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Welcome to Squirrels' Class 


'We want to learn. We will learn.'

Teacher: Mrs Rafferty
ETA: Mrs Rathmell

In Squirrels Class Mrs Rafferty is the Class Teacher and Mrs Rathmell is the ETA/cover supervisor who also teaches in class.

The children think that Squirrels class is an exciting place to learn. 

We have a class motto which is ‘We want to learn, we will learn.'  Our learning will take place in the classroom, in the school grounds and in Blacker Woods.

Our topic for this half term is 'Carnival of the Animals.' It is inspired by Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals! We will discover and learn about the fascinating creatures that feature in the movements of the music.  Within this topic we will learn about the formation of an orchestra, the range of instruments involved, and Saint- Saëns himself. We will find out interesting facts whilst investigating mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and fossils around the world.

Please take the time to look through the photographs, in the gallery, which gives you an idea of what we have being doing.


   Special visitors arrive in Squirrels' Class!!!!!


   Our new exciting smart board has arrived!!!


  Take a look at our loom fish.

Our new exciting reading corner!Our new exciting reading corner! 


During our last topic we spent time in Blacker Woods creating Andy Goldsworthy inspired art.


General class information:


Class Library

Please encourage your child to borrow books from our class library to supplement reading scheme reading at home. We have a range of books that the children can take home and return when they have finished the book.  These books are outside the classroom.  Each child has a sheet in the ‘Reading Logs’ folder. Please encourage your child to write the title of the book they are borrowing on the sheet and complete the ‘face’ evaluation of the book when they return it.

Reading Scheme

Please read with your child and discuss these books as they read them.  Also please write a comment in their reading diary. You and your child can also access extra reading scheme books. We have a number of books for reading at home colour banded in levels.  Please ask about your child’s colour band so you can choose the appropriate books.


This can be connected to the topic or to reinforce work we have covered in class.  Homework ideas for the half term will be given to your child with their homework book.   I would appreciate you helping your child to complete their homework but obviously not to do it for them! If the homework involves finding information on a computer please do not print off sheets and sheets of information.  If your child could write a few sentences about what they have enjoyed finding out, that would be more appropriate. 

Please return finished homework on a Monday morning and encourage your child to remember it is their responsibility to hand in the homework. There is a tray in the classroom for finished homework.

In addition to this your child will get spellings to learn. These are in a separate spelling book. Spelling tests are usually on Monday.


P.E. is usually on Monday and Friday please ensure your child has an indoor kit of shorts and t-shirt as well as an outdoor kit of jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or jumper and trainers.  Long hair is tied back for PE and all jewellery has to be removed.  It is so much easier if your child does not wear earrings on P.E. days.  

Help in Class

I always appreciate help in class either to work with the children or on a convenient morning to listen to reading 9.00 to 9.30.  If you are able to help please do come and have a word with me.


















































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