Welcome back, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year. To start this half term off we will be focusing on the topic ‘Are we there yet?’, whilst still exploring the children’s individual interests throughout child initiated learning.
In phonics we have progressed onto phase 3, please keep practising the phase 2 sounds, tricky words (which cannot be sounded out) and the song of sounds song with your child (we will be sending home flash cards to support this). Practising these will help your child to progress with greater speed and to build fluency with reading. To further support your child with phonics you could practise blending the sounds into CVC words (i.e. cat, dog, fan).
We are lucky enough to have two volunteer readers, Mrs Burbridge and Mrs Philpott, who visit us on Wednesday and Friday. To help your child make the most of these and other opportunities, please bring their reading book and reading record in daily.
Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school on Wednesdays as this is our P.E. day this term. Their P.E. kit should consist of jogging bottoms, plimsolls and a white t-shirt, please ensure all the items in your child’s P.E. kit are clearly named.
The Oak Class Team
We have had a great week full of learning about Harvest in preparation for our Harvest celebration in church. The children practised singing Tattybogle and their prayer for the service which they performed beautifully even though the music did not work on the day. Thank you all so much for your donations for the food bank.
In song of sounds we have practised s/a/t/p/i/n/m/d/g/o/c please continue to practise singing the song with your children at home and practising the sounds I have mentioned above. We are beginning to blend sounds and read CVC words which will lead to us sending home word games and eventually reading books with words. Please remember to send your child’s book and book bag in everyday so we can read with them in school.
Next week we will begin to send home maths games to play to help the children develop their understanding of number, shape, space and measures. Please play these with your child and let us know how they are finding them.
Your also child needs to have a water bottle, wellies and P.E kit (plimsolls, shorts and a P.E. t-shirt) in school every day, please remember to ensure that your child has these.
We have been very busy over the past two weeks in Oak Class. Last week we went for a walk around our school meeting the staff who help us, learning about who they are and what jobs they do on a daily basis. The walk made us consider what jobs we may wish to have when we grow up, there was an exciting mix of mechanics, a gardener, a doctor, a submarine Captain and even a Knight and a Princess among many other occupations.
At the end of last week, we invited our Year six buddies for a picnic to thank them for looking after us in our first few weeks. Oak Class chose what was on the menu, picking a mixture of healthy snacks and home decorated biscuits. We had a lovely afternoon together.
This week Oak Class went for a walk in the woods to search for Autumn leaves and treasures to use to make portraits of our friends. We found a beautiful mix of brightly coloured Autumnal leaves, acorns, sticks and feathers. The children created some wonderful portraits of their friends which we have proudly displayed in our Art Gallery.
To end this week, we made cupcakes and invited our Parents and Grandparents in for our Macmillan Cancer Support afternoon. It was lovely that so many of you were able to join us to celebrate the children’s Learning Journals and help to raise money for a cause that has touched many of our lives. Amazingly we raised £46.91 for Macmillan Cancer Support in less than an hour. Thank you very much for attending and supporting the charity and Oak Class. We hope to invite you in again soon.
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We have had another great week in Oak Class. We had our very first P.E. session as I’m sure you all noticed, with shoes on the wrong feet and trousers back to front. We will be doing P.E. every Monday and hopefully we can begin to get changed a little bit quicker each week. Please make sure your child has plimsolls or trainers in their P.E. kit as when the weather is nice we will be outside.
We have also started to learn our first sounds using the Song of Sounds Phonics scheme. We will become amazing readers and writers over the following weeks, as we learn more phonemes. Please continue to share the reading book sent home with your child every night. This will help to build our story telling skills and prepare the children for when they have books with words. We will be listening to the children read in school once a week as well. Reading books will be changed on Fridays.
The class will be having a photo taken soon, date to be confirmed, by The Welwyn & Hatfield Times, the supplement will be published on the 7th November. I will put a reminder out nearer to the time too.
Oak Class had a surprise visitor this week, Willow the Wish Fairy came to visit us and introduced us to our special marble bottle. Willow gave us a beautiful golden box full of marbles which we can earn by helping in the classroom, being kind and following our class rules. There is even extra big marbles for when the children do something extra special. When we fill our marble bottle we will get a treat. This week the children have chosen to have a prize from the prize box. Next week they would like to decorate biscuits if they manage to fill the marble bottle.
Oak Class have had a fabulous first full week! We have had lots of exciting learning opportunities and discovered where things live in our classroom. The children have settled well and are quickly making new friends.
In Literacy we are beginning our first Talk for Writing story by making a story map and introducing actions, when we've completed this we will record the children retelling the story and upload the video to the website.
Today we are sending home reading books with the children and hope that you will enjoy sharing them at home. Although there are no words in the books they present a fantastic opportunity to discuss the structure and language of stories and introduce the children to the idea of reading both at home and in school, please sign their reading records and leave a message letting us know how they found it.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and we are all looking forward to what next week brings,
The Oak Class Team