**This week our learning theme is ‘ ...... ’**

Welcome to Squirrels class (EYFS Unit)


Miss Sonner



Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Halsey

Miss Davis



Autumn Term in Squirrels class. 

Week beginning 3rd September


      What the children say...

At the start of each half term, we spend time talking to the children about what they already know, what they would like to find out and any activities they would like to take part in. We then use these ideas to help us with the planning and preparation of activities.




                   Literacy and Mathematics.

Our themes for Literacy and Maths follow a medium term plan, which details the skills in which we will be focussing on for each half term.

This term we will be focusing on putting our phonics skills into practice, reading words and matching them to the correct picture, writing simple words, reading captions and matching them to the correct picture. We will be learning what the difference terms; word, letter, grapheme, phoneme, and digraph mean. As we begin to write our own captions and short sentences we will be learning to use finger spaces to separate the words. In reading, as well as decoding the words using our phonic knowledge, we will also be learning to check that what we have read makes sense, using clues from the pictures or the text.

In phonics we will be learning the following letters & sounds:

J, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai ,ee, igh and oa

And the tricky words

no, go, I , the, to , he, she, we, me, be and was

We are also learning the names of the letters of the alphabet.

After half term we move on to these letters and sounds:

oo, ar, or, ur, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

and the tricky words:

my, you, they, her, all, are


This term we are continuing to put our maths skills to use, learning to add and subtract in practical activities. We will be looking at numbers over 10 and exploring the patterns of higher numbers. We will follow and create repeating patterns. We will learn about money and use it in role play and creative activities. The children will also be looking at 3 shapes and learning their properties. We will be learning about time, by thinking about the months of the year, the seasons and the times in our day. We will also look at other aspects of measurement such as length, weight and capacity.



PE Days:

Tuesday (am)
Friday (pm)

Physical Learning 

In PE for the first half of term we will be focusing on a gymnastics unit. We will be learning to move around a large area safely, avoiding obstacles and changing speed and direction. We will then move on to moving with more control, exploring different ways to move, using different parts of our feet, making large and small, fast and slow movements and learning to bounce and land appropriately. We will focus on safety, learning safe ways to take out equipment such as mats. The children will be learning different ways of travelling; moving in different directions, on hands and feet, high and low and with as much of their body on the floor as possible.  We will also have some special workshops such as speed stacking and working with Mr Miller.

PE Spring 2

This half term we will continue to focus on gymnastics and will be exploring stretching and curling.  The children will learn curled up and stretched balances and how to travel in curved up and stretched positions. They will then move on to putting together a combination of stretched and curled movements


RE learning 

 In RE this term the focus is: Change and Growth. We will begin by looking at the children's experiences of New Year and talking about the pattern of the year and the different seasons.  There will be three main areas, starting with "What do some people believe about the beginning of the world". For this section we will be reading creation stories from different religions.  The next aspect is "What is happening in the natural world this Spring". The children will be exploring outside, thinking about growth and change and using cameras to take photos. The focus will then be "Which natural things look dead but are really alive". For this work the children will be sorting objects and giving reasons for their choices.  We will look at objects such as bulbs, which look dead but which will produce a flower.

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