Welcome to Oak Class
Our Class teacher is Miss Heard and our teaching assistants are Mrs Bowles and Mrs Smith.
During your child’s first term at Senacre Wood Primary School, our priority is ensuring that they settle happily into school life. We encourage them to explore their environment, trying out new activities. In Oak class, we pride ourselves on getting to know the interests and likes of the children; thus positive relationships are formed early on within the term. As the term goes on, there will be lots of encouragement to become increasingly independent, as managing our own needs is an important area too.
At Senacre Wood Primary School, the love of reading is explored from an early age. In Oak class, we will be sharing key texts and stories together, including favourites such as The Gruffalo and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. In this first term, we will be supporting your child to develop early reading skills, including handling and choosing books, reading the illustrations and retelling their favourite stories. We will also be playing a wide range of phonics and listening games, giving your child the best start in developing their phonological awareness.
Throughout this term, your child will have many opportunities to develop their fine motor skills, through a range of mark making, threading and pegging! We will also begin to explore our bodies, thinking about the different ways of moving around safely and confidently.
Your child’s mathematical knowledge will be celebrated through Child Initiated, where we will be using a variety of resources to enhance your child’s Number knowledge. As well as spending time learning about all things number, we will be thinking about sorting and creating patterns with objects and shapes.
We started the term by finding out what your child/ children got up to in the October half term, by sharing our experiences and memories from the week. Our terms enquiry was introduced through the text Pumpkin Soup, where we explored all things pumpkins!
One of our memorable experiences this term is trying a range of fruit and vegetables, including avocado and beetroot. This will help your child to understand how food gets onto their plates.
As we quickly settled back into our weekly routines, we explored Firework Night with our Art teacher, Mrs Clarkson who helped us to make colourful firework pictures! Our Art lessons help us to learn new skills such as using a range of tools which we can apply independently our Child-Initiated time. After sharing our firework pictures with Miss Heard, we then made rockets out of 2D shapes.
In Phonics and Literacy, we are working through the sounds we need to learn. These sounds can be found on Seesaw. We are always encouraging the children to look out for sounds in the environment, and listen carefully to the initial sounds in words (m for Mummy). Our learning about food and celebrations will be explored through a range of texts, including If a T- Rex Crashes your Birthday!
This term, your child/ children are thinking about celebrations and traditions around the world, including Diwali. We will be learning about the story of Rama and Sita, and will be exploring Indian music and dance in our music and P.E. lessons. As it creeps closer to December, our learning will focus on all things Christmas. As a class, we will be thinking about the Christmas traditions we have at home, as well as the Christmas Story.