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Towlney park! Squirrels had a fantastic day at Townley park. We did the nature trail, had a picnic, did lots of playing and had a yummy ice-cream!

Music! As part of our Music lesson this week to re-cap fast and slow we all helped join in with moving the parachute fast and slow to suit different fast/ slow songs played on the board!

'Write dance'- Today we all had a go at trying 'Write dance' which helps us to improve our gross and fine motor skills and helps us develop the actions needed for letter formation. We completed actions to the music as shown and then moved onto mark making actions in trays of shaving foam, flour and colured sand.

Making summer T-shirts! This week has been 'Summer week' in squirrels class we have been learning about the weather in summer, activities people might do and identifying the clothes people wear on warm summer days. As part of this we all designed our own summer T-shirts and they look fantastic! Everyone focused really well, Well done Squirrels!

Burnley transport museum! Squirrels class had a fantastic time with Rabbits! We all went for a ride on an old steam train and then went back to Burnley transport museum where we explored some old vehicles and made our own cars.

Painting with wheels! We have been learning about different land Vehicles. We learnt about how the wheels help them move by turning round. As an art activity we explored using wheels to paint. Here are some pictures of us using the large 'wheel prints' outside.

'Share our learning'- Here are some pictures from our 'share our learning' lesson. Thank you to everyone who managed to come and join us!

Wold book day! What a fantastic day! Squirrels class enjoyed dressing up as different characters and taking part in activities linked to books. We also performed our class story 'The tiny seed' to Rabbits class!

'From seed to flower' is our new topic for this term. We have all been doing some great work exploring plants and beginning to identify/sort plants from other items. We have been also starting to work on naming parts of plants verbally or by using symbols e.g. leaves, petals, stem, flower, roots.

Burnley Recycling Center! To finish off our Materials topic we went to Burnley Recycling center to apply our work on identifying and sorting materials to a real life situation. We all did a fantastic job finding the correct materials we needed and throwing them in the bins!

Chinese new year! Ni Hao, Squirrels class spent the day learning about Chinese new year- we listened to the traditional story about how the years were named after animals and took part in mark making activities including writing over/ copying our names in Chinese, large mark making outside and making marks/ copying numbers in the New year tuff tray. We then tasted some Chinese foods and enjoyed dancing to some Chinese music- What a great day!

Blast off! This week started reading the story 'Whatever next!' we used the hoist to take turns blasting off into space like Baby Bear, WOOOOSH!

Rubbish Robots! We used materials to make some 'Rubbish Robot' collages!

Materials- We have been learning about different materials- We have been learning to identify different materials, sort materials and match them to symbols and to talk about how materials feel!

Winter week- This was out theme for our first week back at school this term! We took part in lots of activities linked to the weather in winter and what we should wear. We particularly engaged well with our Ice themed afternoon where we experimented with painting using Ice and trying to break objects/ toys out of Ice they had become frozen in! It was especially exciting when a piece fell on the floor and broke open- we took some Ice outside so we could investigate this further!

Last day of term making Christingles for our special Christingle assembly! Have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!

Making salt dough decorations!

As the stage is up we haven't been able to do PE in the hall so today whilst the weather was milder we went outside to get some exercise on the bikes and scooters. Biking helps us develop our co-ordination, balance skills and leg strength. Well done Squirrels!

This week Barnaby bear has been visiting the countryside! We have been learning about different things we might find in the country side e.g. different farm animals. We made muddy footprints using the farm animals feet and used the Virtual reality glasses to explore the countryside. We also replicated milking a cow using a glove filled with milk!

Lytham St Annes Beach Trip! Following on from our class work about the beach we went to visit a beach with Rabbits class! We used 'Beach pencils' to make marks in the sand and went on a hunt for beach treasures such as shells, seaweed, rocks and feathers. We then played chase the bubbles which was lots of fun as it was a windy day and we then had fun hiding from the wind in a special tent before we went to 'Park Veiw' in Lytham and had lunch in the 'Eco pod'- What a fantastic day! Well done Squirrels!

Where in the UK is Barnaby Bear?- We are learning about different areas in the UK Barnaby has visited. After learning about our Local area last week and the week before we are now learning about the seaside. We have explored items linked to the seaside and also attempted to remove pictures that didn't belong at the seaside from out beach themed tray.

Remembrance day- As Remembrance day is on Sunday the whole school have been learning about this today. In squirrels class we spoke about how on remembrance day we think about people who keep us safe and kept us safe a long time ago. We completed some remembrance day activities then drove to Nelson Cenotaph to lay some of our work down.

Measurement- We have been developing our awareness of differences in size, trying to identify big and small items and some children worked on sorting objects by Size.

French day! On the last day of term the whole school took part in a themed day on France! We heard and said some French words, Made French Flags, tasted French food, Made croissants and even had the chance to use the virtual reality headsets in the Sensory room to visit Pairs!

Townley park! As part of Autumn week Squirrels class went on an Autumn walk at Townley park! We all had a fantastic time exploring the environment and were lucky enough to see a squirrel close up! We then spent a bit of time exploring the park!

Painting with natural materials- We went on a walk around school to look for lots of autumn leaves and sticks. We brought these back to squirrels and used them along with pine cones to paint. We worked on using the items to make marks with purpose and using them appropriately with greater independence.

An Autumn walk- 'We’re going on a walk today, I wonder what we’ll see. Will I like the things we find? Will they frighten me?' As an introduction to Autumn week we listened to the autumn walk poem and felt different materials linked to Autumn using our feet!

This superstar did some excellent Eye-gaze work in topic focusing on pictures of himself, his brother and their house to hear his favourite reward music played!

We have been reading the story 'Building a house' We have been working on identifying objects in the story and naming them using speech/signs. We role played different elements of the text including brick laying, diggers coming to dig a hole and painting the house! We did lots of good talking and signing during the activities!

'My home and my family' Is our topic for this half term. We have explored items we would find around the house and some children completed Jigsaws, putting together pictures of their own houses!

We have been making textured Squirrel pictures to go around the edge of our 'spotted in squirrels' display board. On this display we will be putting up examples of fantastic work we have seen happening in our class!