Fittleworth C. E. Village School

Fittleworth C. E. Village School

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Oak Class

Welcome. The Teachers in Oak Class are:

 

                                     

         Mrs Westbrook           and                      Mrs Abell

 

The Teaching Assistants in Oak Class are :-

                                                     

                     Mrs Reynolds            and                Mrs Tudgay

w/b 24/06/19

This week we have been busy learning all about the seasides. 

In literacy we have been writing our very own sea creature poems. We all performed a poem to the class this morning and the children were brilliant! We have been identifying rhyming words and attempting to write our own poems this Friday. 

In maths we have been learning about fractions. We can confidently find a half and a quarter of a shape and a number of objects. 

Next week: We are going to be revising how to tell the time. We are building our lighthouses and will be writing a set of instructions to explain exactly how we did it. 

 

Arundel Castle Trip May 2019

On the last day before the half term break, Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit to Arundel Castle by train. After a brief stop off in Ford (the train doors wouldn't open at Arundel station!) we enjoyed a short walk to the castle. We were then shown around the castle itself by our very knowledgeable tour guides. We were treated to some dressing up in the education room, we explored the Great Hall, we climbed many steps to walk around the Keep and after lunch, we were taken around the gardens. What a lovely day out! Click below to have a look through the photos we took of the children. 

 

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w/b 20/05/19

This week, the Year 2's have worked very hard with their SAT's. All the staff here at Fittleworth are incredibly proud of how they have applied themselves & faced each test paper with determination & a positive attitude. They all deserve a restful half term break next week!

Literacy: We have been practising our spellings this week using the Year 1 and Year 2 Common Exception list. Please see the back of your child's spelling book for an updated list of how well they have got on this week. Words highlighted are words they have been able to spell correctly. We are hoping to be able to highlight many mores words before the end of this term. 

Maths: We have been busy solving problems & carrying out maths investigations this week. The children have really enjoyed working together to talk through a problem, reasoning about their answers & being able to show their understanding. 

Topic: We have finished off our work on the Battle of Hastings this week by drawing our own interpretations of the battle. We really enjoyed watching the video of the Bayeux Tapestry coming to life! It gave us a great insight into how gory the battles would have been. 

Trip to Arundel Castle! Please remember it is our trip to Arundel castle this Friday. We are meeting by 9am at Pulborough train station and will be back at the station by 3pm ready for pick up. Any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to me or to the office. The weather is set to be sunny so please remember to apply sun cream on your child / children before you leave the house! It's going to be a really exciting day!

NEXT HALF TERM: We are really short of parent helpers in Oak Class at the moment & would really appreciate any time you may have to give to listen to some readers. Please speak to me if are able to offer any of your time, even if it's just once or twice in a half term. 

I wish you all a very well deserved break next week. Keep reading, practising sounds & key words with your children. We will have a big Show & Tell the first week back so we can share what we have been up to over the half term break. 

Mrs W :) 

w/b 06/05/19

This has been a short week with Bank Holiday Monday & Inset Day Tuesday. I hope all our lovely children & families enjoyed an extra couple of days rest..

Literacy: This week we are researching what it takes to be a knight! You need to be brave, fearless, strong & polite. (Knights had very good manners, don't you know!) We will be writing our own Knight Job Descriptions on Friday & labelling a picture of a knight. 

Don't forget to check out Purple Mash for the latest knights & castles related activities. 

Maths: It's all about fractions this week. We have been drawing & cutting out shapes in year 1, then folding them into halves & quarters. Some children were able to recognise that two quarters are the same as a half, & four quarters is the same as a whole! Year 2s have been busy revising how to find fractions of amounts & objects as well as remembering how to read fractions. 

https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/fractions-intro/latest/fractions-intro_en.html  Try this game to test your knowledge of fractions. 

Reminders: We have booked our school trip to Arundel Castle for Friday 24th May. If you haven't seen the letter that went home last week, do check your child's bookbag or pop into the office for a spare. We will be meeting at Pulborough train station, as we did for our last trip. We will then be picking up from the station also. Be sure to know the times so you know where to be at what time. 

w/b 22/04/19

Tuesday: St George's Day! We jumped feet first into our new topic today by learning all about the legend of St George. We retold the story in our own words before designing our very own dragons. 

Literacy: We are describing our dragons using similes & adjectives. We will be making WANTED posters for our dragons & using them to decorate our classroom. 

Maths: We are revising how to tell the time. Please can parents be using clocks at home, both analogue & digital, to reinforce the different times of the day. Asking questions such as, "What time will it be in half an hour?", is always very useful to support the work we do in school. 

Topic: We have been using the dressing up clothes this week to explore the different roles within the castle. We have been reading the topic books to look at the different features of the castle & we will continue to do this next week. 

NEXT WEEK: At home, can you find out what your surname means? We will be designing our own family coat of arms using pictures to represent this. 

We are also going to be reading fairy tales this half term, particularly those with a castle. I have asked the children to bring in any books they might enjoy at home of traditional, or modern, fairy tales. We will be comparing to those with more of a modern twist including Shrek, Tangled & the story 'There's no dragon in this story.' 

That's all for now, Mrs W :)

Happy Easter to all our wonderful children & their families in Oak Class. We wish you a peaceful & restful break. We will see you back in school on Tuesday 23rd April, St Georges Day, ready to learn about our new topic of Knights & Castles. Click here if you would like to view our TOPIC WEB

w/b 01/04/19

Monday 1st April: The Easter service was so special this morning at the church. Thank you to all the parents who attended to watch all the children take part in the re-telling of the Easter story. In the afternoon, we took part in our traditional Easter Egg Hunt around the school. I think everyone managed t find their names...

Tuesday 2nd April: Trip to Kew Gardens. We had a fantastic time at Kew Gardens learning about Rainforest plants. Click on the homepage photo gallery to view all the wonderful pictures we took of our special day. 

Wednesday 3rd April: Thank you to all the parents who came out to watch the Year 2 Rainforest assembly this morning. The children have all been working so hard to put together the documentary for you all & I think you;ll agree, it was fantastic!

Friday 5th April: Last Day of Term! We finished off our topic all about the rainforests today. We also took down all our lovely pieces of art work to take home to share with you all. 

 

w/b 18/3/19

Topic: This week we have had another visit from Misty Forest & Anna Conda. They have been asking us to write a script for our upcoming documentary. We watched a short clip  from David Attenborough to listen to how we should be commentating. We thought carefully about what we would see, hear & feel. 

Literacy: We have been learning lots of new grammar this week including how to use the prefix -un, how to make nouns plural by adding -s & -es. We have been putting the names of rainforest animals into alphabetical order which proved to be much trickier than we first thought!

Maths: This week we have been recapping fractions this week looking at halves, quarters & three quarters.We have found fractions of amounts by sharing into equal groups. We also found fractions of shapes by colouring some of the shape, not the whole. 

 

The Rainforest!

This half term we will be learning about tropical rainforests. We will be exploring life in the rainforest, learning about different animals, plants & people. We will locate rainforests on a map & learn about the weather. We will be reading The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry & find out about what is happening in the rainforests today. 

Spring Term 2019 Up, Up & Away!

This half term we will be learning all about Transport, old & new. We will be taking off in our hot air balloons & looking down over the land to see what we can see... We will be drawing aerial maps, learning about human & physical features of the land as well as discovering more about a wide range of transport. Each week will be themed around one mode of transport using a good quality text to inspire our writing. We will be writing stories, postcards, fact files, instructions, poems & much, much more! Watch this space to read weekly updates from our class. 

Click on the link below to take a look at our topic web. 

Spring Term 2019 'On the Move'

w/b 11/2/19 Boat Week!

Literacy: We started our week by reading the poem 'Splish, Splash Splosh!' & we loved how many different things we could find that make a splashing sound. We made a list of the nouns & the adjectives that we could see & wrote our own verses for the poem. We will be putting our verse together at the end of the week to make a class poem. 

Maths: We have been exploring 3d shapes this week, looking at the number of faces, edges & vertices. We have been sorting the shapes into different groups & thinking about why we have sorted them in these ways. Year 1 went on a 3d shape hunt around the school. Ask your child which was the most common shape.

Topic: We have been busy following instructions to build our very own paper boats which look fab on our window display. I wonder if our boats will float or sink when we test them in the water... We will also be looking at world maps & labelling the oceans of the world. Do you know all the names?

NEXT WEEK: ... is half term! I hope all of you managed to read the letter in the bookbags about the free writing that the children will be doing after half term. Please take a few minutes to ask your child about what their favourite day was. The children are all very excited to do their free writing & I am also very excited to read them all! 

MINDFULNESS WEEK! The first week back will be mindfulness week with a variety of different activities taking place every day. The children will be learning the importance of talk, sharing our feelings & listening to one another. Please do ask your children about what they have been doing each day. 

YEAR 1 TRANSPORT ASSEMBLY: On Wednesday 27th February, Year 1 will be presenting all their fabulous work from this half term in our Sharing & Showing assembly. I will ask for a reminder text to be sent out on the first day back should parents forget! It would be good to see as many of you there as possible. (Year 2 will be sharing their work from the Rainforest topic later next half term)

AMBERLEY MUSEUM TRIP! Thursday 28th February is our school trip to finish our transport topic. We will be meeting at Pulborough train station to take the train to Amberley. Once we're there, we will be riding on an open top bus, an old steam train, using the printing press to produce our own postcards... & finding out so much more about the history of vehicles. I know the children will have a fantastic time. It's such a great day out at the working museum. 

What a busy week! But for now, I hope you all have a well deserved break & relaxing half term. 

Mrs W :)

 

w/b 4/2/19 Train Week!

Literacy: We have been reading, 'Oi! Get off our train!' written by John Birningham & we have loved this story! We have sequenced the story & discussed the different animals that want to board the train. It made us sad to think that so many animals are endangered today for lots of different reasons. This has made us consider who we would like to raise money for at our next fundraising event. In our writing, we have been labelling steam trains & electric trains & then writing sentences to compare how they are the same & how they are different. Our writing will be written up onto posters to display proudly in the classroom. 

Maths: This week in maths we are investigating the properties of shapes. We have been sorting the shapes into groups & deciding which shapes have which properties. We will be using the shapes to create patterns at the end of the week including pictures of trains. 

Thank you to all parents for bringing in boxes & bottle tops. The children have been busy designing & making their models of vehicles this week, hopefully ready to show in our next Sharing assembly. 

 

w/b 28/1/19 Car Week!

Literacy: 'Mr Gumpy's Motorcar' is a our text for this week. We followed Mr Gumpy on his journey across the fields with his friends & laughed when they got stuck in the mud! But we all thought it was unkind that so many of the friends didn't help Mr Gumpy to push the car. We wrote letters to Mr Gumpy explaining why we would be good passengers. Some of use told him that we are super strong so we would be good at pushing the car. Some of us said that we are really funny so we would be good at cheering him up. 

Maths: Using many different strategies we have been solving addition & subtraction problems this week. We were able to use bar models, part whole models, diennes, pictures & other equipment to help us to work out the answers. Some children were able to spot that it is quicker to 'find the difference' than to count backwards on a numberline. 

 

NEXT WEEK: We are learning about trains next week. If you have any interesting books or train toys at home, let me know & we can arrange to store them safely in the classroom for the week. 

 

w/b 21/1/19 Plane Week!

Literacy: We started the week by reading 'Emma-Jane's Aeroplane'. This was a story about a little girl who flew round the world, collecting different passengers along the way. We learnt about some of the world's most famous landmarks & labelled a world map to show where the different continents are. We felt inspired by this story as we edited & improved our own adventure stories. Some of these stories have now been 'published' into books ready to share with different children around the school. 

Maths:Subtraction this week & we have been discovering how numbers are all related to each other. We noticed using our bar models that we can use the inverse operation from addition to solve subtraction problems. 

WOW moment! We had a very special guest with us on Tuesday, Captain John. He helped us to imagine what it might be like to fly in a real plane, showing us some pictures of the inside of a real cockpit. He patiently answered so many of our questions. We had so much fun pretending that the hall was an airport. We had our bags checked & some of us even got searched by security!

Next week: Car week next week. If you have any recycling you could donate to Oak Class, we would be very grateful. We will be making our own vehicles & models over the next few weeks. 

w/b 14/1/19 Bike Week!

Literacy: We read the story of Mrs Armitage on Wheels on Monday & laughed at how crazy she is! We labelled pictures of her thinking about what she was wearing & what her personality is like. On Tuesday we started to invent our own bicycles, thinking about the weird & wacky things we wanted on our bikes when we had a surprise guest! Mrs Armitage herself cycled across the playground in her bright, red scarf & with Breakspear her dog on the back! We invited her in & helped her to find what she needed for her bike before she left us to steal a bed sheet from one of the neighbours.  We have been writing our recounts about her visit today. We had such a great day!

Maths: This week we have started addition & subtraction. We have been making numbers in lots of different ways. We have been using bar models, part whole models & many other 'tricks' to help us to solve addition problems. Next week will be take a look at how these numbers relate to each other using subtraction. 

TOPIC: We have been finding out all about bikes this week. We have compared different bikes throughout history, looking at what materials they are made from & considering how practical they are to use. We even watched a clip from the 2012 Olympics in London with the cyclists in the aerodrome. We watched the moment when Great Britain set a new world record! Their bikes were so streamline, light & modern. The cyclists wore funny shaped helmets with odd looking shoes to make them go faster. It was so interesting! We rode our bikes around the playground on Tuesday & really enjoyed taking the time to sketch a picture of our bikes into our sketch books. 

NEXT WEEK! We are flying off in our aeroplanes next week. We will be finding out about planes, how they have changed over the years & where we have been on a plane. 

Have a great week!

Mrs w :) 

 

w/b 7/1/19

Literacy: We kicked off this week by reading 'On The Road with Mavis & Marge'. We loved reading all about their crazy adventures on a bike, in a car, on a boat, in a rocket....but how will they get home from the moon? We received a postcard from Marge to say they wanted to get home, but her spelling was awful! We corrected the spelling before writing our own replies to Marge to explain how we are going to help them to get home. 

Maths: We have been refreshing our memories of place value this week, looking again at two digit numbers, where they appear on a number line & how we can represent them using a range of pictorial representations. We have been counting forwards & backwards  in steps of 2, 5 & 10 from different start numbers. Keep practising your number sequences at home! 

Topic: We have been reading about the invention of the hot air balloon this week. Did you know that the first passengers to fly in a hot air balloon were a duck, a sheep & a rooster?! Who knows what we will find out next week!

NEXT WEEK! From high in the sky, we have spotted Mrs Armitage on her bike! Next week, we are going to find out more about bikes, the history of the bike & have a go at sketching our very won bikes. Please can children bring their bikes (or scooters if you do not have a bike) to school on Tuesday. We will be riding our bikes around the playground, we will be discussing bike safety when using our bikes out & about, and we will spend part of the afternoon sketching our bikes. 

Don't forget to keep practising your spellings & reading your books. Let me know if you have any transport related books that you would like to share with the class. 

Mrs W :)

 

This week...

WELCOME BACK! Can you believe it is January already? The holidays flew by in a flash. I hope you all had a lovely break with your families & are feeling well rested, ready for another busy term...

The children enjoyed sharing their holiday stories with Mrs Abell yesterday & sharing a few of their special presents today in Show & Tell. It was so lovely to hear all about what the have been up to. This afternoon we made a start with our new topic by making our very own hot air balloons using paper plates & paper weaving the baskets. We are excited to see where our learning journey will take us this term...

We will be starting our journey by flying 'Up. Up & Away' in our hot air balloon next week but what will we see? Each week we will be learning about a different mode of transport, considering how it has changed over the years & which materials are used to make them. We will be drawing maps, sketching vehicles, researching inventors & writing our very own adventure stories. 

If you can help in any way with this topic, either by hearing children read in class, by helping out with our DT projects or you think you might be able to assist us with our learning, please do come to speak to me. We love having extra help in Oak Class.

Lastly, I would like to say a huge Thank You on behalf of myself, Mrs Reynolds, Mrs Tudgay & Mrs Abell for all the kind & thoughtful gifts we received for Christmas. We were overwhelmed by your generosity. We wish you a Happy New Year & look forward to another exciting half term with your children! 

Mrs W :)  

Autumn Term 2018

 We are always busy learning & having fun in Oak Class. We have been settling in well this term, learning more about Ourselves. Over the next few weeks we will going back in time & finding out about the Great Fire of London as well as learning about fire safety in our own homes.

Click here to find out what an average week in our class looks like! 

Autumn Term 2018 'Time Travellers'

w/b 10/12/18

Christmas is well underway in our class. The decorations are up & we are gearing up to the end of term. DATES TO REMEMBER: Tomorrow, Thursday, is the school Christmas lunch. The children are all very excited about this! Fridays is non-uniform day with Christmas jumpers! Next Tuesday is our Christmas Party. Please remember a bag of party clothes for the children to change into after lunch. Wednesday is the last day of term with a visit from Father Christmas! All the Christmas cards will be handed out on this day so don't forget to get yours in the postbox before then. 

Topic / Literacy / Maths: Following on from our Autumn Topic, we have been reading the story of 'Pumpkin Soup' written by Helen Cooper. We have been thinking about the ingredients the characters used to make the soup as well as how they made the soup. We have started to write our own set of instructions ready for Friday afternoon when we will be cooking our very own pumpkin soup! Let's hope it's as tasty as the soup in the story!

Spellings & Reading over the holidays: I appreciate how busy everyone will be this festive period so there is no expectation for spellings or reading to be done formally. BUT please encourage your children to keep reading books from home, books about Christmas, any new books they may receive as presents... I know I will be away from home this Christmas time so as a mummy I know I will forget to write in the reading diary! But I will be packing books for us to enjoy together as a family. I do love a good snuggle under the duvet with a book at bedtime! 

That's all for now... Mrs W :) 

 

w/b 26/11/18

Can you believe it's the last week of November & on Saturday, we will be opening the first door on our advent calendars! Where does that time go? I hope all the Christmas shopping is well underway, parents...!

Literacy: The children have loved learning about hedgehogs this week! Our factfiles are almost finished & I have to say, I have been so impressed with how everyone's writing has improved this half term. It hasn't been easy learning how to write our letters in the precursive style but all the children have risen to the challenge & shown just what they are capable of. Not to mention the sentences, the information about hedgehogs & the interesting facts that have been written. We will be sure to share these incredible pieces of work with you all as soon as they are finished. 

Maths: This week has all been about time! We have been looking closely at the clocks in our classroom, asking 'How do we know what the time is?' We have discussed the 'hands' & where they point to. We now know that, 'If it is o'clock, the hand points to the top!' When it is half past, the hand moves half way around the clock. Ask your child to tell you what the time is at home. Use this game to help reinforce telling the time, or check out Purple Mash for some fun ways of learning how to tell the time. 

Spellings: To help the children learn more about time, the spellings this week are linked. Year 1 have the Days of the Week to practise as well as a few Common Exception Words for Year 1. The Year 2s have the Months of the Year split across two weeks. Please practise as many of these as you can at home, as well as some of the other key words linked to telling the time. This will be really beneficial for your children when they come to their maths lessons. Listen to this song to help you to remember the order of the months. 

Christmas Performances! Please check the newsletters, text messages & book bags for all the information about our Christmas Performance this year. We would not want you to miss out! It;s going to be such a great show this year, everyone has been working so hard!

That's all for this week. Stay warm & dry! Mrs W :)

 

w/b 19/11/18

This week, we have started to rehearse in the village hall for the Christmas Play. Such fun to be on the stage at long last! The children have been brilliant at projecting their voices, singing loudly & dancing their way around the stage. Keep up learning those words at home!

Literacy: The children have been researching hedgehogs this week & have started to put their interesting facts under sub-headings. The first drafts in their literacy books are looking good & now the children are re-reading their work, making corrections & improvements where necessary. Next week, we hope to begin our final draft onto posters. They are going to look fabulous with big, bold headings & beautifully labelled pictures. Click here to watch a video all about how you can help hedgehogs in your gardens. 

Phonics: There were so many different ways of spelling the 'igh' sounds last week, that we have been carrying on with our sound investigation this week. As well as this, we have been practising our spellings every morning with our handwriting. Click here to watch this useful video showing how we write our letters in the cursive style. 

Maths: Year 2 have been investigating other fractions this week including thirds & three quarters. Year 1 have been practising counting in 2s, 5s & 10s from different starting numbers. Ask your children to start at a number between 0-10, see if they can count in 2s, 5s & 10s. It's not as easy as you might think! Click on this link to find out more about fractions & test your knowledge with some cool games. 

Science: Year 1 went on an Autumn walk on Monday. We saw so many beautiful signs of Autumn which inspired us to write a list in our science books. Year 2 have been thinking much more about how we can help to protect the environment. We know that there is a problem with too much plastic in the oceans which led us to think about what we can do to make a difference. The children all designed a poster to remind everyone to put their rubbish in the bins & recycle what we can! Lets hope this helps remind us all to clean up our local environment. This is a useful video all about recycling & why it is so important. 

Until next week....Mrs W :)

w/b 12/11/18

Literacy: It was a short week this week after the Inset day on Monday. Jill Atkins really inspired us last week when she shared her own book with us. It has been written like a diary entry by a little boy who witnessed the Great Fire. The children have worked extra hard, writing up their Great Fire of London diaries and they look great! There were some really lovely sentences, describing what the fire would have looked like, and what it would have been like to have lived through it. 

Phonics: We have been learning the 'igh' sound but spelt in lots of unusual ways. Ask your children to tell you which words they can remember... 

Maths: We have been finding a quarter & a half of shapes and amounts this week. The children were excellent at sharing objects into two equal groups when finding a half, and into four equal groups when finding  a quarter. 

Christmas! The Christmas Play is well under way & the children have done such a fantastic job at practising their words! Please check the Christmas Dates letter for when the different performances are taking place. This will be a show you will NOT want to miss!

NEXT WEEK! We will be starting our 'mini topic' all about animals that hibernate, in particular hedgehogs. We have been finding out about Autumn this term, watching to see which signs of autumn we can spot out of the window. The children have been so interested to find out more about why animals hibernate & we have been reading so many lovely books about hedgehogs. Ask your children to share some of their interesting facts with you at home this week. I look forward to writing our fact files next week..

That's all for now.... Mrs W :)

 

w/b 5/11/18

This week started well with our Big Buddy Workout! The children all took part & Mr Ruff even mentioned how enthusiastic & brilliantly behaved they all were. Good job Oak Class! Parents, keep collecting the sponsership money ready to bring into school before the deadline next Tuesday. 

Literacy: We have continued writing up our Great fire of London diaries this week. there have been some super sentences from the children. Next week we will write them up 'in best' ready to stick into our topic books. 

Phonics: This week has been all about the /ee/ family. Did you know we have found 7 different ways of spelling the /ee/ sound? Watch this video to find out more from Mr Thorne. 

Reading: We have read the next part of our e-book called 'The Messy Magpie'. Morris the magpie has been feeling guilty this week as he realises that his 'treasures' are actually pieces of rubbish. His actions have had consequences so he now has to put things right. The children have been predicting what they think will happen next in the story. What do we do when we know we have upset other people & we want to put things right again?

Maths: This week we have been learning all about sharing. Year 2s know that the formal name for this is division & they have been using the division symbol to write number sentences. We have been sharing everything from apples to cubes into groups of 2, 5 & 10. next week we will start t relate this to fractions & look at how to correctly write fractions. 

Christmas Play! Rehearsals for the Christmas play are well underway! The songs are staring to get stuck into our heads as we hum our way through the day. Please can I encourage your children to prioritise learning their lines in the next couple of weeks? Year 2s have speaking parts & the Year 1s must learn the song words. It's all good reading practise too!

FRIDAY! We have a visit from an author this week, Jill Atkins. She has had many books published & has even written a Great Fire on London story. She will be sharing this book with us this week & hopefully this will inspire us to finish our own diaries. 

INSET DAY: Monday 12th November. We will see you all back on Tuesday.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs W :)

 

w/b 29/10/18

Hope you have all had a lovely half term break. I spent the week with my family in Weymouth enjoying the sunshine on the beach & lots of lovely days out together. I feel well rested & ready for another busy half term!

Topic: We are finding out about what happened after the Great Fire of London. We have been re-designing the city of London, thinking about how we could make our buildings safer & our streets cleaner than they once were. 

Phonics: This week, we have been looking at the /a/ family, the long vowel sound, & all the alternative spellings for that sound. We have been focusing on -ay, -ai & the split vowel digraph a_e. Ask your children to give you some examples of different words containing each of these sounds. 

Literacy: We have been imagining what it might have been like to have seen the great fire of London our of our bedroom windows! We have begun to write our very own diary entries, like Samuel Pepys. We used our senses & have written sentences to describe what we could see, hear, smell & touch. 

Maths: We have been going times tables crazy in Oak Class this week! Year 1 can now count in steps of 2s, 5s & 10s. They have been counting pictures of objects & using the equipment in class to show their understanding of equal groups. Year 2 have been using the multiplication symbol to write their times tables more formally, thinking about how they can represent them using the equipment & using pictures. Ask your children to tell you what we know about 'arrays'...

Reading: We have been using an e-book this week called The Messy Magpie. It is a rhyming story that is teaching us more about recycling & the environment. 

NEXT WEEK! Keep an eye out for a sponsership form in your child's bookbag this week. As a school, we are supporting the NSPCC & all the good work they do to keep children safe. We will be taking part in Buddy's Big Workout on Monday 5th November. As part of the children's PE lesson on Monday, Mr Ruff will be getting the children moving with a range of different activities including fitness workouts & dance routines! Please sponser your child & encourage any other family members to sponser them too. We hope to raise as much as we can as a school & we really appreciate your support. 

Have a lovely week! Mrs W :)

 

w/b 8/10/18

Topic: This week, we have been using all that we know about The Great Fire of London to do some 'fire writing'. The children have been busy collecting adjectives to describe what we can see, smell, touch & see when we are thinking about fire. Check out our display in the Shared Area to read all our lovely writing. 

Phonics: This week we have been learning about the split vowel digraphs. a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e. See how many you can find this week in your reading books. 

Literacy: Our Gingerbread Man stories have been coming along nicely this week... the children have written a clear plan as to what they want to happen at the end of their stories & have been busy writing the full edits. I have been blown away with the quality of their writing, the original ideas & the effort that has gone into writing up the stories. 

Maths: Money, money, money! We have been reading, 'The Pet Sale' by Mick Inkpen to help us learn more about money this week. The little boy in the story wanted to buy all the animals in the pet shop & just about had enough money. Ask your children to show you different ways of making 10p or 20p. We have found so many in class! 

Reading: Please keep reading at home with your children. Thank you to all the parents who have spoken to me about helping with reading, please chat to Mrs Wilmshurst or Mrs Ball in the office first so we can sign you up as an official helper! 

NEXT WEEK: Monday we have a very special visit from The Rainbow Theatre. We have asked that the children come to school dressed up in their costumes & they can stay in these clothes all day. 

OUR CLASS ASSEMBLY! Wednesday 17th October 9am. You are all welcome to see what we have been learning this half term. The children are excited to share all their lovely work with you. 

Think that's everything for now. Enjoy the sunshine! Mrs W :)

 

w/b 24/9/18

Phonics: We have been learning 'aw', 'ir', 'ue' & 'wh' this week. Every day, we practise 'air writing' the sound using our finger pencils, then we read some words that have this sound in them. Finally, the children enjoy watching the Alphablocks, or Mr Thorne with Geradine the Giraffe, use this sound in a fun video. I have been so impressed with how well the children have remembered all our sounds to now. It is starting to show in their writing too!

Topic: This week, we looked more closely at like in the 17th century. The children found it fascinating that there would not have been a fire brigade in the same way as we now know the fire service! This started a discussion about our fire service & the children have so many questions, we thought who better to ask than the real deal....so THIS THURSDAY, we will be welcoming a real fire officer to our school. Let's hope they can answer our 'burning' questions....!! 

We also found out this week that The Great Fire of London started in a bakery. The ovens would have had a real flame inside them which wasn't put out properly. This reminded us of a traditional tale all about someone who didn't want to be baked...

Literacy: We have been going Gingerbread Man crazy this week, shouting, "Run! Run! As fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The children have used adjectives to describe the Gingerbread Man, capital letters when writing the names of the characters & at the beginning of their sentences, AND...as if that wasn't enough to remember... full stops at the end of their sentences! Phew, good job Oak Class! I'm super impressed! All this will help us to plan & write our very own endings to this traditional tale. How else could this story end? Does the Gingerbread Man have to be eaten by the fox? Watch out next week, we may bake our own little gingerbread people. Let's hope they don't escape from the school oven! 

Maths: This week sees the introduction of our unit on addition & subtraction. Year 1s are investigating pairs of numbers that add together to make 10. Year 2s will be investigating number bonds to 20. The children are becoming more confident using the classroom equipment including Base 10, Numicon, number lines, multi-link & many many other small manipulatives. All these resources help the children to 'play' with numbers by representing them in many different ways. 

NEXT WEEK... Thank you to all those parents who have kindly donated cereal packets. We will be using those to help build our Tudor houses, ready for our Great fire of London display. Photos to follow! Letters should be out soon with the details of our WOW day...The Rainbow Theatre will be joining us for the day in a few weeks time to help us to fully immerse ourselves in what life would have been like in 1666. There will be an interactive performance where the children will be encouraged to join in with the acting, as well as workshops where we will all be learning so much more about the Great Fire. Dressing up is optional but it would make the whole experience that much more exciting if your child could come to school in costume!

Can I please encourage all parents to sign up for parents consultation meetings next Wednesday, from 1:20pm to 6pm. There are still a few appointment slots available so do not hesitate to grab me on the playground or speak to the lovely ladies in the office. These times are so important for us to chat through how your child has settled in this term. 

That's it for now... Mrs W xxx

 

w/b 17/9/18

It has been another busy week in Oak Class & we have all been working so hard... 

Phonics: We have started our daily phonics lessons this week. Every day we have been learning a new sound that will help us with our reading & spelling. We have practised joining our letters to make new sounds, in particular the double vowel sounds 'ai', 'ie', 'oy', 'ou' & 'ea'. We have been reading detectives & searching for these sounds in our reading books. 

Click Phonics Hangman to choose a sound.

Reading: We have been reading the story, 'This is the Bear' together in our reading groups. Y1s have been thinking about who the main characters are & labelling pictures of them in their Reading Response books. Y2s have been finding pairs of rhyming words. Ask your children to tell you what they enjoyed about the story. 

Click here to listen to the story. 

Literacy: We read Handa's Surprise last week & used it to discuss healthy food (linked to science) This week we described the fruits using adjectives & wrote captions for our favourite parts of the story. Ask your children which animal they liked best!

Try this matching pairs game using the fruits from Handa's Surprise. 

Maths: This week, Y1s have been writing their numbers in words, representing numbers to 20 using lots of different equipment & playing maths games. Y2s have been looking at 2 digit numbers to 100 & partitioning into tens & ones. They used Base 10 ('sticks & bricks') to help them to clearly see the tens & ones in each number. 

Y2 might like to try this Place Value machine game to check their place value knowledge. 

Y1 might enjoy this game to match the number to their spellings. 

Topic: We started learning about the City of London, what it looks like now compared to what it looked like 350 years ago when the Great Fire of London happened. The children quickly saw how the houses used to be so closely built together, not leaving a lot of space to walk down the cobbled streets. The houses were not built using bricks but instead many houses were built using wood. What do these two differences alone tell us about why the Great Fire spread so quickly? 

The video & short game is a fun way to experience The Great Fire of London

Spellings: A reminder that the spelling activity books went home this week so that parents can better support their children with spellings. There is no pressure to do anything with these books but I have been encouraging the children to 'have-a-go' at home. Please keep these books in the bookbags so that I can take them home with me over the weekend to stick in next week's spelling pattern. 

Next week, we will be designing our very own Tudor houses to link with our topic. Please could parents start collecting SMALL cereal packets for us to use & then we can start building as soon as possible! 

That's it for this week! Have a lovely weekend... :) 

w/b 10/9/18

This week we have been learning about ourselves. In science, Year 1 have been labelling our body parts & thinking about what we can do with our bodies. Year 2 discussed animals & their babies, then wrote about how animals change as they grow. 

Maths: We have been thinking about numbers this week & all the different ways we can represent them. We had all the equipment out on the tables & explored different ways of making numbers. 

Literacy: We have drawn a picture of our families & labelled them. We have been concentrating on using capital letters & full stops. We have also been learning how to join our handwriting using a cursive style. 

This week, the reading books have been changed twice a week for every child. Your child will be given either one or two books to read each time but please remember to be reading a range of books with your child at home. Visit the local library or use books from home. Remember to sign the reading diaries every time your child reads so that, in school, we know we need to change the books. 

Parents meeting THIS FRIDAY after school for about 15 minutes. I will be properly introducing myself & my expectations for Oak Class this year as well as answering any questions you may have! For any parents who cannot make this meeting, I will print my notes for you & pop them in your child's bookbag. I can also try to catch you another time next week if you would prefer. 

NEXT WEEK:  Our Topic this Term is The Great Fire of London. We will introduce this great event next week by looking at what London was like 400 years ago. Please ask your children what they have found out. I will be sending home spelling activity books next week in the bookbags. Each week, I will introduce a new spelling pattern with a few suggested words for your child to practise. Even though it is not compulsory to complete any homework in Key Stage 1, I would urge you to encourage your child to engage with their home learning to enable them to better access what is being taught in the class. This will be further explained at the parents meeting this Friday. 

Until next week... Mrs W :) 

w/b 3/9/18 

WELCOME BACK! I hope you have all had a lovely summer break with lots of pyjama days, maybe some fun in the sun & plenty of rest. I can't wait to hear all about your holidays...!

This term, we will start by learning all about ourselves. We will be finding out how to keep our bodies healthy with the food we eat & the exercise we do. We will be learning about pets & how to look after them. We will explore our senses & compare humans to animals. 

The autumn days are beginning to set in now. As soon as the trees start to change colour, we will be exploring our outdoor areas, collecting autumn leaves, acorns, pine cones ... & anything else we can find for our autumn display window. 

After the first few weeks back, we will be using autumn colours to create our own fire pictures. We are hoping to have a visit from the local fire service to talk to us about fire safety. This will lead us nicely into our topic, 'The Great Fire of London'. 

Over the next two weeks, we will be doing lots of reading. The reading diaries will be coming home in book bags this week so you can all get busy reading every day! 

IMPORTANT DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! Parent meeting 'Meet the Teacher' Friday 14th September, after school. Please can I encourage all parents to attend this meeting. I will be outlining the expectations for Oak Class for this year, I will explain reading & guided reading, we will discuss home learning & extra activities that could be done to support your child at home. There will be time for questions & any queries you may have. Tea & coffee will be provided for a relaxed, informal meeting! I look forward to seeing you all there. 

Mrs W :)