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 Timetable

Curriculum Info for Parents Theme: CelebrationsSpring Term 1
SubjectProfilesIdeas for Home
English: Write Invitations Pupils will learn how to write an invite or a letter of invitation whilst working on their writing targets. Whilst shopping pupils could look at and discuss party themes and invitations designs.
Maths: Measure and NumberParty FoodPupils will be comparing the measures of ingredients of party food on the packets and comparing them to their actual measures (e.g. mass). They will also be converting the measures into different units. We will also be looking at the costs involved with party food. At home pupils could discuss what kind of food is suitable at parties. We will be looking at place value and linking this with our party theme (e.g. costs, amount of ingredients). Pupils could discuss some of the costs involved in a party.
ScienceFireworks We will be investigating celebratory illusions. Pupils will be devising scientific questions to investigate on a chosen illusion. We will also be looking at the properties of fireworks and how changing these would change the overall effect. At home pupils could discuss their previous experiences of fireworks and what they already know.
PSHECelebrations for a range of agesWe will be discussing how our needs change as we grow from young to old, and how we may cater for these different needs when planning a celebratory event. What celebrations have pupils been to in the past? What did guests of different ages do during the event? Did they enjoy themselves?
P.EOlympic Sports Pupils will be trying out a range of sports that are played at the Olympics. At home (if available and suitable) they could watch a range of events during previous Olympics. Which ones would they enjoy doing?
Art/D.TParty bags Pupils will be designing and creating their own party bag toys. Have they received party bags in the past? Which toys/products did they enjoy the most?
HistoryValentine's Day We will be looking at the history of Valentine’s day. Pupils will present information to their peers using their preferred activities, e.g. acting out a scene, writing a Pictello story, delivering a presentation. What do they know about Valentine’s day already?
MFLA French ChristmasPupils will be looking at the similarities and differences between the way we celebrate Christmas and celebrations in France. They will act out a French Christmas scene, bake some biscuits traditionally enjoyed by the French at Christmas time and learn some festive French vocabulary.
R.ESeasonal CelebrationsWe will be looking at the different seasonal celebrations within different religions. Pupils will be researching their chosen celebration. They will then present their findings to the class so we can all gain an insight to the vast and interesting wide range of seasonal celebrations. At home discuss the occasions that you as a family celebrate, and which season they are in.
Creative LearningPlanning an EventPupils will take part in a Junior Dragons Den style experience. They will plan for a celebratory event and present their ideas to the class. They will need to consider suitable themes, activities, food, prizes and gifts and costs. They could discuss their previous experiences at events and gain ideas from these.