Squirrel Nutkin Class

Welcome to Squirrel Nutkin class

Hello and welcome to Squirrel Nutkin class. In our class we believe that every child is unique and special. We provide a nurturing and safe environment to encourage all of our children to become independent and creative learners.

Meet the team:

Class teacher: Mrs Hannah Lees

Early Years teaching assistant: Miss Bridie Windsor

Outdoor teaching assistant: Miss Stacey Aire

Our topic this term is


We have enjoyed observing seasonal changes in the nature garden.

We love to scrimble together.

Making a volcano in the water tray.

The 'BIG' garden is our favourite place to learn.

We learn how to be a good friend and recognise the needs of others.

We loved having a friend from year 6 come to help us develop our number fluency.

We looked carefully in a mirror, then drew and finally painted our portraits...

...After that we wrote our name labels.


We firmly believe that every child has the right to thrive. As a school we use the 'Thrive approach' to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning.

With this in mind we kick start our Monday mornings with 'Thrive' activities, which we will repeat throughout the week.

Once a term a whole class 'Thrive' assessment is carried out to determine our focus.

This term our focus is 'power and identity.' Within this the children will learn how to resolve conflicts and manage disagreements as well as learning how to be assertive.

Information for parents and carers.

Family learning time

At St Martin’s we want to have a good relationship with all our parents and families. Your co-operation and support can make a real difference to how children see themselves as learners and engage in learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Team would like to invite you to our Family Learning Together sessions fortnightly on a Thursday afternoon. We really hope you can join us for the half hour sessions.

Our EYFS children really enjoy sharing their learning experiences with others, and would very much like to share their learning with you too! We have planned for a variety of activities and experiences for you to become involved with.

Please have a look at the sessions and workshops we are offering for the upcoming half term. If you would like anymore information please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Thank You to all our parents and carers who have joined us so far, we look forward to welcoming you all into our classrooms on:

Getting Creative -19th April

Children love to create and make lots of wonderful models and pictures. Come and join them and have fun being creative together.

Reading Together-3rd May

This is an opportunity for our parents and carers to join their child in their classroom to read together.

We will share good practice– how to get the most out of your child’s reading book, developing enquiry and questioning skills and develop a love of reading.

Mega Maths- 17th May

Maths in the Early Years Foundation Stage happens in many different ways.

Join in with our adult directed session to see how we encourage our youngest learners to become confident mathematicians.

Please come to the office at 2.30 and one of the EYFS team will meet you there.

Class diary dates

Monday 19th February - Children return to school

Thursday 22nd February - Learning Together - Getting Creative

Friday 23rd February – Break the rules day

Thursday 1st March - World Book Day

Thursday 8th March - Learning Together -Talk for Writing

Wednesday 21st March - EYFS / KS1 Cinema Evening

Thursday 22nd March - Learning Together - Cosy Stories

Thursday 29th March - Break up


Homework will be set every week on Friday.

All of the homework we set is a continuation of the children's learning and is to enable them to practise these early learning skills.

Their homework will need to be completed and returned to school in their book bag by the following Friday.


Reading books are provided at your child's level to enable them to read at home with you with confidence.

The more your child practices at home and at school, the better they will become as both a reader and a writer. With this in mind please do endeavor to find just 5 minutes every day to enjoy sharing a book with your child.

In school we read with your child once a week individually and twice a week as part of a Guided Reading group.

Please make sure your child comes to school with their book bag and books everyday.

If you would like some more information about supporting your child with their reading please don't hesitate to speak to a member of the EYFS team .

Winter Warmers

Please send your child in with suitable outdoor clothing to ensure they stay warm while learning outside. We have water proof trousers, coats and wellingtons for when the children are accessing the outdoor learning environment, but it is always a good idea to send in an extra pair of tights or socks for when it gets a little cooler.


We will be doing gymnastics every Monday this half term. Please can you make sure your child has their PE kit in school on this day.

Home Learning

If you would like to carry on the learning experience at home, please find some links below to online phonics and maths activities.

This is a fantastic resource full of games, programmes and information to support both you and child in their phonics learning.

A simple guide to support the correct pronunciation of the phonemes (sounds) that your child is learning.

This is a wonderful website which supports phonics learning from phase 2 to phase 6 . There are lots of free games to develop phonemic awareness and skill.

This is a fun and engaging website to support your child's reading skills at word, sentence and story level.

This is a fantastic resource full of games, programmes and information to support both you and child in their maths learning.

This is a useful activity to help develop number fluency and your child's understanding of value.

This is a fun, interactive ordering and sequencing game, which can be easily adapted according to your child's ability.

This is a useful website to support your child's developing mathematical understanding.

This a fantastic website with a wide range of fun, interactive activities to suit all abilities.

A useful song to help children build their number fluency .

End of year expectations

The following expectations have been identified as the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.

The objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve is greatly valued.

If you have any queries or would like support in knowing how best to support your children please talk to your child’s teacher.

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum please visit our EYFS: Nursery and Reception page.

Physical development

· Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.

· Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


Secure at phase 4 phonics.

Read and understand simple sentences.

Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words, and, read them aloud accurately.

Read some common irregular words e.g. he, she, me, be.

Demonstrate and understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.

Write some common irregular words.

Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Write for a range of purposes in meaningful contexts.

Include features in their writing of:

· Lists

· Stories

· Labels

· Captions

· Recipes


Count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, and, place them in order.

Say which number is 1 more and 1 less than a given number.

Use quantities and objects to add and subtract two single digit numbers.

Count on or back to find the answer.

Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing.