Term 2 Update

Wow! What a busy term we have had in Oak Class.

Every member of Oak Class has worked extremely hard this term to consolidate new understanding and to implement the school values into our learning environment. We have started to use our new knowledge to create classroom discussions, debates and supported our peers to have fun! I am very proud of the perseverance, determination and conscientious attitude all of Oak has had for their learning- keep this up into the next term!

In Maths, we have been recapping addition and subtraction to 10, as well as understanding how to measure length and height. We have worked hard this term to recap learning from last term and to share all our ideas as a class.

In English, we have created our own ending to the story ‘Last Stop on Market Street’, using a Narrative Map to plan.  In the last two weeks we have drafted our story and have independently written this into our books (remembering our full stops, capital letters and finger spaces!)

In Science, we have been exploring the topic ‘Animals, including Humans.’ We have looked at various animal groups; identifying if they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores, as well as discussing their features. We all enjoyed our trip to Noah’s Ark Zoo in November, and recalled various information learnt in our workshop to extend our knowledge.

In Geography, we have explored the four countries of the UK, their capital cities and used this understanding to write an information sheet. The class have enjoyed this, and the children have been able to confidently identify both the human and physical features of each country.

In Forest, we have had lots of fun creating dens, looking at the importance of fire safety, warmed up with hot chocolate and fire-cooked pizza wraps and completed various crafts. The class have made reference in these lessons to our previous Science topic of ‘Seasons’ to notice the changes of autumn.

In PSHE, we have looked at how to celebrate difference. We have discussed how to be kind, how to be accepting, how we are similar and different to others and about bullying. These lessons have encouraged the class to think about their own actions.

In Art, we have explored Van Gogh and Claude Monet. We have been very creative using various techniques to create landscapes in inspiration of our learnt artists.

In Music, we have spent half the lessons learning our Nativity songs, and the other half listening and appraising songs. The children have also used this time to listen to various instruments used in the music, lyrics and to complete warm up activities.

Keep up the fantastic work, Oak Class!

I hope you have a lovely Christmas, and thank you for your ongoing support.

Miss Black


Oak’s News October 2021

Oak Class Term One Update


Oak Class have had a rather busy start to the year and have had a brilliant first term! They’ve transitioned well into life in Year 1 and to the change in teaching team. Mrs Chilcott-Dean continues to keep a check in and is really proud of how well the children have adapted and settled – their resilience is something to be proud of! Well done Oak Class- you have made Miss.Black feel very welcome!


We have had lots of fun with our learning, developing in all aspects of the curriculum. This is what we have been up to…


In Maths, we have been exploring addition and subtraction within 10, recapping place value and developing our mathematical understanding of number bonds. Most recently, we have been cementing understanding of part-whole models. Oak Class have amazed us with their perseverance and determination to consolidate their learning. 


In English, we have started a new writing scheme (‘Write Stuff’). Within this, we have really focussed on developing our range of vocabulary and applying this to full sentences. We have started by focussing on a key text called ‘Last Stop on Market Street.’ We have used the story as a basis for building our language and using a range of key words to build fully punctuated sentences. We try to remember when to use full stops, capital letters and finger spaces. This is something we will continue to develop as we move into Term 2. 


In Science, we have been developing an understanding of the four seasons. The children have been able to identify the changes to the weather from season to season. Our most recent lesson taught how animals adapt to the seasons; particularly in winter when some, including hedgehogs and bats, hibernate.


In History, we have been continuing our learning about Mary Anning, and the significance of fossils. We have discussed how she is portrayed as a role model for many and how her findings have helped us to learn about the dinosaurs. This has shaped our learning in Art, where we have been sketching fossils from the classroom, as well as using cotton buds and glue to create a dinosaur ‘skeleton’. This was fiddly work, so perfect for practising our fine motor skills!


In ICT, we have been working with partners to learn more about what it means to be safe online, using passwords and storing work to a safe work drive. We had lots of fun exploring the school computers!


In RE, we have been learning about Christianity. Specifically, we have developed our understanding of who Christians believe God might be and have been exploring why the Bible is a Holy Book for Christians.


In Music, we have been listening and appraising different genres of music. We have been practising finding the pulse (rhythm) within a piece of music and keeping in time with our peers. We have been performing our song, ‘Hey You!’ by singing and practising using glockenspiels with the ‘C’ note focus. 


In PE, this term we have been lucky enough to host weekly sessions with specialist Dance teacher, Michelle Rochester. She has been working with us to develop our gross motor skills; focussing on different types of movements (changing speed, height and direction) and producing a performance dance piece based upon seasonal changes and the weather. Each week, we have been impressing her with our creativity in movement and development of skills. Great work Oak Class!


In Forest, we have been working with Miss Richards closely to practise numerous outdoor activities. We’ve enjoyed lots of different tasks, including: making flour patterns and codes; lashing to make mini rafts; building mini fires to learn about types of wood/sticks; exploring fire safety and using these skills to make damper bread; carrot whittling and much more! We can’t wait to get back out in the Forest next term…


A super term Oak Class – enjoy a well-deserved half term break!


Mrs Chilcott-Dean and Miss Black. 

Welcome from Oak Class

September 2021


Welcome to Oak Class! 


It has been a pleasure getting to know each of our new Oak classmates and to see the children so happy and building on friendships from last year. We have had a busy start to the term already and have delved straight into our learning…


Throughout the term, we will be developing our number and place value skills, alongside addition and subtraction within Maths; building and creating sentences based on interesting texts in English; investigating seasonal changes within Science; exploring fossil artefacts, dinosaurs and Mary Anning in History and much, much more! We will certainly be keeping busy!


Some key information for you as we start the new school year:


  • P.E. – Wednesday afternoon (Please wear suitable Longvernal PE kit into school on a Tuesday – remember if the weather is a little chilly, please ensure your child has joggers and a jumper/fleece).


  • Forest School – Thursday afternoon (Please wear suitable Forest kit into school on a Thursday – remember to bring waterproofs/overalls with you, as well as ensuring welly boots are in school.  Please note, long sleeves are necessary for time in the Forest to protect arms). 


  • Homework across Key Stage One, will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Friday. The spellings will be stuck into reading journals so they are readily accessible for practising. Homework will include spelling practice, reading (at least 3 times a week) and a session on Doodle Maths. Logins for this are found in the front of your child’s reading record. It is expected that you will support your child with their home learning. 


If you have any questions or would like to chat, please feel free to catch me at the beginning/end of a school day. I will do my upmost to help support you in any way that I can. 


Thank you for your continued support. 


Kind regards,


Mrs R. Chilcott-Dean.