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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
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