Squirrel Class is taught by Mrs Mary Tudge (Assistant Headteacher).

I am usually available to meet with you after school if you have any concerns of if you prefer you can always email me using the following address:
mrstudge@stantonharcourtschool.org.uk I will always get back to you as soon as I can and within 24 hours during term time.
Support staff include Mrs Hemming (who will teach on a Thursday morning) and Ms Louise Hutchins. We also say a warm welcome to Mrs Oakes, a student teacher, who will be with Squirrel Class until February 2019.


Please see our weekly learning at the bottom of this page!


Squirrel Class – Term 1 – September 2018

Week 7

The final week of Term 1, this term has quite literally flown by. The children have achieved so much in their first term and I am extremely proud of the choices that they are making – well done Squirrel class, keep it up!

I look forward to seeing everyone at parents/carers evenings this week. Thank you to everyone who has signed up, I am always happy to meet with you after school on a different day if these two evenings are not suitable for you. The children have really settled in well and have produced some fantastic work; they are rightly proud of their books and are keen for you to share their learning.

What a busy week we had last week! I hope that some of you managed to get at least a small taste of the bread rolls that the children made. It was also lovely to see so many of you attending our Harvest Festival celebration in church, the children performed their Harvest poem superbly.

Thank you for your continued support – my door is always open, after school is always a better time to catch me as we always aim to make a prompt start to the day. Have a wonderful half term break!

Week 6

This week is mainly based around Harvest. On Wednesday I’m hoping that the children can make and bake bread (willing parent helpers needed please). As a class we will be learning a Harvest Poem which we will perform in Church during our Harvest Festival on Friday morning. As we come towards the end of this first term, now in the penultimate week, we are completing our topics and celebrating what we have already achieved. Please note that next week there are parent meetings on Tuesday and Thursday after school, reply slips will be sent home for you to choose a suitable day and time. If these days do not work for you, please come and see me to arrange another date. Your children have worked hard and are rightly proud of what they have achieved, it is so important that you are part of their learning. Thank you for your continued support!

Week 5

This week we’ll learn using a new text – Funnybones. We are going to re-tell this story using drama and learn how to use adjectives to describe settings and characters. On Tuesday afternoon I’ve planned for us to make our own pretend fossils followed by a quiz to show how much we have learned on this topic and the historic figure of Mary Anning. The children have filled their marble jar and democratically voted to watch a film and eat popcorn – Well done Squirrel class, all your hard work has paid off!

Week 4

This week all classes were lucky to take part and learn through activities in our outdoor prayer space.

Meet the team that led these activities – Thank you!


We also have our monthly church service on Tuesday morning and photos Wednesday afternoon. Squirrel class are leading collective worship on Friday – we look forward to seeing you there if you can make it. Learning is cross curricular around our topic which has really engaged all the children.


Thank you to all the parents and carers that attended the collective worship led by Squirrel Class – the hall was packed! What can I say? The children were amazing they should be very proud of their achievements: talking to a large audience, using a microphone, singing, dancing and not to mention the tongue twisters – Well done Squirrel Class, your marble jar is full so we’ll have a class celebration next week.

Week 3

On Monday we had a special visitor into Squirrel Class – an expert on fossils! We spent a wonderful afternoon looking at and handling fossils, rocks and crystals.


Week 2

Our first full week of this academic year and what a busy week we have had! Our topic of Fossils and Bones has gripped all of the children and lots have already shared their knowledge and brought in posters and fossils from home. On Friday we had Happy Puzzle Day and the children worked hard at maths problem solving, demonstrating their skills at teamwork, taking turns and working together to succeed as well as persevering when the puzzle was tricky – Well done Squirrel class! The Year 1 children also had their first visit to Forest School (see below). Please keep visiting the school website and our class page to keep up to date with our learning.

Week 1

Thank you to all the parents / carers who attended the KS1 curriculum meeting on Thursday evening – your support is much appreciated and I was very pleased to see and meet so many of you. For those parents / carers who were unable to make it, the curriculum letter was given to your child and should have got to you via their book bags. If you have any queries with regards to this please come and see me.

Your children have all made such a good start to this new academic year,  I am very proud of the choices they are making.

Please keep visiting this page as I will be constantly adding photographs and comments on what we have been doing. Please take a moment to look at the new medium term overview which is at the bottom of this page via a link.

Thank you for your continued support.

A big thank you for all my wonderful gifts at the end of last term – they are much appreciated but the best present of all is teaching children that want to learn and working with supportive parents / carers – THANK YOU!

Week 8

I cannot believe that this is the last few days of this academic year! Lots of learning still taking place though with lots of fun too! I just want to say, “Well done and thank you!” to my incredible class, who have embraced all that we have been part of this year. A big thank you for the support from parents  / carers too, which has enabled me to bring to Stanton Harcourt things that are important to me as a teacher. The Year 2 residential probably being the most ambitious addition – but one that the children will remember for ever.

I wish you all a safe and happy Summer break and look forward to working with lots of you again next year!


Week 7

The penultimate week of this year – and what a fantastic year we have had! I am really proud of my class, attitude is the key to learning and I have watched as the children have embraced this and shown that they have the right attitude to life. Thank you to so many parents/carers that joined us for our assembly on Friday and then stayed to share our learning in the classroom. The children made me very proud and it is an absolute pleasure to see how their confidence has grown when public speaking. This week is busy, we are going to do lots of outdoor learning, including cooking using the pot that I very carefully brought back from Uganda. Thursday is our whole school trip to Legoland and we still need to have our final treat of this year as the marble jar is once again full!

Week 6

This week we will be putting together our Assembly – Please do try to join us on Friday. As this is the last assembly that we will be leading, we’d like to invite all parents / carers into the classroom after break this Friday, to share our learning, take a look at our class scrapbook and our latest display about Hill End.

Week 5

The heatwave continues but we still managed sports day on Thursday. Well done Class One you showed great sportsmanship. As it was prayer week, as well as visiting the outdoor prayer space on Wednesday we also had Friday Collective Worship outside. We  also have a special prayer for our Assembly next Friday – Don’t forget! Parents / carers should have received their invitations – hope to see you there – Friday 13th July – Collective Worship / Assembly led by Class One!

Week 4

How lovely to see so many of you at the Summer Festival on Saturday – it was fantastic to be part of the village celebration and I’m sure the children enjoyed riding on the float as much as I did! Thank you to all the children (and parents/carers) who supported their children in running our Class One stall. A huge thank you to Mrs Hemming and Ms Hutchins for supporting the children to give change, real life experiences are the best way of learning – well done Class One!

Another busy week this week! Monday is the EPA KS1 sports day, please see my weekly learning for further information. On Thursday morning before break, the children will be taught by their teacher for the next academic year – how exciting and I look forward to meeting all my new children.

Week 3

The children had an amazing art and ceramics day last Friday, I know they are all excited to show you the results of their hard work. Thank you Mrs Simmons for making this day happen! This week we have School Photos on Tuesday, so please make sure the children all have school jumpers and cardigans as this helps them to look super smart. We are getting ready for the Summer Festival this week, decorating floats and making posters for our Class One stall – I hope to see lots of you there! Please make sure that permission slips have been returned to school for Legoland and EPA KS1 Sports day – Thank you for your continued support.

Week 2

Please try to join us on Thursday for our Stay and Learn as the children really enjoy sharing their learning with you. This week is phonics assessment week for Year 1 children and any children in Year 2 who, for whatever reason, did not attain the pass mark last year. At the end of each Term the children play the phonics game with me and so they are used to the format and will be unaffected by this assessment. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to come and see me.

Term 6!

Look out for a very busy and fun-filled time during our final term!

Having just arrived home from Uganda and Rwanda I look forward to sharing with the children all the many new experiences of which I have encountered. This week we’ll write recounts of our holiday activities and learn about Trooping the Colour.


Week 6

The last week of Term 5 already! Lots happening this week including Mrs Tudge visiting Uganda for the opening of the Rwamahano Primary School. I’ll do my best to make a video link with you at some point during the week.

Well done Class One I am very proud of all of you and I would like to thank all parents / carers for their continued support.

Year 2 Residential

As promised here are some of the photos from our fantastic residential at Hill End. I’ll add some more when I get back from Uganda.


Photos of Day 1 with all of Class One

Working together to build dens / bark rubbing / we made it to the centre of the maze!

please click on each photo to see more!

Hill End update – Week 5

After a busy day with Year 1 yesterday, the Year 2 children slept well and are looking forward to the excitement of another day together.

Year 2 have just arrived back from the overnight residential. The children were amazing, especially, as for some this was there very first night away without being with family. Mrs Hemming and I are immensely proud of you all, we’re tired but happy and can be sure of a long sleep tonight. We were really lucky with the weather – it was just perfect! The children all wrote a sentence which I was hoping to share with you while we were there, but unfortunately I couldn’t get an internet connection, anyway here they are for you to enjoy (photos to follow tomorrow):

I love this great place there are lots of adventures and the marshmallows were fantastic. – Iris

I am having a lovely time. Next time you should come to Hill End. I’ve just eaten breakfast! – Ella Mae

I’ve had lots of fun at Hill End and we had toasted marshmallows. – Ava

I loved making the fire and toasting the marshmallows. You would love it at Hill End. – Savannah

I’ve had the best time at Hill End! Maybe you should go there! – Thomas

I’ve had a lovely time at Hill End it was lots of fun doing the den building. – Fabienne

Hill End is a great place. I loved bark rubbing. – Angus

I loved Hill End maybe you should come. – William

I enjoyed bark rubbing I think you would like it at Hill End. – Zhixian

We’ve had the best time! We did den building, bark rubbing, hiking and my favourite was the bark rubbing. – Anne

I love Hill End! Maybe one day you should visit. – Evelyn

I’m having a lovely time at Hill End. – Edith

I enjoyed den building and bark rubbing the most. I made my own sandwich! It wasn’t as I expected. – Teddy

Hill End is so amazing. I think you should come one day. I enjoyed toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate. – Riley

Week 5

Fingers crossed for a pleasant week, weather wise – Hill End here we come! The children do not need to wear school uniform but please ensure that they are dressed appropriately including footwear, for the weather conditions and exploring in the natural environment. Everyone will need a packed lunch for Thursday, no fizzy drinks and all disposable if possible. All other meals for Year 2 children will be supplied. Mrs Crouch and myself are sorting out the menu on Monday and will ensure that there is some choice. We are now once again in the penultimate week,  this time of Term 5, how quick this academic year is going!

Week 4

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the sunshine today, it was hotter here than in Uganda! What an amazing May Bank Holiday! Please remember that the children will need sun hats and sun cream if this weather continues. This week the Year 2 children will take their KS1 SATs assessments, we’ve already completed past papers in preparation and so they know the format and what to expect. All I ask is that they do their best. Afternoon lessons will be as usual.

Week 3

Remember that this Monday the children will need to be dropped off at Bartholomew School ready for our Tennis Festival. Thank you to everyone that supported our Book Fair we now have some funds with which to buy new books for our classrooms and Library. It was also good to see some of my parents and children at Ground Force yesterday, the school grounds are much improved from all the hard work and the bacon butties were much appreciated. Reminder: Meeting for parents/carers of Year 2 children this Wednesday after school.

Here is the information for Year 2 Residential.

Hill End Residential items needed

Week 2

This week sees the arrival of the Book Fair. The children will have the opportunity to book browse on Tuesday and the Fair will be open after school Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – we hope to see you there!

Week 1

Everyone has settled back into learning really well. Our first week went off with a ‘bang’ quite literally as we watched video clips of all kinds of exciting Science learning. The projects that were shared first hand were also amazing and celebrated all areas of Science. A big thank you for the support that you have given to the children with these – well done Class One, you have really put in a lot of effort. SATs club is underway for Year 2 just to boost confidence and give children the opportunity to work with me 1:1 or in a small group, if they so wish.

Term 5!

I hope that everyone has had a fantastic Easter break and are now ready for our new term. I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 17th April 2018.

This is going to be an extra exciting term – Hill End is in sight, let’s just hope for an improvement in the weather!

Please take a moment to look at our new medium term overview at the bottom of this page. The children now have a log-in (see front of Reading Journal) which will allow them to access a times tables website – www.ttrockstars.com – have a go! More information to follow as we explore how to use this in class. Equally other website games are available at https://www.ictgames.com/ – this includes some of the games that the children really enjoyed when attending maths club.


I hope that everyone has remembered to complete their ‘Pea Diary’ and will make their final entry during the end of this week. If you’d like to send in any photos I’m sure the children would enjoy sharing these with their peers. Science projects in next week too please, I look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to!


Week 6

It’s hard to believe but this is the last week of term already! I would like to say a huge thank you for your continued support and that how pleased I was to see so many of you at the Sharing Assembly last Friday! The children were amazing, it is so obvious as to how much the children have improved in their reading and confidence when speaking in front of an audience. They should be very proud of their achievements and hard work, it is always so enjoyable to be able to share this with parents / carers each term. I would like to wish you a happy and peaceful Easter break and look forward to the start of our Summer term. I know the Year 2 children are really excited about their residential in May. – Happy Easter!

Weeks 5

We are almost at the end of another term, this year is just flying by! The children have filled their marble jar once again and so there will be a class treat on Friday afternoon. I hope to see lots of you at the Sharing Assembly this Friday which will be led by Class One – you should have received your personal invitations. Thank you for your continued support, together we are able to make learning fun and achieve a lot – we are loving the WOWCHERS!

Week 4

Please continue to send in empty kitchen rolls, we still need more as I would like each child to be able to take home their own homegrown peas. Many thanks to those of you who have already sent in spares. Answers to the World Book Day competition will be announced in assembly on Friday along with a winner from each class. A lot  of the answers are down to guess work as nearly all the books chosen by staff are well known classics (there are a few clues though). This has really got the children talking about books and that was my main aim – well done everyone! If you are in school please have a look and see how many of these books you have also read.

Week 3

We still need more empty kitchen rolls so if you have any in your recycling bin please send them in. I hope that last week was the end of the snow as I really want to sow our seeds this week! The World Book Day competition is displayed in the hall and ready for entries – please encourage your child to have a go, it has already prompted so much positive book talk among staff.

Week 2

The children have once again filled their marble jar, so the week will begin (either Monday or Tuesday) with their chosen treat of cake, juice and a little extra play! Lots of fun learning will take place so please click on the link at the bottom of this page. Thursday is World Book Day, so don’t forget to dress as a favourite book character. I will also be running a fun competition so look out for details which will be announced in assembly.
Polite request:  If you have any empty kitchen roll tubes please send these in so that we can begin planting.

Thank you for your continued support!

Welcome back to Term 4!

I hope you’ve all had a happy and peaceful half term break and are now ready for the lead up to Easter. Lots of exciting things happening this term, so please check the new MTP at the bottom of this page.

Our Science topic is Sow and Grow and I would like the children to plant peas, cress and spinach. If you have any empty kitchen roll tubes please send these in as they are an excellent ‘pot’ in which to grow the peas. If any parents / carers are available to help on Friday 2nd March in the afternoon I would really appreciate help to support the children with their sowing – just come and see me, thank you!

The final week of Term 3

A busy week to end the term! I look forward to sharing the children’s work with you at parent / carer meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. Please note there will be no Maths club on Thursday due to these meetings but Monday will be as usual. Please read our weekly learning as this Thursday the children are going to put on a performance – a personal invitation will arrive home shortly.

A place to call home

We have been learning to storytell our class book!


The penultimate week!

How quickly this term has flown by! Before the end of term I would like to invite parents / grandparents / carers in to our classroom to see what we have been learning. The children will be reciting some poetry and it would be lovely if as many of you as possible could come in and be part of this. I will confirm date and time as soon as possible. We will also be cooking Valentine biscuits, so if anyone is able to help please come and see me. Next week is also parent / carer meetings, please return slips as soon as possible in order to secure a day and time of your choice. As always I am happy to meet with you if these dates are not suitable. Please note that Maths club on Thursday 8th February will not take place due to these meetings.

Week 2

This week we enjoyed our return trip to Witney Cinema for the Film Festival. We watched Ferdinand and then wrote recounts the following day. The film worked this time and everyone enjoyed themselves, as always behaviour was exemplary. I am incredibly proud of my class and the choices that they make – well done Class One!

A huge thank you to the two parents and grandparent that came in on Friday afternoon. Most children have now created the basic design for their house circa 1666.

Year 2 Maths Club is going well. The children are so enthusiastic and are having so much fun that I don’t think they realise how much they are also learning. The games that we play to finish the session can be found at: https://www.ictgames.com

I now have all the replies with regards to the Year 2 Residential so I will work out costings this week. I am really pleased that everyone is keen to take part.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Welcome back to Term 3!

I hope that you’ve all had a peaceful and restful Christmas break and are now ready for our new term. I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Weeks 6 and 7

The last two weeks of term were extremely busy, lots of fun and lots of learning took place. Some of the highlights have to be baking Christmas Cakes, the Christmas Production of Lights, Camel, Action!, Christmas jumper day, a very special visit from Father Christmas and counting all those 2p pieces. We raised £20.86p for our sister school in Uganda. Here are some photos for you to enjoy.


Well done Class 1 I am very proud of all your achievements. Keep up the good work and we look forward to lots more learning in Term 3, the overview is attached at the bottom of this page.

Week 5

What a busy week we had last week! The trip to the cinema was a little disappointing as the film was unable to be shown. However, we are incredibly proud of the children, their behaviour was exemplary and they were very grown up in their understanding that sometimes things just don’t work as they should. It’s not often that you go to the cinema, eat a banana and then return to school! I have already spoken with the cinema managers and will secure some kind of alternative visit as soon as possible.

Thank you to so many of you that managed to watch and participate in our Sharing Assembly. I know that you are as proud of the children as I am. It was also lovely that so many of the older children came up and congratulated my class on their knowledge of the times tables and the way they spoke clearly into the microphone – Well done Class One! I will add some photos soon.

Don’t forget the Hill End Information Meeting for Year 2 after school this Tuesday.

Learning overview at the bottom of the page – another exciting and very busy week!

Week 4

Please see our weekly learning at the bottom of this page.

We know that you all received your personal invitations to attend our assembly but just to remind you – Class One are leading Sharing Assembly this Friday at 9:55am. We really hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there!

Week 3

Please see our weekly learning at the bottom of this page.

Week 2

It was lovely to meet with so many of you over the last two evenings and wonderful for you to see some of the children’s work and to share in their learning – thank you for attending and I look forward to meeting with a few more parents/carers  who were unable to make these dates but have booked a time to come and see me. Thank you for your continued support!
As I am sure you are all aware the children have now filled their marble jar and have chosen to celebrate with cake and a drink this Friday afternoon. Our first class treat – Well done Class One!

Week 1

Please see our weekly learning at the bottom of this page.

I look forward to seeing everyone at parents/carers evenings this week. Thank you to everyone who has signed up, I am always happy to meet with you after school on a different day if these two evenings are not suitable for you. The children have really settled in well and have produced some fantastic work. They are rightly proud of their books and are keen for you to share their learning.

Welcome back to Term 2

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a well deserved break and are ready for the new term and lots of exciting learning. The overview for this Term is available at the bottom of the page as well as a brief synopsis of our learning for Week 1 of Term 2. This is a very busy and exciting term as we put together our Christmas production of Lights, Camel, Action!

Important dates for your diary!
KS1 Christmas Production – Monday 11th December 6pm in the village hall
Tuesday 12th December 1:30pm in the village hall. (Start time to be confirmed!)

We look forward to seeing you there!

More details will follow as the children audition for parts and rehearsals begin!



Thank you so much to all the parents / grandparents / carers that attended our picnic this afternoon. Here are some photos to share with you of the children preparing the food. We hope that you all enjoyed yourselves.

The final week of Term 1

How quickly this first term has passed! Thank you to the parents who attended our Harvest assembly and the generous food contributions that were made. I hope you were impressed by the Harvest loaves made by Class One.

We have a really exciting final week – I hope that parents / carers have received their invitation to our class picnic on Wednesday afternoon. The children will be instruction writing followed by preparing sandwiches and picnic snacks in the morning. They will still require their normal lunch, the picnic is to give our learning a real-life purpose and to show the new skills that they have been acquiring. Thank you for the many replies that we have already received.

I wondered if it would also be possible to incorporate a book swap next week? If your child has read a book and would like to swap it with another member of our class, please allow them to bring the book to school and I’ll sort out a slot in which this can take place. The children are really enthused by reading and it is wonderful see that most of them are now reading every day. Although they enjoy reading to me, I think the highlight is really reading with Sally and her dog Henry.

On Thursday, Diwali is celebrated in the UK and I have arranged for a visitor to come to Class One and to teach the children in a fun way.

Term finishes on Friday at the normal time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. Please keep visiting our class page, photos will be added over half term. As always our weekly learning is accessible at the bottom of this page and a new termly overview will be added during half term.

I hope that you all have a lovely October half-term break. The children should be congratulated on having settled so well and working so incredibly hard – I am very proud of their achievements and enthusiasm for learning.



Please find attached, for your information, the Curriculum Newsletter from the curriculum evening.

Next week, weather permitting, I am planning to take the children on an Autumn walk (Tuesday 3rd October). Thank you for your continued support and the 2p pieces that the children are bringing in as our counting challenge for this term.

Curriculum letter September 2017

Thank You!

Thank you to all the parents / carers who attended the curriculum meeting – your support is much appreciated and I was very pleased to see and meet so many of you. However, I do understand that it is not always possible to attend such meetings and therefore letters were sent home the following day for those parents / carers who were unable to make it. If you have any queries with regards to this please come and see me.

Your children have all made such a good start to this new academic year, I am very proud of the choices they are making. Please keep visiting this page as I will be putting up dates for an Autumn Walk and our picnic (probably indoor, judging by the weather)!

Thank you for your continued support.

Welcome to Class One

I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic Summer break and are ready for the fun things I have planned for the year ahead. Please visit this page regularly to see photos and keep updated on our learning.

A Welcome Meeting for all parents/carers of children in Class 1 will be held next Tuesday, 19th September straight after the end of the school day in the Class 1 classroom. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

If you would like to contact me then you can email mrstudge@stantonharcourtschool.org.uk. I am also always available at the end of the day for any concerns or questions you may have.

Below you will find the termly overview to inform you of the exciting things we are learning during this first term.

Best wishes

Mrs Tudge

Class News and Curriculum Information