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‘As each one does their part, we grow in love’

Spring Term 2019

🐣Easter holidays 2019🐣

🐰Wishing you all a lovely Easter break and looking forward to seeing everyone back to school for the Summer Term on Tuesday 23rd April. 🐥

Don’t eat too much chocolate!! 😉

Happy Easter!

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The Zog trail at Moors Valley

Well, we had a super day out today.  The sun shone, it was chilly, but we didn't feel cold and all the children were super-excited!!

Our coach driver, Steve, made good time, there was very little traffic and we arrived at Moors 45 minutes after we left school.  We arrived to glorious sunshine and frost!  After a trip to the loo and a snack in the visitor centre garden (frownis it lunchtime-can we have our packed lunches??) we made our way up to the start of the trail, next to the Gruffalo picnic area.  We spotted the Rangers making bird boxes as we passed Go Ape and we said 'hello' to the mouse and the owl in the picnic area.  Then we tiptoed across the trip-trap bridge and tried not to wake the trolls.  We all tried to be quiet, as the first trail board was all about creatures that fly, but its difficult when you are 4 or 5 and very excited, so we didn't see any birds then.  We flapped our wings and headed off along the trail to see what else we could find.  We used our special 'spotters' to look at the pictures on the boards and found a butterfly, rabbit, bird and even a few dragons along the way.  We roared and ran, tripped and fell and looked out for signs of spring, deer, frogs and any other creatures that were brave enough to stick around with 24 Reception children in their midst!!  At some point, we all wanted to stop to eat our packed lunches.  However, lunch was at the end and, an hour later (at least!!) after getting our photos taken with Zog, we headed back to the Visitor picnic area to eat.  The sun still shone, but it started to get colder.  Most lunches eaten, we could feel the odd spot of rain.  We packed up quickly and headed to the front of the centre to play under the shelter of the tall pine trees.  As we played, the sleet started and showered down, but only the grown-ups really noticed, as we were running around with new found energy from our (finally eaten!) packed lunch.  Re-energised it was time for the obligatory loo stop, then a walk back up to the coach at the top of the parking area.  We made good time coming back to school too and arrived in class at 2.35pm, with only one child asleep on the coach.  Lots of pink faces, sweaty feet and tired now, we flopped on the classroom carpet, had a drink, snack and watched a short DVD until home time.  It was a fab day.

Thank you to all the Parents who togged up their children with enough clothes and footwear so they didn't get cold and to the volunteers who came along to help out.  The children were a credit to you all.

See above for photos of our day.

Wednesday 3rd April

It's our Oak class trip today!!!

Mr T and I spent the evening making some 'spotters' for the children to use on the trail- I'm checking the forecast and its currently cloudy/sunny all morning with some heavier cloud during lunchtime.  Fingers crossed it stays dry!!

It looks as though it could be a bit nippy though when we arrive- if your child is going to get cold fingers, then a pair of gloves or mittens in their rucksack might be a good idea- they take up very little room and although they might not need them, its always handy to have them if they get chilly.  Nothing worse than having freezing hands!!  

Our class gate will open at normal time and I will be doing a formal register (not name pebbles) as we would like to be boarding our coach at 9.15am- don't be late!!  See you in the morning frown

Ready for the Zog trail creature spotting!!

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Tuesday 2nd April

Mrs Truckle is out of the classroom today and Mrs Mac will be covering alongside Mrs Hayter.

We have the fire service visiting at 9am, so Mrs Mac will be doing a formal register (not name pebbles)  Photographs of their visit to follow!!

Happy Mothering Sunday!! smiley

We hope that you all enjoyed receiving your bath bomb gifts.  The children made them as part of their classroom learning during our Science sessions.  They contain; Bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar, lavender leaves and water. The children were so excited to have made something that they knew about and some had used in their own baths!!  We hope that you enjoy them!

Week ending 29th March

Wishing all you lovely Mothers a happy Mothering Sunday for this weekend.   We hope you will be suitably spoilt!

Can we just say a big thank you for helping out with delivery of gifts at the end of the day on Friday.  Your help under the unforeseen circumstances was very much appreciated. 

As the Easter holiday fast approaches, there are a few things to let you know about.  Firstly, the exciting school trip on Wednesday...please could we ask that your children wear the following...

  • long trousers or leggings (any colour)
  • a tshirt (again, any colour) with the school jumper over the top so that your child can easily be identfied
  • please could they wear their wellies in case the ground is still muddy.

As the original letter stated, please could you provide your child with a packed lunch and a water bottle in a rucksack style bag.  There won't be anywhere for them to leave their bags during the day so the lighter you can make their bags, the better.  There are no bins at Moors Valley to put rubbish into so it would be a good idea to provide your child with a carrier bag to put any rubbish in to be disgarded at home at the end of the day. 

The weather looks okish at the moment but a rain coat in case we're still there when the showers are forecast would be a good idea.  Again, if they have one that is small enough to fit into their bag if it warms up, that would be good.  I am sure we will have a lovely and memorable day but if you have any other questions, please catch one of us at the beginning of the week.


On Thursday we have our church visit.  It would be lovely to see you if you are able to make it.  We usually arrive down at the church at around 9.35/9.40am for a 9.45am start.  The service usually lasts for appoximately 50 minutes. 


We will aim to send PE bags home for a wash on Thursday after our last PE lesson of the week.  If by chance, they don't appear (surprise), do come in to retrieve them.


It was lovely to see you all for our Parent Meetings.  That is our last formal meeting for the year; your next formal feedback will be your child's school report that comes out in June but as always, if there is anything you need clarification over or want to discuss, we are always ready to listen. 

Friday 22nd March 


This week has been lovely with glipses of Spring.  Let's hope the warmer, sunnier weather continues.  The children will still need to be bringing their coats into school as it is still quite chilly in the mornings. 

We have had lots of writing back from the children following the Workshop last week.  Thank you for sitting down and completing this at home.  The children have been so excited to bring their work back into school to show us and we're very proud, as we're sure are you of the progress they have made since starting school. 

This week has seen the children learning 'one more' and 'one less' in maths.  We have taught this through counting to 20 and back to 0 and by using concrete apparatus such as conkers, beads, fir cones....anything that comes to hand.  Reinforcement of this concept at home would be much appreciated and if the children are able to extend their thinking to '2 more' and '2 less', this will set the pattern for

the start of addition and subtraction later on.  


Keep telling those bedtime stories Oak class Parents!

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Monday 18th March

Thank you to all the Parents, Grandparents and Aunties, who came along to the Reading/writing workshop today to help support their child.  The children were so excited to see you all!!  We have sent home all the homework writing packs with each child and will post the Power-point here as soon as we have received a copy.

Monday 11th March

Mrs Truckle is out at a training session today,  9am-12. Mr Lawrence will be covering for the morning alongside Mrs Hayter.

Retelling the Gingerbread Man story 4.3.19

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The original story was retold in one, but I have had to spilt it into 3 parts to enable it to be uploaded.

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Wednesday 6th March

The start to the week was slightly crazy as we were not allowed to use any pencils, pens, crayons or anything that would leave a mark on the page!!  Monday launched our Book week and we spent a lot of the day retelling familiar stories, using puppets and listening to stories.  I've attached a video of one of our groups retelling the story of the gingerbread man.

Mrs Johnson came into our class on Wednesday and continued the theme, working with individuals to create their own stories and then with groups of children performing them.  Oracy is an age old way of retelling events and its so important that the Reception children are able to do it before they move up into Year 1 and begin writing their own stories. 

Mrs Mac was in on Wednesday afternoon as I was at a meeting with Reception teachers from all over Salisbury.  During my meeting (As it was book week) we were discussing the children's speaking and listening skills, and it was surprising/concerning to hear that many Reception class children, across Salisbury, seem to have problems constructing spoken sentences, are using incorrect tenses, or struggle with the use of he/she, him/her  and are not familiar with common fairy tales and were unable to retell them.  I have to say that most of our class have a very good knowledge of a fairy tale- being able to retell this type of story structure really helps them when they have to write their own next year!  Its much easier to think about the mechanics of writing, when you already know how the storytelling works!   Keep reading and talking Oak class Parents!!  frown

Friday 1st March (Happy St. David's day!)

Many thanks to everyone who has sent in 'Signs of Spring' photos.  I am just waiting for the last few, then we will share them and display them in the classroom.

Thursday 14th February

Please see the 'Homework' section for a half term activity. Many thanks surprise

Tuesday’s PE group

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We have been working all term on the gymnastic shapes, straight, tuck, star, pike and straddle. We have also been learning how to use the equipment safely and how to travel on it confidently. The children chose their own sequences and the gym shapes that they would use.
#feeling so proud of my group!


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Friday 8th February

Thank you for your snowy pictures below-the children got their hard wished for real snow and it sounds as though they really enjoyed it!! Thank you to the parents who came to help construct our igloo over the mark making table in the garden.  The children love it, even although we have had to prop it back up a few times!!  If anyone has some spare cable ties or gaffa tape at home that you would be able to donate for our mad garden constructions, then we would hugely appreciate them.  As better weather approaches (although looking out the window this morning |I am wondering if it will ever re-appear!) we love moving the children's learning outside more frequently.

This week we have read the story 'The gingerbread Man' and written our own thought bubbles for the characters.  We have been weighing in Maths and we made gingerbread men biscuits.  We have continued to learn about how people celebrate around the world and looked at the festival of colour- Holi.  We coloured and designed our own Rangoli patterns. In the creative area the class mixed ice paint and explored which of the primary colours red/blue/yellow mix together to make orange/green and purple. The children also explored what happens when ice melts and how we can speed this process up.  Its been a busy old week in Oak class!!

We have more weight and capacity learning to come next week and we would like you to help out at home.  This week we have noticed that some words that we use when talking about weight are not really fully understood by many of the class.  For example, we were comparing objects that were heavy and light- some children were quite confused and thought that heavy things would float. Helping the children to understand the concept that something light will stay on the surface (or be up on a seesaw) compared to something heavy that will sink (or go down on a seesaw)

Words such as heavy/light, full/empty, tall (& long)/short, high/low and the word 'difference' seem so simple to us, but need to be learned by a 4/5 year old.  Please use these words at home with your children as often as you can- and make them real- filling or emptying drink cups, bath-time play, at the park, shopping with a basket, or even out on a walk.  Being able to compare and use the correct mathematical vocabulary now, lays solid foundations and is hugely helpful for your child's learning when they move up into Year 1.  smiley


Friday February 1st

Well our highly anticipated Snow Day arrived and I hope you all had lots of fun.  If you took photos of Oak Class children playing in the snow and are happy for us to display them on our class page, please email them in and we can display them for others to see...

See you all back at school on Monday.


s'now school today!!

Week ending 25th January

The children are really enjoying our learning in class and have been very enthusiastic about the 'Frozen Planet' topic that we started a couple of weeks ago.  They particularly like the role play, where they can dress up in warm clothes and throw snowballs at each other!!  Our Arctic iceberg, with the creatures, have been moved from outside in the garden (where they were getting too damp) into the classroom and are proving to be popular during free choice activities, for the storytellers amongst the class.  Our storytellers are truly in their element as every Wednesday morning, Mrs Johnson (our school librarian) spends individual time with a group of children and records their spoken stories.  The whole class then joins together to act out these stories at the end of the session.  Its great fun and the children share and gain the storytelling language that they will need for writing in Year 1.  It also extends their vocabulary and improves their awareness of the structure of stories, ready for writing.  There has also been a huge leap forward in the children's writing skill.  We have noticed that they are independently mark making and giving meaning to their writing, even when they are not using the correct letters or words.  They are embarking on the writing journey- we are supporting them by encouraging them to sound out some simple words (as they do when they read their tags) and making sure that they now use the correct formation for the letters that they write.  If they write them incorrectly now, it becomes habitual and is very hard to undo in a year's time!  Now, I know some of you are thinking "I bet my child wasn't picking up a pencil- I bet they are in the building area or throwing snowballs".  To this I am going to say...DRAGONS.  We learned about the story of the years as part of our Chinese New Year RE and I put out some paper, in the garden, with dragons to colour and write on- a huge group of children loved this and picked up pencils.  I have a feeling that more dragons may be appearing in our future teaching and learning before the year is out!!

The nurse came into school this week and checked your child's height, weight, sight and hearing.  She issued letters- as a teacher we have no idea what was in this communication, but if your child has been flagged up as having a sight/hearing difficulty please could you let us know, as it will more than likely affect their classroom learning.  We can then think about where your child sits on the carpet, whether we need to chase the GP etc.  Many thanks.

**Lastly, I am still looking forward to putting up a temporary igloo in the garden with some helpers f possible.  I'd like to do this at the end of the day on Wednesday 30th if possible.  If you are able to come up to school a little earlier on Wednesday-say 2.30pm to help out then I would really appreciate it.  Just let me know on Monday/Tuesday, thank you.

Have a lovely weekend...the children are hoping for snow........!

Some more photos from the end of the week...having a go on Wheelchairs used for Basketball, being Mindful in class, science experiments, everyone reading in class, outdoor scooter fun and making snowflakes.

Welcome back to the New Year and may we wish everyone a happy one, particularly those expecting new arrivals in the Spring!  Jackie, Bridget and I would like to say a big thank you for all your  Happy Christmas wishes and gifts and we hope Father Christmas delivered all that you hoped for over the festive break smiley.

The children all seem happy to be back at school although they were very tired by the end of last week.  It's always hard getting back into a routine after a nice holiday away from school.  Just as well this next half term is a relatively short one.  Please do take a look at the Parent Planner which is under the 'Parent Information' section on our main class page.  It will inform you of our learning for the coming term and acts as a prompt for the sorts of conversations you may want to have with your children at home.

This last week saw all the children having a good try with their writing.  The photos to accompany the week are centered around our theme for the week which was our book, 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers.  Next week we will be reading 'One Snowy Night' by Nick Butterworth and investigating how blubber helps to keep Arctic Animals warm in freezing temperatures.

We are hoping to set up an Igloo in the outside play area.  We wondered if anyone might be able to help to contruct this one day during the week (guidance and supervision will be provided!) If you have a spare hour or so, please speak to Mrs Truckle and she will be able to let you know when this is planned in for.  Thank you very much.

Lost and Found writing and mark making

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