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 newsletter below and on the curriculum section of the website.
We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning....and hopefully a return to normal!
Mrs Few and Miss Ashcroft
Oak Class Summer Term Newsletter
Our Learning - Summer 2021
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
FUN IN THE SNOW!
Oak class have been enjoying themselves out in the snow.
Thank you for sending in your work this week. Great job everyone.
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!
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
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.
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.
Thursday 17th December
The staff team in Oak class would like to say a very special thank you for all your kind cards, wishes and gifts. It has been a challenging term as we have worked within our new bubble but we have thoroughly enjoyed working with the children who have worked incredibly hard this term. We hope that you all have a happy and peaceful Christmas and a very healthy 2021. Happy Christmas Everyone!
Friday 11th December
Today we finished making our Christmas tree decorations. Everyone has successfully sewn their felt together and worked really carefully to decorate them. We hope that you enjoy seeing them hanging on your tree for many years to come! Super work - well done!
Thursday 10th December
This afternoon we enjoyed our special Christmas activities. We filled and decorated baubles and enjoyed our Christmas lucky draw - what super prizes and presents for everyone. Thank you for your contributions towards the event and thank you to the PSA for planning this for us. Liam and Ellis were great working with us too!
Thursday 10th December
We enjoyed our Christmas lunch today. Wearing Christmas hats that we made this morning, we ate our festive meal in the classroom. We enjoyed pulling crackers and listening to Christmas songs.
Friday 4th December
Today we have started our new DT project - design and make a Christmas decoration for a tree! We are making them by sewing pieces of felt together. Look at the concentration on our faces as we try to thread needles and sew our first stitches!
Friday 4th December
This is what it looks like when we eat our lunch in the classroom. We enjoy fish and chips on Fridays!
Friday 27th November
We've had more fun in our computing sessions today. We've been trying to control our Pirate Beebots and to send them to find treasure using forwards, backwards, right turn and left turn commands. After having a first try, we tried to create an algorithm to do this in one go! Some of our pirates crashed in the middle of the ocean!
November Phonics and Maths update
In our quick thinking maths work, last week Year 2 were practising pairs that total 20, e.g 13+7. Now they have started practising adding 10 quickly to a number , e.g, knowing that 67+10 = 77 without having to work it out. We've talked about how the tens digit changes and the ones stay the same. Year 2 have also been totaling money. Year 1 have started practising quickly writing all the number facts for number: e.g 0+4, 1+3, 2+2, 3+1, 4+0 all total 4 and writing the subtraction facts that go with these: 4-0. 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4.
It would be great if you could help your child practise these things!
In Year 1 phonics, recent phonemes introduced or revised include: oy (as in boy), ay (as in play), ou (as in cloud), ie (as in pie) ea (as in seat), oe (as in toe), au (as in August), ew (as in grew). Lots for you to spot when reading books and to practise if you can. Thank you!
Friday 20th November
In computing we have been learning about algorithms.
An algorithm is a set of rules to solve a problem. We followed an algorithm to draw Fluffy! The algorithm wasn’t very good because our Fluffy pictures all looked different. We created our own algorithms for a partner to draw a creature. Look at us working. We had to make our algorithms very clear and listen very carefully to follow them. Our algorithms were very good because our pictures are very similar.
November Maths Facts!
We are trying to get quicker at remembering our maths facts. Perhaps you could ask your child to show you their skills and help them to practise even more. Thank you!
Year 2s have been trying to remember the pairs that make 10, e.g 8+2, 3+7. They have been practising writing them quickly, using pattern to help them, and also using them when they add lists of numbers. Now they are trying to practise adding pairs of single digit numbers quickly, eg 7+6, 9+3.
Year 1s have been doing lots of practise writing their numbers, trying not to write them backwards, and have now started practising counting in 10s upto 100 and back.
Friday 13th November
Today was 'BBC Children in Need' day and we had a non-uniform day. Some of us rose to the challenge set by the school eco-committee to wear something that we had made by recycling rubbish or to re-use clothes that someone else used to wear. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations.
Friday 13th November
In our music lessons we are not allowed to sing due to possible spread of the virus! However, we have had fun listening to music, playing instruments and trying to sign our song 'Hey You!'
Friday 6th November
As part of our assemblies this week, we have reflected on why people wear poppies at this time of year and how people mark Remembrance Day in church and in their prayers. We have coloured and cut out poppies which are now on display in our school windows to show the community that we are remembering too.
Thursday 15th October
The children have enjoyed working on laptops again this week. We have also begun to talk about our internet safety rules. We will be doing lots more on this during the year but you may find the link below helpful. It is never too early to start educating children about keeping safe online.
Friday 9th October
This week Oak class have been using the new school laptops! The children have been learning how to switch them on, use the mouse pad, use the shift key to type capital letters and the importance of keeping passwords secret! They have also learnt how to shut them down properly. Next week, we are hoping to begin exploring and learning using Purple Mash. Look at the concentration in their faces as they are trying to type the password in accurately!
Wednesday 7th October
As we come towards the end of learning about the Great Fire of London, the children enjoyed making houses and adding flames to them! Thank you for all your boxes! We have also learnt about different jobs that people did at the time of the Great Fire of London - nobody wanted to be a gong farmer but everyone was very skilled at sorting pictures of fire fighters and their equipment, then and now.
Tuesday 6th October
Year 2 have been working hard learning some very tricky spelling rules whilst also revising their phonics. Here are the patterns we have been working on each week so far and also a sneaky preview of patterns planned for next half term.
Friday 2nd October
This week we have enjoyed learning about the Great Fire of London. This afternoon we explored this game - you could try it at home too.
Friday 25th September
Years 1 have being working hard in phonics sessions. So far, they have worked on 'ou' (as in house) and 'ay' (as in play). Year 2 have been working hard on words beginning with silent letters at the beginning - eg. gnat, knit and wrap. They have also been working on words with a 'soft c' - eg race, city.
Both year groups are also working each day on spelling the 'common exception words' for their year group. You should be receiving a folder with these in to work on during the term. We hope that you can have fun learning to read and spell these words. Thank you!
Wednesday 22nd September
Today we were visited by a team of tree surgeons. It was exciting learning about how they use chainsaws, lots of safety equipment and a cherry picker to do their work. Their saws were much bigger than our hacksaws! Lots of us would like to do their job! Thank you 'Treecraft'.
Maths Learning - September 2020
Year 2 have started their maths with learning how to partition numbers into tens and ones, e.g. 39=30+9. They have also been counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. Here are some games to play on the topmarks website.
Year 1 have been building on their learning in Ash, counting, saying the number that is one more or one less and putting numbers in order. They have also learnt to use the < and > symbols – thinking of these as a crocodile with a wide open mouth who wants to eat the larger number!
Here are some games to try on the topmarks website:
Friday 18th September 2020
Thank you for collecting so many cat food boxes! Today we started our DT project to construct fire engines. We all used a junior hack saw to saw dowel to make axles for our wheels and have begun to cover the boxes in red paper. Great safe and accurate use of tools from everyone! We are looking forward to the next step.
Friday 4th September 2020
It was great to start the year off learning together with everyone back in school. We started by reading the book 'Jake's First Day at School' and completed some pirate maths and writing activities linked to this. Super sentence writing everyone - especially from Year 1. Mrs Friar was so impressed that she awarded everyone a special gold Headteacher sticker!
This week we have all been trying our construction challenges! In school, the Year 1s and the key worker Year 2s and 3 were challenged to use 10 sheets of newspaper and pieces of sticky tape to make the tallest structure that they could. It was hard to be resilient and keep going like the tortoise in last week’s story but L was the winner with a structure that was 55cm tall. Well done! After they had struggled to make their ideas work, especially to make a stable base, we tried to use a technique that we watched on YouTube! Success – our tower was a tripod shape made from rolled up sheets of newspaper and was taller than everyone – even Mrs B who was the tallest person in Oak today!
Great news! GI has been awarded the special 2020 Blue Peter Sport badge. Well done G and fantastic to celebrate that you have been keeping active during lockdown.
It's not too late to apply so take a look at:
We have a new two week topic for you to enjoy. This time it's all about Sport. Take a look at the activities we have planned. We hope you have fun learning about different sports and get active too.
This week we have all been learning about the Olympic games and also a little bit about Japan where the next Olympic games will be.
In school, Year 1s followed instructions really carefully to make their origami fish. You could try this too if you visit Oak Academy and explore the activity clubs. C has tried to copy the Japanese numbers and has designed a super gold medal – wow! What have you learnt about Japan or the Olympic games this week?
We hope that you have enjoyed the first week of the sport theme. In school, the Year 1s have been very active choosing different activities to try. They have also worked hard on the story of the 'Hare and the Tortoise,' learning to use time conjunctions in their sentences. Look at G’s amazing story! Wow!
C has been continuing to work hard at his multiplication and he has his 'Jack and the Beanstalk' story planned and ready to write. Well done! In school today, the children in Oak class have all planned their versions of the story too. There are going to be lots of different exciting places for their character to visit at the top of beanstalks and tall trees.
In school, having learnt about the parts of plants, Year 1s have looked really closely at daisies and have painted them using their hands! Super art work from everyone!
A has been working hard during lockdown. He has practising his multiplication tables and number bonds and he has been continuing to read. As part of the growing theme, he has found some amazing time-lapse videos of different things growing. Here is a lovely picture of A reading with his brother. Well done A and keep up the great learning!
Linked to our growing theme, this week lots of children have enjoyed the story of the enormous turnip. At home, C has created a story map and chosen adjectives to describe the characters. In school, year 1s have completed lots of activities linked to the story and have all written their own versions. They have written the story of the enormous strawberry, the enormous carrot, the enormous mushroom and the enormous pea. Well done everyone. We hope that you enjoy next week’s story!
S has been working hard during lockdown. She has built an amazing lego castle and has now started her next lego project which involves over 600 pieces! Her nature scrapbook is absolutely beautiful. Alongside this, she has also been working on her maths skills. Well done S!
GI has worked really hard at home this week and is really enjoying the growing topic. He has completed a great seed pod experiment and photographed lots of different seeds. His leaf rubbings are really good too! Well done G!
C's reading competition entry.
"My favourite book is the Christmasaurus."
C also likes the Mr Men books.
I like reading because...
"It's fun and when daddy reads with me he does silly voices."
Wow! What a busy, fun-filled fortnight we have had!
It was so lovely to see some of you back in school. Lots of happy, smiling faces.
We have been so impressed with how well you have helped to keep everyone safe, following our new rules.
Our dinosaur topic has been so much fun. We are sad to leave the dinosaurs behind but we have another great topic for you. From pulling up huge plants to climbing mysterious beanstalks in the garden, this fortnight is going to be another busy one.
is our new topic.
We hope you have been able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine.
We are looking forward to seeing some of you this week.
Below are the plans for the next two weeks. Our whole school topic is Dinosaurs. If you are coming back to school on Tuesday you could give yourself Monday off! If not please continue to use the class email to keep in touch.
We are very much looking forward to seeing your work.
Mrs Few and Miss Ashcroft
Don't forget to enter the reading competition and send in your photos (details are below).
Take a look at our reading competition. Send your wonderful photos to your class email along with your book recommendations.
Year 1 children have made dinosaurs and created a habitat for them to live in. Here are their habitats made on a paper plate. What fantastic work!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us this week.
Have a super weekend everyone.
Mrs Few and Miss Ashcroft.
Hello everyone, we hope you all enjoyed the VE Day celebrations.
Thank you for sharing your fantastic pictures with us.
Our whole school theme is FOOD. This is a two week plan.
There are food poems to read and perhaps recite, a video of the story of the Gingerbread Man to watch, as well as links to science, music, maths learning and much more.
Perhaps you could try cooking something yummy too!
G is LOVING the "Oi" books - he has read "Oi Cat" and "Oi Frog" There are lots of rhyming words to spot.
This week G measured his peas and they have shot up so quickly - some are nearly 40cm tall.
He has been busy finishing more gingerbread work - some counting and adding, telling the time, and weighing different foods.
Older brother K, did some healthy eating plate work with G, then researched food chains. They made a Food Chain Train finishing up today with the gingerbread man puddles experiment and decorating and eating a gingerbread man.
Well done, it’s lovely to find out what you have been learning.
C has drawn fruit today and also tried an experiment with eggs. You could try it too!
Fill a bowl of water and then place an egg in it. If it’s on its side, it’s fresh. If it’s standing on its end it needs to be used very soon. If it’s floating in the water, it’s past the point where you should use it. Great science exploring C! He has also played a game of crazy chefs.
Good morning everyone,
Please take a look at the plans for this week (This is a 1 week plan only).
We would love to see what you have been doing.
Remember you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good afternoon everyone,
Just visited the Edinburgh Zoo site for my daily catch up with the beautiful animals and seen lions!!!
Take a look, there are three cubs and their parents to see.
Next week we will have a new topic for you.
Keep safe, keep smiling.
Hello Oak Class,
It’s Miss Ashcroft here! I was really looking forward to teaching you this term with Mrs Few. Unfortunately, we can’t work together in school just yet but Mrs Few and I have planned some lovely activities for you to try at home during the next few weeks which we will be sharing with you all soon. I am looking forward to seeing lots of photos of your super work.
Enjoy your time at home – have fun and keep safe!
Hopefully see you soon,
Good morning everyone,
Happy 1st May!
Can you remember the months of the year?
I have just had a look at the site below and listened to Winnie The Pooh.
It's beautifully read.
As the weather has turned a little gloomy why not make a den, snuggle up and listen to a story?
Reading at Home
If you are looking for some different books to read, take a look at the Suffolk library services website.
If you don't already have a library card, you can still sign up.
HOME LEARNING-Spring 2020
I'm glad I was your teacher
I've come to LOVE you so
I can't believe the end is here
and that I've got to go.
You've all been STARS
and I will remember you all so dearly
You've all helped to light up my life
and I mean that so sincerely.
Never forget all the FUN we had
in all the things we did
But most of all remember
you are all very SPECIAL kids.
Love Mrs Death April 2020 xxx
Sunday 19th April 2020
I just wanted to say one last thank you for all of your hard work and one more 'see you soon'.
All my love Mrs Death xx
Friday 10th April 2020
HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND EVERYONE!
I hope you are all enjoying this lovely sunshine and having a fun Easter holidays so far. I have been doing lots of arts and crafts with my children and am so excited to see some of the things you have been up to as well. Look at PK’s beautiful princess footprints and GF’s fabulous model of a fighter plane. Please keep emailing our class email as it’s my last week as a teacher at Creeting-I’d love to see your photos before I go.
Mrs Death xx