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!
Miss Graham and Mrs Curtis
It's officially the end of the year!
We would like to wish everyone a restful and enjoyable summer break! Well done to all the children in Oak class for a fantastic year - you deserve the rest!
Our Year 3/4 Graduation
18th July 2019
Today Oak, Laurel and Maple graduated from year 3/4! We hosted a graduation ceremony (after they had made their mortar boards) and celebrated everyone's unique talents and characteristics. We all had a wonderful afternoon and are so proud of the children. Ellie, the class bear, even had her own mortar board and graduated alongside Oak!
School Disco Reminder
Please can all children in KS2 (apart from Y6) please bring in their £1.50 disco entrance money to school in the morning on Thursday 18th July.
Topic Homework Celebration - to present our work
16th July 2019
Oak, Maple and Laurel classes got together for the final time this year to celebrate our topic homework that we have focussed on over the past few weeks. The latest topic was 'Fashion' and the children researched the life of Audrey Hepburn, explored fashions from around the world, designed their own Kempsey Primary School PE kit and presented why fur should not be used in the fashion industry. We had some informative pieces as well as creative designs. The children should be exceedingly proud of what they have accomplished this topic.
Our Topic Tees - to design and create a t-shirt
15th July 2019
Today, we celebrated the children's t-shirt designs, all of which are based on one of our previous topics. The children had the opportunity to choose from Scavengers and Settlers, Earth and Place: Time and Space, Interventions that Changed the World and Chocolate! We had some wonderful designs and the children have worked so hard on their designs.
Kempsey Fest Ready!
11th-12th July 2019
Kempsey Fest...we are ready for you!
Keep an eye on the page to see updates of what's going on!
Collection from Sports Day and Church
16th July and 19th July 2019
Children can be collected early from Sports Day on 16th July 2019 and Church on 19th July. Please can you let Miss Graham, Mrs Curtis or the Office know as soon as possible if you plan on collecting your child/ren early from these events.
Wow - proud is an understatement!
Polishing and presenting an original piece of work.
8th July 2019
In our penultimate week we have asked the children to look at the very first piece of work that they wrote in Oak class, all the way back from September! We looked at their handwriting, presentation and the types of grammar they used. They then started to re-write that piece of work and up-level it. We were blown away by the quality and quantity of work the children are producing, and the presentation of books and their handwriting made me burst with pride.
The children have all worked so hard this year and they should all be very proud of the achievements they have made. Well done Oak class!
Fractions in Maths - to explore equivalent fractions
3rd July 2019
In Maths today, the children have been exploring equivalent fractions by folding up a piece of A4 paper into 16th's. They then had to make the equivalent fractions with their friends to show the fraction they had made. For example:
8/16 = 4/8 = 1/2
12/16 = 6/8 = 3/4
Can you find the equivalent fraction for 10/16?
Drafting a Playscript
3rd July 2019
Over the past week in English, we have been writing character descriptions and narratives based on a pair of shoes. We encouraged the children to think about the type of person that would wear a particular type of shoe. The shoes included were high heels, flip flops, trainers and pointe shoes. Today, the children recreated their narrative in playscript form with the intention to develop their oracy skills.
Exploring African Patterns and Colour
26th June 2019
The children have been on exploring African patterns and colour this afternoon have started to think of what they would like their clothing to look like. They started off by looking at patterns on the whiteboard and discussing what they could see. They then drew outlines in their sketchbooks and used oil pastels to give their drawings a bold, strong collection of colour and design. The finished results were beautiful!
25th June 2019
The children started to put their own music to this advert for Nike trainers. We cut the sound that was already on the advert and left it as a blank canvas for the children to work with. We asked the children to think about the two pairs of shoes that were well worn and didn't match the criteria Nike were setting and what type of music should accompany this part.
How might the tempo change?
What instruments might they use?
Will the pitch change?
Good Luck at the Year 4 Festival of Languages Day
at Hanley Castle High School
25th June 2019
Madame Lilly and Mrs Curtis have taken some of our Year 4 children from Oak, Maple and Laurel classes to Hanley Castle High School to take part in a languages festival. They will be singing 'Un elephant qui se balancait' which they all know very well!
Finding fractions of a quantity
24th June 2019
We started to explore fractions of quantities today in Maths and to start with, the children were given a selection of counters to find 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, 1/3 and 2/3. After that, we had a question on the whiteboard asking them how many marshmallows and chocolate swirls one cake would need. We reminded the children that you divide by the denominator and multiply by the numerator. The children worked through a series of challenges to test their knowledge.
Rounders Tournament with Laurel and Maple
21st June 2019
It was sunny and warm today so we decided it would be a fantastic opportunity to use some of the skills we have taught during PE lessons in a Year 3/4 rounders match! We all got a chance to bat and field and the children showed great communication skills. Myself, Miss Beswick and Mr Dalton also got chance to have a bat...it had been a while so we weren't quite as good as the children!
A passion for fashion!
20th June 2019
We had our final topic launch of the year today and are excited to announce that Fashion is our focus for the next 4 weeks. The children started off the day by thinking about their favourite t-shirt and why they like it so much. They were then allocated a previous topic that we have covered this year to use as inspiration for the design.
The children were given a template, one between two, and we asked to design their own t-shirt. We had designs from Stone Age animals to spacemen to chocolate bars! Once the templates were complete, the children then started to draw their design onto their own tee. The final results will be on display tomorrow so watch this space...
Creating a character description
17th June 2019
We started off looking at our new topic today by exploring shoes and thinking about the people who might wear them. This is in order for the children to create a character description with the inspiration of our new topic...fashion!
Pointillism in Art
14th June 2019
We explored pointillism today in Art by looking at what style pointillism is and using it in our paintings of the Earth and space. The children created some innovative and creative pieces - there was an abundance of colour!
As a class we have been learning 'Un elephant qui se balancais'! It is a song about a group of elephants who, one by one, keep trying to sit on a giant spider's web.
Try singing the song at home to see how the song ends!
Time for a little more time
Jump, jump, jump!
13th June 2019
During our Maths lesson today we have started to explore time in seconds, focussing on how we would write down the time in digital format. To start with, the children were put into pairs and asked to record how many seconds it took them to jump 20 times, then they switched over. We explored how we could write this in minutes and seconds, just like a stopwatch would. The children then worked through 6 fluency questions then attempted a twist it and deepen it challenge.
A little Maths puzzle...
13th June 2019
Miss Ford came back in to Oak class this morning to give the children a little Maths puzzle...she found a chest with a number padlock that needed unlocking with a specific combination. The children had to place 4 numbers in a grid and make up the numbers to reach exactly 100. The questions is, who will unlock the padlock to reveal the contents of the chest...
Our trip to the ThinkTank, Birmingham
We couldn't resist a selfie after our exploration into our solar system...the travellers have returned!
10th June 2019
We had a fantastic day at the ThinkTank in Birmingham today where we got to explore all about the human digestive system, developments in technology, a variety of animals and took an adventure into our incredible solar system in the planetarium. The children behaved well and showed wonderful manners to the staff and visitors. The children (and teachers) were in awe by what they saw and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves...definitely a place to go back to!
Trip to the ThinkTank, Birmingham
Monday 10th June 2019
A quick reminder that we have our trip to the ThinkTank, Birmingham on Monday. The children will need their packed lunch, a water bottle and a maximum of £5 spends money to take in to the gift shop.
Earth and Place: Time and Space - Topic Homework Celebration
7th June 2019
Today we celebrated the children's topic homework by having a presentation of their hard work. We had many models, information packs and diagrams of the solar system. Oak, Laurel and Maple classes came together to show what they had learned as well as discuss their work. We are so proud of the level of commitment shown to this topic - well done!
Rounders in PE
Throwing and Catching
Throwing and Catching
Throwing and Catching
5th June 2019
In PE today we started to learn how to play the good old summer game of rounders. We started off by reinforcing the importance of hand to eye coordination by throwing and catching a tennis ball. The children had to do this in larger groups around a circle then in pairs. We encouraged the children, that when catching, they should pull the ball towards them. I can't wait for us to be playing games of rounders this summer!
Researching Rockets in English
3rd June 2019
We hit the ground running this morning in English where we started to research all about rockets. The children worked in pairs and had three subheadings to research: flying a rocket, building a rocket and famous rockets. They then used the iPads to research all about rockets, what they use in order to propel them into space and the compartments they had, amongst many other facts.
Welcome back to Summer Term 2!
We hope you all had a restful half term. We have got some interesting activities lined up for the children for the last few weeks of this academic year and I am very excited about our final topic...all will be revealed in the next couple of weeks!
Happy Half Term
We hope you all have a restful bank holiday and half term break.
We look forward to starting Summer Term 2 on Monday 3rd June 2019!
'How much does a ladybird weigh?'
24th May 2019
The whole school had a day of Maths today and in year 3/4 we had a round robin day of activities in Maple, Laurel and Oak.
In Oak class, we read the book 'How much does a ladybird weigh?' by Alison Limentani and asked the children what the book was about and what it shows. We then set them off on an activity to weigh a variety of different items including toy bears, a toy mouse, books and a toy bear and work out how many of each item matched the weight of Zippy, or visa versa. The children worked well in their groups and some fantastic maths took place!
A bubbly experiment!
22nd May 2019
We conducted an experiment today - to make raisins dance! Impossible we hear you say? Not for the budding young scientists in Oak class! We placed a raisin in a cup of tonic water and watched the raisins dance.
The main question that needed answering was...how does this happen? The answer...gas! Little bubbles of carbon dioxide attach to the wrinkles in the dried piece of fruit which makes the fruit lighter, it then rises to the surface where the bubbles of gas burst making the fruit heavier again therefore it sinks back to the bottom.
Maybe you could try this experiment at home and compare what happens to a raisin with a grape. What is the main difference?
Christian Aid Party Clothes day!
21st May 2019
The children arrived in their best party clothes today to raise money for Christian Aid - a charity which pledges to help relieve communities of poverty. We had a fantastic assembly hosted by Owen, a retired vicar, and a lovely lady called Katmaan Senlong who is originally from Nigeria. She showed us some of the beautiful clothes and bags they wear and told us the tales behind womens' hair and why they have cornrose hairstyles. As well as this, the children learned about what the charity does and one of the stories of a woman in Africa who is due to give birth very soon. It was a wonderful assembly and the children have all enjoyed donating towards this fantastic charity.
LO: to investigate the properties of polygons
21st May 2019
In Maths today we had the learning objective of 'to investigate the properties of polygons'. The children investigated what a polygon is and how we can draw a shape on to a grid using coordinates. We learned that a polygon is a 2D shape that has at least three straight sides.
Can a circle be a polygon?
The Great Barrier Reef
20th May 2019
We are collaboratively working alongside Laurel and Maple classes to make a display on The Great Barrier Reef using old plastics to encourage children to recycle and reuse their rubbish where they can. We have watched a video from Sir David Attenborough as inspiration as well as looked at images of the coral reef before and after bleaching. The children have been thinking about how we can help our environment going forward and reaching out to the others in our community to inform them of our plight is one way of doing so. We are very much looking forward to the display that will be finished very soon.
Our Earth and the Sun
17th May 2019
In Science we have been looking at the Earth and how it rotates on it's axis and orbits the Sun. We have learned that it takes 365 days for the Earth to orbit the Sun once and that the Earth rotates on its axis at an angle, which is why we have seasons.
Today the children have used a globe and a torch to represent this sequence of events then progressed on to being the Earth and Sun themselves.
We used the video below to show the children and explain the way our solar system works.
Rotating and Orbiting
Oak and Ash's Party Themed Kempsey Cafe
17th May 2019
We were extremely excited to be hosting the Kempsey Café alongside Ash class this morning, which we decided should be inspired by birthday parties! We had a selection of wonderful cakes, either made or bought, which was shared with our wonderful visitors from the community. The children took coffee, tea and cake order, chatted with our lovely guests and had a giggle or two. It was a wonderful morning enjoyed by all - there were party poppers, party hats and balloon napkins!
We also collected donations for Christian Aid in preparation for next week, where the children can wear party clothes on Tuesday and bring in £1 for the charity.
A big thank you to the parents and carers who donated cakes to this wonderful morning.
16th May 2019
In Maths today we took Oak, Maple and Laurel onto the playground to try out their understanding of plotting coordinates and translating shapes. We asked them to mark their axis then work through a series of instructions in their groups. The children all worked well together and helped each other.
Welcome to the 'Oakvengers' Headquarters
Our new, and final, classroom door for the year! We have been inspired by the new Avengers film and thought that all of the children in Oak class are superheroes...so we created our own headquarters where amazing learning takes place.
Creating a PowerPoint presentation
10th May 2019
On Tuesday, we researched either Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin with the aim to create an informative and exciting PowerPoint presentation. Today the children used the information they had found out to create their presentations. They have included various facts about both men and have thought about he structure they will use in order to create a logical presentation.
Yoga in PE
8th May 2019
In PE today we took part in a yoga video, based on two stories - Star Wars and Pokémon. The children performed many yoga poses in order to help develop strength, posture and promote a calm mind.
Grid method and bar modelling for multiplication
7th May 2019
Today we recapped both the grid method and bar model for multiplication. We started off by having two questions on the IWB for the children to answer. We then asked the children to make a 'fortune teller' to help with their times tables which they can keep a hold of. Finally, the children went on to answer a series of questions using both of these methods to their consolidate learning.
We have gained two new members of Oak class...
3rd May 2019
We have two new members of Oak class who have joined us this week.
Ellie is our new class bear! She is very much looking forward to learning alongside the children and going home with them on weekends for the rest of the year! She comes with a little scrap book for you to write in the adventures you have been on and pop in a couple of pictures.
We have also welcomed Bloom into our classroom, a Syrian hamster, who Miss Graham adopted. She is approximately 8 months old and has already proven to be a big hit with the children (and staff!) She is a beautiful little bundle and we are very excited to have her at Kempsey Primary School.
2nd May 2019
Madame Lilly has been in today and she has been practicing the alphabet with the children. We have learned a very catchy song to help us as it can get slightly confusing - especially when it comes to pronouncing jay (g) and gee (j)!
Play the song above and sing along!
1st May 2019
In our Maths lesson today, we started to look at bar modelling as a method of multiplication. I modelled the method on the whiteboard then asked the children help me to answer a couple more questions. We broke down the process and allowed the children time to answer questions in their books from yesterday using this different method.
Could you use bar modelling to answer 12 x 14?
Earth and Place: Time and Space
29th April 2019
We welcomed the children back in to Summer term with their new topic launch - Earth and Place: Time and Space. We started the day by watching a video on the solar system, focussing on the 8 primary planets. Next, we drew the solar system on a roll of paper and coloured in the planets, using images to help.
After lunch, we looked at how far each planet is from the sun and reduced the measurement down to cm. We went outside to the playground, armed with a selection of balls acting as planets, to place in the correct distances from the sun.
At the end of the day, we taught the children a new mnemonic to help them remember the order of the planets (as Pluto is now classed as a dwarf planet!) Listen to the video below to hear it!
The children worked exceptionally hard and we had a great day.
Our Mnemonic for the Planets
Welcome back to Summer term!
Monday 29th April 2019
A warm welcome back to Summer term. We hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and munched on some scrumptious chocolate!
We have already kick started our day with active 10 and our new topic launch - 'Earth and Place: Time and Space'. Look out for some photos of our introduction to the solar system.
We hope you all have a restful and enjoyable break over Easter!
Summer term commences on Monday 29th April 2019
Testing out our boats
10th April 2019
Today we tested out our boats, along with Maple and Laurel classes, in Forest School. We had already designed our boats and decided what materials to use along with the shape. Next...to test! The children cheered as staff made their way into the brook and as the boats travelled along the water. We had some fantastic successes and a couple of Titanic replicas! The children had a wonderful morning, as did the staff!
Church Service - Collection
Please can you let Miss Graham, Mrs Curtis or the front office know if you are planning to collect your child from church on Friday as soon as possible. Collection time will be 2.00pm.
Topic Homework Celebration
9th April 2019
We celebrated the children's topic homework today in the hall along with Laurel and Maple class. The children had thought of a variety of inventions and had completed some great research on inventions or the people who designed them. We had the code breaker, phones and even a 3D printed model - all of the children should be very proud of what they have achieved this half term!
Thursday 11th April 2019
A reminder that it is the school disco on Thursday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm and there will be a selection of drinks and snacks for the children to buy.
Wednesday 10th April 2019
Forest School - Change of Day
Due to adverse weather conditions, we had to cancel forest school on Monday. We will be, weather permitting, going to forest school on Wednesday so please can you ensure that children are sent in with appropriate clothing.
Monday 8th April 2019
Please can you send the children in with forest school clothing on Monday as we will be going in the afternoon. Ensure all children have a waterproof coat, wellies and old clothes.
Exploring air resistance and gravity
1st April 2019
In Science, we have explored air resistance and gravity by designing and making gyropcopters. We explored how we could make the helicopter increase air resistance by thinking about adding paperclips, more paper and selotape. The children all designed their own, then at the front of the class we tested them. Next, we went outside to test out their models against other children's helicopters.
Writing our own stories in French!
28th March 2019
In French we have been learning a story about a farmer who grows a turnip, then gets it stuck in the ground. We have planned and started to write our own versions using different fruits and vegetables and characters...in French!
Mass in Maths
27th March 2019
In Maths, we explored mass; what it is and how we can measure it. The children were given a variety of objects and a set of scales to measure the mass, record it in a table and then move round to the next table. We used two types of scales to show how different sets measure. Once the children had measured the items, they then had to answer some questions to further consolidate and deepen their understanding.
Testing our magnets
25th March 2019
In Science today we explored the North and South poles in magnets then continued with testing out which materials were magnetic and why. We each drew a route on a piece of paper to follow with a magnet. The children had to 'problem solve' by thinking about how they could do this more effectively. Next we explored materials and predicted whether certain materials were magnetic or not. The children worked in pairs or small groups and showed that, by working together, you can problem solve easier and more efficiently.
The Learning Pit
Our learning pit is up in the classroom and it is here to remind us that learning is going to be challenging and that there may be times when we want to give up. However, it also shows that with a little perseverance, determination and teamwork we will be able to complete our learning and come up the other side...Mario style!
Every morning we start our day off by taking part in 'Active 10'. This week, we have switched it up a bit and have been dancing to a variety of songs to get our bodies and minds moving. The children have enjoyed doing this and we have gained a bank of favourite 'go to' dance songs!
British Science Week - Journeys
Time for the colouring
Ice pop's away!
13th March 2019
Today we celebrated British Science Week with some experiments, focussing on the theme of 'Journeys'.
Whilst in Oak classroom, we started to look at the journey a cruise liner takes but shifted the focus on to the journey an iceberg will take. The children were told that they would be given an ice pop which would have food colouring in to represent, and show, what happens to the water when they place it in to water. Before we went outside, the children made predictions about what would happen. Once outside, the children were encouraged to discuss what was happening to the ice when it was placed in the water, whether it travelled as well as how far it travelled when the ice was blown on or the water was disturbed. We had some fantastic discussions and the children concluded their experiment when they came back in to the classroom.
Moon Rovers in Laurel
World Book Day
7th March 2019
Today, we were very lucky to have two parents come in to read with Oak class. The children listened and answered questions about the books they were reading - The 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Billionaire Boy'.
A big thank you to the parents for coming in to read with the children
How do germs spread?
6th March 2019
Today the class looked at how germs spread. We focussed on coughing and sneezing. To test this, we gave the children glitter and asked the to sneeze and cough into their hands to see how far the 'germs' would spread and where the glitter landed. The children were surprised to see where the glitter did land and how much there was.
6th February 2019
The children were learning how to dribble today in basketball - they had to dribble up a straight line then around the cones, back down and pass to the next person. The children either passed by a chest or bounce pass.
Pancake Day - Shrove Tuesday
5th March 2019
It's pancake day today and we are very excited to be making pancakes with the children on Wednesday 6th March. All ingredients and toppings will be provided for the children.
As well as the practical side of making pancakes, we have also looked at the religious reasons why we 'clear out' our cupboards to make these delicious treats.
Maths - starting statistics
4th March 2019
Today we started to look at statistics and how data is collected in a tally chart then converted into a pictogram. We got together with Maple and Laurel class to collect data on year 3/4's favourite colour to show in a tally chart. After this, we went back into our classrooms and collected our own data on which was our favourite invention (we had the choice of car, chocolate, iPhones or the alphabet). We then collected this information in a tally chart and converted it to a pictogram.
Thursday 28th February 2019
Just a quick reminder for parents and carers of Y3 children - swimming starts today and can we ask that all children bring in goggles and a towel plus swimming costumes/trunks and a swimming cap (girls only).
Making our own inventions
26th February 2019
The children have finished off their topic launch for 'Inventions that changed the World' today by making their own invention that they designed yesterday. The children used 'trash' to make their models and stuck pieces together using glue or selotape. Some decided they wanted to work in pairs or small groups and some individually. All creations were fantastic and they ranged from a house for a bear to a jet pack to a device that you can push down a table to have condiments passed to you. The children have showcased their creative and innovative side!
Stone Age huts and weaponry
Current Displays in Oak
A warm welcome back!
25th February 2019
We're back to school for Spring term 2 and the children have started the day off by looking smart and have arrived with a positive mindset and are eager to learn! We have got lots of exciting lessons planned for the children and we are excited to start our topic launch later on today. Our new topic is 'inventions that changed the world' and we are looking forward to discovering what inventions the children can identify.
Last swimming session in 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.
Topic Homework Celebration
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!
Y4 Dance Festival
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.
Oak and Laurel's Forest School Adventure!
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!