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Miss Strange

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Autumn Term (1) 

Well done on your first week back!

All Starfish have worked incredibly hard this week and have been fantastic at remembering and learning all of our new routines.

Something out of the ordinary happened this week, as we were coming out of assembly there were different presents left along the corridor and in our classrooms. As a class, we brainstormed ideas of why we might have the presents. We then met as a year group to share our ideas. Finally, we opened the presents together to find out there were different toys inside the presents. We then learnt our new topic was about toys. As a year group we decided on the title ‘A Volcano of Toys’.

In English this week we have been looking at different toys and using our writing skills to either label the toys or write a sentence about them.

On Thursday, we were very lucky to have ECO outside with Dr Collins. We made toys out of everyday materials. The children showed fantastic resilience when using the toy.

A great week. Well done

Just a reminder… Please can P.E kits and book bags be in school everyday. Thank you.

Week 2

Another busy week in Starfish this week.

Is week in English we have been focussing on own sentence structure. We have been using pictures to give us ideas and then writing about them. We made sure we had capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We have also been using our rulers to correctly label pictures. We made sure we used our sounds when labelling and held onto the ruler so we had a straight line. 

In maths this week we have been focussing on sequencing. We have ordered our day making sure we had it in the correct order. We then moved onto ordering the days of the week. Focussing on the order and when the week starts/ends. We then shared what we did yesterday, today and tomorrow to help us with our order. 

In topic this week we have been focussing on materials. We discussed what a material was and what materials we already knew. We  went on a material hunt around our classroom before sorting toys in different ways. We used our sorting circles to help us. 

To end our busy week we had a fantastic trip to toys r us. The children got to explore where toys come from and all different toys available. We linked our materials work to the toys we found in the shop. The children behaved extremely well and had a great time. 

Please can reading books and records be in school every day. 

Well done to our Star of the week Annabell

Week 3

Starfish have had another fantastic week this week.

In English we have been learning our new story ‘Tatty Ratty’. We have added actions to the story to help us remember each sentence. I was impressed with their story telling and expression used through out the story. We have also been writing a character description of Tatty Ratty making sure we include adjectives. To end the week we have worked as a team to produce questions to ask Tatty Ratty to find out information about him.

In Maths this week we have continued to sequence the days of the week and discussed how they do not end and it is a continuous cycle. We then moved onto discussing and ordering the seasons. We had different prompts to explore and put into the correct season. The children then explained why they put them in each season. To end the week the children have shown what each season means to them.

In topic this week we have continued exploring materials and their properties. The children had individual sorting circles and choose a category for each circle. They then added objects or toys to these. To end the week we discussed the properties of these materials and went on a hunt inside and outside to find objects that matched our describing word.

Homework and spellings books are due in on Monday.
Well done to our Reader of the Week – Sofia D

Week 4

Starfish have worked incredibly hard this week!

In English they have been independently writing our class story ‘Tatty Ratty’. They all did a fantastic job applying their phonic knowledge to help them spell out tricky words. When they were unsure they referred back to the story map and actions to help them.

In Maths this week we have been focussing on number and sorting. The children started by counting up to 20 and then chose a number to represent using different resources. They then represented this number with different pictures. To end the week they have been focussing on sorting objects in to different groups and explaining why they had sorted them this way.

In topic the children have been exploring timelines. They investigated pictures of toys from the past and present and then decided on an order starting from the oldest and ending with the newest. They had to use teamwork trios during this lesson. They have also compared toys from their lives and a babies life explaining why we wouldn’t give a baby a specific toy. To end the week we have been exploring what happens when we add white to a colour each time.

Week 5

Wow another week has flown past in Starfish!

In English this week, we have been learning a new story called ‘Toy Party’. The children have loved adding actions to the story to help them learn it. They then performed a sentence each to the class with great confidence. They have also been sequencing the story with pictures and using their everyday writing skills to independently write sentences next to each picture. The children showed how well they had remembered the story and the sentence structure.


In Maths this week, we have been focussing on number. We have explored estimating and how we can make a sensible estimate and then how we can find our for definite the amount they have. The children used resources to help with their careful counting and also different ways of labelling. They could all explain how they had done this and why.

 In Topic this week, we have been labelling the different parts of the body. I was really impressed with all of the different labels the children came up with and knew where to put each one. We have also been looking at the different seasons and the colours which go with each season. The children then used paints to show their chosen season on the page. Finally, the children used their drawing and cutting skills to design a toy. They were extremely resilient with their scissor control.

Please can I remind you to have book bags and books in school every day.

Well done to our Star of the week this week – ELLA!

Week 6

This half term is flying past!

In English this week, we have innovated (change) our story ‘Toy Party’. The children had great fun thinking of different characters to have in our story. Then as a class we thought of different actions to help us remember the changes. To end the week the children have been writing up the story. They have shown fantastic understanding of the story and sentence structure.


In Maths this week, we have been exploring what happens when we add one more to a number. We have been using a sentence stem to help us explain what happens e.g. 1block and 1 block makes 2 blocks all together. To help their understanding the children have explored this concept with different resources.

In Topic, the children have been exploring sketching. They investigated how their pencil can change colour and pattern on the page depending on how the pencil is used and moved. They then used this skill to sketch a self-portrait. I was extremely pleased with the different techniques you could see on them.


To end the week the children had Dr Collins. They got to explore cup and ball made out of recycled materials. They showed fantastic resilience and teamwork when playing this game. The children also had a gym specialist to come in and teach them a routine in gym. They showed great control of their bodies and listening skills to know each move.

Just a reminder.. Homework is to be handed in on Mondays.

Week 7

WOW where did the first half term go!

A big thank you to everyone for taking the time to come in and see me for parents evening.

In English, the children have planned and written an independent story all about toys. This gave the children the chance to show off everything they have learnt this half term.

In Maths, the children have been focussing on one number at a time and finding out all the different ways they can make this number. For this the children have been using different resources and looking at the numbers in different contexts. They have been extremely resilient in finding out all of the different ways.

This week the children were introduced to R.E. We have been focussing on special people and what makes them special to us. During this lesson the children were extremely thoughtful and listened carefully to everyone’s special people.

In Topic this week, the children were introduced to the ‘Old Bear’ stories. They then used their sketching skills to sketch their favourite bear from the book. They showed all their different techniques during this lesson I was very proud. They have also recapped timelines and used the bears to put in chronological order.

Thank you to everyone who came to our craft afternoon and dressed their children in pink it was fantastic!

Enjoy the break.

Miss Strange


Well done to our Star of the Week – Finley!
Well done to our reader of the Week – PHOEBE!
Autumn Term (2) 

Week 1

Our first week back has gone incredibly fast. The children have all worked hard as well.

This week, in English we have been focusses on poems and rhyming words. To start the week we explored different poems and nursery rhymes the children already knew. They enjoyed performing their favourite nursery rhyme to the class. We then learnt a class poem called ‘I wish’, the children added actions to the poem to help them remember each line. The children have also focussed on rhyming words and could explain what it means if the words rhyme. They then had different words they needed to see how many rhyming words they could find. In phonics we have been focussing on initial blends (starting sounds of each word).

In maths, we have been exploring different activities to get our brains thinking and thinking of more then one way. The children have been explaining how they count using their fingers, using teamwork to play a game using only numbers 1,2 &3 – they had to work out how to get to 10 each time and see who would be the first, finding different combinations for a three block tower, how many different rectangles can you make from 12 squares. The children showed great resilience during these activities and did not give up.

In topic, the children were sent a challenge from Edgart the Elf. He needed the toys to light up but he didn’t know how to do it. All he sent the children was: a lightbulb, battery and two wires. There were no instructions so the children had to explore the equipment and challenge themselves to try and work the problem out. The children have also been answering simple questions from information we have read about toys. To end the week the children then designed their own toy, thinking about the materials they would need, what would move on it and the tools they would use.

On Friday the children were lucky enough to have the gymnastics teaching in to practise their routine they have been learning. You can see how much they have grown in confidence during the weeks she has been coming in.

Well done to our Star of The Week – Alfie!

Week 2

ANOTHER fantastic week in Starfish.

This week in English we have learnt a poem called ‘Through the magic window…’. The children showed great enthusiasm when acting out the poem to help them learn each line. The children then brainstormed ideas for their own poem. Following this the children independently wrote their own ‘Through the spooky window’ poem. They showed great imagination when writing these.

In maths we have been focussing on whole part whole. The children had to identify the whole object and then think about which is the part. We discussed if there was only one part or different parts of the objects. The children used stem sentences to help them with the new language. We then linked this knowledge to numbers and identifying the whole of a number and part of it.

In topic this week we have worked in teams of five to decide on a toy they would like to make. They then designed their toy together of large pieces of sugar paper and listed all the different materials they will need to make it. The children then started to build this toy using different recycled materials. They will continue to finish these in the next week.


Starfish were FANTASTIC on their school trip on Thursday. They enjoyed all the different activities at the search museum and looking at all the old toys. They followed instructions brilliantly and listened to our leaner – Carol.

Week 3

What a jam packed week Starfish have had!

In English, we have introduced the children to instruction texts. We explored the different these texts to find out which features make them a instruction text. As a class we then recorded all of these features to put on our washing line in class. To end the week the children followed instructions read out by an adult, they either made a jam sandwich or decorated a biscuit. During this they discussed why it is important to follow each step in the correct order.


In Maths, we have been continuing with whole, part, whole. The children were exploring different numbers to find all the different parts. They started to notice the parts can be commutative (you can change the numbers around), this helped them to find all the possible parts for a number. We discussed how no matter what parts the number was in our whole is always the same. It was explained to the children how 0 cannot be a part as 0 is nothing.


This week in topic we have been completing our toys for Egart the Elf and started to practise our end of topic performance. The children also explored lists and why we write them. They then independently wrote a Christmas or birthday list.

On Thursday we had ECO with Dr Collins, this week they continued their toy Olympics and made a catapult to aim their pom-pom into a cup. The children had to work in teams to build it and then work together to decided where their cup needed to be placed.On Tuesday the children had a fantastic treat. Shake, Rattle and Roll came in. The children were able to play an instrument each and then as a class we put together a song. They had to follow the instructions of when to come in, changing their noise level and follow a beat. they had a fantastic time.

Well done to our Star of the Week – OSCAR!

Just a reminder ALL children need their P.E kits in school.

Week 4

Another GREAT week in Starfish!

Well done to our Star of the Week – TOMMY.

In English, we have been continuing with our instruction writing. At the beginning of the week, we decorated a snowman as a class. We then discussed each step we had to take to complete it. We added our time words to our plan so we knew where we started. The children then had to write up the instructions. We discussed the lay out and how important it is to use numbers, time words and imperative verbs. To end the week the children have started to plan their own teddy bear adding different decorations. The children then verbally told a friend their instructions and their friend acted out each step to check they were in the right order.

In Maths, we have continued with whole, part, whole. The children explored this concept using bananas and cheese. We discussed if it could be split into more than 2 parts. We then discussed the shape and sizes of the parts. To end the week, we then went further and discussed what would happen if you split marbles in to 3 parts and discussed all the different ways we could do this.

In Shared Reading, we have started the beginning of our text ‘Lost and Found’. We discussed the setting and where the penguin might come from. The children then had to explain why they think it came from their.

Week 5

Well done to our Star of the Week – FREDDIE

Starfish have been busy this week getting ready for their performance next week. They have been working extremely hard and are proud of the show they have achieved. They cannot wait to show their family.

In maths this week we have been focussing on subtracting to find the missing part. The children have been given different word problems to find the missing part. We then laid it out in our whole part whole model.

In English we have been continuing with instructions. We have been focussing on the way instructions are set out on the page and why this might be. To end the week the children have started their own hot write for instructions. The have done amazingly to remember all the key features of instructions.

In topic we have explored light. We discussed why we have and need light. The children then explored different light sources and made a poster to show all the different things we knew about light.

In shared reading we have been making predictions based on what we already know from the story and take into account that it is a fiction book. The children had to predict why they thought the penguin was feeling sad.

Week 6

What a great week we have had!

I think you will all agree the children were FANTASTIC in their performance. I hope you were all feeling as proud as I was. They have worked extremely hard to learn their lines and the songs to perform for you. They all loved every minute of it and looked great in their costumes.

In English this week, we have been finishing our unaided instruction write. The children did fantastically with these. You can really see the progress in their writing. They were able to share all the different features of instructions. They could explain what an imperative verb is.

In Shared Reading, we have continued to read more of our story ‘Lost and Found’. We came across a word we did not know ‘disappointed’. As a class we discussed what we think this word means and if we have ever felt disappointed. We then discussed where we could find the meaning of this word if we did not know – a dictionary.

In Maths, we have been transferring the numbers in our whole part whole model into subtraction number sentences. We then explained what each number represents in the model and number sentence.

Week 7

In English this week, we introduced the children to singular and plural. As a class we brainstormed what we thought a plural might be, we then looked at different pictures to help us decide. We then decided singular was one and plural meant more then one. The children then had different activities to complete to find all the different plurals and record them individually and in sentences. We have also continued to look at upper and lower case letters. discussing where they are used in sentences and how they sit on the line or go below the line.


In maths this week we have been discussing how an amount gets bigger when we add another amount to them. We have been practising how counting on skills instead of having to count the whole amount again. We have been using the language: first, then and now to explain our number sentence.

In R.E this week we have been exploring candles and why candles are important to Christians. We discussed why candles are used as a symbol and explored different symbols to understand why they are used. We then made a Christingle as a group and explained what each part of it meant.


I hope you all enjoyed the school fair.

Miss Strange

Spring Term (1) 

Week 1

Happy new year Starfish!   Starfish have had a fantastic start the new year and the term. 

In English the children have been introduced to ‘traditional tales’. The children explored lots of different traditional tales and then as a class brainstormed all the different features. We then introduced the children to our focus story by revealing a different prop at a time, the children then guessed what tale it could be and why. Finally, they revealed our tale is ‘Snow white and the seven dhwarfs’. 

The children then explored different settings, thinking about who might live there and used adjectives to describe each setting. 

In maths this week we have been investigating 3D shapes. The children explored 3D shapes in everyday objects and then used this knowledge when it came to our 3D shapes. We discussed the name of each one and started to explore their properties. The children were introduced to the vocabulary: vertices, edges and faces. The children were fantastic at remembering this and also being able to identify each one of the shape. 


In topic this week the children were delivered an URGENT email. In this email we had been sent an email containing a video of a dragon which had been spotted near by. We then heard different noises coming from the hall, when we tip toed into the hall to investigate we found different objects on the floor and a great big hole in the wall. We realised all the objects linked together and had been left to help us learn all about castles this term. Our new topic is called ‘Once upon a castle…’. To end the week the children painted what they thought a castle looked liked using only their imagination. They also recorded everything knew about the objects which had been left for us. 

Please can all P.E bags be in school and reading bags with books and records.

Week 2

Another busy week complete.

In Maths, we have been exploring 2D shapes. We identified them on everyday objects, we then used different materials to make our own 2D shape and explain which shape it was. They then labelled the shapes we could see in our castle picture. We then had to make a picture using the different shapes. The children had to explain why they knew what each shape was and the properties to the shapes.

In Topic, the children labelled the different defence features of a castle. We then explained what each one was and why they were used. The children then went back and changed their labels if needed.

In Shared Reading, our new text was introduced to the children be revealing just the front cover. They had to predict what the story might be about and if it was fiction or non-fiction explaining why. As a class we also made a glossary page of words the children did not know the meaning of.

In English, we have continued to explore settings. We have been using our five senses to help us think of different describing words for each setting. As a class we planned and wrote a setting description for a cave. The children came up with some amazing adjectives. To end the week the children planned and wrote a setting description for a waterfall. They really used their imaginations within their writing.

Week 3

Another week has flown by in Starfish Class!!

This week in English we have continued to explore adjectives using pictures and music as a stimulus. The children have been identifying the adjective and then putting these into sentences. We have also explored what a ‘Verb’ is. The children had different words on their table and had to act out their verb to their group. The group then had to guess which word they had. They children showed great enthusiasm during this and even wanted to do them in front of the whole class. On Thursday the children were introduced to ‘compound’ words. We discussed what they are and then had to find our own ones. The children had to match two pictures together to make the compound word. They were fantastic at explaining the two words had to be real to come together to make another word. To end the week the children did an unaided write based on all of our learning this week.

In maths, we have been exploring teen numbers and partitioning them into their tens and ones. The children have started to explain what each of the teen numbers are made up of. We have used numicon and resources to support their understanding.

In topic, the children have recorded all the information they know about the purpose of a castle. I was amazed by all of their knowledge and independent writing. We have also started to explore maps and atlas’ explaining why we have them and what they are for.

In shared reading, we have been focussing on the glossary. We have explored what a glossary is and why we have them. As a class we then made our own glossary of words we were unsure of. The children then had to re-sort a glossary that had been muddle up. Allowing them to use their knowledge on castles and from previous lessons.

Week 4

Where has this week gone!



In English, the children have been exploring questions. We introduced them to the key question words and discussed why each one would be used. They then wrote their own question to find out information about their teacher. We then looked more closely at asking questions for specific characters. We discussed how we do not need to ask questions if we already the answer and explained how we ask questions rather then tell them information. The class then had a special guest where they got to ask Belle their favourite questions.


In Maths, we have been focussing on our teen number. We explored what these are and how they can be made. We then moved on to partitioning the teen numbers in to tens and ones. The children have become a lot more confident with this partitioning. To end the week we explored what would happen if there were more then 1 ten in a number.


In Topic, the children were asked 'What if castles were not made of bricks?'. They had to make a prediction  of what material they thought would be the best and why. They then tested out the four different materials to find the answer. As a class we then collected all of our findings to see if we were right or wrong. The children found out lots of different things about the materials which surprised them.

Week 5

Well done Starfish another fantastic half term!

In English the children have been creating their own characters to write a character description about. Their characters were fantastic and individual. They all had lots of body parts and ate interesting things. They then did a fantastic job describing them.

In Maths, we have been focussing on our number bonds to 20. The children explored them using resources and then in missing number sentences. The children spent two days doing maths test. They were incredibly sensible and worked very hard on them.

In Topic, we used the atlas to help us explain why castles were built by the sea and inland. We then had to finish George the Knights sentence to show our understanding. To end our topic lessons we chose artefact from a castle and used our sketching skills to sketch them. We made sure we used our pencils in different ways to show the darkness of some artefacts.

The children looked fantastic in their pyjamas and loved being in them.

Have a great half term.

Miss Strange

Spring Term 2

Week 1

Wow! The first week back has flown by in Starfish!


In English, the children were introduced to non-chronological reports. The children had different reports to investigate so they could decide what they thought it meant. As a class we brainstormed all of our ideas. After revealing what they were we recorded all of the features for the report on a flip chart. Together the children then planned a report about the big bad wolf. We then did a class write to help our understanding of the layout and sentences. To end the week the children have started to plan their own report.


In maths, we have been investigating addition and take away. The children had different calculations which they had to represent and then explain what was happening in each one. We then discussed if there was an easy and more efficient way to solve them. As a class we decided on number lines. The children then explored subtraction on a number line.


In topic, the children have been investigating a compass and how they worked. They then had to direct a partner to a certain point in the classroom using directional language. The children have also been exploring human and physical features. We discussed what each term meant and then sorted different pictures in to each category. The children were amazing at explain what each term meant and telling an adult why each picture belonged on the category.



Just a reminder can P.E bags and water bottles be back in school please.

Week 4

Starfish have had a very busy week this week.

In English, the children have finished writing their own non-chronological report on their chosen character. At the start of each lesson the children have gone back and edited their work, they have become a lot more confident with editing their work. As a class we have now planned a new report on castles to help embed the layout and features. Together we have discussed the sentences we would like in our plan.

In Maths, the children have finished exploring addition using different representations. They have become a lot more confident using a number line to add. They can also explain what happens when we are adding.

In topic, we have been exploring tapestry within a castle. We discussed what we thought a tapestry might be and then watched a video of how a tapestry is made. They children have then designed their own tapestry using their initials. To end the week we split into four classrooms to explore the different jobs within a castle. The children got to find out different information on these jobs and had the chance to act them out.

This week the children enjoyed a session with Dr Collins. The explored the forces push and pull. We used a tug of war to show what changes can be made when pulling.

Miss Strange






Week 5

Another week has flown past!

Starfish had an amazing trip to Portchester Castle. They loved exploring the castle and noticing all the different features we had learnt about. They were all using such fantastic vocabulary during the trip. They were all well behaved and fully enjoyed themselves.

In English, this week the children have been doing a hot write. They have planned and written a non chronological report completely unaided. I am really impressed with how far their writing has come recently. They loved sharing their ideas and report with a friend.

In Maths, we have been exploring the term subtraction. We have discussed what happens when we subtract and then looked at different ways we can subtract using representation and number lines. The children are becoming a lot more confident with explaining what happens when we subtract and looking at the problem to work out what they need to do.

In Topic, we have been exploring what push and pull means. The children discussed each term and then talked about what might happen if we change the push or pull or add more weight to it. The children also went back in time to a medieval castle! They had to test out three different materials to make the best shoe to help them with their jobs. It was interesting to see the children's reactions to wear no school shoes outside.

Week 6

Another amazing week in Starfish!

In English, we have been exploring poetry. The children were introduced to a poem called 'What am I?' they enjoyed looking at all of the different features. We then made a story map with actions to help us remember each line. As a class we then wrote a final verse for the poem. I was impressed with all of their fantastic ideas.

In maths, we have continued adding and subtracting. The children had a mix of problems which they had to decide which operation they needed to use to solve each one. The children are becoming a lot more confident with each problem and looking for clues to help them.

In topic, we have explored the similarities and differences in castles. We discussed what each term meant. We then compared two castles and explained what we could see was the same or different. The children have also been exploring the term bird's eye view. We brainstormed lots of ideas of what we thought it meant. We then labelled a photo of a bird's eye view castle.

To end the week the children have been finishing off their team castles. They have worked extremely well as a team.