Oak Class (Reception)

Welcome to Oak Class 
Oak Class is for our Reception children. Miss Adams is our Class Teacher and Mrs Tait is her teaching assistant.
The Reception children are able to access the whole Early Years unit both inside and out alongside the Nursery children to help develop all their early learning goals. Every Thursday afternoon, our Dance teacher covers for Miss Adams. 
Welcome to Oak Class:
We are running things a little different this year to ensure all the children are kept safe during COVID. As a result we are not mixing with our Nursery class. We have some of our learning resources put away and rotated on a daily basis. Children sit in forward facing rows for their lunch in the hall.
Our weekly routine only requires the children to bring their book bags in to school on a Friday, that's the day everything happens!
- Reading books are changed and reading logged for the reading ladder
- Phonics sounds are sent home with our new weekly sounds
Children are to wear their PE kits for Little Movers on a Thursday afternoon and on a Friday.
Please make sure wellies are in school every day as we access our outdoor area daily. We also visit our forest school on a Monday afternoon.
The children have settled into the new normal of Oak brilliantly and I am immensely proud of them all. Here are some of things we have been doing this term: 
We are able to use our directions and positional language to control the BeeBots.
We love making our own Playdough.
We have been learning how to create a pattern. We worked really hard using the natural materials to create a repeating pattern.
Paper Mache Planets
We have worked really hard creating our own Paper Mache planets. We used newspaper and glue to cover the balloon. We waited patiently for the planet to dry and then we painted it. We can talk about the colours we used and which planet we made.
We have really enjoyed our space topic. We made our own video telling you about all the planets. 
Easter Cakes
For Easter we made Easter nest cakes. We melted the chocolate in the microwave (we knew we needed to heat it up to melt it) and then we carefully poured in the crispies. We then decorated the cakes. They were delicious!
Interfaith Week
We have had a fantastic week celebrating Interfaith Week. We have learnt all about Hinduism. We watched the story of Rama and Sita, Diwali, drawn our own Rangoli patterns in the outdoor area and made Diva lamps out of clay!
Children in Need
We celebrated Children in Need. We all dressed in spotty or Pudsey clothes to raise money, created a Pudsey sculpture in our forest area, finger painted Pudsey bear and made some Pudsey spotty biscuits. We had a great day!
Bonfire Night
We have loved exploring bonfire night this week. We used the paints, foam and glitter to make firework patterns and used paint brushes and glitter to write our names. We also used glue and glitter to make firework pictures. In the outdoor area we added glitter to water to make marks and patterns, we used chalk to draw our fireworks. We enjoyed a yummy hot chocolate with cream whilst we watched a firework display on the board. 
Exploring Pumpkins 
We have had lots of fun exploring pumpkins. We have used our senses to describe what they look like, smell like and feel like. We put the pumpkins in the water trays so that we could get messy and use the scoops and funnels. We also had a pumpkin as our funky fingers activity. We used elastic bands to create shapes and patterns on the pumpkin, this strengthens our fine motor skills. 
Harvest Festival 
We worked so hard learning the words to our song 'Cauliflower's Fluffy' for the Harvest Festival. We then decided to make up some actions. We practiced it for weeks and then recorded it for the festival. We have been learning all about harvest time and we even painted our own fruit and vegetables to wear as headbands. 
European Languages Day
We had a great day celebrating our annual European Languages Day. This year we watched videos through Lingotots and learnt all about the Netherlands. During the day, the children sampled a range of foods and learnt some key phrases. It was a great day of fun!
Little Movers
We love having Fiona for our dance lessons on a Thursday afternoon. We have been working on our listening skills and practicing each dance move. We even got to perform the dances we had learnt.

Outdoor Learning

We love our outdoor learning space. We regularly visit our forest area. We spend the day exploring the pond, outdoor classroom, daisy bridge and fire pit. We used our imaginations to pretend we were having a camp fire and roasting marshmallows around the fire. We hunted around for mini beasts and signs of Winter. We always have a fantastic morning playing in the woods. 



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