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Starfish Class Weekly News
What a year it has been!
We are so proud of the children and all they have achieved. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow and learn but they are now ready for new and exciting adventures in Year 1.
Thank you for your continued support during a difficult year. It has been much appreciated. We hope you have a wonderful summer holiday and see you in September.
Best wishes from the Starfish Team
At the beginning of this week we had the opportunity to visit our new classrooms and meet our new teachers, we were very excited and are now looking forward to September. We have also had fun comparing the lengths of various objects and following the release of our eight butterflies at the end of last week we have been painting pictures of butterflies and talking about symmetry.
This week we have enjoyed learning about bees. We have listened to the story ‘Buzzy the Bumble Bee’ and thought about the importance of bee-lieving in ourselves. We have continued to decorate our clay minibeasts. In maths this week we have been thinking about how we share objects into equal groups and sorting numbers into odd and even. We had great fun listening to a Now Press Play experience all about mini beasts. We wriggled like worms, buzzed like bees and moved like ladybirds!
This week we have taken part in National Sports Week and have enjoyed lots of 60 second sports challenges. We were very excited to see that over the long weekend most of our caterpillars had developed into chrysalises (chrysalides) and we have transferred them into our butterfly net. We continue to practise doubling and halving and learning our number bonds to 10.
Although this week has been a short week we have managed to fit in a lot of learning. We have been observing how our class caterpillars are changing, learning to double numbers using ladybird templates and dominoes and we have been hunting for mini beasts in the school grounds.
The children have enjoyed painting pictures and writing sentences about what they did during the half-term holiday. We have spent time outside enjoying the sunshine and hunting for minibeasts in the school garden. In maths we have been learning about the composition of teen numbers.
This week we have enjoyed thinking about how we should look after minibeasts. We have designed posters to remind others to be careful and we have learnt some super songs. In maths we have been practising counting on and back from a given number. Maybe over half term you can play some number track games at home.
This week we have continued to look at minibeasts with a focus on spiders! We have shared the story of Spinderella and produced lots of 'spider art'. In Power Maths we have been learning to count on, from a given number, using a numberline. In free-flow this week we had fun exploring at the water station, riding the balance bikes up and down the ramps and playing hopscotch. Rain certainly didn’t stop play! We continue to visit the school garden to see how the chickens are growing.
This week our special story has been 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson and we have learnt lots of interesting facts about worms. The children have continued to enjoy investigating more complex patterns, creating their own and playing spot the mistake. We have been practising spelling our 'tricky words' and putting them in sentences to describe garden pictures. Free-flow this week was very exciting with lots of collaborative den building, measuring and imaginative play.
This week we enjoyed reading ‘The Snail and the whale’ and in keeping with the ocean theme we have been writing sentences about sea creatures. We tried to include ‘tricky’ words in our sentences. We have been learning all about AB repeating patterns (eg. circle, square, circle, square) in Power Maths. We made different repeating patterns using objects and by printing with 3D shapes. We have also been busy being creative by making music and models from recycled materials and construction equipment.
This week we have read the story ‘Sharing a Shell’ and continued our discussion about friendship. We have begun to write shared stories with an ‘under the sea’ adventure theme. The children have also enjoyed being creative and producing lots of sea creatures for our collage. In maths we have been on a shape hunt round the school looking for 2D shapes. We had great fun dressing up as different characters during free-flow.
Our special book this week is ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson. We have been writing about the excuses Tiddler gave for being late to school and have begun to make a whole class under the sea collage. In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes and finding out which ones roll and stack. We have enjoyed sunny free flow sessions and talked about how to be a good friend to others.
Week beginning 12th April 2021 to Friday 16th April 2021
Welcome back! This week has been super busy. We began with a ‘learning to learn’ day during which we thought about our school values of ASPIRE with a specific focus on respect. We reminded the children of the importance of having a Growth Mindset and always giving things a go. We had great fun on our Sports Afternoon. We took part in the ‘Three Bears porridge dash’, an obstacle challenge and a running race. We also voted for two children to be our class Friendship Ambassadors.
Week Beginning 22nd March 2021
We had such fun on Red Nose Day that we thought we would share some of our photographs. In class we have been reading and acting out the story of The three little pigs. We also wrote speech bubbles for the characters and made lists of what we would need to build a safe house for the pigs. We enjoyed our sunny free flow sessions and investigated number bonds to 10 using our ten frames. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite make it to the end of term but we wish you all a safe and restful Easter break.
This week we have been reading and writing sentences about the story of The Gingerbread Man. We enjoyed painting and labelling pictures of the characters from the story. We have been practising writing words containing digraphs and using the part-whole model to share numbers in maths. We have been talking about ways to keep ourselves clean and healthy as part of our Jigsaw work. We took part in Red Nose Day team races and wore red on Friday to celebrate this important charity event.
We have had a fantastic week back at school, watching the children renewing friendships and settling back into routine so quickly with plenty of smiles and enthusiasm. Our focus has been the story of The Gingerbread Man. We retold the story with puppets and investigated how to get the Gingerbread Man across the river without getting wet. We used the part-whole model in maths to investigate number bonds and have painted colourful spring flower paintings to decorate the classroom.
We started the week off by making Christmas decorations and enjoying our first festive lunch in the school hall. We were amazed to see Santa arriving in the car park! After lunch we played party games, told jokes and danced to festive tunes. On Friday, we wore Christmas jumpers in support of 'Save the Children' and took part in a whole school 'Santa Dash' around the astro turf to keep fit. What a fun festive week!
Starfish class have been very festive this week and have been making sparkly hats to wear at next weeks Christmas lunch and doing some 'top secret' Christmas filming... all will be revealed at the end of term! The children have also been really busy in our Elf workshop, wrapping gifts and writing 'to do' lists for Santa. We have been learning about the Nativity story and writing sentences about what happened. In Power Maths, we have been thinking about 'time' and sequencing events that happen in our day.
This week we have been busy practising our phonic skills by writing initial sounds and CVC words. In Power Maths we have been devising simple '1 less' stories using the structure, 'first, then and now' and doing lots of counting forwards and backwards. During free-flow we enjoyed bowling, cycling, completing jigsaw challenges and being creative at the art table. Another busy week of learning and fun in Starfish class.
We started off the week wearing odd socks in support of anti bullying and talked about the fact that everyone is unique and that it's okay to be different. We also started a mini topic about vegetables, writing shopping lists and tasting different vegetables. Red pepper was the favourite in our taste test. Everyone helped to peel and chop vegetables to go into our vegetable soup. Finally we got to eat our delicious soup. Yet another busy week in Starfish class!
We really enjoyed exploring the school garden and looking for signs of autumn. We used time connectives such as first, then and next to create a recount of our autumn walk. We worked collaboratively to create firework art and then added words to describe the sounds of the fireworks. We observed the two minute silence on Remembrance Day and finished the week in our pyjamas in support of Children in Need. Yet another busy week in Starfish class!
This week we have been making 2-D shape rocket pictures and talking about the properties of 2-D shapes. We learnt about how to keep safe around fireworks. In free-flow, we enjoyed dancing and playing the musical instruments, building together and practising our hula-hooping skills. The children really enjoyed their first swimming lesson and tried really hard to be independent when getting changed.
We have enjoyed exploring our exciting new P.E. equipment. The children have been practising their hopping, skipping, galloping, side-stepping and balancing skills.
What a busy time we have had this term ! A big thank you for your continued support.
Have a great half-term and see you soon.
We have had another busy week in Starfish class. We have continued to learn about changes that happen in the season of autumn. We enjoyed being scientists and looking closely at the colourful leaves in our discovery tray. We have been making hedgehog collages and printing with autumn leaves. We have been learning about the festival of harvest and collecting food donations for our local Harp charity.
This week in Starfish class we enjoyed our first yoga session in the hall with Mrs Lawrence. We have taken part in our Daily Mile Destinations challenge, keeping fit by running laps of the playground. In Power Maths we have been learning to make different number patterns on a ten frame. We have continued to write and act out our Rainbow fish 'shared stories'.
Starfish class have coped really well during their first full week at school. The children enjoyed dressing up in yellow, red and orange in support of Golden Geese. Thank you for donating so generously to this special charity. We also enjoyed work based on the story of 'The Rainbow Fish" and thought about the importance of sharing and being a kind friend to others.
Starfish class have had a great time at school this week and have really enjoyed staying for lunch. They had fun mixing with the children from Coral and Seahorse during our free-flow sessions. The children have been painting self portraits and also worked together to create some Starfish class rules to keep us safe and happy.
Starfish class have had a lovely time getting to know each other during thier first week at school. They have had time to play, explore and investigate some of our foundation stage resources. We have been very impressed by their smiling faces as they come into class. Well done Starfish class!