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Starfish Class Weekly News
We wanted to share some of our Chinese New Year 'highlights' from just before half term. These included tasting Chinese food and trying to eat with chopsticks, carefully painting Chinese symbols and taking part in a lively dragon dance on the astro field with the rest of the year group. Everyone had a great time taking part and the field was filled with children banging drums, waving scarfs and playing instruments.
We have started to learn about the Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. The children have listened to the Zodiac Story and enjoyed putting the animals from the story in the correct order. They have been busy creating a 3D dragon head for our festive dragon dance. In maths, we have been exploring ordinal numbers and using words such as shorter and longer to compare the length of objects. As part of children mental health week, we have been talking about ways to look after our mental health and wellbeing. We have particularly enjoyed practicing strategies such as star breathing to help regulate our emotions.
It's been an exciting, royal themed week in Starfish as we completed our History enquiry topic based on 'The King's hats'. We have learnt about who wears a crown and why. We painted detailed pictures of King Charles and found out what happens at a coronation. We learnt some new vocabulary such as 'monarch' and 'ceremony'. We also placed the King's coronation onto a simple timeline. We had fun writing about what we would do if we were King or Queen for a day.
Starfish class have had a super busy week exploring ice and the process of melting. The children carried out an investigation placing ice in different locations and monitoring what happened to it over time. They also made their own frozen fruity ice lollies. As part of our winter themed work we have been thinking about how we can help birds survive in the colder months. The children worked together to make simple bird feeders for our playground and they are hoping lots of birds come to visit.
This week we have been busy writing letters to Olaf with directions to help him get home to Arendelle. We also completed our winter collages using frosty colours, worked on the apparatus in our PE session and found different ways to 'show 8' in maths. We have been practising doing up our coats independently, an important skill to master in this chilly weather!
Happy New Year!
Last week the children went on a wintery walk around the school grounds. They were amazed to discover a letter from Olaf the Snowman asking for their help to direct him back to his home in Arendelle. After much discussion, the children worked in teams to create a 3D map to help guide Olaf home. Their next challenge will be to write down some directions to go with their map. We have also been thinking about cold colours and have been creating wintery collages to accompany our theme of 'Winter'.
This week the children were excited to perform to their families at our Christmas concert. Wearing their handmade reindeer hats they sang and danced their way through the songs they had been practising in class. We were really proud of the children for performing so enthusiastically in front of large audience. Later in the week we had a fun Christmas lunch complete with crackers and festive tunes!
What a busy, action packed term it's been! We hope you all have a lovely festive break.
Merry Christmas from the Starfish Team.
It's official...Christmas is on it's way!
Starfish class have had lots of fun in Santa's workshop taking on the role of elves, reindeer and even Santa! There have been many 'to do' lists written and calls made the reindeers. The children have also
been busy rehearsing for our Christmas concert, making decorations and being part of the audience at the Year One and Two dress rehearsals.
There was great excitement and anticipation in Starfish class this week as our soup tasting event drew nearer. The children chopped, peeled and prepared all manner of vegetables in order to make their soup. The children enjoyed an advanced tasting ahead of their families and rated their soup 10 out of 10! Starfish class then performed to their families on Wednesday afternoon before everyone got to taste our soup. Thank you to all the Starfish families who were able to join us in class, we hope you enjoyed our soup too!
We wanted to share some photographs of the fun we had supporting 'Children in Need' last week. The children looked very snuggly in their PJ's, dressing gowns and onesies. We completed lots of challenges including a group shape hunt in the school grounds, an energetic 'Bearpee' challenge in the hall and an art challenge where we learnt to draw a Super Bear! Some of the children chose some quiet time reading bear themed stories.
This week we have been busy learning about how the Hindu festival of Diwali is celebrated. We have been designing our own rangoli patterns using 2D shapes and also using chalks to create them. We went on a 2D shape hunt and were surprised to find so many different shapes in our EYFS playground. We finished the week in style, wearing our pyjamas to school in support of Children In Need. We took part in an energetic 'Bearpees' challenge led by Joe Wicks and our friends from Year 6.
This week Starfish class worked in groups to create a piece of collaborative firework art. The children used a range of tools and everyday items to print with. They then added labels to their art work describing the sounds fireworks make. We have also learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes and enjoyed saying the rhyme, "Remember, remember the fifth of December". In Maths, we have been investigating 3D shapes and finding out if they roll or stack. We also enjoyed going on a shape hunt around school looking for 3D shapes in the environment.
We began the week with an interactive experience called 'Now Press Play'. We all wore special head phones and acted out a autumn themed story. On Wednesday we braved the weather to go on an autumn walk to the Library Gardens. We looked for signs of autumn and made transient artwork using the natural materials that we collected. The children behaved beautifully and enjoyed the experience despite the rain! A big thank you to all the lovely parent helpers who accompanied us.
What a busy week! We have been learning about what happens in autumn and each made a collage of an autumn hedgehog by cutting, sticking, painting and printing. We then described our hedgehogs and wrote captions to go with our collages. We have enjoyed playing in the doctors surgery and treating lots of poorly patients. Several of the children worked co-operatively to clean up the garden area by sweeping up all the fallen autumn leaves. We have been revisiting all the sounds we have learnt so far and had fun combining these sounds to make CVC words.
A big thank you for all your generous harvest food donations, they are much appreciated!
This week in Starfish we went on a walk around the school grounds to meet some of the adults who help us. We met Mr Robins (our site manager) in his work room and the ladies who run the school office. We were even invited into Mr Hautler's office! We took photographs of key places on our route. On our return to class, we mapped out our walk by making a fantastic 3D map. We have also been talking about all the brilliant, positive things we can do with our hands. Our special phonic sounds this week have been e, u, r and ck.
Starfish class have had another busy week at school and have been learning to name and point to different 'body parts' as part of our Science activities. We also carefully painted self-portraits and identified similarities and differences between ourselves and our friends. We challenged ourselves to measure and cut colourful frames for our portraits. In phonics we have learnt about the sounds g, o, c and k. Many of the children have made it onto the ASPIRE chart for showing respect, enjoyment and perseverance during the week. Well done everyone!
Well done to Starfish Class for completing their first full week at school!
We have been busy learning the sounds i, n, m and d and have enjoyed singing the songs to accompany these sounds. We have also been reading lots of stories about 'Elmer the elephant' who was unique because of his multicoloured appearance. We talked about how everyone has something that makes them special and unique. We have had fun working with others both in class, during free-flow and at lunchtime.
Starfish Class have enjoyed staying for lunch with their friends this week. In class we have started learning the sounds s, a, t and p and have had lots of fun making colourful 'Rainbow Fish' pictures. We have explored the outdoor equipment during 'free-flow' and have been busy getting to know each other.
Starfish Class have really enjoyed their morning or afternoon sessions at school this week. They have had lots of fun exploring and getting to know each other. The children are looking forward to staying for lunch at school next week. Don't forget the menu can be found on the school website should you wish to take a look.