Squirrels

 
 
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Welcome to Squirrels!
 
This half term we have really enjoyed getting to know each other with our All About Me books, through circle times and during our chosen play. 
 
We have been lucky enough to have lots of fair weather this half term and the children have loved playing in the outdoor area. We have especially liked playing in the outdoor home corner,  at the builder's yard and taking turns on the bikes and scooters.
 
Lots of us have been building our risk-taking abilities by finding new ways to move along the balance beam and by encouraging each other to climb under, through, up and over the climbing frame.  
 
Inside, we have been very interested in playing with the Mobilo and Lego, finding new ways to combine the pieces to make more and more complex constructions. We love finding counting and matching games on our interactive whiteboards to develop our mathematical understanding. 
 
We have also built a bank of learned nursery rhymes through Talk for Writing, which has helped us to increase our understanding in language and literacy. 
 
The children have made a fantastic start in Reception and we adults are really looking forward to the rest of the year and all the new learning and discoveries to come!
     
Teachers  
Mrs M Lockett  
Mrs L Brook  
Mrs E Afolabi  
   
Support Staff      
Miss E Stack  
Mrs L Noble  
Mrs L Smith  
Mrs R Kirby  
Miss F Toombs   
Our Phonic Letter Poems
 
 
Use these phonic letter poems to help your child form each letter of the alphabet correctly. You may find your child already knows some of the letter poems off by heart!
 
a- Around the apple and down the leaf.
b - Down the boot, over the toe and back to the heel.
c - Around the caterpillar.
d - Around the dinosaur's bottom, up his tall neck and down to his smelly feet!
e - Across the top of the egg and scoop out the middle.
f - Down the flower and draw the leaves.
g - Around the girl's face, down her hair and give her a curl.
h - Down the horse's neck, up and over his back.
i - Down the insect's body and a dot for the head.
j - Down his body and a dot for the head.
k - Down the kangaroo's body, around his tummy and kick out his leg.
l - Down the long leg.
m - Down Maisie, mountain, mountain.
n - Down Nobby, up and over his net.
o - Around the orange.
p - Down the pirate's plait, up and around his face.
q - Around the queen's face and down her robe.
r - Down the robot's body and over his arm.
s - Slither down the snake.
t - Down the tower, across the tower.
u - Under the umbrella and into the puddle.
v - Down a wing, up a wing.
w - Down the worm, up the worm, down the worm, up the worm.
x - A criss and a cross.
y - Down the yak's horn, up a horn, down his tail and curl it under his chin.
z - Zig, zag, zig.
Our interest-led play this Autumn
Our Number Poems: 
 
 
We have begun to teach the children how to write numerals from 0-10. As well as our letter poems, we also use number poems, to help the children correctly form their numerals. Use these to help your child when they are practising writing numbers at home.
 
0- Around and around we go, when you get home you've written a 0.
1- Start at the top and down you run, once you get there you've written a 1.
2- Down and back on the railway track, it's number 2.
3- Around the tree, around the tree, you have written number 3.
4- Down and across and down some more, that's the way to write number 4.
5- Down his back, around his big tummy and give him a hat, it's number 5.
6- Down and around the hoop, you've written a 6.
7- Across the sky and down from heaven, that's the way to write number 7.
8- Write an 's' and don't you wait, when you get home you've written number 8.
9- Around and down, it's number 9.