News and Photos from The Oaks
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Welcome to the Oaks 2022!
Welcome back to school Oaks, we are looking forward to the year ahead with you all! We are very fortunate to have two teachers in Oaks 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 and Tuesday and Mrs Pavlovic teaches from Wednesday to Friday. We are pleased to be welcoming Mrs Daniels to the Oaks team this year as our Teaching Assistant.
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.
In computing we have moved on to a new unit: We are Artists!
Pupils are learning to fuse art and geometry. Here you can see our simple tessellations which we created in class.
In D&T we spent some time researching theme parks, before creating roller coasters out of paper. We tested them with marbles and had some successful constructions.
In English we are reading the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We have looked at a couple of different re-tellings of the story so far, as well as reading extracts from the playscript. Today we had a go at taking on the parts of the Witches, Macbeth and Banquo in Act 1 Scene 3, where the prophesies are made. There has been lots of unfamiliar language to explore so far.
This week we investigated another irreversible change. We mixed milk with white vinegar and observed that the reaction between the protein of the milk and the acid of the vinegar created a new material. This material will be a form of plastic known as casein plastic.
In Science, we are working on changes of materials. Today we saw two different chemical reactions which result in irreversible changes. We enjoyed conducting an investigation using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, where a gas was created and a balloon was caused to inflate.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
- Robert Laurence Binyon
Over the past couple of weeks, the children have been busy working on presentations to deliver to their classmates. We have really enjoyed learning a little bit more about the interests of the children through listening to these! There were some very confident and clear performances, and many children who felt nervous about this task stood up and gave it a great go - well done to you!
If you joined us for open classroom, you may have noticed the smell of cooking - and hopefully some of the children's delicious chapatis made it home today! To link with our RE, in which we have been studying Hinduism, we made traditional Indian flat breads.
The children worked in pairs to measure out their ingredients and mix chapati dough, then added their chosen seasoning for their individual breads. There were some very tasteful flavour choices. Everyone got the chance to cook one of their chapatis, then we were very thankful to Mrs Daniels who cooked the remainder.
We wish all the best to any of our families celebrating Diwali next week.
Our topic in Science this half term is 'Materials and their Properties'. This week we were investigating the question 'Will it dissolve?' by testing a range of different solids in water and making observations. A few of the children were surprised to see that the tea leaves were still visible when mixed with water and were not soluble as they had predicted.
In art this half term, we have started to explore South American design. This week, we have had a go at painting a sugar skull for the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. The children have created a symmetrical pattern by painting on half of the paper and folding for it to print on the opposite side of the page. There was some lovely attention to adding in delicate detail.
This week we had Transition Day, where the children move up to join their new classes for the day. In Oaks, we had some great team building activities throughout the day - there were some brilliant marshmallow-spaghetti towers on show! We hope you all had a fun day and are looking forward to building new friendships and memories in the year ahead.
Today we had a go a changing a story from one genre to another. We made the most of the beautiful weather to take part in some dramatic re-tellings of the historical fiction piece that we have been reading. What is your favourite genre: adventure, fantasy, horror?
Are you joining the Herts Libraries Summer Reading Challenge? We had an assembly at school today to kick off the challenge, which starts from tomorrow. The children are encouraged to read at least 6 library books over the next few weeks and collect their stickers from the library. We'd love to hear which books you have chosen!
In Science, we are developing our skills of working scientifically. To do this, we will be investigating the concepts of floating and sinking and linking our learning to the Titanic disaster. Today, we tested whether oranges float or sink and how the orange peel makes a difference.
KS2 have joined forces for English lessons this week, with a focus on sentence structure. Using the text of the poem 'The Spider and The Fly', we have been considering what elements a sentence needs to ensure it makes sense. We have used activities such as 'sentence unscramble' to help us understand what makes a sentence.
How many possible cube nets are there?
In Maths, the children are investigating 3D shapes and how to create shape nets. They have different strategies to discover how many possible nets there are to create a cube.
We are so happy to have had the chance to take the Oaks children away on a PGL residential trip this month. They were able to experience many fun and challenging activities. We were so impressed with their willingness to try new things, especially when feeling slightly nervous about some of the heights involved! Lots of the children really stepped out of their comfort zones, which was wonderful to see, and they have really achieved things they didn't think they were capable of.
The children were beautifully behaved and we were proud to be there with them. We hope that they enjoyed the trip and weren't too tired over the weekend!
We have had a brilliant end to the half term with Sports Day and Forest School in quick succession! The Oaks put in great effort throughout the sport events in the morning. It was really lovely to see the children working in their Houses; some of the Oaks demonstrated super support and encouragement to the younger children and there was all round good sportsmanship. Thank you to all the grown-ups who came along to support the children and watch the races, we hope you enjoyed the afternoon.
We also had the opportunity to visit St Paul’s Walden Bury for a wonderful morning of activities in the sunshine. The children completed a ‘treasure hunt’ for clues all around the gardens and then had a go at den-building in the forest. We were very impressed with the stamina and teamwork on show!
Very huge congratulations to all of our Year 6 Oaks children, who worked so hard completing their SATs papers last week. We are very proud of you and loved your attitude and resilience throughout the week! Well done!
In Science this half term, our topic is 'Evolution and Inheritance'. This week, we were considering how many of our characteristics are inherited from our parents, and what we have in common with our siblings. We used the Mr Men characters to create new offspring that would share some characteristics with their parents!
We are so pleased that the Oaks have been able to start swimming lessons - what a great way to start the summer term! If you are participating, remember to bring your kit every Friday.
Oaks made use of the outdoor classroom today to present their short role plays based on Robin Hood, which is the text we have been working with in English this week.
We are continuing to work on understanding how organisms (living things) are classified and named, and today the children researched key scientist Carl Linnaeus. They have produced some fantastic information pages, which you can see below.
We had a lovely day on Thursday celebrating World Book Day. It was brilliant to see some of the class either dressed up or with their own favourite book. Very well done to the children who had prepared something to say and for standing up in front of the school to share their book review. There was also some great teamwork in the afternoon when the children listened to a video from the author of 'Think Like a Boss' (one of the £1 WBD books) and then thought up their own business ideas.
In Science this half term, we are going to be looking at how to classify living things. We started off by reviewing our knowledge of how a branching or classification key works, and designed one that could be used to group Liquorice Allsorts.
Our Geography unit this half term is Trade and Economics. Pupils have been surprised to find out where various products come from and what we as the UK import and export. We have been looking at supply chains, how they work, who is involved and profits per contributor. We have also discussed fair trade and why it is important.
In Religious Education, we are learning about some of the key festivals in the Jewish faith. Today we started to look at Passover (Pesach), and the children were able to see a Seder plate and consider the meanings behind the different symbolic foods.
This half term in Science, we are looking at the life cycles of a variety of plants and animals. This week, the children have looked at the reproduction of flowering plants. They worked in pairs to carefully and accurately dissect a tulip. We have some lovely displays of the male and female parts of the flower, and the children enjoyed making their observations.
Happy New Year! It is brilliant to see the children back in school, we hope you have had a lovely break.
In art we have been sketching - there are a few examples below. All of the children produced brilliant pieces of work by making careful observations of half a photograph/drawing of an animal portrait, and completing the picture. We were really impressed with everyone's efforts!
Well done to the children who were able to complete their model Anderson Shelters - we had some successful construction and some thoughtful additions in the gardens. Share some photos on Google Classroom if you make one at home!
This week, the Oaks class were lucky enough to visit the Imperial War Museum at Duxford as part of their WW2 history topic. This was an exciting opportunity to look at some of the equipment and aircraft that they have been learning about, and to extend their understanding of key moments in history. The children were beautifully behaved and engaged throughout the trip - well done and we hope you all enjoyed it!
The Oaks have produced some thoughtful watercolour artwork for Remembrance Day.
In Science, we are increasing our understanding of how our body functions. We have been focusing on the circulatory system and today have been looking at the heart being a double pump. The children made some videos (below) to explain their learning.
We have seen some great examples of writing this half term - have a look at some of the Cyclops reports below. We have noticed that many of the children are confusing the homophones their, there and they're. Some children also confuse 'our' and 'are'. Please spend some time at home revising these.
For further reference, the National Curriculum spelling appendix can be accessed online and shows the expectations for the children at each year group along with the word lists.
In English this half term, the Oaks Class have studied some of the Greek Myths. This week, they have written their own myth and have also shown their knowledge of the Cyclops by creating a non-chronological report. There have been some super pieces of independent writing - well done to all of you! There are a few examples below.
We have some fab designs for the 'Decade Dioramas', Oaks, well done! The children spent some time researching a decade of their choice (from 1950s-1990s) and then decided which elements to include in a 3D scene. As you can see below, there was lots of inspiration from games, food and music of the times!
Well done on an excellent start to the 'Decade Dioramas', Oaks. Thank you for the support from home, there were some lovely 'artifacts' from the 1980s and 1990s! We will be finishing them on Friday so make sure you bring any pieces back in that you want to include, or you are welcome to make extra bits at home to add to your design. There are a couple of examples of the works-in-progress below.
Art - Optical Illusions!
Oaks created some successful optical illusion drawings in art!
English - Writing Instructions
In English this week, the Oaks have been looking at different types of instructional texts. We have written our own version of a recipe for homemade sherbet - why not test it out this weekend?
English Lessons and Reading
This year we have introduced a new literacy and language scheme of learning, which we are really excited about teaching. The children will be introduced to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts in lessons, and will cover all the skills of the National Curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the writing they produce!
There are some recommended texts that will complement the stories that we read in class: you may want to read some of these with your children at home (list for Unit 1 below). If you do read any, please note it in your planners so that we can see!
Our first unit is Prometheus and Pandora by Janey Pursglove (A myth).
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus – Rick Riordan
Persephone – Sally Pomme Clayton
Pandora – Robert Burleigh
Pandora’s Box – Rose Impey
We had some excellent designs on the Oaks cookies today! A very tasty mid-afternoon snack!
Good Luck to the England Football Team from all of us in Oaks Class!
Today we made some origami style football shirts to decorate and show our support for the big game on Sunday.
We Are Reading...
In Oaks, we are always looking at ways to build our resilience, confidence and self-esteem. This half-term, to support that, we are reading Marcus Rashford's book 'You are a Champion' together in class. We have been reading about how Marcus started small and built up to who he is now, constantly trying to improve himself. The children have been starting to think about what unique attributes they might have and have themselves and things they are proud of.
Focusing on the four operations.
Oaks have been working hard on securing the four operations. Have a scroll through the document below as a refresher on formal written methods. Maybe you could make your own poster!
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!
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.
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
The Oaks have been using pastels and chalks to create some fantastic Christmas artwork!
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!