Heather Avenue

Infant School

Squirrels

Welcome to Squirrels Class! 

Our Spring term topic is ‘Dinosaur Roar!'

At the very beginning of the spring term we are going to be explorers. . . We will be learning about animals and their habitats, and we will be exploring the natural environments in our school. We will learn about how the dinosaurs were once creatures that roamed our planet and that we can find evidence of them left behind in our world. 

We will create dinosaur habitats in our outdoor area and make dinosaur eggs using paper mache and volcanoes out of clay. We will explore how volcanoes erupt and create our own mini-volcanic eruptions. 

We will explore our local area and create our own maps and in our 'International Week' this term we will focus on learning about Poland. We will find out about the similarities and differences between Poland and the UK, including schools, homes, weather, food, traditions and music, as well as exploring the famous landmarks of Poland. 

We will learn about Mary Anning and how important her discoveries were to historians. We will be learning about fossils, where they were found, how they were created and create some of our own using salt dough.

We will learn about the extinction of dinosaurs and discuss how important it is for us to look after our planet.

It is also very exciting as we are going on a trip to the Dinosaur Park this term!

In the last two weeks of term we will learn about the Christian celebration of Easter and will visit our local Church to learn about the meaning of the Easter story and take part in some Easter crafts. We will also learn about different places of worship and other religious beliefs and will virtually visit a Synagogue.

Parents/carers will receive a topic web, which will show more detail of the learning activities that children will be covering. Please check Tapestry regularly to see what your child has been up to in class and leave a comment if you would like to. We would love to see photos, comments and entries from you too, to share what you have been up to at home. We look forward to the term ahead and sharing our learning with you! If you have any questions, queries or worries please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of our staff team either in person at the door, through Tapestry or via a phone call or email to the school office.

Your class teachers are Mrs Bailey and Ms Vargo. Your other class staff are Mrs Keeney, Mrs Felstead, Mrs Blyth (mornings), Miss Allen (afternoons) and Mrs Farmer (Monday-Wednesday).

Please click on the menu items below for more information...

COOKING

Our cooking day will usually be on a Monday, however we often cook in class and enjoy trying our food together on the carpet.  If we have food to send home, we will notify you by email beforehand, so you can send in a container if you would like to.

PE

We have PE every Tuesday and Thursday. We ask that your child wears their PE kit to school on these days. Please could earrings be removed, and longer hair tied back on PE days.  PE kit should include black shorts, a white t-shirt, plimsolls and black tracksuit bottoms or leggings. 

Please also ensure that your child has spare clothing in their bags in case of any toilet accidents. These should be kept in school on your child’s coat peg.

Homework

Please read or share a book with your child at least three times a week and note this in their Reading Record.  

Please support your child to complete the activities on Reading Eggs on a weekly basis.

Occasionally we may set simple topic-related challenges based on the children’s learning in class.  If so we will share these challenges with you via letter and on Tapestry.