Oak Class Updates

Welcome to Oak Class!

Our Teacher is Mr Noonan and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Guy.

Notices & Reminders

PE is first thing on a Tuesday with Tom Bigg and on Wednesday afternoons with a Mr N. Please remember your child’s PE kit.

Week Beginning: 18th November 2019

English: Owl babies, planning our own adventure for Mother Owl.

Phonics: Phase 5 sounds, ir, ue, aw (revisit ay, ou, ie, ea, oy)

Maths: Systematic approaches, introducing subtraction

Science: Senses Experiments

Here’s what we’ve been up to….

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.

Kindness Week

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.

Class Newsletter:

Autumn 1 Newsletter 2019

Autumn 2 Newsletter 2019

Additional resources-

Here is a link to the Year 1 Common Exception Words that the children are expected (NC expectation) to read and spell by the end of Year 1. We teach these words in class and do not expect you to test your child at home, they are there if you want to!