Squirrel Class Blog

Friday 6th March 2020

This week we have been retelling the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt'. We have been using adjectives to describe the different materials. Click on the link to watch a Retelling by Michael Rosen the author.


Friday 7th February 2020

We had a wonderful day at the Sea life aquarium this week. Year 1 did us proud, engaging in a range of learning experiences and asking questions. We were complimented on their brilliant behaviour – what Marvellous Maylander’s you all are! The children got to see first hand some of the animals we have been learning about this term. They knew a lot of facts about the sea creatures diet and habitats as well as learning new information, especially about Starfish during our ‘Rock pool’ educational talk.


Friday 17th January 2020

This week we have been baking Anzac biscuits to raise money for the school wide Australian fundraiser. In assembly we discussed ideas and together decided on a 'Cookie and Cuppa' event. Thank you for all of your support. We raised over £400!!


Friday 10th January 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring Term in Year 1.

This week we introduced our theme for this term 'The Island'. Children arrived at school to a surprise trip. The children 'checked in' and enjoyed a Starbucks hot chocolate and toast while waiting for their turn to board the 'airplane'.

Once in Hawaii, we put on our leis, tasted tropical fruits and danced to Hawaiian music. The children loved doing the limbo and learning some words in Hawaiian.

In the afternoon we wrote postcards home and coloured in the Hawaiian flag.

A great time was had by all!


Friday 18th October 2019

This half term we have been learning about how to stay safe online. We have been retelling a story in preparation for our assembly on Thursday 31st October. Parents are warmly welcomed to attend at 9am. We learnt the SMART rules for staying safe online and made posters. No photos this week because I don't want to spoil the surprise!

Squirrel class will start Forest School on Tuesday 12th November. They must wear a long sleeved top and trousers. With the wet weather, please also ensure they have waterproofs and wellies. 

Have a wonderful half term break and we look forward to seeing you back on Monday 28th October.


Friday 11th October 2019

We have had a wonderful week learning about Space. We learnt that 'Buzz' from toy story was named after a real astronaut called Buzz Aldrin. The children wrote facts about him as well as watching videos of what it is like to be in Space. On Thursday we had a delicious Space themed lunch. In the afternoon we finished our Jackson Pollock inspired Space art. The children experienced drip painting just like the famous artist that first used this technique. The children particularly enjoyed a song about planets, please click the link below to listen to it.


Friday 4th October 2019

This week the children in Squirrel class have been trying to challenge themselves during free learning, taking responsibility for their own learning. They have worked so hard using money in our Toy shop role play, working with numbers to 100 and learning number bonds to 10.

Well done Squirrels!


Friday 27th September 2019

This week we learnt invaluable lifesaving skills in Year 1. 

We learnt how to 

  • call 999
  • bandage an injury
  • perform CPR
  • help someone who is choking
  • respond to a nose bleed.

We enjoyed practising all these skills through a range of activities.

At home, help your child to learn their full home address in case they ever need to call the emergency services.

Everyone received a booklet and certificate of attendance.

We were so proud of you!


Friday 20th September 2019

This term our theme is Toys. We have enjoyed watching Toy Story 1 and making our own Mr Potato heads. 

Look at some of our creations.


Friday 13th September 2019

Welcome to Year 1! We have had an amazing first week back as the children settle into their new classroom. 

We have been busy exploring new activities and sharing our favourite toys.

Please remember to check your child's book bag for their home learning book and return it back to school by Tuesday.


Wednesday 24th July 2019

This week there were mixed emotions as the children shared their favourite memories from Year 1 and said goodbye to some classmates who are moving out of the area. We also talked about the exciting challenges of Year 2.

Congratulations to Hannah for 100% attendance this year and all the other pupils who received attendance awards in assembly.

Well done to Finley, Ella and Wahab who received merit certificates for being excellent role models and consistently following our behaviours for learning this year.

We wish you a happy and safe summer and look forward to seeing you all again in September.


Friday 28th June 2019

This week we managed to avoid the rain on Tuesday and spend the afternoon in the Science Garden. We learnt the difference between Deciduous and Evergreen trees. We identified different types of trees, plants and flowers, using magnifying glasses to take a closer look. To link with our Geography learning we drew a plan of the Science Garden, including a key. We also made observational drawings, using our pencil to draw lines and patterns. 

What a busy afternoon!


Friday 14th June 2019

Squirrel class were busy baking bread for the Great Maylands Bake Off last week. All children took part in measuring their ingredients and kneading the dough. We then topped the bread with different pureed fruit. We were thrilled to be awarded 2nd place!! Well done Squirrels!!


Forest School – Summer Term 2019

Squirrel class have really enjoyed their visits to the Manor over the last half term. We have been working together, setting our own challenges and having lots of fun. We concluded our final session of Forest School for this term with a warm cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit, yummy! As well as climbing trees and balancing along ropes, we have laid in hammocks and made a see-saw out of logs. The children certainly love learning in the woods and it has been a pleasure to see their imaginations come to life.


February 2019

Forest School Fun

During this half term, Squirrel class have had an amazing time at forest school. They have been exploring and extending their learning into the outside area. 

We have been, walking, climbing, swinging and building. The children have been responsible in making sensible and safe choices.


Friday 29th June 2018

This week we have been making the most of our wonderful Outdoor Science Area. The children have been observing, drawing and labeling plants. They have also been sorting leaves, into different sizes, shapes and colours.

We were very excited to welcome two new members of our school to Year 1 this year; Ethel and Schnell, our Giant African Snails. We have been learning about what they like to eat, and how to look after them as pets.

We have also planned our storyboard, ready for next week's film making! The children will be making their films, ready for our Celebration Afternoon on Wednesday 11th July.


Friday 22nd June 2018

This week we had a visit from Architecture Workshops who showed the children how to use just sticks and elastic bands to create different shapes and structures! They enjoyed making triangles, rhombuses, hexagons, bridges, towers, igloos and tunnels!


Friday 15th June 2018

On Wednesday, Squirrel class had a wonderful Forest School session. The children enjoyed observing changes in the environment and exploring the beauty of nature.


Friday 8th June 2018

This week has been another fun filled week for us!

On Tuesday we were joined by Wild Science who let us get up close to animals such as a tarantula, a rabbit, a chinchilla, a giant African millipede, a corn snake and a bearded dragon.

On Thursday we hosted a Bake Off. Our Year 1 entry was a variety of flapjacks, designed and made by the children.  In order to know what ingredients we wanted to use, the children took part in a taste testing session; raisins were very popular, as were the cherries and apricots!

Squirrel class are looking forward to having their first Summer Term Forest School session next week.


Friday 25th May 2018

On Monday we discussed the Royal Wedding, as our JIGSAW Day theme was 'relationships'. As part of our special day, the children made their own hand shake with a friend. 

Well done to everyone who took part in Walk to School Week! The children have enjoyed taking part in walking related activities, including keeping a tally chart and adding stickers to their class poster. 

Rabbit class attended their final Forest School session this year; Squirrel class are looking forward to attending after Half Term.

Have a wonderful May Half Term! We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 4th June.


Friday 18th May 2018

This week we took part in Outdoor Classroom Day. We got to spend lots of time outside and the children took part in activities such as making their own weather forecast, creating weather inspired art, experimenting with sound, exploring wind and creating natural frames. Rabbit Class enjoyed another fun filled Forest School session and both Year 1 classes enjoyed their PE session outside.

As it is also Deaf Awareness Week, Alice's mum joined us on Thursday to tell us more about the work she does as a British Sign Language translator. Thank you! The children really enjoyed writing their name on one another's hand and learning some sign language. They also leant about canes and how best to communicate with people who are deaf.


Friday 11th May 2018

This week the children were landscape gardeners. They thought carefully about how to improve our outdoor area. There were lots of interesting ideas, including a petting zoo, a swimming pool and a rollercoaster. Later in the week the children were architects, designing their dream school. The children also continued learning to play the recorder and even had a go at making their own melody.


Friday 4th May 2018

We have been learning about maps as part of our new theme; Welcome to Our School. At the start of the week the children took part in an orienteering challenge, using a map of our new school building to locate the treasure. Then the children were cartographers, drawing their own maps of our outdoor area and then using them to be treasure hunters. We enjoyed reading a new poem this week; The Sound Collector by Roger McGough. After listening to this poem the children were inspired to write their own sound collector inspired poetry and went on a sound hunt around our school.


Friday 27th April 2018

Thank you to all of the adults who attended Parent Consultations on Monday. It was fantastic being able to talk about all of the things the children have achieved during the last term.  

This week the children had a fantastic time learning some new dance moves, as we were joined by Jam Dance Company. We also took part in a Jigsaw Jack Challenge Day, where our focus was Healthy Me. The children took part in some sporting activities, learnt about keeping their body and mind healthy, as well as having lots of reflective circle time sessions with their class friends.

Rabbit Class had their first Summer Term Forest School session and loved seeing the changes in the environment. The Bluebells looked beautiful! We look forward to going again next week.


Friday 20th April 2018

Year 1 have been very excited to be back at school and learning! 

On the first day back at school we had a very exciting Design & Technology day, with a STEM challenge in the morning. The children could use only one newspaper and one roll of masking tape to create the strongest and tallest sculpture possible. There were lots of good ideas - and lots of learning about patience! In the afternoon the children made their own moving pictures, like the ones in some storybooks, by creating a lever mechanism. Some children made Jack climbing the beanstalk, others made a goat that trip-trapped across the bridge. Everyone had lots of fun! 

On Friday we had a special Jigsaw day about Our Dreams and Goals. The children talked about goals they had already achieved, made a special treasure chest for their successes and set themselves new goals with their friends. We talked about having steps to achieve our goals, and went on a bear hunt in the afternoon to learn about obstacles that sometimes get in the way! The children finished the week feeling proud of themselves, and ready to continue being brilliant learners!


Friday 16th March 2018

We have had a fantastic week this week as it has been Science Week! The theme this year was: Exploration and Discovery so we have had a brilliant time investigating something new everyday.

On Monday we Explored the Outdoors. We went to Forest schools with Early Years and Year 2 to do a nature scavenger hunt, and made a tally chart of the minibeasts we could find. We had the opportunity to explore the changes that rain makes to the environment, and particularly enjoyed listening to the sounds rain makes in the forest.

On Tuesday we were so excited to be able to visit the Sealife Centre in Southend and learn all about the animals that live in the seas around the islands that we have been learning about! Plus, we got to see their new meerkat exhibit – some of us thought one of the meerkats looked just like Sunny from the story that we have been reading in class; Meerkat Mail. Whilst we were there we saw stingrays, jellyfish, lots of different types of fish and we walked through the shark tunnel and watched the sharks swimming right over our heads! Plus we got to touch a crab, and a starfish – although we had to use our little finger because it’s the coldest part of our body and starfish are cold-blooded animals. We also saw the seahorses being fed, and learnt that they have very small stomachs so they have to eat small meals a day.

On Wednesday we were ‘Exploring Sound’, with different activities happening all over our school. The children got to work with other classes and teachers to make, learn and test different things. The children who went to Forest Schools made instruments from materials in the forest. 

On Thursday the theme was, Dinosaur Discovery. The children became archaeologists, brushing different fossils and matching them to the correct dinosaurs. We learnt about Mary Anning who is recognised as one of the first and most important paleontologists. The children had to write some facts about her life.

On Friday we had an incredibly exciting end to our science week as Dr Graham Turnock, CEO of the UK Space Agency, came to visit our school. He did a fantastic interactive assembly for all of the children, and answered lots of the questions they had for him. We even got to try on a real-life spacesuit, as part of our 'Exploring Space' day. 

It has been a fantastic week!


Friday 17th November 2017

The children have had a very exciting week this week learning about Jackson Pollock and his artwork. We looked at Number 32, a famous piece of action art by Jackson Pollock. Then we compared it to some photographs of space, as we have been learning about astronauts. We noticed there were some similarities and decided to create our own space-inspired action art. The children worked together to create their piece of art, which is now proudly displayed in our school corridor.

We also had another visit from the London Chamber Orchestra who played us some beautiful pieces of music and then gave us an opportunity to have a look at, and even play, some of their wonderful instruments!


Friday 10th November 2017

What a fantastic start to the year! The children have loved being in our new building, and we have done lots of exploring the school - which is very big!

This week we got a special letter from Buzz Lightyear! He told us to go upstairs, and when we got there we found him pointing at a door. When we went inside we discovered an amazing space room, where we learnt all about Buzz Aldrin - a real astronaut.

We really enjoyed learning about Buzz Aldrin, and making our own fact files about the second man to walk on the moon!

Now when we go into the space stations in our classrooms we can pretend we are Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins - the first people to go to the moon.


Friday 10th March 2017

This week we created our own colourful art outdoors for Holi using powder paints. We talked about Holi being a Hindu spring festival also known as the “festival of colour”.


Wednesday 8th March 2017

We were so excited to be able to visit the Sealife Centre in Southend and learn all about the animals that live in the seas around the islands we have been learning about! Plus, we got to see their new meerkat exhibit – some of us thought one of the meerkats looked just like Sunny from the story we have been reading in class; Meerkat Mail. Whilst we were there we saw stingrays, jellyfish, lots of different types of fish and we walked through the shark tunnel and watched the sharks swimming right over our heads! Plus we got to touch a crab, and a starfish – although we had to use our little finger because it’s the coldest part of our body and starfish are cold-blooded animals. When we came back we wrote letters to the Sealife Centre to say thank you and tell them our favourite part and all the things we had learnt!


Friday 3rd March 2017

On our first day back after the half-term break we had a ‘wow day’ where all the children got to on a holiday to Hawaii! First they had to book their holiday in ‘Rabbit Travel Agents’, then they took their boarding pass to the check-in desk where the details were checked, and finally they boarded an aeroplane to Hawaii! When the children arrived in Hawaii they were greeted with leis, and invited to relax on the beach and enjoy the Hawaiian music. Next children learnt a hula dance, and had a dance competition. After that the children played limbo, tasted coconuts and mango juice, made Tiki statues and wrote postcards home. It was a very exciting day trip indeed!

We also had a special visit from Sam from the Happy Puzzle Company who came in to show us how to work as a team to solve maths-based challenges!

In Geography we learnt how to read a compass and then used it to work out which sides of our playground were North, South, East and West. We had lots of fun labelling our playground and then drawing our own maps with the compass directions. We also did some programming with our beebot using the new vocabulary we had learnt!

In Literacy we have been writing letters. This week a special story arrived with a special visitor! Sunny the Meerkat had brought us his book ‘Meerkat Mail’, full of postcards he sent on his trip. We did some drama and pretended that we were Sunny, and then wrote our own postcards home!

In Art we have been making piranhas, after learning all about them. We know that most piranhas are carnivores and that they live in the content of South America but can be found in the seas of Hawaii too. We also know that piranhas get a new set of teeth every 100 days!

This week in Maths we have been learning to tell the time. We now know how to read the o’clock times!

Finally, we took part in World Book Day this week – lots of the children came in in fantastic costumes and told us about the character they were dressed as, their favourite books and their favourite book characters. We even had a special parade to show our costumes to the children in Early Years. A special well done to Amber (Alice in Wonderland) and Luke (Harry Potter) who won the prizes for “most convincing costume”.


Friday 10th February 2017

This week all of us in Year 1 learnt the names and locations of the 7 continents of the world. Our teachers drew out a whole world map on the playground and we got to run between the continents!

We in Squirrel Class also conducted science investigations to find out what materials are best to build a boat, which was great fun.