Welcome to Oak Class!
The adults in Oak Class are Mrs Parkin, Mrs Rose, and Miss Reed. We are a mixed class of years 2, 3, and 4!
Oak Class have been working really hard this week and have impressed me with some fantastic work.
In Maths, Years 3 and 4 have been getting to grips with tenths (and hundredths for Y4!) as fractions and decimals. Year 2 have been dividing shapes and quantities into quarters and thirds which we have done practically and using mental methods.
In English, we have been looking at instructional and procedural writing, and the children have each created a set of instructions for how to tie an obi (the belt which ties a traditional kimono). They impressed me with their thoroughness and determination to produce accurate, clear instructions that would really work for their audience.
In Science, we have continued with our Rocks topic and Y3 and 4 have been looking at the process that creates fossils. We have also been learning about Mary Anning, and writing about her life and discoveries!
It's been all about fractions this week for Oak, as they have worked hard to represent and identify fractions of shapes and calculate fractions of a number. Years 3 and 4 have also tackled some really tricky worded problems too!
In English we have been talking again about Suki's Kimono, our class book, and thinking about why Suki's kimono is so important to her. The children have done some lovely descriptive writing and have focused on adding words with suffixes, such as wonderful and beautiful.
Year 2 have been looking this week at the life cycle of a plant, and they are taking their responsibilities to care for their plants very seriously, watering them every day and watching for the green shoots. Years 3 and 4 have continued to learn about rocks, and this week we discovered the three ways in which rocks form naturally, to make igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rock.
Mrs Rose taught the class about traditional Willow Pattern plates and the story behind the images we see on these iconic blue and white plates. Oak have been busy creating their own beautiful designs for a Willow Pattern plate!
We have also enjoyed another session of cricket with our Chance to Shine instructor, and it's great to see Oak class develop and improve their skills each week.
We have had another busy week in Oak this week! In Maths, we have continued to look at measurement and perimeter, with Year 4 tackling area as well. Year 2 children have been putting different measurements in size order, measuring each, and learning about cm, m and mm. We have also looked at some simple shapes and added up side lengths to calculate perimeter. Year 3 have continued to convert mm to cm and back again, and they have calculated perimeter as well as recapping their column method skills to add different measurements. Year 4 have been busy calculating perimeter and area in different units of measurement, as well as tackling tricky missing number questions and working backwards to find out the length and width if we know the perimeter and area!
In English, we have been working hard on writing non-chronological reports on kimonos, something important in our class story, Suki's Kimono. The children have been using their very best handwriting and presentation skills as well as thinking about the features of factual writing, such as using paragraphs and subheadings to organise ideas. I am sure they will be able to tell you all about the history of kimonos this weekend!
Year 2 have been studying plants in their science sessions and I can see some green shoots coming through in the pots in our Exploration zone! Year 3 and 4 have begun their new topic, Rocks and Soil, and this week they completed some wonderful observational drawings of different rocks before identifying the rock type and adding name labels.
We have had another fantastic session of cricket this week and we are looking forward to another next Wednesday.
Mrs Rose has created a wonderful hot air balloon role play area in our Exploration Zone, and the children will be busy writing
Happy New Year! Oak Class have had a fantastic first week back. We have begun learning about our new topic, Home and Away, and the children made some fantastic contributions, amazing us with their knowledge about life in other countries. We have had a big Geography challenge, naming the countries of the United Kingdom, the continents of the world, and the countries of Asia. We have also been learning about the importance of Cherry Blossom (Sakura) in Japan, and the ways in which its arrival is celebrated. Pupils in Oak created some fantastic written accounts of the history and significance of Hanami (flower viewing festival) and then made beautiful printed and tissue paper flowers. Here are some pictures of Oak class in the middle of their Art lesson - looking very busy, and creating some lovely artwork!