Bendish Lane, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 8HX

01438 871241

St Paul's Walden

Primary School

News and Photos from The Oaks

For information about our curriculum, please visit our Year 5 and Year 6 Termly Curriculum Information page here 

Welcome to the Oaks!

We are very fortunate to have two teachers this year who work part time across the week, bringing a variety of knowledge and skills to ensure learning is productive but also fun! Mrs Smith takes the class Monday through to Wednesday and Mrs Guy teaches Thursdays and Fridays. Working with us is Mrs Jeffs, who is a wonderful asset to our team and has just completed her Level 3 Apprenticeship - well done Mrs Jeffs!


We believe you are never too old to learn something new and enjoy pupils teaching us things they have learnt both inside and outside of school. We celebrate all achievements - both big and small - promoting a positive attitude to learning. Fostering a love and value for learning is of utmost importance to us so pupils leave us resilient, confident and ready for their next step into the wider world. 

Seaside Art

The Oaks have been working on creating a vintage travel poster-inspired painting. There are a few examples below - we hope it puts you in the holiday mood in time for half-term! 

Science Investigations 

During this half term, The Oaks have been studying 'Light' in Science: learning how shadows are formed, how we see things, and how light travels. This week we completed a number of investigations to see the effect of refraction - when light slows down and bends as it travels through different materials. There was some super group work, making predictions and recording observations. 

Over the past two weeks, The Oaks have been learning about what makes an interesting biography (they may even have interviewed you at home as part of their homework!). After researching the inspirational Michelle Obama, the children have all done her justice in their final piece of writing – well done Oaks!  

The Oaks have been creating mixed media seascapes in art over the past two weeks. 

.........And we're back! March 2021

It is so wonderful to have the buzz of busy classrooms again! This week we welcomed the Oaks back into school and have enjoyed celebrating British Science Week together. We started the week designing simple machines inspired by Rube Goldberg. To find out more, click on the picture below.

As part of British Science Week, Oaks have been learning about how the body fights viruses and infections, and the importance of vaccines. They have created some great comic strips to show how antibodies act to fight infection!


In Science, Oaks are learning about space and the structure of our solar system. We have been looking at the different phases of the moon, and have used cookies to show how the appearance of the moon changes as it orbits the Earth. 

Remote learning 2021

In PSHE, we have discussed how to keep ourselves healthy both mentally and physically via our virtual classroom. We have looked at fake news and online safety, ensuring we are aware of our digital surroundings.

In addition to this, we have thought carefully about how we can stay active whilst accessing live lessons. We encourage each other to take time to stretch, look away from the screen and have time for discussion with our peers.

Here you can see some of our 'remote exercises' which you can do at, or away from your computer. 

There has been some brilliant construction work happening in D&T this half term. The Oaks have worked in small groups to design and build roller coasters out of paper and carboard, using a range of techniques to support their structures. 

Ever wondered how post it notes were invented? Watch the video to find out.


Home learning

For home learning we like pupils to develop skills and discover their own interests. This term we set Oaks a challenge - What would you like to learn? Our pupils showcased some fantastic learning on our virtual classroom, from dog training to speaking Italian! Here you can see Suneet who learnt to bake her own bread - well done Suneet!

For homework our pupils were asked to learn about synonyms and antonyms, finding a fun way to teach others. Here you can see Eva and her Dad who created a synonym and Antonym game based on Go Fish! 


The Oaks produced some excellent work researching inspirational people to mark Black History Month. How many of the people below can you name?

Autumn term 2020

Christmas Designs

The Oaks have been using pastels and chalks to create some fantastic Christmas artwork!

Mayan Masks

This term, pupils will be studying The Mayan Civilization. We began by designing and making Mayan masks and creating a class display.

Reading with Willows

When one door closes another one opens, or in our case a virtual door! One of the lovely things our pupils do well is read with others of all age groups.

Through the wonders of technology, Oaks were able to read stories to the Willows class. We enjoyed it so much, we will continue this until we can cross bubbles once again! Well done everyone!

Purple For Polio - painting and planting!

The Oaks enjoyed welcoming Jean Howe, from the Rotary Club, in to school to raise awareness of Polio and how it is still prevalent in some countries. We enjoy members of our community visiting the school and teaching us something new.

We have been enjoying the lovely weather and learning outside the classroom. Here are pupils from the Oaks class working collaboratively to discuss the theme of peer pressure, creating a performance to show what it may look like.





From little acorns, mighty oaks grow!