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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 term is 'Famous for more than five minutes.' We will start the topic with possibly the most famous nurse Florence Nightingale. This will link in with our class trip to the Thackray Medical Museum.  Folowing the medical theme we will examine a portrait of Mary Seacole and decipher clues about this historical figure, then travel back in time to become the characters in Jennifer Worth´s books.  We will investigate the role of nurses today and find out what qualities are needed to become a nurse. Moving on we will discover how to avoid being ill through healthy eating and exercise and have the opportunity to create a healthy food plate.  Using the Red Cross First Aid resources we will learn some basic First Aid techniques.

This topic will also enable us to learn about the life, times and paintings of Van Gogh and L.S. Lowry and be inspired to create our own drawings and paintings in their styles. We will research their lives and replicate their works and styles. Consider the stories told by their works and become a critical artist in the process!



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

Class Trip - Thackray Museum


  Hospital role play area.



  Our Science Fair.

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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