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Starfish Class Weekly News
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
Starfish class have had another eventful week. On Monday we were lucky enough to work with an artist who works as part of the Arts Mark Project. Our challenge was to create a piece of art work to show what it might feel like to be at a fireworks party. We experimented with lots of different materials and media and tried different techniques like printing and collage. The children then added their photograph to the artwork. We were really pleased with the end result and had a great time being artists for the morning.
Later in the week we had a chance to visit the travelling Book Fair and enjoyed sharing books with our friends in the outdoor classroom. We have also been preparing for Children in Need and thinking about being kind and helpful to others. We discovered that ‘Jigsaw Jenny’, our class PSHE character, had had an injury and had a large bandage on her head! The children decided to write their own get well cards for Jenny to cheer her up.
We have also been working hard on learning more digraphs as part of our phonics work and writing simple words. We practised using our mouse skills in ICT and used a painting program to create a fireworks picture. We finished the week wearing our pyjamas in support of Children in Need and as a special treat, decorated biscuits to eat as our afternoon snack.
A big thank you for supporting the event and all your kind donations.
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
This week we visited the beach at Bell Wharf. Despite the weather being a bit windy and wintery we managed to have a quick beach snack before carrying out three different activities. One group practised writing their letter formation skills by writing ‘curly caterpillar’ letters in the sand. Some children also wrote their names. Another group made repeating patterns using natural materials such as shells and seaweed or used 2D shapes. The last activity combined number and shape recognition as well as travelling in different ways, for example skipping, hopping or jumping.
The children were well behaved and followed our beach safety rules brilliantly. We even managed to walk back up the steep hill to school cheerfully! A big thank you to those parents who were able to help us, we really appreciate your support.
On Friday we joined the rest of the school on the playground for a one minute silence to mark Remembrance Day.
We have been learning the digraphs sh, ch and th this week. The children are really keen to explain what a digraph is…so you might like to ask them over the weekend. ‘Regular Reading’ certificates for last term were also given out on Friday. Well done to everyone who achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold!
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
We hope you all had a lovely half term holiday. We have really enjoyed seeing the wonderful autumn home-learning challenges the children have brought in to show. They are now on display in the classroom. In class this week we have been busy practising writing our names with the correct letter formation and learning to write the ‘curly caterpillar’ letters: c, a and o. We have been practising our shape recognition and designing pictures using 2D shapes. We enjoyed writing about our holidays or the fun we had celebrating Halloween. We have had some great chats around the snack table too!
We started a new ‘Real P.E.’ unit which is all about travelling in a spaceship and exploring the moon. We enjoyed pretending to be moon explorers and worked on our jumping skills in order to move around in our pretend spacesuits! Some of the children decided to work together to make a Starfish class rocket.
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help on our beach visit next Wednesday. We are looking forward to going.
Have a great weekend.
The Starfish Team
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
Well we have reached the end of our first half term in Starfish class and the children have really impressed us with their enthusiastic approach to learning. This week we enjoyed taking part in Real P.E. session in the playground. The children carefully followed instructions and travelled in different ways. We have also seen great teamwork during our den building activity out on the decking and whilst being construction workers in class. We have been busy learning about 2D shapes and we went on an environmental walk to look for shapes around the school. The children were amazed by the shapes they noticed on the school building, in the garden and in the playgrounds. They loved being ‘shape detectives’. In ICT we used a graphics program to design autumn trees. The children are all gaining confidence when using the computer mouse. Continuing on our autumn theme, we had fun writing about the hedgehog collage pictures we created during free-flow.
The children have some holiday homework challenges in their book bags and we would love to see what they create. Please continue to read with the children over the holiday, your support is invaluable.
Have a great half term holiday and see you on Tuesday 30th.
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
In class this week we have been thinking about sharing and being kind to others. We read a book called ‘Hands are not for hitting’ and thought about all the wonderful (and kind) things we use our hands for. We also attended the Harvest assembly on Tuesday and it was lovely to see all the donations of food which will be going to the HARP charity. Thank you for your generosity.
We have enjoyed investigating at our autumn interest table and have been looking at the unusual ‘finds’ the children have been bringing in. We have been developing our physical skills during free flow and there has been some great balancing and bike riding taking place. We have also been working on our fine motor and pencil skills by practising writing our names, writing shopping lists and menus in the home corner, working at the creative table and having playdoh ‘ball rolling’ challenges.
We are continuing to learn new Jolly Phonics sounds daily. The children might want to be a ‘sound detective’ this weekend and look for objects beginning with the sounds we have covered so far.
See you next week!
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
We’ve reached the end of another busy week. Alongside other activities the children have been writing ‘shared’ stories and have had great fun performing their stories to the rest of the class at the end of each day. We have had a huge variety of themes and plots and characters ranging from dinosaurs to princesses and aliens!
We also made frames for our portraits and the pictures look really colourful hanging up in class. The children enjoyed eating their special lunch on Thursday alongside their teachers. We also joined the rest of the school for our first Celebration Assembly. The children sat beautifully.
We are hoping to set up an Autumn interest table in class next week and would love the children to bring in any interesting autumnal finds (conkers, pine cones, leaves etc) they might discover at the weekend.
See you next week!
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
We have had another busy week in Starfish class. The children have been practising our routines such as changing their sharing books and enjoying snack at our ‘snack bar’. We have all been exploring the different resources and activities available during ‘free-flow’ time. We have been painting self-portraits and using a number program on the computers in the ICT suite. Staying at school for lunch has been a great success and the children have coped really well.
Thank you all for your generous donations for the ‘Gold Geese’ charity.
See you all next week.
The Starfish Team
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
We have had a great first week getting to know the children in Starfish class. We have been very impressed by the way the children have managed to come into class with such confidence in the mornings. The children have spent their morning busily exploring the classroom and making new friends. They have also been learning about our classroom rules and finding out about our classroom routines.
We have all had a chance to play in the Active Zone, Friendship Junction and on the decking. We have enjoyed a range of activities including riding the bikes and scooters, dressing up, making music and model making to name just a few!
Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.
The Starfish Class Team