Oak’s News July 2021

Wow – what a term, Oak Class! We have made it and you each deserve a fantastic break over the summer! 

Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to say a big well done to each and every member of Oak Class for their dedication and resilience this academic year. It has been a rather different year for us all, but Oak Class children have taken each learning opportunity in their stride and impressed me each time along the way…

Here is a taster of what we have been up to in the classroom (and out of it!) this term: 

In Maths, we’ve been taking time to consolidate our place value within 100, continue to develop our skills by counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10, recognising and counting with money and are finishing the term with a look at telling the time to the hour and half hour. We are really becoming budding mathematicians!

In English, we have enjoyed writing a range of genres this term. We have been busy writing letters, non-chronological report writing, descriptive writing and learning performance poetry. We’ve been really trying hard to ensure we’re consistently using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in our writing. 

In Science, we’ve enjoyed taking part in different experiments to test everyday materials. We tested which materials were waterproof during an investigation looking at different materials for an umbrella for Mr Ted; as well as sorting materials into their different properties. We’ve impressed Mrs Chilcott-Dean with our knowledge and the vocabulary which we’re using in each lesson. 

In History and Geography, we’ve been exploring Communication through Time and the Weather. We are becoming keen historians, able to explain the legacy of such inventions as the printing press, telephone and the internet. We were gobsmacked to find out that the internet was only approximately 30 years old!

In Forest, we’ve enjoyed our time with Year 2. We have been den building, leaf bashing, pattern making, cooking on the fire, rocket launching, creating salt dough imprints and much more. We’ve enjoyed being able to apply skills from the classroom, outdoors into the natural environment. 

Thank you for all of your hard work Oak Class – it has been a pleasure teaching you this year!

Keep smiling and wishing you all the best as you move into Year 2.

Mrs Chilcott-Dean.

Oak News May 2021

Wow – what a term! Oak Class have certainly been busy over the past few weeks. We’ve been doing lots of exciting learning. Read on for a glimpse of what we’ve been up to…


In Maths, we’ve been consolidating our addition and subtraction and have moved on to working on numbers within 50. As part of this, we have started working on counting in 2, 5s and 10s. Keep practising these at home whenever you get the chance!


In English, we have been building our independence in writing. We have written a recount about an exciting Forest session; poetry based on a colour walk we went on around the school; descriptive writing using a range of exciting adjectives and have been finishing the term working on a narrative, linked to our focus text ‘Town Is By The Sea’ by Joanne Schwartz. Mrs Chilcott-Dean has really been impressed by our resilience and application of our phonics sounds into our spelling.


In Science, we have been exploring seasonal changes. This time, focussing on the changes we see between Spring and Summer. We have particularly been enjoying working scientifically to record weather changes that we have observed. This has linked rather nicely to our outdoor Forest sessions, which we continue to look forward to each week. We have been identifying signs of Spring and Summer; as well as whittling, cooking on the camp fire, building dens and learning how to tie knots. It has been a super term for outdoor learning and we can’t wait to get back outside next term!


In P.E. this term, we have been lucky enough to continue our ‘Football focus!’ Mr Phillips (external football coach) has been building on our developing football skills each week and we have become much more confident in our ball control and moving quickly with the ball. Alongside this, we were lucky enough to take part in an All Stars Cricket session, which gave us a taster of cricket that we thoroughly enjoyed. We have continued to develop our cricket skills each week, as we have been taking part in the Somerset ‘Cricket Olympics.’ We are currently in the top half of the leader board and are hoping to remain there as we complete our last week of events. Fingers crossed for a top 10 finish! Watch this space…


In History, we have been exploring a local History study based upon Radstock Coal mining. Mrs Chilcott-Dean has been blown away by our knowledge and we have enjoyed the link to this in our Art sessions. We have been creating sculptures of coal mining tools from clay, following on from the success of our Hong Kong skyscraper (junk modelling) project earlier in the term.


A firm favourite this term has also been our D.T. sessions (Design and Technology). This term’s project has been based on a ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ and the children have enjoyed exploring what makes a healthy meal; sampling different picnic foods and giving their own feedback and evaluations; and designing their own healthy picnic skewers. A very tasty topic!


Oak Class have worked so hard this term. Thank you for your determination and resilience. Well done Oak Class – another successful term! Enjoy a well-deserved half term break! 


Don’t forget to keep reading!


Many thanks for your support.


Mrs Chilcott-Dean.

Oak Class News March 2021

We’ve had a busy return to whole class learning here in Oak! Year One have shown so much resilience upon their return and I am so proud of how they are getting on…

In English, we have been writing a range of genres. We have been news reporters writing about the disappearance of our beloved Phonics Frog Fred; we have written Wanted Posters and letters; a recount about a welly walk and descriptive pieces using a range of adjectives. Wow – it’s been an impressive array of writing so far! Our handwriting is really improving too.

In Maths, we have been continuing to develop our addition and subtraction. We have been using tens frames, Base 10 and cubes to help us with our accuracy.

In Science, we have started to explore our different senses. We enjoyed our taste experiment lesson! The lemons were a little sour though!

In P.E., Mr Phillips has been teaching us some football skills. Mrs Chilcott-Dean has been very impressed with how well we are controlling the balls. Next term, we will be continuing our weekly football session and will be introduced to some mini football games. Exciting stuff!

In our Forest sessions with Chestnut, we have enjoyed exploring the signs of Spring. We particularly enjoyed making bird feeders that we got to take home with us. We are looking forward to some cooking on the open fire soon!

In Art, we have been working on our sculpture projects based on the Hong Kong Skyline (we’ve been learning all about Hong Kong in our Geography sessions). We got a little sticky with our papier mache – but they’re certainly starting to come together now…

We certainly have been busy bees in Oak and can’t wait to continue our learning next term!


Wishing you all a very happy and safe Easter Holidays!


Mrs Chilcott-Dean.


Mrs Bazeley reads.... Oi Puppies!

Mrs Bazeley reads.... The Bear and the Piano

Mrs Bazeley reads...Wonky Donkey

Mrs Bazeley reads.... Oi Frog!

Merry Christmas from Oak Class- Christmas Poem

Oak Class signing Jingle Bells

Christmas Messages from Oak Class

Oak Diwali Dancing

Oak Class News Term 2

Well, here we are … the end of another term for us in Oak Class. We have been rather busy in Year 1 and have had yet another jam-packed term. Thank you all for trying your absolute best in each piece of learning we have undertaken. I am very proud of you all and how far you have come since the start of the year back in September.

We’ve been exploring number bonds and introducing addition sentences in Maths. We’ve used lots of items to help support our learning, including counters, cubes and tens          frames. We are now able to create addition number sentences and accurately add together. We are continuing to consolidate our counting and are looking at our number bonds to 10. We’ve even learnt a tune to help us remember them!

In English, we have been writing a wide range of genres, including: non-chronological reports about dinosaurs, instructions for Paddington Bear on how to make the perfect marmalade sandwich as well as letter writing to Father Christmas. We’ve certainly been busy! A highlight of this was our walk to the local post box, to post our letters. We hope he receives them in time for Christmas! Our letter formation is greatly improving, as is our confidence to give writing a go independently! Lots of us have even started to choose writing activities in our continuous provision (Discovery Time). 

Across the breadth of the curriculum we have been exploring lots of different areas: Animals (including Humans) in Science; painting in Art (ask us what we think of Van Gogh’s art style!); gymnastics in PE; algorithms/instructions in ICT; the United Kingdom in Geography and so much more!

Linking RE and PE, we had a visitor in to teach us more about Diwali. Oak Class enjoyed the Diwali Dance workshop this term. We impressed everyone with our ability to keep to the beat in unison. We practised our skills by dancing in the playground when it had finished! 

We also enjoyed our brief taster with the football coach this term and are looking forward to having more time with the coach next term, as throughout Term 3, Oak Class will be having Football as our PE slot on a Friday afternoon. Please remember PE kits for the next term will be needed on a Friday. 

Looking back to November, we spent time reflecting on the importance of Remembrance. As part of this, we created a variety of art pieces and writing in English, to explain why we take part in the act of Remembrance each year on the 11th November.  

Our Forest School sessions have kept us busy this term. We have enjoyed spending time in our KS1 bubble with Chestnut Class. We explored conkers and the signs of autumn, as well as cooking safely on the fire and making our very own forest bauble for Christmas. We learnt how to use tools, such as a saw and drill, safely with adult supervision.


As you can see, we’ve been keeping very busy and learning lots of new things. We have definitely earned a well-deserved Christmas break!


Merry Christmas one and all! Keep safe and have a wonderful festive break. See you in the New Year.

Mrs Chilcott-Dean (aka Miss Dean). 


Oak News October 2020

We can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of Term 1 in Year One! Oak Class have continued to stay busy, learning lots of different things… 

In Maths, we’ve been securing our counting to 10 and onwards. We’ve also been looking at one more and one less than a given number up to 10. Why not try testing us at home? As well as this, we’ve started to get to grips with using inequality symbols to compare numbers – wow! In English, we’ve moved on to looking at writing a non-chronological report – our second style of writing focus. We enjoyed basing our report on a triceratops dinosaur. We based our reports on the text, ‘There’s a Triceratops in the Tree House.’ In Phonics, we are continuing to work through our Set 1 sounds – not long until we start Set 2 now!

We’ve really got into our role of ‘fossil hunters’ and explorers in History. We learnt how fossils are formed, where we might find them and what clues they give us about the past. We have also been researching a significant figure in palaeontology – Mary Anning. In Science, we have continued to explore seasonal changes between autumn to winter. We have looked at the changes to day length, weather, what happens to the trees and how the seasons/weather changes affect us in what we do and what we wear throughout the year. We decided on our ‘welly walk’ around the school grounds that we are definitely in autumn now! Why not ask us what signs of autumn we spotted?

In Art, we have thoroughly enjoyed creating a range of different pieces… whether these are linked to our History topic (where we made an amazing fossilised dinosaur out of cotton buds!) or our Science (we made an amazing autumnal/winter tree design), which has all helped to develop our fine motor skills. We have also been focussing on developing our sketching skills. We have been using sketching pencils to control both light and dark shading and different types of lines. We have been sketching the fossils we discovered. 

We have continued to thoroughly enjoy our Forest School time with Chestnut Class. We particularly enjoyed our latest fire session, where we put our skills to the test roasting marshmallows! We used a great range of adjectives to describe the ‘delicious’ taste. 

Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and application to learning this term Oak! I can’t wait to learn more with you all next term…

Miss Dean.


Oak News September 2020

Oak Class have made a brilliant start back to the year. They’ve adapted and adjusted well to the changes to classroom life and settled in so well. I am so proud of each and every one of the children. They continue to come into school with a smile on their faces and that is what it’s all about!

We’ve already been cracking on with our learning… We’ve been recapping our place value and numbers to 10 in Maths. We’ve been counting lots of different things! Keep practising your counting at any chance you get – every little helps! In English, we’ve started looking at our first class story ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. We’ve created our own story maps, boxed up the story and are looking forward to writing our own take on the story as our next steps. In Phonics, we have been recapping our Set 1 Read Write Inc. sounds and are re-finding our confidence with each session!

Across the breadth of the curriculum we have really been delving into some interesting topics! In History, we have been looking at dinosaurs in our topic ‘The Big Dig.’ We are looking forward to becoming palaeontologists ourselves and exploring fossils in more detail as the weeks go on.  In Science, we have been looking at the different seasons; particularly Autumn and Winter. We are recording data on the weather changes we can spot in Autumn at present – what super scientists we are becoming! 

We have been enjoying our Forest School sessions shared with Chestnut class and are applying some of our Science learning to our Forest time, which is brilliant! In P.E. we have also linked our learning to the seasons and have been performing different dances (including different movements, mirroring, canon and balance techniques) that match the different seasons. 

What a way to start the year! We’ve definitely hit the ground running! Well done Oak Class – I’m so impressed with how you’ve embraced each new learning opportunity with enthusiasm. Keep up the great positive growth mind-set! 


Miss Dean.


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