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Starlings blog 23.10.20, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 22nd Oct 2020 @ 9:51pm

Hello lovely Starlings, you have made it to the end of your first half term of Year One! Hurray! 

What superstars you have been. We couldn't be more proud of how you have faced every day with a smile on your face and a determination to try your best. Your writing, maths work, phonics, team-work and kindness has blown our socks off and we cannot wait to see what the next half-term will bring! 

Here's a little snapshot of what we have been up to this week for you at home. 


In RWI this week, our groups have worked on the following: 

Green Group

Sounds focus: ay, ee, igh

Book: 'On the Bus' 

Orange Group

Sounds focus: ea, oi, a_e

Book: 'Playday'

Pink Group

Sounds focus: ea, oi, a_e

Book: 'Tab the Cat'

Red Group 

Sounds focus: 'Special friends' ch, th, sh

Book: 'Pin it on'

Yellow Group 

Sounds focus: ear, ure, tion

Book: 'In the Park'


In Maths this week we have used the langauge First, Then and Now to introduce the concept of number sentences for the inverse operations of adding and subtracting. 

We know that if we have 3 first, then we add 2 more, we now have 5 

3 + 2 = 5 

This also works in the inverse, or opposite:

If we have 5 first, then 2 leave, now there are 3

5 - 2 = 3 


In English we have plotted the main beginning, middle and end events of the 'Lost and Found' story ready for planning and writing our own stories after half term. We are still working hard on applying the sounds we learn in phonics to our writing, and remembering finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. 


We have started learning about the weather and we have used weather symbols to draw and describe what the weather is like. We will repeat this for each season and compare what the weather is like in each season. 

For half-term, we would like you to complete a weather diary please. This will support our science learning for next week. There is a copy in your book bag. 


We cannot wait to see your refreshed, happy and smiling faces after your well-deserved rest.

Enjoy and stay safe! 

Mrs. O'Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern


Starlings blog 16.10.20, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 15th Oct 2020 @ 10:29pm

Hello starlings and welcome back to our weekly blog. 

We have had another very busy week in class this week and we are so proud of all the hard work completed again. 


This week we have updated the Read Write Inc phonics assessments so please look out for a label in your child's reading diary which gives information about your child's new phonics group. New groups will begin on Monday 19th October so books for that corresponding colour will be sent home on Friday 23rd October. This week's book will be for your current group. 

Red group

Sounds focus: review of set 1 sounds including n, g, p and k

Book: 'Let's Swim'

Pink group 

Sounds focus: oa, ew, ire

Books: 'Beep! Beep! Clocks and watches 

Green group

Sounds focus: ir, ou, oy

Book: 'What am I?'

Yellow group 

Sounds focus: ew, ire 

Book: 'Do we have to keep it?' 

Silver group

Sounds focus: review of set 1 sounds 

Book: Sound blending book 4 

Gold group

Sounds focus: special friends 'ch' and 'sh'

Book: Daily ditties 


This week we have continued to read our story 'Lost and Found'. We have turned our role play corner into a post office to fit with our book and we are enjoying writing using describing words. We have written labels for lost animals, written fact files for different animals and used our senses to describe the waves from the story's storm scene. We are working very hard on using our phonics knoweldge to spell words in our writing. 

Next week we will work on sequencing the events of the story and write sentences to suppport our understanding of this. We will also read some non-fiction books about animals to help us to choose an animal that we could replace the penguin in the story with. 


We have progressed onto using our part, part, whole work to help us to build and write number sentences using addition and subtraction. We are using the bar model to help us with this. We have also explored the language of 'not' for subtraction. 

For example we looked at images and stories and asked "There are 6 people. 2 people are wearing coats. How many are not wearing coats?" 

Next week we will continue to explore addition and subtraction. We will learn and use the language of "first, second, third, then and next" to support our work and we will begin to explore the concept of addition and subtraction being 'inverse operations'. 


We have completed an Autumn scavenger hunt and made our own seasonal windows to describe. This has helped us to explore seasonal changes. We have also started a weather diary to collect data about what the weather is like every day. Next week we will interpret the data to answer questions about the seasons.

Help needed! 

Straight after half term we will be working on making a 'Boris' robot as part of our PSHE, Heartsmart work. To do this we will need lots of recycled items from your homes, such as cereal boxes, kitchen foil tubes, milk bottles, food cartons. Please collect some of these items and bring them into school on or before Friday 23rd October. This will allow enough quarantine/resting time to make the items safe to re-use after the half term. Thank you in advance.

Have a lovely week! 

Mrs. O'Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Starlings blog 8.10.20, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 7:51pm

Hello Starlings and welcome to this week's blog page. 

What a fun week we have had in class. This week the children have loved learning about the life of Mary Anning and using their super history explorer skills to place the events of her life in chronological order.

To help us to understand what Mental Health Awareness week is, on Friday we made our own class happy jar that will be proudly displayed on the hall alongside the other class jars. We all made our own version too to show what makes us happy. 

In Science we have been on an Autumn scavenger hunt to help us to observe, describe and understand the changing seasons. We recorded what we found after talking about what we might expect to see. 

In English this week we have loved starting our new unit of work based on the story 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers. We started off by using objects and pictures as clues about the story, we used these to make predictions about what might happen. We then wrote sentences about what we could see and wrote speech bubbles for each of the characters. We began to set up our very own class Lost and Found office and wrote labels for some lost animals to keep safe until their owner could come and collect them. 

We are continuing to work hard on holding (or remembering) a sentence, and using our Fred talking from phonics to help us to spell words. We are really working hard on full stops to punctuate sentences, and on using capital letters at the beginning of our sentences and when writing names. 

In Maths we have progressed onto numbers 6-10 this week. We looked at the position of numbers to 10 on the number line and began to explore odd and even numbers. We have continued our work on using a part, part, whole cherry diagram to partition numbers in two, and sometimes 3, parts. Next week we will be learning how to add two parts together using the symbols + and = to help us to build number sentences. 

For Phonics this week, we have been working on the following in each of our groups: 

Pink group -

Sounds focus: er, ow, ai

Book: Scruffy Ted 

Yellow group - 

Sounds focus: ow, ai, oa

Book: Lost

Silver group - 

Sounds focus: Review of set 1 sounds 

Book: Sound blending book 3

Gold group - 

Sounds focus: Review of set 1 sounds 

Book: Daily ditties 

Red group - 

Sounds focus: review of 'special friends' ch, sh, qu, ng and nk

Book: Wuff Wuff 

Green group

Sounds focus: ir, igh, or

Book: The Witch's Lunch 


Thank you all for working so hard this week our little superstars! 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. O'Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern 

Starlings Blog 24.9.20, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 24th Sep 2020 @ 9:28pm

Hello again Starlings, it's that time of the week again! 

This week in maths we have been busy working hard on our counting skills, including subitising (which means looking at a group of objects and identifying how many there are without having to count them). 

We have done lots more work on part, part, whole and have used something called a "cherry diagram" to help us to partition a number. 

Next week the children will be applying their learning of partitioning and subitising to find the missing parts of numbers to up to 5.

In writing this week we learned about the famous athlete Wilma Rudolph and wrote sentences about her. We also looked at speech bubbles as a way to help us to role play and think about what the characters in our story ‘Look Up’ may be saying to each other.

Next week we will finish our unit of work on ‘Look Up’ by sequencing the story and thinking about what happened at the Beginning, Middle and End, before planning and writing our own versions of the story.

To help, if you get the chance to ‘look up’ at the night sky over the weekend and talk about all the things you see in the night sky, this will help your writing.

In RWI phonics this week:

Pink group have read the book ‘In the sun’ and learned the sounds i_e, o_e and u_e

Yellow group have read the book ‘Tom Thumb’ and learned the sounds o_e, u_e and aw

Gold group have been continuing with their daily ditties and have been working hard on improving fluency when fred talking to blend sounds in words.

Silver group have continued to use sound blending book 1 and have been practising ‘Fred in our head’

Red group have learned the sounds sh, qu, nk, ng and x this week and are now reading the book ‘Jam’ in phonics lessons.

In topic we were so excited to learn about fossils as part of our work in history, and we can’t wait to do more exploring of fossils next week.  

In worship we have been looking at the core value of thankfulness and sharing all the things we are thankful for.

Have a lovely weekend and we will look forward to sharing more of our learning with you next week.

Mrs. Judge, Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern




Starlings Blog 17.9.20, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 17th Sep 2020 @ 10:14pm

Starlings Class Blog 17.9.20

Hello Starlings families and welcome to our weekly blog. 

We have had a lovely first 3 weeks in class and are just loving all being back together in one bubble. We have had a lovely mix of 'exploring time' in our continuous provision, and learning time in our new planet-named groups. 

We are continuing to explore lots of mindfulness and nurture activities as we complete our whole school "All Together Now" topic, and we have enjoyed completing some computing work on the Ipads with Mrs. Judge this week too. 

We have started our History unit of work by looking at the past and sorting images into past and present. 

In English we are using the story 'Look Up' as a stimulus for writing. This week we received a letter telling us about a meteor shower viewing party in the park and we had to invite our friends along too! Next week we will be learning about Wilma Rudolph and comparing her to the main character in our story. We will also be ordering events from the story to show our understanding. 

In Maths we have been learning about 'whole' and 'parts' and exploring how we could cut up and share fruit into parts of a whole. Next week we will be looking at how to make a diagram of part, part whole and using this to help us to learn about parts and whole of a number and exploring how numbers and groups of objects can be split or 'partitioned' into parts. 

In Science we are beginning our unit of work on Plants and Seasonal Changes by going on a nature hunt to gather, compare and contrast leaves in our school grounds. 

Home Reading and RWI Phonics 

This week we have assessed your child to see where they are up to in RWI phonics, and we have grouped them accordingly. Tomorrow (18.9.20) we will send home the Read Write Inc. story book your child has been working on in class, along with their new homework diary. You will find a sticker in the homework diary with information about which colour group your child has been placed in for RWI. 

Please encourage your child to read this book at home to you and sign in their diary when they have done so. We will check the diaries and stamp when we see comments. 

Please also continue to share stories and books at home together and make a note of any reading done together. Children will still be able to earn raffle tickets for 3 signatures in their diary in a week. 

Our class PE day is a Thursday, so a gentle reminder that children should be sent to school wearing PE clothes on this day. Teresa takes the children for their PE lesson and they have made a great start with their super listening and their love of sport! 

Please remember water bottles daily. 

 We look forward to another lovely week together and will be back in touch in next week's blog. 

Mrs. Judge, Mrs. O'Marah, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern. 

WB 29.6.20 Starlings Weekly Blog, by Miss Gillam

Date: 28th Jun 2020 @ 10:10pm


Good morning Starlings J

I hope that you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some family time together. I am loving being able to see a little bit more of my most special people, even if it is from a distance. I look forward to seeing lots of you in school again this week.

Now that most of our Starlings are back in school, our home learning blog is going to look a little bit different. Each Monday you are going to get a suggested task list with lots of ideas for your home learning challenges for the whole week. We will also have a daily discussion which you can access on our school website. This week, our special whole school project will be called ‘Save Our Seas’.



Ideas for activities: (Pick the ones you like or choose your own) 


  • Look at the Global Goals and particularly Number 14- Life Below Water 

 https://www.globalgoals.org/       https://www.globalgoals.org/14-life-below-water 


  • Watch the Pollution Problems clip on the https://worldoceanday.school/ website.  Go around your house and do a survey of the single use plastic you have. Can you decide as a family to ‘Save Our Seas’ ‘Make One Change’ in something you buy from now on. Please Tweet your pledge to ‘Make One Change’ and we will spread the message and give ideas to others. 


  • Read of the attached document First News pages 7 and 10

Who is Diego and why is he so special? How can we help to stop plastic pollution?






  • Choose a particular ocean or sea to find out about. 


  • Use teddies or models you have at home to make a play or puppet show about the dangers facing the oceans. 


  • Find out which seas and rivers are linked with the Bible 


  • Go on a litter pick (with an adult from your house) in your local area. 


  • On your daily walk with an adult, visit a local pond, lake or river and talk about the local plants and wildlife there.  


  • Do a survey of the animals and wildlife you see at the local pond/river/lake. Make a pictograph or bar chart. 


  • Find out about an ocean animal or plant. Think about: Appearance, Habitat, Diet and whether it is endangered or not.  


  • Read sea poems and have a go at writing your own 

https://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/2019/04/over-my-toes/  https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/poem/over-my-toes/   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1sWlGCvcAQ  - Michael Rosen Seagulls 



  • Make an ocean biome out of an old shoe box. Or use play dough to create an ocean scene or habitat. Use the Salt dough recipe to make Salt Dough Starfish. 




  • Decorate a pebble with a sea theme and ‘Make One Change’ and put it outside school in front of the sharing window. 


  • Use your imagination to write a short story linking to the sea. Remember to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, and to re-read your work to check it makes sense.






Useful websites:  










https://conserveturtles.org/sea-turtle-tracking/   follow the migratory movements of endangered turtles 



Twinkl have lots of free resources (I have downloaded most of the ocean themed ones which will be attached to the daily blogs) 

David Attenborough clips and programmes:  




https://www.bbcearth.com/shows/blue-planet/ Blue Planet 1 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04tjbtx   Blue Planet 2 

Newsround programmes: 





Lovely Sea themed books and stories to share: 


https://vimeo.com/60259773 - watch the reading of Big Blue Whale 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jamBzIML79o - Barry the Fish with Fingers 


Listen to our lovely staff read some stories linked to our ‘SAVE OUR SEAS’ theme