This term, seven new friends joined us in Star Class and they have all settled in very quickly. We have all been learning about 'Our Senses' and 'Darkness and Light' this term and we especially enjoyed making shakers and smoothies and decorating the class Christmas tree, during topic sessions.
Star Class have been working on developing their dressing and waiting skills during P.E. sessions this term. The children are now able to sit on the red mat, when they enter the hall, to take off their shoes and socks and they wait for the warm-up music to play before leaving the red mat.
The children have also made huge progress on their communication skills this term. Several of the new children have started to use PECS and are learning the daily routine through the use of TEACCH symbols, with gradually reducing support. The children that are spending their second year in Star Class, have also made progress in this area by moving onto TEACCH schedules, using distance and persistence skills when using their PECS and by saying single words to name items and to make requests.
Star Class pupils have been enjoying minibeasts and water activities at home and at school during this term.
The photographs below show some of the water activities that we have done at school, this half term. These include making ice lollies and seaside biscuits, acting out the story of Mr. Gumpty's Outing, learning about floating and sinking, decorating gingerbread man pictures and releasing toys that have been frozen.
We have also been playing with water, activating the water wall and exploring our new large piece of equipment in the playground.
Spring Term 2020
'Toys' and 'Transport' were the two topics that we enjoyed during the Spring Term. The children brought in a toy from home and showed their classmates how they play with it. Some of the children also allowed their classmates to play with their toy as well. We all went on a Teddy Bears' picnic, made Miss Polly's dolly feel better and created hand puppets.
All of the children, also had our class Teddy, 'Trevor', visit their homes for a sleepover. From reading Trevor's diary, it is clear that he was well fed, played with the children and their siblings and went on some exciting adventures.
During our 'Transport' topic, the children made transport models out of recyclable materials and they all helped us make a huge train for our role play area. They also all had a turn to dress up as the train driver and collect the tickets from their classmate passengers. Toot, Toot!
We welcomed 16 new children into Star Class this term and they have all settled in very well. During this term we have been working on the topics 'My Family and Me' and 'Festivals and Celebrations'. We have used different parts of our bodies to explore different textures, shared photographs of our families and participated in bonfire night, birthday and Christmas activities.
During this term, we have been setting up the hall on Fridays with a variety of activities focusing on the 'Understanding of the World' area of learning. All of the Early Years children have been accessing these activities and have been able to develop their skills in using small world and technology toys and equipment.
In Star Class this term we have been looking at Buildings and Pets and Farm Animals. During our buildings topic for the first half of the term we did a lot of work around the Three Little Pigs and learned how straw and sticks do not make good building materials for houses! As part of our Pets and Farm Animals topic during the second half of the term we looked at the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin (not that rats would be everyone’s first choice of pet) and all dressed up as the Pied Piper and had a go at playing a flute like his.
We have really enjoyed our visits over to the main site where we have been able to swim and use soft play, the adventure playground and sensory room. We would like to wish everybody a lovely summer holiday.
In Star Class, we have been very busy and had great fun celebrating Pancake Day this term. We explored all of the ingredients and then mixed them together to make a batter. After the batter was cooked, we tasted some of the pancakes with different toppings and we used some of the pancakes for our pancake races.
During the second half of the autumn term, we had a fantastic bonfire night assembly with our friends in Moon Class, which linked well with our Darkness and Light topic. We worked together to make a very colourful firework picture, sang songs about fireworks and made edible sparklers.
After an exciting, successful and fun packed first year at the new Early Years site, we welcomed 13 new children into Star Class. They have all settled very quickly and fully participated in our 'Senses' topic.
We thoroughly enjoyed the story of Handa's Surprise this half term and gave our Handa lots of kisses and cuddles and helped her carry her basket of fruit. We then used Handa's fruit to enjoy a tasting session and to create wonderful fruit printing pictures.
Transport and Water were our two topics during this term and we have thoroughly enjoyed the stories 'The Train Ride' and 'Who Sank the Boat?'. During topic and art sessions, we have made wonderful transport models out of boxes and lids and floated our boats in the water tray.
We joined in with the celebrations for the Royal Wedding by having a tea party with Moon Class. The children looked very smart in their special clothes and we all enjoyed dancing and playing games during this celebration. We also invited the daddies to join us one afternoon to celebrate Father's Day and the children enjoyed playing with their daddies with our new garden equipment.
Due to the lovely sunny days this term, we have been able to play with and explore water in the garden and the children especially enjoyed using the paddling pools. We also all enjoyed a special Pirate Day, where the children had to find hidden treasure, make a pirate hat and walk the plank. Ahoy, me hearties!
We have been very busy during this half term and have been happily using our new playground and exploring our outdoor environment during our Minibeast topic. We have been digging for minibeasts and created a Minibeast Mansion for them to live in. We also created a wormery and have been exploring mill worms and crickets in our role play area.
During art and story sessions, we have been learning all about Little Miss Muffet and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and created our own beautiful butterflies, beetles and textured caterpillar.
To encourage more minibeasts to visit our garden we have planted some lovely colourful and smelly plants and potted up plants to give to our mums and special ladies during our Mother's Day Tea Party. We sang some songs for these special ladies and enjoyed tea and cake with them in our garden.
Our topic for the first half of spring term has been ‘Toys’ and the children have had a chance to explore lots of different types of toys both old and new. They also brought in a favourite toy from home and shared it with the class during circle time. 'Trevor’, our class teddy, has been home for a sleep over with all of the children and they were encouraged to include Trevor in all the activities that they do after school. According to Trevor’s diary he had a wonderful time at everyone’s house and everybody wants him to visit them again. Our role play corner was turned into a toy shop and, during maths sessions, the children had opportunities to buy a toy to play with, using real money. Exploring push and pull toys, making sock puppets and having a Teddy Bear's picnic are further activities that we all enjoyed.