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Squirrel Squad Circles 24/06/19

Last week we had a Super Star of the Week - For fantastic swimming, independently with no floats. Well done! 

Squirrel Squad Circles 21/06/19

The Circle Squad have been very busy exploring the outdoors and developing their gross motor skills, in between missing downpours over the past couple of weeks. It has been great to see the children gaining in confidence and trying out new things, from going down the slides in different ways to rolling down the banking very fast! Everyone had lots of fun!

Helen and the Circle Gang 

Squirrel Squad Squares 11/06/19

The Square Squad had a fantastic day yesterday celebrating Eid! They made some food and drink, danced to music, played musical instruments socialised with other children in different classes and had a great day! Here are some photos to show you all what a lovely time we all had!

Sarah D and the Square Squad team 

Squirrel Squad Circles 15/05/19

The Circle Squad have been very busy over the past couple of weeks settling into new routines.

They are making fantastic progress in taking part in different sensory activities, tolerating different textures and smells, using tools appropriately and their hands to mix different materials.  

The children are enjoying taking part in tactile desensitisation routines, sensory circuits and regular bouncy body sessions. These are supporting them in getting sensory feedback and developing their learning to learn skills, becoming focused and anticipating movements, actions and routines.

They are also using their critical thinking skills to work out problems and try things out.  

A fantastic start!

Well done Circles

Helen and the Circle Gang  

Squirrel Squad Squares 14/05/19

Since coming back after Easter the Square Squad have worked really hard in all their focus activities.  

All the children are doing really good sitting, looking and listening! 

In Literacy we are focusing on "where" linked to the Gruffalo story. The Squad are finding the characters, naming them and anticipating key phrases in the story. 

In Numeracy we are focusing on shape. The Squad have hunted for shapes around the classroom along with naming, matching and recognising 2D shapes and some are identifying more complex shapes such as pentagon and oval!

Well done Squad! 

Sarah and the Square Squad Staff! 

Garden School - 1.5.19 - Circle Group

We had an amazing time in Garden School this afternoon with Andrew. Lots of investigating, using our senses and testing out ideas.  

Garden School

Garden School

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This afternoon some of the Squad went to Garden School whilst the others went to Bouncy Bodies.

The children had a fantastic time! Some of them used  their critical thinking to fill their containers with the tap. Whilst others poured and filled with water, mud, sticks and leaves using their hands and tools.

Kai turned the tap on and realised it was beginning to make a huge puddle so began to jump up and down, Haarith soon came to join in! Amelia then tracked the water as it began to make a little stream along the ground walking through it in her wellies. 

We are looking forward to our next session in the garden so we can keep on experimenting.

Sarah D & Squad!

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Garden School

Garden School

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Everyone had great fun today working hard in the sunshine! 

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Music Time

Music Time

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Over the past few weeks Squirrel Squad have been visiting the Sound box on a Friday afternoon to investigate and play lots of exciting instruments.

We have been practicing...….. tapping, hitting, shaking, plucking, rubbing and pressing! 

Making some fantastic sounds!

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Mud!

Mud!

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Squelsh Squirsh!

Squirrel Squad had a fabulous time in the sunshine last week making mud and footprints linked to our focused text - We're Going on a Bear Hunt. 

We made the mud from Bisto gravey browning, flour and water.... it is very effective and a little goes a long way as we found out!!

We also made very sticky mud and our bears got stuck in it!

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We're going on a bear hunt

We're going on a bear hunt

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Squirrel Squad had great fun exploring 'Swishy Swashy' grass from the story -

We're going on a bear hunt! 

We had wriggly green spaghetti grass.....

Chive and rosemary brushes to make scented grass paintings....

Herbs and grass to feel with our feet and toes.....

Different materials to make the grass in soft play.....

LOTS OF FUN!!!

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World Book Day

World Book Day

Helen Farman (hfarman) on: World Book Day

Squirrel Squad love looking at books and pictures every day. 

Everyone looked fantastic for World Book Day, lots of different characters!

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Pancakes!

Pancakes!

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Squirrel Squad enjoyed shaking the mixture and watching the pancakes cook! But the best bit was trying the toppings and eating the pancakes. Yummy!!

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Squirrel Squad Valentine

Squirrel Squad Valentine

Sarah Dwyer (sdwyer) on: Squirrel Squad Valentine

Love is in the air in Squirrel Squad this week!

All the children have had a very busy week making lot's of lovely Valentines gifts for the Special People in their lives.

We have taken lots of pictures of the children making all their gifts for you to look at.

We hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day and enjoy half term next week.

Sarah, Helen and the EYFS Squad

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Squirrel Class Blog

Week 1/2

Busy days

Helen Farman (hfarman) on: Week 1/2

What a busy time we have had since coming back …….

Lots of investigating, tasting, mixing, moulding, stretching, matching and counting!!

We have been investigating oranges, tomatoes, apples and cucumbers using a range of tools to cut, squeeze and squash the fruit and vegetables.

Cocoa powder was the magic ingredient last week, everyone had fun making mixtures, slime, dough and a big mess!!

 

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Christmas with the Squad

Christmas Stay and Play

Sarah Dwyer (sdwyer) on: Christmas with the Squad

Hi Everyone!

What a fantastic day it was on Wednesday at our Stay and Play! The children were all excited to see you and enjoyed making the Christmas crafts and visiting our winter wonderland in the sensory room.

We hope you all had a great time and enjoyed the festive fun!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Sarah, Helen and the EYFS Squad

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Rainy Days

Rainy Days

Helen Farman (hfarman) on: Rainy Days

On Tuesday morning The Squirrel Squad had a fantastic time getting ready for rainy play. 

They put on waterproof trousers, jackets and wellies to keep dry. 

Once outside it was Splish Splash Splosh!

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Clean Mud!

Clean Mud!

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Please forgive us as we thought making ‘clean mud’ would be a fantastic experience for the Squirrel Squad. The children loved unrolling the toilet rolls, stretching and pulling and tearing them apart, before adding water from sprays and water pumps to create the ‘mud’
Apologies in advance if they have tried this at home!
Helen & Sarah
The Squirrel Squad

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Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Helen Farman (hfarman) on: Pumpkins

Our children in Squirrel Squad continue to have great fun with pumpkin investigations raw, steamed, roasted and boiled.


The children used a range of tools and equipment to explore the different textures…. Cutting, mashing, squeezing, scooping and scraping.
Helen & Sarah
The Squirrel Squad

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Our talented musicians

Squad Musicians

Sarah Dwyer (sdwyer) on: Our talented musicians

Hi everyone!

We wanted to share with you some of our Squirrel Squad members playing musical instruments!

We are very lucky at school to have Adam and Daniel our Music teachers. They enable our Squad to access fantastic musical opportunities and learn how to play/experiment with the instruments and follow beats.

Sarah D, Helen and the EYFS Squad!

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Bonfire

Bonfire

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Hi everyone

I hope you all had a great week off!

We just wanted to share some photographs from yesterdays bonfire and fireworks outside in the garden. All the children really enjoyed watching the crackling fire and the different coloured fireworks! Some of the Squad created their own firework pictures yesterday too!

Sarah, Helen and the EYFS Squad

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Happy Halloween from the Squirrel Squad

Happy Halloween from the Squirrel Squad

Sarah Dwyer (sdwyer) on: Happy Halloween from the Squirrel Squad

Hi everyone 

What a difference a term makes!

We have learnt so much this term, not just the children but the Squad staff too! The children are now all settled into school and are following routines using signs, symbols and songs to cue in. We have daily communication sessions along with literacy and numeracy and we can't believe how much the children have progressed and are now doing some fantastic sitting, looking and listening. 

The Squad staff have also learnt so much about your children too, what their interests are, what they like to eat and drink, how they transition, what motivates them and also how to challenge them so they develop their skills and continue to achieve. 

This afternoon we have our School Halloween party we would like to say a huge thank you to all the parent/carers who have donated food and drinks. I'm sure the Squad are going to have a great time this afternoon. Here are some photos of the children this morning in their costumes/ civilian clothes! 

Have a great half term!

Sarah D, Helen & the rest of the EYFS Squad 

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sensory room

sensory room

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The Squirrel Squad have had great fun investigating the exciting resources in the sensory room! The children were really focused and concentrating on good looking skills. 

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Autumn begins

Autumn begins

Sarah Dwyer (sdwyer) on: Autumn begins

Hi everyone

This week Squirrel Squad have used their investigation skills! We have looked at leaves that have fallen off the trees whilst hunting for bugs, rolled pine cones down the ramps, printed with pine cones, observed the natural resources through light boxes and used our senses to experiment with different types of vegetables. The Squad have taken it in turns to share the vegetables and joined in touching and tasting them, carrots were a favourite but not so much the onions so we used our fine motor skills to peel them!

Sarah, Helen & the EYFS Team

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Squirrel Squad!

Squirrel Squad!

Sarah Dwyer (sdwyer) on: Squirrel Squad!

Hi everyone!

The Squirrel Squad have all settled in well and are really enjoying their time at school. The Squad are accessing soft play, sensory room, swimming and some of us have had a visit to garden school.

Here are a few pictures to show you what a busy few weeks we have had so far!

Sarah, Helen and the EYFS Team.

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