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Year 1 Squirrels Class

Hello and welcome to Squirrel Class.


This page has information about the class routines and termly learning. We use Tapestry Journal as another way to communicate and update you about your child's learning; please do check regularly for more personalised updates or if you need to contact your class teacher.





Daily routine 
8.40AM Doors open and Squirrels come in to put their home things away. Squirrels then sit at their desk to do their early work. 
8.50AMDoors shut ready for the register. If you get to the door and it is shut please make your way around to the office to have your child registered there. 
10.30AMFruit break time- fruit snacks are provided by school but you can send in some fruit with your child if you would prefer.

Lunch. All children in KS1 are entitled to free school meals by a government universal infant free meals scheme. You don't need to do anything to access this your child simple asks for school dinner during the register every morning to receive their free lunch. Menus are uploaded to Lydd Primary website. 


1PMGuided reading  (Apart from Thursdays when we do PE)
1.20PMExtra curricular subjects
2PMBreak time
2.10PMExtra curricular subjects
3PMHome time things and a story before we go home
3.15PMDoors open to go home. 


Reading books:


In phonics we follow a scheme called Little Wandle. In this scheme there are reading books that match the phonics we are learning weekly. The children read this book in their guided reading sessions all week and then every Friday this book is sent home to be read with you. You can keep that book for a week and return it the following Friday ready for the next book.


We also have a sharing book corner which works similar to a library. The children can come and take a book, put it in their book bag and read it with you at home. The following day they can return that book and choose a new one. 


To summarise your child will have 1 weekly phonics book (home book) that they read to you that changes every Friday.

They can independently choose a sharing book that you read together and this can be changed daily if you like. 


In year 1 we send home homework in a homework book on a Friday. This is optional and is only in preparation for when they are in the older years of school. We choose homework which reflects the learning from that week, so it is a great time to talk to your child and see what they have learnt. 


This goes out every Friday and we ask that books are back in by the following Friday for the new piece. Marking is in the form of a stamp that says "great homework". This is to show you we have seen the homework; if your child has made any mistakes we will still stamp the work but will also work through the mistakes with your child that week through interventions. 

Term 1 learning:



In Squirrel class we will be looking at Handa's surprise. 


During this book we will be looking at comparing fruit and landscapes of Africa and the UK. Year 1 should be writing sentences using phonics to spell unknown words. All sentences should have spaces between words, capital letters and full stops.



In maths we have already recapped on place value to 10, addition and subtraction using manipulatives and number lines within 10. We are now looking at place value within 20 and how teen numbers are made up of tens and ones.  We use a scheme called Maths Shed in our teaching and it includes a problem solving evaluation:



Our topic is animals and the human body. 

We will be exploring animal classification and basic human body parts such as elbow, knees and head . We will also be looking at our senses and why we have them.




  • To know that throughout someone’s lifetime, some things will change and some things will stay the same.
  • To know that everyday objects have changed over time.
  • To know that everyday objects have changed as new materials have been invented.
  • To know some similarities and differences between the past and their own lives.
  • To know that everyday objects have similarities and differences with those used for the same purpose in the past.
  •  To know that we can find out about the past by asking people who were there.
  • To know that artefacts can tell us about the past.
  • To know that we remember some (but not all) of the events that we have lived through.
  • To know that the past can be represented in photographs.
  • To know some inventions that still influence their own lives today.



 We use a scheme called JIGSAW to deliver our PSHE/RSE curriculum. 

Our current topic is 'Celebrating difference' in which we talk about how people are different and accepting that but that we all also have similarities. Then we move onto what is bullying and how to solve problems we may face. Lastly we finish with how to be kind to others and how to give and receive compliments to others. 


We use a scheme called Little Wandle. Term 2 is learning phase 5 phonemes and graphemes: This includes alternative sounds for example we have learnt that ee makes an 'e' sound and ea also makes the same 'e' sound. Now we know the words see and sea sound the same but have different meanings.  




We will be dancing in our PE lessons, the dances we learn in our PE lessons will be performed to you in our Christmas performances. 


PE kit is a plain white top, black or blue shorts/joggers and either trainers or plimsolls.




This term we are looking at weaving paper and textures. 



We use a scheme called Charanga to listen and appraise music. This term however we will be learning songs to perform to you at our Christmas performances at the end of term!



In RE this term the children will learn about Christianity and the stories of Jesus as a friend. 

Classroom photos

Thank you,


The Squirrel team.