Class 3 - Starfish

 Term 3 Report

We have had a fantastic term in Starfish!

In literacy, we have been learning the difference between writing and drawing, making meaningful marks and writing our names. We engaged in a range of fine motor activities to strengthen our hands and have been developing our tracing ability and letter formation.

In maths, we have been developing our recognition and understanding of numbers 0-5.  We have practiced counting objects reliably and carefully. We have sung lots of number songs, and enjoyed playing number games with our parachute. Our favourite songs this term was 5 speckled frogs.

We have engaged in a range of sensory play every day. We still enjoy getting very messy! We had daily bucket group sessions and are now working within stage two! We have been embedding our key signs and developing our PECS and spoken language. We are using our voices and have learnt lots more words! We have engaged in regular turn taking games and choosing activities to encourage spontaneous communications.  

In PSHE, we have continued to develop our independence skills by developing our personal care routines, dressing and identifying emotions. We enjoy having lunch together and sharing special snack. We have leant about healthy foods and have practiced our cutting skills.  

As part of our topic work we have been learning about the farm.  Some of our activities included naming animals, tasting vegetables and having a role play shop. We had lots of sensory play, which included washing vegetables, playing with animals in tuff trays and washing animals.

This term, we have developed our confidence in the water and have been having lots of fun developing our competence. The children who go horse riding are making excellent progress and enjoy their sessions. We continued to have Balanceability sessions weekly and enjoy weekly PE sessions. We have learnt a number of urn taking games and enjoy playing games with each other.

Well done Starfish, you have been amazing! We are all very proud of you!   

Term 2 Report

We have had a brilliant term in Starfish!

In literacy we have been learning the difference between writing and drawing, making meaningful marks and writing our names.  We have practiced our pencil grip and tracing patterns and letters. 

In maths, we have been developing our recognition and understanding of numbers.  We have learnt about one-to-one correspondence and we have practiced our counting skills.  We have been signing lots of number songs, our class favourites are 'five little ducks' and '1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive'.        

We have lots of sensory play every day - that is why we get so messy!  We have had lots of fun and experienced lots of different textures , smells, tastes and sounds.  We have been practicing our listening and attention skills by having regular bucket groups and structured activities.  Our communication skills are developing: we have started to focus on learning three key signs a week.  We continue to practice our PECS and communication skills daily.  We have regular games and choosing activities to encourage spontaneous communications.  

In PSHE, we have been developing our independence skills by practicing our personal care routines and getting ourselves dressed and undressed for PE. We share a snack together in the morning and all sit together for lunch. We have been practicing our cooking skills, we make excellent playdough and slime!

As part of our topic work we have been celebrating lots of special times.  Some of our activities included firework painting for Bonfire night, exploring colours for Diwali and making decorations for Christmas.  A highlight of the term has been our 'carols around the tree' event: we really enjoyed learning and performing 10 little snowflakes!  We enjoyed a trip to our local church, where we had the opportunity to sing songs with our friends in other classes.    

This term, Starfish class have had the opportunity to take part in swimming and some children go horse-riding.  We have also enjoyed drumming with Luke and practicing riding a bike in Balanceability.  

Well done Starfish, you have all been superstars!   

 

 

 

 

Term 1 Report

We had lots of fun this term in Starfish class!

We’ve enjoyed exploring our senses this term, particularly messy sensory play! We have experimented with lots of sensory things, our class favourites are shaving foam, twirling ribbons, rice, gloop and sensory balls. We have been learning to communicate what we do and do not like.

We have enjoyed mark making in lots of different resources. We have regular ‘Dough Disco’ sessions and we’re brilliant at the different actions – this is helping us to develop our finger strength for writing. We have been singing lots of nursery rhymes and fun songs!

We have been learning about number and have done lots of fun activities to learn what number means. We have enjoyed playing with lots of different resources and puzzles. We all really like Numicon!

We have particularly enjoyed being outdoors and were lucky to have our very own School Garden and Forest School weekly session with Ruth on a Monday morning, several of which were very muddy sessions! We have enjoyed using the new rope tree balance that Ruth made and playing lots of chasing games!

We have spent time with other classes this term and have been enjoying making lots of new friends.