Miss Robertson, Miss Walsh & Miss Ormonde
Welcome to Oak Class, we are really looking forward to getting to know you all!
To begin with in their first week, all new children will be going home for lunch and are welcome to return in the afternoon at 1.15. They do not have to come back in the afternoons but we do recommend returning at least for a couple of days in order to get the children used to a full day at school.
Please provide your child with a pair of PE shoes, and keep these in a PE bag on their peg. Please do remember to clearly label all your child’s uniform (especially jumpers) and PE shoes with their name!!
Our first topic will be Talking Tales we will learn some traditional Nursery Rhymes, and be doing lots of fun and creative activities linked to the topic this half term.
We will also have an interest table in the classroom, if your child has a book or toy linked to the topic or rhyme of the week then they may bring it in to share with the class.
We will begin doing shared reading and sound work everyday. Once all the children have started school, there will be a reading meeting for all parents. Following your attendance at this meeting, the children will be given book bags to take home daily. We will provide you with more information about this at a later date.
All the children will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas with their classmates. Children will be supported to speak in full sentences and use as much interesting vocabulary as possible.
We will begin work on Letters and Sounds phase one, and will have fun phonic activities everyday. If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home, please find a link at the bottom of the page.
We shall be doing shared reading everyday from a big book or nursery rhyme, and the children will begin to focus on key words. We will also begin some individual reading sessions in which the children will be encouraged to talk about the pictures, characters and sequence of events. Once the children have taken their book bags home, they will also be given a word pack with some focus words from our big book and other tricky words to learn.
The children will be given lots of opportunities to write and draw, and we shall be encouraging them to form all the letters correctly. If you would like to help your child with letter formation please refer to the pre-school booklet you were given. Those children who are not quite ready for writing will practise fine motor control and mark making in a variety of media.
We will be doing daily problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities. This will include 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 discussing the methods that they have used. We will begin to explore and talk about 2D shapes and their properties.
Please take the opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away with your child at home.
Our first Religious Education topic this year will be ‘Myself’. You will get a separate RE newsletter giving you more information about the work we will be doing for each topic. We will be doing lots of work about themselves and their family, we will also be teaching them our school mission statement and daily prayers.
You are all invited to join us to celebrate the beginning of the school year by having a special celebration mass led by Father Sean. Mass is on Friday 28th September at 9.30am in the church. Please do try and join us as we would like as many parents as possible to come.
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 so on their first day at school your child will be given a water bottle. Please refill their water bottles daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school.
We try to cook with the children every week, to help cover the cost of ingredients we ask for a donation of 50p. Please encourage your children to bring this to school and put it in the world money box on the windowsil by the carpet. Thank you in advance for your suppport and please look out for details and recipes at the bottom of this page
Once all the children have all settled in school we would love to have parents/friends to help in the classroom. Please speak to one of us if you are interested.
If you have any further queries or issues you wish to discuss, you are welcome to pop in after school or ring to arrange an appointment.
Please do not hesitate to do so, as we are more than happy to resolve any worries or concerns that you may have.
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.