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Please could you send a Christmas jumper (or a festive colour such as red or green) and/or a Christmas hat or headband to school for your child to wear for our Christmas video performance. We need these in school by Monday 30th November. If anyone reading this can pass the message on to other Oak Class parents, that would be much appreciated! 

Thursday 19th November


We are currently in the middle of a mini topic about superheroes to make up for the children missing it in Reception. We have looked at the story of Charlie's Superhero Underpants and designed our own superhero. We also had a look at 'real life heroes', who do brave and helpful things everyday. 


With Christmas approaching, we have begun to talk about the Christian faith in our RE lessons. Throughout Key Stage 1, children study Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They learn at a very basic and age appropriate level, the core beliefs and actions of religious people. We teach the children that some people follow a religion and some people don't, and that's fine but we must respect the beliefs of all people. RE is always a subject which allows the children to wonder and discuss their ideas and thoughts, which is to be encouraged. Often there is no definitive answer to their questions but it is interesting to ponder! Some of the children in Oak class are not sure whether their family follow a religion or are non-religious. Maybe this is a discussion you could have at home. Our PSHE this half-term has a focus on 'celebrating difference', so the children are very aware of the differences (and similarities) between themselves and others. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about our programme of study for RE - I know it is sometimes hard for 5 year olds to articulate what they have been learning about!


Along with the homework, there are some photos below of the children working out in the superhero training gym and some of this week's challenges. 

Lots of children in Oak class love drawing, writing and making things. If you have access to any scrap paper which is destined for a recycling bin, we can definitely make use of it! Please send any unwanted paper to school. Many thanks!
Don't forget Forest Schools on Monday 16th November!

Thursday 5th November


We have had a fun week back at school and the children all seemed refreshed after the half term break! We have looked at the story Pumpkin Soup and thought about the characters' actions and feelings. The children used drama to show these feelings and explain the actions of the characters. 

In D&T we safely used a knife to cut pumpkin into chunks using a claw grip - keeping fingers tucked away from the blade as we sliced. We added some onion, vegetable stock and salt to create a pumpkin soup which some children loved and others weren't so keen on! 


Homework is below, along with some photos from the week.

Thursday 22nd October


We have had another fun week with our text What the Ladybird Heard. Our topic work has included creating maps of the farm for beebots to roam around (see photos) and mapping our school environment.  We also did some science based on the 5 senses and put together a musical performance using a song from the stage production of What the Ladybird Heard. We learnt about keeping the beat of a piece of music and the children each played an instrument to represent an animal noise.


Homework for this week is posted below.


Have a lovely half term and don't forget it's Forest Schools on the first Monday back (2nd November).

Thursday 15th October


This week we have been working with the story of The Little Red Hen. We have done some drama, made masks and learnt about the life cycle of a chicken.

Here are some photos from this week:


Thursday 8th October


This week has felt very autumnal and so we have been learning about seasonal changes. We went for a walk around the school grounds to look for signs that autumn is here - we found lots! 

We had fun playing with toys from the Victorian times, talking about what they were made from and how they were powered with no electricity. 


I have sent home some more login details for another maths game called Numbots. It is to boost addition and subtraction skills. I have stuck the login details inside your child's reading record, and sent them to you on a letter too as I am aware that reading records are in school for some of the week!


Don't forget FOREST SCHOOLS on Monday!


Homework for this week is below.

Have a great weekend.

Friday 2nd October


This week's homework is below. Children have also been given a password to access an online game that we have subscribed to. EdShed has games to practise english and maths skills, e.g. spelling, addition and subtraction, number bonds (and phonics is 'coming soon'). You will find the password glued inside the front cover of your child's reading record. 


Most children had the correct gear for forest schools on Monday. Mrs Grice will not allow children to take part unless they have waterproof clothing and wellies. The next session is on Monday 12th October. Children may leave their bag of clothing at school if that is more convenient.


We have had a fun week learning about toys from the past. If you are able to send a picture of your child with their current favourite toy, it would be nice to have some for display.



The homework bulletin is below for this week. I have received some fantastic information and images of toys from the past - it has been very nostalgic! We will be talking about them next week.


Forest Schools begins on Monday 28th September for Oak children and continues every other week. Please make sure your child has their Forest School clothing in school, otherwise they will miss out on the activities. (Waterproofs and wellies - named please!) 

From Monday 21st September, children can bring their own water bottle to school. Please ensure that it is named and filled with water before school each day. Children no longer need to bring their own snack to school as The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme is providing free snacks for children aged 4-6 every day.

Friday 18th September


Another week has flown by and the children have started working in their English and Maths books. I have noticed that a lot of children are not forming some letters and numbers correctly, so this is something to work on. I have included this in the weekly homework bulletin (below). The bulletin gives you some ideas of ways to support your child at home, based on what we have been learning in school that week. It will be available on the website and emailed to you as well. 


yes A big thank you to all the parents who were extremely efficient and checked the website last week and sent baby photos to the class email - I intended to send a text out but I didn't need to! (Please don't worry if you didn't send one as the children had fun looking at photos of their friends as babies.) Perhaps this week you could talk to your child about the toys you liked to play with as a child and send a picture, as toys will be our next history focus. If you can get grandparents involved too, that would be great!   

Friday 11th September


What a great first week we have had! All the children have settled really well into Year 1 and begun to embrace the new challenges. Over the next couple of weeks during history lessons we will be looking at how the children have changed since they were babies. It would be helpful to look at some photos, so please email a photo of your child as a baby to the class email address at your earliest convenience: Thanks! 

Welcome to Oak Class!


I met most of the new Oak Class either in person or via Zoom in July. It was great meeting you all!


My name is Miss Stokes and I am your Year 1 teacher. Sometimes we will also have Mrs Hilson in our classroom to help you with your learning.


I am really excited to see you all on Monday 7th September and to begin our new learning adventure. I have been working hard to think of ways to make the classroom look a little bit more like your reception room so that you feel comfortable, but it is much smaller! 


We are going to have fun learning phonics, reading, writing, maths, science, art, and lots more! You will be able to play with your friends and enjoy investigating and exploring together. Every Thursday you will have a P.E. afternoon with Mr Parker - remember to have your P.E. kit in school (ALL named please!) I know that you are going to work hard and always try your best, and I promise to do the same!


Miss Stokes