What a busy year we have had in Starfish Class, we can’t believe we’ve reached the final week of term!
We have had an action packed week. On Monday we had a fabulous time at the beach and we were very proud of the children’s behaviour. We really appreciated the support of all our helper’s. It was great that so many parents were able to join us at the beach. A big thank you to Mrs Hatton for providing the delicious ice lollies.
We have visited our Reading Buddies in Beluga 6, enjoyed a sunny picnic lunch in the playground and had a fun swim in the pool.
We would like to thank you all for your support throughout the year and hope you all have a wonderful summer!
The Starfish Team
Starfish News 14th July
The highlight of our week has been our much anticipated trip to the Gruffulo Trail. It was a beautiful day and it was a wonderful opportunity to have a good run around in the woods. We made dens, played hide and seek and made “Gruffalo Crumble.” We enjoyed our picnic lunch, but had to protect our sandwiches from the cheeky squirrels!
Thank you very much to all our helpers, we couldn’t do it without you.
This morning we have had a super healthy snack, including cherries from Orrin’s garden. Thank you, Orrin.
We are looking forward to our end of summer beach visit on Monday. Don’t forget your bucket and spade!
Starfish News 7th July
Another hot and sunny week in Starfish class and we have been thinking about The Gruffalo.
We are really excited about our visit to The Gruffalo Trail next week and in preparation we have read the book, used descriptive words to write about The Gruffalo and acted out the story!
If you are able to help on our beach trip, please let us know as soon as possible.
Monday 19th - Friday 23rd June 2017
Despite this week’s amazing weather, Starfish Class have kept cool and had fun exploring and learning in our air-conditioned classroom! We have been busy painting giants and writing descriptions of them. We enjoyed working in teams, practising our measuring skills out in the playground. We have been continuing to think about ways to keep fit and have enjoyed lots of healthy snacks.
We have also been thinking about how technology helps us at school and at home. Thank you to everyone who has completed our ‘technology at home’ survey.
Please note: The children have information about next week’s Sports Day and details of our forthcoming ‘Gruffalo’ outing in their book bags.
Monday 12th - Friday 16th June 2017
This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Image Musical Theatre. They performed Oscar Wilde’s, ‘The Selfish Giant’ and we were able to join in by singing along to all the songs. We also had great fun being imaginative out on the decking with the musical instruments. Stars in the making!
We have also been learning about how to keep our bodies healthy and fit as part of our ‘Jigsaw’ activities. The children impressed us by their knowledge of food and exercise. We are continuing with our ‘salad challenge’ at lunchtime and many of the children are trying to add lots of salad to their school lunches.
Finally a big thank you to all the parents and visitors who joined us on Wednesday afternoon to look through the children’s Learning Journeys. We really appreciated all your kind, positive comments.
Monday 5th - Friday 9th June 2017
We have enjoyed our first week back at school and have been busy sharing our holiday experiences both by painting and by writing about them. We enjoyed looking after our pre-school visitors on Wednesday and lots of the children were keen to be ‘helpers’, showing the little ones around the Foundation Stage areas. The children were very enthusiastic about taking part in our first gymnastic session in the hall.
We hope you will be able to join us next Wednesday (from 2.30-3.30pm) to share your child’s Learning Journey with them in class.
In Starfish Class this week we have made the most of the lovely weather by going on a minibeast hunt around school and those of us having packed lunches have been able to have a picnic outside. We also had great fun using the inflatables in the swimming pool. We were getting a bit worried that there wasn’t much happening in our butterfly hatching net and then, over the last few days, all of our butterflies have hatched out. We released them into the courtyard garden.
What a busy term! We hope the sun continues to shine over half term and that you have a lovely holiday!
There has been great excitement in class this week as we finally got to perform our concert to the rest of the school, parents and visitors. The children sang beautifully, recited their poems clearly and looked fabulous in their handmade hats. We were very proud of Starfish Class. Thank you for coming to watch and we hope you enjoyed it.
P.S. Caterpillar news – our caterpillars have turned into chrysalides and are now in the hatching net.
Monday 8th - Friday 12th May 2017
This week the children have been excitedly watching our caterpillars grow and change. We have written an update for our caterpillar diaries. We also visited the travelling book fair on Tuesday and enjoyed sharing books with our friends. We are still busy investigating and searching for minibeasts out on the decking and in the courtyard garden. The woodlice and snails are proving very popular finds!
Monday 1st - Friday 5th May
This week we had a very special delivery! Some tiny caterpillars arrived in the post. We are going to take good care of them over the next few weeks. We have started keeping a ‘Caterpillar diary’ and we will be watching closely to see how they grow and change. We have been busy singing minibeast songs and acting out the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
Monday 24th - Friday 28th April 2017
On Monday we enjoyed meeting our ASSA sports coaches again. We worked in teams and completed a circuit of activities. We had fun running, jumping over obstacles and kicking goals. Throughout the week we have been continuing our minibeast theme by writing thank you letters to the ‘Snakes Alive’ team and painting minibeast pictures using 2-D shapes. We have talked about the properties of 2-D shapes and have also been learning the names of some 3-D shapes such as cones, spheres and cubes. We have also been busy learning minibeast poems and songs for our concert.
Monday 17th - Friday 21st April 2017
This week we have really enjoyed looking at the children’s minibeast holiday homework, much of which is now on display in the classroom. On the theme of minibeasts we had a visit from the ‘Snakes Alive’ team on Wednesday. The children learnt about a range of minibeasts but also about reptiles and amphibians. We saw a very sleepy tarantula, a very lively tortoise along with a friendly python. We have been thinking and writing questions about what we would like to find out during our minibeast topic. We have also been learning the National Anthem and on Friday we joined the rest of the school to sing in celebration of the Queen’s birthday.
Monday 27th - Friday 31st March 2017
Starfish class started the week with a very exciting day out. We travelled on our special LNSPS C2C train to Southend and went to visit the lovely new library. We had lunch in the library, met some of the librarians, listened to a story and had a chance to explore the books in the children’s section. We then hopped on another train to Shoeburyness and had time to have a snack and play in the spring sunshine. We then travelled back on our special train along with Year 1 and Year 3 children. The children were very sensible and well behaved throughout the day, we were very proud of them. For some of the children it was their first experience of train travel!
We finished the week with an enjoyable ‘fun swim’ and our traditional Easter hat parade.
We hope the children enjoy completing their minibeast holiday challenges. Have a lovely Easter holiday!
Monday 20th - Friday 24th March 2017
We have had another busy week in Starfish class. On Tuesday we had some visitors from The Puzzle Company. They gave us lots of mathematical problem solving activities to complete in teams. We had fun learning about hexagons and octagons, sorting shapes and completing challenges. It was great to see everyone working together so well. We also enjoyed wearing red on Friday to support Comic Relief. We have been thinking about our Mum’s this week and writing about the special things they do for us. We hope you enjoy the little gifts the children have made for you.
Breaking news…we have won the Gold Attendance Award once again! Well done everyone.
Monday 13th - Friday 17th March 2017
We had a great time at the beach this week and the sun shone as we hoped. We enjoyed playing parachute games involving teamwork and cooperation. The children then had to build a house or shelter for a character from a traditional tale using natural objects found on the beach. Finally, following on from our maths work in class this week, the children had to make a repeating pattern using seaweed, pebbles and shells. One group decided to use themselves to make a repeating pattern and arranged themselves in a girl, boy, girl, boy order!
Thank you once again to all our lovely helpers , we really appreciate your support!
Monday 6th - Friday 10th March 2017
This week we have been learning all about ‘doubling’ numbers as part of our work in maths. We also enjoyed reading the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and re-telling the story in sequence. We combined both of these activities when we solved problems such as, “If we put 3 gingerbread men into the magic doubling oven, how many would come out?” We have been learning a great song to help us remember our ‘doubles’. You may well have heard the children singing it at home…it’s very catchy!
Some of the children had great fun experimenting with our new water play equipment out on the decking. They showed great co-operation and used lots of mathematical language whilst exploring.
The children have also been working hard on our ‘40 Acts of Kindness challenge’ and we have seen some great examples of children ‘sharing a smile’, saying kind words to others and being extra helpful in class and at lunchtime.
We are looking forward to our beach visit next week –let’s hope the sun shines!
Monday 27th February - Friday 3rd March 2017
We have so much to tell you about Book Week! We have swapped books with our friends, shared stories with our “reading buddies” and had a visit from some real authors. We were delighted that so many of you could come into class to share books with the children.
We had a fabulous time dressing up as our favourite book characters, all this and we managed to squeeze in some pancakes on Shrove Tuesday too!
Have a good weekend…
Monday 20th - 24th February 2017
This week we have been thinking about traditional tales and have learnt the story of the Three Little Pigs. We have ordered the story in the correct sequence and have tried re-writing the story in our own words. We have also been busy writing independently during ‘free flow’ time.
We have also enjoyed playing co-operatively with the outdoor equipment. We are looking forward to Book Week and hope you will be able to join us in class to share and enjoy books with the children.
Monday 6th - 10th February 2017
Early in the week we had a visit from the Oral Health team visit to tell us about looking after our teeth. We were all given a toothbrush and toothpaste to take home.
We then continued our ‘frozen’ theme by making healthy fruit ice lollies. We also decorated special glittery ‘coronation’ biscuits in preparation for our ‘Frozen Ball’.
As you can see we had a great time at the ball with everyone looking very smart in their special outfits. We danced and sang by the light of the glitter ball. Strictly Come Dancing eat your heart out!
Don’t forget to take part in the ‘Extreme Read’ Photograph challenge. There is a letter with more information in the children’s book bags.
Breaking news – we have just found out that we have won the Gold Attendance Award this week. Well done everyone!.
We hope you have a great half-term holiday!
Monday 30th January - 3rd February 2017
We have had yet another busy week. We have enjoyed investigating the concepts of freezing and melting. We carefully used tools to free some dinosaurs which had become frozen in the ice! We have also written about some of the characters in “Frozen”. We hope you enjoy completing the homework challenge and look forward to hearing all about your investigations.
Monday 23rd - 27th January 2017
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We have learnt that 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. We have enjoyed ordering food at our “Chinese Restaurant.” We have tried lots of different Chinese foods at snack time including spring rolls, rice and noodles. We have tried eating our snack with chopsticks! We have learnt about Chinese dragon and lion dances.
Please continue to send the children in with their hats and gloves as we still love using the outside areas even when it’s freezing!
Monday 16th - 20th January 2017
We had a great day on Wednesday, heading out early for a walk in the wintery sunshine. We had our snack at the beach before searching for interesting pebbles and shells. We were amazed to see frost on the sand! We walked back through the Library Gardens and collected lots of crispy leaves which were also covered in frost. On our return to the class we had a lovely cup of hot chocolate to warm us up. A big thank you to all our helpers!
We also had fun on Thursday dressing up in our beach or “under the sea” themed outfits. We liked having lunch with our teachers.
We’ve also been busy swimming and working with our ASSA sports coaches in the hall.
Next week we are going to be thinking about Chinese New Year. If you have any Chinese artefacts (chopsticks, hats, clothing etc) we would love to look at them next week and hope to set a display in class.
See you next week!
Monday 9th - Friday 13th January 2017
We have been busy working hard in Starfish class this week. On Monday we enjoyed having P.E. in the hall with the ASSA sports teachers. We practised jumping, jogging and finding the biggest ‘space’. We have been thinking about cold colours and colour mixing to create cool colours.
Thursday 6th - Friday 9th January 2017
Welcome back and Happy New Year! The cold and frosty weather is just right for our topic for this term – we will be thinking about Winter and Frozen.
Congratulations to all those children who received the “Regular Readers” award at the end of last term. We would like to encourage parents to read with their children at least 5 times per week and record this in their home/school link book. We are aware that lots of reading takes place at home, but it is not always written in the book. We check the books weekly and the children are rewarded in assembly at the end of each half-term. We thank you for your continued support.
Monday 19th - Tuesday 20th December 2016
We finished last week with our Christmas Party, it was very exciting. We joined the rest of the school for a sing-a-long in the hall and had a banquet in the classroom. The highlight of the day was a visit from Santa!
On Monday of this week we visited Beluga 6, our reading buddy class and shared some Christmas stories with them.
Today we will be busy finishing our jobs, tidying the classroom and preparing for Christmas singing assembly this afternoon.
We would like to thank you for all your beautiful cards and generous gifts. We wish you a really Merry Christmas and hope you all enjoy a well-deserved rest. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!
Monday 12th - Friday 16th December 2016
Another busy week in Starfish class…
On Tuesday we enjoyed watching a Cinderella pantomime, we really liked the happy ending.
On Wednesday we sang and performed beautifully in our nativity concert, it was lovely to see so many visitors. We also had our Christmas lunch, roast turkey with all the trimmings!
We had great fun wearing our Christmas jumpers and dancing with AJ the Magician on Friday.
Nine sleeps until Christmas!
Monday 5th - Friday 9th December 2016
The main event of our week has been a dress rehearsal for our Nativity. Year 5 were invited to watch us, it was exciting to perform to an audience!
In other news, we have been enjoying “free flow”, counting, handwriting and scribing stories. Our “special helpers” have dressed up as elves too!
Have a lovely weekend, see you next week.
Monday 28th - Friday 2nd December 2016
Our Christmas preparations are now in full swing! Our classroom is feeling festive with two Christmas trees, an “elf house” and lots of lights.
We have read a nativity story, The First Christmas. We dimmed the lights and listened beautifully by the light of the Christmas tree, it was very special.
The highlight of our week was “Decorations Morning”. A big thank you to all our visitors who helped make the morning so exciting, we couldn’t do it without you! The class was a whirlwind of glue and glitter!
Monday 21st - Friday 25th November 2016
Each week we have 3 “Talk Stars” who have our special talk bags over the weekend, fill them with important things from home and then bring them into class on Monday. The children then have a chance to tell their friends about their special items and answer questions from the other children.
We are continuing to enjoy our swimming lessons and this week some of us learnt to do star floats.
We have also been busy rehearsing for our Christmas concert. There has been some very enthusiastic singing!
We have also prepared some salt dough shapes, ready to decorate on Christmas decorations morning next week.
Monday 14th - Friday 18th November 2016
Yet another busy week in Starfish Class!
On Wednesday we visited the ‘Book Fair’ and enjoyed looking at a range of lovely books.
We had fun wearing spotty clothes on Thursday to celebrate ‘Children in Need’. We even decorated spotty cakes! Thank you for your generous donations.
We have also been busy chopping, peeling and slicing vegetables to make a delicious, healthy vegetable soup for our visitors to taste on Friday. We made a graph to show our favourite vegetables.
Monday 7th - Friday 11th November 2016
Another busy week in Starfish class! We’ve been making firework pictures using a combination of shapes, glittery paint and lots of imagination!
We are continuing to get more independent with our “snack bar” and enjoyed serving ourselves Rice Crispies and milk this week. Luckily without too many spillages!
We also turned our role play area into “The Soup Café” and have been busy serving “customers”, writing orders and menus. We hope you will join us on Friday 18th for our special soup tasting event.
Well done to everyone who took up our “coat challenge”. The children have obviously been practising putting on and doing up their coats. J
We also had a quiet time on Friday to mark “Rememberance Day” and talked about the reasons people wear poppies.
Monday 31st - Friday 4th November 2016
This week we have enjoyed doing lots of Autumn art activities which involved finger and hand printing. We loved looking at all the Harvest homework the children brought in.
We also had our first swimming lesson at school. Our swimming teachers, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Williams, were very impressed by how sensibly the children behaved. Thank you to Mrs Elwell and Mrs White who helped getting the children changed for swimming.
As the weather has now turned colder please could your child practise putting on their coat by themselves. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend!
Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 2016
We have so much to tell you this week! On Wednesday we all went on an Autumn Walk to the Library Gardens. We were explorers and used our magnifying glasses to look for signs of Autumn. We collected lots of leaves and feathers and other treasure for our Autumn table. When we got back to our classroom we were so inspired we made handprint leaves to use in a collage.
Thursday was another busy day, we attended our first assembly. We listened to the Harvest Festival stories and joined in with the singing. When we returned to the class we met our Beluga 6 reading buddies for the first time. It was lovely to share so many books with our new friends.
We hope you have a lovely half-term holiday and enjoy a well, deserved rest. See you next term!
Monday 10th - Friday 14th October 2016
This week we have been thinking about Maths, we have been sorting the teddies and using them to help us count to 10 and 20. On Friday morning we made the most of the Autumn sunshine and explored all areas of our playgrounds. We climbed, skipped and jogged. We all love doing exercise and it is a great way to start to our day. We are looking forward to our Autumn Walk next week.
Monday 3rd - Friday 7th October 2016
This week has been another busy week in Starfish Class. We have had fun learning the songs and actions for our Jolly Phonics sounds. On Thursday we had a special Mad Hatter’s Lunch and really enjoyed learning how to make pastry for our delicious jam tarts. Keeping on the Alice in Wonderland theme, we created our own potions using petals, glitter and sparkly things! Hope you enjoy reading together at the weekend, see you next week.
Monday 26th - Friday 30th September 2016
Congratulations everyone for making it through the first full week! We have enjoyed exploring the whole of the Foundation Stage area during our “free flow” sessions. Mr Hautler came to visit us on Wednesday and was pleased to see us happy and busy learning.
Monday 19th - Friday 23rd September 2016
We have had a great first week in Starfish Class getting to know one another and becoming familiar with our environment We are so impressed that so many of you can come up the ramp into class on your own in the mornings. The children have enjoyed eating their lunches with friends in the hall. Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.
Monday 12th - Friday 16th September 2016
We have been busy settling into our new classroom and making friends this week. Take a look at what we have been doing. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.