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Barnes Farm Infant School

Barnes Farm Infant School

Building Futures, Inspiring Success

​​Squirrel Class - Year 1

What's new?

This week has been great fun in Mathematics with the children exploring 2D and 3D shapes. The mathematical language they are using is phenomenal. The children are all understanding and using words such as vertex, vertices as well as the correct names for the shapes. 

In English, the children have been helping Percy again. Percy was told by the parish council that he needs to get more visitors to the park or his job would be a risk. The children decided to make animal fact sheets to display in hope that more visitors come to the park.  


What's new?

The children this week have been learning lots in Mathematics around addition and subtraction. They are all beginning to show they are little maths wizards and are starting to understand fact families. 

In English, the children have been leaning to write facts about some of the animals they have seen in Percy's park. Combining their learning with Science, they have been classifying animals into mammals, birds and fish; and what makes that classification unique.

The spellings this week are it, was, you, on, is, for. These will be in the children's spelling books. The homework book is Problem Solving 1 page 11. 


What's new?

The children have been busy exploring Percy's shed using their senses and imagination to see the naughty ferrets had stolen Percy's tools. They have enjoyed being outside and seeing what tools they could find and were looking to find Percy's lunch he left there a week ago. 

In mathematics, the children have been moving forwards with addition equations up to 10. They have used concrete manipulatives and making up stories to help with their understanding of combining 2 sets. 

All 3 classes have started making shoebox gardens. We are very thankful of the craft bits and pieces that have been brought in from home for the children to use, so thank you for your generosity. We will be aiming to finish these next week, so there is still some time for shoeboxes to come in. They all look fantastic so far.

The spellings this week are and, a, to, said, in, of. These will be in the children's spelling books. The homework book is Grammar 1 page 5. The children will need to put the words in the correct order and leave a finger space between each word. 

Percy in a Pickle


On an autumnal walk around the school, we stumbled across Percy the Park keeper who was in a terrible pickle!  He had tripped over a log and hurt his leg.  Poor Percy was unable to walk and worried that he wasn't going to be able to do all of the jobs he needed to do around the park that day so we offered our help.  Back in our classrooms, we decided to help Percy feed the animals (we had an inventor even designing a handy animal feeding machine to save time as it was programmed to drop food at certain times of the day) and ways to water the plants.  Lots of us drew maps of Percy's park and even tried to draw it from a birds eye viewpoint - trees looked like broccoli heads!

Percy's shoebox garden

Over the next few weeks the children are designing their own park in a shoebox.  We have discussed ideas in class and looked on Pintrest for 'shoebox gardens' and were amazed at how you can make fences out of lollypop sticks and ponds with sunken yoghurt pots with stones around the edge.  Your child will come home with their design and a list of things they might want to bring in from home to use in their gardens.

Here are some of the ideas we looked at:




Welcome to our Squirrel page

A huge BFIS welcome to our new Squirrels in Year One.  I hope you have had a fun-packed summer and are full of adventures to share with the rest of the class.  It is going to be lovely to get to know you all over the next few weeks as we start on our Year One journey with our first topic of  Percy the Park Keeper.  Our learning will be based around these wonderful stories of Percy and his friends as they get up to mischief and find themselves in a bit of a pickle!  

As a Year group teaching team comprising of Mrs White, Mr Williams, Mrs Hayward and myself we will ensure a smooth transition from Reception to Year One by basing the children's learning on what they have learnt in Fox, Rabbit and Badger class.  Our thorough transition meetings with the Reception team has enabled us to start from where the children left off in July.

Our day is more structured but we will ease the children into these routines over the coming weeks.  New responsibilities will include becoming an independent Friendly Owl by taking the registers to the office unsupervised, standing in the corridor as a role model for our new 'Wonderful walking' system and we will be allocating simple jobs within the class to develop your child's independence and sense of responsibility.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday so please make sure if your child wears earrings that they are removed before they arrive in school for safety reasons and that your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times (black shorts and a white t-shirt and plimsolls for outside PE).  

Your child will also be able to attend an after school club now they are a little older so do keep an eye out for the clubs list when it is available (please ask in the office if you are unsure).

Lastly and most importantly, my door is always open so if you have a worry or would like to let me know of a change in family situation or simply want to see how your child is getting on, do let me know  and I will either talk to you that day or book a meeting with you as soon as possible.  

Squirrel class are going to have a super year and I very much look forward to our learning adventures together. 

Mrs Speller