Class 3 - Starfish

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.