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Squirrels - Rodentia (Year R)

Stay and Play!


Thank you for contributing to your child’s learning throughout the year at our Stay and Play sessions! Your child has really benefited from this extra time with you, helping to consolidate their learning. To celebrate our learning we held a ‘Fruit Kebab Picnic’ which we enjoyed in the meadow. Stay and Play sessions have now finished and we look forward to getting ready to go to Year 1.

Fruit Kebabs 26-06-17

We wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to our grown ups for coming in for Stay and Play and supporting our learning!

Pyjama Drama


It was the our turn for road safety today in Pyjama Drama! I have somehow managed to re-name the photo files and can no longer upload them to the website, hopefully our IT support can fix the problem for us soon! In the mean time have a look at Foxes web page for some pictures from last week. Thank you to all of you who made it to the session today and last week, don't forget to check the diary date for up and coming events!


Miss Bridger

Christmas Cards 31-10-16

Being Prepared to Learn in All Weathers


Today we were able to continue our learning outside despite the weather because we came to school prepared! We are very lucky to have such a large and beautiful outdoor environment at Springwood which supports learning come rain or shine! Please ensure that your child comes to school appropriately dresses for the weather so we can make the most of our environment and engage in hands on learning all year round.

Being Prepared to Learn in All Weathers

Music and Movement With Fiddlesticks Music


Fiddlesticks will provide the children with a rich musical experience including learning songs, using percussion instruments, moving to music, parachute games, mime and dance.


Class aims:

  • To have fun!
  • To experience a variety of listening to, moving with and making music.
  • To develop listening skills.
  • To use games to enhance the children's understanding of musical rhythm, pulse and timbre. Particular focus placed on their understanding of high and low, fast and slow, loud and soft.
  • To encourage confidence in their own voice, especially through singing independently and echo singing.
  • To encourage co-operation with (and awareness of) others through working in a small group. Skills of taking turns, sharing and listening are especially important.
  • To learn the names of (and become familiar with) the different sounds that can be achieved with a variety of un-pitched instruments. 
  • To learn to handle instruments with care.
  • To introduce children to creating their own rhythm and pulse.

Some Snaps From Fiddlesticks

Learning to Take Risks Safely


We promote risk taking behaviour at Springwood. The children work collaboratively with us to identify clear boundaries and ways in which we can reduce risk e.g. wearing helmets. Over the past few days we have really enjoyed exploring and climbing the trees in the outside environment. This has allowed us to develop in a number of ways across the curriculum.


Look how many characteristics of effective learning we have used during this activity! 


  • Playing and Exploring
  1. Using senses to explore the world around them
  2. Engaging in open ended activities
  3. Seeking challenge
  4. Showing a 'can do' attitude
  5. Taking risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error


  • Active Learning
  1. Maintaining focus on their activity for a period of time
  2. showing high levels of energy, fascination 
  3. Persisting with activity when challenges occur 
  4. Showing a belief that more effort of a different approach will pay off
  5. Bouncing back after difficulties
  6. Showing satisfaction in meeting their own goals
  7. Enjoying meeting challenges for their own sake rather than external rewards or praise


  • Creating and Thinking Critically
  1. Finding ways to solve problems
  2. Finding new ways to do things
  3. Planning, making decisions about how to approach a task, solve a problem and reach a goal
  4. Changing strategy as needed

Learning to Take Risks Safely

Visit From the Library Service

Our First Lunch


Parents came into school to share the first lunch experience with the children. Since then the children have continued to develop their independence at lunch. Cutting skills have improved, supported by our training cutlery and there has been a strong focus in developing the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.