Oak Class

Welcome to Oak Class!

My name is Miss Hooper and I am the class teacher of Oak. In Oak we are lucky to have 2 other adults to help us with our learning; Mrs Chapman and Miss Kirkland.

Our little acorns are a mixture of Reception and Year 1 children and together we encourage each other to do our very best and to be the best we can be. As a class we spend a lot of time working together in small groups and we enjoy hands on learning both in and outside of the classroom.

Autumn Term – Topic: Rock and Roll

Dear parents/guardian,

Welcome to or welcome back to another year in Oak Class. I am tremendously excited to embark on another year leading this wonderful age group as well as getting to know your children even better as we continue this journey together. Our first week back has been a great success and I wish to continue this over the next weeks and months to come.

This term Oak Class is exploring the topic ‘Rock and Roll.’ To unpick this topic we will be experimenting with music throughout our other subjects. For example, in Literacy we will be performing our very own version of The Magic Porridge Pot in the style of a musical and we will also be complementing our autumn poems with pieces of music that we will be making up ourselves. In Geography and History we will be looking at the different countries that make up The British Isles and we will be exploring music traditional we find there, e.g. listening to bagpipes as they are part of the Scottish culture. In maths will focus on Number and Place Value but we will be weaving music into this subject by counting beats as well as learning maths songs to help us with our counting.

As many of you know, Oak Class went through a transformation over the summer holidays. We have revamped the classroom as well as the outside area. We are going for a more natural atmosphere throughout the classroom and the idea of ‘forest school’ fits in with this perfectly. The philosophy of ‘Forest School’ is to take children back to basics and to learn through being outside. We are lucky to have a canopy in our playground but we also have an open area and a peace garden to explore in all weathers. I therefore ask that each child brings to school a pair of wellies and a spare set of ‘play clothes’ to keep on their peg. This will mean that the children can explore the outdoors in all weathers! This type of organic, free flow learning is extremely beneficial to our children’s development but having a spare pair of clothes on site also means that school uniform will be protected from wet, oozy mud!

PE for this term is on a Thursday so please make sure that your child has the correct kit available in school every Thursday. This includes a PE shirt, shorts, socks and a pair of plimsolls.

This year we have decided that one homework project will be sent home every half term for the children to engage in. This could be a discovery piece of work or it could involve making something. We ask that you encourage your child to take part in this whether they are in Reception or Year 1 because it will support the learning we will have been doing in the classroom. Year 1’s will also be sent home spellings/tricky words every Friday and will need to be learnt at home ready for the test the following Friday. Reading will continue to go home every night and we will try our very best to change your children’s books between 2 and 3 times a week.

 

Show and Tell

Date:

Group:

15th September

Foxes

22nd September

Badgers

29th September

Owls  (depending on how many reception attend)

6th October

Squirrels (depending on how many reception attend)

13th October

Hedgehogs (depending on how many reception attend)

20th October

Foxes

 

Kind regards,

Miss Hooper