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.

Autumn Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Info for Parents Theme: Making a differenceAutumn Term 2
SubjectProfilesIdeas for Home
English: WritePoems, stories and peoplePupils will consider what experiences/people they have come across that have made a difference to them and who they have made a difference to. They will then reflect their ideas in a poem. At home discuss the experiences pupils have had where a difference has been made to someone.
English: ReadTraditional tales and key storiesPupils will be retelling traditional tales whilst considering the morals of these, and how they may make a difference to people (e.g. younger siblings). At home read some traditional tales and do the same.
Maths: Measure Money Pupils will be learning to recognise all coins and notes, and look at different ways we can pay using different coins for the same amount. When out shopping get pupils to pay for the items (when using cash). Can they do these things?
Maths: ApplyFractionsPupil will take part in various activities to learn to recognise equivalent fractions. Whilst at the dinner table discuss the fractions of the foods you are eating (who has eaten what fraction of the pizza?). Can these fractions be written differently (e.g. ½ = 2/4)? When more food gets eaten off their plate, how does the amount change (in terms of fractions)?
ScienceChangesPupils will be exploring what we can do to make a difference to the outcomes/observations of our various experiments (e.g. growing seeds, making music and magic potions). Can pupils identify any changes at home (e.g. when cooking, gardening)?
ASDANKnow howPupils will be working on the Know How module of the Transition Challenge Programme. They will be looking at the differences between girls and boys, they will be making healthier foods to eat, finding out how their chosen person from the past has made a difference and showing how to behave appropriately in public spaces. Could each these be discussed at home to spark some thoughts/ideas which could be brought back to the classroom?
Computing Programming Pupils are going to learn what algorithms are and how to make a programmable toy using Lego Wedo. Do you have any programmable appliances/objects at home? Discuss these.
DTHealthier Living Pupils are going to look at people that have inspired others to eat healthier diets (e.g. Jamie Oliver’s school meals, campaigns from various supermarkets, parents) and consider how these have made a difference to people. They will select healthy recipes and cook them to inspire others. They will also reflect on their own diets and how they could eat more healthy. At home discuss what makes a healthy meal, reflect on what you are eating at mealtimes- is it a healthy balanced meal? Look at healthy recipes and try cooking something new and different to inspire other members of the family to eat healthily.
PEImproving FitnessPupils are going to take part in various circuit training exercises. They will monitor their fitness levels over the half term, hoping to see an improvement. Discuss what exercise they do at home/outside of school. Can they improve their fitness with these too?