Welcome to Oak Class

Mrs Brooks and Mrs Barrett are pleased to welcome you to the Reception Year of school. We are supported by two HLTAs Mrs Jeffrey and Mrs Twitchin and Teaching Assistant Mrs Howlett. Miss Paton is a student teacher based in Oak Class this year.

Learning in Oak Class

We strive to foster a love of learning, a strong sense of curiosity and the determination and resilience to persevere and succeed. We want our children to be ‘Ready, Willing and Able', in themselves, in their school and in their world.  We teach and learn through a balance of large and small planned groups, focused individual tasks and child initiated learning. We have three learning characters, who help our children to become resilient, inquisitive and creative lifelong learners.  These are Paddington ‘the explorer’, ‘keep trying’ Kipper and Percy ‘the problem solver’. These characters give the children the language to talk about and discuss their learning and that of others. See if you can catch your children being a Paddington, Kipper or Percy learner at home! 

Autumn 2018: Adventurers and Explorers

Term Focus: Being Me in My World/Celebrating Difference

School Values: Courage, Justice, Self Discipline, Gratitude

This term in Oak class, we have been introduced to Time Traveller’s friend, Super Searcher, who thinks he can help Time Traveller to solve his problems. We have discovered that Super Searcher is not quite like Percy just yet, and needs our help too! We have had to use our skills as Percy, Paddington and Kipper across the curriculum in order to help them both!

We watched the clip of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon which we loved talking about. Time Traveller then sent us a video for urgent help as, whilst exploring space, he kept getting space dust in his eyes. We had to be like Paddington and Percy, and design him some different models to send to him that would help protect his eyes – Super Searcher tried his best to help, but there were too many things wrong with his model, so we needed to come up with something that would work better for Time Traveller. Come and look at our display, we had some fantastic ideas and have sent them off to Time Traveller to try out!

Time Traveller sent us some bits of space dust to help us with our counting. He also sent us the symbols +, - and = which we had to use within a number sentence. We used the space dust to help us with our adding and subtracting. We enjoyed playing with it and using it alongside other mathematical resources.

In Literacy we have been learning the actions to tell the story ‘That’s Not My Puppy’. We are using the language similar to this to write our own sentences about ‘That’s Not My Rocket’. We have loved exploring new words and using interesting ways to describe materials.


A Message to Parents:

As well as being a big milestone for many, the Reception year is an exciting time of rapid development. Your child will develop the skills that secure future learning. During this year children refine and develop their communication skills, learning to get along with each other and cooperate; they learn to  read, write and understand the basics of our number system. As parents, the most important things you can do to support your children’s learning are talk, talk and talk some more; read and tell stories, count (anything!) and find a quiet five or ten minutes every day to listen to your child read. For more information about what your child is expected to be able to do by the end of the Reception year open the Early Years Outcomes document located on this page.

Learning at Home

Please send information about your child’s learning at home to:


Once received we will upload it to SeeSaw creating a truly holistic picture of your child as a learner!