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St John's

Church of England Infant School

'Through Faith, Love, Kindness and Respect our Saint John's family will flourish and grow.'









Squirrel Class Y1

Through faith, love, kindness and respect our St John's family will flourish and grow.


Welcome to Squirrel Class!


We are a class of year 1 pupils.

Our teacher is Miss Williams

Our class teaching assistant is Mis Burch

Class Teacher's email-

Below we have listed some helpful things about our class that we thought you might find useful to know.


Our curriculum


We are using a curriculum for our non core subjects that has impacted well on children’s attainment and motivation nationwide. This  curriculum is published by Cornerstones. Our curriculum is based on inspirational learning activities which take place in a classroom environment and allow children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them. Cornerstones will provide our children with a good level of challenge, giving them opportunities to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding across the full range of National Curriculum subjects. Year 1 will experience 3 Imaginative Learning Projects in a year. Each individual project is split into sections, which see children progress through four stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. We are confident that our curriculum will instil in our children a curiosity and love of learning / school, that it will develop their levels of mental health and wellbeing and ultimately will provide opportunities for each of them to achieve their full potential.


Core Subject Priorities

Our school priorities this year are maths, writing and challenge.

Children will be given opportunities to complete a maths challenge each day during their maths lesson. 

Children will be given at least one designated writing session each week to develop this skill and their ability to write for long periods of time.  Everyday children will have a handwriting lesson following the Letter-join whole school handwriting scheme, they can also login at home using the schools unique code practice at home. 



Our topic focus for this term...

Number - Place Value and addition and subtraction

The children will continue to focus on addition and subtraction within 20 and place value within 50



The children have daily spelling tests in their Read Write Inc group but any extra support you can give them would be fantastic. The children also do a termly independent write. 


Knowledge Organiser

Children may also wish to extend their learning beyond the knowledge organiser if they have a specific interest in the topic.

Please use the knowledge organiser as a starting point for any extra study. The information on these sheets should be easily recalled by the children once the topic is completed.


Other exciting games to play



Squirrel class are expected to follow the School’s Golden rules at all times and are encouraged and rewarded for being ‘green to go’. We follow the 4 school golden rules that every class in the school tries to follow.

We show love and play nicely with everybody in our school family

We speak with kindness at all times 

We have faith and work hard so that tricky things get easier for us

We show respect by listening well

If, after a reminder, a child continues to break a rule, their name will be moved on our class traffic lights. Each colour (yellow, orange and red) has a number of possible consequences, such as loss of play time. If a child has to move their name, they given the opportunity to earn their way back to green by sticking to the golden rules and showing “green to go” behaviour.



Homework for English and Maths will be sent home for each week on Fridays, it needs to be returned by the following Thursday. We would also like children to be practicing reading and writing the Year 1 common exception words.




  • We love a challenge in Squirrel class.  Every lesson has a challenge and every piece of homework does too. 

  • The homework challenge and the class chocolate challenge are optional but we encourage children to complete them.  



PE takes place on a Monday. Please ensure your child brings their PE kit into school on this day. Children may need jogging bottoms or shorts if we are outside as the weather changes. Children must be able to take out their earrings before the lesson and are responsible for looking after these. If your child is unable to remove their earrings, they must come to school with tape on their ears or you can show your child how to apply the tape themselves before the lesson.



Supporting learning at home

Where possible, we encourage children to learn at home through everyday experiences. Linking family days out to our theme is a brilliant way to do this and children love coming into school and telling the class what they’ve learnt.



Keep In Touch

  • We have an informal open door policy in key stage 1. 

  • If you wish to speak to our teacher just catch her on the playground at the end of the school day after she has safely seen all of the children in the class out to their appropriate adult. 

  • If after school is not convenient to you: phone up the school office and request that the teacher phones you back to arrange a more mutually convenient time. 

  • Failing all of the above – write a note to the teacher asking to speak to them and get your child to pass it on.           






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-John 15