Welcome to Oak Class.
Miss Davies - Class Teacher
Mrs Ball - HLTA
Mrs Mudd - TA - Thursdays
This term our topic is Chocolate. We have started the topic by looking at how chocolate changes when we heat and cool it. We used a recipe and enjoyed making chocolate crispie cakes. We also spent the afternoon chocolate tasting! We tried dark, milk and white and then voted for our favourite type of chocolate. White chocolate was our class favourite and dark being the least favourite. We have also talked where chocolate comes from and were surprised to find out that chocolate comes from cacao beans! We touched and sniffed real cacao beans!
We took part in a whole school theme week, based on 'Trees'. We started the week with a visit from the Forestry Commission and a visit from Harry, a local tree surgeon. We talked about what his job involved and he explained to us that trees are living things, like us, and sometimes they can become sick or diseased. He talked to us about how he keeps safe at work and he even started the chainsaw for us, which was super exciting!
We spent lots of time outside using our senses to explore trees and talked about how trees can be the same and different. We looked closely at bark and talked about how bark can sometimes appear the same but when you look closely you see lots of different patterns and they feel different to touch. We looked very closely at tree rings and talked about why trees have tree rings. The children enjoyed learning new art techniques to create some beautiful pieces of art. They learnt how to print and how to use charcoal. They enjoyed getting very dirty when exploring mark making with it!
We also spent time outside by our class Oak Tree. We talked about what the tree might see each day. We went out and stood around the tree at different times of the day and talked about whether the tree sees the same things every day and during the night. We were lucky to even have snow one day, which was different to the weather we had the day before! With our partners, we drew maps of the different things that the Oak Tree could see.
We have started this term by learning about one less. We talked about what this means and related this to taking away one. We have been busy taking away 1 from groups of objects and noticing that our groups get smaller. We have been using objects to help us draw pictures to represent one less of a group. Then we looked at number sentences and some of us had a go at writing number sentences to match our ten frames.
The children are really enjoying collecting acorns from the Oak tree! This has triggered lots of discussion about squirrels, nuts and Autumn. We have delved a little deeper into Autumn this week by learning about what Autumn is and how we know that it’s Autumn. The children have been looking for and collecting Autumn Treasurers, they have been making Autumn Stew and writing the recipes, they have been looking closely at different leaves, painting using conkers and have been making pumpkins out of play dough!
Our first full week at school
Well, what a week it has been! I am so pleased with how well the children have coped with their first full week at school.
We have also been making the most of the lovely weather! We have been tidying up our veggie patch and the children enjoyed pulling up the red onions and picking the corn on the cob. We talked about where fruits and vegetables come from and talked about what the roots are for. We talked about heating sweetcorn up and one of the children said they liked it on the BBQ. From that moment a group of them went away to create a bonfire to cook the corn. More and more children decided to join. We observed great collaborative play, good communication and language skills and fantastic social skills. Children were negotiating and compromising as well as planning, problem solving and enjoying their accomplishments.
We also visited the forest school. We explored the area looking for bugs and frogs. We played in the mud kitchen and made mud pies and some children collected logs to build a log pile house, inspired by the story of The Gruffalo.
Settling into school - Buddies
The reception children have all been buddied up with a Year 6 child. The Year 6 children come to Oak Class to play, they share stories and help the reception children on the playground at lunchtime. They help them find their friends, they show them where and how to line up and are there for them if they can't find someone to play with. The Year 6 children help the children walk down to church on First Friday and enjoy the responsibility. They all have signed their "Buddy Contract" which outlines their responsibilities:
They promise to:
- listen to their buddy
- be a good role model to their buddy and show them the right thing to do
- help their buddy
Settling into school
What a great start! Lots of children are coming to school with smiles on their faces and are beginning to learn the school routines. We have had a very busy couple of weeks learning each others names and becoming familiar with the classroom. We have enjoyed painting pictures of our family and sea lions, we have made kites on a windy day and created a dinosaur swamp.