Red Squirrel Class 2020 - 2021

Mrs Hyland

Class 1 Teacher

Welcome back Everyone! A big welcome back to the Year 2 children and a big welcome to our new Year 1 children!                                                                                                                                                              It has been so lovely to see all the children in school at the start of this term after what has been such a strange time for us all. We are all settling in to our new Red Squirrels Class beautifully and are all coping brilliantly with all the guidelines that are keeping us safe.

The social distancing measures and "bubbles" mean it is not quite so straightforward for me to meet up with parents but it is important that you know you can catch me any day at the drop off or pick up times if you have any concerns or queries, or send me a message on Seesaw. Despite the current restrictions the happiness and wellbeing of your child is my priority!   

We have a busy and exciting curriculum planned for this term around our topic " Kenya"  which we will tell you about on our blog but I hope you will also soon start hearing about! We will begin the topic by listening to stories set in Kenya before going on to explore the country, its geography and location, wildlife, climate, art and similarities and differences to where we live. 

As part of our many planned reading activities your child will continue to regularly read to an adult in school. They will bring a reading book home every Monday. This will stay at home all week and will need to be brought back into school on Friday so all the books can be quarantined over the weekend before new books go home on the following Monday. 

All the children will be working on different phonics and spellings each week. The Year 2 spellings will be available on Seesaw each week so the children can practise them at home before an assessment on Monday. The Year 1 children will be able to see their phonic sounds and tricky words on Seesaw too. 

We go to the Woodland School site every Thursday, rain or shine so all children will need to be wearing their wellies and waterproof coats and trousers (even if it is dry as you might be surprised how much time they spend crawling, rolling and lying in the mud!) As well as our usual Woodland School activities and learning we are now also enjoying sharing a Class Worship together on the Woodland Site.  We provide a school snack but the children may bring their own if they prefer and they all need their own water bottle. The children will wear their Woodland School clothes all day on Thursdays.

PE will be onTuesdays and Fridays this year. The children will come to school on these days in their PE kit, which they will wear all day. This means that they will only come to school in their school uniforms on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

As we settle in over the next few weeks I will be in touch about how we are going to organise our much-loved Show and Tell sessions which will be through our Seesaw page. 

These are very strange times, for the children and the adults, as we start this new school year but please be reassured that I am doing all I can to ensure your child settles back into school quickly and smoothly so are able to learn in a fun, safe and happy environment with their friends again. Mrs Ralphs and I will be posting work on the Seesaw site so you can see the amazing work they have been doing. As we get our new Seesaw class page up and running, do let us know if you have any login issues as this will be an important part of our communication during these strange times. 

If you have any concerns or queries, large or small, please do get in touch. 

Sarah Hyland

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This half term we will be exploring the importance of 'Generosity' during worship time