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Oak Tree Class 

 

A warm welcome to parents and children from Oak Tree Class.

Thank you for visiting our class page. Here you will find lots of information about the fun and exciting things we are learning about. And as we are always very busy, please do visit our page often to see all of our wonderful and exciting adventures. 

 

**Oak Tree Class 2023-2024**

PE- This term we will be doing gymnastics in PE, to work on our balance and coordination.

Art- This term we are looking into the work of Turner Prize winning sculptor, Rachel Whiteread. We have researched and learned about some of her most famous sculptures and will use some of her techniques to create our own clay tiles. We will be linking our Art work with our prior learning in History and we will be creating castle-themed tiles. So far, we have practised manipulating clay with our hands (rolling, flattening, pinching) and with tools (cutting, shaping, scoring). .

Adventure Learning- Sound Collector. Together with Mr Dames, we explored sounds in our garden. It was very cold and Mr Dames had lit a fire for us, so we would be extra cosy outside. First, we explored what sounds we could hear in the garden, linking it back to the poem 'The Sound Collector', which we have been learning about in class. Mr Dames then encouraged us to look for things around the garden that could be used to create different sounds. We found sticks, stones and pebbles. We sang songs and used our new-found instruments to create music.

English- We performed the poem 'The Sound Collector' by Roger McGough using fluency and expression. We came up with actions and sounds to match the words.

Science- In Science we are exploring 'Materials. We carried out a fair test to identify which fabric would block out the most light.

DT- We have worked hard all term to design and make our very own Christmas cards. Our cards are inspired by Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'. We made them especially for our families. Every detail of the card was carefully created and assembled. We hope you love them! Oak Tree Class wish you a Merry Christmas!

A Very Special Visit- Santa came to visit us and gave each class a gift! What a special morning.

Movie Day- We took a vote to decide on what movie to watch. We relaxed watching our chosen movies or drew posters of our favourite movies. We later enjoyed popcorn and hot chocolate with our movie . Delicious!

Christmas Jumper Day- Getting into the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Decorations- We have been busy crafting our Christmas decorations ready to be sold at the Christmas Fair. We practised mixing, rolling and shaping our salt dough. Once baked, we carefully painted and decorated our pieces, then added some special final touches.

Some of our children took part in a very special sporting event. Here, they received their much anticipated trophies. Well Done!!

National Tree Week

Adventure Learning- Maths. We introduced our new Maths learning outside and practised our number bonds with Mr Dames. We used different objects to represent tens and ones.

Science- We went on a mini beast hunt around our School Garden and explored the different places where mini beasts might live. We identified different insects and habitats. We recorded our findings on a tally chart.

Maths- We follow the Build It, Draw It, Write It, Say It model when exploring number. We always practise building and drawing our numbers before performing calculations. Here, we are representing and partitioning numbers using concrete objects.

Science- Setting up an investigation to find out what are compostable and non- compostable materials. First we sorted items into different categories. We have buried different items and will dig them out later in the year to identify any changes.

World Mental Health Day- We discussed how to talk about things that worry us. We took regular breaks throughout the day to take part in mindful activities such as meditation, yoga and colouring.

Gardening- During our Gardening lesson we used our observation skills to identify and explore when fruit and vegetables are ready to be harvested. The marrows were ready to be harvested!

Music- Exploring different instruments.

Adventure Learning- We explored the topic 'Continents and Oceans' outdoors. Mr Dames laid out the different continents and oceans around our School Garden and we set out on a global 'expedition' to explore them. We had lots of fun navigating the globe.

Adventure Learning- We take our learning outside in our new 'Adventure Learning' lesson, with Mr Dames. Here we explored place value within 20.

Mounted Police- We had some very special visitors. We learned all about the work the Mounted Police do to keep us safe. We asked lots of questions. Afterwards, we were able to get really close and stroke the horses.

Sports day

We had an amazing time on our Sports Day. We showed great sportsmanship and skills.

One world week

In Oak Tree class we have been learning about Jamaica. Jamaica is an Island in the Caribbean. Its capital is Kingston. Jamaica has a population of approximately 2.7 million people. Jamaica is famous for ‘jerk’ seasoning, curried goat and lots and lots of tropical fruits. It has a tropical climate and is warm all year round! Jamaica has lots of sandy beaches which many travel to visit. Jamaica is also famous for the type of music called Reggae. We also learnt that the three colours of the flag have different meanings. The black represents strength and resilience, yellow symbolises wealth and sunshine and green represents the vegetation on the island. Some famous Jamaicans include Bob Marley, who was a musician and Usain Bolt the Olympic gold medallist. To learn about Jamaica in Oak Tree, we created their flag, did word searches, practised the national anthem, and even got to cook bread. This was the best bit because the classroom smelt delicious all day! It was a special type of bread called hard dough bread. Don’t worry it wasn’t hard! We loved learning about Jamaica!
 

History Workshop

We've had a  busy week, it started with a history workshop. We participated in a dramatic reenactment of the Great Fire of London. We learnt a lot about what happened and why it began.

Trip to the Zoo

 

We started our new term with a trip to the zoo. We had a fantastic time seeing all the animals. We loved seeing the sloth, gorillas and butterflies. 

 

DEAR:

Drop Everything And Read!

This week we started with our DEAR time. This has made us super excited about reading! It is amazing to see. DEAR can happen at any time... This week it happened during Maths and our English lessons.

 

As soon as our alarm goes off, we all read for 10 minutes without worrying about anything else.

Father's Day Worship:

Thank you to everyone who visited Oak tree today for us to show you how important each and every one of you are! This is the poem and the song we learnt to show each of you how important you are.

 


Father, I Place Into Your Hands

Bee Hunt:

In Gardening we've been learning about the bees! We got to go on a hunt for them. But while we were outside... we got soaked by the thunderstorm! We then became bees ourselves. We got to see what it is like to be pollinators! We used cheeseballs as the pollen, and we had to BUZZZ from flower to flower.

 

Zoo Trip:

We started our new term with a trip to the zoo. We had a fantastic time seeing all the animals. Some of our favourites were the sloth, gorillas and the butterflies. 

 

Bollywood Workshop

 

We had a fantastic workshop. We learnt a whole dance routine to a popular Bollywood song!

May Procession

In the month of May we pray to Mary. We did a Procession and prayed to Mary as a year group.

Ducks

Over the past few weeks, we have greatly enjoyed having the ducks with us. We watched them hatch from their eggs and become ducklings. It was amazing to see them grow. In just one week they went from being in an egg to swimming. We also enjoyed watching Miss Ginesta have to chase a duckling who escaped from the pool.

 

We were very sad to see them go but we know they'll have a great life back on the farm enjoying a much bigger pond. 

Coronation Celebration

 

To celebrate our new King, we dressed up as kings and queens or wore the flag's colours. It was beautiful to see so many different children dressed up. We had an assembly to celebrate the Coronation as a school. We sang our favourite Coronation song and the Anthem! Sadly, we didn’t get to enjoy our tea party outside because the weather had other plans. But we managed to have a great time inside! 

Visit from the Circus

 

The circus came to visit us in school! We got to learn lots of different circus acts. We spun plates, juggled, tossed flower sticks and balanced a feather while we moved around. It was amazing to see everyone join in and join the circus for a day.

Art

In art, we are getting inspired by Henri Rousseau. We used our beautiful plants from the classroom to create still-life sketches to help us plan the background of our next masterpiece.

Ramadan

We have been learning about Islam and what is important to all Muslim people. We had someone come in and talk to us about prayer and they even showed us how to use a prayer mat! We got to ask lots of questions and it was an incredible opportunity which helped us create amazing books about Islam.

Gardening in the summer

 

We have been working hard in our school garden. We’ve been preparing the garden for the past few weeks by weeding and turning the soil. Now that it’s ready for planting, we planted peas, beans, courgettes and lots of different herbs as a class.

 

After all of our hard work, we enjoyed the beautiful garden and sunshine!

 

About a week later we came down with clipboards and measure the plants and used magnifying glasses to see how our plants were doing.

Easter

 

We have had a great last day of term celebrating Easter. We all looked fantastic in our handmade bonnets! We also had a visit from a special visitor who brought us a treat. 

 

Thank you to all the parents and carers who supported us this term.

Mother's Day Worship

We had a wonderful Mother's Day Worship assembly. We worked really hard to prepare some songs, prayers and a poem. It was amazing seeing so many mothers and loved ones in the classroom. We gave them our gifts, the daffodils we planted in gardening, our handmade cards and paper bookmarks! We all absolutely loved it!

Science week

We had an incredible workshop where we got to create our own city in the hall. We used different building blocks to build towers, bridges, cars, and we even got to make an octopus! We also learnt about Maggie Aderin-Pocock, she was a scientist from London who loves learning about the stars and space.

We also got to become scientists and show our experiments to the class. We had volcano eruptions, colour mixing and lava lamps!

Paper Making

We have been cooking up a surprise for Mother's Day, shhhh! We made our own recycled paper. We collected unwanted and used paper around the school and ripped it into small pieces. Then we had to leave it soaking in warm water for days... it was a little gross. Once it was all nice and mushy we put all the paper in a blender! We used this paper pulp to make our own paper bookmarks! The best bit was getting to decorate them when they were done!

Shapes, Line of Symmetry and Fractions

We have been very busy in Maths this term. We have learnt all about 2D and 3D shapes. We became mathematicians by practising all our new shape vocabulary (edges, vertices, faces and sides). We then looked at symmetry. Our favourite activity was trying to see if we had symmetrical faces! 

Now we are learning about factions!

 

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite storybook characters. We had a parade and got to show off our amazing costumes to parents and other classes!

Wind in the Willows

A theatre company came to visit us! They performed Wind in the Willows. We helped in the performance by learning the songs and 8 children in the year group were lucky enough to join the actors on stage!

Ash Wednesday

As we come into the Lenten season, we gathered in the chapel to get our blessing and cross for Ash Wednesday. Then we also spent some time coming up with promises for Lent.  

Solidarity - Catholic Social Teaching

For our class Assembly, we focused on the Catholic Social Teaching of Solidarity. In Oak Tree Class we have been learning about how we can show Jesus’ teachings in our everyday lives. Shristi the Sun Bear has been helping us. We challenge you to try and reach out to someone different, ask them if they would like to play with you or if they want to sit with you. Aim to use all of the school’s learning behaviours, for example, being a team player, being responsible and being confident. And help our school work together to make it a place for everyone. Also at home see if there’s anything you can do to help others around you. 

Number Day:

Number day gives the children the opportunity to apply their maths skills to everyday scenarios, whilst raising money for such a fantastic cause, the NSPCC. As a class we had to solve different problems to come up with a seven-digit code, so we could escape the forest. We also sang our favourite number raps and practised our times tables!

Birdwatch week:

We started off bird watch week by going on a garden walk to count the birds that visit our garden. We also got to see the bird food we made in action, attracting lots of local birds to our garden.  We were then visited by Falconry UK, who showed us some of their amazing birds and told us a bit about them. We loved seeing all the different owls and learning about their eye colours.

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Gardening:

In gardening, to begin our bird week, we made bird food for our bird feeders. We used lard and different bird seeds to create bird food.


Then we planted some new vegetables in our garden! We started off with lettuce.

Science:

We have started a new science study unit looking at materials. We made tents to test different materials to see which is best suited to the job. We also tested the different materials to see which would let in the least light.

Computing:

In computing this term we are looking at algorithms. We have been fixing bugs in software and creating our own sets of instructions to reach an outcome.

 

We used BeeBots to create an algorithm to get the BeeBots to knock over the tower.