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Star Class Reception

Welcome to Star Class

Class Teacher: Ms George

TA: Ms Simpson

 

Star Class email address: star@kafed.org.uk

MONDAY - SWIMMING 

IN A SEPERATE BAG-
swimming trunks/ costume, towel, swimming cap 

Monday - Thurs 

8.40 - 3.15

Friday 
8.40- 2.15 
Everyday you child needs to bring in their school bag and a water bottle. 

 

 

For Autumn 1 we will be focussing on:

  • Children settle happily into class.
  • Children make new friends.
  • Children explore all areas.
  • Children are confident and happy.
  • Children learn the class routines and expectations.
  • Children manage their personal hygiene and can dress themselves.
  • Children talk about themselves and their families.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD AT HOME IN PHONICS 

 

Phonics Week 1

Week 2

We have learnt our classroom rules this week-

Classroom rules: 

good listening

good sitting 

good looking

good waiting in free play/ good waiting on the carpet ( hands up) 

good talking / kind words 

 

We have also been learning Zones of Regulations-

this is to do with our emotions and how we are feeling. 


We looked at the emotions and their colours to represent them
sad/happy/worried/angry. 

Its ok to feel all these emotions.... its how we self regulate ourselves ( bring ourselves back to calmness) which is most important in our development. 

Some things we can do to help us: 

 feeling sad- have a hug/ talk to someone/ play with someone 

 feeling worried- talk to someone- teddy bear/ person

 feeling angry- deep breaths/ timers/ sensory toys/ mindfulness colouring

 feeling happyJUST BE YOURSELF! 

Have a look at the ZONES below and talk about how they're feeling. What colour are you and why?

 

 

Week commencing: 2.10.23

 

We have been looking at the book 'Monkey Puzzle' this week and children have been learning to join in with the story and add expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below together with your child and see if they can join in when the monkey  says "no no no"

See if they can read it with expression-  a fed up/ angry expression as the monkey is getting annoyed that the butterfly keeps getting it wrong and is not finding his mum.

We have also been talking about how to describe a family member too. 

e.g. My dad is tall. My dad has freckles. My mum has black hair. My nan has blue eyes. 

Have a go at home and see if you can describe each other?

OUR SOUNDS WE WILL BE LEARNING THIS WEEK.

Storytime for kids read aloud - Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson

Storytime for kids! Today's storytime is Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. Children will love listening to this heart warming story read aloud with bright colourful pictures. See if your child can answer the special question at the end! If you enjoyed this storytime, subscribe to Storytime For Kids to see more of your favourite books read aloud.

Week 6

WEEK 6
Week commencing: 9.10.23

 

We have been looking at the book 'So Much' this week and children have been joining in with the story and add expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below together with your child and see if they can join in when it says 'DING DONG' and 'SO MUCH'. 

See if they can read it with expression. 

We have also been talking about what our family members do with us. 

E.g. My nan bakes with me. My Dad reads me a story. My Mum plays with me. 

Discuss with eachother what each family member does at home. 

You can also talk about a birthday party- what would you bring to a party/ see at a party as we will be doing writing on this :)  
Why not try and make a cake -  put all the ingredients - 4 eggs, 225g self raising flour, 225g caster sugar, 225g margarine into a bowl- mix it altogether and cook at 160 degrees for 40 - 50 mins)  TAAA- DAAAA a YUMMY CAKE ! 

Phonics this Week

Week commencing: 16.10.23

 

We have been looking at the book 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below together with your child and see if they can join in with the story when it says "We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we're not scared"

See if they can read/ sing it with expression and add the actions to it.

We will be discussing what we would be bring on a bear hunt and talking about brown bears e.g. how they hibernate in cave like dens. 

We will be trying to make a bear from healthy snacks. 

Why not try the above at home and try and draw a brown bear in a cave! 

Michael Rosen performs We're Going on a Bear Hunt

http://www.jointhebearhunt.com For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through the award-winning favourite picture book We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury In this video, Michael Rosen performs the book - why not sing along with your copy at home!

In Autumn 2 we will be focussing on:

  • Majority of children stay at school full time. Children know and understand the classroom routines and boundaries.
  • Children establish their friendships groups.
  • Children independently use resources available in the learning environment.
  • Children improve gross and fine motor skills e.g. through pencil practice, scissor practice, dressing and undressing in our swimming lessons and through practising ball skills outdoors.
  • Children begin to use their imagination and think about what they want to create.
  • Children will begin to see themselves as writers- they will be ascribing to the marks they make.
  • ​​​​Children talk about signs of autumn, winter and celebrations.

AUT 1 NEWSLETTER. CLICK ON IT TO SEE OUR LEARNING AND WHAT WE WILL BE LEARNING NEXT TERM. THERE IS ALSO HALFD TERM IDEAS :)

Phonics Week 3

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt

We have been looking at the book 'We're going on a LEAF HUNT' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below together with your child and see if they can join in when it says 'we're going on a leaf hunt, we're going right away, lets fine colourful leaves'  and ... its a wonderful day!

See if they can read it with expression. 

The book is about children going on an leaf hunt and finding lots of colourful leaves in the season Autumn. We have also been talking about what happens in Autumn in class.

Why not talk about this at home

the leaves change colour- red/orange/yellow/brown

the leaves fall down

the climate/weather gets cooler

What should we wear in autumn?- trousers/ jumpers/trainers/boots/ jackets

Autumn Stories for Kids: WE'RE GOING ON A LEAF HUNT

🍁Fall Books |We're Going on a Leaf Hunt (Read Aloud books for children) | Pretend Play Miss Jill

🍄Can you feel the cool autumn breeze? The musty smell of freshly fallen leaves? It's time for a Leaf Hunt! So get up and follow along with the actions! Join us for the fun in this rhythmic dramatic read of Going on a Leaf Hunt 🍁by Steve Metzger read by Miss Jill.

Week commencing 14.11.22

 

We have been looking at the book   'Stanley Stick' 

Children have been thinking of ideas of what their stick could turn into to support language and imagination. 

Why not watch the clip below together with your child and talk to them about what their stick or box could be 

e.g.

its not a stick its a..... broom/ spoon, skipping rope

its not a box its a.....  dog/robot/car

 

We have also continued our learning on shape and been finding different shapes in the environment. 

Why not try and find some shapes in the environment and ask your child about the properties e.g. 

square- 4 sides the same- equal

rectangle- 2 long sides, 2 short sides

circle- 1 curved side

triangle- 3 sides 

 

CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS BELOW !

CBeebies Bedtime Stories 1x323 Stanley's Stick

Uploaded by Ash Malkin on 2022-11-19.

Gruffalo!

This week we have been reading the Gruffalo.

Talk to your child about the story. Can they tell you what happened?

What was their favourite part?

Who was their favourite character?

Watch the song from YouTube and see if your child can join in

The Gruffalo Storybook, song and video!! The footage belongs to the 3D movie of The Gruffalo, your children will LOVE it! 📚 Check out our website for more must-read books! https://schoolkidzplanet.com/ (UK) ▼ Support the author, BUY the book at your local book shop!

Beckenham Place Park

Phonics

WEEK 6 

Week commencing: 4.12.23

 

We have been looking at the book 'The Gruffalo's child' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and see if they can join in when it says

"I'm not scared" - in a brave voice

"you're not the mouse" - in a confused voice

 "the big bad mouse"  - in a yelling/shouting/scared voice

See if they can read it with expression.

The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson - Children's story/Audiobook/Read-aloud. Kids Book.

The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should, ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's Child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist....does he? Beautifully illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Nativity 

Next week children will be learning about the Christmas Story. We will be talking about their understanding and what this story means to Christians around the world. Have a look at the story below with your child.

This Weeks Photo's

In Spring 1 we will be focussing on 

 

Children begin using knowledge from their life skill sessions in their free play to impart knowledge. 

Children talk about signs of winter.

Children begin to write labels, captions and simple sentences using their sounds.  This may be with adult support. They blend cvc words and read words with diagraphs. 

Children will start to record data independently in free flow and begin to answer number sums.

 

See below for our Autumn 2 newsletter- what we got up to this term and what will be happening in Spring 1. 

 

Thanks for all your support this term smiley

Week commencing: 9.1.24

 

Welcome Back! We hope you had a lovely Christmas/Winter Holiday, 

We have been looking at the book 'Polar Bear, Polar bear what do you hear?' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and join in with the repeated sentences. E.g. polar bear, polar bear, what do you hear?

lion, lion, what do you hear? 

See if you can guess the animal before it comes u

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Song | Animated Kids Songs | Eric Carle Book | Animals

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6Z8hS7SwrH4VvkwrtJcJBT?si=GuLLCuJET7yD1vBU-IpoxA THE LONG-AWAITED SEQUEL in the Brown Bear series, this time focusing on the sounds animals around the world make. Featuring real animal sounds AND expert imitations by some TK kids at Kaiser Early Childhood Center in Oakland Unified School District. SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE MUSIC AND BOOKS!!

This Week's Phonics

 

Week 4

Week commencing: 29.1.24

This week we have been learning about chinese new year, in preparation for Chinese new year being celebrated on Saturday 10th Feb.

We have been looking at the book 'Goldylucks and the three pandas' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

" mmm just right " 

Do you recongise this book? Does it remind you of another story? 

How are they similar to Goldilocks and the Three Bears? 

How are they different? 

 

Watch the clip below to learn more about chinese new year

We will be making red envelopes with money inside, lanterns, dragon masks, dragon dances, Chinese number writing, trying prawn crackers, prawn crackers and try using chopsticks to pick up ' noodles'. 

Phonics

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas - By Natasha Yim | Children's Books Read Aloud

Please Subscribe Here ⇢ http://bit.ly/2gE3RVm And Don't Forget to Like, Share & Comment! Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim (Chinese / Lunar New Year Book) - In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears.

CBeebies | Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) | Zodiac Story

Learn how the Zodiac years were named by the Jade Emperor. Visit CBeebies at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies to find even more fun games and videos for your pre-schooler in a safe child friendly environment. CBeebies is dedicated to delighting and surprising its pre-school audience and it remains the UK's most watched and most loved channel for the under-sixes.

Week 5 

week commencing 5.2.24
 

This week is children's mental health week. The theme is ' my voice matters'

This week we have been learning about our emotions and our voice. 

We have been looking at the book 'Ruby's Worry' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

" ENORMOUS " 
' could it be a worry?'

Why not try and watch the clip below and have a go at joining in with the story. 

We have been talking about who helps us grow and if you have a worry the best thing to do is talk to someone e.g. mum/ dad/ cousins/ grandparents/ sisters/ brothers/ friends/ teachers. 

We have also been talking about how colours link to feelings - watch the clips below of the colour monster and inside out. 
We have also been talking about what we like and to speak out. 

Also why not try and have a go at doing the cosmic yoga trolls to spread happiness.

Ruby's Worry - Give Us A Story!

Ruby just loves being Ruby... Until one day when a worry comes along. Ruby doesn't tell anyone at first, but finds her worry goes away when she starts talking to her friends... Lovely little book and guide for little people

Anthony Joshua Bedtime Story | Ravi's Roar | CBeebies

📺Watch CBeebies full episodes on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/cbeebies ❤️Subscribe to CBeebies YouTube Channel https://bbc.in/2INIaAT Anthony Joshua Bedtime Story | Ravi's Roar | CBeebies Ravi's Roar is a story about dealing with emotions and learning to express and understand your feelings. Written and illustrated by Tom Percival.

Uploaded by None on 2016-06-06.

In Spring 2 we will be focussing on 

 

  • Children continue using knowledge from their life skill sessions in their free play to impart knowledge.
  • Children talk about signs of spring.
  • Children show an interest in jobs in the community and can talk about them or act out the profession in role-play.
  • Children will continue to blend words, write captions and simple sentences using their sounds with little adult support.
  • Children continue to talk about their emotions and link their feelings to the zones of regulation. They begin to find coping mechanisms and ways to regulate themselves. 
  • Children become storytellers.  Children retell a fairy tale story and act it out.
  • Children will continue to answer number sums and begin to use more language that is mathematical in free play e.g. exploring shapes, patterns, sizes in the environment.

 

See below for our Spring 1 newsletter- to see an overview of what we got up to this term and what will be happening in Spring 2. 

See below for more weekly updates of what we got up to in Spring 2 :) 

Week 1

Week commencing 19.2.24

 

This half term we will be looking at fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time.

Themes: love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3 

Setting: castle, forest 

Talk about the characters. 

We have been looking at the book 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Ghanian Goldilocks' this week and children have been joining in with the story and adding expressions. 

"mmm just right " or " whose been eating/sitting/sleeping....... my porridge/chair/bed" 

Why not try and watch the clip below and have a go at joining in with the story. 

What is similar and different about these books? 

Do they remind you of another book we read last term? answer- Goldylucks and the three pandas. 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Bedtime Stories for Kids in English | Storytime

This Weeks Photos

 

BOOK WEEK- 04/03/24

Remember to design a  fairy tale character or superhero

Dress up as your favourite book character- Wednesday 6th MARCH

 

 

We are still continuing our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'The gingerbread man' this week and children have been joining in with the stories and adding expressions. 

From Little Red Riding Hood - " Oh Grandma, what big....... you have" 

From Gingerbread man- " run run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread man' 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?

Who is the baddie? ( wolf and the fox)

Did you like the story? Why?  

What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( talking animals) 

Where was the story set? ( deep dark forest and the cottage) 

The Gingerbread Man | Full Story | Animated Fairy Tales For Children | 4K UHD

Little Red Riding Hood - Animated Fairy Tales for Children

Week 4

Week commencing: 11.3.24

 

We are still continuing our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book Jack and the beanstalk and 'The enormous turnip' this week and children have been joining in with the stories and adding expressions. 

From Jack and the beanstalk- "FEE FI FO FUM" 

From The enormous turnip-  " ...but the turnip didn't budge" 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?
Can you describe the characters? What do they look like?

Who is the baddie? 

Did you like the story? Why?

How do you know they are fairy tales- What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( talking animals) 

Jack and The Bean Stalk | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox

World Book Week

Week 5

Week commencing: 18.3.24

 

We are still continuing our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book 'Cinderella' 'Rapunzel' and 'Snow White' this week and children have been introduced to speech bubbles to also show someone is talking. 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?
Can you describe the characters? What do they look like?

Who is the baddie? 

Did you like the story? Why?

How do you know they are fairy tales- What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( talking animals) ( love) ( magic) 

A CINDERELLA Story Fairy Tales For Kids - Full Story

RAPUNZEL English Kids Story Animation | Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories - Full Story

Snow White story & Snow White songs | Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories for Kids

Phonics

Week commencing: 25.3.23

 

We are on our last week of our learning on fairy tales/traditional tales. Thankyou to everyone who bought in their fairy tale boxes. We enjoyed listening to the children retelling their fairy tale story using their box.

Fairy tales, or otherwise known as traditional tales, are stories that have been told for a long long time. They may include themes of love, talking animals, magic, good vs bad, power of 3.

We have been looking at the book 'Princess and the Pea' and 'Hansel and Gretal' this week and children have been introduced to speech bubbles to also show someone is talking. 

Why not try and watch the clips below and have a go at joining in with the stories. 

 

Questions/discussion points to ask with your child about the books: 

Who are the characters in the story?
Can you describe the characters? What do they look like?

Who is the baddie? 

Did you like the story? Why?

How do you know they are fairy tales- What themes are in the story? ( good vs bad) ( love) (magic) 

Hansel and Gretel | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA - BEDTIME STORIES FOR KIDS || BEST STORY FOR KIDS - ENGLISH STORIES

WEEK 1

Week commencing: 15.4.24

 

 

We will be looking at the book 'Ramadan Moon' this week and learning about the religion Islam. We will be learning about Muslims and how the celebrate Ramadan and Eid. We will learn about the Crescent moon, how Muslims give to the poor/charity, how they try to be kind, caring and polite and not get angry, how they fast ( don't eat in the day), how they pray, where they pray ( at home or in a mosque). When Eid comes they have a party, have hennas, have sweets, wear new clothes, have haircuts and have family members/ friends/visitors come over. 

 

We will be making our own mosques from the blocks or from drawing, making our own henna patterns. We will have a go at drawing the moon and star (symbol for Islam). We also will make our own crescent moon from tin foil in our art lesson. 

 

Eid Mubark! 

Week 2

Week commencing: 22.4.24

 

 

We have been looking at the book 'The hungry caterpillar ' this week and ' The crunching munching caterpillar. We have been learning the life cycle of a butterfly. First it is an egg-caterpillar- chrysalis- butterfly and children have been acted this out as a form of dancing. We have also got our very own real caterpillars that we are looking after and will observe them over time. 

 

Why not watch the clip below, together with your child and see if they can join in when it says

 The crunching munching caterpillar

"munch crunch" 

"well you can't" - in a strong demanding voice

 "I guess so"  - in a glum voice/ sigh 

See if they can read it with expression. 

 The hungry caterpillar 

...' but he was still hungry' 

Talk about the days of the week and healthy/unhealthy foods. 

Phonics

The very hungry caterpillar | Animated Book | Read aloud