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Oak Class, September 2014


Welcome back, we hope that you had a fantastic summer break. I have been amazed at the standard and variety of the holiday homework. It has helped to bring a gruesome fairy-tale world into Oak class. I hope that you have been able to walk through our Little Red Riding Hood wood in the school entrance, we will be looking at the darker side of the tale in class throughout the term.


It has already been a busy start to the term and below are a few reminders that will help you and your child plan for the Autumn term.

For those of you thinking of planning holidays over the coming year, we would like to emphasise the importance of your child’s attendance at school.

If you have any questions please feel free to come and speak to me before or after school, I try to operate an open door policy as much as possible. I am really excited to be working with you and your child over the coming year.


Uniform and Stationery

All pupils have come back extremely smartly dressed, here is a reminder of what school uniform is required:

School Uniform

Black shoes (not trainers)

Grey trousers or skirt

White shirt or polo shirt

Green jumper or fleece



It will be important that your child returns in September with the correct equipment for their learning:

black handwriting pen (not a biro)

Pencils (at least 2 x HB)


Pencil Sharpener

30 cm ruler

Pencil case

Optional extras 

Colouring pencils




Key Dates

Monday 29 September

Year, PE taster day at Wallingford School

Friday, 10 October @ 2.15pm

Harvest Festival Assembly

16, 22 & 23 October

Bikeability workshops for Year 6 pupils

Wednesday, 15 October & Tuesday 21 October

Parent Teacher Interviews


School Disco and Parent e-safety workshop

Wednesday, 22 October

Kilvrough Residential Parent Information Meeting

Monday, 10 November – Friday, 15 November

Kilvrough Residential

Thursday, 20 November

Year 6 trip to IMPs trip to Abingdon Community Hospital

Tuesday, 16 December

KS2 trip to theatre

Thursday, 18 December

Community Christmas Carol Concert

Trips and school events play an important part in our pupil’s learning. More details about each of these trips or events will be given nearer the time.



We have started the term by discussing what make a good learner and what makes a successful learner. This year we will be using the Learning2Learn approach to help us progress and develop as learners.

As you know our first whole school topic is Little Red Riding Hood. We will be exploring this story through literacy, science, art, dance and maths. We have lots of exciting events planned over the next seven weeks, which would be great if you could come along to, so keep an eye out for any news.

We are also very lucky to be learning some African drumming this term with a specialist drumming teacher. I’m hoping it will improve my sense of rhythm!

After the October half-term, our topic will be taking a more historical twist, as we will be looking at Ancient Greece and how it helped to shape the modern world.

We will be having daily maths and literacy lessons.

How You Can Help Your Child

You play an important role in supporting the learning of your child:

  • Talk to them about what they have done at school that day.
  • Hear them read for 15 minutes or talk to them about what they are reading every day.
  • Support them with work on their learning logs.
  • Help them practice their times tables.
  • White t-shirt
  • Dark shorts or tracksuit trousers
  • Plimsolls or dark trainers

If your child has access to the internet at home, the BBC revisewise website will help support learning within class. This site contains revision of key objectives through quizzes, games and revision sheets:


PE and Games

Games and PE will take place on a Monday and Thursday afternoon. It is important that your child takes part, so please ensure they have the correct PE kit:

On a Monday we will be learning about invasion games, and we will be exploring the Little Red Riding Hood through the form of dance on a Thursday, with a specialist dance teacher.

Oak class will not be swimming until the summer term.

If your child is unable to take part in a PE lesson due to illness or injury, then a written note stating the reasons why, will be required.

Learning Logs

Each pupil has been given a Learning Log.

The homework that the pupils are asked to do in their learning logs may take a number of different forms. They might be straight forward question and answer sheets or pupils may be asked to demonstrate their learning anyway they wish, for example writing, drawing, painting, photographs etc.

Pupils have already been given their first Learning Log homework and I’m looking forward to the seeing how they get on. Learning Log homework will be given out on a Friday and will be expected to be handed in on a Wednesday.

We will have a weekly times table test, which I call ‘Cracking Times Tables’.


Keeping in Touch

Please feel free to come and talk to me before or after school, or arrange a meeting that is convenient for you.

Keep up to date with everything that Oak class are up to via our twitter account: @OakclassSM