Welcome to Oak - Year R and 1
In Oak class, we are busy every day using our senses to learn about the world around us.
Please read below about some of the exciting and fun learning experiences we have.
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As part of our topic about The Great Outdoors we all went on a trip on the Watercress Steam -line. We travelled to Alresford where the train departs for Ropley and Alton. At Ropley we crossed the bridge over the train track - this is the bridge they used in the Harry potter films! We also had the chance to go onto the steam engine and have a good look around. We dressed up as the station master, porters and passengers. We ate our lunch in the shade of an apple tree, as it was such a hot day. We measured the length of the steam train. It was as long as the whole class holding hands stretched out!! The small wheels were the same size as Edmund and the large wheels as big as our teachers! Wow! We all enjoyed the journey on the train and had our tickets ready for the conductor to punch.
We held an arts day in school for all the children in Oak and Pine class.
In Oak class we listened to a Zulu story about a lazy hunter.
Then we did lots of African art activities. We did ink marbling to use as the background for silhouette pictures. We drew African trees and animals as the silhouettes. We also made clay models of African animals and we even painted our hands to make hand-print pictures of giraffes.
We all worked really hard and were so pleased with the results of our hard work.
Our Wellie Walk
During our wellie walk in the churchyard we were lucky enough to watch the bell ringing.
This term our topic for learning is Animal Magic. We will be learning about animals that are pets, animals that live on farms, woodland animals and about animals that live under the sea. We will be going on a trip to a local farm, and will go on a tractor trailer ride there to see which animals live in the woodland there. Which is your favourite animal?
At Micheldever school we follow the phonics program of Letters and Sounds which we find very effective in helping us deliver quality phonics lessons that have a positive impact on the skills of learning to read, write and spell.
The program is divided into Phases, and by the end of YR we would generally expect to reach the end of Phase 4, with Phase 5 then taking the whole of Year 1.
Below is a link to the Letters and Sounds website, where there is more information. There is also a link explaining the phases in more detail which you may find informative. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask any of the Oak class team.
Year 1 children complete a phonics assessment in June where they will read a selection of real and 'silly' words. They will be expected to sound out and blend the sounds they see to read the word accurately. All the sounds will have been taught during daily phonics lessons over the course of the year. To support your child in learning these sounds please see the links attached below to a video to show you how to pronounce the phonemes and opportunities for you to play games with your child. There is also a very useful video clip explaining more about what the assessmnet involves.
If you wish for further information, please speak to either Miss Doe or Mrs Willder.
This half term we are learning all about pirates. We have lots of exciting things planned.
The children came up with so many questions that they would like answers to:
Do pirates sleep in beds? Why do they wear eye patches? Why do they have weapons? Why do they make people walk the plank? Do they celebrate birthdays?
Hopefully we will find the answers to these and many other questions as the weeks go by.
Now that spring is here we are able to start our wellie walks from school to places within our local environment.
Last week we went on our first walk from school through the fields at the back of the village to the park. The fields were quite muddy after all the rain we have had recently.
As we had been learning about measuring capacity we decided to plan how much water we needed to take for our snack on the walk. We needed 16 cups of water, so we had to find the right bottle to fit enough in for everybody.
Welcome back to a new term in Oak class. This term we will be learning about Transport for the first half term and Pirates for the second half term. We will be looking at different types of transport and will be reading stories and poems about cars, trains, aeroplanes and other kinds of vehicles.
World Book Day
The children looked wonderful in their costumes on World Book Day! Each child dressed as their favourite book character and brought in a book from home to share with their class. We had a parade to show the school our fabulous costumes. The teachers gave a prize to the best costume in each class- a very difficult category to judge!
There were lots of book related activities going on the afternoon. Key Stage Two wowed us with their acting skills and Key Stage One did some beautiful writing and made egg characters.
We had a fantastic afternoon to mark Shrove Tuesday or ‘Pancake Day’. Each class had a pancake race where they had to flip their pancake 3 times whilst running. The winner from each class celebrated by eating a fresh pancake at the winners table! Some children also competed to see who could toss their pancake the highest and catch it again (using a tennis racket). Next year we are going to need more pancakes!
As part of our topic on Transport, we stood at the front of the school and counted how many cars and different types of vehicles passed the school. Once back in the classroom, we made tally charts of the vehicles we had counted.
We like playing on the bikes in Oak class. Because they need a lot of space we usually use them in the school playground.
We have just got a new bike that 3 children can ride at once. It is great fun, as you can see.
As part of our topic on Transport the children have been learning about types of transport that people can live in. Last week Mr Maclean brought his motor home onto the school drive, so that the children could go inside and see what it is like. It was great fun climbing up into the van and seeing all the things inside. All of the children climbed up onto the big bed at the back of the van. They also watched as the settees were made into another bed. There was also a toilet, shower, fridge, cupboards and oven to look at. "You could even live in here" said one of the children!
You will see from the photos what fun we had.