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Starfish Class Weekly News

 

Monday 15th July 2019 – Friday 19th July 2019

 

 We enjoyed visiting our Year One teachers, Mrs Moon and Mrs Lawrence again on Monday. We decided to do a piece of writing to tell them all about ourselves. We tried to remember to include finger spaces and full stops and to spell ‘tricky’ words’ correctly. We have also been den building and enjoying balancing, jumping and climbing over obstacle courses. During free-flow we had great fun experimenting with the water equipment. Some of us took to the stage and performed to our friends. We can’t believe we only have a few more days left in Starfish class and just how quickly this year has gone!

Have a great weekend.

 The Starfish team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

 

Monday 8th July 2019 – Friday 12th July 2019

 

This has been a very exciting week for Starfish class. On Monday we got the chance to spend some time in our Year One class and meet the teachers. The children came back with lots of positive comments. It was great to see so many parents and visitors at Open Evening on Tuesday, thank you for all your kind comments. We hope you enjoyed seeing the children’s work and the progress they have made. This was followed on Wednesday with an alfresco whole school picnic lunch complete with music. The children loved mixing with older siblings and friends from other classes. We’ve also had plenty of free-flow time and have enjoyed the fine weather.

Have a great weekend.

 The Starfish team

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                         

 

Monday 1st July 2019 – Friday 5th July 2019

 

On Monday we went on an exciting day out to explore the Gruffalo Trail at Thorndon Country Park. We met our very knowledgeable park ranger Annie, who guided us around the woods. We learnt about different woodland plants and animals and their habitats. We made some brilliant owl collages from woodland materials. We went to ‘squirrel school’ and practised balancing on logs and trees.  We enjoyed lunch in the sunshine before going back into the woods to play and explore. We made woodland music, sang Gruffalo songs and helped make Gruffalo crumble! All in all we had a fantastic day out.

The children behaved beautifully and we were very proud of them. A big thank you to our lovely helpers, once again we really appreciate your support.

At the end of the week the moment we had all been waiting for… we were amazed to watch several butterflies emerge from their chrysalides. We sang our favourite minibeast songs to them as we released them in the garden.

We look forward to seeing you at open evening next Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                    

 

Monday 24th June 2019 – Friday 28th June 2019

 

There has been great excitement in class this week as the children have been carefully watching how our class caterpillars have been changing. Most of them have attached themselves to the top of the pot and have hardened into a ‘J’ shape chrysalis. We have transferred the chrysalides into the butterfly habitat and are waiting to see what happens next.

We have also been busy practising our measuring skills both outside and inside. We have explored different ways of measuring using a variety of tapes, cubes and rulers. We have also started thinking about the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ in readiness for our visit next week. We’ve enjoyed acting out the story and talking about the different characters.

Have a great weekend.

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

 

Monday 17th June 2019 – Thursday 20th June 2019

 

We hope you enjoyed Sports Day last Friday. The children certainly did! Just after Sports Day we had a very special parcel delivered to class. It contained two pots of tiny caterpillars. We have been watching them carefully this week. They are very busy eating and have already almost doubled in size! We are wondering what they will look like next week.

We also went on a minibeast hunt in the school garden and were amazed at the amount of insects we discovered. As well as continuing to write minibeast adventure stories we have been practising reading o’clock and half-past times along with recognising different coins.

We have been reading the ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and learning songs about minibeasts. A particular favourite is ‘Please don’t squish me!’

Hope you enjoy the long weekend!

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                     

 

Monday 10th June 2019 – Friday 14th June 2019

 

This week we have managed to mostly dodge the rain and have enjoyed free flow outside. We have continued with our minibeast theme, painting pictures and making playdough minibeast characters. Some of us have also written exciting minibeast adventure stories. Some children decided to design and make minibeast hotels at the creative table. They even had tables and chairs inside!

The children have impressed us with their maths skills this week and have been identifying one more or less than a given number and practising our subtraction skills. We have also continued with our handwriting and learning to spell tricky words.

The children have enjoyed our gymnastics sessions and Sports Day was great fun!

Have a great weekend.

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        

 

Monday 3rd June 2019 – Friday 7th June 2019

 

 Our new theme for the first part of this new term is ‘Minibeasts’. We have really enjoyed sharing and discussing the children’s home-learning challenges and have found out lots of minibeast facts. We read the Julia Donaldson story ‘Spinderella’ and have carefully painted our favourite minibeasts and insects. Our role play area has been transformed into a minibeast research camp with adjoining camp café!

We have also been adding and subtracting with minibeasts and problem solving and finding two numbers that add together to make ten. We enjoyed writing our holiday news independently. We have been sporty again and some of us have shown great determination when riding the balance bike over ramp. We had our regular swimming lesson and our very first gymnastic session with Mrs Lawrence. Although we didn’t get to see the actual D-Day fly-past from Duxford we did have fun pretending to be different types of aircraft in the playground!

Well done to all those that got a bronze, silver or gold regular reader certificate for last terms reading.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                      

 

Monday 20th May 2019 – Friday 24th May 2019

 

Well we have almost reached the end of another half term! We spent this week doing lots of exciting things including visiting the Book Fair in the outdoor classroom and walking around our lovely school garden. Some of us looked after this week’s pre-school visitors, showing them how we explore and investigate during ‘free-flow’. We have continued to add, subtract, count and share in our maths work. In ICT we created our own stories using a story making programme. We continued with the technology theme using our ‘Now Press Play’ headphones and acting out an underwater adventure in the hall. On Friday our Year 6 Reading Buddies came for a visit and we enjoyed sharing books and stories with them.

The children have some minibeast themed home learning challenges which you may wish to help them with. As usual we will be very pleased to see any creations, photographs or investigations the children produce. We will still be reading  Julia Donaldson books next term but in particular those with a minibeast theme. We hope you have a lovely half-term break.

 The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

 

Monday 13th May 2019 – Friday 17th May 2019

 

 

We started our week with a visit to the beach. The weather was lovely and we enjoyed a sunny snack time sitting on the sea wall before beginning our activities. We then played team relay games, a memory game and created beach art from natural materials. We took part in a whole class action game before returning to school. A big thank you to our lovely helpers, we couldn’t do it without you!

We have also been practising our ball skills in P.E. Some of us can throw a ball and clap our hands before catching it again! In maths we have been busy dividing and sharing items between 2, 3 or even 5 plates and writing number sentences. We have been checking how many ‘tricky’ words and digraphs we can remember. On Wednesday we had a ‘grab a bag’ lunch in class which was great fun.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

 

Monday 6th May 2019 – Friday 10th May 2019

 

Our Julia Donaldson book this week was ‘Sharing a Shell’. This linked in nicely with our Jigsaw theme of talking about what to do if we feel lonely or sad. It also reinforced the importance of sharing. In class, we voted in two new Friendship Ambassadors for the summer term.  They have been busy helping to sort out friendship problems at lunchtime.

Our pre-school visitors joined us for ‘free-flow’ on a very wet Wednesday. We have been gaining confidence when riding the balance bikes over the ramp. We have been enjoying our music appreciation lessons and several of the children decided to make a band to accompany some of this week’s music.

We continued to write our magic shell stories. Some children even tried to write rhyming stories! Some of us carried out investigations about floating and sinking and others sorted ‘healthy’ and ‘not so healthy’ food to put in a lunchbox. In maths we have been counting and have begun to think about ‘sharing’ a number of objects equally into two groups.

We are looking forward to our beach visit on Monday 13th May. Let’s hope the sun shines for us!

The Starfish Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                          

 

Monday 29th April 2019 – Friday 3rd May 2019

 

The children really enjoyed dressing up as rock stars on Monday as the ‘Rock Star’ times tables challenge was launched in classes further up the school. Some of us certainly revelled in the rock star persona! We continued the theme all week with the children taking to various stages out on the decking. There was much singing, music making and performing to appreciative audiences.

We have also continued our Julia Donaldson theme by reading ‘Tiddler’ and creating colourful collage jellyfish to give the classroom an ‘under the sea’ feel. Some of us have started writing imaginative magic shell stories. We learnt more about words containing the split digraphs, ‘o-e’ and ‘u-e’. In our maths work we have been solving doubling problems and counting in patterns of 2, 5 and 10.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the bank holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

Monday 22nd April 2019 – Friday 26th April 2019

 

The summer term started with a ‘Learning to Learn’ day. We revisted our school ASPIRE motto and concentrated on the word ‘respect’. We talked about what respect means and how we can show respect for others. We discussed having respect for our belongings and for ourselves. We also had a visit from a poet who used the theme of respect in his poems. We had fun singing and spotting rhyming words in nursery rhymes. We then wrote a Learning Journey review, thinking about what we had improved at and setting a target of something we would like to get better at.

Our new theme will be based around the books of author Julia Donaldson. We started by reading ‘Rhyming Rabbit’.

We have really enjoyed sharing the children’s seaside themed holiday homework challenges. Thank you for helping the children to complete their tasks. We discovered lots of interesting facts and learnt lots about floating and sinking and water safety.

As usual we have enjoyed exploring during ‘free-flow’ and made the most of the sunny weather. The ‘Beachside café’ was open for business and many ice-creams were in high demand! In our phonic work we started learning about split digraphs such as a-e (in cake and made) and i-e (in bike and hide). We also made lists of rhyming words.

Don’t forget Monday 29th is dress up as a rock star day. This is linked to the launch of Rock Stars (an on-line times tables challenge which the children will begin in KS1).

Have a good weekend.

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       

 

Monday 1st April 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019

 

 

Well we’ve reached the end of another fun filled term! We would like to thank you all for attending our Mother’s Day celebration on Monday. The children worked really hard to learn their song and poem and enjoyed performing to a real audience. We hope you also enjoyed seeing the children’s Learning Journeys and the work they have produced this term. We are really proud of what they have achieved so far.

We had an extra session with our ASSA sports teachers on Monday and had great fun playing team games with them. We have continued to be busy making cards and cakes to celebrate Easter. We enjoyed a doubly special day on Friday, wearing sports kits and doing sporty challenges with our Year 6 ‘Buddies’ from Beluga class as well as modelling our Easter hats! 

We have sent home some holiday home-learning challenges linked to our next theme of being at the seaside. We hope the children enjoy completing some, or all, of the challenges and look forward to seeing their work after the holiday.

Happy Easter holiday!

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday 25th March 2019 – Friday 29th March 2019

 

This week we have been thinking about our Mum’s. In ICT, we used a graphics program to draw our Mums. We then talked to our Learning Partners about all the lovely things our Mums do for us. We wrote captions to go with our computer drawings and practised writing about our Mums on our whiteboards. We have been working hard practising our secret poem and song!

We’ve also been busy in maths, adding, subtracting and writing number sentences. We’ve enjoyed working with some lovely new resources during free-flow and have seen some great co-operative play with the building bricks.

We hope you will be able to join us for our Mother’s Day celebration and ‘Book Look’ on Monday afternoon.

Have a lovely Mother’s Day!

The Starfish Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             

 

Monday 18th March 2019 – Friday 22nd March 2019

 

This week’s big event was our visit to Southend Library at the Forum. This was made even more exciting by the fact we travelled to Southend by train. Prior to leaving, we had discussed the need to be safe at the train station and the children impressed us with their sensible behaviour and great listening skills. Once we arrived at the library we were given time to explore in the children’s section and had some stories read to us by the librarian. We then had lunch in the library and had time for some eye-spy and counting activities before it was time to leave. We enjoyed a speedy train journey back to Leigh station.  The children all managed the walk back to school in good spirits but were certainly ready for a rest and a drink once back in class! All in all it was a very successful visit and we were proud of the children’s behaviour throughout.

Finally, a big thank you to our lovely volunteer helpers. We really appreciate your support.

Have a great weekend

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       

 

Monday 11th March 2019 – Friday 15th March 2019

 

Our focus this week has been the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have enjoyed re-telling the story and acting it out using puppets. We also worked on some subtraction word problems in maths involving the number of apples and cakes in Red Riding Hood’s basket. We have been practising counting to 20 in 2’s, thinking about doubling small numbers and reciting the months of the year in order. Free-flow on Wednesday was rather wild and windy but many of the children were happy to be outside. Some challenged themselves by inventing a game trying to roll tyres to each other in a straight line! Others enjoyed riding our new balance bikes. We each had the chance to paint and write about our favourite character from the traditional tales we have read so far. We had some fantastic extended pieces of writing. On Friday we wore red to support Comic Relief. We took part in a whole school dance session and contributed to a whole-school art activity by printing red hand-prints.

We are looking forward to next week’s exciting train trip to Southend Library. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us!

Have a great weekend.

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                        

 

Monday 4th March 2019 – Friday 8th March 2019

 

We’ve had another busy, exciting week in Starfish class. We continued with our traditional tale theme and began reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We really enjoyed using puppets to re-tell the story and had some very enthusiastic narrators. We decided to write a ‘sorry’ letter from Goldilocks to the three bears. We also enjoyed working out addition and subtraction word problems in maths based on traditional tales.

On Tuesday we had a visit from a theatre company who gave us a wonderful performance of ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood. Some of us even got to be actors and take part in the performance. We followed the performance with pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.

Later in the week we used a new interactive resource called ‘Now Press Play’. We all wore headphones and acted out the story of ‘Goldilocks’ by following prompts and directions relayed to us over the headphones. A bit like a ‘silent disco’ but not quite so silent!

Finally we had a wonderful dress up day to celebrate World Book Day. What an amazing array of costumes there were. The children looked fantastic so a big thank you to everyone who got involved! We then went to meet up with our Year 6 Reading Buddies in the afternoon, sharing our special books with them.

Have a great weekend.

 The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  

 

Monday 25th February 2019 – Friday 1st March 2019

 

The second half of the Spring Term has arrived and we have been enjoying the sunny weather during free-flow and lunchtimes. We have started to think about traditional tales and have been reading the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have re-told the story using puppets and have sequenced pictures from the story. We also thought of alternative endings to the story and creative ways for the Gingerbread Man to get safely across the river. We had the chance to make and decorate our own gingerbread people and then had gingerbread for our snack.

On Friday we celebrated St David’s Day. Some of us dressed up in a traditional Welsh costumes . We learnt about the importance of daffodils, leeks and rugby. Mrs Gillman also taught us  a few  words in Welsh.

 Well done to everyone who achieved a bronze, silver or gold regular reading award for last term.

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus!

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  

 

Monday 11th February 2019 – Friday 15th February 2019

 

 

This week we have continued with our Chinese New Year theme. We have designed dragons and written exciting dragon ‘shared’ stories. Our favourite part is acting out our stories at the end of the day. We had another opportunity to use chopsticks when we had Chinese noodles for our snack. Some children decided to design, measure and make Chinese headbands.

We enjoyed our final ASSA P.E. session and learnt to complete a series of challenging balances. For example one of the balances involved balancing on a spot marker with only one hand and one foot in contact with the floor! This took much agility and perseverance. We had a great swimming lesson where all of the children got to swim the length of the pool (we usually swim widths). We made the most of the spring sunshine during free-flow and have enjoyed construction activities both inside and outside class. We have also been using the Numicon to think about making different amounts.

Wishing you a happy half term holiday!

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  

 

Monday 4th February - Friday 8th February 2019

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

We have had great fun this week learning all about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. We have been customers and cooks in our Chinese Takeaway role play area and tested our skills with chopsticks when eating special fried rice. We also wrote a list of ingredients we would like to include in a special fried recipe. We have been learning about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) through the story of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. We even enjoyed dragon dancing!

We have also been busy learning to play team games with our ASSA sports coaches. We had to try to improve our score with each game we played.

Have a great weekend.

The Starfish Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           

 

Monday 28th January - Friday 1st February 2019

 

It’s the final week of our Winter themed activities and we decided to use our knowledge of how to make ice to create our own fruity ice lollies. First we each wrote a ‘wish list’ of what we would include in an ice lolly. Then we made a class tally chart to record the most popular choices of fruit.  The winners were apple and strawberry. Later in the week we chopped, mixed and filled our ice lolly moulds. On Thursday we all enjoyed eating our ice lollies. Some of the children decided to make their own tally charts and went around asking their friends different questions. We had all sorts of categories including; ‘What’s your favourite polar animal?’ and ‘What’s your favourite type of lorry?’ They then added the data to their tally charts and counted their totals.

We have also been busy writing CVC words and simple sentences. We have enjoyed being outdoors in the chilly weather riding on the bikes and scooters, playing ball games and even building igloo’s during ‘free flow’.  We have also been counting and ordering numbers. Next week we plan to begin our new theme of the Chinese New Year. If you have any Chinese related items the children may want to bring in to show us that would be lovely.

Breaking news….Starfish class have won two Gold Attendance awards. Well done everyone!

Have a great weekend and keep warm!

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

 

Monday 21st January – Friday 25th January 2019

 

This week’s wintery weather has been perfect for our on-going winter theme. There was much excitement on Thursday when we went outside to play and run about in the snow flurry. We have also been busy writing facts about polar animals and using cold colours to create snowy Arctic scenes. In maths we have been counting forwards and backwards to 20, adding and subtracting and learning about 3-D shapes such as cones, pyramids and cubes. We have also been matching Numicon plates to numbers and ordering numbers in different sequences. In handwriting we have been learning to form the one-arm robot letters: r,h,n,m, and trickiest of all, k.

The children decided that they wanted to turn the role-play area into a ‘baby clinic’. There has been some great imaginative play. We’ve had a busy clinic office team making appointments and lots of hard-working doctors making notes and treating patients.

Have a great weekend.

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      

 

Monday 14th January – Friday 18th January 2019

 

On Monday we had our second ASSA P.E. lesson. The children impressed us by changing into their P.E. kits with very little help. We enjoyed playing a ‘traffic lights’ game where we had to stop, travel in different ways and change direction according to the signals given.

On Tuesday we enjoyed a walk around the local area to look for signs of winter. Walking through the Library Gardens, we noticed that many of the trees were bare and spotted lots of berries. We headed down to the beach at Bell Wharf for a quick snack before playing a winter action game to keep us warm. The children noticed it was colder and windier at the beach. Thank you to our three lovely parent helpers who were able to join us on our walk.

Later in the week we continued to learn interesting facts about animals that live in the Arctic. We enjoyed our second swimming lesson and the children are continuing to show independence by trying to get themselves changed as quickly as possible. We really enjoyed hearing about all the home-learning investigations the children have been carrying out. We definitely have some budding scientists in class!

Have a cosy weekend.

The Starfish Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                         

 

Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January 2019

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                              

 

Monday 10th December – Friday 14th December 2018

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                             

 

Monday 3rd December – Friday 7th December 2018

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

Monday 26th November – Friday 30th November 2018

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                     

 

Monday 19th November -Friday 23rd November 2018

 

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

 

 

 

 

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