Welcome to Class Oak 2017/18
We hope that you have all had a lovely summer and are ready to begin your learning journey in Class Oak.
In the first few weeks our topic is called Marvellous Me. We will be finding out about each other’s interests and talking about our families. Please remember to bring in your holiday memory bag to share with your friends and your ‘All about me' book.
We will be finding out what we know in Literacy and Mathematics with activities related to Marvellous Me. Some of the stories that we will enjoy reading include, Kippers Birthday, the Large Family stories and discovering the Oxford Reading Tree family in preparation for reading books.
We will learn how to use our indoor and outdoor learning areas and follow class and school expectations, to ensure we have a happy learning environment.
On Tuesday 12th September at 5pm, we would like to invite all parents and carers to a Phonics and Handwriting meeting. We will discuss how reading and writing is taught in Class Oak, so that you can support and encourage your child at home.
Welcome back to Summer Term 2 2017
This half term our topic is 'What is a reflection?
What is a reflection?
Throughout our topic we will be exploring questions such as 'Why can I see myself in a puddle?' , 'Are a butterfly's wings the same?' and 'What is a reflection?'
In the first week we will be observing children's interests and finding out what they already know about reflections. The children will be introduced to the following interests: reflections, mirrors, photography, symmetry and portraits.
‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’
Throughout our topic we will be exploring questions such as ‘why do ladybirds have spots?’ and ‘why do spiders spin webs?’
In the first week, we will be observing children’s interests and finding out what they already know about minibeasts. The children will be introduced to the following interests: minibeasts in the local environment, similarities and differences, growth and change, patterns and colour and plants and flowers. We will be developing our class minibeast garden to support our learning.
We will be continuing to focus on ‘Talk for writing’ this half term and how being able to retell a story through words and actions can enhance and develop our story writing. The children’s learning will be developed through the stories of The Bad Tempered Ladybird, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and What the ladybird heard.
Year 1 children will also be learning about the water cycle in their science sessions.
P.E continues to be on a Wednesday morning and our focus is Outdoor games. We will be working cooperatively to play small team games as well as developing our moving and handling skills with rackets and balls, and developing our spatial awareness in running and chasing games.
Remember to try and read as many times as possible each week and please ensure you sign the home school reading diary each time. Each half term we count the number of reads for each child. Gold, silver and bronze reading certificates are awarded at the end of each half term as part of the reading challenge.
Year One homework
Home work for Year one children will continue to be set weekly so please can children bring in their red homework folders on a Wednesday. Homework tasks this half term will be weekly spellings and maths. Maths will alternate between a sheet and Mathletics activities online.
Welcome back to the new spring Term.
We hope you have all had a good break and are ready for another exciting topic!
This half term our topic is 'Will you read me a story?'
What did Jack find at the top of the beanstalk? Will Cinderella get to go to the ball? Which is your favourite fairy tale? Which fairy tale character would you like to be?
We will explore these questions and more in this magical project about fairy tales, goodies and baddies!
The children will be introduced to the following interests and areas of learning. These will include
We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas filled with lots of fun. Happy New Year and welcome back.
This term we will continue to explore the season of Winter which we looked at briefly before the festive break.
We will be helping Teasel write a very important book for Bramble and the other sleeping creatures to describe the wonderful winter wonderland.
We will explore the winter weather and look at the similarities and differences between the current season and that of Autumn. We will create winter landscapes using different media and materials. We will look at snow, ice and frost and look at freezing and melting. We will also explore how animals such as polar bears, penguins, seals and birds have adapted to live in colder climates and how they survive during the cold weather.
We will then move on to explore - What happens when we fall asleep? We will investigate:
Why are there stars in the sky at night?
Does everyone go to bed at the same time?
We will answer these questions and more as the children’s interests and curiosity guides us through our topic. As a starting point we will investigate:
The moon and stars
People who work at night
The importance of sleep and rest.
Reading, Sight words and Spellings.
Please continue to read with your child at home as this makes a huge difference, please also continue to practise sight words with your child. Please send your child’s word packets into school with their reading diaries so your child can change their reading book daily and we can update their sight words regularly. If your child can read their sight words then they could learn how to spell them.
Year 1 will receive maths homework (on Mathletics or given as sheets in the homework folder) and spellings each week on a Wednesday. Spelling tests will also be completed in school on a Thursday using the previous week’s spellings your child’s score will be recorded in their reading diary on a Friday.
During this next term we will be exploring the Season of Autumn.
Why do leaves change colour? Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do animals hibernate?
We will answer these questions and more as we investigate and find out about the colourful season of Autumn and the lives of woodland animals.
We will then move on to prepare for Christmas, writing letters to Father Christmas, making decorations and cards and learning about the Birth of Jesus.
Autumn 1 - Marvellous Me!
This half term we will be settling into full time school and new routines. We will be exploring our new learning environment and getting to know each other, we will be learning about our feelings, about our bodies and exploring our senses. The children will drive our topic through their own fascinations and ideas as well as being introduced to the following:
How many fingers and How many toes?
Exploring different letter sounds - My name begins with ....
How I have changed - Look at me and what I can do
Welcome back to Spring Term 2 2016
This half term our topic is called 'Will you read me a story?'
Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad?
How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat?
We will answer these questions and more, planning from the children's interests and fascinations in this magical project all about fairy tales. The children will be introduced to the following interests and areas of learning. These will include:
This half term our topic is called Where Does Snow Go? This topic will stimulate children's curiosity, knowledge and imagination about snow and the winter season. The children will drive our topic through their own fascinations and ideas as well as being introduced to the following interests and areas of learning. These will include;
In R.E our area of learning is 'Special Jewish and Christian Stories'. This unit enables the children to explore ideas about God, and investigate the Jewish and Christian stories of creation, Moses, Daniel and David & Goliath. The week beginning 8th February we will be celebrating Chinese New Year.
In P.E we will be developing our Gymnastic skills using the floor area and large apparatus. We will become familiar with gymnastic positions and perform sequences with control and coordination.