Meet the Team
Class Teacher- Miss Newman
Teaching Assistant- Ms Jugg
Welcome to our new Oak class page.
Week Beginning 17th April 2023
Welcome back Oak, I hope you have had a fabulous Easter break and are ready to work as hard as you play. Let the Summer term commence!
This week we have been finishing off topics from last term. In DT the children designed and made hand puppets by joining two pieces of fabric together and decorating it. In History the children drew and labelled things that were banned and things that were allowed during the ruling of Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell! Can you imagine a life with no music, no dancing and no Christmas!
In English the children started a new unit on non-chronological reports, learning about a rare creature called the Elephog. A small mammal with the body of a hedgehog and the head of an elephant, if you ever come across one be sure to only pat it on it's head! They stared this unit by coming up with their own creature, which was a combination of two well known animals - in which many children decided to use the very common unicorn. Rabicorns and unisharks were among some of the creations.
Week beginning 27th February

This week the children in Oak have been using adjectives to describe the greedy tiger that came to tea, coming up with their own idea of who he is and what he enjoys doing!

In Math the children were introduced to fact families, word problems and they learnt how to find the difference between two numbers - a tricky concept but one we will continue to put into practice as the numbers get bigger.

In DT they children tested out different ways of joining fabric and chose their preferred method ready to design and make their own finger puppets. In computing they worked in groups of four to create a bee-bot tutorial on the iPads, explaining how to program one and clear the instructions given.
Week beginning 6th February 2023

And just like that we are half way through Year One!

This week we have been tying up lose ends by completing more units of work. Oak launched their rockets in computing and collected data for a class spread sheet and in English the children independently wrote a set of instructions in ‘How to Wash a Dirty Dog’. See below some pictures of the children launching their rockets in small groups or 2 or 3. 

We ended our week on a school trip to St Mary’s Church, which linked in nicely with our unit of work for this half term. The children had a fabulous time, taking part in a rotation of activities. See below a picture of the stained glass window Oak class made at St Mary's Church. 

See you in a week. Enjoy your half term break!
Week beginning 30th January 2023
This week in Maths the children have been working out sums by using a number line and in English they’ve practised writing simple sentences with time connectives and imperative (bossy) verbs! For example - First get / Next chop / Then put / Finally eat 
In Art, the children put their architectural skills into practice by designing and making their own penguin enclosures. They worked to a brief in groups of 4 and had a lot of fun doing so! The children also built Rockets in pairs by following a set of instructions in their Computing lesson and to their delight will be able to test these next week, inputting data as we work out how far their rockets have travelled! ( See below some pictures of the children with their rockets). We talked more about our community in PSHE and in RE we learnt what goes on inside a church ahead of our visits next Thursday.
Oak class have been given their QR code sheet for phonics. Your child will have a star next to the QR code for the group they are in. Please access these and practice as and when you can. 

Week beginning 23rd January 2023
This week in english Oak class have been using time connectives to write instructions on 'how to wash a wolly mammouth'. In maths they have been looking at less than and more than, comparing numbers to 20 and using number lines to help them order numbers to 20. Please try and practice writing and orally rehearing numbers to 20. Oak class have really enjoyed DT. They started making their windmills last week and they have managed to finish them this week. Please see below their windmill pictures, which they are really proud of!
In art, Oak class have been looking closely as different buildings and its features. One of the features that the children have looked at is a 'gargoyle' and below you will notice all their amazing gargoyles made from clay. A gargoyle's are waterspouts that are designed to throw rain water away from the outside wall of a building.
You will notice children come home with their reading books on different days each week and this is because of the new read, write and inc scheme we are following. It is really important to keep practising their reading, whether that be single word books or stories. 
Don't forget 'Forest School' is Thursday's for Oak class.  
Week Beginning 16th January 2023
This week in Oak class, we have started constructing our own sentences for the 'Three Little Pigs', joining two sentences or clauses together with 'and' and learning when best to use an exclamation mark. In Art, we studied about the rose window in St Paul's Cathedral and created our own stain glass windows out of black paper and brightly coloured tissue paper.
In RE this week we discovered that some churches have clocks this is because in the past many people didn’t wear watches or even have clocks at home. Take a look next time you pass a church, apparently the clocks are blue to remind people of God up in heaven. We also found out many churches have weather vanes, this linked in nicely to our science lesson last week on different weather tools. While we're on the topic of weather, the children successfully made windmills in their DT lesson this week.
Well done Oak class for working really hard this week!
Week beginning 9th January 2023

First full week of the spring term complete. This half term we are lucky enough to have Mrs Parker teach us dance on a Monday morning, the children this week learnt a routine in which they were super heroes!

In PSHE we have been discussing favourite toys and jobs they would like to have when they grow up. In RE we have been learning why Church is a special place for Christians and discussed where the children consider to be their special place and in Art we have started a unit on architecture. The children have been ‘drawing’ on their prior knowledge of lines by sketching some famous London Landmarks.

The children brought home a Maths Textbook this week. This is for the children to practise at home as and when they wish to do so. It does not need to be brought back to school :).
Week beginning 2nd January 2023
Welcome back Oak class!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! I am back and the children have been very happy to see me. I have missed them all and very proud of their progress while I have been off.

The children have settled back into school very well.

Miss Donnelly
Week beginning 7th November 2022
This week in English we wrote 'Wanted' posters for the Big Bad Wolf . After describing what he looks like the children came up with some additional information. For example, did you know he enjoys eating children. 
In Maths this week we have started subtracting numbers within 10 by drawing the problem out.
In Art this week the children have extended their learning by creating line pictures out of different materials (pictured below).
In RE we learnt about baptism and what this means to Christians and in Computing we experienced what could go wrong if an algorithm is not precise (Click here to watch 'What is an algorithm?).
Week Beginning 31st October 2022

Welcome back Oak!

A super start to our week as we begin to use adjectives in our English work. Describing character from traditional tales in groups and ending the week by independently labelling monsters, we had some brilliant double adjective flying around - Sharp, white teeth and big, pointy horns!

In art this we we have been exploring the use of different lines, the children were taught step by step how to draw a simple penguin. Ask your child if they can remember the names of the lines and even better show you what they look like!

In DT we started our unit on mechanism. The children made sliders using lolly sticks and their own drawings. During this lesson they had another opportunity to use what they had learnt in art by drawing the penguin and then extended their learning further by drawing the penguin a home. The penguin was then sellotaped to a lolly stick and could slide around the habitat they had drawn. 
Week Beginning 17th October

We have successfully made it to the end of our first half term and the children have already made phenomenal progress.

This week in English, we finished our unit on instructions with the children coming up with their own rhyming spells.

In Maths we have started learning about number bonds up to 10 and finding different ways to partition numbers.

We have ended our week by using our senses in science! The children got to smell, taste and touch various foods and materials, after which they gave their opinion. Chocolate was a hit!

It is now time for a well earned break and your children certainly deserve it. I would like to say a big WELL DONE and THANK YOU to Oak class. What a brilliant start to the year!
Week Beginning 10th October 2022
This week we finished writing up our instructions for smoothie making and together read a new story about a witch and her cat, 'Meg and Mog'. This is in preparation for inventing our own spells next week!
We finished our Design Technology project through sharing our thoughts on the smoothies we made last week. The children were shocked by how much they enjoyed a smoothie featuring spinach or cucumber!
In history this week, the children learnt about what archaeologists do for a job and what kind of artefacts they have found (on Must Farm in Whittlesey) in order to learn about human life, many years ago. We discussed what archaeologist might find, in years to come if they came across their homes, 'toys' and 'teddy' were popular answers!
In Maths this week we have moved on from representing, writing and comparing numbers to 10 and have now started to partition, introducing the plus sign (See example below). 
Week beginning 3rd October 2022
Once again we end the week with a new and exciting, hands on experience. The children in Year 1 took a dislike to spinach last week and yet this week, the spinach smoothie was a favourite! (Find a link for the smoothie recipes below.)
In Maths we have finished our first unit on counting, ordering and comparing numbers and objects up to 10.  We're now starting to partition numbers within 10 as we delve in to addition and subtraction in the coming weeks.
Week beginning 26th September 2022

This week we have moved on from poetry and started looking at instructions. See if your child can remember the actions for the time connectives used - ‘First, Then, Next, After that and Finally’. To help us remember our instructions we had a go at following some on how to make a jam sandwich. Yum yum!

In DT this week we have continued our theme of food tasting and tried a variety of fruit and vegetables. Strawberries and bananas were a big hit, spinach wasn’t so popular. Maybe they’ll change their minds next week when they try it in a smoothie!

Week Beginning 15th May


This week in English we learnt about irregular past tense verbs, the children worked hard at changing the spelling of words in order for them to make sense, for example - drink to drank. In maths, we went on an array hunt, grouping up objects from in the classroom into rows and columns. This made counting them much easier as we match repeated addition number sentences with them.


In DT, we worked out how to fix some broken wheels and in computing the children had a go at cropping photos they took a couple of weeks  ago. In RE the children talked about what makes them happy in relation to the Humanist symbol ‘The Happy Human’ and in Science the children learnt about seed dispersal, they particularly enjoyed the fact that animals do this through eating the seeds… 

Week beginning 19th September 2022

Continuing with poetry, this week Oak have been learning about rhyming couplets. We have made up actions and words to a new poem ‘Spaghetti, Spaghetti’ see the words below and ask you child if they remember the actions!

During our PSHE circle time, the children came up will 9 simple rules for us to follow, to help maintain a safe and happy classroom.

In DT the children have enjoyed learning the difference between fruit and vegetables and where they grow - underground, above ground or in a tree/brush/vine. We’ve played games to help us remember and been surprised by some of the findings - did you know rhubarb, botanically, is a vegetable and peppers and cucumbers are fruits. See if your child can remember why?!

Week beginning 12th September 2022
This week Oa class have been learning about Christianity in Religious Education. They have learnt of the importance of the Old and New Testament.  
In Science they have been identifying different parts of the body. 
English has been very exciting for the children as they were tasting, touching, smelling and looking at the different characteristics of jelly. The children shared some great adjectives with their peers. If you hear your child singing 'Jelly on a Plate' this was the poem we were learning in English.