Autumn Term 2022
Now that most of the children in Star Class are Y1, we have been building on our prior learning about 'Our Senses' by learning about other parts of our bodies and what they can do. During our 'My Body' topic sessions, we have enjoyed using our hands and feet to explore different textures and one of our best sessions, was having a foot spa! We have also worked on our dressing and undressing skills and have built up our acceptance of brushing our teeth.
During Art and cookery sessions, we have been able to represent our faces and bodies using food and collage materials and we have continued to work on adding 'one more' by adding new body parts to our Mr. Potato Heads, during maths.
'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'From Head to Toe' have been our focused stories this half term, and we have enjoyed acting out the roles of the characters and copying the body actions during our story sessions. We have also been thoroughly enjoying learning about body percussion, during our daily phonics sessions, and have learnt a new body percussion rhyme for each day of the school week. Using our voices, has been another area that we have also been working very hard and lots of us are now vocalising when using our PECS and making good attempts to copy human songs, such as whistling, yawning, shouting 'hey' and snoring.
We have a fun filled term and learnt lots of new skills and continued to develop our independence and social skills. During our topic on Minibeasts, we created our own wormery by digging for worms and then adding the food and materials that the worms needed. We also learnt how to work BeeBots and used labybirds and butterflies during our maths sessions-matching patterns, make small sets the same and identifying one more and one less.
Our topic for the second half of the term was Water and we were able to use it in most of our activities. For example, we learnt how to wash and dry our hands and how to wash a dolly during topic sessions, we used hammers to break up ice, made marks with cotton buds and water on chalk boards, worked on our pouring skills and squeezed water out of sponges during Happy Hands. During maths, we learnt all about full, empty and half full, had boat races and filled and emptied containers and we fully enjoyed the stories, 'Mrs Wishy Washy' and 'Who sank the boat?'. Water was also used during our phonics sessions, were we had to fish letters out of the water and make the corresponding sounds and we used water in all of our cookery activities to make icing, gingerbread men and ice lollies.
Spring Term 2022
'Toys' and 'Transport' were our topics in Star Class this term and they provided us with lots of opportunities to develop our imaginative play skills and our social interactions. We initially learnt all about teddy bears and took turns to take the class teddy, Trevor, home for an evening. One day, we were surprised to find teddy paw prints along the corridor and the teddies were missing from the classroom! We followed the paw prints and found the teddies have a teddy bear's picnic in the hall. There was so much food that we decided to join them. It was so exciting that we had more teddy bear picnics in class during free play sessions.
We have also been dressing-up and taking on the roles of Miss Polly and the doctor while learning the 'Miss Polly had a dolly' song and we have been giving chosen friends a hug, while pretending to be Grandma from the 'The Train Ride' story. Putting on our own puppet show was another fun activity, where we were able to be imaginative and we used our own sock puppets that we made during Art.
The children were also invited to bring in a toy from home. They took turns to demonstrate their toy to the rest of the class and they then allowed their classmates to play with these toys.
During both of these topics we have been focusing on using small world play equipment with our classmates and we are still very interested in this equipment and are able to share this without any help from the teachers.
Autumn Term 2021
Most of the children in Star Class are in their Reception Year this term and they have been gradually increasing their time in school and adjusting to staying at school all day. This has meant that these children are now having dinner at school and they have made excellent progress in their ability to sit at the dinner table with their classmates and accept having a school dinner presented to them. Some children have also tried new food and made progress in their ability to use cutlery.
All of the children have been working on their social skills this term and they can all happily play cooperative and turn taking games, with gradually reducing support, with their chosen friends.
During our 'Festivals and Celebrations' topic, we have all been very busy and creative. We have made our own party crowns, made playdough birthday cakes and decorated edible small cakes with icing and sprinkles. We have also celebrated our classmates birthdays by sharing cake and playing party games. Also, during story sessions, we have been learning about Elmer the elephant and we have made collage Elmers and elephant pancakes, which were delicious!
Summer Term 2021
It has been a very busy year in Star class, but one where the children have done lots of learning whilst having fun. We hope you have a lovely Summer and enjoy some videos of all our achievements this year.
It was wonderful to see all of the children return to Star Class in March. We have thoroughly enjoyed our Building topic and learnt all about 'The Three Little Pigs'. We made houses out of sticks, straw and bricks for the pigs and acted out this story using masks and props. Feeling the fan blowing, when the wolf hufffed and puffed, was our favourite part of the story and some of Star Class have learnt to join in with the repetitive phrases during this story. We have also been working with a friend to create our own buildings using construction equipment and have enjoyed riding on the big digger in our building site role play area.
Star Class have also continued to work on their fine motor skills during Happy Hands sessions and they have been developing their threading and pencil skills, exploring clay with their hands, opening and closing fastenings and using their index fingers to activate toys and equipment.
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.