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Walton On Trent C of E Primary and Nursery School

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Squirrels Y1 and 2

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We are Squirrels class, we are in Year 1 and 2 and our teacher is Mrs Toft.  

This half term we are going to be trying to keep our coverage as normal as possible!


We are heading to the coast with our topic 'Coastline'! We will be In the using maps to learn about the location of the world’s seas and oceans and keys to learn about map symbols. We will also find out about the directions on a compass. We will learn about the human and physical features of a coastline, including the effects of erosion and how to stay safe when visiting the coast.


English - Talk for writing - The lighthouse keepers lunch

Science - Degradable properties, sinking and floating

PSHE - Staying safe

RE -  Rules and routines

Computing - Coding

Geography - Geographical coastline features

History - Jobs from the past

DT - Human features

Art - Paint effects

Support documents for children's targets

Below are a selection of documents that will help you in supporting your child work towards some of the targets that have been set for them. If you would like any more support, please do not hesitate to get in touch through Class Dojo or Showbie.

Important Information



The children are all given 10 spellings to practice on a weekly basis. Please support your child to do this in a variety of fun and exciting ways - there are a few suggestions in the front of their spelling book for you to try.  

Children will now be given a selection of short sentences that include spelling words to write during their spelling test. Please provide your child with the opportunity to practice this each week. (For a better understanding, you will see what the children have been asked to do in their weekly spelling books).

Please find spellings for the term uploaded below. The children will be sent home with their spellings for the term during the first week. Spelling Shed will continue to be updated, but they will no longer be printed on a weekly basis. Tests will continue to be held on a Friday.

Common exception words have also been included on Spelling Shed this term for your children to practice. A random 10 of these will be chosen for the end of the half term. 

If you have any questions or an issue with Spelling Shed please do not hesitate to get in touch. 


Children are issued with 2 school reading books and a reading record book. Books will be changed when the child is ready to move onto a new book (reading it fluently and showing an understanding of what has happened in the book). To increase independence, the children are asked every day to put their reading books in the 'Changing Box' if they feel their books need changing. Although books are changed throughout the week, adults in the Squirrels classroom check through all reading record books on a Thursday and will ask children to change their books where appropriate. When your child has read with you at home, please ensure you have written in the reading record - this will show us that they may be ready for a new book and will count towards their Rainbow Readers badges!


At Walton, we use Rainbow Readers as a reading reward scheme, to support with reading at home. Reading is such a vital skill for life, and one that is essential for accessing the curriculum further up the school. We are a book loving school, and really hope are children will become passionate and avid readers too! Each time your child reads 25 times at home, they get a different coloured badge. 200 reads gives the children a highly coveted gold badge. We count a maximum of 7 home reads each week - so, even though you may read more often, you only need to do a daily summary in the record book. 


We ask that children are read with at least 5 times a week at home, but ideally each day. This can take many forms and doesn't need to always be 'school books' - books from home, magazines, e-readers, audiobooks, even cookery books all make interesting ways to access a wide range of vocabulary. If your child is a reluctant reader at home, do let us know - we have lots of strategies to support with this. 


This Term (Autumn 1) we are lucky enough to have Mrs De Jongh and Mrs Charles running the library every Wednesday. The children are all able to choose a book from the library and change it every week!



PE takes place on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure a full indoor and outdoor PE kit is in school at all times so that we can do PE outside of these sessions if the opportunity arises. If your child has their ears pierced, please ensure your child can take out and put in their earrings independently.


Outdoor learning

At Walton we love learning outdoors. Please provide your child with a named pair of wellies to keep in school at all times. This means that we can take learning outdoors whenever we can!


The first languages lesson for the Squirrels today. Lots of hands on and practical work. Mrs Freeman was very impressed!

The Squirrels chose some lovely words to describe each other today! We are all proud of the people that we are!

The day the Hedgehog Year 1s infiltrated the Squirrels classroom. We had fun creating artwork around The Fire Children

Some wonderful story boards based on The Fire Children!