EYFS 1 & 2 - Stara Class

Welcome to 
Stara Class

We are an Early Years class of 23 mixed aged EYFS 1 and 2 children (Nursery and Reception). We have a large spacious classroom and a beautiful and well equipped outside area which we have access to all year round. This is a safe and purposeful area which is solely used by Stara Class. We also have extensive grounds which we can use such as a school field, playground and wooded area which we share with the rest of the school.

Stara Class is taught by Mrs Hall and her fabulous teaching assistants. These are Natalie Strike, Janie Henderson, Kim Fox, Sarah Easey and Gill Worth. We teach following the EYFS curriculum 'Development Matters' and continuously strive to provide the children with a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum.


General Information

Reading - We are passionate about reading in Early Years and it's at the heart of everything we do. We have a wonderful new reading area in class which children can access and use throughout the day. This is a quiet and calm reading space with a range of high quality books. Reading is encouraged and promoted in all our areas of learning and there are a wealth of reading material to support and extend our young readers. We have a library session each week, where children can take home a selection of high quality books to share at home.


Phonics - We teach 'Read Write Inc' phonics in the morning and this is a key teaching programme to ensure basic phonic skills are thoroughly taught. These are fun and engaging sessions which are very well resourced and taught by a terrific team of dedicated and skilled teachers and teaching assistants.


Homework - Look out for our new exciting homework projects for the term. These activities have been carefully planned to support and build on your child's learning in school. The idea is to complete the homework together so you have the opportunity to enrich and extend learning and understanding. The homework is not compulsory but please have some fun and have a go!! Children earn points and can achieve a bronze, silver or gold certificate which will be celebrated in assembly at the end of the term.


Forest school - This will take place on a Monday and Wednesday morning for Nursery children and on Monday afternoons for Reception children. Sessions are taught in our very own wooded area by Nicola Plummer who is Forest School trained. Please ensure waterproof clothes and wellington boots are kept in school each day as we will often be working outside linked to all areas of our learning. 


PE - We have the brilliant Mr. Jones teaching PE this term. PE will be on a Tuesday morning and a full kit is needed in school all week. PE will be taught to all the Reception children and the focus will change each half term. Pre-school children will have a range of fun and active sessions with the class teacher, including ride on bikes and scooters. We also have a fantastic new climbing wall which we can use in addition to the PE session.


 Yoga - We offer yoga at Upton Cross and Natalie Strike will deliver a session to both Nursey and Reception children on a Thursday afternoon. Yoga offers many health benefits and a great sense of well being. 


If you have any questions or queries about your child please email myself or the school admin team. We will do our best to answer your questions and give you any help and support that you may need.

Many thanks

Mrs Hall and her super Stara team

Spring Term 2021
This half term we are starting with a 'toys' topic which is a firm favourite in EYFS . As we have been teaching remotely for part of this term, this is a great topic to support all those learning from home. We have created an exciting learning environment with a whole heap of exciting and engaging activities ready to capture the children's imaginations!  
Our outdoor learning sessions will continue with Nicola (Monday and Wednesday) along with Yoga with Natalie and PE with Mr. Jones. 

Reading challenge

Listed below are the top fifty books that are recommended that your child reads. Have a look and see how many of these you can read this year. If you click on the link you can also download a checklist too. Happy reading!  


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