Miss Robertson, Miss Walsh & Miss Ormonde
Welcome back to school we hope you had a great half term holiday and are now ready for another exciting few weeks ahead!
Our Religious Education topics this half term are Welcoming and Birthdays. The children will be visiting the church to baptise our class 'baby'. I am sure you will hear lots about this and watch out for photos that will be posted on this page. On Monday 5th November we are celebrating Diwali with a dance workshop. We will also be learning about how Diwali is celebrated by Hindu families. We will celebrate Christmas with a whole school Christmas play which you and your family are welcome to attend on Wednesday 12th December at 2pm.
Our topic for this half term is Exploring Colour. We will be doing lots of fun and creative activities linked to colour themes. We will focus on a different colour every week or so and invite the children to bring things from home to add to our interest table.
All the children will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas with their classmates and be supported to speak in full sentences, using as much interesting vocabulary as they can. Our talk topics for this half term are :-Baptism, Dawali, Remembrance day, Children in need, Anti-bullying, Advent, Children's choice and The meaning of Christmas.
We do fun phonics activities everyday and there are links at the bottom of the page if you would like some ideas of what you could do at home. We are continuing work on phase one and two activities, there is a link at the bottom of this page if you would like to read more information
about the sequence of letters and how they are taught. We will introduce a series of letters each week, you can check the sounds of
the week on the phonics board on the cupboard door. We will also put a note in the reading diary book of the sounds of the week and a list of words to practice reading and writing with your children. If your child finds writing letters hard then you can make the words using magnetic letters which I know many people have on their fridges!!! We will be encouraging the children to blend sounds together to read consonant vowel consonant (CVC) and vowel consonant (VC) words.
We do shared reading everyday from a big book and the children will focus on key words. We have started individual reading sessions sharing a book and talking about the characters, sequence of events and details in the pictures. Please remember that when you read at home to write a comment in the reading diary so that it is a true record of all the reading your child is doing at home and at school. This half term our three big books are:- The Jigaree, The Monster's Party and Smarty Pants. The children will be given more words in their word pack in the book bags key words from these books as well as some other tricky words to practice at home with you.
The children will be given lots of opportunities to write and draw and we will encourage them to form all the letters correctly. Please refer to the pre-school booklet you were given if you want to help your children with letter formation. Those who are not quite ready for writing will practice writing skills in a variety of media. As we continue phase two of our phonics programme we will be encouraging the children to segment sounds in words in order to attempt independent spelling and writing.
We will focus on a different letters for handwriting practice as we learn the sounds that letters make, there is a list of ditties or rhymes that help the children remember how to form each letter correctly in their reading record book each week.
We will be doing daily problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities, encouraging the children to recognise, say and use numbers in the correct order. Copy and make their own repeating patterns. Making sets of different objects and discuss the methods they have used. We will begin to explore and talk about 2D shapes and their properties. Please use any opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away.
In ICT the children have been doing lots of fun activities to support their literacy and numeracy skills as well as creative work. We will continue and extend this for the rest of the term.
We try to cook once a week, mostly on Fridays and would appreciate a weekly contribution of 50p to go towards covering the cost of ingredients. This can be placed in 'the world' money box on the windowsil next to the book corner. We hope you will enjoy our original oak class recipes as they are added to the bottom of this page.
The children are provided with a piece of fresh fruit as a midmorning snack. Please help us to encourage them to eat this. Also we like children to have constant access to water. On their first day at school your child was given a water bottle to keep in class, please refill this daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school. If this bottle is lost or broken please replace it with your own bottle that your child can open and close themselves.
From this half term we love parents/friends helpers in school. All you have to do is fill in a basic police check form and receive clearance. Please see a member of staff if you are interested. If you have already done this please let us know when you are free to come in and help. There are also many jobs that can be done at home if you are unavailable during the school day, we always appreciate your help.
You are welcome to pop in after school or ring to arrange an appointment if you have any questions or issues you wish to discuss with us. Please do not worry about things at home....come in and have a chat!
Dates for your diary;
Monday 29th October- Staff inset day
Tuesday 30th October Flu vaccination
Monday 5th November- Dawali dance workshop
Parent- teacher consultations 4.30pm -7.30pm
Tuesday 14th November –School photos
Wednesday 14th November Parent-teacher consultations 9.00am -12.00
Tuesday 27th November Open evening 5-7pm
Wednesday 12th December Christmas play 2.00pm
Friday 21st December- School closes 2.00pm
Monday 7th January –School begins
Every Friday we cook in class. A group of children cook for everyone in Oak class.
We have made:
- Mix 5 cups of flour, 2.5 cups of salt, 10 dessert spoons of oil, 2 dessert spoons of cream of tartar and then gradually add up to 4 cups of water (you may need less). Knead until ready and play for a while to make sure it lasts. Store in a sealed plastic bag to ensure it does not dry out.
Jack and Jill Biscuits
- We decorated a ginger bread biscuit with icing to make either a Jack or a Jill.
Rice Krispie Cakes
- Melt chocolate then add a little golden syrup and stir in Rice Krispies. Spoon a little of the mixture into a cake case and leave somewhere cool to set.
- Cream together 225g of butter and 225g of sugar. Beat 4 eggs and add a little at a time to the mixture, beating as you add. Add 225g of self raising flour and mix together. Put a spoon into cake cases and add a small spoon of jam in the middle. Bake for 15 minutes.
- 8oz of flour mixed with 2tsp of baking powder, rub in 2oz of butter to make it like breadcrumbs. Mix in 4oz of cheese and 1/4 pint of milk. Bind together, roll out and cut with a cutter. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Melt 8oz of butter with 8 tblsp of syrup, then add 4oz of sugar and 16oz of rolled oats. Mix together, turn into a tray and spread evenly. Cook for 20-30 minutes.
- Mix 8oz of flour and 2tsp baking powder with 2oz butter by rubbing together with your fingers to make it like breadcrumbs.
- Blend in 4oz of grated cheese and 1/4 pint of milk.
- Turn out onto a flour surface and roll out to 1cm thick. Cut with a cutter and bake in a medium oven for 15 minutes.
- Melt 4oz butter and 4tblsp golden syrup together.
- Add 2oz sugar, 8oz rolled oats and if you like them 4oz of raisins
- Mix and then spread evenly in a baking tray. Cook in a medium oven for 20-30 minutes. Cut into squares while warm.
Mud Puddles (Chocolate Milkshake)
We have read a book in school all about The Meanies. They are not very nice and like to drink muddy puddles. We thought we would like to drink mud puddles in Oak class. The teachers pretended we mixed mud powder with milk and we loved it. They told us later they had tricked us and it was actually chocolate powder. Muddy puddles would not taste as nice!
Muffins - courgette and cheese / chocolate and banana
We made savoury and sweet muffins.
For the courgette and cheese:
We mixed 10oz of self raising flour with 1 tbsp of sugar and a pinch of salt and pepper. We added 2 grated courgettes and 4oz of grated cheese. In a jug we mixed 2 eggs, 6floz milk and 3oz of melted butter. We poured this into the flour mixture and combined together. The mixture was divided between 12 cases and cooked for 20 minutes at 190 'c
For the chocolate and banana:
We mixed 10oz of self raising flour with 4oz of sugar. We mashed 2 bananas with a fork. In a jug we mixed 1 egg, 8floz milk and 3oz of melted butter plus the mashed banana. We poured this into the flour mixture and combined together. Lastly we stired in 6oz of chocolate chips. The mixture was divided between 12 cases and cooked for 15 minutes at 190 'c
We all had 1 savoury muffin and 1 sweet muffin. We did a tally chart to see which was the most popular muffin. We were surprised by the result.
Savoury: 20 votes
Sweet: 21 votes
Lots more children liked the savoury muffins than we thought.