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 1 Timetable

Curriculum Info for Parents Theme: HolidaysAutumn Term 1
SubjectProfilesIdeas for Home
English: WriteOur PassportPupils will be making their very own Passports! They will learn what they are used for and what goes in them, plus some added extra bits. If you have Passports at home (or know someone that has one) look at them together.
English: ReadHoliday stories and poemsWe will be using inspiration from poems and stories about holidays to develop our very own creations. At home discuss some key ideas from their summer holidays, alongside some keywords they could use in their poems/stories. Do they have any stories at home about holidays? Whilst listening to music discuss any songs about holidays.
Maths: Measure & Apply Time & Money Pupils will be learning about two of life’s essentials (not just whilst on holiday!). Pupils will be practising these skills throughout the school day. Can this be continued at home? If you would like further support with helping your child to learn these skills please let me know.
Maths: NumberReading and writing numbersPupils will be learning how to write (in words and numerals) numbers up to 1000. When out and about take a notebook and pen. Can pupils write the numbers they see in words? Can pupils write down the numbers you see and say in numbers?
ScienceExploringPupils will investigate and experiment through all the different disciplines in science; biology, chemistry and physics. What has they explored during the lesson this Friday? Can they continue with this exploration at home?
ComputingMy holidayPupils will produce a presentation to inform their peers about their Summer holiday. At home jot down some ideas together, recapping on what they did, ate, special events/outings, who they met etc.
Art Holiday collages and sketchesPupils will create a collage which reflects their summer holidays, to go on display. They will carefully select images to go on their collage. Can they bring any images in from home or ones they see whilst out and about? Later in the half term pupils will be learning how to make a holiday sketch. We will be visiting various places around Sheringham to get ideas, with a particular focus on the beach. Pupils could discuss their ideas at home.
DTHoliday recipesPupils will be designing and making recipes they would like to be able to make with little support (where possible). At home discuss the decisions pupils have made. Could they make this at home for the family?
Music"Happy"Pupils will be learning to play and sing “Happy” by Pharell Williams. Sing along at home and help pupils to learn the lyrics to this jolly tune.
PEUltimate FrisbeePupils will learn how to play this fun, action inspiring game. A firm favourite when holidaying, whether by the beach or in a field. Could pupils practice throwing and catching a Frisbee at home? If suitable they could watch some professional games. How does this differ to our game? What skills do we need to practise?