Welcome to Oak Class
Oak class is made up of Year One and Year Two children taught by Miss Parry.
Miss Parry teaches us every day apart from a Thursday afternoon when Mrs Morris delivers amazing RE and PSHE lessons.
Miss McCarthy is our teaching assistant and we have lovely support from Miss K Parry, Mrs Morris and a member of the EYFS team some sessions.
All together we make up the Oak team.
Oak classroom is bright and spacious with access to a great outdoor space. We want transition from the EYFS play based curriculum to Key Stage 1 to be stress free and happy for all children. Inside the classroom we have a cosy, quiet and well stocked book area, a designated writing and craft table with lots of messy resources for the children to use and a role play area which is changed half termly to suit the theme. There are computers and tablets within the classroom for children to use, as well as programmable toys. Outside there again is a reading area with lots of books to read, they can be shared on the seating or taken inside the wigwam, there are lots of physical opportunities outside with scooters, balls and hoops. We also have a role play house outside. We want to promote independence – children are encouraged to be active learners and have a positive ‘growth mindset’ approach.
Please continue to check out the class page which will be updated with all of our busy learning!
If you have any questions or concerns please speak to myself or a member of the Oak team.
Reading with your child:
Please can you hear your child read as often as possible, we like to suggest a minimum of 3 times a week. The children have a reading record for you to record the date and title of book and any comments you wish to make. Please continue to sign your child’s reading map challenge at the back of their reading diary – certificates and book prizes are awarded!
Books will be changed in class by a member of the Oak team once your child has read it. We will send home more than 1 book at a time and we have a great selection of books suitable for each individual reader.
PE sessions will take place on Wednesdays with Mr. Hughes and currently a Tuesday with Dance teacher Carla. Your child needs to bring pumps or trainers as well as shorts/ tracksuit and t-shirt in order to participate. Please can all items be labelled and P.E kits be in school at the beginning of each week.
If your child wears earrings please can they be removed on these days or have tape to cover them up and hair tied back. If your child cannot take part in P.E please let us know.
Please bring a named water bottle so that your child can have water to drink throughout the day.
Children are given a piece of fruit each morning break time, in the afternoon you can provide your child with a healthy snack.
Children will be given homework on a Thursday (this will include spellings) and is to be returned to school on a Wednesday. Homework will be based upon something done in class that week and is used to help reinforce learning taken place. We understand children and their families have busy schedules so please if there is a concern, or you need support/ resources please come and speak to a member of the Oak team.
Spelling and Handwriting:
Children will continue to build upon their phonic knowledge learnt in EYFS and year 1. There will be daily phonic sessions where sounds, spellings and grammar activities will be delivered. There will be a weekly spelling session planned around the spellings your child is learning, the spellings and patterns cover the year 1 and 2 spelling lists set out by the government along with high frequency/ tricky words. Please help your child to learn any words, spot patterns and know their meanings. Spelling tests will take place weekly. Please click the link below for year 1/2 spellings.
Following our latest Ofsted inspection the school has created a new handwriting policy. We will be working closely with the children to ensure fine and gross motor movements are secure so handwriting can improve. For children in Year 1 their handwriting needs to be sitting on the line with tails and tall letters formed correctly, once this is secure the children will be introduced to adding ‘flicks’ to their letters ready for joining. In year 2 children should be joining their handwriting consistently by the start of Spring Term (January). Please continue with supporting your child with their handwriting at home during homework activities.
If you have any resources e.g. books, DVDs, photos or personal experiences which would link to the topics and benefit the children, we’d love to hear from you. Also, you would be most welcome to come in and help, regularly or occasionally.