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Creeting St Mary CEVAP School

Anything is Possible


Welcome to Oak Class! 

Welcome to Oak Class. This year Mrs Few is teaching on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week and Miss Ashcroft teaches the class on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Borrett is full-time as a TA and we are also joined by Mrs Fuller, Ms Knights and Mrs Mitchell during the week. Liam is teaching P.E. on Wednesdays and Thursdays - don't forget to come dressed for P.E. on those days!

You can learn more about what we are learning in the termly newsletters below and on the curriculum section of the website.

We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning and hopefully no school closures!

Mrs Few and Miss Ashcroft


Autumn Term Newsletter

Our Learning Autumn 2021

Weekly spellings for this half term

Please find below the half termly overview for spellings for year 1 and year 2 for this half term. We know that many parent/carers find these useful to use to help to support their child's learning. Thank you.

Week Beginning 22nd November

This week Oak class have been….

  • Using shapes to make different patterns.
  • Counting in twos.
  • Revising what the value of each digit is worth
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting, especially the ascenders.
  • Learning our weekly spellings. (Year 2s –‘I’ sound spelt  ‘y’ eg. reply. Year 1s – ‘ur’ eg. nurse.
  • Listening to our book of the week: Plants and Animals.
  • Taking part in a virtual P.E football session. Thank you to Will for leading this session and to the Year 6 sports leaders.
  • Finding out how some animals survive in winter by adapting their appearance or behaviour, migrating to warmer places or hibernating.
  • Looking at data to find out what happens to the number of hours of daylight during each of the seasons.
  • Creating pictograms to help us present data in different ways.
  • Talking about teamwork and using our teamwork skills to complete a quiz.
  • Discussing what makes a good friend and what doesn’t.
  • Learning about ‘One Kind Word’ and the 2021 Anti-Bullying initiative.
  • Making kindness bracelets for each other to remind us of how we can help each other feel good about ourselves.
  • Listening to and writing sentences, using our phonics to help us spell words we are learning.
  • Learning to organize our ideas before writing. The children worked in groups to decide which information to put under different headings for our Amelia Earhart biography.

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November

The children are working really hard at joining their pieces of felt together by sewing. Some of them are becoming experts at threading needles and they have been helping their friends! No photographs yet, so we can save the surprise until they are finished! 

Week Beginning 15th November

This week Oak class have been….

  • Learning about money; counting and sorting coins.
  • Naming 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Finding half of numbers.
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting, especially the ascenders.
  • Learning our weekly spellings. (Year 2s –‘le sound spelt  ‘al’ and -il’ eg. capital and fossil. Year 1s – ‘au’ eg. August.
  • Listening to our book of the week: Where the Wild Things Are.
  • Reading a biography of Florence Nightingale and looking at the features of a biography.
  • Comparing similarities and differences between towns and the countryside.
  • Using maps to locate and name the countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities.
  • Continuing to measure the temperature outside as part of our work on weather. We measured the weekly rainfall too. There was 2mm of rainfall last week.
  • Walking around the village, taking photos of seasonal changes and looking for features of a village location.
  • Drawing maps of Creeting St Mary.
  • Creating a town and a rural village using Lego.
  • Listening to the story ‘Starry-Eyed Stan’ and discussing the teams we belong to and why teamwork is so important.


Thursday 18th November

Today we have started our DT project to make a Christmas decoration by sewing. We had a practice sewing using threading cards, have learnt about the fabric and equipment we will be using and have chosen the colours. Tomorrow we will begin sewing.

Week Beginning 8th November

This week Oak class have been….

  • Adding three 1-digit numbers
  • Comparing additions and subtractions
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting.
  • Learning our weekly spellings. (Year 2s – ‘el’ sound eg. tunnel. Year 1s – ‘ph’ eg. dolphin.
  • Listening to our book of the week: Puffin Book of First Verse.
  • Reviewing our learning about Amelia Earhart.
  • Creating planes from Lego.
  • Making paper planes and flying them.
  • Writing in the first person – I, My.
  • Describing a day in the life of Amelia Earhart.
  • Talking about the seasons and the changes that happen in autumn.
  • Observing autumnal changes in our school grounds and recording these as photos.
  • Painting autumnal pictures.
  • Learning about the weather in autumn.
  • Using equipment, we can measure different types of weather.

Thursday 11th November

A special well done to the whole of Oak class for being so respectful in our Remembrance Day service today. The children stood for half an hour during the service and listened really well. Their singing of a Remembrance Day song was fantastic - they even managed to sing in a round.

Thursday 11th November

We are spending our Thursday and Friday afternoons learning how to code on laptops to create games. We have been making bubbles move and hide when they are clicked on. Some of the children have even helped Mr Chimp to debug his code to make his game work properly. 

Week beginning 1st November

This week Oak class have been….

  • Subtracting two-digit numbers from another two-digit number
  • Using related number facts
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting.
  • Learning our weekly spellings. (Year 2s – ‘le’ sound eg. table. Year 1s – ‘oe’.
  • Listening to our book of the week: Amelia Earhart.
  • Asking and answering questions about Amelia Earhart.
  • Taking a ride in a balloon basket – imagining what it might be like to fly.
  • Comparing Amelia Earhart to another explorer – Christopher Columbus.
  • Using different sources to find out about the past.
  • Learning about the pronoun ‘I’ and writing in the first person.

Friday 5th November

Today the children have enjoyed wearing their home clothes - thank you for your donations.

In writing sessions, we have been using prepositions (on, in, under) to start sentences. 

Here are a couple of super sentences:

Under the trees are golden brownish and yellow leaves. (ET)

On the farmers green new shiny tractor are muddy wheels. (RB)


Half term challenges!

As we approach the half term holiday, we would like to say a special well done to the class. They have worked really hard this half term and they are making great progress. They all deserve to have a super break from school.


There is no expectation that the children do any home learning during the holiday - and they are tired so do need a break! However, we know that many of you are keen to support your children and as usual, we would love it if you can continue reading with them. They are making such good progress that it would be great to keep it going. Hopefully you can find some time to enjoy some books together or maybe even visit the library.

Lots of the children find it difficult to read a clock face - so much of time telling is digital in our world but they are still expected to be able to tell the time on a clock face, so it would really help if you could start practising this. Start with o clock, then half past, quarter to and quarter past. When these are secure, try the 5 minute intervals - we understand that for most children this will take quite a while to crack so don't worry if they struggle at first. Also, lots of children find counting coins difficult. Again this is something that they don't have as much opportunity to do anymore. It would really help if you could start looking at different coins, making amounts and totaling a few coins. Try to make any learning fun - a little and often works really well. Thank you

Week Beginning 18th October

This week Oak class have been….

  • Adding a two-digit number to a two-digit number and subtracting them.
  • Finding out about number families.
  • Learning how to join contrasting sentences with the word ‘but’.
  • Conducting experiments in science. Finding out what it is like to use our senses to smell, touch and see. Everyone really enjoyed the tower building challenge with our eyes closed!
  • Reasoning about animal diets and comparing animals in more detail.
  • Learning about Matthew Hensen as part of our work linked to Black History Month.
  • Identifying the features of non-fiction texts – contents, index and glossary whilst finding out about animals around the world.
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting.
  • Year 2 have been revising all the spelling patterns taught so far this term.  Year 1 have been learning the ‘aw’ sound.
  • Listening to our fiction book of the week: Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. Lots of children already knew the author well and were able to talk about many of her other books.
  • Finding burs on the playing field and learning about how they store seeds inside them. We opened some up and have planted some of the seeds. We can’t wait to see what they grow into!

Science investigations linked to our senses. How many cubes will you use to make a tower with your eyes closed? How easy is it to put your coat on when your eyes are closed? Which object is the roughest, coldest, smoothest? Which object will smell the sweetest? Why? Which object will smell the worst? Why?

Friday 22nd October

Today we had another enrichment PE session which was fencing. The children had a great time and the instructor was very impressed with them!

Thursday 21st October

Today was our special day 'Be Safe, Be Seen!'. The children dressed in bright clothing and many had hi-viz items too. At the end of the day we talked about how the nights and mornings are getting darker so how important it is to be seen when out and about in the dark.

Thank you for your support.

Week beginning 11th October

This week Oak class have been….

  • Learning how to evacuate the building safely during a fire drill. We were all very quiet and knew to stay calm and be safe.
  • Comparing animal features from different groups.
  • Finding out what animals eat. Some are herbivores, others are carnivores and animals that eat meat and plants are called omnivores.
  • Learning to label the human body and describing what our bodies can do.
  • Adding single digit numbers to 2 digit numbers.
  • Writing independently.
  • Talking about what makes us proud to be British.
  • Discovering some of the amazing things Sir Mo Farah has done in his lifetime so far, from representing his country at the Olympic games to founding charities to help others. We even had a go at running a race and celebrating with a ‘Mobot’ victory pose.
  • Year 2s have been reading about foxes in guided reading and learning how to identify the features of non-fiction texts.
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting.
  • Learning our weekly spellings/phonemes/graphemes. (Year 2s – CEWs. Year 1s – ‘ue’.
  • Listening to our fiction book of the week: Claude in the City.

Thursday 14th October

We have started a painting unit in our afternoons. We have been exploring painting with different thickness of paint - by adding water - and also mixing colours. 

Week Beginning 4th October

This week Oak class have been….

  • Celebrating our school’s 150th birthday by dressing up as a Victorian.
  • Adding and subtracting ones and tens.
  • Using part/whole models to add.
  • Learning about household items from the past.
  • Describing artefacts from the past and deciding what they were used for.
  • Finding out about life in a Victorian school.
  • Looking for similarities and differences between objects used in schools in the past and the present.
  • Year 2s have been reading about polar animals in guided reading.
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting.
  • Learning our weekly spellings. (Year 2s – ‘j’ sound spelt ‘j’ or ‘g’ eg. jacket and giraffe. Year 1s – ‘ir’ and ‘oy’.
  • Listening to our non-fiction book of the week: Victorian School

We dressed up as Victorians for the day to celebrate our school's 150th birthday.

We had fun in the tin bath today! Oak class are learning about household objects from the past.

Can you work out what each of these artefacts are? What are they used for? What are they made from?

Thursday 7th October

Today we walked to the church and positioned our 150th anniversary painted stones. We hope that the local community enjoy them. 

Thursday 7th October

We are getting better and better at learning how to log on to our school network, type in the password and then go on to the internet to log in to purple mash. Lots to remember! Well done everyone!

Week beginning 27th September

Look at our amazing 150th celebration pebbles! We painted them on Thursday and will be taking them out into our local community for people to enjoy in Creeting St Mary.

Week beginning 27th September

This week Oak class have been….

  • Describing houses from the past.
  • Comparing houses from different periods of time, looking for similarities and differences.
  • Placing different homes from history in chronological order.
  • Identifying different animals, naming them and classifying them.
  • Reasoning about which animals we might see near our school and which we would not and why.
  • Talking about what we like about living in Britain, sharing our ideas with the class and listening carefully to others.
  • Reading and sharing a range of fiction and non-fiction books for pleasure.

Week beginning 20th September

This week Oak class have been….

  • Counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
  • Ordering numbers – first, second, third etc.
  • Writing descriptions about our homes.
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting.
  • Learning our weekly spellings. (Year 2s – ‘s’ sound spelt ‘c’ eg. city. Year 1s – ‘ay’ and ‘ou’.
  • Listening to our non-fiction book of the week: Step Inside Homes Through History.
  • Finding out about houses from different periods in history – Tudor, Georgian and Victorian.
  • Learning different external features of houses and using new vocabulary to label houses.
  • Discussing how we can all be better neighbours by being kind to each other.
  • Listening to the story, Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish and talking about how we all have a responsibility to look after our planet.
  • Painting pictures of our homes.

Friday 24th September

Look at our amazing drawings from the story of the three little pigs. In art lessons we have been exploring mark making, trying to show texture and looking carefully at the outline of objects. We worked in pairs to create our pictures

Week beginning 13th September 2021

Look at our amazing self-portraits! We looked really carefully at the outline of our different features and tried to draw them accurately.

This week Oak class have been….

  • Comparing numbers/objects/amounts.
  • Learning to use <, >, = signs.
  • Using capital letters to start sentences with.
  • Continuing to practise our handwriting.
  • Learning our weekly spellings. (Year 2s – ‘r’ sound spelt ‘wr’ eg. wrap. Year 1s – ‘ll’, ‘zz’ and ‘ck’.
  • Listening to our book of the week: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.
  • Finding out about different types of houses – bungalows/semi-detached/flats etc.
  • Discussing school rules, why we have them and how each of us is responsible for making our school community a great place to be.
  • Thinking about the promises Christians make at a christening.
  • Creating collage homes for story characters.

Friday 10th September

We enjoy eating our lunch together in the classroom!

Questions we will be Answering in R.E this Term.


Where do you belong and feel welcome?


How is a baby welcomed at a church baptism?


Why is belonging to God and the church family important to Christians?


Why are gifts given at a christening? What special meanings can they have?


What did Jesus say about the little children that were brought to see him?

Books We will be Sharing in Class this Term

This week Oak class have….

  • enjoyed the sunshine but also know why drinking plenty of water, putting a hat on and staying in the shade are important when it is very hot.
  • been learning to count and make 10 in different ways – great creativity year 1s!
  • been counting to 100 using tens and ones.
  • listened to and joined in with the key phrases from the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ – ‘I’ll huff and I’ll puff!’
  • described a house from the story.
  • acted out the story with puppets.
  • learnt about the Christian celebration of baptism and what happens at one.
  • talked about where and how we feel welcome.
  • found out why Christians give gifts at a Christening and how those gifts will help welcome a new Christian into the church family.
  • discovered how Jesus’ actions towards children in the Bible help Christians appreciate and respect everyone.
  • learnt to use a finger spacer to improve their handwriting
  • learnt to read and spell words with the digraph ‘ff’ and ‘ss’.
  • learnt to read and spell the ‘n’ sound spelt ‘gn’ (sign, gnome) and ‘kn’ (knee, know).

Week Beginning 6th September

Friday 3rd September

It was great to see the children back at school. Today they have worked really hard, reading, writing, exploring shapes and writing numbers. In the afternoon, they had fun listening to music, dancing to it and learning a new song. The afternoon finished with our first whole school assembly in the hall since pre-Covid - it was lovely!

September 2021

Below you will find documents which outline spelling patterns that we will be working on this term.

Summer Term 2021

It’s the end of term!

Now we have reached the end of term, we would like to say how amazing the children have been. They have worked really hard and fully embraced their learning opportunities despite the challenges that Covid has brought. We are sad to see the Year 2s move on but we are confident that they are ready to flourish in Chestnut class. We had a great two days with the new Oak class at the end of term and are looking forward to working with them in September.

All of the staff in the Oak class team would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your kind gifts and cards at the end of term. Thank you for your generosity along with your support throughout the year. We hope that everyone has a happy and healthy holiday.

Friday 16th July

Beds are ready and it's lots of fun at the sleepover.

Friday 16th July

Today was the last day with Oak class 2020-21 together as they have two transition days next week. What a super last day it was! We thoroughly enjoyed our day at the beach in Felixstowe and two members of the public made a special point of telling us how impressed they were with the children - how well they behaved and played together. Well done!

Thursday 8th July

Earlier this week, Oak class really enjoyed the Summer Fun day! Thank you to the amazing team of parents who organised this for us.

Thursday 8th July

Having learnt how to prepare fruit and written recipes to make a fruit salad, today everyone worked independently to follow their plans and make their own fruit salad. This afternoon we enjoyed eating our fruit salad!

Thursday 1st July

Today we have been learning some skills to cut and prepare food. We have tried to peel, grate and cut. Look at our concentration as we practised cutting salt dough with knives. We have learnt three cuts - tunnel, claw and fork.

Thursday 24th June

Today is a national RSE day. Here at Creeting we have been thinking about positive relationships. In Oak class, we have listened to stories about friendship and talked about what makes a good friend. Working with a new friend, we have drawn pictures to show the qualities of a good friend. Here are some of our pictures.

Friday 18th June

Year 1 have had fun learning to weigh objects today. They used our balance scales and counted how many cubes were needed to balance different objects. They worked really well in pairs to measure carefully. 

Spellings for this half term

Please see below lists of words to practise each week this half term. Remember to try to make it fun! Thank you for your support.

Thursday 17th June

This afternoon we had more fun in our music lessons. We have been practising playing glockenspiels to our song. Tomorrow we are planning to sign (as we can't sing) and play to perform our song which is called 'Round and Round'. 

Thursday 10th June

Orange team have just finished a unit of work learning about shapes. Here are different cuboids that we have made, each from 24 cubes. We know that they have 6 faces, 8 vertices and 12 edges. Can you find any cuboids at home? Try exploring kitchen cupboards!

Things to look forward to after half term...


Experiments in science; planting seeds and watching them grow.

Walk to School Week (beginning 14th June).

Finding out about holidays at the seaside, now and at different times in the past.

Hopefully some sunshine!  smiley

What Makes Us Happy

Rainforest Animals and Plants

Learning about Money

Friday 28th May

We have worked hard to finish our wall hangings. We have dyed fabric, printed it in different ways, joined the fabric together and embellished the finished piece of art. We hope that you enjoy them and can find somewhere for your child to proudly display their work. Have a lovely half term everyone!

Thursday 27th May

Today we enjoyed an enrichment PE session which involved learning a hip hop dance. It was challenging to remember the moves but great fun

Thursday 13th May

Today we printed on our second piece of fabric. We made a printing block by wrapping elastic bands around a piece of card. Today we used printing inks and the rollers! We are going to do more printing tomorrow, using different techniques.

Friday 7th May

Today we started to print on our dyed fabric. We made printing slabs by pressing into salt dough, used sponges to put paint on them and then pressed them down carefully on our fabric. We started with the lightest colour and then used darker colours. 

Thursday 6th May

This afternoon we had great fun when we started our textiles art work for this half term. By folding pieces of fabric and dipping them into dye we have changed our white fabric. Now it's ready for the next stage - watch and see what we do next!

Spelling this half term

Please find the overviews for our weekly spelling patterns below. It would be really helpful if you could continue working on these at home. Try to make it fun! Thank you

Thursday 22nd April

Each week the class enjoy doing P.E. with Liam and Ellis on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. This term they are working on athletics and dodge ball. We have also already participated in a Suffolk School Games event and an enrichment 'Hip Hop' dance session this term! 

Thursday 15th April

This afternoon we have had some fun in our music lesson listening to some blues music. We have talked about the texture and dynamics of the music, clapped along with the pulse and tried to identify the different instruments playing in it. We have also been singing and signing.

Our Learning - Spring 2021

Friday 26th March

Yesterday and today, the class have enjoyed creating crosses by printing in different ways - we hope that you like your cards! We have learnt about the cross being an important Christian symbol. This afternoon we shared our big pictures of crosses at a special end of term celebration assembly in the church. We enjoyed being with the whole school, albeit socially distanced, for the first time in a year! The children were very sensible walking to and from the church and behaved very respectfully when they were there. Well done!

We really hope that you have a lovely Easter break. Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday 25th March

Today the class enjoyed practising maths facts using numbots! Have you logged in at home yet?  A few minutes several times a week will really help and the more the children do, the harder the questions get! We sent log-in details during 'lockdown' and again when the children returned to school. Any problems, let us know.

Thursday 11th March - World Book Day - A week late!

It is lovely to see everyone back in school again! Today we celebrated World Book Day, a week later than originally planned. The decorated potatoes are amazing and the children were all able to tell the class who their character was - thank you for helping your children to be so creative. During the day, we practised democracy and each child voted for their favourite decorated potato - the winners were IH from Y1 and WM from Y2. As part of our World Book Day activities, we also enjoyed listening to 'Dog Gone' by Rob Biddulph, have written a book review and worked as a team to recreate one of his illustrations. 

Friday 5th March

We’re looking forward to seeing the class back in school next week! We are sending an email with some additional detail this afternoon and there was also a letter from Mrs Friar earlier in the week to refer to.


It’s been lovely to see some more super work to finish off the time learning at home. Well done to JP and RB! JP has really enjoyed the tigers unit and measuring items around his home. RB has really enjoyed finishing the Kandinsky art work and has also been working hard on the tigers writing unit.

Monday 1st March

Thank you for the great work that has been shared with us from last week. Just one more week to go before school is open – yippee!


CR – has really enjoyed the time lessons and has been drawing some great sea creatures. Great news!

RB – has been showing great perseverance and a positive attitude towards his learning at home. Fantastic!

JP – has really enjoyed the art work and the idea of colours having a soul. He has also loved the tigers work, completed some extra research and has found time for some sewing too. Great work!

GW – completed all her work last week and is even learning the 2x table. Wow!

MB – has really enjoyed the art work this week as well! Super pictures!

AM – is enjoying his learning at home. He has even found time for football in the garden, baking and Lego!

MB – has really enjoyed the art project - painting, cutting and sticking shapes.  Well done!

LW – is working really hard with her learning. Great work L!

DW – has worked hard this week including learning about fractions. Well done!


Friday 26th February

Please find below next week’s home learning. The topic work is R.E. and you will have received some activities and a copy of the PowerPoint in your book/work pack delivery on Wednesday. There is also a link for a world book day event.

Just to update you, we included reading books for two weeks when we delivered this week and will not be doing our drop-off on Wednesday 3rd March. Please return the reading books to school with the children when they are back - by Wednesday 10th March please. Also, please can the children bring their Kandinsky art work back to school on their return so we can hopefully put them together to create our picture.

We are really looking forward to the return of the class on Monday 8th March – it will be lovely to see everyone again – we have missed the children. Take care everyone and keep up the great learning at home!

Friday 26th February

Thank you for the work that has already been shared with us. We love seeing your photos.

DB – has been working hard learning about time

ET – has completed lots of different learning activities. She has really carefully created her circles picture for our Kandinsky art work. She’s enjoyed her birthday too!

CC – has been working at his spelling and has created some pictures with his tangram pieces.

GF – has worked hard at learning to tell the time and has produced some amazing art work.


Wednesday 24th February

We are thrilled to be welcoming you all back to school soon. We are looking forward to seeing you, hearing your news and spending time playing with friends.


Here is a snapshot of the learning and activities Oak class have been doing.

MB has been playing some of the games on the phonicsplay website.

Great time work DB

Look at GW’s AMAZING artwork inspired by Kandinsky. She has used a special pen that melts wax crayons.

We have read some wonderful stories. You are so creative and are using your imaginations brilliantly. Take a look at LW’s story. It is all about a magical shell, clowns and a cheeky monkey. JP’s story involves a train, a super hero and lots of animals.

RB celebrated Chinese New Year by trying some dumplings. Check out the towering marble run he constructed too.

MB and GW made the most of the snow.

AM enjoyed the time lessons and knows lots about pitch in music.

CC’s information map looks fantastic. He has remembered lots of tiger facts and he has even made his work the same colour as a tiger!


Friday 12th February

It’s half term! We hope that you all have a lovely break – after everyone’s hard work this term under such challenging circumstances it is well deserved. smiley

Please find the plans for learning at home from Monday 22nd February below. For English, we have carefully chosen a unit of work from Oak National Academy which we think that the children will enjoy, so please give it a go. The ‘topic’ work is art, which we also hope that you will enjoy.

Friday 12th February

We are looking forward to seeing learning journals and some photos of this week’s learning. So far we have heard from:

GF – absolutely amazing spelling! He has also enjoyed the music lessons this week and has had fun with tangrams!

DB – has continued to keep going with his school work, even with the snow and no internet – well done!

CC – has been enjoying time in the snow but has got back to his learning with topmarks tables, some Tiddalik story work and Oak academy lessons. smiley

Thursday 11th February

LC and EC have been having great fun in the snow! They have made a frozen block which has a broken toy, berries and a shell in - it is beautiful! Perhaps you could have a go at freezing something outdoors too. We love their castle - at first they were building an igloo but they adapted their plan. Can you work out why?

Wednesday 10th February

Some more snow pictures. 


Well done, Oak class.

Keep up the amazing work.

Tuesday 9th February


Oak class have been enjoying themselves out in the snow.


Thank you for sending in your work this week. Great job everyone.

Have a read of ED's story. Well done.

Once upon a time, there were no sweets and everybody was sad and fed up. They were grumpy. People were arguing all the time.

They had a meeting to discuss the situation. Marmalade stepped forward and kindly volunteered to go to Sugar Mountain and rescue the sweets. So did Cheetah and Horse. The people gasped in amazement at the kind offer. Marmalade was determined, Cheetah was a fast runner and Horse was a loyal friend. Together they made a great team.

Marmalade, Cheetah and Horse set off on their long, tiring hike to Sugar Mountain. The journey was dark and cold. They were nervous about what lay ahead. They crept towards Sugar Mountain under cover of darkness. A thunderstorm raged all around them, lightning flashed and thunder roared like fire. The animals discussed how to get the sweets. They devised a cunning plan.

They managed to disguise themselves as baddy police. They entered the mountain on the drawbridge and fooled the guards into letting them into the sweet room. They spotted bag and a vault, the vault opened with a screech! Bright lights switched on revealing a gigantic mountain of multi-coloured delicious smelling sweets. They snatched the bag and filled it up with sweets. They chose one sweet each to give them energy. They felt elated. Marmalade carefully carried the bag of sweets back to the drawbridge.

They stealthily left the mountain, but suddenly the baddy police called to the “Stop!” They had been discovered! They ran as fast as their legs would carry them. The baddy police called for backup and chased after the escaping animals.

Marmalade was exhausted so she passed the bag to Cheetah who sprinted off into the sunset, “Cheetah, Stop!” yelled the baddy police.

The baddy police fired arrows at Cheetah as he escaped without being hurt. Marmalade and Horse blocked off the baddy police by building a wall across the road. They shouted “Have a lovely day!”

Horse ran quickly to catch up with Cheetah. Cheetah was sweaty and weary from his run. Cheetah passed the bag of sweets to Horse and collapsed on the floor for a rest, panting.

Horse galloped the rest of the way home. Elated, Horse ran to the Police Station in the town. They handed over the bag of sweets to the shocked SO19 Policeman. He peeped inside the black bag. He whooped with joy and ran to set off fireworks in celebration. Everybody came to the town square.

They had a big party with music and food. The SO19 police shared out the sweets amongst all the children. The people thanked Horse, Cheetah and Marmalade for their kindness. They all lived happily ever after. The End.

Friday 5th February

Please find the plans for learning at home from Monday 8th February below. This week there are some short music lessons to enjoy and an activity for Safer Internet Day, along with the usual maths and English learning activities. It was lovely to see lots of the children at our class meets this week – next week they are on Tuesday afternoon so watch out for the email invites.

It’s the last week before the half term so we hope that you have a great week learning knowing that the following week is a school holiday! Take care everyone!

Friday 5th February

Well done GF! First one to send in his work for this week and he has shared a super story that he has written about his toys. Have a read! He has also been enjoying exploring transport and has even made his own timeline.

Wednesday 3rd February

Lots of you have been exploring Purple Mash this week. There are so many activities to choose from. If you haven’t logged on yet, why not have a go?

Thank you, mums and dads, for all of your emails. We love to receive them and find out what the children have been learning. There is only a week and a half until February half term. Nearly there!


CR – Found out scooters were first made 105 years ago. He can also place toys in chronological order.

DB- Has been busy reading, practising his spellings and completing his maths learning.

CC – Has been finding out about transport past and present. He has also been busy playing with his train set.

DW – Has been perfecting her yo-yoing skills as well as enjoying using Purple Mash.

ES – Has been working hard, learning her spellings and is doing well with her reading.

RH – Has been finding out about toys from the past, learning how to order toys in chronological order.

LW – Enjoyed code breaking, completing the online quizzes and writing around the story 'Tiddalik'.

ER – completed the graph work, enjoyed reading his non-fiction book and baked a cake for a relative.

He has written a fantastic story too. Great job.

LC – Enjoyed taking part in some drama work and interpreting tally charts. Impressive reading too. Fantastic!

EC – Had lots of creative ideas to use in her story and had lots of fun acting the story out.  She liked listening to a Horrid Henry story too.

JP – Enjoyed reading the ‘Tiddalik’ story. He created a newspaper page of his favourite part. Take a look at his pictograph created using his wooden trains. Brilliant idea!

RB – Loved the balloons. He has enjoyed finding out about the different music and toys people used to listen to/play with. He has been having fun on Just dance too.

MB – Lovely to hear you are enjoying the outdoors. She has been busy baking cookies and exploring Purple Mash activities, especially the maths games.

AM – Found out what his Nanny’s favourite music was. He has been making bird feeders and using Purple Mash to help him learn his spellings. Another busy week of learning!

GW- Face timed her Nanny to ask about the toys she played with when she was little. She has taken some fantastic photos with her camera too.

WM – Enjoyed observing the animals on the Edinburgh Zoo website. She couldn’t spot the tiger but she spotted the panda, busy eating bamboo.

IH – Lots of phonics learning completed and super addition work. IH counted carefully using the bead string.

ET – Liked making a stress toy. She has been working hard; making 10 to help her add, completing her spellings, phonics and much more.

MBr – Has found out what her grandparents used to play with when they were little. She is another member of the class who has been exploring Purple Mash.

GF- Is super proud of his letter formation. Keep up the fantastic work.

Thank you to the PSA for the lovely box of goodies. We all loved them. The extra pair of socks are very welcome. The classrooms are chilly!

Friday 29th January

Please find the plans for learning at home from Monday 1st February below. Like last week, your Wednesday book pack delivery included some additional resources linked to the history work which is again a focus for next week. Remember also, that last week we sent out (electronically) the Tiddalik unit of work if you find that easier to use or want a break from the Oak National Academy English lessons. The pack includes enough work for at least two weeks so please take your time if you choose to use this.

There is absolutely no expectation that either of these additional packs are used – we offer them as alternative options if they will make ‘home schooling’ more manageable for you. We are aware that some of the Oak National Academy lessons can be quite challenging and take time to complete, so please feel free to choose the most engaging tasks from the lessons for your child if you find this, remembering that the national expectation is that children complete 3 hours of work each day.

We really appreciate your support in these challenging times and know that you are doing your utmost to support your children – take care and thank you.

Friday 29th January

Next week, 1st to 7th February, is Children's Mental Health Week. 

     'Life is a giant puzzle. Every day we need to piece together all of the things that help to make us smile.'

You might like to try the challenge below.

Friday 29th January

We are so proud of the children in Oak class – and of their parents too! The children are working hard with their learning and parents have been supporting brilliantly and sending us lots of photos of their work. This week, we have already seen some great history work along with the super English, maths, spelling, reading and number bond work that is continuing week by week. It is interesting to read what the children are writing in their learning journals each day. Don’t forget to send this week’s work and learning journal in by the end of the weekend.

Here is a taster of this week so far….

ET has been a superstar again with her learning this week. We love the photo of her concentrating on her reading!

CC has been working hard on the –er sound and has done a great job finding all the numbers that you land on when you count in 5s from zero. He has also written a super description of Tiddalik the frog. Well done!

DB has been creating super story maps and has written an amazing story. Have a read. Maybe he will be a famous author in future!

GF has completed lots of different learning activities this week. He has loved listening to different types of music – from rock to classical! He is planning to write a story next week.

Thursday 28th January

We hope that you have found the surprise in your work/book packs which we delivered yesterday. GW has!


Monday 25th January

We are coming to the end of the month. I wonder if you know which month comes next? Perhaps you could draw a picture for each month of the year. Do you know any songs that help you remember the order of the months?


Thank you, once again, to the parents for supporting your children with the home schooling. We have seen some fantastic pieces of work. We are so proud of the children. Not only are they completing the online learning, but also using their time at home to support their communities by doing litter picks, helping younger siblings to learn to share, looking after pets and much more. You are super stars!


Here is what Oak class have done so far.


RH – Has chosen to use little characters to make her maths learning even more fun. Super work. Can you spot her bug hotel hiding under the leaves?

ER- His handwriting is improving, keep practising the joins. Well done for persevering with your story writing too.

CR – Has been practising his cutting skills and has made some brilliant paper animals.

JP- Enjoyed the DT project. He has also been busy creating his own dice game to help him learn his times tables. We can’t wait to hear all about his story too.

EC/LC- After reading the ‘Litter Queen’, they have been on a litter pick.

MB- Loves reading her books. She has enjoyed playing Jungle Bingo with her Daddy. I wonder who won?

AM – Has been a super helpful brother. He has also learnt about halving numbers.

GF – Has practiced his spellings and liked creating the paper animals.

TS – Can tell us about food chains, continues to find out about number bonds for 7 and was also able to show us some super cutting skills in DT.

RB – Is really proud of his story. He has also applied his knowledge of habitats to create his own rainforest.

GW – Kite flying, crafting, trampolining. What a busy week! Super maths and spelling work completed too.

LW – Is using arrays to support her understanding of times tables. Well done. We enjoyed reading your fantastic descriptions and seeing your paper animal creations.

DW – Is learning to tell the time. A really useful skill to master. She is also determined to improve her handwriting. Keep up the brilliant work.

MBr- Has finished her topic on habitats, has been learning about the past tense and the ‘ow’ sound in phonics.

ES – Has had another busy week. She has had plenty of fun outside. In maths, she has been using the part/part/whole method to add and subtract.

Friday 22nd January

Please find the plans for learning at home from Monday 25th January below. Your Wednesday book pack delivery included some additional resources linked to the history work. However, please don’t feel that you need to complete both the Oak academy history work and the extra resource ideas – they are just an alternative option for you if some paper resources would be easier for you.

We have also added below an alternative English pack of resources, if you require this, based on the story of Tiddalik the frog. The pack includes enough work for at least two weeks so please take your time if you choose to use this. There is absolutely no expectation that this pack is used – it is there as an alternative option if that will make ‘home schooling’ more manageable for you.

We understand the many challenges that supporting your child’s learning at home brings and really appreciate your support in these difficult times. Thank you

Friday 22nd January

Another week is finished! We’ve already seen some examples of super learning and are looking forward to seeing photos of everyone’s learning journals and some examples of their work on Monday. Have a look below at some work that has already been sent in. Well done everyone!

So far...

ET has had a busy week working hard and has shared some super work. She has even had time to make pizza, grating cheese really carefully.

CC has shared lots of spelling and sentence writing work. He’s remembering his capital letters and full stops and has been using exclamation marks and question marks. Well done!

GF has had another amazing week, especially learning his 2x, 5x and 10x tables. He has written a story and LOVED all of the DT cutting, folding and sticking activities.

Thursday 21st January

It was lovely to see lots of people at our ‘google meet’ this afternoon and to see the super work that you have been doing – well done everyone. As you finish this week’s learning tomorrow, don’t forget to send us a photo of your learning journal and a couple of pictures of work by Monday morning. Also, the next class meet is on Tuesday 26th January. Take care everyone!

So far this week……..

KP and MP have been working hard at home reading every day and doing the English and maths lessons. Well done!

DB has been working hard at all the activities and as he really enjoyed the habitats work he has made a 3D model of a Brazilian rainforest. Wow!

CC has been working really hard at his spelling and has been trying hard to learn to spell the days of the week. He has also been busy following instructions, cutting, folding and colouring carefully. Lots of reading and maths learning has been completed too – great work!

Tuesday 19th January

Here are a few more things Oak class have been doing.

RH- Has loved reading her books this week. She is also keeping up with her learning journal and completing the maths lessons. Keep up the great work.

AM – Is enjoying home schooling. He loved playing in the snow at the weekend. He has been learning about the ‘ow’ sound in phonics and continues to work through the number bonds.

WM – Has enjoyed some face painting. She has completed a word search and remembered to visit the topmarks website and have a go at some of the activities on there. Well done.

Monday 18th January


We hope you all enjoyed playing in the snow at the weekend. We have seen some fantastic snowmen creations.

Thank you for all the fantastic work you have been doing at home. You have been so busy.

It is lovely to hear that you are enjoying your learning and we are so pleased you are managing to spend time with your family - walking, baking and playing. Here are some examples of your work.

MB-Has enjoyed the spelling and phonics work. She has also been cooking and playing in the snow.

DW-Has also been working hard. She has been baking bread too. The highlight of her week was the snow!

CR- Has written his very own story called ‘The Magic Leaf’. He has also been using his spellings to write silly sentences.

MBr- Enjoyed making a bug hotel, finding out that scorpions can survive for a year without water and seeing some piglets on her daily walk.

ES- Has made the biggest snowman! Learning about habitats has been her favourite lessons of the week.

TS- Is learning to spell the numbers to twenty and has found out about habitats.

EK – Has used arrays to help her divide. She has also found out about living organisms that live in rainforests and deserts.

ER- Has enjoyed walking, completing his maths work and building a bug hotel over the weekend.

LW- Spent some time baking with her family as well as completing all her work – lovely handwriting.

HM- Created a lovely ‘Save our Green Spaces’ poster, completed his learning journal and enjoyed the word search. Well done.

RB- Enjoyed building a snowman, completing the online maths work and finding out that camels can close their nostrils to prevent sand getting up their noses!

JP – Had his first Skype violin lesson and it went really well. He has also enjoyed learning about habitats and dividing numbers in different ways.

LS- Has been working really hard, completing lots of work. He has been painting too.

EC and LC- There were some super snowman creations. They have been helping to cook the dinners too. I wonder what is on the menu tonight!

Friday 15th January

Please find the plans for home learning for next week, week beginning Monday 18th January below. Any additional resources needed were included in your packs delivered on Wednesday. Google meets for year 1 and year 2 will be on Thursday afternoon - invitations will be sent out. Thank you smiley

Friday 15th January

We’ve reached the end of the week and are absolutely delighted to hear how hard the children are working with their learning at home – also how well they are being supported by parents – thank you, we know that it isn’t easy to manage. If you haven’t already done so, please send a photograph of their learning journal for this week and a couple of pictures of their favourite or best pieces of work by Monday morning.

So far……

DB is working really hard and completing all the learning activities! Great work!

CC has shared some super work from lots of different lessons – his poster is really impressive.

ET has completed lots of work this week including some amazing reading comprehension work – wow!

GF has had an amazing week and even worked independently on his multiplication and division.

GW has worked really hard and even read some story books which she has linked to her learning. Well done!

Thursday 14th January

What a great start to learning at home. There are some super story maps, reading and spelling activities, some great maths work and the science experiments have been amazing! Well done. Below there are lots of photographs of your work from the first week. It is fantastic to see how hard everyone is working. We know that it is hard for you but keep trying to do the best that you can.  

JP is really enjoying the English and science work. He has drawn a super story map.

MB is enjoying her learning. She has been reading her books, learning lots about living and non-living things and even found time to make pancakes. We hope that they tasted yummy!

GW has been busy learning! She is working really hard with her maths and has even found time to make a winter snow globe.

HM has really enjoyed the science work, exploring habitats and also experimenting melting an ice cube.

MB has been working hard as well! She has completed lots of work. Well done for working out all the number bonds for this week’s number.

DB’s work shows how hard he is working at his writing and spelling. He has made an amazing bug hotel. Well done!

GF has produced some super winter writing and a story map for the Coyote story. He has also drawn lots of arrays for his multiplication work.

CC has been working hard on his maths lessons – getting the exit quiz questions correct. Great work!

DW has been working hard and completed lots of extra activities, including races in the garden! She has also been working on her phonics sheets and reading her books.

RB loved writing his winter poem and has really enjoyed the science activities. He has also enjoyed helping his sister with her home learning!

EC and LC have been working together completing the Coyote story learning activities. They also got started on a reading comprehension immediately their packs were delivered. Wow!

ER has been working really hard and is trying hard to join his handwriting.

EK has been working hard with her learning.

ET has completed all her learning activities and sent in some photographs of super maths work and a great story map.

LS has completed some great work in English linked to the Coyote story – well done!

ES has been working really hard on the science activities, exploring melting and making her bug hotel.

RH has especially enjoyed exploring habitats but she is practising her handwriting too.

WM has ordered lots of numbers that she has found at home! She has also shared some super work linked to the Coyote story.

AM is working hard with his learning activities and has tried really hard with his handwriting in his learning journal.

TS has completed some fabulous number work – well done!

Friday 8th January

What a lot has changed this week! We hope that you have been able to enjoy your first week learning at home again – we know that it is difficult to get going, especially straight after the holidays. We have already seen some super work. ET, CR, CC and LW have shared some of their work below. If you haven’t already, please send a copy of your learning journal and a couple of examples of your work from this week. Thank you!

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Happy New Year! How things have changed! We are really disappointed not to be working directly with the children this half term. However, we understand the need for us all to be safe and hope that you keep safe and well. We look forward to returning to more normal times and seeing the children’s smiling faces.


Please find the home learning plan from Thursday 6th January through to Friday 15th January 2021 below.

For each day, there are a selection of activities. Many of these are lessons which can be accessed on the Oak National Academy website. We have aimed to list the steps that you need to navigate to these lessons. Some of the other activities will require worksheets which will be delivered to your home on Wednesday 6th January, along with some school reading books and a learning journal.

To help us to support you with reading books, please put your child’s pack of reading books outside your front door by 12 noon every Wednesday and we will do our utmost to pick them up and drop off new books in a covid secure manner.

For more information, please refer to Mrs Friar’s letter or contact school.