Welcome to Oak

Teacher - Oak Colin Heinink
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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 Sportspark, 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.

Oak TimeTable – Autumn Term 2 – 23/24

Autumn Term 2 23/24 Curriculum profiles and ideas for continued learning at home
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
Maths We are very food focused this half term! We are cooking in Maths, DT and MFL. In Maths sessions the focus will be on measurements and data handling, creating graphs on topics such as favourite food. Look at graphs in newspapers/magazines/online and think about what they are showing.
EnglishEnglish is poetry again. We will be writing poems based on the theme of conflict to link with our History work on WW2. Getting poetry books out of the library and looking at their structure. Identifying descriptive language.
DTIn DT we are looking at batch production of food. There will be lots of designing and cooking such as biscuits and cupcakes. We will take the opportunity to work on our functional literacy and numeracy skills: instructions and measuring. Cooking at home items that you mass produce such as biscuits and cupcakes.
PSHEIn PSHE we are learning about identifying and managing feelings. We will be discussing different scenarios and possible approaches. Conversations, especially debriefs, when negative feelings are experienced. Considering positive strategies for coping with those feelings.
HumanitiesHistory is about the experiences of children during World War 2. We will be watching films and comparing the lives of children then with now.Watching films set in the period of WW2, especially those looking at the experiences of children including evacuees.
Library (Tracey D) Our focus in Library time will be on developing Library skills and independence in using the school library and reading books for pleasure.Enjoy reading and browsing books with you child just for pleasure. Have books and magaines around the house, if possible make reading and listening to stories part of your usual routine.
ScienceScience is all about the rock cycle. We will be learning about different rocks and how they are formed. Internet and book research. Youtube songs.
MFLWe are continuing to learn about Spain. We will continue to cook Spanish dishes which will also help with our functional Maths and English skills. There will also be a focus on learning some key Spanish phrases. Internet and book research. Cooking at home. Practising the phrases learnt.