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Starfish Class Weekly News
Happy New Year!
Starfish class began the new school term with two ‘Learning to Learn’ days. We talked about two words from ASPIRE; ‘Independence’ and ‘Perseverance’, and how these skills can help us learn. We also had the opportunity to look back through our Learning Journey’s and thought about what we were proud of learning to do. The children then set themselves a target of something they wanted to get better at this term. We had all sorts of ideas from improving at reading, getting better at swimming, learning to play tiddly-winks or counting to really high numbers!
We have introduced our new theme of Winter and ‘Frozen’ by exploring ice in class and during free-flow. The children had great fun predicting what was frozen in the ice and how long it would take to melt. The children will be bringing home an ice-related home-learning activity this weekend – look out for it in their book-bags. We will also be going on a winter walk next Tuesday to continue our wintery theme.
We have also started working with the ASSA sports coaches in our P.E. session and enjoyed playing games and following instructions in the hall. Swimming also started on Thursday. We were impressed by the children’s confidence getting into the pool and their independence when changing in and out of their kit. Thank you to the parent helpers who joined us at the pool. We also voted for two children who we thought would make great Friendship Ambassador’s. They will be helping to resolve any friendship issues during lunchtime play.
Well done to everyone for achieving a bronze, silver or gold ‘Regular Reader’ certificate for reading so much at home last term.
Have a great weekend.
The Starfish Team
Monday 17th December – Thursday 20th December 2018
We have reached the end of a busy term in Starfish class. On Tuesday morning we met up with our Year 6 Reading Buddies and shared Christmas stories. We are looking forward to visiting them in Beluga class next year. On Tuesday afternoon we had a Christmas sing-a-long in the hall and an exciting visit from Santa. We returned to class to have a party and play some party games. Thank you for all your party food donations.
We finished the week with a lively pantomime on Thursday afternoon.
We really appreciate your support this term and look forward to working alongside you next year.
Once again we would like to say a huge thank you for our beautiful cards and wonderful gifts. We feel very spoilt!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year from The Starfish Team.
Christmas in Starfish class!
The fun started with us all enjoying a festive Christmas lunch on Tuesday followed by our first Nativity performance that same afternoon. We were so proud of the children for showing such confidence when taking part in the production. They behaved beautifully and knew all the songs and actions. We then had our second performance on Wednesday morning. Once again the children were brilliant and performed enthusiastically.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the performances and we really hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.
Wednesday lunch was a ‘grab a bag’ picnic lunch which we ate in class. We finished the week with Christmas Jumper Day in support of Save the Children, thank you for donating to this worthy cause.
We were delighted to have a visit from AJ the entertainer on Friday morning. We had great fun dancing, singing and watching the magic!
We are looking forward to more Christmas fun next week at our Christmas party on Tuesday. This is a non-uniform day. Donations of party food would be very welcome.
See you next week…
The Starfish Team
We thoroughly enjoyed Christmas decorations morning on Monday and the classroom was full of fun, glitter, glue and all things Christmas. A huge thank you to all of our parents, grandparents and carers who attended. The children had so much fun working with you all to create their decorations. Our classroom looks really festive!
We are still busy practising our nativity songs and on Thursday afternoon we had a successful dress rehearsal, performing to an audience from Year 3. The children are really excited about our performances next week. Nativity concert programs (tickets) are in the children’s book bags.
Have a great weekend.
The Starfish Team
This week Christmas began in earnest and we have been busy practising our Christmas songs and rehearsing for our Christmas concert. We have enjoyed listening to the nativity story and retelling it. The elves have also been busy at work writing lists in our elf house.
We have been continuing writing shared stories and practising using our phonics knowledge to write simple words. During handwriting sessions we have been practising our long ladder letters (i, l, t). We have also been showing great teamwork and cooperation when building with the large construction equipment. It was just as well we had a big space in class to build as the ‘Red Arrows’ airport filled the entire carpet space!
We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday (9:15-10:30) for our Christmas decorations morning.
What a change in the weather we’ve had this week, winter definitely seems to be on the way! We have started a challenge in class to see who can do up their own coat independently. If you could encourage the children to practise at home this would be much appreciated. We always do our best to get out for ‘free-flow’ in all weathers so it’s really helpful if the children bring a hat and gloves and wear a warm coat during chilly weather. As Tuesday was particularly cold we all enjoyed a lovely hot chocolate drink to warm us up after lunch.
We have also been busy practising songs for our Christmas nativity concert. The children are doing a great job of remembering the actions and words. Alongside this we have been learning the digraphs ai (train), oo (cook), or (shore) and oi (boil) and writing simple CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. We have been busy counting, making different amounts with the Numicon and practising writing simple number sentences. We have been working with our Learning Partners in class and thinking what makes a good friend.
Have a great weekend!
The Starfish Team
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