Our First Week in Reception

Our First Week in Reception

The children at Starbank Road have had a busy first full-time week in Reception. They have enjoyed exploring the indoor and outdoor environments, making new friends and learning new things. All of the children have settled in very well and the teachers are looking forward to the rest of the year.

Have a look at some of the things we have been up to!

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Maths in Reception

Maths in Reception

This week in Maths we have had fun learning lots of different number songs and rhymes. Perhaps you could have a go at singing some of your favourites at home!

‘One Elephant Went Out To Play’

‘1,2,345 Once I Caught A Fish Alive’

‘Number Rumba’

‘Ants Go Marching’

‘When I Was One’

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Reception Team

Reception’s first week at school

Reception’s first week at school

The children in Reception, at the Hob Moor Road site, have had a wonderful time exploring their new environment this week.

They have been super busy learning through play in the indoor and outdoor learning environment.

Well done Reception, you have had a super first week!

All of the teachers are really excited for Monday when the children have their first full day at school.


Starting School in Reception at Bierton Road

Starting School in Reception at Bierton Road

The children in RA and RBK have had a fantastic first week at school. They have been very busy exploring their new classrooms, playing with new resources and making lots of new friends. We are very proud of how well the children have settled into school life and we are really looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

Have a look at some of the exciting things the children have been doing this week!

Culture Day At Starbank Nursery

Culture Day At Starbank Nursery

We had a wonderful Culture Day in Nursery this week. Lots of children wore their traditional clothes. We tasted fruits and breads from around the world. We looked at photos from different countries and some parents stayed to share their wedding photos with the children. We made flags and looked at maps. Thank you to all the parents who made the day such a success.

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Year 2 Rocket Radio – The Seaside Show

Year 2 Rocket Radio – The Seaside Show

Following an unforgettable trip to the beach at Weston Super Mare this half term, Year 2 set to work creating their Rocket Radio show all about the magic of the seaside. Tune in to hear stories, quizzes, reports, history, music, poetry, and all the best memories from their trip! All Year 2 classes from each site met at Starbank Road this morning to broadcast the show to parents! Tune in below: –

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Adjective Work in 1KS

Adjective Work in 1KS


Searching for ladybirds

Today we went out into the garden to explore ladybirds. We investigated what they look like and how they move. Afterwards we used our observations to create an interesting word bank bursting with adjectives and verbs to describe ladybirds. Tomorrow we will use this vocabulary to create our very own ladybird poem in the style of James Carter’s Caterpillar poem. 102_2877 102_2865 102_2867 102_2869 102_2873

Buying books

Second hand books can be found very cheaply in charity shops and, (if you’re lucky!), at car boot sales. Ebay and other auction sites are also worth looking at.

Cut price new books can be found at The Works; they have stores on many high streets and they also sell online at


The Book People sell discounted books in workplaces and online. They are especially good for sets of books, which would make a really special present or could be split up.


Waterstones is this writer’s preferred source for new books which can’t be found at any of the above sources.They have a great website, but a visit to one of their shops is highly recommended. A happy hour or more can be spent browsing in the children’s department – and there are plenty of seats if the adults want a rest. Waterstones have branches in Birmingham city centre and Solihull town centre, and are online at https://www.waterstones.com/category/childrens-teenage

A Waterstones voucher is a great present for a bookworm – they can be redeemed in store or online.

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/ is much more than an online bookseller and is highly recommended. The site has a bookfinder tool which is great if you’re trying to choose a suitable book for a particular child. Children can review books and also join an online book club – if you have a very bookish child they will like this site. There are also tips on sharing books with children.

4P ECO Park

4P ECO Park

Children from 4P had an amazing morning at the ECO Park hunting for mini beasts and dipping for water creatures in the ponds.

This has helped us with our science topic about classifying animals and thinking about their habitats.

This was an amazing trip which we all really enjoyed!

The children were really well behaved and were very sensitive with the animals they found!

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