Welcome to the Squirrels Class Page!

The Squirrel Class is a Year 1 class and we currently have 24 pupils. We like to have lots of fun and learn a range of new skills every day.

School starts at 8:45am so please make sure you arrive at school on time! Pick up time is at 3:15pm.


 Class Teacher: Miss Jones/Miss Grimes-Thomas

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Parry




Here is some important information that you may find helpful...

  • Reading days - The children will have lots of opportunities to read in school.  A reading book will be sent home with your child every Friday.  Please return the book to school the following Monday so that we can change the book.  It is very important that you read with your child at home as much as possible.  Please remember to comment in the reading record when you hear your child read.  
  • Snack - You are encouraged to send a piece of fruit in for snack with your child every day. If you send your child in with grapes, please ensure that they are cut in half, length ways. The children will be given milk or water at snack time but please feel free to send in a bottle of water that they can drink throughout the school day.
  • PE - We have our PE day on a Wednesday each week. Please ensure that your child arrives to school wearing their PE kit and appropriate footwear. They can wear a t-shirt, jacket and shorts or jogging bottoms for their PE sessions.
  • Homework - The children will be given homework on a Friday. These will be simple tasks that allow you to have a better understanding of the work that we are completing in school so that you can support your child in their learning.  Please can these be returned on a Wednesday of the following week.  Sometimes homework tasks may be set online via Purple Mash, Reading Eggs or MathsSeeds.
  • Share Sessions - Miss Jones will be available after school every Monday from 3:15 to 3:45.  Please just drop in if you have anything that you would like to discuss.  If this time is not convenient then please send a message on SeeSaw or contact the office to arrange a time to meet.
  • Forest/Beach School - The children will access outdoor sessions throughout the year. You will be notified when these will take place!


Over the School Year, we will cover a variety of topics to develop our skills and knowledge. We will have the opportunity to go on trips to enrich our learning experiences. 

Throughout the year we learn about lots of exciting things! Please have a look below to find out more...


Term 3b

This half-term we are learning to be ethical and informed.

Paws, Claws and Whiskers!

This half-term we will be learning all about different animals and what they need to survive.

Our big questions are;

How are animals different?

How many types are on our planet Earth?

What do animals need to survive?

To answer these questions we will;


·       Visit Welsh Mountain Zoo to inspire our curiosity

·       Explore our natural environment to learn about native birds, bugs and insects

·       Dive into the oceans to learn about underwater mammals, amphibians and fish

·       Travel the continents to discover about the amazing animals that live there

·       Use our imaginations to create music based on different types of animals

·       Express ourselves by moving our bodies to music inspired by animals

·       Use our DCF knowledge to categorise and classify the different types of animals

·       We will learn the story, Superworm by Julia Donaldson

·       Practise our keyboard skills by typing a recount of the story, Superworm

We will also enjoy ‘Mud Day’ and our end of year celebrations before we transition into year 2!

Term 3a

Mud, Mess and Mixtures

Spring Term 3a – Mud, Mess and Mixtures


Our Big Question is: How do things change when we mix them together?


This half-term the focus of our topic is to encourage learners to develop their curiosity and investigation skills by engaging in a range of colour and mixing investigations. Learners will explore different matters and materials that can be mixed together and what happens.

Learners will:

· share their own ideas about what they want to investigate and explore.

· make predictions about what they think will happen when different materials are mixed.

· test their predictions through a number of different investigations and experiments.

· identify, follow and sequence patterns.

· observe and describe the ways in which materials change when they are mixed together.

· follow instructions to make a potion.

· consider what happens when we don’t follow the correct steps in a recipe.

· mix primary colours to challenge ourselves to make a range of different colours.

· make art work inspired by Jackson Pollock

· plan a science fair to showcase the range of experiments we have enjoyed.

· make a mess by mixing different natural materials outside.

This half-term we will also:

· continue to enjoy gymnastics and sports

· enjoy practising for sport’s day

· celebrate Holi and Eid…

Term 2b

Tales of Wales

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 This half-term, in year 1, we will investigate the big questions:

·        What do stories tell us about Wales in the past?

·        How do we celebrate being Welsh?


This half-term we will:

·        Learn about tradition tales from Wales

·        Explore what traditional tales tell us about Wales in the past

·        Consider how history has shaped the landscape and culture of Wales

·        Compare how Wales has changed Wales from the past to now

·        Discuss what it means to be Welsh

·        Learn about the symbols that represent Wales

·        Create our own artwork inspired by what we have learnt about Wales

·        Learn and perform Welsh songs in our very own Eisteddfod


Also this half-term we will:

·        Continue to develop our knowledge of staying healthy and happy

·        Make use of our outdoor learning environment and look for signs of spring

·        Learn about and celebrate Easter

Term 2a

Planet Protectors!

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Over the next 5 weeks we will be learning to be planet protectors.

Our big questions are:

  1. How can we help to look after the planet?
  2. Why should we look after the planet?

Following an immersion day, we will be following the children's ideas to find out about pollution, it's impact on the people and animals who live on the planet and what we can do to help.

We will finish with a deep dive week where the children use their enterprising and creative skills to design an environmentally friendly car.













Term 1b

Let's celebrate!


Over the next 7 weeks we will be taking part in lots of different celebrations. 

Our big questions are:

  1. What is a celebration?
  2. Which special days do people celebrate?
  3. How do people celebrate different special days?

Following an immersion day, we will be following the children's ideas to find out what they want to know about:

  • Diwali
  • Hannukah
  • Christmas

We will also be preparing for our Christmas nativity performance in the church.










Term 1a

Super Me!


Over the next 8 weeks we will be:

  • Getting to know our new classmates and teachers
  • Exploring our new classroom
  • Talking about our talents and what makes us super
  • Finding out about real life super heroes
  • Getting to know Billy and his Brain Buddies
  • Finding out about the characteristics of effective learning
  • Learning how to be ambitious and capable


…as well as many other exciting activities

In Term 3a, we will be learning to be enterprising and creative.

In term 2a we are learning to be ethical and informed and enterprising and creative.