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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Squirrel Class Year One & Two

Welcome to Squirrel Class!

Teacher: Mrs Sharpe


Support Staff: Mrs Daw


Key Information




Reading is a core aspect of the school curriculum. We ask that our children read to an adult at home regularly each week. Please record your child’s daily reading in their reading diary so that we can see how they are getting on. When they have read their book twice, then please encourage them to put it in the basket so that it can be changed.


It is important for the children to bring in their reading folder each day so that they are able to read to an adult in school.




Tuesday with Mrs Sharpe

Thursday with our PE Coach


Children are welcome to come to school on these days wearing their school PE kit. Please make sure that jumpers have been labelled with their names.




 Each term there will be 9 activities (3 Maths, 3 English and 3 Topic based activities) to choose from. We would like your child to complete one activity each week. By providing a range of tasks, we hope that you will be able to pick something each week which your child will find engaging as well as at the same time supporting their learning.  Homework books are to be handed in on a Monday each week and will be returned to your child on a Wednesday.  Please could all homework be completed in pencil. We really do look forward to looking at the children's homework each week. 



      Our Church School Value


        This term our core value is




Term Five


Our topic this term is Amazing Africa.





The Big Question:


Is it ever cold in Africa?



Key Vocabulary: Africa, Ethiopia, Awra Amba, continent, climate, equator, lake, mountain, valley, vegetation.  


We use the big question as a focus for our planning each lesson, so that the children have the opportunity to gain information to help them to answer it throughout the term. 


In Geography we will be comparing Branston to Awra Amba in Ethiopia in Africa. Using maps and thinking about the climate of each place to help us answer the big question. In Science in Year One we will be looking at different features of animals and then using these features to compare and group them. In Year Two we will be looking at different habitats, the animals that live there and why. In PSHE we will be thinking about how to stay safe both physically and mentally including what to do if there is an accident and someone is hurt. In RE we will be thinking about the religion of Islam, Muslims festivals, place of worship and how they practise their faith. We will be exploring Kente cloth in art, developing our weaving and printing skills.



In English we will be writing stories about meerkats and all of their adventures. We will be using the lovely story Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett.



In Maths looking at fractions finding halves, quarters and thirds of shapes and objects. Then we will move onto telling the time to the hour, half hour and quarter to and quarter past.



 So much to look forward to this term. I can’t wait to get started!