Welcome to Oak class!
The mighty Oak tree is a symbol of courage, strength of character and power. It stands strong through all things. Legend has it that the Oak tree is the most powerful of all trees. It is a strong and wise tree.
Like the tree, we hope the children in Oak class are strong and courageous in their learning this year and that they, too, are a powerful force in our school. So far, our class of year 3 and 4 children have shown to be enthusiastic, resilient and determined learners as well as thoughtful, kind young people!.
We have also welcomed Miss Ford into Oak Class to complete her final year in teacher training! She has settled in very well to Oak class life and has landed on the ground running.
Miss Graham and Mrs Curtis
Last swimming session for Y4
Thursday 14th February 2019
A reminder to parents and carers that it is the last swimming session for the Y4's on Thursday. The children will be taking part in a fun swim.
Please don't forget swimming costumes, goggles and hats for girls.
11th February 2019
Today we celebrated the children's achievements in their topic homework by joining together with Laurel and Maple classes. We showcased our work by creating a 'museum' where all the children from Y3/4 could come and look at what had been designed and made. The children made a variety of Stonehenge models, weapons and clothing designs...plus one had been made and worn!
Well done to the year 3/4's - they have worked exceptionally hard and produced some great pieces of work!
Back to Forest School!
Friday 15th February 2019
A reminder to parents and carers that Oak, Laurel and Maple are off to forest school on Friday so please can you send children in with old clothes, wellies and waterproofs.
Children are to wear their school uniform to school and change into their forest school clothes in the afternoon.
Topic Homework Reminder
Monday 11th February 2019
Just a quick reminder to say that the children's topic homework is due in on Monday. We will be showcasing what we have learned later on in the week.
Miss Ford, Mrs Curtis and I are very excited to see what they children have created at home!
KP News - Newsreaders
8th February 2019
The children did a fantastic job today with our class assembly on 'The Stone Age'. They all took their parts seriously, read beautifully and had fun whilst performing! The video above shows the news readers explaining there has been an exciting fund at Kempsey Primary School.
Well done Oak class!
5th February 2019
The children in Year 4 visited Hanley Castle High School today and took part in a dance festival. We took part in a variety of dances including cheerleading, street dance and a 1950's rock n roll dance. The children (and staff) enjoyed the morning!
Y4 Dance and Movement Festival at HCHS on Tuesday 5th February
Tuesday 5th February 2019
A reminder to parents and carers that on Tuesday morning, Y4 will be attending a dance and movement festival at Hanley Castle High School. We will be leaving school at 8.30am, therefore children will need to be in school for no later than 8.20am.
Please can I remind you that the children will need to come to school in their PE kits but they must bring their school uniform to change into after we return.
Oak's Class Assembly
Friday 8th February 2019
Letters were sent home to parents and carers yesterday inviting you all to our class assembly, which is being held next Friday at 11.30am.
A second performance will be held at 3.10pm.
Please can you return slips by the end of this week - Friday 1st February - indicating whether you will be attending the morning or afternoon performance and if you are having lunch with your chosen preference.
We are looking forward to showcasing what the children have been learning about The Stone Age!
28th January 2019
In our new Science topic of 'light', the children have started to explore shadows and what makes them. We started off by going outside and drawing around our own shadows to see how they presented themselves on the playground. We then came in and used 3-D shapes and a torch to create shadows on our page. We moved the torch around to different positions around the shape to see how the shadow changed.
25th January 2019
On Friday afternoon, Oak and Laurel went into forest school to build their very own huts - we became Stone Age settlers! The children decided what resources they needed as well as the method they needed to use in order to build it successfully. We had children using mud as cement, various sizes of stick and branches plus logs as a foundation. The children all worked well together and built some fantastic huts! We also used this opportunity to gather resources for our Design and Technology project.
Oak to Forest School
Friday 25th January 2019
On Friday, Oak will be going to forest school in the afternoon (after lunch). Please can we ask that children are sent in with clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting muddy, wellies/walking boots and waterproofs.
Measuring the perimeter
22nd January 2019
We have been doing a bit of work on finding the perimeter of the past couple of days and today the children showed their workings on their whiteboards in order to help them find the missing length around a shape. They had to use their knowledge of what the shape looks like and what the other sides measure in order to help them find the answers. It's tricky...but we are working hard to crack the missing lengths!
21st January 2019
In our Science lesson today we started off by looking at where we could find shadows by going outside and drawing around the shadows that various items made. Next, we came back inside and talked about whether an item was opaque, translucent or transparent and how we knew. The children then went around the classroom and tested items by placing them in the light and looking to see if you could see through them.
A new door for friendship
18th January 2019
With it being a new year, we decided it would be nice to have a new door display. For this display, we have decided to focus on friendship and the importance of supporting others in our school. Our new class motto...be a rainbow in someone else's cloud!
14th January 2019
Today we all became explorers looking at The Stone Age! We created our own cave paintings as a whole class and researched facts about The Stone Age. We thought about the pigments that might have been used to make our colours as well as the reasoning and meaning behind the art work.
10th January 2019
In French today we started to learn about the weather - we went from beautiful, sunny weather to it being very cold and snowing! The children used their French dictionaries to help them and they all completed their task successfully!
This is Me!
11th January 2019
We have had an inspirational week this week, starting with our visit from Harnaam Kaur and ending with the year 3/4's singing 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman. The children sang beautifully and gave it their all in order to put on a wonderful performance. Over the week, we have reiterated to the children that we are all unique and special and that we should be proud of who we are. What a week - all the children should be very proud of this performance.
Hide and Seek - en Francais!
Swimming for Year 4's
Thursday 10th January 2019
This children from year 4 in Oak, Laurel and Maple will start their swimming lessons today. The children will be taught a variety of swimming techniques to help build their confidence and develop on previous skills.
Visit from Harnaam Kaur
8th January 2019
Today we have had the pleasure of having a visit from an inspirational woman, Harnaam Kaur, who, at the age of 16, decided enough was enough and grew out her beard. She has had to deal with bullying from a very young age but has learned to embrace who she is. She gave a wonderful and thought-provoking talk on loving ourselves as we are and that being unique is a special thing.
A warm welcome back to Spring term!
Tuesday 8th January 2019
Wishing all children, parents and carers a very happy new year and welcome back to Spring term 2019! We hope you all had a wonderful break! We are very excited about the next few weeks and have got plenty of interesting lessons ahead...watch this space!
18th December 2018
What a topic homework that was! The children have worked so hard in school this half term and they have shown to have worked just as hard at home. The level of topic homework on our latest adventure 'chocolate' has been fantastic as we have had a wide variety of work brought in including a poster fact sheet, chocolate bar wrappers, bundles of information of the history and geography of chocolate plus a fair amount of home made goodies! The children should be very proud of what they have achieved this half term!
A visit from Father Christmas
14th December 2018
We had a very special visit today from the one and only Father Christmas! He was very jolly and we were lucky to receive some goodies from him just before the big day! A lovely end to our Christmas jumper day!
10th December 2018
Today we thoroughly enjoyed watching the early years and key stage 1 nativity. The children were fantastic and played their parts brilliantly!
6th December 2018
Today, the children have used a website called Lightbot to help them code. The aim was to guide the robot to the end of the course where they had to land on the bright blue square! The children not only coded the robot to go where they needed but also themselves to test their instructions!
A festive return...
5th December 2018
It's been fantastic to get settled back into our classroom. To make our learning environment festive, we have put up our wonderful Christmas tree along with Woody our reindeer...there is also a special something on the tree for each of the children, and adults, in Oak class!
We’re back in Oak!
4th December 2018
As of Tuesday, we will be back in our brand new classroom! We are so excited to start our learning in our bright (and pillar-less) room!
Drop-off and collection is now, as normal, on the back playground.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Oh no she didn't!
3rd December 2018
This morning, the children had a fantastic time at the pantomime of 'Maid Marian and the Merry Men'. The children joined in with the cast by answering 'oh no she didn't' and singing Christmas songs! It was a wonderful morning out!
30th November 2018
Today, the children have written their narratives on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They have taken their time with their handwriting as well as checked spellings. The narratives are a great read!
27th - 29th November 2018
Over the course of the week, the children have been recapping on time - both analogue and digital. This can be a tricky concept to pick up and something that, as adults, it's a skill we take for granted. The children have worked exceptionally hard and, in this lesson, the children were able to form the hands on an analogue clock by reading a digital time.
23rd November 2018
This afternoon, we have started a new Friday afternoon session where children are sent to different classrooms in order to take part in a range of activities. These include learning German, taking part in drama, map reading and foot golf. Myself and Mrs Kimpton are very excited to be leading community work and this week the children have designed and made paper flowers and written inspirational messages. These will be distributed by myself and Mrs Kimpton around the local shops for the general public to pick up and smile!
The children created some beautiful flowers and wrote some thoughtful messages.
Welcome to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory!
14th November 2018
This morning we received a very exciting looking envelope (we never usually receive gold letters) in Oak, Laurel and Maple class. We opened it up and inside we were told that Willy Wonka needed our help to design some chocolates as well as the wrappers, as the Oompa Loompas had all transformed into blueberry's (too much chewing gum!) He also requested that we write up a set of instructions to explain to the Oompa Loompas on how they need to make the chocolate.
Watch this space...it's about to get very chocolatey!
13th November 2018
In our Maths lesson, the children used multi-link cubes to work out fractions of amounts. We placed some questions on the board for children to answer using their concrete apparatus.
12th November 2018
In Art this afternoon, the children sketched a landscape and then used watercolours to transform it into a beautiful and colourful piece of art. Each child's work was unique and they worked very hard to ensure that there was depth and distance in their pieces. Here are three examples of the incredible artwork produced.
From Monday 12th November 2018
As of Monday 12th November 2018, Oak class will be moving into the old Willow classroom. This is due to building works taking place.
Please can you drop children off outside of old Willow or on the large playground. Collection is the same. Please can I ask you to stand near the pathway to old Willow classroom (by Laurel) so that I can see parents clearly when dismissing at the end of the day - thank you.
We are very excited to see our new classroom developing and changing into a fantastic new learning environment!
Thank you for your patience whilst this is ongoing.
A warm welcome back to the second autumn half term - we have got lots planned for the children and are looking forward to the exciting activities ahead!
29th October - 3rd November
We hope you all have a wonderful half term break!
26th October 2018
Today we sketched, coloured and shaded in leaves. The end result was fantastic and the children had used colour with oil pastels effectively. We hope you agree!
23rd October 2018
Today, the children had their last lesson on the Haka. They were split into their three groups and each created their own 'Ka Mate' Haka, using a themes of Halloween, Bonfire Night and Marvel. The children included their own chants as well as their own movement alongside the Ka Mate Haka moves. The children did fantastically and took the dance seriously - the end results were brilliant!
19th October 2018
In Science, we have started looking at the topic of animals, including humans and the children started this topic off by drawing around one of their classmates to get an outline of a body. then, as a group, the children labelled the diagram with the parts of the body the knew, including fingers, toes and heart. Then we provided children with images of the liver, lungs, small and large intestine for the them to think logically about where they would be positioned in the body.
16th October 2018
We have had a fantastic day out at the University of Worcester where we have had a tour around the Infirmary Museum, completed a search and find sheet and had a wonderful time listening to the author, Steve Cole, telling us all about his books, his desire to become an author as well as his inspiration: superheroes!
The children were engaged throughout the day and asked Steve some thought-provoking questions about his career and inspiration for writing.
It's been a great day out!
University of Worcester Trip
16th October 2018
Please can we remind parents to send their children in with coats, a packed lunch and a bottle of water tomorrow for our University of Worcester trip.
15th October 2018
Today, in Maths, the children were using counters and arrays to help them multiply one-digit numbers. We used the concrete apparatus so that the children could see the number they had in total. The children worked exceptionally well and were able to produce arrays with both the concrete apparatus and drawn in their books.
Non-Uniform Day - Monday 8th October 2018
Children can come to school in non-uniform for a £1 donation. We're raising £5,000 to purchase a giraffe from Worcester Stands Tall Live Auction in memory of Rev Canon Matthew Baynes to be homed at Kempsey Primary School.
In memory of Rev Canon Baynes
We are raising money to home a giraffe at Kempsey Primary School in memory of Rev Canon Baynes. Please find the link below if you would like to donate.
5th October 2018
Unfortunately, due to a technological issue, we have not been able to print off the Maths homework. We are sorry for the inconvenience and will get this to you on Monday 8th ready to be handed back in on Friday 12th. However, please find the homework on this page to print out.
1st October 2018
Today, in Maths, we have started looking at subtraction and started the day by answering some questions using the method we preferred. The children did very well and were able to answer their questions using a variety of different methods including mentally and with column subtraction. We progressed onto our Maths lesson by showing the children how to subtract by counting on.
Our own timeline
1st October 2018
In English, the children have started looking at timelines and chronology. We decided to get outside to place the events given out to the children in order. They did really well and managed, first time, to place the events in chronological order on our timeline!
Time to test the circuits!
Testing those circuits
28th September 2018
Today, in Science, we provided the children with a selection of circuits.. they had to work as a group to figure out whether the circuit would work or not by testing them out using the correct components.
Un, deux, trois...trois, deux, un
27th September 2018
Today, in French, we started to look at numbers and counted forward and backwards in a song. As well as this, we played noughts and crosses - the children did exceptionally well! Here is a video of Oak class counting en Francais as well as a few photos of our lesson!
27th September 2018
...you have the question!
Today, the children were given a variety of answers on a piece of paper which they then had to work out what the question could be using their prior knowledge of addition. There were a variety of questions shown and some of the children also used the inverse to prove their method worked.
The buildings glared down at me...
27th September 2018
In English, the children were shown an image of Times Square, New York and were asked to describe what they saw as well as using personification to bring the city to life!
The children came up with some wonderful examples including:
- The never ending skyscrapers were staring down to me from the clear, damp sky.
- The city never sleeps and it's face is lit up.
- The window is waving at me, pulling me in.
- When my busy city is snoring and asleep, there's always one yummy midnight feast.
Some wonderful examples of how the children perceive NYC!
20th September 2018
Today, the children played an old favourite - Where's Wally? - but in French! The children worked really hard and, the good news, they found Wally!
Searching for Roman Numerals...
20th September 2018
Today, we have become detectives and been tasked with cracking a very important code using our knowledge of Roman Numerals! The children worked independently, in pairs or small groups to help crack the code. What an exciting morning!
Reminder: PE Kits
17th September 2018
Just a quick reminder that PE kits must be in school tomorrow, Tuesday 18th September, as we have our second PE lesson.
13th September 2018
Today, we made series circuits using crocodile wires, batteries and light bulbs. The children worked in groups and made their circuits together - there was a lot of discussion and team work.
7th September 2018
Today, the children continued to build on their prior knowledge of place value. We joined up with Laurel and Maple class for a 'place value competition'! Teacher's were given a variety of numbers which the children had to come up and collect, go back to their groups and place the correct amount of bean bags in the relevant columns. Once they had done this, they were then to show the teacher to check all was correct, mark down a point and collect the next number. We had a great morning where team spirits were high and the children showed that they are integrating well in to their new classes!
7th September 2018
Please could I ask parents to ensure that their child has brought in their PE kits ready for Tuesday as we have our first PE lesson.
6th September 2018
This week, we have come back to school and started recapping on our prior knowledge of place value. The children worked in groups, listening out for the numbers that they then had to make using the H T O column and dines cubes to help consolidate their learning. The children worked really well and they showed great team work skills!
5th September 2018
A warm welcome back to the new academic year! We hope you have had a wonderful summer - it certainly flew by! We are very excited for the new term and have lots of fun and exciting topics in the pipeline for the children.
Oak Class Academic Year - 2017-18
Key Stage 2 Summer Disco!
Wednesday 18th July 2018: 5.00-6.00pm
There is a charge of £1.50 for entrance and a selection of sweets and chocolate will be available to buy. Prices of these will range from 5p to £1. Squash and water will be provided for free. We will also be doing glitter tattoos from 50p a go. Summer leis, lucky dip and inflatables will also be on sale from between 30p-£2.
KS2 children can be dropped off and collected from the school playground if the weather is nice or the school hall if not.
16th July 2018
Today, the children finished off making their boats, based on the ship 'The Endurance' which is the vessel Sir Ernest Shackleton used on his expedition to the Antarctic. The children have worked exceptionally hard on these (as you can see) and they have produced some fantastic pieces of design and technology. They had to think about shape, structure and size as well as what parts the ship would need including sails and an anchor.
A Wedding Breakfast to Remember!
13th July 2018
Today, we celebrated the marriages of Mr Willetts, Miss Jessop and Mrs Webster with a wedding breakfast and a dance festival. The children were all incredible and Oak class performed their own version of 'The Hakka' - we translated our own words into Maori which we then incorporated into our dance. We were very proud of them and they should certainly be proud of themselves!
12th July 2018
Today, the children took part in re-enacting scenarios based around our latest English work. We have been writing diary entries as a young person who is living in Kempsey pre-WW1 and then just as the war starts. The children really thought about emotion and facial expression as well as body language to convey their meaning. Well done, Oak!
This week, the whole school have welcomed iSingPop into Kempsey to sing and dance to a variety of pop songs! The children have shown great enthusiasm and have listened well to the songs. We are very much looking forward to recording our own CD as well as performing in a concert next Tuesday.
The children have the availability to by an iSingPop t-shirt either before the evening concert or afterwards and they are allowed to wear this t-shirt at the evening concert. If not, a bright coloured t-shirt should be worn.
It's proving to be an exciting, jam-packed week and it's only Wednesday!
Monday's Trip to Weston-Super-Mare
2nd July 2018
We are very much looking forward to our trip on Monday and we are hoping to have some wonderful sunshine! The children will be provided with a seaside lunch, which I am sure they will enjoy. The coach will be leaving at 8.30am and we will be back by 5.00pm.
The children will need to bring snacks with them as well plenty of drink, which should be brought in a backpack. Suitable clothing should be worn and sun tan lotion should be packed with them if needed. As well as this, the children can bring NO MORE than £5 spending money.
"Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...!"
29th June 2018
Our year 4's are off to the Language Festival today - they have been very much looking forward to it all week! There are plenty of events going on and we look forward to hearing about the vast number of languages they have looked at over the course of the day!
Let Them Sing!
27th June 2018
On Wednesday, the whole school was involved in a singing assembly and everyone did fantastically. The children in Oak decided that they would like to sing 'This Is Me' and they really shone! Many staff members have commented on how beautifully they sang and the enthusiasm they showed...well done, Oak!
21st June 2018
This afternoon, Oak class have been having a productive afternoon getting ready for the Stand Up To Cancer cafe that is being held on Monday next week. The children have gotten really creative and have made some beautiful centre pieces that they should be very proud of!
21st June 2018
Today we have been searching for angles in our playground! The children were looking for acute, right, obtuse and reflex angles in a variety of objects that we come across daily. We found angles in the windows, hop-scotch, posts and even found right angled triangles on a game on the playground!
We discussed about why we would need to learn about angles and how we can use them in everyday life. The jobs we came up with that require understanding about angles were:
* interior designer
* anyone who may want to do a bit of DIY!
We had a great, productive morning and the children worked exceptionally hard!
8th June 2018
This afternoon, the children went outside to play some rounders. We created two separate games and allocated children to start by fielding, batting or bowling. The children spoke about working as a team as well as encouraging their team mates - they all played extremely well and tried to bank as many rounders as they could!
Our Haiku Poems
8th June 2018
This week, in English, we have been exploring what a Haiku poem is and what makes it so unique. We have started our new topic, Our Planet, and have based our poems around the environment and what plastic is doing to hinder and endanger our wildlife.
The quality of these poems has been fantastic and the children have worked exceptionally hard. We were so pleased with our finished pieces, that we asked Mrs Baynes to come and listen to them this afternoon!
Well done to Oak class!
8th June 2018
Kitty has worked extremely hard on her homework for our 'Young Entrepreneurs' topic, which we taught last half term. The quality and dedication to this homework has been absolutely fantastic - the headteacher's reward was well deserved!
Well done Kitty!
A very warm welcome back after the half term - we hope you all had a wonderful week having enjoyed some sunshine! We have got a jam-packed few weeks and are keen to get started!
25th May 2018
Today has been a very busy one for all of the children in Oak class. We have had a fantastic day hosting the Kempsey Cafe, alongside Elm class, where many of our Kempsey residents came to have some delicious cake (kindly made by many of our parents'), some drinks, a good old natter and some entertainment! The children did a fantastic job!
As well as this, we had our afternoon where the children from Oak and Willow showcased their many talents and achievements with their 'Young Entrepreneurs' topic. The level of dedication and enthusiasm that went into their creations was phenomenal and we are so proud of them all! We hope you are too!
Pictures of the Kempsey cafe is to follow!
Week ending 18th May 2018:
The children have had a jam-packed week this week, where we have taken part in a great PE session as well as worked well as a team in our Science lesson!