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Oak Class - Reception

Welcome to Oak Class!



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.



Class Information
What are we learning?
Class Gallery and Latest News

mailLittle 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.

sadChristmas- 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, no 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. 

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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!! heartWe would love you to!heartPlease 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!  sad 

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!  surprise

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!     no


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.    surprise  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.  smiley


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.


Best wishes,


The Oak Class Staff






Photos from the week......

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!