Welcome to Squirrels

Spring term 2019

This week we have been: 

  • Telling the time (O' clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to).
  • Addition and subtraction missing numbers.
  • Using sharing to solve fractions of a number (1/2 and 1/4).
  • Using a database on the Learn Pads to answer search questions.
  • Completing our applications for the role of monarch.
  • Researching the features of castles.
  • Creating a castle leaflet.
  • Moving over, through and across the wall bars in gymnastics.
  • Painting a portrait of the queen.


Last week we received a very special letter inviting us to apply for the role of monarch.

 We thought carefully about why we would make excellent kings and queens. 

Alfie - 'I have good dinner manners.'

Charlotte -'I am very good at organising and I like driving in posh cars.'

Joey- ' I am helpful, smiley and kind.'

Maggie-' I am good at hosting play dates.'


This week we have been: 

  • Practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
  • Solving addition and subtraction word problems. 
  • Using the inverse to solve and check number sentences.
  • Creating a mindmap about why we would make an excellent monarch.
  • Discussing the question 'who is the queen and what does she do?'
  • Putting key events on to a timeline.
  • Creating our personal timeline, thinking about what has already happened and what might happen in the future.
  • Having lots of fun during the snow day!


This week we have been:

  • Dividing using the sharing and grouping method.
  • Practising x and ÷ word problems and showing our working out to prove our answers.
  • Sorting things into living, once living and never lived groups.
  • Investigating habitats and writing funny mixed up habitat poems.
  • Doing the Woolly worm experiment to learn about the importance of camouflage.
  • Considering how our wild garden is a habitat to many living things.
  • Using scientific words to describe food chains. E.g. predator and prey.
  • Learning when to us ‘a’ and ‘an’.
  • Balancing on a line whilst lifting up our knees.


This week our focus has been on R.E.  and learning all about Muslim prayer.     

The children were challenged to commit to improving their fitness, by stopping 5 times during the day when they heard a bell. We all faced the same direction and for 2 minutes we carried out an exercise such as jogging on the spot or star jumps and stretches. Then we got back to our learning. At first the children enjoyed this and thought it was fun. However on the 3rd, 4th and 5th time the children had some different feelings about the activity. 

'Do we have to do this again?'

'It's a bit annoying. I've forgotten what I was writing before we stopped!'

'It's nice to have a break and a stretch.'

'I'm feeling a bit tired now.'

They learnt that it was hard to commit to this and that it took some perseverance! We watched a video of a Muslim family praying. We talked about the similarities and differences to the activity we did and the children realised how dedicated the family was to praying every day and they considered if praying helps them with their every day life. I was really proud of the responses children gave and how they respected each other's opinions. 

'I think it helps because they can share their worries and hard times with Allah so it helps them to feel better.' - Matilda

'I think it is important to go through hard things, so it helps you be stronger and if they always ask Allah for help they might

not go through tough things.'- Nika

'I don't think I could be a Muslim because I wouldn't be very good at stopping 5 times a day to pray.'- Eilidh 

'I think it helps them because they might need to talk to God for advice.'-Joey

'When they pray they say thank you to Allah so it makes them feel good.' -Alfie

Have a look at some of the children's prayer mats they designed below. 


This week we have been:  

  • Learning about how and why Muslim's pray in RE.
  • Designing our own prayer mat.
  • Learning the different prayer positions.
  • Using Mickey Mouse ears to solve missing number sums.
  • Practising addition and subtraction sums.
  • Finding the difference between two numbers.
  • Counting forwards and backwards in 10s from any two digit number.
  • Using subheadings to write about what we have learnt about praying.
  • Spelling common words: eye, could, should, would, who and whole.
  • Making different pathways on our hands and feet in gymnastics.

11.1.19                                                                                               Happy New Year!

The children have settled back into school brilliantly this week and they have loved sharing all their Christmas news. Please see the curriculum page for our new topic web and hopefully you found home learning grids in book bags on Friday. The amount of home learning your child does is completely up to you, however we would encourage you to keep up the good work and read with your child as much as you can, asking lots of questions. 

The children have absolutely loved investigating 3D shapes this week. They have been completing this skeleton shape challenge. https://nrich.maths.org/1156/index  It is a great activity to do at home with some straws and plasticine/playdoh and also gets them thinking about lengths of sides too. 


Skeleton shapes are made with balls of modelling clay and straws. This shows a cube and a skeleton cube:

How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take to make the cube? Here are some piles of modelling clay balls and straws:

piles of balls and straws: 6 straws with 4 balls, 9 straws with 6 balls, 8 straws with 5 balls, 12 straws with 8 balls, 18 straws with 12 balls

Look at the shapes below and decide which piles are needed to make a skeleton of each shape.

solid triangular prism, tetrahedron, cuboid, square pyramid and hexagonal prism



This week we have been:  

  • Investigating the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Building skeletons of 3D shapes to find out how many edges they have.
  • Using logical methods to solve an ‘amaze- ing’ maths problem.
  • Considering what makes a good speaker and using these skills to share our Christmas news with each other.
  • Writing about our holidays using the past tense.
  • Learning about new year celebrations and writing our own new year resolutions.
  • Practising layering painting techniques and cutting skills to create our own firework paintings with landmark silhouettes.
  • Travelling in different ways in gymnastics.