Starfish

Taught by Miss Whitehurst, Mrs Pillinger, Mrs Barnes & Mr Taylor

Cotswold Wildlife Park - June 2018

Starfish Class visited Cotswold Wildlife Park to see some animals who live in rainforests. We saw some incredible animals and got really up close to some scary ones too! We had so much fun playing in the huge treehouse outdoor area, and Starfish nicknamed a particularly steep slide "The Death Slide". We can report no children were harmed in their descent down the slide! We finished our wonderful day off with some Mr Whippy ice creams with flakes. What a brilliant day!

Monday 6th June 2018

Starfish Class have started their first week back this term learning all about The Rainforest. We have found out that the rainforest is very wet and hot and can name some animals who live there too! Yesterday, we made some green vines and curly snakes for our classroom display. Today we wrote postcards from The Rainforest, and we have also had a focus this week on the importance of being truthful. Then we made green playdough that smells like oranges! Starfish have been very settled so far this week, the staff are very proud of how far the children have come this year!


Monday 4th December 2017

Forest of Dean

Starfish had a wonderful time in the Forest of Dean on the Highway Rat Trail. We followed the arrows, used crayons and paper to take rubbings and then enjoyed playing in the play park at Beechenhurst Lodge. A great day had by all! - Mrs Whitehurst


Wednesday 29th November 2017

Class Trip to Beechenhurst Lodge

Starfish had such a lovely time on our trip to Beechenhurst Lodge in The Forest of Dean.

We spent a few hours walking through the woods and playing at the woodland park. Whilst on our walk we came across lots of great wildlife and nature! The children, as always, loved finding their favourite stick and trying to decide what it looked like!

It was so refreshing and lovely to see the children enjoying themselves in the great outdoors, amongst all of the tress and nature! They were all so well behaved, a real credit to The Ridge Academy.

Seeing the children run around in the fresh air and piles of leaves demonstrates the importance of our outdoor education at the school, highlighting how much the children love being in amongst nature. Miss Ravell was a font of knowledge on our trip, telling us all about different birds and wildlife, I think our teachers even learned a thing or two!

Thank you to all of the staff for helping support a brilliant trip and also to all of the children for behaving so well, allowing us to have a such an enjoyable trip.


Well done Starfish!


Sunday 8th October 2017

Rhyming well in Starfish

​It's been such a busy term so far in Starfish! We finished learning about onomatopoeia and wrote onomatopoeia rhyming poems using capital letters and exclamation marks. We also visited Slimbridge where we enjoyed feeding the birds, pond dipping, and getting wet in Welly Boot Land (much to Mrs Whitehurst's horror!) :-) Since then, we've been exploring weather in the UK and the change of season. We collected the signs of Autumn in a tray (leaves and acorns) and made beautiful leaf print trees.

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Starfish Superheroes

Starfish have zapped and zoomed into action this term with our Superheroes topic. We had great fun dressing as Superheroes and watched Lego Batman, and we've been doing lots of comic-inspired artwork. In English, we've been learning about onomatopoeia (ask the children what it is!) and in Maths, we have been looking at the features of numbers, including using 'more than', 'less than' and 'equal to'. Keep up the good work, Starfish! ​

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Starfish Pirates!

Last week, Starfish learned about the structure of the story 'Peepo', and we have been creating a special class project on the iPad - so watch this space!

In Maths, we have been carrying on with multiplications - learning how to read and solve multiplication problems using objects to help us.

We also had a Topic Day on Thursday and we went on a Treasure Hunt in the school playground (carefully trying to stay out of the sea in case the crocodiles snapped at our feet). Afterwards, we made our own pirate treasure maps!

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