Oak Class

    Mrs Hoof         

Mrs Wright  Mrs Russell   

Welcome to our class page, we hope to provide useful information about our class and keep you up to date with anything you may need to know about!  

Here is a fantastic poem some of the children composed together this week:

Seaside

We are at the beautiful, sandy seaside,

we are playing hide and seek,

in and out goes the tide,

the water goes over my feet and makes me squeak.

 

We have a picnic at the beach,

and make sandcastles in the sand,

we eat pizza and a peach,

sitting in the sun makes us tanned.

 

 

Reading: Just to remind you that children have the opportunity to change their books if they have finished them at home. I try my very best to hear all the daily readers, but sometimes this cannot be achieved due to other curriculum activities that the children are engaged with. Also, they are heard read in phonics four times a week. Thank you for your understanding. 

Shared Journals

We have decided to keep a whole class learning journal for each term's work. This journal will be specifically for Literacy. It reminds the children of all the fabulous ideas they have shared with their friends as well as a lovely journal for you to read and keep up to date with what your child/ children are learning at school.

Term 3: The Rainforest: Literacy Focus: One Night Far From Here by Julia Wauters - Open here

Term 4: Castles: Literacy Focus: The Princess and the White Bear King by Tanya Robyn Batt Open Here

Watch this space!

Oak Class Work of the Week

What we’re learning!

Term 1: Superheroes: We will be looking at everyday materials and making our very own superhero capes! You can find our plans here.

Term 2: Festivals and Winter: We will be looking at winter festivals such as Diwali and Christmas, as well as, the Arctic, animals and habitats! 

Term 3: Rainforests: We will be exploring rainforests from around the world! You can find our plans here.

Term 4: Castes: We will be looking into the history of castles, including the Battle of Hastings and The War of the Roses! You can find our plans here.

Term 5 and 6: Under the Sea: We will be looking at the history of seasides, the Five Oceans of the World and the Seas that surround the UK. Also, we will be focusing on the story 'Storm Whale' in English. You can find out plans here.

 Useful Websites

ARKive - for video, information and photos of different species from around the world: http://www.arkive.org/  

Work on your sounds and play some games here - http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ 

Lots of great little literacy games - http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/

BBC education has some amazing educational video clips too! 

Some fantastic maths games available here! : http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting 

Useful information

Parent Helpers

Thank you to everybody who has volunteered and spent their time helping out in Oak Class. It is very much appreciated. If anybody else is wanting to help out one morning or afternoon, drop me an email or catch me before school. 

Collection and Communication

If your child is to be collected by someone different, please let us know at the beginning of the day so we can make a note of it. A notice board is available in the cloak room of Oak Class for you to write anything down if I miss you in the mornings. In addition, if you feel that we need to know something about your child to ensure he/she has as best a day as possible at school, please let us know at the beginning of the day.

I’m happy to answer concerns or queries, but I understand it can be quite tricky grabbing me in the morning as they ar generally quite busy. You can always email me at:   n.hoof@hornton.oxon.sch.uk

Healthy eating

The children in Oak Class eat fruit only snacks at break time and during daytime snack breaks. The fruit is provided by the school. Also, if I could ask that children come in with water not squash, please.  

Reading

Reading is essential to help your child with all areas of the curriculum. We will read with your child on a one to one basis each week but there are plenty of opportunities for guided reading during our lessons. A new reading book and their reading record will be sent home on their reading day. Please support your child by reading a few pages with them and write a comment in the reading record, as your feedback is valued, beneficial and appreciated. In order for your child to complete the reading challenge, please ensure an adult signs their reading record a minimum of four times per week (though there is no maximum number!)

In addition to the reading guidance/question cards in the envelopes in the front of your child's reading record, here are a few prompts to help:

  1. What is the title?
  2. What do you think it could be about? Why?
  3. Describe a character/object on the front cover?
  4. What do you think that character might be like?
  5. Did you enjoy that book? Why/why not?
  6. Who was your favourite character? Why?
  7. Which part did you like the best? Why
  8. Can you find your favourite part of the book?
  9. Was there any part you didn’t like? Why?
  10. Would you read a book/story like this again? Why?
  11. How would you change the story?
  12. Do a word search – open the book and say a word and the child points to it.

 

Class Library Books

I have timetabled a library session for the children in Oak Class. This allows for them to take home a book of their choice which is outside of their reading books. This could include non-fiction books, picture books, poetry or chapter books. The books must be returned before a new book is taken. Any books not return may result in a charge.  

PE

We have a new P.E mentor at HPS, therefore, Oak class will have their P.E lesson every Monday.

Rewards and Behaviour

We have lots of different ways to manage behaviour, praise and acknowledge the achievements of the children in Oak Class. We know that sometimes messages can get lost in translation, so if you want to know anything about our classroom strategies, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Cookie the Elephant

We have a class ‘pet’, his name has been chosen by the children! Each Friday, a child will be chosen at random throughout the year to take him home. They will be able to write a diary entry and draw a picture about their weekend with him.

Star of the Week

Each Friday a child will be chosen as the 'Star of the Week', this could be for behaviour or academic work. They will be allowed to bring in items to share with the class on Monday in the 'All About Me Box' - 5 items maximum please.