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Morton CE Primary School

Morton CE Primary School

Squirrels - Year 1

Welcome to Squirrels

Our teachers are Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Keep.  We also have Mrs Cotter and Miss Taylor to help us with our learning.

In Year One we adopt a cross-curricular approach linking our subject areas enabling the children to cover a range of subjects in a 'new' term.  In this way quality time is given to each theme fostering the children's enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject. Having a cross-curricular approach enables children to experience real life situations. 

For example, recently we have been focusing on 'Space', we set our role play area up as a space shuttle to incorporate our maths learning about addition and subtraction. We learnt about the history of space travel - did you know the first living creature in space was a fruit fly? We completed astronaut training as part of our PE learning and created our own space dances. Our favourite activity was tasting real astronaut food! We created our own aliens and wrote some amazing descriptive writing. In science we studied humans and compared them to aliens, we loved exploring our senses.


One of our main aims is to make each child more independent.  It is a vital year in preparation for the next key stage. Each child takes on the role of a monitor which allows them to look after their own learning environment.  Each child chooses their own rainbow challenges around the classroom each week to complete a rainbow of learning. The children are always keen to be a 'Challenge Yourself Charlie'!


We have a fantastic learning environment and we are really pleased with our outdoor area, which can be used in all weather and allows children to take their learning outside.


We keep track of the number of days we have been at school to develop our understanding of place value. When we got to 100 days we had a special party to celebrate. It was great fun and the children were able to show their love of numbers!


We have home learning challenges each term which enable the children to choose their own learning at home. The children are so enthusiastic to complete their home learning! Some of our recent challenges are attached below for you to see. The home school links are really important to us and we love it when the children bring in a new piece of home learning to share with the class. Our current home learning grids are available to download below.

We also use Tapestry (an online learning journal) to share the children's learning in school with parents and carers. Parents and carers can add to this as well. You can access this through the website or via the app. If you would like any more information or support with tapestry please let us know. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs Keep or Mrs Mitchell in school or on 01778 570389 or You can also comment on Tapestry and we can reply directly through the website. 

You can access Tapestry here                 

Take a look at some of our favourite learning moments of the year so far!