Miss Robertson & Mrs Murrell
Welcome Back! We hope you had a wonderful Easter and are ready for the first part of the summer term.
Our topic this half term is ‘In the garden’. We will planting our very own vegetables, including carrots, radishes, peas and potatoes. We will be learning all about how plants grow and will be naming the main parts of a plant.
Dates for the diary
17th April/18th April Parents meetings
7th May- Bank holiday
9th May- Book fair begins
12th May Book Character day
16th May- Open Evening 6-8pm
22nd May- Skipping workshops
Our RE topics this half term are 'The Story of Easter', ‘Good News' and 'Friends' We will be celebrating Pentecost in church with Fr Sean.
This half term in literacy, we will be doing shared reading and activities around our big books, which are : ‘Will you be my Mother?', 'Who's in the Shed?' and 'Dan the Flying Man'. We will read our big book every day, and will focus on the tricky sight words in the text, as well as strategies we can use to decipher unknown words. The reading strategies we have been focusing on are looking at the pictures to give us clues. We also have been working on learning more sight words that we recognise and have discussed how we do not sound these out. We encourage children to use these reading strategies, as this balance them to read text as well as improving their fluency. We will also be reading lots of information books and stories about plants and gardening.
We will continue doing guided and individual reading sessions twice a week. In guided sessions are group reading sessions, where reading strategies modelled to the children, and individual sessions are an opportunity for children to independently apply the reading skills we teach them in guided sessions. We are also emphasising the importance of reading for meaning with the children, and we are working on developing our comprehension skills. Please continue to support your child at home by reading with them daily, and helping them to learn their words on their bookmark.
We are now nearly at the end of Letters and Sounds Phase 3, and will commence Phase 4 very soon. Phase 4 does not introduce any new sounds, but reviews all the sounds we have learnt so far, in the form of longer and more complex words. We will have fun Phase 4 activities every day. If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home, please find a link at the bottom of the page. Please encourage and support your child to use their phonics when reading and writing at home, in order to consolidate what they have learnt at school. The sounds we have learnt are on our windows.
The children have lots of opportunities to write and draw. We encourage children to form their letters correctly when writing. Please continue to support children in forming their letters correctly at home, according to the school's handwriting policy. We are working on the correct use of punctuation including capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, and are focusing on applying our phonics and knowledge of tricky words to help us when writing.
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. Our talk topics for this half term are 'Differences', Signs of Spring','Our Garden' and 'Pentecost'.
Every day we have problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities. We are teaching the children to count, read and write numbers to 20 and beyond. This includes counting backwards from 20! We are also learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We are exploring mathematical vocabulary such as more and less, so children will be confident in identifying 1 more/less than a given number. This half term we will be exploring practical activities linked to money, basic time (using o’clock), comparing weight, capacity and length. We will also be learning how to double and half quantities, as well as basic sharing.
We will also continue learning to add and take away practically, and have started to record our answer. Please take any opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away.
We will learn to add and take away using different mathematical methods and apparatus, including cubes, objects, Numicon and number lines. Please take any opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away.
In PE we are focusing gymnastics with large apparatus. This will require shoes and socks/tights to be taken off, so please help your child to practise dressing themselves independently at home, so they are confident to do so in school. Our PE days are Monday and Thursday.
The children have lots of opportunities to use computing to support their literacy and numeracy skills as well as creative work. We will be using Easi- speak microphones to record ourselves. We will continue to use Purple Mash to support learning at school. Please continue to explore this with your child at home. We will also be learning simple programming, through devices such as our Beebot. Children have also enjoyed learning from websites such as topmarks, phonicsplay and cbbc.
We try to cook once a week, mostly on Fridays and would appreciate a weekly contribution of 20p to go towards covering the cost of ingredients. This can be placed in 'the world' money box on the windowsill next to the book corner. We hope you are enjoying the original recipes at the bottom of the 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.
This half term we love parents/friends helpers in school. 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!
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.