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.

Oak Autumn Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Info for Parents Theme: Weather and SeasonsAutumn Term 2
SubjectProfilesIdeas for Home
EnglishWriting poems on different seasons Pupils will learn about the different styles of poems. They will use the inspiration and ideas they gain from our trip to Felbrigg to write a poem on Autumn. They will use this as a base to write poems for the other seasons. They will carefully consider keywords that characterise each season – you could discuss these at home whilst looking at images/TV or when out and about.
MathsNumber and multiplication linesPupils will be making seasonal number/multiplication lines. They will use real life Autumnal objects to help create these lines. They will then be using these to solve some mathematical seasonal problems. Help pupils remember these basic mathematical skills by practising at home. I will put your pupils target for this is their diary. We will be taking measurements from our home-made weather station. At home discuss how the weather changes with different seasons.
ScienceWhy do we have seasons? We will be learning about the Sun, Earth and Moon, and how the Earth’s rotation around the Sun gives us different seasons, We will be building a weather station to use all year round to help us understand the weather in different seasons. At home pupils could look at the Moon observing how it’s appearance changes through a 28 day period.
PSHEKeeping healthy in Winter We will be discussing how to keep healthy in Winter. We will be linking this with our kitchen sessions and creating some delicious healthy Winter recipes. At home you could discuss the family favourites throughout the different seasons and discuss if these are part of a balanced diet/could they be made healthier.
P.ESeasonal SportsPupils will be trying out a range of sports that are predominantly played through specific seasons (e.g. tennis, tag rugby, hockey, football, ultimate Frisbee). At home discuss the different activities pupils enjoy in different seasons.
Art/D.TCapturing the seasonsPupils will be creating a 3D piece if art to encompass the four seasons. They will need to consider how to make their artwork tactile for those with sensory disabilities. At home consider materials (or characteristics of materials) that pupils could use to represent each season.
GeographyAround the World Spend some time looking at a globe or atlas of the world. Look for the Equator, Northern and Southern hemispheres. Where are different countries? What is the weather and climate like there?
MusicFresh Prince of Bel AirWe will be following a music programme to learn how to sing and play a hip hop song. We will be learning how to appraise music (including learning some new musical keywords) to help us understand our preferences and how songs are made. When listening to music at home discuss the instruments you can hear, which part is the chorus, the beat, the pitch and the texture for different parts of the song.
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.
ICTProgrammingPupils will be programming to create seasonal games/activities. They will be using Scratch and Kudos. At home ask pupils to reflect on their games, and how they can improve them for the following week.