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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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Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme

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 Phonics Assessment information

 

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. If you wish for further information, please speak to either Miss Doe or Mrs Willder.

Second half of Spring term.

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.

 

Wellie walks.

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.

 

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We had a lovely play in the park when we got there.
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  Spring term 2017

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.

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Shrove Tuesday

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!

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Oak's Traffic Survey

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.

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                               Bike time

 

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.

 

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                            Motor home visit.

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.

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Party Time in Oak!

 

Flash, our wonderful class crocodile, had his birthday today, and all week we have been busy preparing for a celebration like no other! We discussed what we might need for a successful party, and then spent the week making party hats, wrapping presents, writing invitations, making decorations and planning party games.  The invitations were for our favourite teddy or cuddly toy from home, and we made sure we added details such as when, where and what time so our teddies knew when to arrive! All of us (teddies, children and adults!) had a great time... Willow Class even took part in the birthday festivities, and joined us for a boogie - it was lovely for our YR children to see their buddy at the party. Smiles all round, and as well as Flash having a FANTASTIC birthday party which he thoroughly enjoyed, during the week the children learned a huge amount on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Maths - measuring, counting, sharing...
  • Literacy - writing invitations, and talking and listening to each other, following instructions...
  • Being creative - making presents, decorating, combining media and techniques
  • Problem solving - wrapping presents, making hats the right size, planning party games, making paper chains and bunting
  • Physical development - using tools competently, moving safely in the space, healthy eating discussions
  • Working together and cooperating

All this high quality learning from a birthday party. Isn't it great when the children aren't even aware they have been working hard! We all had a super time, and can't wait for Flash to have another birthday.

 

 

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Another Special Visitor to Oak Class!

Following on from the success of our two grandparents visiting yesterday, we have been fortunate enough to have another grandparent in today, who came to talk to us and answer our questions. 

Today's visitor lived in Spain when she was a little girl, and even lives there now, so had had a long journey to reach us. We heard that even though she lived in Spain, she remembers it still being cold in the winter, and not warm as we might have expected. She also remembers going food shopping every day, just like one of our other guests yesterday. Marbles were a popular toy, and playing outside with more freedom was a lot of fun. There were no mobile phones, but there was a land line, but it wasn't available to be used all the time. Life was very different to today wasn't it!

A huge thank you to another superstar grandparent who gave up their time to help us find out about life when they were young.

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Special Visitors to Oak Class

Today we have been very fortunate to have not one, but two special guests! Two grandparents of children in our class kindly gave up their time to come and talk to us about when they were young and what their life was like at our age.

Our first visitor told us all about collecting eggs from chickens, and how he remembered how cold his house was in the winter, with ice even on the inside of the window panes! He used to do some things that we still do now - making dens was a particular favourite. He said he used to have cornflakes for breakfast, but when he was little there were no cereals made for children, so no Lucky Charms or Coco-Pops. Some of us like those for breakfast!

Our second visitor was equally interesting, and brought along some photos of the clothes she used to wear when she was little. They were a bit different from clothes we wear now! She told us all about going on steam trains and how her mummy used to have to clean her face after she had put her head out of the window and got smoke particles all over it. We also heard about some of the toys and gifts she used to get at Christmas. These included an orange, pencils in a tin and a teddy. There were no felt tips when she was young, and she said she was so excited to receive the pencils for Christmas! All of these things were brought along in a basket, which was just like the one her mother used to have to go shopping with every day. Her mother needed to go shopping each day because she didn't have a fridge!

We all learned such a lot from our special visitors, and we are very grateful to you both for spending time with us. Thank you very much!

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Castle in the Clouds

After listening to, and thinking about, the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, the children were very keen to make their own castle, and so we had a 'castle afternoon' where the children were busy doing all things castle-related! We made a castle complete with drawbridge and thrones, and protected it with swords from attackers. Building the castle was a technical challenge and involved much cooperation and negotiating for equipment, plus construction and problem solving skills from all our budding civil engineers and architects. We also listened to music and used our imagination to draw what we could see at from the top of the beanstalk. Super learning from everyone - well done!

Picture 1 Can you spot the drawbridge?
Picture 2 Part of our castle
Picture 3 The castle fell down! Better foundations required?
Picture 4 What can we see at the top of the Beanstalk?
Picture 5 Clouds?
Picture 6 A castle?
Picture 7 Birds and giants?
Picture 8 Who knows? It's up to you!

Our First Half Term

 

We can't believe how quickly this first half term has flown by! All our new YR children have now spent their first ever half term at school, and we are very impressed with how well they have settled into new routines and coped with different expectations. The children are becoming experts at lining up, and also sitting attentively during Collective Worship. Choosing lunch is now a much more speedy process, and we are having fewer belongings left behind at the end of the school day. It's amazing what a difference six weeks makes!  Of course, the YRs are ably assisted by our Y1s who have been superb in being role models and helping the new children to locate equipment, and supporting them with all aspects of being an Oak class member. Thank you to all our Y1s, you are doing a great job.

 

During this half term we have looked at rhymes and fairy tales, and have focused in particular on counting rhymes and the ever popular rhymes and stories of Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk. These rhymes and stories have provided an excellent starting point for developing learning in all areas of the curriculum.

 

Thank you to all parents and carers who are also finding the time to read with your child, go through the letter sounds and generally support them with school-related activites. This is having a positive effect on your child's learning and gives them an excellent start along their school and life journey.

 

More photos to give a flavour of this half term's learning will follow shortly.

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Our Harvest Service in St Mary's Church, Micheldever

Today the whole school attended the annual Harvest Festival church service where each class had a part to play. Oak class recited the rhyme '1,2 Buckle My Shoe', but we changed the words so the rhyme was harvest-related. We painted pictures of all the fruit and vegetables that we named in the rhyme and recited our new version very well in the church. We were very impressed with everyone in Oak class but in particular with our YR children, who have only been at school 2 whole weeks, and who are already confident to stand up and perform in front of an audience. Well done to you all!! You did the school and us proud.

 

Here is Oak's version of the classic rhyme:
1,2 - mange-tous

3,4 - cauliflowers galore!

5,6 - celery sticks

7,8 - strawberries and grapes

9,10 - it's Harvest time again.

 

 

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A Visitor the the Playground!

We had a special visitor the the school playground today - a beautiful hedgehog. He snuffled around and explored the playground before disappearing back through the fence. What a lovely treat to see one of these wonderful creatures at close quarters.

 

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The Start of a New Year

 

Our Y1s have very quickly become used to a changed classroom layout and different routines, and all are adjusting well to the varied challenges of being a Y1.

 

Now that the YR children have started school, we are happy (but not at all surprised) to report that our Y1s are excellent role models and are enjoying the extra responsibility of being the oldest in the class and the go-to experts all about school and Oak class.

 

 

 

 

Our Visit to Foot Farm - Summer 2016

Kitted out with wellies, jumpers, raincoats and sun hats, Oak and Pine class headed out through Micheldever on the short walk to Foot Farm, as part of this half term's Farm topic.

 

We had an absolutely fantastic day, full of learning and fun, with each child taking part in activities such as pond and river dipping, looking at different types of tractors, learning about their role on the farm and having the chance to ask questions about crops and farms in general. We were even treated to a ride in a trailer, and had a secret visit from the ice cream man!

 

We listened, learned, ran, played football and parachute games to our hearts content, and despite the forecast, the weather was kind to us. A fabulous outdoor learning day - thank you to all of our parent helpers who gave up their time to assist us, and the biggest thank you of all to Mr Foot and his family who worked so hard to make the day incredibly memorable and fun. THANK YOU!!

 

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Celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday

 

Today, as a culmination of our week at school learning all about British Values and the Queen, Oak and Pine had a very British afternoon.  We tried out country dancing, solved puzzles about the Queen and even had a go at constructing famous British landmarks using unusual construction materials!

 

Take a look at the photos below that give a flavour of all the different activities we got up to today. What a great day's learning!
 

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Picture 6 Making a birthday cake for the Queen
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Oak's Model Village

To round off a great half term's learning on the topic of Me, My Home, My Village, in the glorious sunshine this afternoon Oak class unveiled their very own model village. Every member of Oak class had a specific role for example selling tickets or refreshments, checking tickets, being a tour guide or even running a 'match the photo' game. We were delighted with how many parents and family members were able to attend, and with the very positive feedback the children received. The model village has taken many hours of work to get it all ready for the grand opening, and we are very proud of Oak class and their collaborative achievement!

 

Apologies to those parents who had not been informed that we were charging an entrance fee! It was an idea the children came up with- as was selling biscuits and squash. We raised a grand total of £9.20- so thank you! We have had some discussion over what to use the money for.  Half of the class want to buy cakes and the other half want to give it to charity. We will discuss this further after half term and have a class vote!

 

Here are a few photos to give a flavour of the event, especially for those of you who were sadly unable to attend.

Picture 1 Waiting for our guests to arrive
Picture 2 'It's 20p to come in please!'
Picture 3 Ready for business....
Picture 4 Would anyone like a drink or a biscuit?
Picture 5 Doing a roaring trade.
Picture 6 Ready for the next guided tour!
Picture 7 Doing a great job of showing guests round.
Picture 8 A tour guide in action.
Picture 9 Enjoying the indoor activities.
Picture 10 These games are good fun!
Picture 11 Having a go at the 'match the house' game.
Picture 12 A close up of the village.
Picture 13 Looking down the street.

Putting our measuring skills into action!

 

We have been busy using standard and non-standard measures in maths investigations this week. We measured our height using footprints, which was great fun, and also used rulers to see how tall our model houses are that we are completing for our model village creation next week.

 

Here are some photos of us in action, and also of our recording of our work.

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Writing for a Purpose!

 

This week Oak class have been learning about what makes a good writer. We decided that our writing should be able to be read by someone else. To test out our writing we wrote a letter to our buddies in Willow. We asked them to do an activity with us on Friday - if they knew what we wanted to do our writing was successful!


Here are some pictures of the activities we chose - can you tell what we asked to do? As you can see everyone is busy.... We must be good writers!

 

Thank you Willow for helping us with our chosen activities. We had a lot of fun.

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Our Visit to Southsea Model Village

We excitedly set off in the coach that took us all the way to Southsea, passing many interesting sights on the way - we spotted the sea, boat wrecks, Spinnaker Tower, loads of houses and lots of traffic lights!  Once we arrived, we all went to the toilet and then made our way across the park to Southsea Model Village, seeing in passing the swan-shaped pedaloes on Canoe Lake. We all really wanted a go on those! After dropping off all our bags, we then explored the model village in our groups. There was so much to see and notice. We saw different housing styles, all kinds of bridges, and many different types of building. Some we were familiar with but others were new to us, so there was lots of new vocabulary to learn. We all thoroughly enjoyed looking in the shop windows, and marvelled at the attention to detail we saw. There were also trains that travelled around the model village, and we were very pleased to see some of our favourites, in the form of Thomas the Tank Engine and Gordon! The castle was great fun, as was the old artillery tunnel that now houses a scale model of Portsmouth Guildhall, made entirely from matchsticks. We wondered who would have the patience to do that?

We looked closely at the different buildings, and began to think how we might start to build our own model village once back in Micheldever. After some observational drawing, plus an informative talk from Geoff, it was time for lunch in a prime position overlooking the sea right by the model village castle. It was a bit breezy, but after all our exploring and running around, we were hungry and ready for some food.

Next, another visit to the toilets, and then we changed our shoes into wellies and had great fun on the beach, having a go at making our own model village or building using the sand and stones from the beach. We also had some fun in the waves, enjoying the ebb and flow of the water, squealing with triumph whenever the sea did not destroy our freshly made buildings.

All too soon, it was time to return to the coach, but we all climbed on board, happy and tired, for a peaceful return journey back to Micheldever.

We are very proud of Oak class who were amazing. In fact members of the public commented on how polite and well behaved the children were, so well done Oak!

See below for some photos of this lovely trip.

Picture 1 We've arrived at our destination
Picture 2 Just about to go in!
Picture 3 Exploring the model village
Picture 4 "Which train is coming?"
Picture 5 "It's Thomas!"
Picture 6 "Why did the old days people have one of these?"
Picture 7 Exploring the model village
Picture 8 "My granny got married in that church!"
Picture 9 "Will water come out?"
Picture 10 A working lock
Picture 11 The working fun fair-which is your favourite ride?
Picture 12 Lots of detail in some of the windows
Picture 13 "WOW! We can see lions and horses. It's amazing!"
Picture 14 A Spinnaker Tower made from matchsticks.
Picture 15 "It's like we are on a boat!"
Picture 16 Sketching carefully
Picture 17 What is the name for a house on stilts?
Picture 18 FInding out how many animals are on the farm
Picture 19 Up in the model castle
Picture 20 "We're the kings of the castle..."
Picture 21 Gross motor development fun - rolling down a slope
Picture 22 Listening to Geoff, who told us about the village.
Picture 23 Sketching carefully
Picture 24 A welcome stop for lunch, despite the clouds.
Picture 25 Building a model village
Picture 26 Collecting materials for the village
Picture 27 Busy on the beach
Picture 28 "I'm decorating my building. It's a bit tricky!"
Picture 29 Beach fun
Picture 30 Collaborating to make a model village
Picture 31 Collecting materials
Picture 32 "It's much harder to run on stones that move."
Picture 33 Trying to stop the sea from reaching the buildings
Picture 34 Enjoying watching the tide and waves
Picture 35 Looking closely at materials on the beach

Interviewers and Researchers of the future?

 

In Oak, this half term, we are learning more about the village of Micheldever. A long-term resident of our village, Mr Hallam, kindly gave up some of his time to visit us in Oak and agreed to be interviewed by the children about what life was like in Micheldever, and how the village has changed over the course of his life so far.

 

We practised getting information by interviewing each other, and then had our chance to put our new-found skills to use by asking Mr Hallam all kinds of questions. He was extremely interesting, telling us all about his life and the differences between Micheldever when he was a child and Micheldever now. Did you know there used to be 4 shops? Or that the village phone box was often out of order because so many people needed to use it, so the coin box was too full to allow any more money in?

 

Mr Hallam also told us about Micheldever school. There used to only be 3 classes, no school uniform, and in the playground there were 2 air raid shelters during the war - one for girls and one for boys!

 

Ask your child what they can remember about our fascinating visitor! Thank you Mr Hallam for spending some of your time with us. You are welcome back any time!

 

Below are a few photos of us practising our interview technique on each other, and also listening to Mr Hallam.

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Oak and Birch Class Collaboration

One of our school Learning Values is Collaboration, and Oak and Birch have been doing just that this week. Birch class have been busy being authors by writing and creating stories for us, having spent time to ask us what we liked and get a flavour of our interests. In these stories, they needed to take into account our age and the types of subjects we liked, and then write a super story to read to us. Here in Oak we have been anticipating this event and we finally got to hear the fantastic stories created especially for us this week.

Below are some pictures of us listening to these amazing and wonderful stories, that would not even exist if Birch class had not used their imagination and literacy skills to write them. THANK YOU Birch class for being such brilliant authors and storytellers!

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All Things Polish!

 

As part of our Our World! topic, we have been learning all about Poland, and we are lucky to have two Polish experts in Oak class. Michal and Jonathan have enjoyed telling us all about their experiences of Poland, including how to get there, what it is like and they have even helped us to learn a few words in Polish:

dziękuję - thank you, prosję - please, tak - yes, nie - no, chleb - bread. We have learned about Poland as a country, and looked at pictures of special places such as Malbork Castle and The Baltic coast. we also tasted Polish foods and listened, danced and created an artistic response to some music of Fryderyk Chopin, a Polish composer. Lots of people think he was French, but he was actually born in Poland, near Warsaw.

 

Many thanks to Mrs Alibozek who kindly spent some time searching for photos of her homeland, and who also made lots of notes for us so we had excellent first-hand information to look at and listen to, and also to Mrs Piotrowski who came in to school and had a conversation in Polish so we could all listen to how the language sounds. She also showed us some Polish zloty so we could examine them closely and identify similarities and differences from our own UK currency of pounds sterling.

 

Below are some photos of us responding to Chopin by dancing, and drawing.

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Posting letters!

 

Our topic is currently Our World! and we have been learning about Micheldever, and thinking about our address and where we live. As part of our literacy, we have written to ourselves and addressed our envelopes, learning all about the various parts of an address, and why they are important. We wondered how long the letters will take to arrive at our house, and discussed the journey that a letter goes on in order to get to the right place. We stuck on a stamp in the correct corner, got our coats on and then walked to the post box to post our letters. This has prompted lot of other letter writing in the class, and we have our very own post office and post box so we can write and deliver our own letters to our hearts content!

 

Here we are pictured, just about to leave school to post our letters.

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Out and About in Micheldever

We have been very lucky with the weather today on our first trip around Micheldever. It was bright and cold, but more importantly, dry and we all got our coats and high viz jackets on ready to investigate and learn all about our lovely village of Micheldever.

We were particularly focusing on the types of buildings we observed, and what materials were used in the construction of the roofs and walls of the buildings we saw. We practised our vocabulary of detached, semi-detached, terraced and bungalow, plus materials vocabulary such as slate, thatched, tiled, brick, brick and flint, rendered and timber framed. We learned what a cottage is, and enjoyed watching the thatchers who just happened to be rethatching one of the houses as we were walking past. We visited the outside of the village hall and thought about what it is used for, and sketched one of the oldest houses in the village too. Some of us discussed why we didn't see any traffic lights or street lamps, and we were busy spotting other street furniture such as road signs and speed limit signs.

Everyone in Oak class was a real credit to the school and behaved very well on our interesting visit today, so well done to Oak!

A special thank you goes to Mrs Abbinnett and Elin's grandad who came along with us to help us get the most out of our trip. Without your support today's trip would not have been possible, so thank you.

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Look at our New Lunch Tables!

After a few weeks of waiting, our new lower height tables and benches arrived for use in the lunch hall. These have gone down very well with our younger children who can now put their feet on the floor and are able to eat their lunch with tables and seating at the correct height for shorter legs. The verdict on these new tables and benches has been unanimous. One child summed everyone's feelings up beautifully by saying 'Fantastic! My feet reach the ground! They don't wiggle in the air any more.' Thank you Mrs Beswick for finding the money to buy these - it will make a huge difference to our lunchtimes and make it much easier for us to cut up our own lunch plus help us improve our gross and fine motor skills. All this from sitting at a suitable height table and seat!

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Decorating our School Christmas Tree

For the past few years, our YR children have had the wonderful and exciting job of decorating the school christmas tree, which is just by the school office. This year has been no different, and our YR children had so much fun making the tree look very beautiful that their whoops and squeals of delight could be heard up the corridor! Here they are standing by the tree, looking very proud of their handiwork. A good job everyone!

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A Violinist in Oak!

What a musical day we have had today. As well as singing this afternoon in a recording to be on The Breeze local radio station, we were treated to a short concert by one of our Oak Y1s who has only been learning the violin since September. Despite this, he was confident to play in front of the whole class today. He showed everyone the parts of the violin and the bow, and knew that the bow strings are made out of horse tail hair. He explained how to tune the violin and then played us a short pizzicato piece. Pizzicato means that the strings are plucked, so there is no need to use the bow.

Here is a picture of our musician in action. Well done!

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Dinosaurs in Oak!

Our current topic is Dinosaurs, and we decided to make our own class dinosaur. We discussed what we could use to make a dinosaur, and having been enjoying junk modelling, we thought we would make a junk model on a HUGE scale - take a look at the result! We named him Oakosaurus, and he is a very special dinosaur because "he looks fierce and angry with huge sharp teeth like a carrnivore but he really is very kind and friendly!" Thank goodness for that!

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Drama Workshop

Oak class were very fortunate to have a drama expert in to work with us. We listened with rapt attention to her story, and then joined in, enthusiastically participating in the fabulous world of make believe. Her character was Merlin the wizard whose cat had been kidnapped by a dragon, and the children had to help Merlin find the cat. We all thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic learning experience. Oak class were a real credit to themselves, but a special mention must be made of our new YR children who were not phased at all by this new activity and who joined in with gusto. The drama lady couldn't believe that some children had only been at school for one whole week! A huge well done to everyone.

 

Photos to follow, once all the website permission forms have been returned.

The Start of a New Year: Part 2

We are delighted to welcome into Oak class our 12 new YR children, who are a fantastic group. They have settled in extremely well and we have had lots of smiling, giggling and laughing over these first few days. Even though some of the children have not been to pre-school with any of the others, all the children have been making friends and have been very busy with a whole host of enjoyable and fun activities. As a staff team, we are thrilled that the transition from pre-school (or home) to school is going so well and that the children already feel very comfortable to share information and show us what they know and can do.

 

We would also like to thank all our parents for giving us time on a home visit, or meeting us at school, so we can get to know your child as well as possible. This really makes a huge difference, so THANK YOU.

The Start of a New Year: Part 1

We have had a great start to the school year, with our Y1s quickly becoming used to a changed classroom layout and different routines. Our newly introduced 10 minute early morning activity is already benefitting the children, and they are adjusting well to the varied challenges of being a Y1.

Now that the YR children have started school, we are happy (but not surprised) to report that our Y1s are also excellent role models and are enjoying the extra responsibility of being the oldest in the class.

Middleton Farm Trip

On a gloriously sunny day, Oak and Pine class were lucky enough to spend the day at Middleton Farm, taking part in a variety of interesting activities. From Mr Wills we learned about plants and vegetables in the farm garden, tasted peas, smelled different herbs and planted a seed. After this we learned all about different types of grain, and had a go at sorting everyday items depending on what grain they were made from. We also had the chance to grind wheat and barley to make flour. Next we heard all about different types of deer, many of which are local. We handled different sized antlers, looked at various skulls and were able to feel and lie on different deer hides. The difference between the winter and summer coat was amazing, and the heat of the day didn't put off the children from lying on the fur! After all this hard work and listening, we then had a welcome break for lunch and after eating, we had fun running in the meadow in the long grass.

Once lunch time was over, off we went again to our next activity which was by the river. We listened to John talking about fly fishing, and river management, then enjoyed using a net to catch any creatures that live in and around the river weed. We were interested to see how many different types of creature we found, and were fascinated to observe them closely. Off we went again to our next activity which was in the woods, watching a tree being felled and we had the chance to ask questions about the process. Then we walked to our last activity which was hearing about gamekeepers and some of their roles in looking after the farm. We learned about various methods of catching animals, and had a go at springing a trap. This made us jump every time!

Finally, we went back for another drink and then waited for the coach to take us back to school, hot and tired but happy after a great day outdoors.

Many thanks to all the staff at Middleton Farm for a well organised and informative trip, and of course thanks to all our parent helpers who gave up a day to come on the trip with us. Your help is always very much appreciated! Thank you.

See below for some photos of our day.

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Wild Science Show Visits Oak Class

 

Amid great excitement (and some trepidation) the Wild Science Show visited Oak class this morning. Sitting in a large circle, we were treated to some fascinating facts about insects and 'bugs' in general and we all got the chance to either hold, touch or observe a variety of creatures including a scorpion, a millipede (imaginatively named Millie!), a tarantula (called Spiderman), a giant stick insect and a hissing cockroach. All the children were very well behaved and were intrigued by the creatures, learning many new facts about them. Did you know a scorpion looks very different under UV light, or that you need to stroke a tarantula underneath their legs as if they are stroked on the top of their legs, they get frightened? The adults were amazed that there are over 2000 types of stick insect alone! Incredible.

After the visit we drew pictures, made mini beast habitats and other responses to this wonderful learning experience.

Please see below for a selection of the photos from this visit.

 

Lord Rank Playing Field Picnic and Play

 

Despite the threat of rain that every now and then appeared, our first ever Oak class trip to Lord Rank Playing Field went ahead. We excitedly left school and walked down to the Playing Fields where we got ourselves into small groups, each with an adult, and had to match the colour of natural items to our 'bingo' boards. Some colours were easy to find, but others proved a little more difficult and we had to search carefully.

After this, we were able to have a great play on the play equipment and swung, crawled, climbed, rocked and slid to our hearts content.

Mrs Bushell had transformed the Pavilion into a vintage tea shop, complete with china cups, saucers and bunting. It looked a real treat, and the tea and biscuits was welcomed by all the parents who either escorted us down to the fields safely, or who met us at the park.

The picnic afternoon was finished off by the children being able to have an ice lolly, a fruit kebab and a biscuit.

Thank you to all the parents who attended - it was lovely to see you!

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Oak Class in Micheldever Woods

 

On a rainy afternoon, Oak class visited Micheldever Woods to forage for materials to create art in the style of the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We had learned about his art in school and had had the chance to find our own materials to make art using the school grounds. This had been great fun and we were all looking forward to seeing if we could find other items in the woods to make even better art.

Ms Haviland kindly drove us to the woods in the school minibus, which was very exciting, and the children who normally get the minibus to and from school were able to show the other children how to strap themselves in. Once we were all safe, off we went on the short drive to the woods.

We walked and balanced along the length of the tallest tree in the world, and then we looked for natural objects that we could use to make art. Once we had a collection, we got cracking and made some super natural artwork - well done Oak class.

On the way back to the minibus, we played in the 'teepees' we found and climbed and balanced along a fallen tree. We had so much fun, we didn't mind the rain too much.

Thank you to Alf's, Josh's and Mason's mums for getting wet with us and helping us with our art.
 

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Road Safety Training

 

We have been lucky enough to have had instruction from Micheldever School's very own Junior Road Safety Officers or JRSOs (otherwise known as Travis and Alice). They were ably assisted by Mrs Overton. Oak and Pine class came together to listen to and discuss important safety issues concerning crossing a road safely. We learned about finding a safe place to cross, and the importance of looking and listening very carefully before and while we are crossing over a road. We all then had the chance to practice these vital skills, by crossing our very own 'road' in the playground and not only having to find a safe place to cross, but ensuring that the roads were clear from 'cars' which the JRSOs did a great job of impersonating using cardboard boxes.

Many thanks JRSOs for an extremely informative and useful session.

Picture 1 What do you do if your ball goes near the kerb?
Picture 2 Finding a safe place to cross.What does that mean?
Picture 3 Looking and listening to see if the road is clear.
Picture 4 Crossing carefully, still looking and listening.
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Picture 7 We all had lots of ideas and knowledge to share.

There be pirates in Oak Class.....Arrrrr!

Our current topic is Pirates! This is a super topic, allowing research into real pirates from the past, plus affording many opportunities to learn pirate songs, jokes and rhymes, write amazing pirate stories and of course use our flourishing imaginations in creating fantastic role play scenarios. Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed this topic, and immersed themselves in all things pirate.

To celebrate all our learning we held a 'Pirate Day' where everyone came in dressed as a pirate, and we had a great day themed all about pirates. We even did Pirate PE!

Below are some photos showing our fantastic costumes, and our role play areas which have enhanced our learning here in Oak class.

Our Trip to Milestones Museum in Basingstoke

 

To further our understanding of our current topic 'How do we get there?' Oak and Pine class had a fantastic trip to Milestones Museum. We looked at and learned about all kinds of vehicles and different ways of travelling from place to place. We saw some more unusual methods of travelling, such as penny farthings and trams, as well as more conventional modes of transport. We all thoroughly enjoyed climbing in and sitting on the tram, and found it thought-provoking that the tram not only didn't have a roof, but it also had no seat belts!

There were so many different aspects of the trip that we all enjoyed, and we returned back to school full of new information after a long fascinating day.

Thank you to all our lovely parent helpers who came along on this trip. You made a big difference to the success of our day and we are very grateful for your time. THANK YOU!

Christmas Jumper Day

Here in Oak we all looked very smart and festive wearing our Christmas jumpers to help raise much needed funds for charity. As a whole school we raised a whopping and fantastic £95! Well done!

Below is a photo of us looking Christmasy.

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It's Panto Time Again...Oh No It Isn't....Oh Yes It Is!

 

Today as part of our Christmas celebrations, the whole school left the premises, boarded coaches and were whisked off to Winchester to watch the Sleeping Beauty pantomime at The Theatre Royal.

 

For many of Oak class this was the first time the children had ever been on a coach, let alone the theatre, and there was much excitement. Fortunately we had our Y1s who were 'old hands' at attending pantomimes and they were happy to take on the role of pantomime experts to answer some of our younger children's questions about what it would be like, and we looked at a picture of the theatre auditorium which helped us all understand exactly where we were going.

 

Clutching snacks and drinks, we excitedly boarded the coach, ably assisted by our Y6 Buddies who also sat with us during the performance and who looked after our YR children very well indeed. Thank you very much Willow class!

 

During the show, everyone got into the pantomime mood - shouting, singing, laughing, cheering and booing in true pantomime tradition. There were so many 'Oh no it isn't!'s and 'Behind you!'s that lots of voices were quite sore by the end of the show.

 

We returned back to school happy, hoarse and hungry ready for our later lunch.

 

We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Osborne, Mrs Hopkins and Mrs Aisthorpe-Buckley, our fantastic parent helpers who came along, with another HUGE thank you to the PFA who subsidised this trip and made  this wonderful experience possible.

 

 

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Picture 6 Walking from the coach to the theatre
Picture 7 Waiting for the panto to begin!

Gymnastics Festival

 

On Monday afternoon, Oak class showed off their budding gymnastic skills in a Gymnastics Festival organised by Mr Cabala, who has been coming in to teach us gymnastics since September. While using various apparatus stations in our hall, we ably demonstrated tucks, pikes, straddles and balances to our appreciative audience of parents, family members and friends. The Festival was a lovely relaxed way of showing our emerging skills, so we would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Cabala for organising it, as well as thanking our wonderful audience, our Y6 sports helpers and of course saying a massive WELL DONE to all of Oak class.

 

Here are a few pictures that give a flavour of the festival for those who couldn't attend, and apologies for the lack of photo quality - the children were so busy moving, it was difficult to get any good quality photos at all!

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Say Cheese Everyone!

Here in Oak, we have just changed our outdoor role play area into a Photography Studio, to link in with our current topic of Families. We have enjoyed listening to the experience of class members who have actually visited a photography studio, and we all watched a video clip tour of a typical studio so we could see the type of equipment and other items that we might want to incorporate into our very own studio.

 

We were very interested in the different lighting that we spotted and the video clip sparked many comments and questions, including wondering why there were sheets on the walls! To further enhance our studio, we have been busy creating our own junk model cameras. This involved lots of problem-solving to work out the best method to attach parts of the camera together as quite often our initial way of joining was not very successful, so we had to come up with other more effective solutions. We also had to adapt scissor techniques as cutting through the cardboard proved very tricky.  Fortunately we have children with lots of good ideas who then shared their experiences with their friends so everyone could benefit from this knowledge.

 

Thank you to all the parents who keep us topped up with boxes and containers for junk modelling. As you can see, they have been put to good use. Here are all the cameras we have made....so far!

 

 

 

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