Welcome to our class page, here you will be able to keep up with all of the fun we are having in school.
OAK CLASS INFORMATION
Homework is set each Friday and should be completed on Seesaw no later than the following Wednesday.
Please listen to your child read for 5 - 10 minutes each night and ensure that their reading is logged in their reading diary.
P.E. lessons are on Thursday and Friday and children should come to school wearing their kit. Weather permitting, our P.E. lessons will take place outside, so children should wear their outdoor kit.
ENGLISH - In English we are working on:
Using phonic knowledge to write words and sentences that can be read by themselves and others. Combining words to write sentences that make sense, with a capital letter and end punctuation.
Reading sentences fluently and discussing what has been read.
MATHS - In Maths we are working on:
Reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers to 50.
Adding and subtracting a one digit number from a two digit number.
Understanding the value of each digit in a two digit number.
Thank you for your continued support
Mrs Neal and Mr Curlett
Mrs G Neal
Member of SLT, KS1 Manager, SENCO, English Team, Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer, Designated Teacher for Children in Care/Children Previously in Care, National SENCo Award. Mental Health First Aider
Mr I Curlett
Miss D Byrne
Teach Direct Student
COMMON EXCEPTION WORDS
Here is a list of the common exception words that we are working on at the moment. Children are working on reading these words on sight and spelling them correctly. We are also trying hard to spell the days of the week.
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WHY DO PEOPLE VISIT THE SEASIDE ON HOLIDAY?
This half term, our enquiry questions is "Why do People Visit the Seaside?" We will be thinking about the humans and physical features of the seaside. We will also be learning to give and follow directions using compass points.
WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO KENYA ON HOLIDAY?
This half term, we are going to be answering the question, "Why do People go to Kenya on Holiday?" Children will be learning to:
- Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.
- Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of Kenya and comparing these to Runcorn.
- Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and Kenya in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.
- Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to human and physical features.
Happy Africa Day!
Africa Day celebrates all the rich, diverse and fabulous cultures that this amazing continent is home too. Africa Day takes place every year on 25 May and is celebrated across Africa and around the world. (This date is when the Organisation of African Unity was formed). To celebrated Africa Day we joined award winning storyteller Mara Menzies, who told us lots of wonderful stories from Africa.
In Art and Design lessons, we have been learning about sculpture. We have designed and made our own African style pots. The children experimented with playdough first to perfect their techniques.
WE’RE GOING ON AN INVERTEBRATE HUNT
In science, we have been learning to observe carefully using simple equipment. We looked for invertebrates in the playground and observed them closely. We used an identification chart to find out the names of the invertebrates we found.
PIRATE BUNNIES - WORLD ADVENTURE
Are you ready for an adventure? Hop on Captain Carrot’s ship and explore the world with the Pirate Bunnies! You can earn treasure by completing these quests:
Discover the seven continents on the map
Find the world’s five oceans
Sail your ship north, east, south and west to get to the treasure
Spot the features of different seasons
Experiment with different weather features
Click on the image below to play Pirate Bunnies - World Adventure.
WHY DO WE REMEMBER THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC
This half term we are going to be answering the question"Why do we Remember the Sinking of RMS Titanic?"The children will be use a range of evidence and thinking about what this tells them, they will also begin to select 'the best piece of evidence.' Children will find out about how the lives of first, second and third class passengers were different. The children will also think carefully about changes that happened as a result of the sinking of RMS Titanic.
THE NATIONAL ACHIEVE
The children took part in a virtual workshop with Kathryn from the National Archive. We found out about why we have a National Archive and what kind of things are stored there.
"We found out that a rat once ate some very important documents and the Prime Minster said we needed a safe place to keep things, so the archive was built." Oliver W
"They keep the rat there are a reminder, it's dead now. " Daniel
"There are 12 million boxes in the National Archive." Oscar
P.E. - BOCCIA
This half term we have been learning to play Boccia. The children have enjoyed watching and playing in matches and finding out more about this Paralympic sport.
Click on the image to find out how to play Boccia.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
MAKING MOVING VEHICLES
In Design and Technology we have been making moving vehicles. The children explored a range of moving vehicles and experimented with a range of methods and materials before designing their own moving vehicle.
THE PIRATES NEXT DOOR
We have been reading 'The Pirates Next Door,' by Jonny Duddle. The children have written:
- Speech bubbles
Click on the image to listen to the story of The Pirates Next Door.
SPRING ONE THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON
This half term, we are going to be thinking about the question “How did London Change After The Great Fire?” Children will be learning to use different sources of evidence to make statements about the past and to begin to understand change and consequence. We will be sequencing events from The Great Fire of London and thinking about what happened to people who were made homeless by the fire.
We have been reading 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna. This beautifully illustrated picture book is told through the eyes of a young girl. The story explores the unimaginable decisions made as a mother and her two children are forced to flee their home and everyone they know, to escape the turmoil of war. The children have:
- Made predictions
- Asked questions
- Written diaries and letters in roles as a character from the story
- Written descriptions
We have also been thinking about how we can help others through small acts of kindness and have decided to donate unwanted items of clothing to the charity Care4Calais.
SAFER INTERNET DAY
We have been thinking about how to use the internet safely. We have been watching Jessie and Friends and thinking about what Jessie should do to stay safe online. Why not watch one of the videos again at home? Click on the image of Jessie to watch.
MAGIC GRANDAD AND THE FIRE OF LONDON
We watched Magic Grandad and the Great Fire of London to find out more about the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys. Click on the image below to watch Magic Grandad again at home.
Click on the image to watch Magic Grandad and The Great Fire of London.
This week in science, we have been observing closely using all of our senses. We looked closely at candles and thought about what we could see and what we could smell. The children noticed that the hottest part of the flame is at the bottom and it is blue. We also noticed that we could only smell smoke when we extinguished the flame.
In science we have been investigating shadows. The children completed simple tests to find out how to make a shadow and to investigate the question "do all objects have shadows?" We noticed that items that are transparent do not have shadows and we wondered if this was because the light could pass through them.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
In maths we have been learning about money. The children have learned to:
Recognise coins and notes
Understand the value of coins and notes
Count amounts of money
Make amounts of money.
Click on one of the links below to play a fun, interactive game and practise your skills at home.
This half term we are working on our ball skills in P.E. The children have been working on their passing skills. We have also been playing team games.
What is Life Like in the Arctic Circle?
This half term our topic is "What is Life Like in the Arctic Circle?" We will be learning to locate the Arctic and Antarctic on a globe and a map. Children will find out about the weather and seasons in the Arctic and compare this to the weather and seasons in Runcorn. Children will also compare the human and physical features of a town in Greenland to Runcorn.
WHICH ANIMALS LIVE IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE?
We have been finding out which animals live in the Arctic Circle. Children have created maps, with keys, to show where each of the animals live.
This half term, we have been reading lots of stories by Oliver Jeffers. Click on one of the front covers, to listen to the stories again at home.
LOST AND FOUND
We have been reading "Lost and Found" by Oliver Jeffers. Click on the front cover, to listen to the story again at home.
WHICH COAT WOULD KEEP YOU WARM AND DRY IN THE ARCTIC?
In Oak Class, we are learning about materials in science. This week we have been finding out which would be the best coat to keep us warm and dry on an Arctic expedition. Children thought of their own way to investigate this question and how to make sure we tested the different fabrics fairly.
We have been thinking about which animals live in the Arctic Circle and what makes them suited to live there. We carried out a fair test to find out which colour animals would have the best camouflage in our classroom then we thought about which animals would be able to hide in the playground. We recorded our results in a bar chart.
In phonics, we are working on writing the sounds that we can hear, in the order that we hear them. We are also working hard to read the words that we have written. We loved writing in the foam!
This half term, we are working on creating images. Have a look at the wonderful self portraits that we have painted using the tools on Seesaw. Why not use one of the online painting games to create your own image at home?
This half term, in our outdoor P.E. lessons, children are learning to develop their ball skills. We will be leaning to:
Hold a hockey stick correctly. Stop a ball that is moving towards us. Pass with accuracy. Move a ball with control.
MARVELLOUS MUSIC We are learning a new song in our music lessons. Today we learned to sing the first verse.
THERE IS A PENGUIN IN THE PLAYGROUND!!!
We looked on the cameras and guess what we saw... There was a penguin in the playground! The children looked for clues about where the penguin was hiding and wrote down what they found. We made posters to let people know about our new penguin friend. We also made a "How to Look After a Penguin Guide."
COLD CLIMATES We have been finding out about the climate in the Arctic Circle. We have compared the weather in the summer and the winter and compared the climate in Greenland to the climate in England. Children selected a season and worked as part of a team to create their own weather report.
In Art and Design, we have been learning about textiles. The children have learned some new vocabulary; weave, warp, weft and embellishment.
WHO DOES THIS POO BELONG TO?
We have been learning about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We found out that sometimes, there can be undigested food in poo! We carefully examined poo and decided if it belonged to a herbivore, carnivore or an omnivore. Don't worry the poo was made from play dough!
Click on the link to listen to a story about a mole who investigates poo!
We have used maps and atlases to find the North Pole and the South Pole. We have also found the names of countries which have part of their land inside the Arctic Circle. Children used the atlas to identify these countries and label them on their own maps.
We thought about what we would like to find out about life in the Arctic Circle
We used atlases and globes to locate the Arctic Circle and the countries in it.
This week we have been working on recognising 2d and 3d shapes. By the end of Year One children should be able to:
Recognise and name common 2-D shapes, including rectangles (including squares), circles and triangle
Recognise and name 3-D shapes, including cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres
handle common 2-D and 3-D shapes, naming these and relating them to everyday objects fluently.
Recognise these shapes in different orientations and sizes, and know that rectangles, triangles, cuboids and pyramids are not always similar to each other.
Click on one of the links below to play a fun, interactive game and revisit what we have been learning in school.
This half term our topic is "Why do we Remember Famous Explorers?"We will be finding out about the lives’ of significant individuals, who have made outstanding contributions to space exploration and to exploring planet Earth.
An alien space craft crash landed on the playground! When we checked the cameras, we saw Beegu running around school. Have a look at some of the wonderful writing inspired by this story.
Click on the image to listen to the story of Beegu and learn to draw like Alexis Deacon.
Oak Class received a letter from Beegu asking for some help. While on Earth, she has noticed that human bodies are different to alien bodies. She asked us to name and locate parts of our body.
PERFECT PLACE VALUE
In maths, we have been thinking about the value of each digit in a two digit number. We have been working on representing numbers in lots of different ways.
PLACE VALUE GAMES
Have a go at one of these exciting games to help you develop your skills while you are at home.
Beegu has been back in touch with Oak Class, this time she wanted to know more about our bones. We looked at books and watched videos to find out more, then we made skeletons and named different bones.
We have been thinking about how we find out about the world using our senses. The children loved the smell of oranges and toothpaste, but were not so keen on the smell of onions and garlic!
This half term, our topic is “Why do we Remember Famous Explorers?” We have been finding out about the life and achievements of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. We have been working on sequencing the main events from the Moon Landing in 1969 and retelling these events orally.
SHOULD WE STILL EXPLORE SPACE? If NASA were giving out golden tickets to visit space, would you want one? This is what Oak Class had to decide today. We thought about all of the positive points about a visit to space and and the negative points too. Some children were still undecided, so we made a ‘Conscience Alley’ where we could hear other children’s ideas. Finally, we imagined that a loved one had won the ticket and we tried to persuade them to go or stay.
HOW CAN WE MEASURE THE SPEED OF THE WIND?
Beegu was a little worried that it was too windy for her spaceship to take off. We worked in teams to think of a way to measure the wind speed and record this. Some children used paper and watched how quickly it blew across the playground, others decided to use bubbles. We also thought about how we could tell which direction the wind was blowing in.
LONG, LONGER, LONGEST.
SHORT, SHORTER, SHORTEST
In maths we have been learning to compare lengths and measure using non-standard units.
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