. 


This week we have been:   

  • Estimating objects in metres and centimetres.
  • Using a ruler to accurately measure.
  • To add two measurements together and record.
  • Using < > = to compare two measurements.
  • Collecting Autumnal adjectives to write a poem.
  • Planning the furniture for our rooms.
  • Discussing rewards and consequences in PSHE.
  • Taking part in the Red, White and Blue day.
  • Used mixed materials to create our own Union flags.
  • learning how to march to a rhythm.


Over the last few weeks Squirrels have been learning about Christian religious symbols in RE.  The children have made some beautiful stained glass windows.  They are up on our windows so feel free to walk around the outside of the school to the classroom to have a look!


This week we have been:   

  • Using symbols to create our own stained glass windows.
  • Adding two, two digit numbers together using tens and ones.
  • Identifying coins and paying for an item.
  • Solving problems in maths (see examples below)
  • Using adjectives in our writing.
  • Writing about a setting of a hidden world.
  • Using Michael Rosen's poem 'A woolly saucepan' to discuss the properties of materials.
  • Designing a room for our DT project, using labels.
  • Discussing what having 'rights' means and how the sense of belonging in our class, comes with responsibility.

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 Squirrels we need your help. 

Next week we will begin making our special tiny houses. Please don't forget to bring in a box (shoe box size is ideal) but also if you could collect anything that you could make into small pieces of furniture, that would be brilliant!

Here are some ideas: 

off cuts of wallpaper

old fabric scraps

bottle tops, corks, old cotton reels

small boxes/matchboxes/yoghurt pots

egg boxes


It would be a good idea to keep all your special things in a named plastic bag. If you could bring them to school on Monday 1st October that would be lovely!

Thank you Squirrels 


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Today in P.S.H.E. we read a great story called 'The Huge Bag Of Worries’, by Virginia Ironside.  It is about a girl called Jenny who worries about things. In fact she keeps her worries in a big blue bag and the bag just keeps on getting bigger and bigger until she meets her kind neighbour who encourages her to open that big bag and share her worries with  her and sort them out.

The children responded brilliantly to the story and they each wrote down something they were worried about. The children were very open and honest about their worries with each other. Here are a few examples of our worries:

I worry about the dark.

I worry about having bad dreams.

I worry that I might get an answer wrong.

I worry that I might not get on with my new class mates. 

We have encouraged the children to share the worry they have chosen, with you at home too. 



This week we have been:   

  • Reading and drawing pictograms and tally charts.
  • Subtracting, showing our working out using tens and ones houses.
  • Practising our English skills in Read Write Inc. 
  • Creating our own 'Borrower' characters and writing about them.
  • Identifying materials in our class room and imagining what it would be like if everything in our rooms were made of wood.
  • Printing our own wall paper using different objects and repeating patterns. 
  • Sharing objects that are important to us and thinking about why signs and symbols are important to people of different religions.
  • Thinking about our worries; how they can make us feel and what we can do with them. 


It was great to meet you at the Squirrels class meeting last week. Again huge apologies that Mrs Rogers was unable to be there.  For those who were unable to attend please see the link to our power point presentation below. If you have any questions please do come and speak to one of us.  It's really important to us, that we work together with you to do the best for your children.  

Mrs Arden and Mrs Rogers 



This week we have been:   

  • Drawing tens and ones to solve addition sums.
  • Using < > = signs to compare two and three digit numbers.
  • Counting in tens, starting from different numbers.
  • Using our photos to research the different furniture in rooms. 
  • Using commas in a list, full stops and capital letters when writing about different rooms.
  • Taking part in our first yoga lesson. 
  • Identifying different materials and discussing their properties.
  • Discussing about signs and symbols as part of our RE curriculum.
  • Creating our own symbol to represent us.


We have had an exciting start to our new topic - A Hidden World!  After receiving a letter from Arietty (one of the Borrowers), we bravely set off on a mission to discover them in the wild garden.  Our quiet footsteps and undeterred hunting paid off as we found lots of miniature hidden doors.  We imagined what might be behind each one and what the hidden world might be like.  

6.9.18  At the end of each week, we will post a weekly review of all the learning we have been doing in Squirrels class.      

This week we have been:   

  • Practising and perfecting our classroom routines.                                                                                                                
  • Exploring our new classroom.
  • Finding out interesting facts about squirrels and writing statements and questions using correct punctuation.
  • Thinking about the months of the year and when our birthdays are.
  • Practising place value by identifying how many tens and ones, different 2 digit numbers have.
  • Counting in 2's 5's and 10's.
  • Discussing and creating our own class charter.
  • Creating our own self-portraits using pastels.
  • Making squirrel masks practising cutting skills.
  • Choosing our school council and Eco team representatives in a class election.                

Welcome back.  We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday.  Squirrels have had a fantastic first day back today and are back in the swing of school routines.  We have created our class charter, thinking about our rights and responsibilities.  All the children have signed our charter to promise that they will try their hardest to keep our class rules.  A paper copy of this will be sent home this week.

Our topic this week is "All About Squirrels" and we will be learning lots about the different types of squirrels as well as each other!