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Year 1/2: Squirrels Class

Hello all,

This term our Topic is Our Amazing Planet, we will be learning about and building volcanos. 

In English we have been focusing on phonics to read and write as phonics is fundamental to children's reading and writing. Please do continue to practice these sounds/songs regularly.

Now we have mastered how to write a simple sentence we will be going on to look at how to improve that sentence using adjectives.

For example;

Simple sentence: The cat went up the tree.

An improved sentence with adjectives before the nouns: The ginger cat went up the tall tree. 

A fantastic sentence with an adverb: Quickly the ginger, fluffy cat went up the tall, bushy tree. 

Year 2's have also been trying to use similes in their work as well. 

This term we are making our own Mr Men book.


In maths we  have covered place value, addition and subtraction. This involved; looking at the tens and ones in a 2 digit number, knowing 1 more and 1 less than any given number, being able to add numbers together and to subtract numbers.

Below is a link to BBC bitesize that explains how to use column addition and subtraction if you would like a refresher. 

Column subtraction

column addition

maths extension


Lastly, here is our recent letter that explains the changes within the classroom, the timetable and reading books/spellings:

Teacher: Miss Schembri

TA’s: Mrs Buckley (Mon-Wed) and Mrs Wrout (Thurs and Fri)


Recent letter/parent information:

We are a mixed year 1 and 2 class, I work very closely with both Miss Fitton and Miss Seager to ensure both year groups’ curriculums line up with each other and we will cover the same objectives within a term.

Due to the current situation we have had to make some changes to our classroom. We will also be doing PE outside as much as possible, so please check your child’s PE kit is weather proof for spring! Windows will also be open to increase air ventilation so jumpers are advisable. Hand washing and hand gel will be compulsory throughout the day.

As paper based objects require a 72 hour isolation period we will be sending spellings and reading books home on a Monday and ask for them to be in on Friday so they have the weekend to be in isolation. Five reading books will go home on a Monday for the whole week and reading records will be online (Logins to be sent to you soon).

Spellings will also go home on a Monday; the spelling lists will be coming from Spelling Shed and your child can access this website with their login and practise spellings online.

Homework may also be online, please bear with us while we find a way to send homework home digitally.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 We look forward to sharing this first term back with you all,

The Squirrel team.