Making a spaceship

We are learning about Beegu, who travelled across the galaxy in her spaceship and Amelia Earhart, who flew across the Atlantic in her aeroplane ‘The Canary’. We are therefore going to design and make our own spaceships so we would really love some junk modelling donations. 

Here are some examples, including cardboard boxes, milk bottles, kitchen roll tubes (please do not bring toilet roll tubes for hygiene reasons). 

Thank you!



This week we have been working hard to find number bonds. We worked in pairs with a part whole model to find parts of whole numbers.

For example: Number 5

Four is a part

One is a part

Five is the whole


Ordering numbers in Squirrel class

We have been learning about place value in Maths. We have learnt that in a two-digit number the digit on the left represents the tens and the digit on the right represents the ones. This week we will be using that knowledge to order numbers.

E.g. I know that 45 is greater than 23 because 45 has four tens and 23 only has two. 

Badgers: Frida Kahlo

In art this week, we looked at a woman in history (which is our theme for this term). We looked at the work of Frida Kahlo, who was a Mexican artist who had a monobrow!

We thought about how her work is very colourful, with lots of flowers and self portraits. We took our pictures and stuck them onto a piece of paper that had a flowery border on it. Then, using tissue paper, we made ourselves a monobrow and then decorated the border to make the flowers look colourful!

The pictures turned out really beautifully – I wonder if you can do something similar at home!

Testing materials

The Jolly Postman sent us a letter because his old bag was broken and all his letters were getting wet, so Squirrel class have been designing and creating bags for him made out of different materials. The bags needed to be strong and waterproof. We tested metal, plastic, paper, fabric, wood and even glass! 

Badgers: Tens and Ones

We have been learning about place value in maths. In a two digit number, the first number tells us how many tens there are, and the second number tells us how many ones there are. You can put them into a place value grid to work it out too.

tens and ones

Once we became confident doing this with just the numbers and then Dienes, we thought about how we could apply this to money.

We know that 10p is made up of ten 1p coins. Using this knowledge, we realised that we can put the ten pence coins into the tens column and the one pence coins into the ones column. We experimented with this idea in maths – for example, 26p would be represented by putting two 10p coins into the tens column and six 1p coins into the ones column.