Welcome to Star Class

Hemyock Primary School provides a full-day pre-school setting during term time only, from Monday to Friday.

Our session times are as follows.

Morning Session –      9am-11.30am

Lunch Session –          11.30am-12.45pm

Afternoon Session  – 12.45pm-3.15pm

We are registered to take children aged from 2 to 5 years. 

We charge £4 per hour.

We receive Golden Ticket Funding for children aged two from families who meet certain criteria (see https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/early-years-and-childcare/childcare/golden-tickets) and Early Years Entitlement Funding for children aged 3 and 4.

We also take part in the 30 hours extended funding for eligible parents.

Our Teachers are Mrs Longmuir and Mrs Goodwill

Miss Cooling, Mrs Finch and Mrs Smelt are our Teaching Assistants.

Miss Cooling                   Mrs Smelt                       Mrs Hawkins

Letters Home:

Star Class Topic Overview Summer 2020

Spring Break Activities Star and Sun Classes

Homework task – Star class – Spring term

Star Class – singing and Christmas crafts 2019

Homework task – Star Class – Autumn 2019


Class Activities:

Week  9-3-20

It’s National Science Week 2020! 

This week we will be conducting an experiment each day where the children will be encouraged to ask questions, make observations, make predictions, notice surprises and changes that occur.  In the setting there will be opportunities for the children to independently explore colour, texture, floating and sinking, movement involving wheeled vehicles and musical instruments.

Week 2.3.20

This week we will explore the stories ‘Farmer Duck’ and ‘Rosie’s walk’ to identify characters and events as well as to make predictions about what might happen next. We will look at eggs, the life cycle of a chicken and begin to match the food that we eat to the animal that produces it.  

Week 24.2.20

Welcome back after half term.  This week we will be starting our new focus based on farms.  We will be finding out about what a farm is, sharing our experiences of farms and looking at what a farmer does.  Our role play area is a farm shop and we will be involved in weighing, comparing, naming, buying and selling real and pretend food.  Any donations of root vegetables, leeks etc to keep our stocks up will be gratefully received.

Week 3-2-20 

This week we will be taking part in different science activities focusing on mixing colours, melting ice, using magnets and combining different liquids. We will be encouraging the children to look closely, to tell us what they notice and to make predictions about what they think might happen next.

Week 27-2-20

This week we are continuing to explore snowy animals and where they live.

Week 20-1-20

This week we will be finding out about Chinese New Year.  We will listen to a story about how the years got their names, role play going to a Chinese restaurant, explore mark making , counting and dance.  We will also discuss some of the festivals that we celebrate and how these are similar to and different from the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Week 13-1-20

This week we will be looking at the story ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ and we will be discussing the characters and setting from the story.  During our play we will explore re-telling the story, making marks in salt to explore animal trails and develop our independent creativity skills by using play dough and junk modelling to create our own funny creatures.

Week 6.1.20

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

This week we will be discussing seasonal changes and introducing vocabulary connected to winter and animals living in cold places.  We will compare the size of different objects and match pairs of objects together.  We will also be sharing our thoughts about being good friends and how we can show this when we play.


This week we are focusing our attention on the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man. We will be manipulating play dough with our hands and tools, counting and matching numbers as well as listening to and joining in with repeated refrains from the story.  Outside, we will explore building with large shapes, mark making and selecting stories to read for ourselves.


This week we are continuing to explore the story of  ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We will be involved in re-telling the story through our play in both the outside and inside areas of Star Class.  We will also have the opportunity to do some baking to help Grandma and Little Red Riding Hood celebrate after their adventures with the wolf!


This week we are beginning to explore the story, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.  We will be drawing maps, making faces using paper and exploring the routes that Little Red Riding Hood took on her way to Grandmother’s house.  We will also continue to count out a small number of objects from a set.


This week we will be finding out about the Festival of Light, Diwali, through story, dance, making play dough diva lamps and using our fine motor skills to place objects on Rangoli patterns. The children will also continue to explore the colours and textures of autumn  whilst developing core strength and balance by climbing on the climbing frame, sweeping up the leaves and using wheelbarrows to move them.28.10.19


‘This week we will be sharing the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’.  We will make our own bread rolls using the skills that we have developed through handling play dough this half term.  We will also continue to explore colour mixing with a particular focus on some of the lovely autumnal colours now appearing around us.’


This week we will be learning about common 2D shapes.  We will explore the texture of different malleable materials as well as comparing the shape and size of toy dinosaurs and autumn artefacts. In preparation for our Harvest celebration next week we will be listening to the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’.


This week we continue to learn about dinosaurs. We will be exploring changes to materials; which may include freeing dinosaurs from ice, making cloud dough and making a vinegar volcano! We will compare similarities and differences between farm animals, dinosaurs and ourselves.  The children will also explore colour mixing of the primary colours when painting.