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Class Weekly Update - 19th December 2019
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19 Dec 2019
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12 Dec 2019
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28 Nov 2019
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07 Nov 2019
Kirkby - Tanfield Wedding Photographs
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17 Oct 2019
Oak Class KM - Tigers SNWT Wedding - Monday 21st October 2019
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Class Weekly Update - 10th October 2019
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10 Oct 2019
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26 Sep 2019
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Class Weekly Update - 12th September 2019
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Autumn 1 Newletter
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05 Sep 2019



Spring 1 Information

Mr Rutter - 10 Jan 2019

A happy new year to all of you. I hope you have had a lovely Christmas break. The children have come back to school full of energy and ready for the challenges of this new term.
Morning Routines
Early Birds can arrive at school from 8:45am – all pupils are expected to be in class and self-registered no later than 8:55am.  If your child arrives after this time, you will need to take them to the school office and they will be registered as late.

Thank you for your continued support with developing the children’s independence. We have noticed a real difference in how the children organise themselves. This has also given the children a peaceful and quiet start to the day as there are less distractions for them as they begin their start of day activities.

Please do remember to pass on any messages to the adults who will greet the children at the classroom door (for example regarding alternative pickup arrangements for the end of the day). For any longer conversations about your child and their learning, I would be more than happy to meet with you at the end of a school day so that we can discuss things privately and in more detail.

Topic and learning
This term’s topic is ‘Read All About It!’. We will be using this title to produce lots of writing about different subjects – including newspaper reports. It might help to look at appropriate newspapers with your children so that they begin the spot the features (such as headlines). We will begin by looking at the Norman Conquest and the Battle of Hastings. We have already discovered that King Edward the Confessor created a bit of a messy situation! The children have predicted that there might be a fight on the way. Our work on the Normans will also give us the opportunity to get creative and try making our own Bayeux Tapestry. From the Normans, we will look at the castles that they left behind for us. Finally, we will be exploring the world of dinosaurs.

Throughout the term, we will be looking at categorising animals in our Science work, as well as our ongoing Eco-Science project with Mrs Cooper. The children will be spending time outside in the wildlife area, therefore it is essential that they have suitable outdoor clothing for this every week (please note that school does not have enough spare clothing for all of the children).
In our maths work, we will be looking at multiplication and division before moving onto fractions. We will also be looking at geometry (shape), money, time and measure throughout our everyday learning and in focused sessions on a Friday.

During collective worship this term we are looking at the life of Jesus and the things we can learn from his teachings. This week we have been thinking about ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘What do we already know about him?’ We have looked at Epiphany and the special gifts Jesus brings to our lives. Our Friday wonder is: ‘I wonder what gifts you might bring to our school?’
For further information about our curriculum this half-term, please see our curriculum jigsaw.

Spelling and phonics work will be sent home on a Monday and is due the following Monday. We aim to view this as a spelling investigation rather than ‘learning by rote’ so that your child is able to apply rules and patterns to lots of words rather than just words from a list. We will be completing spelling quizzes to see if the children can remember patterns and rules, but more importantly, we will look in their everyday writing to see if they have remembered to use their learning there.

Thank you for your continued support with listening to your children read. This really makes a huge difference to their learning as they develop their fluency so that they can tackle longer and more complex texts as they go through school. Reading a broad range of texts also supports your child with their writing as they are able to pick up lots of ideas to use in their own writing, including interesting vocabulary and plot ideas for narratives.

Finally, please continue to practise for SMIRFS (Instant Recall Facts). Being able to recall these will really support your child with their maths work as they will be able to apply these facts in different contexts.

Oak Class KS1 Team

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Cooper, Mrs Ferneley, Mrs Stoodley and Mrs Walker (Friday afternoons).
Mrs Cooper works with our class every day and will be teaching each Friday afternoon for our Eco-Science and PE sessions.
Mrs Harris will continue to work with Oak Class children in music lessons on a Tuesday morning.

General notes
  • Please ensure that your child has appropriate outdoor clothing with them in school every day - the weather can be extremely cold and our wildlife area does get quite windy!
  • Please ensure that children have trainers for outdoor PE, as well as black pumps for indoor PE along with their usual PE kits.
  • Please ensure that all clothes are clearly labelled (initials with a marker pen is fine) – we have a few jumpers/cardigans that have been left with no name marked.
  • Please do not worry about providing water bottles for children – cups are available for them throughout the day in class and water is available at lunch times.
  • Celebration assembly will continue every Friday at 3pm.  You are very welcome to join us to celebrate our pupils’ achievements and to find out what we’ve been getting up to!
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