Squirrels Weekly Home Learning
Working from home during the Corona Virus Pandemic
During school closure, parents can download the following learning resources to support their child/ren. By no means do we expect your child/ren to complete all the activities; they are a selection of ideas for exploring a range of curriculum subjects covered during a typical school timetable.
Best wishes from us all!
P.S. Please give feedback on the resources provided. If there is anything you require, specifically, please let me know by emailing email@example.com. In addition, it would be lovely to see photographs or any other evidence of the activities taking place; perhaps I can share them on our Squirrels Gallery page!
Home Learning W/C 20th April 2020
WC 30.03.2020 Home Learning activities
WC 23.3.2020 Home Learning Activities
Geology Rocks - Geography and Dance
States of Matter Scientists: Evaporation and Condensation
Ask a question about evaporation and set up a practical enquiry that will provide the scientific evidence to answer it.
Art and Design - River Art Inspired by Monet
Rivers have long been are a source of inspiration for artists. Consider light and colour in Monet’s River Thames series work and how his new style gave rise to the term “Impressionism”. Learn about the life and work of this great artist and create your own river artworks.
River Art Inspired by Monet Session 1
MATHS Year 3 Fractions W/C 23 March 2020
MATHS Year 4 Fractions W/C 23 March 2020
Fractions Extra Support
English - Writing Instructions
Mother's Day (Geology Rocks) Cakes!
Before the school was closed, we fully intended to write the recipe and instructions for making Rock Cakes after our Mother's Day cooking session. Use the resources above to learn how to write a QUALITY set of instructions, including learning and practising the use of imperative verbs. Choose to write your instructions on either the 'Instructions' writing frame or the Baking Page Border. Use the Instructions Checklist to ensure you have included all the features of Instruction Writing. Click on the link to remind yourself how to make Rock Cakes but try not to copy the instructions exactly; write a set of instructions in your own words.
Test your instructions by making Rock Cakes at home!
Sunshine Circles using the Principles of Theraplay
Sunshine Circles are adult-directed, structured play therapy-based groups that incorporates playful, cooperative, and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being of children. ... Instead of talking about positive social behaviour, the group leaders and children DO positive social interaction.
Used in all three classes at Northill Lower School to build trusting relationships, why not give it a try with your family!
Choose from a selection of activity ideas and/or click on the links below to find out more about how Sunshine Circles and the Principles of Theraplay can help the emotional well-being of you and your family during this intense and worrying time.
Sunshine Circle Activities for Parents
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
'Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.' National Curriculum - Languages
While we are not able to enjoy incorporating the learning of the French language into our everyday school life as usual, why not keep up the good work (and those fabulous French accents) by checking out Rock N Learn French on YouTube?
Self-isolating home learning activities for those in Year 3
Self-isolating learning activities for those in Year 4
Squirrels Class comprises of Year 3 and Years 4, and covers the Lower Key Stage Two curriculum. Our class teacher is Mrs. Scurfield and we are supported by Mrs. Cutmore and Mrs. Fox. In addition to this, Mrs. Cutmore covers Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA) on Tuesday mornings.
Parent Information Handbook for Squirrels Class 2019-20
News 21st June
At the beginning of the week, eight Squirrel children (4 boys and 4 girls) took part in the Quadkids Athletics Festival at Bedford Athletics Stadium. Vinny explained how hard the 400m run was, having to keep a pace to keep going. Erin came first in the Girls' 400m race, with Laila coming third. A great effort!
News 24th May 2019
Squirrels have been using and applying linked Maths with the Amazon topic. They compared and ordered the lengths of the rivers and other measures they had researched. The children produced tables to collect their data before presenting it in bar charts. As well, Squirrels produced an itinerary for a trip up the Amazon. They needed to read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks.
In Science, the children set up mini water cycle investigations and have been observing changes over the week. Making further cross-curricular links, in English, the children have begun to write up their science lab reports. They have drawn and labelled diagrams of the apparatus used, as well as drawing a diagram and labeling the water cycle itself.
Most excitingly, Squirrels took part in a Kwik Cricket Festival at Blunham Cricket Club on Wednesday. Every child showed courage and commitment and tried their very best. For Blue Team, their efforts were rewarded with a place in the finals! Finishing as Runners-Up, they were defeated only by a margin of 4 runs!
The whole class were a real credit to the school and their parents. Well done Squirrels!
News 10th May
In Maths, we continue to focus on Geometry; Properties of Shape. The children have been comparing and ordering angles, using angles to identify shapes, as well as a description of direction. Their creative Maths work on The Angle Family is on display in the class window for all to enjoy.
News 26th April
News 5th April
This is our news written by Squirrel Class
Daniel: On Viking Day we got to dress up and make shields and swords for friendly battles.
Oliver: I enjoyed the Viking Dances. It was fun!
Ashton: I learnt how to save somebody’s life. Mr Blunt trained us that if you were choking you would hit them on the back 5 times, REALLY HARD!
Vinny: I learnt what it would be like to be a King in Anglo-Saxon times. I learnt how much slaves had to work!
Sofia: We made shields. We learnt that Anglo-Saxons and Vikings sometimes went to war.
Chelsea: On our Viking Day we learnt about the different foods Vikings/Anglo-Saxons ate in their typical days, for example, split peas which is similar to hummus today. Vikings used to call bread, cake.
Florence: On Viking Day we learned how to make shields out of cardboard.
Laura: On Viking Day we performed to our parents our Viking dance. We had worked on it very hard.
Caila: I enjoyed dissecting poo! I learnt what the Tudors, Romans and Vikings ate.
Callum: I enjoyed making Viking pancakes. They were tasty. I like the honey.
Troy: We visited Edward Peake to watch High School Musical. I was surprised there was a character called Troy!
Bobby: I didn’t like dissecting poo – it was gross! I learnt what Tudors, Romans and Vikings ate.
Sammy: I enjoyed Viking Day because of all the different activities;
Lilac: I enjoyed High School Musical. It was really, really cool! I don’t think I would be able to do it as it looks scary!
Rafe: I learnt that I didn’t like smelling the poo because it smelt like fish pie! Scientists dissect poo because they can find out what animal poo it is. Steve Backshaw ate Ox poo!
Brendan: I learnt how to do Grid Method to solve multiplication problems.
Laila: I learnt Vikings died at a young age because of all their hard work. They died at about 25.Holly: Chelsea was the Chieftain's wife and Vinny was the Chieftan on Viking Day. At the feast, Florence and I had to serve drinks and food to everyone.
News 22nd March
News 15th March
After celebrating Shrove Tuesday last week by making pancakes, this week, Squirrels each wrote a set of instructions based on their experience. Their recent practise in weighing, measuring and working as a team stood them in good stead for this week's challenge of making, baking and decorating 72 Red Nose Day Cupcakes. The class worked so hard and were all rewarded with Star of the Week for their AWESOMENESS!
News 1st March
From source to sea
News 8th February
This week Squirrels’ Maths work was based around measures and data. We measured children and
teachers in m and cm and converted cm to m & vice versa. Year 4 measured in m and cm and
converted from cm to m and m and cm to m (2 decimal places). We measured our feet and
collected the data to answer the question, Are both our feet the same size? We measured in cm and
mm; converted mm to cm and vice versa. Year 4 measured in cm/mm and converted from mm to
cm (1 decimal place). We went on to measure in kg and g; converting g to kg and vice versa. Year 4
weighed in kg/g and converted from kg to g and vice versa (1 decimal place).
In English we continued to base our work around the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf. Children
took part in group reading sessions and worked on comprehension tasks.
This week the children have learnt about Anglo-Saxon and Viking writing. They have written
messages to each other in Runes, as well as paint and design ‘illuminations’ similar to the
illustrations of the Christian monks in the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells.
They put the finishing touches to their clay work; painting their teeth models and plaiting and
twisting wool to hang their decorated amulets (Anglo-Saxon lucky charms).
Some of our models of teeth and amulets made in clay
News 25th January
This week in Maths, the children have been using different strategies to add two, three and four 2-digit numbers. In English, using the epic poem Beowulf as stimulus, they continue to work towards writing their own mythical story. The children have learnt techniques for describing their heroes, settings and monsters! Through dance and drama, the children continue to learn about The Dark Ages. The children participated in role-play to begin to understand the priorities of invaders and settlers and the reasons for their decisions.
News 18th January
Squirrels have continued with the digestive system in science this week. They have found out how long the whole system is and also the length of the small intestine. They were amazed that it could all fit into their bodies which prompted them to ask lots of questions. They are also writing a script about the digestive system and incorporating some dance moves which will then be performed to their peers. There was some great descriptive language and imaginative moves as they practised today.
News 11th January 2019
This week Squirrels have been learning about the digestive system in Science. We investigated how food travels through the body with a practical experiment. The children had great fun and laughter with their learning! In Maths, children have been exploring Number and Place Value. Year 3 placed 3 digit numbers on number lines as well as playing a competitive game to identify the values of each digit. Year 4s investigated decimals. During English we have listened to gory Anglo-Saxon and Viking sagas, to create our own heroes.
With the Christmas Play looming ever closer, Squirrel class have been hard at work practising their lines and their dances. We began the week by looking at Haikus about the weather, reading and then writing a selection of our own. In PE, the children have been enjoying some yoga sessions with Mrs Cutmore during the rainy afternoons and have been creating their own PE games with Mr Turner.
News 23rd November
The children have been hard at work over the last five days with our Christmas play, practising and learning the songs off by heart. We have also been editing and improving our stories about the little boat and writing our final drafts in English, focusing on our handwriting and spellings. In maths, we have just begun looking at time, converting between analogue and digital times, with the year fours focusing on am and pm in context, when creating a summer camp timetable. We have looked, in depth, at the celebrations in Judaism and considered what foods would be important to the children if they had to leave their country and live somewhere else.
News 16th November
This week, the children have been looking in detail at the types of animals that live in estuaries and creating leaflets to advertise the wildlife sanctuaries that have been built there. We have also experimented with an impressionist style of painting, concentrating on how our brush strokes can highlight light, shadow and reflections. In our topic, the children have been learning key geographical words to describe the different parts of a river’s journey and have used these to help write their own stories about a little lot boats journey from source to mouth. The children have also been hard at work inventing their own games, focusing on the core values of physical education, such as determination and fairness.
News 2nd November
In our first week of the new term, Squirrel Class have been hard at work with their new topic, ‘From Source to Sea’. In English, we have been looking at the journey of a lost boat from stream to sea and have been hard at work in art, studying the works of Claude Monet and, in particular, his Westminster Palace series. In maths, the children have been adding 1000s (year fours only), 100s, 10s and 1s mentally to 3 or 4 digit numbers and are beginning to look at money. We have also been practising for our Christmas Play, where a number of cheery Christmas songs have been heard through the corridors, emanating from Squirrel Class.
News 5th October
Squirrel Class looked at different 2D shapes together and then Year 3 sorted them according to their properties using a venn diagram. Year 4 focused on the different types of triangles and described their properties. Can they tell you the difference between a scalene triangle and an equilateral triangle? In P.E. Squirrel Class have begun to create a gymnastic routine, making sure they include balancing, rolling, jumping and not forgetting transition between movements. In R.E. the children learnt about why Christians celebrate harvest and then went on to write their own harvest prayer thinking carefully about what to include.
News 28th September
In our third full week, Squirrel Class have been reading the book ‘Stone Age Boy’ and have been acting out particular scenes, using the book to help research what animals lived in Britain during the Stone Age and the food that hunters and gatherers ate during that time. We have also written a postcard from the boy in the story to a friend or family member and finished the week with a whole class debate on which era was better to live in: the Stone Age or modern day. We have also been scratching and scraping a variety of different rocks to find the softest and testing to see which rocks soak up water and, in PE, the children have been practising their shooting, choosing whether to use their laces for power or the inside of their foot for accuracy.
News 21st September
It has been a busy week in Squirrel Class. In literacy the children have been writing instructions on how to bath a stone age animal. They used their imaginations with some hilarious results. In science Squirrel Class have taken a close look at rocks found in this country. They then described them in detail and also sketched them. During art they all pretended they were from the stone age and got under the tables to create cave paintings. In R.E. they identified some of the important objects found in a synagogue.
News 14th September
In our second week back, Squirrel Class have been following instructions to sketch their own woolly mammoth and have researched what it was like to live in Britain during the Stone Age. In P. E., the children went outside on Monday for football, where they looked a different parts of the foot used when dribbling and kicking the ball, and enjoyed their first gymnastic lesson inside, where they began to explore various different shapes they could sequence together when travelling and jumping. In addition to this, we were excited to welcome Mr Paul Blunt to the class. We all worked together to become sports leaders for break-times, learning different skills to share with the younger children.
News 7th September
This week, Squirrel Class have begun their 'Stone Age to the Iron Age'' topic by creating artwork based on the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. The children created and blended their backgrounds resulting in gradient, using two or more colours, before using black sugar paper to build their Stonehenge. We have also researched mammoths in preparation for our class book, 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth', which we will be reading over the next two weeks and the children have created their 'sprites' in computing for their Stone Age games.
Could you hear your child read as often as possible, noting down the date read and any comments you may have in your child's reading record.
Spellings have been sent home with your child in the form of a booklet. Could you help your child learn each week's spellings ready for our weekly spelling test, which takes place every Friday.
Squirrel class will have weekly times tables tests. Times tables will be sent home in blocks for children to learn by heart. By the end of year three, children are expected to know their 3s, 4s, and 8s off by heart. By the end of year four, children are expected to know all of their timetables, from 1-12, off by heart.