Oak class is now Year 1 and Year 2 and is taught by Mrs Few and Mrs Death. We are all very excited to have moved into a new home this year and really love our new classroom-especially the magnetic walls!
Our Learning Journey 2018-2019
Summer Term 2
We had a fantastic trip to Felixstowe seaside. We enjoyed building sandcastles and eating ice cream the most!
Summer Term 1
This half term in Topic lessons we have been finding out about the history of the seaside...
In Literacy we have been reading stories written by Eric Carle.
Year 1 did some fantastic work on the book The Tiny Seed.
We painted hermit crab in the style of Eric Carle.
In our Art lessons we have been finding out about aboriginal art. We learned about the symbols for home (a concentric circle of dots) and journey (a straight or wiggly line of dots). We then designed our own piece of art incorporating both symbols.
We also dot painted some sea creatures...
We worked in pairs to design a didgeridoo using the symbols and pictures commonly found in aboriginal artwork. Mrs Death thinks they are beautiful. Well done everyone!
Spring Term 2
As part of our RE day we compared Christianity and Judaism. We talked about Easter and Passover then made a Star of David and a cross and interlinked them to represent the similarities between the two faiths.
Highlights from our AMAZING ‘History Off the Page’ Toys Day.
Making our own toys
The challenge was on this afternoon in our maths lesson...each table was provided with an A3 sheet of paper, some scissors and glue. Their task....to make the longest snake possible using the resources in front of them-in just 10 minutes!! The children worked really well together and used problem solving skills to create their snakes. Once all 5 snakes were made they were asked to measure them using non standard (cubes) and standard (metre sticks) units of measure and compare their measurements with each other. Who made the longest snake and how?!! Great fun Oak class and super measuring.
Today in maths we found out about capacity and volume. We compared containers and practiced accurate measuring.
Today in RE we talked about how symbols can represent special things. We looked at some Christian symbols of Easter and what they mean. We worked in pairs to come up with our own Easter symbols (whilst eating hot cross buns!)
Today in Literacy we looked at instruction writing and the importance of doing things in the correct order. After sequencing and writing instructions for making salt dough we all followed them to make our own gingerbread people. We will paint them next week to match the descriptions we wrote yesterday!
This half term in RE we are learning which symbols Christians believe represent Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter time. Today we looked at the symbol of the cross and read the Easter story together. We then designed our own cross and wrote and Easter prayer.
Did you guess we are learning about Florence Nightingale in our topic lessons?
Today in Literacy, Year 1 wrote alternative endings to the Gingerbread Man story. Super work everyone!
British Science Week-March 8th-17th 2019
Oak Class enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day 2019
Year 1 have really loved our work on the Gingerbread Man story. Today they sequenced the pictures and independently wrote a version of the story. Wow!!
Today we started our new topic for this half term. When the children came in from lunch there were some clues waiting for them...a map and a photo of the Crimean War, a lamp, some bandages and a nurses uniform. Can you guess who we are going to be learning about?
Spring Term 1
Today we had a fantastic time enjoying our last ‘Toys’ topic afternoon. We found out about the history of teddy bears, the world’s favourite toy. Did you know the teddy bear is only 117 years old? That makes them younger than electricity and the first motor car!
Chinese New Year DT Day
Today the whole school focused on DT skills as we celebrated Chinese New Year. In Oak Class we enjoyed designing and making dragon puppets, lanterns, fans, lucky fish and drawing pigs to acknowledge 2019 as the year of the pig. We also baked Chinese moon cakes and tasted egg fried rice, noodles and stir fry vegetables.
This week in Art we have been looking at the work of Kandinsky. We drew pictures in his style.
Our Literacy this term is based on stories about animals and toys to link in with our science and topic learning. First we read the story ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne. Year 1 wrote some brilliant captions and year 2 did some fact finding and wrote about real gorillas (see work displayed in the hall).
This week we have really enjoyed reading the story ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes. The Year 1 children have made some amazing LOST posters and some of them have written very impressive versions of the story.
Our Topic this term is 'toys' and we have been comparing toys today to the toys our parents and grandparents played with when they were small. We have also enjoyed talking about our favourite toys, what toys are made from and how they have changed over the last hundred years.
This half term our RE focus is 'Islam-Believing' and we are finding out the answer to the question 'how do some Muslims show Allah is compassionate and merciful?'
We listened to the story of the crying camel and talked about the special message of being kind, caring, helpful, thoughtful and compassionate. Then we all painted a picture from the story as we talked about what these words mean. We also enjoyed creating creatures as we found out Muslims believe Allah is the creator of everything.
In our Maths lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays we have been doing lots of measuring! We have been using comparative language to describe how long, tall and short things are and then measuring them using non-standard and standard units of measure. We have also been ordering our toys and ourselves by length and height.
In Art we are focusing on drawing skills. This week we listened to an excerpt from the story 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' and painted Plop. We thought carefully about brush strokes and representing texture by using different marks.
Happy 2019 everyone!! This morning we have been remembering the best ‘snapshots’ of our Christmas holiday and taking a moment to appreciate the time spent with family and the generous gifts we received. This afternoon we discussed the traditions of New Year celebrations and made our ‘one word’ resolutions. We all thought of a word that encompasses what we want to improve on in 2019. Super thoughts and ideas Oak Class-lets make sure we work on them together.
Autumn Term 2
Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for the lovely gifts we received.
Mrs Death, Mrs Few and Mrs Borrett
What a super pirate crew Captain Deeth had today! Fantastic costumes everyone and a great day-with almost all the crew following the pirate code! Arrrrrrr!!!!
Can you spot Captain Bluebeard, Captain Calico, Captain Melanie and some quite scary looking pirates amongst our crew photos?
Our Literacy this half term has been based on the story 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris. We have enjoyed writing facts, captions, labels, instructions and our own pirate stories. Here is some of our amazing work...
In Maths we have been practicing our addition and subtraction skills using a variety of equipment and methods. Year 2s have also been learning some multiplication-don't forget to practice your 2 times tables at home!
Year 1 addition bracelets
In our Topic lessons we have been finding out about the adventures of Christopher Columbus. We started off the topic by imagining we were explorers and hopping into our hot air balloon!(thanks Mrs A-P)
We then enjoyed making maps of Christopher Columbus’ journeys, painting pictures of his ships, and writing facts about him.
Hot air balloon adventures!
Christopher Columbus activities
During our RE lessons we have been learning about the Nativity story and why Jesus’ birth was so significant to Christians.
Autumn Term 1
This half term our theme in Literacy is Superheroes. We have loved the story ‘Supertato’ and were shocked to find out the Evil Pea had been causing mischief in our school! We have focused on writing lists, labels, captions and writing in full sentenes. We have also enjoyed designing WANTED posters for the Evil Pea.
We have loved learning about The Great Fire of London in our Topic lessons and are now all experts! We have written diary entries like Samuel Pepys, worked together to draw Pudding Lane, written facts, answered questions, made fire collages, designed a monument out of clay, rebuilt London out of Lego and made 3D houses and burned them down! Super work everyone!
Re-enacting the Great Fire
Finding facts, answering questions and working together to draw Pudding Lane
Using clay to design a monument to remember the Great Fire
Oak Class 2017-2018
Oak is a year 2 class and is taught by Mrs Few and Mrs Proctor.
What an absolutely amazing year you have had Oak Class-good luck in Year 3!
British Pudding Tasting and Royal Wedding Banquet
Take a look at the fantastic castles Oak class have made at home as part of their topic work on Castles. To finish our topic this half term the children dressed up as someone who might live in a castle. The children invited their family in to school to listen to their stories and facts about castles.
Thank you you to all the parents and grandparents who have helped the children to create such amazing and unique castles and costumes.
Our trip to Piper's Vale Gymnastics Centre
Thank you for all the lovely baby photographs. If you didn't bring one in this week please remember to send one in next Thursday 18th January. Thank you.
Making 50 p in different ways.
Please could your child bring in a small photograph of themselves when they were a baby next Thursday.
Look at our lovely Christmas decorations! In the afternoons, Oak class have been busy learning how to use a blanket stitch to make and decorate a pretty decoration.
Adventure Day! Thank you to all the parents and grand parents who were able to come along this morning to see the fantastic work the children have been doing.
Finding fractions of quantities.
Oak class on their tour of London
Welcome to Oak!
Oak class are the year 2 children taught in the hall every morning by Mrs. Few and in the afternoon by Mrs Proctor.
We are learning all about Amelia Earhart this week and her amazing adventures. The children are looking forward to their adventure dress up day this Friday and sharing their stories with their parents, younger siblings and grand parents.
Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.
Have fun making a colourful picture with Bing and Flop.