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Oak Class

Welcome to Oak Class - Reception 


Welcome to Oak Class

Mrs Armstrong
Teaching Assisstants: 
Mrs Payne, Mrs Mackie and Mrs Shipley

In Oak Class, we love to learn through topic-based play. Our curriculum is based around the Early Learning Goals and we are focused on becoming kind, caring and inquisitive members of our school community.



Usually, we begin our day with a phonics lesson, followed by a Maths lesson after break. We use the Jolly Phonics scheme to learn our sounds, however we do heavily adapt it to suit our own learning styles. Our pupils love to sing the songs that accompany each sound - there are a couple of links that you can sing along to together at the bottom of this page:



In Maths, we focus on three different areas: place value, calculation and shape, space & measures. Monday is all about counting, recognising and ordering our numbers. By the end of the year, we aim for our pupils in Oak to be able to count forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens. Then on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we practice addition and subtraction. Thursday is when we learn about distance, time, money, shapes, symmetry... and much more.

I would  recommend Alphablocks and Numberblocks, two fantastic Cbeebies programmes that really hone in on those key first steps in English and Maths. 



Autumn 1: Dragons
Autumn 2: Festivals & Celebrations
Spring: Around The World In 8 Weeks
Summer 1: Space
Summer 2: Children's Choice

Nearly all of our learning in class will centre around our topic. Our pupils become highly invested in their topics and they are enthusiastic to learn as much as they can about each one. 

Our current topic is Festivals and Celebrations. We will be learning about Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Sunday, Loy Krathong, Hanukkah, Advent, Christmas, Birthdays and Weddings.


Show and Tell is on a Monday. Please do talk to your child about the festivals and celebrations that your family hold dear and send them in with photos, special mementos or anything else that they can share with the class - we would love to hear all about them.

This term, we will also be performing in the school nativity! More details about this will be sent out in due course. 


Autumn 2: Festivals and Celebrations

Oak Class Learning