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.

Wednesdays - 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.

Website provision map EYFS KS1 (3) (1).docx

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

PE Foundation - Jasmine.pdf

Term 6 - Is power the answer?

Every week we upload an overview of the key learning in each area and how to support this at home onto Evidence Me and Google classroom. Please upload news, interests and learning at home onto Evidence Me.

We begin this term by exploring the effect of changing seasons on the natural world around them, the power of the sun and sun safety. We will use the texts Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and Look Up! by Nathan Bryon to explore Space and the Planets in our Solar System. We will explore and talk about different forces and learn about the achievements of astronauts such as Valentina Tereshkova and Neil Armstrong. We will have opportunities to design and make 3D models of planets and rockets, create and perform space themed dances and respond to music from different traditions, genres, styles and times.

This term we are all looking forward to the Inflatable Planetarium visit and are first Sports Day! We will also be supporting the children through stories and activities to prepare for their transition to Year 1.

Reception Term 6 Knowledge Organiser Is Power the Answer?

Term 5 - What goes around, comes around?

Every week we upload an overview of the key learning in each area and how to support this at home onto Evidence Me and Google classroom. Please upload news, interests and learning at home onto Evidence Me.

We begin this term by exploring the life-cycle of plants and animals using the key text 'Growing Frogs'. We will understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment and all living things. The children will use 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' story to learn about how to make healthy choices and know what a healthy snack is. To end our term we will be focusing on themes in our third text 'You Can' such as bravery, difficult choices and kindness. The children will see themselves as valuable individuals and learn to think about the perspectives of others.

We will enjoy learning about the local tradition of May day and we will invite parents in to watch our May pole dancing. We will recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.

Reception Term 5 Knowledge Organiser What comes around goes around?

Term 4

Learning Journey Enquiry Question - How can impact be measured?

Every week we upload an overview of the key learning in each area and how to support this at home onto Evidence Me and Google classroom. Please upload news, interests and learning at home onto Evidence Me.

We begin this term by exploring how we change as we grow using the key text 'Once there were Giants'. We will gain knowledge about different families and will welcome younger siblings into school for a stay and play session. We will discuss the impact our special family members have on us and will work together to plan a special surprise for our Mum's at the end of term. The children will also learn about how to keep themselves healthy and safe in order to self regulate.

We will then explore sings of Spring and how the world around us changes at this time of year. We will consider our impact on the environment and will take responsibility to care for environment both at school and in our local community and the wider world using the texts 'The Secret Sky Garden' and 'Errol's Garden' to spark our creativity and imaginative story telling.

Reception Term 4 Knowledge Organiser How can impact be measured_.pdf
Year R Knowledge Organiser Letter.docx

What is a Knowledge Organiser?

Term 3

Learning Journey Enquiry Question - Does where you are determine who you are?

Every week we upload an overview of the key learning in each area and how to support this at home onto Evidence Me and Google classroom. Please upload news, interests and learning at home onto Evidence Me.

We begin by exploring where we live in comparison to the penguin in 'Lost and Found' who lives in Antarctica. We explore the themes of friendship and does where you are determine who you can be friends with? What barriers are there to friendship and how can we overcome these? We will compare how we celebrate the start of a New Year with traditions in another culture.

Year R Knowledge Organiser Letter.docx

What is a Knowledge Organiser?

Reception Term 3 Knowledge Organiser Does where you are determine who you are_.pdf

Term 3 Photo Gallery highlights- Luna New Year Workshop, making fortune cookies and lanterns.

Term 2

Learning Journey Enquiry Question - To improve is to change

Reception Term 2 Knowledge Organiser To improve is to change.pdf

This term we started by learning about how the past can inform the future. We learnt about the tradition of bonfire night and remembrance day. The children learnt that the poppy is a symbol of hope and we discussed how we can shape our future with our hopes and dreams! We invited an expert florist to help us make a poppy wreath (Mrs Minns from Delphi Flowers). The children understand the significance of the war memorial in our local community and laid the wreath at the memorial during the remembrance parade with other community groups. Thank you to all our families who were able to join us to mark this occasion.

Our rich text this term is 'Your fantastic elastic brain'. The children will be developing flexibility to change and build new and stronger learning pathways.

Term 1

Learning Journey Enquiry Question - What is our journey?

Weeks 1 to 3 A big journey begins with small steps!

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 good hand hygiene and 'catch it, bin it, kill it' for coughs and sneezes!

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 and recorded key facts they had learnt about tortoises.

Weeks 4 to 7

We used the children's interest in vehicles as the stimulus for the enquiry question - we chose to use the rich text Naughty Bus! The children loved following the journey of the bus and predicting what it would do next! They even wrote their own adventures for the naughty bus. A highlight was the fabulous finish to our topic when we had a visit from a vintage bus. The children loved exploring the bus and comparing it to modern day buses. One of our parents is a bus driver and she shared her expertise in all things about buses with the children - they loved finding out about the skills she uses to do her job! This inspired the children to make their own bus in, make and sell tickets and design a route around the outside environment for all of their vehicles to travel along.

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.