Welcome to the Starfish class page!
Meet the Starfish Team
Fridays - Woodland Session
Children wear old clothes to school (arms and legs covered). Please provide waterproof coat, trousers and wellies if the weather is wet.
Tuesday - PE
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school in a named PE bag. Yellow T shirt, black shorts and trainers/plimsolls. Jumpers and tracksuit bottoms/leggings in colder weather. The PE bag can stay on your child's peg and will get sent home at the end of term to be washed.
Please name water bottles, snack boxes, lunch boxes and all items of clothing.
Ethos and Vision for our children
Our children are at the heart of everything that we do and we build our curriculum around their needs and interests. We observe, assess, teach and review impact through 'In the moment planning' using play as the vehicle for learning. Our children free flow through out the day between engaging and purposefully organised inside and outside environments. Early reading, writing, phonics and maths skills are taught in short directed teaching inputs, the children then apply these skills independently in our enabling environment. The children's interests drive the themes for our learning journey enquiry question as well as seasonal changes and celebrations. We aim to capture the awe and wonder of childhood making every moment memorable so our children learn deeply and can apply their skills in different contexts. We build a strong home school partnership to ensure our children feel secure and blended learning is consistent and playful.
To find out more about our EYFS ethos and vision please refer to our EYFS policy.
What does provision look like for those with additional needs in Starfish class?
Outlined in the document below are the waves of provision we use to support children with additional needs. Support is tailored to each individual and provided as needed, with or without a diagnosis. Please talk to your child's class teacher if you have any concerns about your child, their needs or the provision in class. You can find further information on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities page on our website. This is where you will find our vision for SEND pupils, and our SEND information report which outlines what we as a school can offer.
Speech and Language support - how can you help your child?
Communication is a key building block for all children to thrive in every aspect of their life. Your support at home with this is not only much appreciated, but also an essential element of their development. For tips and ideas about how you can do this, have a look at the Speech and Language Link parent Portal:
Home school partnership
How will I know what my child will be learning in school and how can I support this at home?
Outside the classroom door is a busy bee board which we will write key learning from the day on to act as a talking point with your child.
We upload on Evidence Me and on our google classroom page our weekly learning journey skills grid. This outlines the key skills in each aspect of learning the children will be developing each week and how to support this at home.
On Evidence Me we upload a weekly phonics and maths activity for your child to try. If you require paper copies of these activities please let us know.
We will share with you your child's individual learning plan which outlines their next steps for each aspect of learning. We capture the child's and parent's voice when co-creating this plan to ensure that we all work together to meet the needs of your child. Your child's first plan will be shared with you during parent consultations on Tuesday 19th or Wednesday 20th October.
Our parent phonics workshop is on Tuesday 12th October at 6pm. More details will follow soon.
Once the children have settled into their new learning environment we will invite parents in for stay and play sessions and to support with reading.
We will send home each term a knowledge organiser. Please click on the link below to view this terms and a letter which explains what a knowledge organiser is and how you can use it to support your child.
PE Curriculum Map
Meet the Teacher Evening
Learning Journey Enquiry Question - What do plants do for us?
This term the children will be exploring the theme of plants through poetry, instructional texts and the stories Jack and the Beanstalk and The boy who lost his bumble. The children will be caring for the world around them, noticing and commenting on seasonal changes as well as making observations over time. The children will be applying their phonics skills to reading and writing seed packets, instructions to plant a bean seed and creative story writing. We will also be learning about the King's Coronation and King Charles'interest in plants and the environment. We will be contributing to our local community's celebrations and making special memories together.
Term 5 Photo Gallery
Learning Journey Enquiry Question - How do I know who to trust?
This term the children will be exploring this question through the context of characters in traditional tales. The children are already familiar with the stories 'The Three Litlle Pigs' and 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We will be looking at the events in these stories through the eyes of the wolf and considering if you should 'judge a book by its cover'! The children will explore different characters perspectives and relate this to their own lives in the context of respecting other peoples opinions and needs . We will investigate our likes, dislikes and what makes us all unique and the importance of celebrating and respecting differences. The children will also be learning about the importance of looking after their teeth and will be encouraged to follow good dental hygiene routines, such as brushing their teeth twice a day and limiting high sugar foods and drinks.
Learning Journey Enquiry Question - Is sacrifice needed for the common good?
This term the children will be exploring this question through their interest in superheros. We will explore the characteristics that superheroes have and make links with real life heroes. The children will consider why heroes are admired for their courage, noble qualities and outstanding ahievements. We will learn about sacrifices that heroes have made to improve the lives of others or to take calculated risks for the common good. Our key texts this term are Supertato, Dr Ranj A superhero like you and Amelia Earhart - Little people Big Dreams!
Learning Journey Enquiry Question - What are the ingredients for change?
This term the children will be exploring this question through community and family traditions and celebrations. We will be considering what we can learn from the past and how this helps us make changes for the better for the future. We will use the themes of Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwlai and Christmas. The children will also be focusing on their self regulations skills and we will learn about the four zones of regulation to support them in naming emotions and developing skills to help them regulate with independence. Our key texts that will introduce the children to rich vocabulary, story language and stimulate discussion and creative writing are shown below. We will also use poems about Bonfire night and rhymes about celebrations to develop our children's communication and language skills.
Term 2 Photo Gallery
Learning Journey Enquiry Question - Whose World is it Anyway?
The first part of this term we focus on getting to know each other! The children explore their new indoor and outdoor spaces, they make new friends and get to know the adults who look after them. The adults play and chat to the children, getting to know them all, what they like to do and how they learn.
We begin by learning all our new routines with a particular focus on listening skills and Carpet time expectations.
Our school value focus this term is courage and we have been encouraging resilience and independence right from the start! All our children are showing that they can be a 'tough tortoise' and have settled so well enjoying all their new experience and challenges. Look out for a small tortoise coming home as a special reminder that your child can face new challenges with a smile, secure in the knowledge that we are here to help support them along the way!
The children loved meeting a real tortoise and learnt how to care for one as a pet. They read the story the hare and the tortoise which they recreated in their play.
Our topic this term is ‘Whose World Is It Anyway?’ We will be exploring this question through the theme of food and farming. Comparing food that grows in this country with food that grows in a country with a hotter climate.
We will also explore the theme of harvest and Autumn.
The children’s interests will also be used as a vehicle for learning. This term they have shown an interest in
Food (where it comes from and cooking)
Imaginative play (café, shop and home corner)
Vehicles (Tractors, Combine Harvesters)
Early days exploring our new learning environment.
The children have loved getting to know each other and sharing their treasure boxes! Thank you for all the effort that went into creating them.