Leigh North Street


Primary School

We learn together through Questioning, Perseverance and a Positive Mindset.

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Starfish News 13th July


We really enjoyed our special alfresco end of year picnic lunch in the playground this week. We chatted, sang and danced with our friends.

Just a reminder that we will be collecting in all reading and home-school reading record books on Monday. The local libraries run a brilliant summer reading challenge which is free to enter and the children earn rewards for the number of books they read. It is well worth taking part and helps the children continue to improve their reading skills throughout the holiday.

Look out for a holiday home work pack which will be in the children’s book bags on Monday.

We can’t believe we only have one more busy week left at school! We are looking forward to next week’s beach visit along with lots of other exciting end of term events.

Happy weekend!







Starfish News 6th July


It was lovely to see so many of you on Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed looking around the classroom and seeing the children’s work. Thank you for all your kind and positive comments; we have really appreciated your support this year.

During the week we have been as busy as ever, working and playing co-operatively together. The children had the opportunity to visit their Year One class on Thursday and behaved beautifully. We are planning to write to the Angelfish teachers describing ourselves and telling them all about our family and interests.

If you are able to help on our end of year beach visit (Wednesday 18th) there is a sign-up sheet on the classroom window.

Have a great weekend.

The Starfish Team









Starfish News 29th June


This week we have been continuing to act out and re-tell the story of The Gruffalo. We enjoyed using different voices for the different characters and using language from the story. Many of the children also enjoyed being energetic at ‘Inflatable Fun’ after school on Wednesday.

 We also had a special visitor from  the local Road Safety Team who came to help us learn how to be safe near traffic. She taught us about the safest places to cross roads and about traffic signals and signs. We all practised crossing her mini zebra crossing, looking and listening all the time. We also learnt about making ourselves visible to drivers on dark nights by wearing reflective clothing. The children each have an information booklet in their reading folders which contains more useful information.

Have a lovely weekend and we hope you will be able to join us on Monday 2nd July for Open Evening from 5-7pm.

The Starfish Team.









Starfish News 21th June


This week in Starfish we have welcomed the children who will be joining us in  September. The new children and their parents were taken on a tour of our school led by our Year 2 children .We also enjoyed our regular Wednesday ‘come and play’ session with the pre-school children. We had a busy free-flow session being creative with the construction bricks, exploring at the water tube area and music making in the playground. Some of us enjoyed listening to a story read by one of the lovely pre-school teachers.

Alongside all of this we have been writing captions to go with our Gruffalo paintings.  Some of us have been acting out and re-telling the story of the Gruffalo. We also enjoyed having snack in the sunshine at the outdoor classroom.

Enjoy your long weekend and see you on Tuesday.

The Starfish Team









Starfish News 15th June


Wow! What another busy week we have had in Starfish Class.

This week we have continued work related to our current topic of The Gruffalo. The children have been working on writing descriptive words about the characters and have painted some great pictures about the Gruffalo story.

Along with the writing the children have been hard at work practising different digraphs, trigraphs and tricky words. We are focusing on using these spelt correctly within our writing. We are really proud of the children and can see great improvements within their work.

We also welcomed another group of pre-schoolers this week. All of our children did a wonderful job involving the younger children in their free flow activities.

Finally we ended the week with a bang! We had a great time with Sports Day. The children did a superb job in all of the races today. We are really proud of the children for being so well behaved and for cheering each other on in the different activities that took place. We also wanted to say a huge thank you to all the parents, families and friends for coming to support us.

Have a great weekend!








Starfish News 7th June


Our week started with the news that our butterflies had hatched during the holiday. Mrs Groves had kindly taken them home with her and released them in her garden. She made an amazing video of this and we all watched it in the classroom.

We had such a great day when we went to the Gruffalo Trail, starting with a trip on a big coach. Our ranger, Louise, led us through the forest, told us lots of information and played games! We all enjoyed meeting the story characters and building homes for them. We were really good at hide and seek too! Thank you to those of you who were able to help us on the visit, we really appreciate your support.

On Friday we were lucky enough to watch a theatre performance of Robin Hood. What a busy week!

See you next week.









Monday 21st May 2018 - Friday 25th May 2018


Wow what a busy week!

As you may know we have had some special visitors in school this week. We were very proud of the children’s behaviour. Their enthusiasm, independence and positive attitude to learning was really evident. We made the most of the weather and had lots of ‘free-flow’ activities including water play, bug hunting and planting seeds, den building, construction and physical challenges. The royal wedding seems to have caught the children’s imagination and many of them drew or painted intricate pictures of Windsor Castle. Some of them even built the royal carriage out of crates in the playground. We have also been feeling particularly creative this week making puppets, designing story setting boxes and writing stories to act out in class.

On the caterpillar front, they have now all fully hardened into cocoons (or chrysalides) and are now in our ‘hatching habitat’. Mrs Groves is going to take them home over half term and promises to photograph or film any changes to the cocoons.

Finally, thank you for joining us on Friday to see the children take part in their year group concert. They have been working really hard learning their songs, poems and story words. They did two performances, one to parents and visitors and on to the rest of the school in the afternoon. We thought they did a fantastic job and we were once again very proud of them.

We hope you have a lovely half term break.

The Starfish team.











Monday 14th May 2018 - Friday 18th May 2018


We made the most of the sunshine when we visited the Book Fair on Tuesday. It was held in the outdoor classroom and we enjoyed a story and a piece of fruit in the garden.

Rehearsals for our assembly are in full swing, we have been practising in the hall with Coral and Seahorse class. We hope you will be able to come and see it on the 25th of May.

Our caterpillars are changing every day and we have been busy writing in our “caterpillar diaries”. To do this we have been thinking about writing in sentences and practised on our white boards too.

It was exciting to wear red, white and blue in preparation for the Royal Wedding. We teamed up with Year 3 on Friday afternoon in honour of the celebrations.

Have a good weekend.

The Starfish team










Monday 7th May 2018 - Friday 11th May 2018


When we returned to school after the long weekend we were amazed to see just how much our tiny caterpillars had grown. Some of them are very big and very wriggly! We decided to keep a caterpillar diary to write about how they have changed. We have also been busy practising our songs and poems for our concert which takes place in a few weeks. We have been continuing to practise counting in 2’s and learning about doubles by writing our own number sentences to show the number of spots on a ladybird. We have also been keeping active, enjoying a sunny swimming lesson and practising climbing, balancing and jumping out on the decking. On Friday we went on a bug hunt expedition to the outdoor classroom and school garden with Mrs Brown. We had great fun exploring and searching for minibeasts. We talked about different habitats and where we were most likely to spot them. What a busy week!

Have a great weekend.

The Starfish team














Monday 30th April 2018 - Friday 4th May 2018


We have had yet another busy week in Starfish class. We have been counting spots on ladybirds to help us learn about doubling and printing minibeast pictures using 2-D shapes. We worked together to create a class minibeast collage which involved a great deal of cutting, sticking and teamwork. We’ve enjoyed a range of foods during snack-time, Bran Flakes were particularly popular this week! We have also been practising writing ‘tricky words’ and putting them into simple sentences. We finished the week with a special Star Wars themed ‘Growth Mindset’ day. The children looked great in their costumes. We thought about how having a positive mindset, embracing challenge and making mistakes, helps us to learn. With this in mind we undertook two challenges, one was programming the Beebot robots to travel around a track or grid, the second was learning a dance routine with Mrs Moore. Both challenges were great fun.

We have also welcomed some very special visitors into our class…some tiny caterpillars that we are going to care for over the next few weeks. We plan to keep a record of how they grow and change over time. We are all excited to see what will happen to them.

Have an enjoyable long weekend and ‘May the 4th be with you’!

The Starfish Team











Monday 23rd April 2018 - Friday 27th April 2018


This week in Starfish class we have been continuing our minibeast theme by painting our favourite minibeasts. We then wrote captions to go with our paintings. We have also been learning songs about minibeasts and discussing what we know already about insects. We have continued to practise counting in 2’s and we are getting better everyday. On Wednesday we welcomed several local pre-schools to join us during free flow and to come and have a snack and a story with us.

See you next week.

The Starfish Team









Monday 16th April 2018 - Friday 20th April 2018


We have had an exciting first week back at school. We began with two ‘learning to learn’ days where we talked about how having a growth mindset can help us solve problems and tackle challenges. We each looked through our Learning Journeys and talked about  the progress we had made last term. Finally we set ourselves new targets ranging from wanting to be better at reading , listening or counting to being able to swim underwater. We also talked about being good friends and what to do if anyone was upsetting us, this linked with our new anti-bullying policy.

As a start to our new topic all about minibeasts we had a visit from the ‘Snakes Alive’ team who taught us all about insects. They also brought some fantastic snakes to show us and many of the children were brave enough to hold them.  We have enjoyed looking at all the wonderful minibeast holiday homework the children have brought in to show us. We now have a great insect display in class as a result. Then we were lucky enough to visit the beach on Wednesday and took part in three challenges. We practised working as a team and enjoyed being out in the wonderful weather.

Another big thank you to all of those who were able to help on our beach lesson.











Starfish News 28th March


The week started with lots of sunshine and we were excited to play with the water. We were thinking about capacity, floating and sinking.  We have continued to work with our learning partners, practising addition and subtraction and writing number sentences. We finished the week with an Easter egg hunt out on the decking.  The Easter Bonnet Parade was exciting and we enjoyed showing our hats to the rest of the school.

We hope you enjoy doing some of our Minibeast home learning challenges during the holiday.

Have a very Happy Easter break.

The Starfish Team.






Monday 19th March – Friday 23rd March 2018


Another busy and exciting week in Starfish class…

We’ve had a sporty focus this week. We helped raise money for Sports Relief on Tuesday by doing the Bannister Mile. This meant walking around the school grounds 5 times alongside some Year 3 helpers. We’ve been dancing to the official Sports Relief song and doing lots of Active Maths. Then on Thursday we set off on a train adventure. We travelled on our special school charter train to Southend Library. We met the librarians and were shown around the children’s library. After lunch at The Forum we boarded our second train, travelling to Shoeburyness, where we had time for a quick snack and run-around. We then boarded our third train for the journey back to Leigh. The children were beautifully behaved throughout . We walked 3.7 miles in total and our footstep count will be added to the whole school Sports Relief total.

Thank you again to everyone who helped on our day out, we really appreciate your support.

The Starfish team.










Monday 12th March – Friday 16th March 2018


Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our Mother’s Day  tea last week, it was great to see  many visitors. We hope you enjoyed the event.

This week we have continued to complete a range of activities linked to our  traditional tales theme. We really enjoyed re-telling the story of The three little pigs using puppets, using different voices for the story characters. We solved the problem of how to get the Gingerbread Man across the river without getting him wet. We had some very inventive solutions involving bridges, submarines and making waterproof suits! We also enjoyed writing speech bubbles for the characters in Little Red Riding Hood. We had some great co-operative play during  free-flow on Wednesday. We finished the week with a very sunny P.E. session on the astro turf and in the Active Zone. We practised our hopping, jumping and ball and hoop skills. We even found time to make Gingerbread biscuits which were delicious!

Have a great weekend.

The Starfish Team.










Starfish News 9th March 2018


It’s great to be back at school after the unexpected snow days, we hope you had lots of fun!

This week we have been reading, writing, sequencing and acting out traditional tales such as The Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs. We have enjoyed some Oscar-worthy performances.

On Thursday the children looked fantastic in their wonderful World Book Day costumes, thank you for helping them take part and encouraging their love of reading.

Have a good weekend.

The Starfish team.










Monday 19th February - Friday 23rd February 2018


We started the new term by watching the fantastic Outloud Productions theatre company perform The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff and Goldilocks and The Three Bears as an introduction to our work on traditional tales. Back in class we have been reading other traditional tales such as The Gingerbread Man and have enjoyed thinking up alternative endings for the story.  We have been learning about storybook language and story settings along with painting our favourite characters.








Monday 5th February - Friday 9th February 2018


We have had great fun this week learning about how people celebrate during the Chinese New Year. We learnt about the 12 animals which make up the Chinese zodiac and that 2018 is the Year of the Dog. We tried painting Chinese letters and symbols and enjoyed ordering food in our Chinese take-away which we set up out on the decking. We also tasted Chinese food such as spring rolls, rice and noodles. Some of us even tried eating with chopsticks! Finally we had a go at creating our own traditional Chinese dragon dance, complete with music and dragon mask. We also managed to fit in a wintery walk on Monday and had the snow covered astro-turf all to ourselves. Great fun!

We hope you have a great half-term holiday.

The Starfish team









Monday 29th January - Friday 2nd February 2018


We have had yet another action packed week in Starfish class preparing for our Frozen Coronation Ball. We made healthy frozen fruit lollies and decorated ‘icy’ cupcakes. The boys designed their own crowns to wear and the girls wore sparkling dresses. We practised how to bow and curtsey before showing off our ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ moves on the dance floor. We finished off the week with a special number and maths day in aid of the NSPPC. The children loved spending time with their visitors demonstrating a range of maths activities including weighing, counting, measuring and numicon. Thank you for those who were able to attend.












Monday 22nd January - Friday 26th January 2018


Starfish class really enjoyed our winter walk to the beach on Monday. We had lots of lovely winter sunshine and the entire beach all to ourselves. We ate our snack at the beach and then enjoyed practising writing our ‘one armed robot’ letters in the sand. After playing some action games (which our lovely helper’s joined in with) we headed back to school through the Library Gardens, looking for signs of winter as we walked. We have also squeezed in P.E. with the ASSA sports coaches, finishing our winter collages, sorting clothes suitable for winter, writing facts about polar animals, practising our subtraction skills and enjoying role-play in our Travel Agency. What an action packed week!








Monday 15th January - Friday 19th January 2018


This week in Starfish class we have been using cold colours and a painting technique called mono printing to create the backgrounds for an arctic collage which we plan to complete next week. We carried out an ice experiment and predicted the best location to keep ice frozen if we weren’t able to use the freezer. We had  a P.E. session in the hall on Monday with the ASSA sports coaches. We learnt about warming up, cooling down and following instructions. It was great fun! We have also been busy during free flow and have enjoyed booking exotic holidays in our class Travel Agency. We’ve been impressed by the children’s knowledge of the world and they have enjoyed finding places on our map of the world. There has been some fabulous role play! We are looking forward to our winter walk next Monday.











Monday 8th January - Friday 12th January 2018


This week in Starfish class we have been thinking about winter and ice. We had some large blocks of ice out on the decking and we enjoyed finding out what treasures might be frozen within them as they melted. We have been finding out about animals that live in cold climates and how they are able to keep warm. We thought about what colours made us feel cold and had a go at mixing paint in shades of blue, grey and silver.

As some of you may know we have a student teacher working with us, Mr Dammery will be with us until Easter.

Have a nice weekend, The Starfish Team.







Happy New Year!

We have enjoyed looking at the children’s Winter homework. They have obviously worked very hard. Don’t worry if you haven’t had the chance to complete the activities we will be happy to see the creations next week.





Starfish News 20th December


Our week has been filled with excitement, we enjoyed a Pantomime on Monday. Outloud Productions told us the story of Robin Hood and it was fun to join in with the singing.

We all loved wearing our party clothes on Tuesday. We had a special assembly where we had the chance to show off our party hats and sing Christmas songs with Mr Hautler. The best part was when we had a surprise visit from Santa Claus!

Then it was back to the classroom for a party. We had loads of delicious food, danced and played games. It was wonderful!

We are all feeling very Christmassy after our classroom sing-a-long, it was lovely to welcome so many of you to our classroom and share a mince pie.

We cannot thank you enough for your beautiful cards, generous gifts and good wishes. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Be good, five more sleeps…

Love from, The Starfish Team








Monday 11th - Friday 15th December 2017


It was lovely to see so many of you at our Christmas concerts this week, we were really proud of the children for singing beautifully. In between performances we enjoyed our Christmas lunch, complete with turkey, crackers and party hats!

Everyone looked wonderful in their Christmas jumpers and a big thank you for giving so generously to raise money for “Save the Children”.

We are finishing the week with a visit from AJ the Magician, it’s so exciting… magic, singing and dancing all before lunch!

Have a great weekend, 10 more sleeps…









Monday 4th - Friday 8th December 2017


We started the week off with an exciting morning making Christmas decorations. A big ‘thank you’ to those of you who were able to join us. We couldn’t have done it without your help and we hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did. The classroom looks very festive with all the lovely decorations. The children are very excited about next Tuesday’s Christmas nativity concert and have been busy practising their songs.

As the weather is getting more wintery we are having a class challenge to see who is able to put on and do up their coat independently. Just a reminder that our final swimming session for this term will be on Thursday 14th.

Have a lovely weekend.












Monday 27th November – Friday 1st December 2017


We have had yet another busy week in Starfish class. As the weather has turned really chilly we decided it was a perfect time to make some lovely, warming soup. On Tuesday we sent our ‘Special Helpers’ to the greengrocers to buy our ingredients. On Wednesday we all helped to chop and peel the vegetables before heading off to the school kitchen to cook our soup. In the afternoon we were able to taste our soup. Most of the children said it was delicious and quite a few children had second helpings!

We are continuing to rehearse for our Christmas concert and have been doing some great singing. We hope you will be able to join us next Monday morning for our Christmas decorations making.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Starfish team











Monday 20th November – Friday 24th November 2017


This week in Starfish we have been thinking about all the different vegetables we like to eat. At lunch time we have an on-going ‘salad challenge’ to see who chooses lots of healthy vegetables. We turned our role play area into a soup café and we have been writing lists of ingredients for our vegetable soup making activity next week. We talked about our favourite vegetables and made a pictogram to show the results. We also had some great new resources delivered this week, including a huge pile of foam bricks.  This led to lots of great co-operative construction and building work taking place out on the decking.









Monday 13th November – Friday 17th November 2017


As it is anti-bullying week and in the run up to Children in need we have been thinking about how we can be a good, kind and caring friend to others. We also thought about the importance of saying kind words to others so as not to hurt people’s feelings. Our class character, Jigsaw Jennie, appeared on Monday with a spotty bandage on her head after having bumped her head in the playground. The children decided it would be kind to write her some ‘get well’ cards to cheer her up. We have also enjoyed doing lots of ‘spotty’ activities such as spotty addition and making spotty biscuits. We took part in the coin art competition in the playground to celebrate Children in need on Friday. We have even squeezed in some singing practices with our friends in Coral and Seahorse to help learn our Nativity songs! What a busy week!






Monday 6th November – Friday 10th November 2017


This week we have enjoyed creating firework pictures, both individually and in small groups. We experimented with a range of printing materials and paints to make our sparkling firework designs.  Some of the children cut out 2D shapes to make their rockets and fireworks. We also used a graphics program in our ICT session to create firework effects on our pictures. We then talked about our experiences of seeing fireworks and wrote words to describe the noises fireworks make. We have also enjoyed helping to keep our outdoor area tidy and the children had great fun working as a ‘tidy up team’ earlier in the week, sweeping up all the autumn leaves. We have been learning about positional language such as under, behind, next to, on top of etc. We enjoyed playing instructional language games out in the playground. We joined the rest of the school for a minutes silence on Friday to mark Remembrance Day.

Have a lovely weekend

The Starfish team










Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November 2017


We were delighted with the “Holiday Homework” that the children brought into school - you have all been so busy! We had so much work we decided to display it in the classroom. Thank you for your support.

On Wednesday morning we had a fire engine parked in the playground and on Wednesday afternoon we had a visit from Pudsey Bear! Pudsey was very friendly and we all had a hug or a “high five” with him.

We were all rather excited and some a little worried on Thursday as we had our first school swimming lesson. We were so impressed as the children coped really well and were so proud of themselves when they had done it. We couldn’t have managed without our “helpers”, so a big thank you to them.

In addition to all this we went on a “shape walk”, looking for shapes around our school and practised hopping, skipping and jumping.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Starfish Team









Monday 16th October – Friday 20th October 2017


We have had yet another busy week. On Wednesday we went exploring in the Library Gardens and looked for signs of autumn. Thank you to all our lovely helpers who did a great job encouraging the children to investigate and collect their autumn treasures. On Thursday we met up with the children from Beluga class.  These Year 6 children will be our ‘Reading Buddies’ for the whole year. We enjoyed sharing stories with them and look forward to visiting them in their classroom next term 

For those of you who couldn’t attend our Phonics Workshop, the presentation can be found on the website at >about us>curriculum>reception.

We can’t believe it’s half term already, the weeks have flown by and the children have done a great job of settling into school. There are some ‘Autumn home learning challenges’ in the children’s book bags to keep them busy over the holidays. We look forward to sharing any ‘homework’ on our return to school.

Have a lovely half term break.

The Starfish Team.










Monday 9th October - Friday 13th October 2017


We have had yet another busy and enjoyable week in Starfish class. We have been busy practising our Jolly Phonics sounds, actions and songs. Thank you to those of you who attended our parents phonics work-shop, we hope you found it useful. Some of our activities this week have included reading and listening to stories in our book tent, working co-operatively with the water play equipment and designing our own autumn hedgehogs collages at the creative table. We also enjoyed celebrating ‘Leigh in Pink’ day on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend.






Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October 2017


Thank you for your kind Harvest donations, we’re  sure they will be gratefully received.

Continuing with our Autumn theme we have been making leaf prints for a display. Some of the children enjoyed planting daffodil bulbs with Mrs Kasai-Harte in the Courtyard Garden.

We have seen lots great child-led activities during Free-Flow including independent writing, puppet shows and reading for pleasure in our “Reading Tent”.  The children are also showing great team-work at tidy-up time.

We also joined the rest of the school for our first Celebration Assembly on Friday.

We hope you have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you at the Phonic Workshop on Tuesday.

The Starfish Team










Monday 25th September – Friday 29th September 2017


We have had another busy week in Starfish class and the children have been getting used to staying at school all day. We have completed our self-portraits by designing our own frames. They look really colourful and the children were proud to display their work in the classroom. We have been discussing the changes that happen during Autumn time and have enjoyed investigating the wonderful  Autumn ‘finds’ the children brought in to show us. We have been continuing to get to know each other and have enjoyed using the computers, going to music and ICT.

Thank you for supporting the children at home with their reading and the children will be bringing home their first word-sheet on Friday. We hope you will be able to join us at our reading and phonics workshop on the 10th October.










Monday 18th September – Friday 22nd September 2017



The children have really enjoyed staying for lunch this week and are quickly becoming familiar with our lunchtime routines. We have been very impressed in the mornings with almost all of the children coming up the ramp into class independently. We have been busy painting self-portraits, exploring the outdoor area and resources, listening to stories and getting to know one another.

Next week, we plan to set up an autumn interest table with conkers, leaves, pine cones etc. We would love to add any autumn ‘finds’ you may come across at the weekend.









Monday 11th September – Friday 15th September 2017


Welcome to our Starfish Class page.

We have enjoyed getting to know the children during their first few days at school and we are getting better at remembering everyone’s names!

The children have been exploring the classroom, making friends and trying out the snack bar.

Have a lovely weekend, see you all next week.

From the Starfish Team