Oak Class 2019/2020
Week commencing – 9th March 2020
Oak Class had a great afternoon participating in a range of different activities, including a Wake and Shake, GoNoodle/Yoga experience and the famous Lawshall Mile.
I’ve been so proud of Oak this week for their wonderful focus and dedication to their writing. The children have widely been exploring their adjectives and as such have created some superb sentences and character descriptions. I’ll definitely be uploading some for you to read.
We’ve been looking at our 2s this week and have refreshed our memories of comparing number sentences and objects. The children have been fantastic at really exploring our number sentences and their place value of different numbers. They also enjoyed jumping in their 2s from 0-100.
This week in our RE learning, the children have been continuing to think about reasons Christian’s worship God. This week, I set the children and Mrs S the challenge of creating their own sentences including key vocabulary, along the lines of praying. The children then had to create their own ‘prayer buddy’ to read their prayers with using socks. They were superb and created meaningful and considerate prayers.
This week we explored the difference between what makes a good and bad photo. We looked at all of the different features and reasons before we composed our own. The children had a task of exploring whilst taking photos before being tasked to demonstrate their own ‘good’ and ‘bad’ photo whilst explaining what made it bad.
Week commencing – 2nd March 2020
World Book Day 2020
Wow! What an incredible effort put in by ALL of Oak Class. I’m so proud of you all and you looked great. We all had a good day exploring our favourite characters, sharing books and talking about why we decided to dress up the way we did!
We started our traditional tales this week. We started by creating our own character riddles, getting other children in the school to guess our characters. We also made different story maps about a traditional tale before learning some actions to our own story.
Oak have completed some amazing place value tasks this week! We’ve been looking specifically at tens and ones, what they stand for and how they can be applied to some different problems.
Week commencing – 24th February 2020
In our English learning this week, we explored the use of adjectives and just how impacting they can be to develop our writing. Mr N showed some sentences on the board and the children immediately noticed they were boring because they had no adjectives or excitement. We spent some time exploring different pictures and developing some powerful sentences. We also applied the use of a question mark thinking about questions we might want to ask Katie Morag.
Maths has been very busy this week in Oak Class. We have been exploring measurement and have introduced the children to ‘cm’. We initially started our week by looking at the key vocabulary and terminology built around measurement before moving on to measure set objects using cubes. The children really developed their counting and precision here. Later on in the week we used rulers to be able to accurately measure lines of different lengths. Oak Class really impressed Mr N with their independence and attitudes to learning.
This week in PE, Tom continued to teach the children a range of skills, improving on their precision and hand-eye co-ordination.
We had a great day celebrating Pancake Day with Acorn and Ash Classes. We spent the morning understanding why it is a celebration throughout the United Kingdom before writing our own pancake orders, making them for different people and of course, eating them! We also took part in our whole school pancake race.
On Wednesday, we had a visit from a scientist who had travelled to the Antarctic to conduct important scientific experiments. He came back and informed us of all the equipment, resources and jobs he needed as well as sharing some wonderful and exhilarating facts!
Week commencing – 10th February 2020
Reading Challenge Reward
We are the champions! I am SO proud of Oak for winning their reading challenge. What an absolute way to end the term. They definitely enjoyed the afternoon and all looked rather snuggly in their pyjamas, sharing books, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies and listening to audio stories. We also had a visit from Horse Chestnut!
This week, Oak Class wowed me with their grammar and punctuation skills! We looked at nouns, verbs and plurals this week and the children all looked at different ways of identifying them and applying them to their work.
A busy week in Maths! We consolidated our learning on number bonds to 20 through the use of numicon and their link to number bonds to 10 as well as solving some subtraction problems and a revisit to shape.
The Great Fire of London officially visited Lawshall this week. The children spent some time building their own paper houses this week before we set them alight! The children got to see how quickly the houses burnt and just what the wind did to help carry the flames across. We also reminded the children about the rules regarding fire safety and standing within appropriate distances. *All safety rules were adhered to*
Fine, Not Fine
The boxes were completed this week! The children spent their last session decorating their shakers to support the rest of the calming strategies box.
Week commencing – 3rd February 2020
We’ve had a busy week in our English learning this week! Not only have we explored the senses through Great Fire of London poetry, but we’ve also been writing our own diary entry from the viewpoint of Samuel Pepys! A busy, but hard-working week.
This week the children have been challenged to look at related facts and how they relate to different numbers and answers, (i.e. 13 + 1 = 14, 12 + 2 = 14, 11 + 3 = 14). I was so impressed by the children’s approaches at doing this systematically and using this as a natural go to. They further applied this to secure some more learning for their number bonds to 10. Later on in the week we also looked at comparing number sentences where the children had to solve the number sentence first before applying their <, > or = symbol.
FIRE! THERE’S A FIRE!! This week we refreshed all of our learning on the Great Fire of London and found out a little bit more about how they put the fire out. We spoke to the children about the reasons behind them exploding houses with gunpowder to prevent the fire from spreading further. This was demonstrated through the use of dominoes.
Later on, we recreated the firefighter team by passing buckets of water along our line with the final person throwing the bucket of water away. Some interesting water throwing techniques to say the least!
We received a philosophy session this week from Mr Trotter who showed us how we can ask questions in different ways. We looked at the story ‘Not Now, Bernard!’ which encouraged some great discussion and questioning skills.
Fine, Not Fine
We completed yet another stage of our sensory boxes this week by making our own shakers.
Our invasion and defending skills continued this week. The children refined their hockey skills through dribbling and defending too.
Week commencing – 27th January 2020
Bird Watch Enrichment Day 2020
Yet another successful Bird Watch Day. The children enjoyed a range of activities from making bird-nests, bird feeders and bird masks to completing their own bird watch and enjoying a visit from Stonham Barns where they brought us a beautiful owl!
I have been so proud of the children this week and what they’ve achieved in their writing. We’ve seen a superb awareness of their sentence structure as well as an ability to turn simple ideas into a story. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming display where we showcase the wonderful work in Year 1.
This week we consolidated our learning on adding through the use of the number line and started to look at subtraction. We all started by using the number line and jumping back to find our answers. We also looked at how to read number sentences hidden in ten frames. A great focus and application, Oak Class!
This week we looked at ‘decomposition’ and how it is important to break down steps to achieve the correct desired outcome. We used a range of different shapes to create a picture before applying decomposition to break down how to make it. We also linked this to the decomposition of foods, links to Science.
With our upcoming bird enrichment day, we looked at the features of birds and what makes them one. We identified that they all have beaks, wings, feet, feathers and claws/talons. We each designed one of our own birds before using natural resources and chalk to show it’s different features. We later applied labels to show which part of the bird is being shown.
Fine, Not Fine
This week the children explored the senses smell and taste before adding more for their sensory boxes.
Week commencing – 20th January 2020
This week we completed our sentence writing and sequencing. The children all wrote an incredible list of independent sentences to accompany each picture and demonstrated a fantastic awareness of how the story progressed. Later on in the week we had a chance to plan our own version of the story in preparation for having a go of writing it ourselves!
Mrs Guy and I have been blown away by some of the adding skills that Oak have shown us this week. Over the lessons we encouraged the children to develop their own skill of adding, choosing the one that made the most sense to them and that they could access independently. This varied from counter form, mental counting or drawing their own number lines. Fantastic perseverance shown!
Chinese New Year
Kong Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year – Oak class celebrated the day with Acorn class rotating round many different stations and activities including: food tasting, lantern making, Chinese restaurant role play, dragon making, a chopstick challenge and Chinese writing. We also shared the story of the animals identifying it was the year of the Rat. We also noted that Mr Noonan is the year of the Dog, Mrs Guy is the year of the Pig, those of us born in 2013 are the Snake and those in 2014 are the Horse.
This week we were virtual assistants and have to create short, simple, snapshot instructions to get our partner to follow. This was later extended by created complex instructions of one words or actions with our partners having to respond in the opposite way. Oak were fantastic and really showed a good sense of understanding.
Tom taught us some invasion games this week!
Fine, Not Fine
We continued our workshop this week adding in touch elements. Next week we will be looking at ‘smell and taste’.
Week commencing – 13th January 2020
We’ve had a very busy week in English! We worked on writing questions to the penguin, hoping to find out some more information from him. We also excelled in applying the conjunctions ‘and’ as well as ‘because’ in our sentences to extend and add depth. The children have been so creative at making their own sentences based on the text from the story.
Later on in the week we received a letter from penguin! Unfortunately Mr Noonan chopped it up so we had to help put a giant one back together before having a go on our own. We also had a look at the different features of a letter and what we could expect to see.
I have been so pleased with Oak Class’ efforts this week in their Maths. We’ve tackled some pretty tricky elements, including adding 10s to set numbers and keeping the pattern extending. We’ve also been adding tens through knowledge and have been using tens and ones to explore adding and subtracting. Later in the week we began our learning of number bonds to 20. We used the double sided counters to help us, but we’re working on using our links from number bonds to 10 to help us progress and understand the connections.
Sensory Box Workshop
This week we began our Sensory Shop workshop. It is delivered by a company called ‘Fine, Not Fine’ encouraging the children to speak up and share their views whilst exploring how to do this through the senses. This week was a big step in creating a sensory box of our choice. Lots of busy, messy hands! 4 more sessions to go.
With our topic of the Great Fire of London, Oak Class found out that we’ll be creating tudor houses, looking primarily at the features of a house. We looked at some different examples as well as their appearance in books. As a draft, we drew some on whiteboards so that we could trial and error how we wanted our house to look in preparation for our real design.
Last week we looked at algorithms and identifying what they were. This week we took our next step and looked at ‘debugging’. The children had to follow an algorithm that was given by Mr N (which wasn’t very clear or specific). We noticed that we needed to improve my algorithm so went back through to find the bugs. We later worked in partners to create a better algorithm so that we all ended up with the same final image. Look at how good they turned out.
In our PE this week we focused on the technique of mirroring with an incorporated balance. We developed our practice to start with simple movements before developing into bigger and more complex ones.
Week commencing – 6th January 2020
This week in our English we were so shocked to find that there was something hiding in our cupboard! We used our inferential skills to decipher what it could be. We even noticed it had ran across the classroom floor leaving footprints everywhere! Luckily it left us some clues and Mr Noonan hid a secret camera… We caught a penguin! We used the penguin to apply adjectives and will then be applying these into sentences next week using Lost and Found as a stimulus.
We’ve been so good with our maths this week, identifying multiples of 10 and multiples of 10 added on to set numbers. We increased our skills of adding 10 and our familiarisation of the number square. Next week we will be continuing to add, subtract and build numbers to extend our learning further.
We applied some observational skills this week to spot the differences between Autumn and Winter. We loved watching the time lapse to see just how plants and our local environment change throughout the year.
The Great Fire of London learning has commenced and Oak Class were so enthusiastic! We had a very dark classroom with only tealights to show us where to go. We learnt about Where and When the great fire started!
Week commencing – 16th December 2019
In amongst the craziness of our week, we only got a few photos of the party!
Week commencing – 9th December 2019
Lights, Camel, Action 2! The Sequin
WOW, are we proud of Oak and Ash Class for their incredible performances. What absolute credits they are to us and yourselves. Take a look at some rehearsal and show night photos.
We created our versions of Starry Night this week. Each painting is individual and really encapsulates their impression of the famous Van Gogh masterpiece. Just look in our classroom at their finished products.
We looked into our topic work to consolidate our learning this week. We also introduced the children the ‘human’ and ‘physical’ features of geography. It was quite a tricky one to grasp, but we were so impressed with their stickability.
This week was very Christmas themed. The children worked together on their balances and stretches to create a pose of something Christmassy! We had all ranges from snowflakes to crackers and chimneys to a tree.
Week commencing – 2nd December 2019
We’ve been completing some recount writes this week. I’ve been so impressed with the independence that has been shown by the children. What an incredible journey since September.
Christmas Decoration Morning 2019
What a successful Christmas Decoration morning! Only at Christmas would we ever see this much glitter!!
Some fantastic balances and ranges of travelling through our gymnastics lessons this week. The children have been really good at refining their movements safely and confidently. I was most impressed with their balances.
We are creating a visual piece of Art in preparation for weaving inspired by Van Gogh. This week, we began to get our backgrounds completed. I was really impressed with the mixture of tones the children created.
Our annual Christingle making session was a hit! We celebrated later in the church with a service.
We ALL had a great time this week having our Christmas dinner together. They particularly enjoyed the pudding!
Photos to come!
Week commencing – 25th November 2019
This week, we finished our Owl writing and began to think about what we had learnt in our phonics this year. We rotated round the stations applying our sounds to writing and reading in all of phase 3 as well as the ones we’d learnt so far in phase 5.
We were super lucky this week to have a tractor visit us! Mr Haselhurst spoke to all of us about the tractors work and how they have helped the change farming over the years.
Another successful pantomime completed. I feel very proud to have such a well-behaved and enthusiastic class!
Week commencing – 18th November 2019
This week in our English, we have been planning and writing our own version of the Owl Babies story, where we got the decision in where Mother Owl went. We had some great ideas, including flying round the world, to Africa, getting lost and going to a birthday party! Check out our new display next week.
We introduced subtraction to the children this week and have been using number lines to count back to reach the answer. We’ve also been trying to solve some equations in our head by repeating the same ‘lock it in’ method and counting backwards using our fingers to help us. In amongst the week, we also used looked at our memory about systematic approaches to finding all the possible addition ways to make a number. The children used monkeys and trees to reach their answer.
This week we all participated in a senses experiment where the children were ‘Sense Detectives’ – We rotated around 5 different tables where the children had to use each sense to identify the clue that was needed to solve the puzzle. The children were fantastic and are all now certified sense detectives!
We have been thinking about Mitzvah’s in our RE sessions and linking this to good deeds. This week, the children each received a fake £1 coin and had to think carefully about a charity they would give it to, using the word because to share their reasoning. The children were really empathetic and thought deeply about their choices. We even had some children who couldn’t choose between them all, so swapped their pound coins in for smaller amounts, but all equal so that they could be supported and looked after.
Week commencing – 11th November 2019
This week we began our Owl Babies topic. The children have fallen in love with the story and have began to memorise parts. We thought about the characters thoughts and feelings and have began to introduce this into our writing by using the conjunction ‘because’. We’ve also been doing some role play to re-tell the story as well as thinking about ‘hotseat’ questions we could apply.
This week we’ve been looking at some really tricky missing number problems, as well as some problem solving around the number 10. The children have been sensibly using their manipulatives to solve their answers and have grown much more independent over applying and solving them independently.
This week, I gave Oak Class the challenge to ensure everyone in the class has someone to play with and be a friend to all. It has been incredible to see how well they accepted the challenge and how loving they have been to one another. Well done everyone!
We explored our senses this week by completing a carousel of different objects, thinking carefully about the senses they experienced whilst using it. Unsurprisingly, their favourite was the sense, taste!
Music with Year 3
A few weeks back, we performed our music to year 3. This week, it was time for them to show us. We were blown away and all very proud of them. We loved going to see them perform!
Week commencing – 4th November 2019
We’ve had a very busy week in our English – so much so that we haven’t taken our pictures. This week we introduced the word adjective and started to think about how adjectives can be used with our link to fireworks. We thought about them in every link to our senses. We also learnt about the Gunpowder Plot with more of an understanding as to why we celebrate Bonfire Night.
This week, we introduced the children to systematic approaches when solving number bonds. For example: 7 + 0 = 7, 6 + 1 = 7, 5 + 2 = 7, 4 + 3 = 7, etc. The children could notice a pattern in both the number sentences as well as a visual aid when using double sided counters.
To consolidate and finalise our topic on Baptism, we had a visit from the Vicar in our classroom before he welcomed us to the church where we had a pretend Christening and spoke about the meanings behind the symbols.
Week commencing – 28th October 2019
Lord’s Prayer Enrichment Day
Have a look at Mr N’s activity for the Lord’s Prayer Day. We all participated in learning songs, learning sign language, making bread, creating a God’s eye piece of craft, writing prayers and creating a piece of art work.
Seed to Tree
Oak Class have completed their first step of our Seed to Tree (Forest for our Children) project. They were fantastic and have all planted their own tree which they will now mind and mulch in their second step when they’re in Year 2.
This week we re-introduced the children to BeeBots. The children refamiliarised themselves with the controls and what to do to reset it. Challenge 1 and 2 were completed! Build a bridge and get your BeeBot to travel through without touching the sides, as well as getting their BeeBot to do a full turn.
This week we’ve introduced the children to adjectives (describing words). The children went on an Autumnal Walk and collected items which they felt represented autumn. When we returned, we used all of our findings to create a mind-map, applying our adjectives accordingly.
Week commencing – 14th October 2019
Watch our very awesome, independent music performance of our song: Hey You!
Week commencing – 7th October 2019
This week, we started our story of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. The children have had a great week exploring the story and coming up with their own plan for how to save the fine prize cow. I’ve been really impressed by the continued independence that is developing across the class.
We’ve had a really busy week in maths this week. We introduced the number pairs song (which the children LOVE) – See link below, and some part-whole models. Have a look at some of our learning.
Tom conducted a carousel this week which enabled the children to explore their hand-eye co-ordination this week.
This week, the children made their designs that they had created the week before. They really refined their cutting skills and the different ways to explore and create different tastes.
Week commencing – 30th September 2019
I’ve been blown away by some of the writing produced by Oak Class this week. They have been writing a recount following our trip to Hollow Trees last week. This week, Oak Class will be completing their first Big Write using all of their ideas taken from their trip. Keep your eyes peeled for more pictures to come!
This week, we’ve completed our unit on place value. The children have been representing numbers on a number line this week. We started with looking at the beginning and end, before locating our mid point and then filling in with the other numbers we knew. Many of the children went off to complete their own number line independently!
In our Science this week – we have been looking at the trees in our local area. We identified the most popular around our local area (Oak and Horse Chestnut) as well as some other class names including Ash, Lime and Elder.
We later looked at and are now able to identify the difference between deciduous trees and evergreen trees!
We took to the dance floor this week by looking at our unit of dance. The children’s focus was to be able to travel and make different movements, thinking carefully about the music they could hear and how it made their body change. They became really involved and really began to appreciate and listen to the music.
Week commencing – 23rd September 2019.
Hollow Trees Farm
Have a look at some of the pictures following our awesome trip to Hollow Trees Farm with links to our topic of Farm and Fooding.
This week, we used the book ‘The Giant Jam Sandwich’ as our stimulus. Of course, we HAD to make some sandwiches of our own! We also wrote some pretty impressive instructions too which I was very pleased with. (more photos to come!)
We’re loving our music this term! We’re looking at a rap/hip-hop song called ‘Hey You!’ This week, we got out the glockenspiels and incorporated them into our music. I was amazed at how well the children could keep up with the pulse and follow this consistently with a piece of music. Well done, guys!
This week in RE, we reminded ourselves about Tom and Tessa as we began our unit on Christianity. We further looked into our meaning of feeling safe and being part of a family. The children each built/designed somewhere they felt safe and shared the reason they had chosen different things. These ranged from homes, to Daddy’s taxi even to planes. The children were confident in explaining why they had chosen these.
We later read the book ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and explored the meaning behind the book. I was really pleased that the children all took away the meaning of the story and how important it is to tell those you love how much you love them.
Following our planting last week, we checked in on our plants to see if there was any progress! It seems like these seeds are a little more reluctant to grow to our time scale so the children have been carefully nurturing and watering them to help them grow. Excitingly, there seemed to be some sprouting from one of the seeds on Friday afternoon so next week should be an exciting outcome!
The children continued to work well together in their tennis lessons with David Hall. I was really impressed to see the cooperation and stickability they showed whilst working together.
We’ve been scrubbing up on our number knowledge this week, focusing predominantly on numbers 0-20. I’ve been thrilled by their skills in number and can’t wait to get them looking into some more complex operations.
Oak Class really developed their topic understanding this week as we went on our Autumnal walk. We observed the seasonal changed and looked at the fields that had recently been ploughed, talking about the process. We were even lucky enough to observe a tractor in action!
Oak Class have been really impressive with their multi-skill sports with Tom Bigg and even in Tennis with David Hall. Great job! 🙂
Oak Class 2018 / 19…
In science, we have been investigating materials. This week we found out which material would make the best umbrella for a teddy.
Science- investigating properties of materials-
Before we broke up for Easter, we had lots of fun!