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For National Numeracy Day, Squirrels read the book 'Aliens Love Underpants' and used this as a basis for our learning. We created patterns by manipulating playdough into shapes to decorate aliens and their underpants, as well as matching pairs of socks and gloves. We counted aliens and during snack time worked on our fractions by sharing with our friends!

We had such a lovely day celebrating Eid. Squirrels Class created beautiful lanterns and mendhi patterns using henna, as well as making mango lassi and tasting some traditional foods.

Squirrels Class explored frozen flowers as well as planting some of our own. How beautiful!

As part of 'Spring Week', Squirrels class went on a nature walk to find flowers and animals within the school grounds. We also collaged beautiful rainbows and counted using baby chicks.

We took a journey on a ferry, a steam train and even drove a car using Virtual Reality headsets this week!

As part of our transport topic, we have been learning about 'sea transport' this week. We explored different types of boats through water play, before designing and making our own. We chose which material we wanted to use for the sail before decorating the boat using coloured pens.

In Maths, we have been learning about heavy and light objects and using scales to weigh them. We had so much fun finding objects from around the classroom to explore the scales with!

To celebrate St George's Day, we listened to a story all about St George, played in red coloured water when learning about the English flag, counted knights and dragons and created fire breathing dragons.

Thursday 22nd April was Earth Day, which is celebrated globally. As part of this, Squirrels Class have been learning about how important our Earth is to us.

We had so much fun raising money during our annual 'Bunny Hop'!

This week our focus has been on animals that live in the sea. We explored the sensory ocean trays to find starfish, an octopus, sharks and even some lobsters!

Today we have celebrated St David's Day in school. We made paper plate dragons and daffodils too!

We had so much fun milking the 'cow' in class!

We have been learning about animals on the farm this week - look at how much fun we had exploring the different textures on our farm. We also enjoyed digging and labelling the different vegetables.

As part of our 'People Who Help Us' topics, we have been playing firefighters today! We had so much fun with the water pistols and air cannon to put out the fires.

We followed instructions to make our healthy pizza wraps. We chose our favourite vegetables and talked about why they were healthy.

When learning about healthy eating, we recreated some of Guiseppe Arcimboldo's fruit faces. We particularly enjoyed tasting these once we had finished!

In Science we have been learning all about our body. We were able to label our faces and point out the key features.

We have had so much fun learning about capacity in Maths. We particularly enjoyed learning about full and empty using colourful water.

In Art, we have been learning about the artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo, who used vegetables to create pictures.

We have been reading the story of 'Supertato'. We used role play to retell the story and made our own Supertato's!

This half term our topic is 'Superheroes' - we designed and made our own capes and masks!

A message from Squirrels Class...

As part of the run up to Christmas, we held a Christingle service. We made our own Christingle oranges and used glow-stick candles during the service to create a peaceful atmosphere..

We had lots of fun at our Christmas Party. We danced to our favourite songs, ate a yummy buffet and played lots of party games.

Squirrels Class were all so excited to get a visit from Father Christmas! The children all showed beautiful manners and said 'thank you' to Father Christmas and had lots of fun playing with their new toys.

We have been working so hard to develop our fine motor skills and pen control. Look at how well we can overwrite our names! We love building towers and using tweezers to pick up tricky objects, maneuvering and holding tight whilst trying not to get them stuck to the sticky spiders web!

We made some beautiful paper plate robins, using collage to create a feather effect.

We celebrated St Andrews Day by finger-painting the Scottish flag, tasting yummy Scottish shortbread and making Highland cows from playdoh.

What a lot of spots! We had great fun celebrating Children in Need. We decorated spotty biscuits, coloured in our own Pudsey Bear and created some beautiful spotty window decorations. They looked so pretty when the sun was shining.

In Maths we have been working hard to recognise shapes in a range of different scenarios. We were able to hop and jump to the correct shape when the music stopped and we also did some cutting and sticking, matching shapes and finding other similar shapes too.

We took part in a range of different activities on Remembrance Day. We decorated poppy biscuits, played with red and black toys and talked about the significance of the colours and we made poppies out of plasticine. We also used tissue paper to collage paper plates and turned them into poppies.

Learning about Autumn gave us the perfect opportunity to explore some seasonal fruits and vegetables - getting messy and investigating the insides of a pumpkin was great fun! We also created spiky leaf hedgehogs and sang songs about autumn leaves, joining in with the actions.

Our topic this half term has been 'Plants'. We spent lots of time learning about the parts of each flower and planting seeds, watering them and watching them grow. We loved looking at the beautiful flowers in the school grounds and drawing them with chalk.

In Maths, we have used a range of stamps and objects, as well as different sized potatoes to print shapes.

To support our learning, we have been using playdoh mats - these incorporate parts of the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and give a chance to create elements of the story using playdoh.

Squirrels class worked really hard to cut and stick the numbers in the correct order!

To develop our fine motor skills, we have been using scissors to cut around familiar shapes, as well as developing our pincer grip by picking up small pieces of paper to create a beautiful Rainbow Fish collage.

We love to complete jigsaws in Squirrels Class! This week, we created themed jigsaws using pictures taken from our class story 'Jasper's Beanstalk'.

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