Term 3 week 1

Hello :) 

A huge welcome back to Oak Class pupils and parents! I certainly hope you had a restful and enjoyable break during the 2 week holiday. 


This week we have focused on ensuring our basic skills are still secure ready for some outstanding writing next week! We have continued to focus on our handwriting, ensuring our letter formation is in line with our handwriting policy (if you would like more information about this, please see our writing tab) and also hit the ground running with our sounds. We have looked at revising our set 2 sounds this week and will be focusing on our split diagraphs this term to help us with our writing and reading. These include: 

Make a cake a_e 

Nice smile i_e 

Huge brute u_e 

Phone home o_e 

Please practice these at home when you can as well to further support your child. 

We have also been looking at using a range of different conjunctions in our sentences to extend and add detail. We have done this by writing recounts of things we got up to during the break and it was lovely to read about so many wonderful things Oak Class got up to during the 2 weeks. 


This week we have started to look at money! We have looked at recognising the different coinage and notes that are used in England, identified the 'p' and '£' symbol, used these correctly to represent different coins and had a lengthy and relevant discussion around how the coins and notes will change soon to depict King Charles III. 


We have been busy this week in the afternoons. In R.E. we have looked at what is means to be a part of the Jewish religion. We then looked at similarities between Judaism and other religions that we have already learned about to see that there are significant themes that run throughout the different religions. 

In Music, we have started to look at how a piece of music can make us feel, discussing this and learning what a rhythm is. 

In Art, we have begun to look at a new artist called Claude Monet. We compared the techniques used in his 'Sunset of Venice' painting to the other artists we have looked at in the last two terms and will be using this painting to inspire our own artwork! 

In Science, we have begun to look at materials. We started the term off by distinguishing between an object and the material from which it is made. To achieve this, we went on a scavenger hunt around the classroom, gathered objects made from different materials, correctly identifying them and then discussing why we thought those materials were selected for those objects. 


In Term 3, Oak Class will have P.E. on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school. Any long hair should be tied up and if your child has earrings, these will need to be removed before coming to school on Wednesdays. 

Home Learning is set on a Friday and is due back the following Thursday. This is set via your child's team page. If you have any difficulties accessing this then please do speak to me at the end of the school day. 

Reading records should be in school DAILY. Reading is a vital part of your child' education and we encourage you to read as much as possible at home. I will collect all reading records on a Friday to see how your child is getting on with their reading during the week.