Welcome to Oak

Teacher - Oak Cate Sadler-Barker
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Welcome to Oak class!

In Oak we follow a thematic learning scheme to enable pupils to readily access an interesting and relevant curriculum whilst ensuring pupils make maximum progress. Pupils follow a diverse timetable comprising of English, Maths, Science, PSHE, Art, DT, Geography, History, ICT, MFL and Music. Within the classroom there is a strong influence on preparing pupils for a more independent post-school life.

In Oak we believe learning experiences outside the classroom are essential to a fun and effective curriculum. Over the past year pupils have enjoyed many trips out including The Countryside Classroom event at Reepham, several sporting events at UEA Sportspork, surveying the public in Sheringham town, Den building at Sheringham Park, debating and voting at the NNDC offices and much more. In addition to these we visit the school’s smallholding, The Patch, weekly. Pupils also participate in weekly cooking sessions in our school kitchen and frequent visits to the school library.

Currently Oak team comprises of a teacher, two TAs and nine pupils. In the classroom we have six computers, a newly installed Clevertouch board, a kitchen with a food preparation and eating area, a work station, a relaxed zone and a comfy, but formal area around the IWB.

Spring Term 1 2020 Timetable

Curriculum Info for Parents Theme: CelebrationsSpring Term 1 2020
SubjectProfilesIdeas for Home
English: Write/ReadChristmas poemsPupils are going to work on using possessive apostrophes in their writing. Pupils will base their writing around what Christmas means to them. They will write poems to reflect on their thoughts and feelings during the festive period. Pupils will be using their reading lessons to gain inspiration for their poems. We will be researching different aspects of Christmas each week. At home discuss the highlights of their Christmas, and jot down any keywords they may want to use in their poem.
Maths: Number Family games Pupils will be using and improving their number skills whilst exploring a range of traditional family games. They will be estimating and counting to check, as well as counting in multiples of various numbers. Can pupils work on these skills whilst playing games at home?
Maths: ApplyTreatsPupils will be working on their multiplication and division skills whilst exploring the range of treats on offer at Christmas. This will involve making our own Christmas cookies and other celebratory treats.
ScienceGames and giftsPupils will be learning about energy and forces whilst making and exploring their own homemade celebratory games and toys. At home can pupils name some types of energy and some forces involved in the toys they enjoyed playing with in the holidays?
Art & DesignDragonsPupils will be exploring a range of techniques to use with textiles, in order to make a life sized Chinese dragon (alongside our learning about the Chinese New Year). At home can pupils recall the different methods they have explored, and which ones they feel would be suitable when making our very own dragon?
ASDANMaking choicesPupils will be learning to become more independent and confident in making their own choices in a wide range of situations. At home discuss when they are happy to make choices (e.g. deciding what to eat for tea) and when they would like support in making choices (e.g. how to make their meal balanced).
MusicCelebration musicWhilst listening to a wide range of traditional celebratory music pupils will be identifying the ‘hooks’ in the songs. They will choose their own favourite song which they will explore further, considering it’s structure to support them in composing their own celebratory tune. What music do pupils enjoy listening to at home? What do they like about these songs? How do they make them feel?
HistorySignificant peoplePupils will continue their research on their chosen significant person. They will work on a display to include a timeline. At home pupils could discuss any new information they have found out about their chosen person.
RECelebrationsOn specific themed days we will be exploring a range of religious celebrations; these will include Epiphany (Christianity), Makar Sankranti (Hinduism), Mawlid al-Nabi (Muslim) and Magha Puja (Buddhism) to start. At home discuss the religious celebrations that you take part in as a family. How do they differ from the celebrations we have learnt about?
PEHockeyPupils will be improving their skills in this game, alongside their general fitness. Can they describe some of the actions they performed in the lesson today? Can they reflect on their performance, and compare their performance with others’.