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2021/22

This term, our topic is called Houses and Homes! We will begin by looking at a range of houses and identify the materials they are made of and why. Children will then learn the properties of materials. They will then have the opportunity to complete their own scientific experiment to find out what materials would be best to build a house. First, they will predict whether the materials will be waterproof or not then we will work in groups to test the materials (making sure we have a fair test). Lastly, we will evaluate the materials. To help us build our knowledge of homes, materials and our local area and fieldwork; Oak Trees will go on a walk around Shepway and Headcorn! Children will then identify features of a map and create a map of Shepway. We will end the topic by designing a house, creating it with materials and will include a mechanism.

This term, Oak Trees will be artists! We will begin our topic, children will be exploring a range of sculptures and think about what they can see and how the sculptures make them feel. We will then be researching three famous artists: Kate Malone, Dale Chihuly and Barbra Hepworth. Children will then display their facts in their very own sketchbooks! After this, we will begin learning some clay techniques, for example, coiling, score and slip and pinch pots. Children will then draw their own design using inspiration from our class story; ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ by David Lucas. Then, children will create their own clay sculpture! Oak trees will then explore the colour wheel and mixing colours to create secondary colours and brown. They will also learn how to create tones and tints. Children will use this knowledge to paint their sculptures. Finally, children will evaluate and peer assess their sculptures. We will then end the term by learning about Jewish people in RE.  

To find out more about the objectives we will

be covering this term, look at the documents below!

The colour wheel! Today children learnt about primary and secondary colours. They then presented this on a colour wheel in their sketch books! 

Oak trees have been working really hard in maths. They chose a price tag and used coins to make the amount in different ways. 

Children researched three artists: Kate Malone, Dale Chihuly and Barbra Hepworth. They then presented their research to the rest of the class. 

We began our topic by looking at a range of sculptures. Children discussed what they could see, what materials they think the artist used and how the sculpture makes them feel. 

Our topic for term 3 is all about animals! We will begin by sorting types of animals: birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish and identify the structure of different animals. We will learn about what a range of animals eat (carnivores, herbivores and omnivores). The children will also learnt about habitats and the animals that live there. Children will create simple food chains and learnt about the parts of the human body and what we need to stay healthy. This term will also include music! We will be using instruments and our voices to create animal noises to perform a song.

 

Have a look at the knowledge organiser for this term:

Watch Oak tree’s final performance of the animal boogie! 

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Oak trees are learning a song called ‘the animal boogie’. Today we discussed that rhythm is made up of long and short sounds and that songs have a beginning, middle and end. We also learnt that songs have 2 parts: verses and a chorus. We then split up into the 6 animals in the song and moved our bodies to the music, thinking carefully about the animal. 

Today children listened to a piece of music called ‘the carnival of the animals’. We listening carefully and discussed the tempo (short and long sounds) and the pitch (high and low sounds). We then listened to different pieces of music in the song and guessed which animal was being described through the music. 

Oak Trees went on a trip to Wingham Wildlife Park! We saw lots of interesting animals and walked around so sensibly, discussing the different animals. We watched the penguins being fed and some of us even asked questions to a zookeeper! 

Children worked in groups to label the human body parts! 

We have been learning about fractions in maths. Below are some pictures of children finding a half, quarter and third of a number. 

Children used iPads to do some research about their chosen habitat! 

As part of our song at the end of the day, children have learnt On My Way by Phil Collins. We hope you enjoy listening to us! 

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Today we learnt what a habitat is and thought In groups about what we might find in the habitat. 

 Children shared counters to find the answer to the number sentences! 

This term we have been dividing in maths. We began doing this practically by sharing oranges! We first shared oranges between 2 bowls, then shared oranges between 5 children. 

PE this term is dance! Children have been learning the Macarena and the cha cha slide! They have begun working in groups to create a short routine to a song. 

Children sorted the different types of animals: birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish!

Our Amazing World – Term 2

This term we are going to be learning all about the world. We will begin by thinking about what we already know about the world, looking at images of different parts of the world and seeing what we can find on Google Earth. We are then going to identify and locate the 7 continents and 5 oceans, as well as learning about the equator and how this effects the temperature of countries. Next, we are going to be comparing parts of the UK and China, sorting human and physical features and identifying weather patterns. Finally, we will be comparing family life in the UK and China and how they bot celebrate Christmas. 

Some of Oak trees’ amazing work this term on display! 

This term, children have been learning a song called ‘winter song’. We got together with the rest of ks1 to perform. The adults are so impressed! 

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Merry Christmas Oak Trees! We played some Christmas party games, here are some picture of us playing pass the parcel! 

Oak trees decorated a Christmas decoration to decorate our class Christmas tree! 

Today oak trees thought carefully about the four seasons. We discussed how the weather and day length varies in each season. We then chose a seasonal picture to create a collage. Children had lots of different materials to use, for example, sand for the summer beach and cotton wool for snow! Miss Ashwood and Mrs Armstrong were really impressed with how they are looking so far! 

Today children made arrays using pegs! They had to use the repeated addition and multiplication sentence to think carefully about the different groups of pegs. 

Oak trees have been comparing the UK and China. They had lots of images and had to sort them. We discussed the weather in each place, animals and the different landscapes. 

Children created a word bank of ideas for their setting descriptions. 

This week we have read The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. Children sequenced parts of the story and watched the movie. We used the movie to brainstorm lots of adjectives about the different settings in the story. 

Today we had a books and bagels morning! We toasted our bagels and we spread butter and jam on them. We then enjoyed reading a book whilst eating our delicious bagels! 

Miss Ashwood wanted to see what oak trees already knew about the world. Below are some of our ideas!

We got given images from around the world. We had to sort them into different groups. Children came up with sorting them into hot and cold places, places with grass and cities. 

Superheroes! Term 1 

For our first topic, we are going to be exploring everything about Superheroes. First of all, we are going to look at some real life superheroes, who were ordinary people that did some extraordinary things. We are then going to explore a wide range of superheroes, thinking carefully about their appearance, personality and powers. Using our drawing skills, we are going to be doing some detailed sketching of different superheroes. Then we will move onto what superheroes might need to eat be strong and healthy. Lastly, we will finish off the term with some RE, looking at Jewish people. 

Have a look at our knowledge organiser for this term!

Superheroes are extremely strong and powerful in order to save people. We realised that for superheroes to have the strength to save people, they must eat a varied and healthy diet. We began our learning by sorting healthy and unhealthy foods. We discussed how some foods are okay for us in small amounts and that we can eat foods in moderation. A varied diet is healthy for us. 

Here are our final comic strips! We used an app on the iPads to add speech bubbles and other details. We discussed how we are creating algorithms and when a problem occurs and we fix it, we are debugging.  

We joined in with a song and dance called ‘Superheroes Unite’. We have loved it so much!

Oak Trees love our reading room! 

Miss Ashwood gave us some speech bubbles and we had to draw the pictures to match. We tried to make sure that the speech bubbles were coming out of the characters mouths and to add detail to our drawings. 

Oak Tree’s were given a comic strip with no caption boxes to tell the story. Their task was to use the pictures to then write sentences to match. Miss Ashwood and Mrs Armstrong were so impressed! 

We identified the different features of comic strips. 

We explored lots of different comics. We made sure we looked after them really well. We learnt comics have panels to show different scenes in the comic. We enjoyed looking at the detailed images and we notices that when the characters speak, speech bubbles are used. We discussed that there are also action words, or onomatopoeia. 

We have been learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. We have enjoyed lots of different activities to practice this! 

We designed and created our very own superhero masks! We tried really hard to use our design sheet when using a range of materials and drawing skills to make the masks. 

Oak trees sketched a detailed picture of a superhero. We used a grid to think carefully about the proportions of our drawing. 

Oak Trees practiced their drawing skills by sketching some superheroes. We discussed how to hold a pencil when drawing and how we can press harder or lighter when shading. Mrs Armstrong and I were super impressed! 

Oak Trees were so excited to go into our reading room and choose a book. Below are some pictures of them reading their books in the reading room and in the classroom. They can't wait until they get to choose another book!

To learn more about superheroes, Oak Trees labelled and read about some superheroes. 

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