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Starfish Class Weekly News

Friday 13th May 2022


This week we have been reading ‘The snail and the whale’ by Julia Donaldson, writing rhyming sentences and counting to 20 in maths. We have enjoyed performing on the outdoor stage during ‘free flow’ and using a graphics program in ICT. We have been talking about kind and unkind words in our Jigsaw sessions. 

 

 

                                                                     

 

Friday 6th May 2022

 

This has been a short but busy week. Our two Friendship Ambassadors (voted in by the children last week) have been enjoying helping others resolve problems in the playground. We have also been thinking about how friends can make up after arguing in Jigsaw and learning about friendship in this weeks Julia Donaldson story, ‘Sharing a shell’. We also enjoyed meeting our Pre-school visitors during free-flow on Wednesday.

 

 

                                                                  

 

Friday 29th April 2022

 

We’ve had another busy week in Starfish class. Our special book this week has been ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson. We have created an under the sea collage and written fun excuses for being late just like Tiddler did in the story. We have been practising counting backwards from 10 in maths and have started to think about odd and even numbers. We have been active learners in the outdoor areas, enjoying opportunities to sing, climb and investigate. 

 

                                                              

 

Friday 22nd April 2022

 

Starfish class began the new term with our first visit to the beach at Bell Wharf where we made repeating patterns in the sand and played a seaside themed action game. We then made our way to the Library Gardens to look for signs of spring and made sketches of spring flowers in the aromatic garden. We really enjoyed being out in the spring sunshine. A big thank you to our lovely helpers, we couldn’t have done it without you! 

 

                                                             

 

Friday 1st April 2022

 

This week Starfish class visited Leigh Wesley Church to learn more about the Easter story from Jane, a member of the church. We also learnt about how people celebrate Easter and enjoyed eating hot cross buns. In Maths we have enjoyed been devising  different types of repeating patterns. Have a lovely Easter holiday! 

 

                                                            

 

Friday 25th March 2022

 

What a busy week! We have been so proud of the children demonstrating their love of learning and our ASPIRE values to our special visitors. 

 

                                                           

 

Friday 18th March 2022

 

We have had fun this week reading a book based in Kenya called ‘Handa’s Surprise’ which introduced us to lots of new fruits. We wrote about our favourite parts of the story, talked about how Kenya differs from England and tasted, described and sketched some of the unusual fruits. In P.E, we pretended we were on safari meeting different animals.  We also got to try out a new sport called ‘Dragon Ball’ as part of our Red Nose Day celebrations. 

 

 

                                                       

 

Friday 11th March 2022

 

This week our traditional tale has been Little Red Riding Hood. We had fun retelling the story and writing lists of what we would put in a picnic basket for ‘Grandma’. In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10 using the Numicon, ten-frames and by playing aiming games with the hoops and beanbags. Free-flow was busy as usual with some great examples of co-operative play. 

 

 

                                                  

 

Friday 4th March 2022


What a busy week! We have learnt about how St David’s

Day is celebrated in Wales, eaten pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and dressed up for World Book Day. We love enjoying books in our comfy new ‘reading beanbag’.

We have acted out the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, written an apology to the bears from Goldilocks as well as learning about number bonds to ten in Maths. 

 

                                                             

 

Friday 25th February 2022

 

This week we have started our traditional tales topic. Our focus has been “The Gingerbread Man’. We had great fun acting out the story using puppets, making and eating gingerbread, writing speech bubbles and painting characters from the story. We also got creative designing and testing out ways to get a gingerbread man across a ‘river’ without them getting soggy! In Maths we have been busy weighing and comparing ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ items and in PE we practised our ‘circus’ skills by balancing carefully. 

 

 

                                                                  

 

Friday 11th February 2022

 

Starfish class have had three fun filled weeks learning all about the Chinese New Year. We wanted to share our dragon dance with you as a finale to this topic. Well done to the children for all their hard work this term. Have a great holiday and see you soon.  

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Friday 4th February 2022

 

We have been continuing to learn about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. At the end of last week we had great fun dragon dancing, accompanied by drums and other musical instruments. This week we have found out how the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac were chosen and discovered 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. We have continued to take customer orders in our Chinese take-away and challenged ourselves to taste Chinese food using chopsticks! 

 

 

                                                                                     

 

Friday 28th January 2022

 

This week we began to learn about the Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. We have enjoyed being in the Chinese Takeaway role play area, writing down customer orders. We also wrote shopping lists for ingredients to make Chinese rice. In free-flow we have been busy working collaboratively, being creative, interacting with friends and developing our gross motor skills. 

 

                                                                     

 

Friday 21st January 2022

 

This week we have been writing letters to help Olaf find his way home as well as reading words containing the digraphs oa, ar and or and writing CVC words. We enjoyed dance in the hall with Mrs Lawrence and travelling like creatures from the rainforest in P.E. We had fun investigating the treasures we discovered frozen in blocks of ice during free-flow. In Maths we have been practising our subitising skills and counting accurately sets of 8, 9 and 10 objects.

 

                                                           

 

Friday 14th January 2022

 

We had lot of fun this week creating a 3D map to help guide Olaf the snowman back to his home in Arrendelle. We decided that his journey will involve crossing ‘swishy’ rivers and snowy mountains and travelling through tunnels and caves! We have further explored our Winter theme by investigating ice and creating wintery paintings by adding white to make a range of chilly colours. 

 

                                                             

 

Friday 7th January 2022

 

Happy New Year!

Starfish class have had a busy first week back at school. We enjoyed meeting up with friends during a chilly, but fun, free-flow session. We have learnt about our ASPIRE values, in particular, independence and perseverance. In Maths, we have been using the part-whole model to share groups of objects. We started to think about this terms Winter theme and went on a wintery walk around the school grounds. We enjoyed getting back into the swimming pool. 

 

                                                                     

 

Friday 10th December 2021

 

Well Christmas has arrived in Starfish class! We have been super busy making decorations for the classroom and enjoyed a festive lunch in the hall. We have been busy writing lists and notes in Santa’s workshop. We finished the week off with Christmas Jumper Day and a fun Santa Dash around the playground where we danced with a very friendly Elf called Enzo. We also took part in the Christingle celebrations led by Father Clive. 

 

                                                             

 

Friday 3th December 2021

 

In Maths this week we have been making up ‘1 less’ stories and singing counting songs involving ‘taking away’ such as, ‘Five in the bed’. We have been thinking about words containing the digraphs ai, ee, oa and also learning the trigraph igh. The big event of the week was preparing, cooking and eating our vegetable soup. Our classroom smelt delicious and it definitely warmed us up on such a chilly day! 

 

                                                                

 

Friday 26th November 2021

 

Last Friday we had a great time visiting the Book Fair in the outdoor library area and sharing books with our friends. This week is all about vegetables, we have been taste testing and making a block graph to show our favourites and also writing shopping lists for vegetable soup ingredients. In Maths we have been learning about adding one more by devising “first, then and now” stories. We have also learnt the digraphs (two letters that make one sound) sh, ch, th and ng. As usual, we have enjoyed lots of ‘free-flow’ fun!

 

                                                                          

 

Friday 19th November 2021

 

This week we enjoyed a visit to the Library Gardens as part of our Autumn topic. We were very proud of the children’s behaviour throughout. After being nature detectives and searching for confers, colourful leaves and pine cones each group designed a piece of Autumn shape art using natural materials. A big thank you to our lovely parent helpers who assisted on our walk. 

 

 

                                                               

 

Friday 12th November 2021

 

This week we have been learning about the properties and names of 3D shapes. We investigated which shapes roll and which stack . We also enjoyed creating colourful Autumn hedgehog collages. We have learnt about why we wear poppies for Remembrance Day. Our Jolly Phonics sounds this week have been j, x, w and y. On Friday we enjoyed dancing in support of Children in Need. 

 

                                                        

 

Friday 5th November 2021

 

This week we have been learning about why we have Bonfire Night each year. We created firework artwork and wrote words to describe the sounds fireworks make. We have learnt about how to keep safe around fireworks. We have also found out about how people celebrate Diwali, the festival of light. In Maths we have been comparing groups of objects and saying which has ‘more’ or ‘fewer’. We have learnt the sounds b, l, ll, s, ss, f, ff in Jolly Phonics. 

 

 

                                                                       

 

Friday 22nd October 2021

 

A big thank you for supporting our Harvest food collection for Harp so generously this year. We have continued to think about Harvest this week, using puppets to act out the Little Red Hen story, sequencing the story and writing captions to go with our Little Red Hen artwork. Our maths work has involved comparing sets of objects and saying which has more or fewer. We have been busy blending sounds together and learning the Jolly Phonics sounds u, e, h and r. We hope you all have a relaxing half term holiday

 

                                                                         

 

Friday 15th October 2021

 

This week we have been having fun acting out the story of The Little Red Hen and talking about the importance of helping others. We have also been learning about what happens at harvest time and why people celebrate with Harvest Festivals. Our Jolly Phonics sounds this week have been c,k,o and g. We have been busy developing our subitising skills by learning to recognise number dot patterns without counting.

 

 

                                                            

 

Friday 8th October 2021

We have been busy exploring our school grounds, checking in on our school chickens and meeting some of the people who help us at school. We even got to visit Mr Hautler in his office! Reading the story of Elmer the elephant has helped us think about how we are all special and unique. We supported the ‘Young Minds’ charity on Friday by thinking about the different feelings and emotions we experience each day. We learnt the Jolly Phonics actions and songs for the sounds m, n and d this week.

Friday 1st October 2021

This week we have been enjoying staying at school all day. We had lots of free-flow time and had fun exploring new resources, both inside and outside the classroom and meeting up with our friends in Coral and Seahorse classes. We have been learning the Jolly Phonics sounds “s,a,t,i,p” and loved singing the songs and remembering the actions to accompany each sound.

Friday 24th September 2021

 

We have enjoyed staying for lunch at school this week and meeting new friends in the playground after lunch. We have been practising following the hands and feet trail which guides us back to our playground after we have eaten. We have also impressed our teachers by coming into class happily each morning and by remembering our class rules. We are looking forward to being at school full time next week.

 

Friday 17th September 2021

 

This week the children have enjoyed meeting their new class teachers and making new friends.  They have explored their classrooms and the outside areas and have been introduced to some of our class routines.  We are looking forward to the children staying for lunch next week.  Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

                                                                                 

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