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

Let's Celebrate

We are celebrating all that is wonderful about ourselves and our world.

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 every Thursday afternoon. We really hope you can join us for the half hour sessions each week.

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 each week.

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.

Thursday 2nd November - Getting Creative

Thursday 9th November - Visit to the cenotaph in Liskeard (this session will run from 2 - 3 pm)

Thursday 16th November - Funky phonics

Thursday 23rd November - Mega Maths

Thursday 30th November - Music maker

Thursday 7th December - Look at my learning

Thursday 7th December - One more story before bedtime (Bring a teddy and your favourite cosy story to share!)

We look forward to welcoming you all into our classrooms every Thursday afternoon. Please come to the office at 2.30 and one of the EYFS team will meet you there.

Class diary dates

Friday 13th October - Harvest service

Friday 20th October - Children break up

Monday 30th October - Children return to school

Thursday 2nd November - Individual photos

Friday 10th November - Flu immunisations

Friday 15th December - 2pm, Christmas service

Wednesday 20th December - Children break up

Thursday 4th January - INSET

Friday 5th January - INSET

Monday 8th January - Children return to school


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.

Run, run as fast as you can...

This term we have decided to incorporate a class run into our morning activity. The children have really enjoyed running around our playground and we are going to try and build our fitness so that in the summer term the children will be able to run a mile which is 6 laps of our field.

Please could you provide your child with trainers so that they are wearing supportive and suitable footwear for our run.

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.

Sound pronunciation guide

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

Phonics play

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.

Roy the Zebra

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.

Count with teddy

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

Caterpillar ordering

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

End of year expectations

Below you will find links to our end of year expectations for children in reception.