Oak class have settled well into their new classroom and we have been enjoying a variety of lessons and experiences together.
In maths we have been looking at numbers and number systems, using our understanding to look at some challenging problems. We have also been to the supermarket to buy ingredients for our cookery activities and to practice using our money skills.
We have been working very hard in the garden, clearing, tidying, planting and caring for new plants. We enjoyed planting winter vegetables in the eco garden and some lovely lavender and grasses in the quadrangle outside our classroom.
This term we are also looking at how to care for animals, we have visited the horses at Redwings and adopted a pony, Bliss our 'Buddy dog' has been visiting us regulary, we have to walk her, groom her, make sure she has plenty of fresh water as well as lots of strokes and tummy rubs. We have also had a visit from Chocolate the guinea pig and Henrietta Hen, we found out how Lucy looks after her very special pets.
During our cookery lessons we have been using our knowledge of weighing and measuring to make some wonderful cakes and biscuits. These were all enjoyed at a coffee morning hosted by Oak class children to their parents and carers.
In Literacy, we have been studying a book called 'TheTin Forest' by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson which fitted in very well with our topic on caring for the environment. We have been looking at ouw we can help to reduce, reuse and recycle more of our waste.
Everyone returned enthusiastically after Christmas having all had a great holiday. We started the New Year by watching some topical news items on the First News website - we have always looked at the newspaper each week but not watched the reports. Pupils enjoyed this so much that we now watch the 2 minute topical news report every day which enables pupils to not only recognise key figures in politics, religion, royalty, sport, world affairs etc, but also keep up to date with current affairs presented in an age appropriate manner.
Maths work this term has included time - days of the week, months of the year telling the time, weighing and measuring both in cookery, the classroom and outside.
In science we are studying animal habitats both in this country and around the world - although it was a bit cold when we looked for bugs outside!
During food technology pupils are currently focusing on making simple snacks independently including filled pittas, wraps, toast with chosen toppings. We continue to enjoy discovering the contents of Tesco FareShare boxes and thinking what we can make with the ingredients!
We welcomed Bliss the school Buddy Dog into our classroom this term - Oak Class is her base now as she lives with Liz. Bliss loves to hunt for any scraps of food on the classroom floor and is always particularly active at snack time! We have had to hide the bin in our store cupboard - her Guide Dog training seems to have disappeared if there is food in the bin!
We had a coffee morning on Valentines Day to which parents were invited. We all had a lovely morning and enjoyed our home made lemon drizzle cake and banana loaf but especially enjoyed the chocolate cupcakes made by Natasha's Mum!
We have had a number of trips to the Community Cafe at Drayton Avenue. It is lovely to socialise with our 6th form pupils and an excellent transition opportunity for pupils moving up to 6th form.
Oak Class participated in a boccia tournament at St Nicholas Leisure Centre which was greatly enjoyed by everyone. Our A team even returned with a silver medal!
During the Summer Term we have been focusing on looking for signs and symbols out in the community. We have paid particular attention to Safe Place signs which are displayed in varius places around town - and have been into these place to ask staff how they help - this was a very useful exercise for all our students.
During ASDAN & PSHE sessions we have been focusing on Healthy Living - identifying and practising different types of exercise, healthy food and drink and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Pupils have been making themselves a variety of healthy snacks and smoothies during Food Technology.
During literacy we have enjoyed focussing on Current Events and completed associated work comprehension, news reports and diaries. Topics have included the Royal Wedding an dthe Hawaii Volcano. Pupils all enjoy the daily First News Bulletin.
We had a lovely Royal Wedding Street Party in the playground - enjoying the lovely weather - exactly like the wedding day itself!