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Starfish Class Weekly News
Monday 9th March 2020 – Friday 13th March 2020
The '2handers' theatre company gave us a performance of 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'Rapunzel' this week which we very much enjoyed seeing. We also used the Now Press Play headphones to act out the story of Red Riding Hood. Some of us had fun writing alternative endings to the story. We have been busy learning about 3D shapes and their properties in our Power Maths work.
Another busy week in Starfish class learning about the traditional tale 'The Three Bears'. We have been painting some of the characters, sequencing and re-telling the story as well as eating porridge! We continued to celebrate our love of reading by dressing up as our favourite book characters on World Book Day. The children looked wonderful in their costumes and enjoyed a special story time in the hall as part of this special day.
This week we have started our new topic which is based around traditional tales. After reading, and getting to know the story of 'The Gingerbread Man', we had great fun acting it out in class. We also wrote speech bubbles for some of the main characters. We finished the week by making our own tasty gingerbread.
We have come to the end of our winter wonderland topic and have all enjoyed writing letters to help Olaf find his way back to Arendelle. Despite the weather turning chilly we have continued to investigate ice and it's different states. We had our last ASSA P.E. Session on Monday which gave us the opportunity to combine all the skills we have learnt this term.
Have a lovely half-term. Thank you for supporting the children with their reading and word sheets, please don't forget to read over the holiday.
Monday 3rd February 2020 – Friday 7th February 2020
This week we have worked as a team to build a 3D map to help Olaf find a way back home. We combined lots of different types of materials and equipment to create geographical features. The children have also enjoyed investigating ice and the concepts of freezing and melting.
It was lovely to chat with you all at parent conferences. We hope that you enjoyed seeing the progress the children have made in their Learning Journeys.
We really enjoyed our winter walk to the beach this week. We kept ourselves warm by doing lots of physical challenges including running, balancing and team relay games. We waddled like penguins, galloped like reindeer and flew like a Snowy owl. Thank you to our lovely parent helpers for braving the cold with us. Just as we were leaving the beach we were amazed to discover a message in bottle. It was from Olaf the snowman who asked for our help in directing him home to Arendelle. We are looking forward to using our problem solving skill to get him back to his friends.
Monday 20th January 2020 – Friday 24th January 2020
This week we continued to learn about Chinese New Year traditions. The children have worked hard to write their own Chinese inspired stories using their phonic skills. We made a class dragon head and enjoyed creating our own Chinese dragon dance in the playground complete with music, drums and ribbons. We have continued to sample Chinese food and have painted pictures with a Chinese theme.
This week we have started to learn how Chinese New Year is celebrated. We have listened to Chinese stories, watched dragon dancing, tasted some Chinese food and even had a go at using
chopsticks! The children have enjoyed playing imaginatively in our class Chinese restaurant, taking orders and preparing delicious meals. We have started to think about ideas for a shared story based on some of the Chinese zodiac animals we have learnt about. We are looking forward to learning more about these special customs and traditions next week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Happy New Year!
We started the new term with a ‘Learning to learn’ day thinking about our school values and ASPIRE. We thought about how we can show perseverance by trying our best and not giving up if something goes wrong. We discussed being independent and several of the children decided to set themselves the challenge of learning to do their coats up independently. We enjoyed looking through our Learning Journeys and noticing what we had improved at. We then set ourselves targets of things we wanted to get better at. These ranged from getting better at reading or counting to being better at cartwheels!
We also enjoyed our first P.E. lesson with the ASSA sports coaches. The children followed instructions carefully and travelled around the hall in many different ways. We have started a new fitness challenge and will be doing ‘Laps to lunch’ each day, running, jumping and skipping to the lunch hall each day.
We have also been practising our digraphs in phonics, writing about what we would like to be when we grow up in PSHE and learning about number bonds in Power Maths. A busy but exciting start to the new year.
Well we have reached the final week of a very busy and exciting term. The children loved reading with some of our Year 6 friends when they came to visit us. We had a super time dancing and laughing in the snow with AJ the entertainer. We enjoyed our Christmas class party and even had a special visit from Santa. The elves have been busy wrapping and delivering presents in Santa’s workshop and our concert songs have been sung in class all week long. Finally we enjoyed our fun swim on Thursday. What a busy week! What a busy term!
We would like to say a big thank you from the Starfish team for all your lovely cards and kind Christmas wishes. Thank you for supporting the children with their reading at home and for attending our school and class events.
We hope you all have a very happy Christmas and see you in the New Year.
This week we had a great time performing our special Nativity concert to some of the older children, the pre-schools, and most importantly, to our families. We were so proud of the children for behaving beautifully during the concert. We loved their wonderful singing, dancing and general enthusiasm. Thank you so much for supporting us at this very special event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Well done to everyone for completing the ‘Laps for Lapland’ challenge!
Starfish class have enjoyed another busy week with lots of festive activities. Nativity rehearsals are in full flow and the children are doing a great job of learning their songs. We have been learning all about the nativity story. We are still having fun running ‘Laps for Lapland’ and haven’t missed a single day! In class we have set up a workshop for the elves to help Santa with his Christmas preparations. On Wednesday we all enjoyed a lovely festive lunch complete with crackers, hats and jokes. Then on Thursday, we had a brilliant decoration making morning. A big thank you to everyone who was able to join us and help with the festive fun. The children really enjoyed themselves and the classroom looks great.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Nativity concerts next week.
A big thank you to everyone who joined us last Friday afternoon to taste our vegetable soup. The children loved performing their soup making instructions to you all.
Rehearsals for our nativity concert are in full swing and we have been working hard, learning our songs. We have also been busy making up our own ‘1 more’ stories in our Power Maths sessions. Some of us have been ordering numbers and making up number sentences using the magnetic numbers. We’ve also had fun taking on different roles in the class café and working co-operatively to build models. We are of course continuing our ‘Laps to Lapland’ challenge and have been led this week by a ‘chief reindeer’. Only 10 more laps to go!
We look forward to seeing you in class on Monday 3rd for ‘Book Look’, this is an opportunity for the children to share their Learning Journey’s with you.
A reminder that we would like everyone to bring in their checked shirt (to wear in the nativity concert) by Wednesday 5th.
Have a great weekend.
This week we have been thinking about different types of vegetables and reading books such as, ‘Pumpkin Soup’. In our art work we used vegetables to print with and explored colour mixing. We had to decide our favourite vegetable from a selection in a ‘taste test’. The most popular turned out to be courgette! We then decided to write a list of all the vegetables we would like to include in our own vegetable soup. The children used their phonic skills to sound out words, some children even included the digraphs we have been learning recently. On Thursday we beginning preparing vegetables to make a delicious soup and on Friday many of you were able to join us to taste our healthy soup. We hope you enjoyed it.
Alongside all things vegetables we have been practising songs for our Nativity concert and enjoying free-flow. At least the weather has been dry, if a little chilly! We have been thinking about ‘1 more’ in Power Maths. We have also begun our ‘Laps to Lapland’ challenge and have completed 5 laps running, hopping, skipping and jumping around the playground each day. Only 15 more to go to complete the challenge!
Monday 11th November 2019 – Friday 15th November 2019
The highlight of our week was going on our autumn walk to look for seasonal changes in the local area. We set off down to Bell Wharf beach and enjoyed a snack in the autumn sunshine. After this we searched on the shore and collected interesting objects and natural materials. We were lucky enough to have the entire beach to ourselves! We thought about the sounds we could hear and what the weather was like at the beach. We then walked up the hill and into the Library Gardens. We kept a close look out for squirrels and other wildlife. The children set off in groups, magnifying glasses in hand, to hunt for colourful leaves and insects.
We were very proud of the children’s behaviour whilst out on our walk and especially when we stood quietly near St Clements church, as the bells rang at 11am for the Remembrance Day silence. A big thank you to our lovely parent helpers, your support is much appreciated.
We also enjoyed wearing odd socks this week in support of anti-bullying. The children decided to try really hard to speak kind words to others and to be aware of not hurting other children’s feelings. We even managed to squeeze in a visit to the visiting Book Fair and enjoyed looking at some of the lovely books.
We finished the week off in style, by dressing up in support of Children in Need. The children looked great in their onesies and pyjamas.
This week we have really enjoyed sharing the children’s holiday home-learning challenges. The children have impressed us with their creativity and we now have a lovely display in class. Thank you for supporting the children in carrying out their challenges. With Bonfire Night in mind, we talked about our ‘ASPIRE’ value of ‘Safety’ and how to be safe around fireworks. We then became artists, working together to create pieces of Bonfire Night art. We used different tools to create paint effects and added sparkle to create different textures on our art work. We then thought about the noises associated with fireworks and added words to our picture. We were all very pleased with our end result.
We have been busy as usual during free-flow, playing co-operatively and exploring the different resources. Some of us practised our aiming skills and some of us enjoyed writing warning signs to go with the train that had been created using the crates. We also had a great time on Thursday when we had our first swimming lesson at school.
We are looking forward to our autumn walk next week. Let’s hope the sun shines!
Have a good weekend.
What a fantastic first term Starfish class have had at school! They have settled in brilliantly and have been really busy learning new skills and building friendships. We hope the children have a well- deserved rest over half term. We look forward to seeing any of the autumn home-learning challenges the children complete.
See you back at school on Tuesday 5th November.
Monday 14th October 2019 – Friday 18th October 2019
This week we have learnt even more Jolly Phonics sounds, songs and actions. We have been reading lots of autumn stories and thinking about seasonal change. We managed to dodge most of the showers and enjoyed some busy ‘free flow’ time with children challenging themselves to ride the balance bikes over the ramp. We also had some budding crossing patrol people directing operations with the scooters and trikes. We have enjoyed exploring and being creative with our new magnetic construction equipment. In maths we have been thinking carefully about the number five as well as counting and using Numicon to make different amounts.
We continued to think about our emotions and how we are feeling each day. We are practising ‘sharing a smile’ with our friends. On Thursday we were extremely lucky to be involved in the ‘Borrow the Moon’ project. The children were able to hold meteorites and see actual samples of moon dust and rocks. What an amazing way to finish off the week! We hope the children tell you all about it.
Have a good weekend.
This week we have begun to learn about some of the changes that happen in the autumn. We started work on an autumn display and everyone contributed a colourful hand-print which we used as autumn leaves. During ‘free-flow’ we practised our balancing skills, made music with the Tune Tubes and enjoyed playing number games with friends. We have also been learning more Jolly Phonics sounds, songs and actions and then enjoyed sorting objects to match their initial sounds. In maths we have been thinking really carefully about the number four and how we can represent it in different ways. We also had great fun acting out more of our ‘Rainbow Fish’ stories.
We all took part in a sponsored ‘skip for five’ minutes on Tuesday. Everyone did their best and impressed us by managing to keep going for the whole time. Thursday’s focus was on mental health which linked in nicely with our ‘Jigsaw Jenny’ PSHE activity. Wearing bright yellow clothes we talked about what makes us feel happy or sad and decided that simply ‘sharing a smile’ with others can be a really positive thing. We all worked together to make ourselves a reminder by creating a big happy emoji face. In our music appreciation lesson we listened to the song ‘Happy’ and some of the children helped Mrs Eden by demonstrating how to sing and dance in time to the music. What a busy week!
Have a great weekend.
The Starfish team
We’ve had another busy week in Starfish class and have enjoyed learning the Jolly Phonics songs and stories for the sounds s, a, t, I and p. We have even tried thinking of other words beginning with these sounds. We have introduced our new ‘Power Maths’ scheme by thinking carefully about the number 3. We have been spotting and describing groups of 3 objects as well as lots of counting activities. We also read the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ which is all about sharing with friends. Some of the children decided to write ‘shared stories’ based on this story and we had great fun acting out these stories in class.
We enjoyed taking part in a physical carousel of activities on Friday. This included parachute teamwork games, developing our ball skills and spatial awareness and following instructions. We have enjoyed meeting up with our friends in Seahorse and Coral class during ‘free-flow’ time and exploring a wide range of activities and resources. The children have shown great co-operation and teamwork whilst interacting with the rest of the year group. We have been thinking about our classroom rules too and decided an important one is that we only have 4 people in the sand pit at a time. We had some time in the ICT suite practising using a computer mouse and using a number program on the computer. Lunches have been going well and many children chose to have the special census lunch on Thursday. The ‘all day breakfast’ option was a definite hit!
Hopefully the children are not too tired after their first full week at school!
Have a great weekend.
The children have had a busy week exploring and getting to know the classroom resources and learning about our school routines. Lunchtimes have gone really well and the children have enjoyed visiting the lunch hall and chatting with their friends. Mr Hautler came to visit us and ended up building with the Lego! We finished the week with a non-uniform day in support of the ‘Gold Geese’ charity and the children looked really colourful in their various shades of gold. Next week the children will be bringing home a sharing book and some words to start learning.
Have a good weekend!
The Starfish team
Well what a great start to the term!
We have really enjoyed getting to know our new little Starfish during their first week of mornings at school. We have been impressed by the way the children come into class happily each morning and how they have set about getting to know their new classmates. The children are really looking forward to staying for lunch next week.
Have a good weekend.
The Starfish team