A wonderful trip to Westonbirt

Oak Class have had a wonderful day today. Everybody was very well behaved and had a great time. We collected lots of beautiful leaves, made leaf crowns and twizzle sticks, went on the Gruffalo trail and found all the different characters. Lots of us climbed up very high and we all walked and ran a very long way! The leaf shower was great fun.


Apple Pressing

Oak class had a fantastic time apple pressing. Thank you to all the adults who helped us. We enjoyed drinking the delicious apple juice when we got back to school. This week we were also finding out about our senses and enjoyed tasting lots of different fruit. You have all worked so hard this term. Have a fantastic holiday. When we come back to school we are going to be thinking about the seasons. Have a look and see what signs of Autumn you can find when you are out and about.

Life in Oak Class

Oak Class have all settled into school really well. We have been taking part in all sorts of activities and are having lots of fun making, and playing with, new friends. We all love our new weaving den and have lots of great discussions trying to work out how to set up our new ball/water run. We have been learning to share and take turns when playing different games. In Forest school we explored the area and thought about how we need to keep safe. We have also been out bulb planting and are looking forward to seeing the flowers grow in Spring.


Oak Class Visit Cotswold Wildlife Park

Oak Class trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park We had a wonderful trip last week and the whole class enjoyed exploring the park and looking at the animals. Our favourites were the giraffes and the giant tortoises! After a lovely picnic lunch under a shady tree we had an exciting ride around the park on the train. Luckily we still had just enough time for our delicious icecreams before the coach journey back to school.



Teddy Bear Day and Picnic

Oak Class held a Teddy Bear day and everyone brought in a special bear from home. We did lots of teddy bear activities including Peace At Last bingo, a teddy bear alphabet treasure hunt and listended to stories about bears. For our numeracy work we measured to see how many cubes tall our bears were. We also carefully measured out the ingredients to make a loaf of bread which we later ate along with honey and marmalade for our Teddy Bears Picnic. There were two types of honey to try – a runny honey from the supermarket and some local honey from a Ewen garden, which everyone agreed was delicious. Thank you to all the teddy bears who joined us for the day!

Reflection Day and Pizza Express

Oak Class took part in lots of calm and thoughtful activities during our recent school Prayer and Reflection morning. With a little help from some parents, the children created some superb models from clay and playdoh, and beautifully colourful dragonflies. We listened to some soothing intrumental music during our activites and all felt thoroughly relaxed at the end of our session.

In contrast this week, we had a very exciting class trip to Pizza Express. Everyone put on aprons and hats and followed the instructions how to make a crust on our pizza dough, spread the tomato passata by ‘driving’ our pizza pans and sprinkle on chunks of creamy mozzarella cheese. While the Pizzaiolo cooked our pizzas, we got the opportunity to smell, touch and taste various toppings including olives, red onion, pepperoni and basil.

We had a fantastic trip and learned lots of interesting facts and, best of all, took our pizzas home for tea! A big thank you to Pizza Express in Cirencester for letting us visit.


An Amazing Week

Oak Class have had an amazing week, packed full of exciting events.

Monday was our class trip to Butterfly World. We spent time outside examining and identifying some of the residents of the Bug Hotel and then filled small pots with fleece and hay to help complete the hotel with cosy bug hiding places. Then we had a very informative talk and walk around inside the butterfly house where we saw dozens of beautiful butterflies, big and small. We all learned lots of interesting facts. After lunch we had free time to explore the rest of the farm park – lots to see including the otters, meercats and Rigby the Racoon.

 On Tuesday afternoon we had our Ugly Bug Ball. We prepared some delicious ‘bug themed’ snacks including strawberry ladybirds, celery and grape caterpillars and dragonfly cupcakes. Parents came to see all our fabulous minibeast topic work and had fun joining in our craft sessions, making peg butterflies, minibeast pebbles, bug masks and finger puppets.

 As this week was our school Enterprise Week, Oak Class have also been very busy making lots of amazing crafts which we sold at the Enterprise Market on Thursday afternoon. We made beautiful dreamcatchers, fabulous fish tiles and decorated our own gift boxes. We sold these along with some surprise seed pops which we hope will all grow into beautiful flowers! We made a grand total of £105.15 from our sales, which is a wonderful achievement. A big thank you to everyone who came along and purchased from our stall.


Well done Oak Class for all your hard work, have a wonderful half term holiday.


Oak Class News

Next week we will be having a very busy time. Just to remind you of what is happening.

Monday: Trip to Butterfly World. Please send your child with a waterproof coat / sun cream, depending on the weather. They will need to take a drink with them as well as their packed lunch, unless you have asked for one to be provided by Caterlink.

Tuesday: The children to come dressed as their favourite Minibeast. Parents are invited to join us in the classroom at 2.00pm. The children will share what they have been doing in our topic and you can participate in some activities/games with them.

Thursday: We will be selling the items we have made for Enterprise week. Please come along to support the children, see all the items they have made, and don’t forget your money so you can make some purchases!

Friday: The Life Education Bus is here. I know the children will love their visit.

End of Term

KPG disco.

Can you help?

We haven’t sent home Story sacks this week as many have got muddled and have items missing. We are hoping to resort them all before we send them out again. Please can you check if you have any items mistakenly left in your house? We are missing lots of books, soft toys and games. Thank you for your help.

Welcome Back

Oak Class have been making the most of the lovely warmer weather, spending lots of time learning and having fun outside.

 Our school value this term is ‘Courage’ and we have been talking about times we have had to be brave. We painted some lovely pictures depicting our brave moments and we also decorated ‘courage stones’. Our brilliant artwork will be on display at the Kemble Village fete on Saturday 13th May.


New Topic Letter and Topic Map

Topic Map Term 5 2017

This term our topic is: Are all Minibeasts scary?

During the next few weeks we are going to have a Minibeast investigation lab as our role play area. The children will be using magnifying glasses and recording their observations on sheets. We will make different Minibeast using various materials, as well as doing some observational drawings and paintings. We will go on Minibeast hunts to find out about their habitats. At the end of the topic we will have an Ugly Bug Ball celebration where we are hoping the children can come dressed as their favourite Minibeast. This will be on Tuesday 23rd May. We will do some cooking inspired by our theme for the children to share together. The children will be making invitations nearer the time but we would like to invite everyone to join us at 2p.m. so the children can share some of what they have been doing with you.

Please look on the website to see more details about the work planned.

If you have any books, items or expertise that you could share with the class please let one of us know.

Forest School will continue to be on a Wednesday morning from 10.30 – 12.00

PE will be on a Monday afternoon and a Thursday morning. However, we do sometimes go outside at other times so it is best if the children can keep their PE kits in school all week.

Please continue to listen to your children read and reinforce their phonics. Do make the most of our story sacks by ensuring that they are returned regularly on a Tuesday (with all the bits in – as otherwise the next child to have the sack misses out. There are a few things which have gone missing during last term so please return any bits that might have been mistakenly left at home. Thanks!)

Encourage your child to write lists, letters, captions for pictures and any other kind of writing.

Play maths / board games encouraging them to work out which number they are going to land on before moving their counters.

We will be continuing to work on each of the Early Learning Goals:

ELG 01 Listening and attention: children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03 Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

ELG 04 Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

ELG 05 Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

ELG 06 Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident about trying new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident speaking in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

ELG 07 Managing feelings and behaviour: children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

ELG 08 Making relationships: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

ELG 09 Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

ELG 10 Writing: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

ELG 11 Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract 2 single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

ELG 12 Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

ELG 13 People and communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

ELG 14 The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

ELG 15 Technology: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

ELG 16 Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

ELG 17 Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

Once children have already met these goals they will be challenged by moving them onto aspects of the Key Stage 1 curriculum.

I will be available to discuss any of this with you after school next Wednesday 3rd May at 3p.m. for anybody who wants to know anymore.

Term 5 Letter