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 2 Timetable

Curriculum Info for Parents Theme: JourneysSpring Term 2
SubjectProfilesIdeas for Home
English: WriteJourney sticksWe will be creating and using journey sticks to write stories, poems and diary entries. Pupils will be using all their senses during these activities to describe their journeys to school. They will then compare this to a journey through Sheringham Park. Discuss pupils’ experiences to and from school. What do they see, hear, smell, touch and taste? How does this differ from other journeys they go on?
Maths: Measure Timetables and Positioning Some pupils will be improving their time telling skills and using these to create and compare timetables for journeys. Look at timetables for buses and trains; compare the time taken to get local destinations. Some pupils will be looking at coordinates of journeys, and using these to give accurate directions. They will also be looking at symmetry and angles. Pupils could give directions (which should include angles) to other family members to get to a chosen destination.
Maths: NumberPlace value Some pupils will be looking at place value of three digit numbers. Others will be working on numbers up to 10 million. Where do you come across these high numbers in real life?
ScienceEnergy We will be investigating the journey of energy through ecosystems, our body and various methods of transport. Discuss sources of energy they come across in everyday life, and how this is used.
PSHETravellingWe will learning to consider our safety when travelling. Pupils will produce a drama sketch to secure and showcase the information they have gained. When watching TV look out for people on their travels and discuss any ideas.
P.EFitnessPupils will be improving their fitness by completing a range of cardiovascular and strength exercises. They will monitor their progress each week. Can pupils complete any of these activities at home, to improve their fitness even further?
ArtMoonscapes We will be gaining inspiration from Neil Armstrong’s landing on the Moon to create our own images. What did he see and feel?
HistoryTransport We will be learning about how local transport has changed. Are there older family members and friends that can recall some memories of their journeys and how this compares with today?
D.TFlying mobilesHow do you make a paper aeroplane travel further…..a rocket go higher? Gain ideas and inspiration from your experiences at home.
D.TPicnic Food Pupils will design and produce recipes that are suitable to take out and about. They will also need to consider what types of food are unsuitable for this purpose. What is in common with the foods we find convenient and safe to eat whilst out?
R.ELife EventsPupils will be researching and presenting their ideas on journeys that can physically made and also journeys that are significant life events. What life event journeys have you been on?
MusicTunes for the MoonWe will explore a range of musical instruments to provide a suitable melody for the footage of the Neil Armstrong completing his ground breaking mission to be the first person to land on the Moon. Can you get any ideas from the music you listen to at home?