Class Teachers - Mrs. Truckle (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Woodfine (Thursday-Friday)
Teaching Assistant - Mrs. Hayter
Welcome to the Oak Class (Reception class) web page.
Please click on a button below to take you to the different information sections for our class and enjoy finding out what your child has been learning in Oak class during the week.
However, if you have any worries or questions then please pop into class to talk to us at the end of the day.
Oak Class will be issuing the last tag words on Wednesday and collecting in reading books on Friday 20th July, ready for the year 1 staff to return to you in September.
Monday 10th July
We have a little plea.
Please do not get cross with your child when their school uniform comes home grubby.
The children are out playing 3 times a day, the hot sunny weather has parched the grass and we have asked them to try to stay in the shade. A white polo shirt does not remain white for long when the majority of the grass is turning to dust and the shady parts of the playground are not spotless either.
Last week I had a child who refused to take off his jumper in 30 degree heat , another who came into the classroom sopping wet and another in tears because he had a dust smear on his sleeve.
I have to say that they are mainly boys, but some of the girls are also dusty from the playing field.
A grubby uniform is a sign that your child is engaged, active and happy. Telling them not to get dirty restricts what they do, who they play with and makes your child anxious, worried and upset. There are plenty of Parents out there who would give you advice on this....ours would be to invest in a big tub of Vanish.
This is a lovely link to help illustrate why your child might come home grubby, wet or dusty....
Monday 10th July
Many apologies for missing a couple of weeks- reports have taken the utmost importance over the past 2 or 3 weekends, so time to update this blog has been limited!
So, it’s been HOT ! 😎 And not just warm, brain numbingly hot. The classroom has been getting up to and on some afternoons, beyond the 30 degree mark. Which is stifling if you have 29 little bods and 2 overheating adults in there! We have a fan, but to be honest, it just blows hot air around and is so noisy that you can’t run it when teaching and learning, as no one can hear anyone else speak. 😜 Thank you for making sure your children are suncreamed up and are also coming in with water bottles & hats. We are limiting their time out at playtime and trying to do less in the afternoons to allow a little bit of down time.
With this in mind we had a wet Wednesday last week- you may have seen the dripping wet PE kits hanging in the garden at pick up time. We did some experimentation with objects that float and sink and had a super time cooling down with the water. See photos above.
Monday 25th June
Please return any PE kits to class if you have not already done so.
Monday 18th June is sports day!!
Due to the children being outside participating in games and races today (and the staff manning and organizing the event) we will not be changing reading books today.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
Yet another busy week has whizzed by in Oak class and we now head into the half term holiday.
Our topic this term has proved to be extremely popular and the children have really enjoyed expanding their knowledge about the world around them. The class butterflies finally began to emerge just before the children went home today!! ( phew...we were beginning to get a bit worried...)
The children in Oak are gradually getting used to the changes that we have made to their class routine over the past 3-4 weeks, which should help them to transfer more successfully into the more formal learning environment of Year 1 in September. The reception class timetable has now become more formal each morning, with specific Maths and English learning going on, with an emphasis on written work. The afternoons are less formal and the children can choose from a variety of activities to practise their developing skills and expand their knowledge in other curricular areas. See below!!
Our children are thoroughly enjoying their Minibeast topic and we continually learn more and more about them. This week we have been looking at different habitats, thinking about the 4 things a habitat must have and what makes certain habitats suitable for certain types of minibeast.
The children have been working really hard on their writing and maths work with their teachers. We really are seeing great strides in their understanding and learning and they are all managing to understand the importance of working their hardest and trying hard. These skills will stand them in good stead for September.
This afternoon we had a lovely time using the front of the school to make nature colour boards. The children really took their time to collect lots of different colours from nature to create their boards. Mrs Hayter and I were really impressed at how long they were able to persevere at this task and they all took such pride in their finished collages.
May 4th 2018
The children have all been working extremely hard in class this week. We have really stepped up the amount of small group/adult directed activities and the results are showing that a lot of children are now ready for more structure to the day....however, a small number of children are missing their 'choosing time' and quite often ask us, "when is it choosing?" We need to spend more time taking the children's learning on in preparation for starting in Year 1 in September. Their day is much more structured than ours and we need to gear them up for this.
Last week we sent home some handwriting packs. Any feedback about these would be gratefully received. Today, the children have each taken home a maths game to play with you over the weekend and coming week and a small book to record any relevant observations. We hope you enjoy this extra homework! As the letter explains, we will be swapping the games for new ones next Friday. A box to collect the games in will be outside the classroom. You can return them whenever you are ready to but certainly by next Friday at the latest please.
Our Minibeast topic is in full swing and the children are really enjoying it! They have been collecting lots of bugs in our outside area, analysing them through the magnifyers and learning to identify them. They have thoroughly enjoyed watching the tapoles grow day by day and our caterpillars too. We're just hoping the caterpillars don't decide to build their cocoons over the bank holiday weekend! We hope to take the children pond dipping in the school pond next week and for the next few weeks. We just need to try to remember the combination on the padlock to be able to get in!!
Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Please make sure that your child's hair (if long) is tied up for school, particularly on PE days.
We would also ask that children only bring lace up shoes if they can already tie their laces.
I also had a few children wearing earrings yesterday when it was their scheduled PE session. If you are unable to remove earrings, then please cover them BEFORE school with medical tape. The second group PE session is tomorrow (Friday)
If you are unsure of which group your child is in for PE-please ask a member of staff, or when the PE sessions are taking place- please see the key dates section of this web page.
Week beginning 30th April
Dear Parents, Just to let you know that our tag word volunteers were unable to help this week. Please keep practising the new tags from last week and any words of which your child is unsure.
We are also aware that some children have been given the incorrect phoneme picture for 'ow'. If your child does not have the 'snow' picture, then we will be adding it in the coming week. If your child has the 'clown' picture, then the song for this is 'clown upside down' and it is a phoneme/digraph that the class will be learning in Y1. Please talk to them about the fact that the 'ow' digraph makes different sounds, depending on the word. I have spoken to the children about this in class, as it does appear on some of our older phoneme mats- when the company updated the scheme they moved the 'clown' to Y1 and introduced the 'snow' to YR. Thank you.
Week Beginning 16th April
We hope you all had a wonderful Easter Holiday. It was a shame about the weather and just as the children are looking forward to coming back to school, the weather looks set to be quite warm and dry this coming week...typical!
Please take the time to read the new topic Parent Planner here on the website. Our new topic is entitled 'Aaarggh, Spider!' We will be investigating minibeasts predominantly but also upping the game as far as Literacy and Maths is concerned in preparation for increased demands as we begin to prepare the children for their transition into Year 1. We will be holding a Transition meeting towards the end of the term where you will hear more about this process and have a chance to ask any questions you may have. Dates for this will be confirmed nearer the time.
We will be endeavouring to change the children's reading books on a daily basis from this week onwards. Please bear with us on this matter as it's not a 5 minute job and there may be the odd day when we don't succeed if other things crop up. You can help us with this in the following way...
Thank you in advance for your help. We hope your first week back after the break is a smooth one; as always if you have any concerns, please come to speak with us.
Thank you for all your words of encouragement this morning. Your children were as fantastic, enthusiastic and polite, as ever, when out 'visitor' popped in and out of Oak class. We now have to wait for the Ofsted report to be officially published before we can discuss the visit. Many thanks for your support,
We've started this week looking at the story book "The Disgusting Sandwich" by Gareth Edwards. We've had great fun making jam sandwiches ...and... some disgusting ones! Can you tell which are which? (Clue-we didn't eat the disgusting ones )
We’ve also had some spontaneous musical entertainment in the garden this week, although I’m not sure that they are going to make it onto x-factor!
Its’s Book week!
So far....We have been making our own books, learning the gingerbread man story and telling our own tales in our class story circle time. We also had some little fluffy visitors 🐣 (courtesy of one of our older pupils 😘) on Tuesday. The chicks spent the day in our classroom and really brought to life the story of the little red hen that we learned last week. (Who knew not all chicks are yellow?!)
And we’re only half way through the week!
Look above for some very cute 🐥 pics.
Thursday and Friday saw the continuation of Book Week with the introduction of our book 'You Choose' by Nick Sharratt. It's predominantly a picture book but with some text to ask the children questions about each of the pictures. We spent the next couple of days thinking about making choices with regards to favourite foods (this enabled us to make tally charts and ask our friends in turn, which their favourite foods were), choices we make to do with friendships and why we choose our friends and Friday saw the children practising and perfecting their rendition of '10 Fat Sausages' ready for their performance to the school in our end of day Assembly. They all did really well and demonstrated their developing number skills and ability to keep a steady beat! I do have a video of the performance if you wish to see it. I'll put it on the interactive white board on Thursday morning first thing if you can stay to have a look.
The children have started session in class known as 'group reading'. Each group shares a book and takes turns to answer questions and read some parts. This session focuses more on what they are reading about rather than the phonics emphasis that usually dominates individual reading sessions both at school and at home. Both of these elements are equally important for their Literacy development so Group Reading is an ideal opportunity to share ideas and develop a wider range of skills.
We are in the process of making a booking with Riverbourne Community Farm during the last week of term. We have visited many times in the past and the children always thoroughly enjoy seeing the animals up close and learning all about them. We will let you know when we have a firm date and time for this booking.
With the school closed due to snow yesterday and today, there is not as much as usual to comment on in our weekly blog. I'm sure all of your children are having a wonderful time playing in the 'proper' snow. It's strange to think that this could be the last lot of snow many of them will experience for another few years!
Please feel free to send any photographs or videos into us and maybe we can put them onto the class pages for all to see! You can send these to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In our classroom at the beginning of the week, Mrs Truckle put together a Bakery. I saw the children playing in there on Wednesday as I popped in and they were having a wonderful time rolling out dough, making shapes and dealing with money at the front of the shop. There was a lot of negotiating going on as the children were taking turns in their play and l heard lots of really lovely conversations.
As well as reinforcing their work with money and weighing (set as continuous provision activities this week), we have been looking at the concept of one more and one less which the children are successfully getting to grips with. The children are continually practising their writing and mark making skills in class, both as part of their everyday play experiences and within adult led activites set by their teachers. We continue to encourage EVERY child to take part in some sort of adult led activity each day (some are more keen than others!). These are usually maths or literacy tasks but can be from a range of other curriculum areas. Each time the children come to carry out a teacher directed activity, they are rewarded with a sticker! This way, we are encouraging those children who would quite happily learn through play for the majority of the time, to have a go at some more focussed, adult directed learning.
We're looking forward to a more straight forward week next week weather wise but if there is still some of the white stuff on the ground, please do send in spare clothes (including underwear!)
Don't forget next week is Book Week with a variety of different activites going on. We have decided to postpone the Reading Cafe for now but please keep an eye on the website for photos throughout the week. Just one more reminder (all these details were on the Book Week letter which went out last week), of the dress up day on Friday. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character if they would like to.
Take care and stay safe this weekend. Only travel on the roads if you really have to! See you next week.
Please send in a small bag of named ‘spare’ clothes, suitable to keep your child warm should we take them out to play in the snow. (Trousers, socks, underwear) We have NO spare trousers, socks or tights left in our class box. Also ensure your child brings a hat, gloves and coat into school- our playground is very open to the cold wind and although we are only out for short periods during the day it is freezing! If your child is not dressed appropriately then we will be unable to take them out into the snow. Thankyou.
Starts Monday 26th February.....
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February 19th - 23rd
The children are back in full swing after their week off. We've all enjoyed hearing about their holiday last week and they love to share their news.
We are helping to ensure the children are all confident and secure with their numbers to 10; that they are able to order them, have a go at writing them and next week we will be using them in simple addition and subtraction sums. Within the more practical side of their maths learning, this week the children have been using balance scales to great effect! They have been weighing pretend fruits and vegetables and working out how many of each they need to balance the scales. They have been looking at the vocabulary of 'lighter' and 'heavier' and 'balanced'. We have noticed how brillliantly the children work together; to take turns and share. They are also great at helping one another if they encounter problems in their play. They really are a class that 'gel' well together.
We have spent a bit of time learning about farming this week which tied in nicely with our 'Little Red Hen' theme and on Friday morning, Mrs Parsons came in to do music with the class. It's a brilliant session each time which covers musical elements such as Pitch, Dynamics and Timbre. The children thoroughly enjoy the music making; this week we explored a range of percussion instruments from Cabassas to Guiros. They even learnt their names!
Mrs Parsons runs her 'Start the Music' sessions on Saturday mornings at St Edmund's Girls' School (see the flyer on this web page). If music is something you'd like to think your son or daughter willl explore as they get older, this really is a good place to start. Salisbury Area Young Musicians really do start as young as 4!
Oh wow, wow, wow!!
Welcome back after the holiday! The children were SO excited this morning, bringing in the work, pictures and baking that they have done during the holiday with you at home, We are going to have some ‘talk time’ during the week to share the lovely things that they’ve done at home and hopefully I can find a spot in the classroom to display it this term. Thank you 😊
Please take a look in the gallery slideshow below.
5th- 9th February
Who can believe that this week, the children are half way through their first year of school already!?!
We’ve had a really good week, from learning about how some children in the Philippines have to swim 2 km to get to and from school every day, to how to be kind to others (and what to do if someone is unkind to you!) whilst playing computer games online.
On Monday, Oak class did an AMAZING job running round the track to raise money for the ‘worlds wettest school run’. It was a freezing cold day, so we didn’t get wet, but on the last lap Mrs Rawnson and our y6 buddies produced bubble wands and got the Oak class children running through bubbles instead. Everyone ran brilliantly....and some Oak class children even outpaced their buddies who were running with them!
Tuesday brought ‘safer internet day’ and the children took part in a variety of classroom activities related to sharing and creating online. Although the children in Oak class are younger, they certainly knew all about social media, how it worked and the types of messages or multiplayer games that they could send/play on a phone, tablet, I pad, Xbox or PlayStation. They are all so keen to share messages and play with others that it’s important they learn how to do it safely and politely early on. They also need to learn what to do if someone isn’t as kind to them and the games and activities we played in class give them some skills to do this. On Wednesday we had some ladies visiting School from a group called ‘Calm Kids’. They worked with the class for 20mins, teaching them some ‘calming’ strategies, such as breathing techniques, to help us gain control when we are cross or losing control. The rest of the week was less hectic, with normal classroom routines, activities and fewer visitors. The class also gained their 6 diamonds in the jar and chose a film to watch with Mrs Woodfine toward the end of the week. Our student, Amy Nokes, finished working with our class on Friday- that was a quick couple of weeks! We’re sad to see her go, but would like to wish her well with all her future studies and placements.
And so now it’s half term. I’m writing this on a very wet 🌧 PJ day in our house. I hope you’re having a good week and are enjoying the holiday homework tasks that we have set. Don’t forget to practise those tag words and letter sounds too! See you all again on the 19th, 😊
January 29th-February 2nd 2018
The children in Oak class have been having fun learning about money and money problems this week. They are getting pretty good at recognising the different coins we use when paying for things. We have learnt how to substitute 5ps and 10ps for 1 pennies. Please would you reinforce this learning at home by playing shopping games with your children. It's a rarity these days that we as adults pay for things using coins but as and when these occasions arise, please take the opportinuty to involve the children in this process.
The children are coming on in leaps and bounds with their reading and learning of their tag words. Mrs Hayter has been very busy assessing the children's letter sound knowledge this week. This activity is carried out on a 1-1 basis which as you can imagine, takes time. She will be continuing next week. We endeavour to change your children's reading books three times a week, now on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday. It's wonderful to hear of so many keen children who seem to be rattling through our stocks here at a rate of knots! Please continue to supplement with books from home and their school library book...as much exposure to books as possible will continue to encourage a love of reading.
We are becoming increasingly inundated with toys on keyrings in the children's book bags. It's fine for the children to have a label or a small toy so that they are able to identify their book bag in amongst the masses but please could you remove any excesses!? It makes getting into their book bags quite a challenge and the bag boxes are becoming more and more full. Thank you for your support.
Although we have a daily supply of fresh friut and veg that the children enjoy at snack time, some children are choosing to bring in snacks from home. This is fine but please ensure they are bringing in only fresh fruit or vegetables. No dried fruit, thank you.
Another exciting week in Oak class!!
We've been working really hard with the children in Maths over the past few weeks, making sure that they recognise their numbers to 10 and can count 10 objects, put the numbers in order and many children have started to write the digits independently, or copy them from number lines. We played 'The lighthouse keeper's lunch' game on Tuesday and the group used lots of verbal language related to adding and subtracting- words such as more/less, add on/take away, plus/minus, equals...all vocabulary that they will need to understand when they start doing more formal addition and subtraction work.
In 'song of sounds' we learned the sound and actions for qu/sh/ch/th. Most of the children are finding it very hard to hear the difference between the 'th' sound and the 'f' sound. Now, this makes very little difference to us as Parents, as we can understand when they say 'thish' (fish) or if they say 'wif' (with).....we know what they mean! However, children of this age do need these spoken sounds correcting, as they will go on to spell these words incorrectly as they begin to write. (particularly 'with'.....soooo many children spell it incorrectly in later years) Please work on these sounds with your child and ensure they are placing their tongue in the correct place, in order to make the correct sound to match the letter. We have an assessment week approaching before the half term break and will be looking to start another group of tag word children after the holiday.
Monday was great fun as Mrs Fox came into school and made pizza with the children. Please drop in your child's pizza £1 donation, if you haven't already done so. On Tuesday we played maths games, retold stories and changed the library books.
Wednesday morning was HUGELY exciting as we had a power cut at school! The electricity was off for just over an hour and our classroom was incredibly dark during this time. (no lights plus a miserable grey rainy day and the canopy outside meant our room was hardly lit at all) However, we had a fun time with some battery tea lights (a last minute buy from B&M's at Christmas-knew they'd come in handy!) and explored what we could make and do with them in the dark. Some children went out into the lighter, but wetter and windier garden, to make things with our found materials. (junk modelling) Apologies for the grainy pics above, but it really was very dark! We also had a whole class PE (gymnastics) lesson, as Mrs Parsons was in during our Friday PE session to teach her 'Start the Music' singing lesson with the class.
The week has whizzed by and once again, we have had very happy and increasingly confident children to teach. They really are a super class and a credit to you all.
Today has been an exciting day as we had Zoe coming in to visit us. Zoe is a dental hygienist and she spent a very worthwhile hour, talking to your children all about how to look after their teeth and also healthy versus non-healthy foods. The children saw some giant teeth, met Cheeky the Monkey who really needed help with his teeth brushing and each child was given a toothbruch and small tube of toothpaste at the end of the day. Hopefully they will all be telling you about Zoe's visit as they all seemed to get an awful lot out of it.
We have also had a visit from Mrs Grinling! We had a very unhappy and grumpy Mr Grinling in class because Mrs Grinling hadn't given him his lunch! We all showed Mrs Grinling how to write shopping lists so hopefully in future she will manage to get her shopping done in time. ALL the children had a go at their own writing whether it was mark making for the younger children or sentence writing for the older children. They were extremely focused and are all making terrific progress.
Mrs Hayter has been busy checking off the children's progress in their reading logs that we were given as part of the latest reading challenge. Please do try to hear your children read on a regular basis. We noticed that those children who are making the quickest progress with their reading, really are those that are reading to an adult at home at least 5 times a week. Your efforts really do pay off! In order for them to reach their destination in May at the end of the reading challenge, they need to have read at least 5 times each week over the course of the challenge.
It has been really helpful that we have had quite a few parent helpers this week in school, so thank you. We'd really like the second half of the class to go on their Wellie Walk next Thursday (25th) if at all possible. If you are able to come along, please let Mrs Truckle or Mrs Hayter know early on next week. As usual we will be leaving school at 2.30pm and our theme is using our senses.
Welcome back after the Christmas break. We wish you all a very happy new year.
Your children have come back to school happy and very settled, all eager to tell everyone what Father Christmas has brought them and all about their antics over the festive season! We have quickly got back into our classroom routines and rather surprisingly, all the children have remembered expectations and what to do and when. We are pleased to have been able to give out new reading books to everyone today. We are in the process of re-jigging our books and are in the fortunate position to be able to order some new ones. Watch this space! Routines for changing books remains the same...your children should have new books on a Wednesday and a Friday and please continue to hear your child read most nights and practise their letter sounds and tag words if they now have them.
We are still in desperate need of parent helpers to help us manage our work load. If you are able to help out in school, even if it is just for an hour a week, this would help us tremendously with tasks such as checking through tag words with each of the children. These simple tasks are so important in helping the children progress and for us to monitor the children's developments.
I hope to continue with Wellie Walking on a Thursday, parent helpers allowing. If you are still able to support us with this, please let Mrs Truckle know early on next week so that I am able to plan for this activitiy.
One final plea, please would you raid your recycling bins and send in any clean materials you consider would be useful for junk modeling. We are going to be making junk model lighthouses so you can look forward to receiving these home in the not-too-distant future.
Coming up next week.....
Monday....see message above
Tuesday.....Christmas school lunch/ library books collected in
Thursday..... Christmas party during the afternoon. Please send children to school with named party clothes in a named carrier bag.
Friday...... theatre trip during the afternoon. Please collect your child from the Playhouse in town. Let us know if you have arranged for a friend/ another member of your family to collect your child. Reading books and diaries will be collected in.
Monday 4th ~ Friday 8th December
Well we have officially entered, what we call at school, the silly season! 😆
Monday started with great excitement, as we took to the stage with Y1 and Y2 for our dress rehearsal to the rest of the school. It went well and gave the children the chance to stand up on the stage for the first time. It was slightly chaotic at times...but then that’s what a dress rehearsal is for!
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday we did the nativity for ‘real’ and the class were amazing! We were very proud of them all.
The children’s reading books were changed ‘en masse’ On Monday, Wednesday and Friday by Mrs Hayter~ we won’t be able to hear them read in their daily groups now, but will change them on Monday and Wednesday this week. On Friday 15th we will collect all the reading books and diaries in for safe keeping through the Christmas hols. The children will get their books back when they return to school in January. I’m sure that Father Christmas will be giving your child plenty of activities to read and write during the break!
In between performances, Mrs Hayter also managed to change the library books on Tuesday morning! We will be collecting in library books on Tuesday 12th and will resume our library on the second Tuesday in January.
Thankyou to the Parents who came on our wellie walk too, Thursday definitely seems to be a better day for support for our walk.
Monday 27th November - Friday 1st December
This week has really seen the start of Advent. Classrooms were frantically decorated in preparation for the Christmas Fayre on Friday evening and the mood of the children has stepped up a notch as excitement is mounting!
Half of the class went out on a beautiful Wellie Walk on Thursday afternoon. Although it was pretty cold, the sun shone and the countryside really is beautiful at this time of the year. The purpose of our walk was to see how many shapes we could spot on our way. We saw lots of squares and rectangles and the odd circle but one of the children spotted an octagon just as we were about to head back to school....great excitement!
As long as the predicted rain isn't too heavy, we plan to take the other half of the class out on Thursday 7th, so keep your fingers crossed.
On Friday afternoon, the whole of Key Stage 1 walked down to the Glebe Hall for a DVD afternoon whilst our classrooms were being set up for the Fayre. All of the children seemed to really enjoy Sean the Sheep and were brilliantly behaved and a real credit to you all.
Can we send our apologies that the children's reading books weren't changed as is the normal routine on a Friday. We will instead change everyone's on Monday, then all being well, again on Wednesday and Friday. If we have not had the opportunity to change your child's book on Wednesday or Friday, particularly at this busy time of the year, please do pop in to ask if you can change them. We like enthusiastic parents!!
Play rehearsals have been going well and we really look forward to showing you our production of 'Lights, Camel, Action' on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I hope the children have been coming home singing the songs to you. There have been a lot of words this year, so if our Reception children have been able to join in with some of the choruses, we've been delighted! Enjoy
Little Appeal.... if you have any cardboard inner loo rolls, or kitchen rolls ready for recycling, please could you send them into class for our 'binocular' making, thank you.
Christmas- our school is taking part in the St. Thomas Christmas Tree festival again this year and our class are making angels. We could really do with some Parent helpers to volunteer to help the children make and decorate their angel ready for the display. Any day-any time. Please let us know if you can spare some time to help us out, we need to have our angels ready for the display by the end of November, so help in the next couple of weeks would be amazing.
6th - 10th November
Last week saw the whole school taking part in the project 'Take one Book.' The chosen book was called The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom Mc Laughlin. A good read if you get the chance...a little grown up for our class but we were able to choose some Early Years type activities along the theme and the children always enjoy working with children from other classes as happened on Monday and Thursday afternoons. The children learnt all about the Houses of Parliament, Voting, Members of Parliament and even got to see their teachers dressed as children on Monday! On Friday the Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl got to be the Head Teachers for the day. They ran Assembly, looked at children's good pieces of work and helped with cutting up meals at lunchtime! I think Oak Class were a little bemused by it all but nevertheless, joined in and had a thoroughly lovely time.
We have been learning all about numbers, how we write them, large and small and about the conservation of number. The children have also been learning their shapes, stretching themselves by learning Pentagons and Hexagons (they just love new words...we had a variety on the theme such as 'Pexagons' and 'Hentagons' but they're giving it a good go!) They need to know how many sides and corners Circles (no corners but one side that is curved and goes all the way around), Squares, Rectangles or Oblongs and Triangles have. We also discussed the difference between a square and a Rectangle. When we go on our Wellie Walk this week, our focus will be looking out for shapes in the environment. We have already had 2 Mums who have expressed interest in coming along to help, thank you. We do need 2 more for both Wednesday and Thursday please. Please speak with Mrs Hayter or Mrs Truckle on Monday or Tuesday as your DBS check will need to be completed with Mrs Hyde in the office before Wednesday. Once you have this, you can come in as regularly as you like to help in school!
Next week we will be carrying out assessments of your children's letter sound knowledge so far. Thank you for spending time 'reading' with your children so regularly at home. It does seem quite laborious in the early days when they need to sound out each individual sound and blending doesn't come easily but it DOES get easier...we promise.
Please don't forget that next Friday the children can come to school in 'home clothes' and they can bring in a £1 donation in preparation for the School Fayre on 1st December.
October 30th- November 3rd
Welcome back!! The children have enjoyed their first week back at school after the break and settled in very quickly. We've changed our daily timetable slightly (please see above) to create more structure in the week and allow us to 'fit in' the formal teaching, such as our PE lessons. The children are currently having one formal PE lesson each week- we have split the class into 2 groups. While one half of the class does PE, the other half takes part in a circle time (PSHEE) in the classroom. The groups are then switched to allow the other half of the class to take part in PE/PSHEE. Our children also use the scooters and bikes on the playground, with a group playing on them every day during afternoon playtime. After Christmas, as the children become faster when changing, the PE groups will come together and we will be having 2 hours of PE each week, with extra time for bikes and scooters as before during playtime.
If you would like to come in and help us at school then please let us know!! We would love you to!Please go to the school office to complete an online security check with Mrs Hyde, as you are unable to help in school, on wellie walks, or on trips without doing the check. We desperately need volunteers to help to hear readers, practise tag words with individuals, cooking, wellie walk helpers, Christmas/school party helpers and Parents to play games with small groups of children. Even if you can help for a short time each week then please let us know.
Please see the letters section above for new info!!
October 9th - 13th
Our Maths Leader and Maths Governor visited our classroom on Thursday to see some maths in progress. The children were demonstrating some really good counting and adding ladybird spots as well as playing with dominoes to see what each set of dots added together would make. Miss Arrandale was very impressed with how well your children were able to count and add up. She also commented on how quiet and on-task the class were!
It was lovely to catch up with lots of parents on Monday and Wednesday afternoon/evening. Please don't feel restricted to parent evenings to catch one of us if you have any queries at all. We are available at any time and if there is a matter that requires a little more time, we're always happy to arrange another meet up. Please note that there is an 'End of Reception Year Expectations' information sheet on the website now, under the heading 'Parent Information'. We have found a lot of parents in the past have wanted to know exactly how much their children should be able to do by the end of this year in Maths and English. This information sheet should serve to reinforce this for you.
It's been brought to our attention that some parents are putting squash or juice into their children's water bottles in the mornings. We have a 'water only' policy for drink bottles please. Spilt squash and juice can be very sticky; not only that but we are constantly encouraging children to eat and drink healthily and water is the best drink to keep your children hydrated through the day. One other plea please. Could children carry their bottles separately rather than put them into their book bags? They often leak and we are conscious that we sometimes have to throw school books away due to water damage and as you know, books are expensive to replace. Thank you. Rant over!
With the half term holiday fast approaching, can we remind you that school finishes on Tuesday at the normal time of 3.15pm. We wish you all a happy half term holiday and will welcome your lovely, rested children back to school on Monday 30th October.
October 2nd - 6th 2017
A busy week again in Oak class with the children encountering yet more new routines and experiences throughout the days. They have coped extremely well with all the changes and most are adjusting to the rules and expectations of our school.
On Monday, KS1 (Years 1 & 2) had a special 'Circus skills' day as part of their topic work. We were invited to join them in the hall for the first half an hour of the morning and Oak class really enjoyed watching the demonstration of the various skills by 'Juggling Jake' who was going to be working with the KS1 children. Our class behaved well for him. We then had a busy day in class practising our 'Song of sounds', learning the phoneme 't' and finding objects which began with that letter around the class and school.
Tuesday brought our PE session, outside this time, where we tried to throw...and catch a ball, successfully and practised this in different ways. It also highlighted that some children definitely need lots of practise taking off and putting on their own shoes, trainers, jumpers and undoing buttons on polo shirts!! Remember that these are skills your child should continue to put into practise at home. We also went to our Head teacher's assembly with the rest of the school in the hall.
On Wednesday our Literacy/English governors were in school and spent the morning touring the classrooms and looking at how the children were learning in each class. Oak class proudly showed off the fine motor tasks that they had been doing to them and they were interested to see the different ways that many of our children hold their pencils or brushes. Thank you to all the Parents who were able to come to the Teacher's reading meeting at the end of the day and please see the Parent information section above for some of the things we talked about and handed out during the meeting.
Thursday morning saw the class visiting St. Michael's church for the Harvest festival with the rest of our school and Friday was a Maths focus day, with lots of counting and ordering using leaves and other objects.
The children are now attending worship every day and we are currently splitting the class for PE (one session on a Tuesday, the other on a Friday) Please check with the staff as to which day your child is doing the PE lesson. Once all the children are faster at getting dressed/undressed we will put the groups together and they will all have two formal PE sessions each week.
Next week we will continue with our 'song of sounds' (letters i/n/d/m) and reading/blending the ones we learned last week into short words(p/a/t/s).
September 25th - 29th 2017
It's been another busy week with the children really settling into their new routines. We have started going up to the dinner hall for lunch a little bit later (11.55am rather than 11.45am). Now that the children know what is expected of them they are all sat down eating by 12 and are ready to go out to play by 12.20pm. Good work Oak Class!
The children attended 3 Worships this week, one on Wednesday, where they took part in singing, Thursday which was lead by one of our local vicars and the usual Celebration Worship on Friday which they all thoroughly enjoy. The anticipation on their faces as they wait to see if they have been awarded a certificate is lovely to see as is their encouraging smiles when it is another one of their friends who is the lucky recipient. Next week they will attend the 'whole school worship' on Monday morning with our Head Teacher, Ms Purchase.
Our topic is well underway with the children producing lots of lovely Farm/Harvest crafts. We now have Scarecrow faces peering down at us from around the classroom!
Mrs Truckle, Mrs Hayter and myself are still getting through our Baseline Assessments of your children's Mathematical knowledge. This enables us to have a starting point for their current knowledge and any progress they make in the coming weeks, we are able to track more easily with the help of our On-Line Learning Journal called Tapestry. This is predominantly how we record your child's progress and can be accessed by you once it's properly up and running. More information about Tapestry to follow.
Thanks to those parents who have started working with their children helping them to learn their letter sounds that were sent home last week. Please remember how important it is to record ANY work that you have done with your child in their Reading Log. It doesn't just have to be reading you record but anything you sit down to do with them...we love reading about what you do together at home. As mentioned in a previous blog, we aim to assess your children's on-going alphabet learning each week. However, we would greatly appreciate any help in school that you are willing to give. So if you are able to give up just an hour once a week, we would be really grateful for your help with carrying out these assessments with the children. As you can imagine, it's a time-consuming activity to work with each child 1-1 to assess their knowledge. If you able to help, please let a member of staff know.
We hope to see many of you at 2.45pm this coming Wednesday in the Reception Classroom for our Reading Meeting. Please sign in at the front of school before making your way down to the classroom.
The Oak Class Staff
Week of 5th September 2017
Last week was an exciting week for everyone...children and adults alike! The children have all settled remarkably well and are already learning some of our routines. Wednesday saw the children joining the rest of Key Stage 1 for playtime and it's lovely to see the older children looking after our youngest children so thoughtfully and with such care.
Our morning routine consists of snack time either before or after playtime depending on what's going on in the classroom. The children have so far enjoyed raisins, pears and apples as well as milk to drink.
Our Reception children had their first visit to the Hall on Friday when they had their first Music lesson with Mrs Parsons (this will take place every 3 weeks). They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt some lovely new action songs and rhymes.
All your children's teachers have really enjoyed visiting your children in their home settings and having the opportunity to have a good chat with you all. Thank you so much for making this possible and for your hospitality!