STARFISH CLASS BLOG

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Alone we are smart. Together we are brilliant.

 

And so it is...

…the end of term! And what a term it’s been. But we’ve made it. We missed the rest of our little Starfishes, and are sad you couldn’t join in the Christmas fun with us. We hope you’re all safe and well at home.
We have managed to pack a lot into our four days, starting with sewing a Christmas tree decoration. Needless (no pun intended) to say, we made it through! We’ve had our Starfish party with sweets and treats, and games galore! From musical chairs to blowing bubbles outside in the late afternoon sun. Film afternoons, calendar making and Gingerbread making. (That’s a whole other story!!). We even found the time to paint our Dinosaur eyes, and were amazed by the results!! We recorded our Makaton song to spread some joy to you all, and made some icicles and snowflakes in preparation for our new topic – Our Frozen Planet.
We have had the best of weeks, and Miss Pullen and I would like to thank you all for your continued support and our amazing gifts – we really were blown away. Wishing you all the best Christmas, and a Happy New Year!!

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Keep calm and put your lab coat on!

Well Starfish we’ve made it! Another eventful week online for us, and what fun we’ve had! Thank you for all your amazing work and pictures you’ve sent in. In RE this week we have made paper chains with pictures or words explaining the things and people we are thankful for, with little illustrated pictures. Following on from that we decided to make the most of our home learning in PSHE and created an advent for our last week at home with activities we could only do at home to encourage our positive thinking! Monday we made cakes, and Wednesday we had a PJ day! We decided to follow a Christmas theme on Wednesday and did some Christmas Elf PE and read a Christmas story.  
I think the big hit of the week though was our Science experiment. The children absolutely loved this activity, and it was great to see all the different ways they chose to melt their action figures from the ice, hairdryers, hot water and hard patios to name but a few!  
A special shout out to Finn and Mr G as they had their birthdays this week, we celebrated with a special Halloween Just Dance for Finn, and a little online happy birthday sing off! 
We had a special treat in store for Thursday afternoon, with an online pantomime viewing of Cinderella – this really got us in the Christmas spirit!! Finishing the week on a high we had a Christmas quiz on Friday afternoon which the children thoroughly enjoyed! 
Looking forward to being back on Monday and enjoying a week of festive fun with you all. See you all then!

 

Starfish Sofa Subtraction!!!

Well, what a week it’s been! Thank you to all the parents and children that have managed to get online this week! A ‘few’ technical teething problems needless to say, but we have overcome the odds together! I can’t believe how well the children have adapted and engaged in their home learning, and how much we’ve all enjoyed it! They have produced some great work from home, samples of which I have uploaded. From animal habitats to invitations to The Lonely Beast, days of the week, months of the year, dinosaurs from toilet rolls – we really have covered it all!

We’ve managed to get more creative with our learning this week, using scrunched up paper for resources on our ten frame, and toilet roll dinosaurs. We’ve subtracted with teddy bears and felt tips, and kept pace with Joe Wicks during our PE slot. We brought Josh (Jack – private Starfish joke) Hartman and Geraldine the Giraffe into the living our room. We swapped fish and chip Friday for a ham sandwich, but still we rise. I am immensely proud of all of the children, and during circle time we agreed that our ‘best bit’ of this week was our ‘Starfish catch-up’, and we can’t wait till we will all be together again. And somehow they have managed to talk me into a bake off on Monday and a PJ day on Wednesday. If you feel you’ve missed anything or you haven’t; got enough of Miss Cleaver does ‘Rocking around the Christmas tree’ please see our youtube channel for weekend viewing! Stay well everyone, make some wonderful memories and see you all on Monday!!

‘The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home’. HAROLD B. LEE

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Don't be a Litter Bug!

It was lovely to see the children so involved in their worship this week with Miss Carter. They enjoyed creating their ‘Litter Bug’ posters, and creating a wreath of joy in our class worship. We even enjoyed an amazing forest school session and managed to collect a whole sacks worth of rubbish from in and around the school. A huge well done to Starfish class! And also to parents for great attendance this week! Thank you!


Our hoop is now well under way with the children busy making their guitars. Hopefully you will have heard our song as much as me! ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’, with a whole school Makaton signing initiative. The children have done me proud!


Our singing for the nativity has been recorded, thank you to everyone for sending in your Christmas bits, they were absolutely brilliant and looked amazing. To celebrate we stretched our legs to some ‘Just Dance’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Gangham Style’!


Bring on next week!!!

Here we are working hard on our hop

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Here we are enjoying Forest school and picking up Langafel litter!

 
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Never say no to Nativity!

And so it begins! The ‘N’ word has descended upon us, and the children are really excited! Preparations for the NATIVITY are in full swing in Starfish class! Although our celebrations this year will be slightly different, we’re not letting this hold us back. We’ve chosen our class song, and dance practise begun this week. Our hoop is hidden away safely in the Starfish cupboard, and our Christmas song practise is coming along nicely – a special treat for you this year, Langafel style! After a term without music, the children have thoroughly enjoyed our singing sessions. Any help learning their lines at home will be greatly appreciated. Watch this space!

We got to know our dinosaurs a little more this week, and learned some interesting facts, and added to our ever increasing Vocab wall. We have quite a few little artists in class this year it would appear! (ooh that rhymes). We moved onto Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores this week, the children really enjoyed learning about all the different animals, and I did too! They couldn’t believe an Elephant is so huge and survives on a diet of leaves and twigs!

In RE we discussed the story of the birth of baby Jesus, and who came to visit him, and the gifts they brought. Then we made an Advent wreath – a circle to show that God lasts forever!

Sadly, the rain came out to play so there was no mile walk this week, but the children loved our dinosaur yoga in class instead. To finish off the week we learnt all about what an Archaeologist was and then we got to be Archaeologists and  we dug out chocolate chips from cookies with a toothpick, and then we ate them!

It was a sad farewell this week to Emily, but Starfish class wish her well in her new school, and will miss her lots!

 

Super Starfish Week!

And what a week it’s been!! More dinosaur adventures, getting very muddy and exploring more habitats. Year 1 had a great time on their Autumn walk exploring all the different trees and plants. Identifying senses new and old, tree climbing and tree rubbings galore! Year 2 were left in charge of messy herb planting and nurturing.
We began our new PE term with some Autumn dance – the children were amazing, I’m sure they can tell you all about it!
We celebrated Remembrance day with a home-made poppy wreath during worship on Wednesday, I’m sure you’ll agree Starfish efforts were fabulous! “Lest we forget”.
Ending the week with extra green time for an excellent couple of week’s attendance, and of course Children in Need. Great efforts from all the children (and parents/carers) as I’m sure you’ll agree.
We will be accessing forest school in the next few weeks, so don’t forget your wellies! Have a restful weekend, see you all on Monday!

 
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Dinotopia

10/11/2020

We have had an amazing week, kick-starting our new Dinosaur topic! There was a very exciting addition to Starfish class when we came back to school on Monday, in the form of an unhatched dinosaur egg! To the children’s excitement, slowly over the coming days our egg began to hatch. Watch this space!!
This week we have been busy exploring habitats. We looked at what a habitat was, and which animals lived where, before moving onto dinosaurs. The children enjoyed getting muddy whilst out exploring for the contents of our dinosaur habitats. As you can see they were very pleased with their results!
Starfish class cannot wait for the rest of the week’s adventures!!

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