Welcome to Oak Class
The Oak tree is one of the most loved trees in the world, and with good reason. It's a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge.
The Oak is considered a storehouse of wisdom embodied in its towering strength.
The children in Oak class will face many challenges this coming year and we are positive that they will stand firm and use the knowledge they will be taught to grow and thrive.
We are very excited for the next year and are looking forward to seeing the little acorns in Oak class bloom.
Miss Graham and Mrs Curtis
Knowledge: to appraise the song 'World in Union'
13th October 2019
We are currently appraising the song 'World in Union' which is covered by the host country of the Rugby World Cup every four years. This is the version that was played during the 2003 world cup, which was hosted by Australia. We can hear a mixture of instruments from a didgeridoo to drums and have noticed that there are three people singing - at one point as an a capella group.
We will be using this piece of music in our new Science topic of 'Sound' as we can hear a mixture of low and high sounds which will be made by different instruments, creating a unique vibration.
Knowledge: to explore numbers in French
10th October 2019
In French today we continued to learn numbers from 1 to 10 using a catchy song. The song goes through the numbers in order and then backwards to help the children remember.
We then started to learn a song about ages with the main question of 'Quel age as tu?' The children then had to reply with 'j'ai …… ans'. It was an interactive lesson and it was wonderful to hear the children applying their language skills.
Knowledge: to apply hand eye coordination skills
24th September 2019
We were lucky to have a tennis player from Kempsey Tennis Club in today to help us practise our hand-eye coordination by using tennis equipment. The children started off independently dropping and catching a ball, then moving on to balancing the ball on the racket an walking around the playground. Next it was challenges with their partner ensuring that they hold the rackets correctly and have the ball land low to then propel higher to their partner.
The children worked well together and it was wonderful to see some of their skills emerging. a big thank you to James at Kempsey Tennis Club for spending the time with us this afternoon!
23rd September 2019
For our assembly today we had a visit from a lady called Kia from the NSPCC. We had a talk on what they are about, how children can get in touch if they need someone to talk to and the people whom young people can trust to talk to. We learned the important number the children need in rder to contact the NSPCC: 0800 1111.
It was an informative assembly and we are thankful for the NSPCC to take the time out to see us today.
Making our own flowers!
Knowledge: to explore parts of the flower
Knowledge: to create a flower
17th September 2019
In Science today we explored the different parts of a flower. We used terminology such as stigma, stamen, pollen, pollination and fertlisation. After we had looked at the different parts, we started to make our own flowers with cardboard, blu-tac and cotton buds. The next step - pollination! Watch this space to see how we learn all about this incredible process!
Bonjour Madame Lilly
Knowledge: to explore saying "hello" and "goodbye"
12th September 2019
We welcomed Madame Lilly, our wonderful French teacher, into Oak class this afternoon. We started off by writing our names down to help Madame Lilly and then moved on to recognising the French words for "hello", "goodbye" and "how are you?" We then started saying these phrases and adding actions to follow along with our first French song! The final part of our lesson was to listen to a conversation and tally how many times we heard one of the phrases we had been learning.
Try this at home - how many times can you hear:
* au revoir
* ca va?
Knowledge: to explore passes in netball
10th September 2019
Today the children had their first PE session and we are kick starting our new year with netball. The children discussed the types of passes they knew and the knowledge attached with each one. We then went outside to warm up and then practise two passes: the chest pass and shoulder pass. The children used their prior knowledge to help them with this task.
Our New Topic Launch
Knowledge: to explore similarities and differences
Knowledge: to design a new playground
9th September 2019
Our new topic for this half term is 'Playgrounds' and we have a book by James Mollison to use as a stimulus. Today, the children were presented with a variety of images from the book and had to discuss with their peers about what they liked and one aspect of the playground that they would change. We then provided the children with the image of the playground from Mexico City and gave them the task of adding one feature they would like to see in that setting. We had swimming pools, tree houses, roundabouts and calming water features.
This task was to encourage the children to look at the similarities and differences, not just between playgrounds in the book, but ours as well.
Using a HTO column
Knowledge: to explore place value
9th September 2019
In Maths today, the children were exploring place value using a HTO column. This method allows the children to see what each number represents and how much the number is worth. The children used dienes to help them place the correct amount in each column and then used this to help them complete a variety of numbers that were written on the whiteboard.
Fluency in Maths
9th September 2019
In today's fluency session the children were focussing on their times tables knowledge up to the 6 times tables. We used two dice to roll where the two numbers rolled had to be multiplied together. We then played the Supermovers 6 x tables video for the children to sign along to.
Knowledge: to observe and sketch our playground
6th September 2019
To end our Friday we took the children out onto the playground where they sketched what they could see, using a sketching pencil. We are starting a new school-wide topic called 'playgrounds' so we thought it would be beneficial for the children to see what they have available to them. The children noticed a variety of parts of the playground including the games on the floor, buildings and Girafficus.
A warm welcome to a new year in Oak Class!
We hope you all had a restful and exciting summer holidays. We can't wait to get started with our new topic and see what the new year has to bring for the children starting in year 3/4!