Oak Class

We are now RABBITS!

Autumn Term 1

The class names have changed and we are very excited to meet our new Reception children!

Watch this space for the new and exciting adventures Rabbits have in their first term at school.





Summer 2 – At The Seaside

Our Trip to Eastbourne – Maritime Heritage & Education Centre

WOW! We went with Ash class to Eastbourne. All of us had an amazing day at the beach with Mr Goldsmith and his team at the Education Centre!

We learnt how to pull up a boat from the sea – that was hard work! We found shells and used information books to find out about them. We found out about the restoration of boats at the centre. We went to the RNLI and learnt how they are an emergency service – and went in the boat! We worked out how to empty a boat that was full of water. But most of all we had so much fun learning about the coastal environment – SEA SCHOOL!  This was such an amazing day!




Sea Creature Science

We have been Super Scientists this week! We tested materials to see which ones float and which would sink. Then we designed a sea creature based on what we found out. Most of the children chose materials that floated for their Sea Creature design…..Isaac wanted to make a Sting Ray! He reminded us that these would often be at the bottom of the sea – so his design was made out of felt so that it could do just that!


We designed and made ice creams. They were delicious! 



Our new topic of At The Seaside is going to be very exciting. The children have already thought of lots of "I wonder…." questions. Including……..

"I wonder how killer whales go up in the air?"


"I wonder how squids get out their ink?"

We will spend this term finding out the answers to these questions and many more!



Summer 1 On The Farm

Our Last Forest School – BOO HOO!


WOW! Our last Forest School Adventure was amazing! We went on a long adventure walk across the stream lots of times. By the end of the walk all of us could jump or leap across the stream on our own! We have learnt so much at Forest School and can't wait to do it again next year!




Our Class Assembly

Oak Class worked hard on their Class Assembly all about Forest School! They made amazing masks of their favourite animals from the forest, creating sheep and lambs, deer and blue butterflies, using a variety of tools and techniques. The children performed their “Mrs Miller had a farm” song and even remembered to say their lines and act in the right places! WOW! What an amazing assembly! They also made two beautifully written cards for Mr Goldsmith and Mrs Bills for taking them to Forest School and helping them learn so much about the environment, animals and plants at Forest School.


Forest School – A Tracking Adventure!

At forest school we tracked wild animals and took plaster casts of their prints. We made picture frames and wooden jewellry and colectd more leaves for leaf rpinting at school. Mr Goldsmith also set up cameras in the forest and we saw badgers, deer, mice, pheasants, moths and spiders all on the camera footage frpm the night before – WOW!



Farm Animal Non Fiction Books

The children worked hard and made wonderful friendships with the Year 5 children. They worked together to research write and create a non-fiction book about a farm animal. The results are amazing!  


Another Forest School Adventure!

This May we explored more exciting forest objects at Forest School.

We created leaf prints, by hammering leaves onto fabric, we explored an owl pellet and discovered many bones, we created clothing and hats out of forest materials and created a trail to follow. What an exciting adventure! 



Forest School adventure along the stream!

This week at Forest School we walked a long way around the forest on an adventure! We jumped and climbed over the stream, saw a deer , climbed a 'mountain' and played 'Bats and Moths'. One little girl said "This is the best day ever!" We all had an amazing adventure!

Mrs Miller's farm

We went to see Mrs Miller's farm in Nutley. Mrs Miller kindly helped us find our way, walking along the edge of Ashdown Forest. When we were there, we were lucky to meet four lambs, Sausage the pig and Wilson and Summer the horses. Wilson loved being tickled under his chin. He was gentle and very soft. Whilst we were there, the farrier arrived and re-shod Wilson's horse shoes. We found out how they were taken off, measured and nailed back in. Sausage the pig had a lovely time because all the children were given an apple to throw in to her pig sty. She had a very large snack! We also saw how Mrs Miller fed the lambs their milk with a special gadget. When we came back we wrote down some of the things we had learned for our non-fiction books about farm animals.




WOW! What a start to our term. We have already had a visit from Mrs Breeze and her tens – Tabitha and Buttercup!


Our First Forest School

We had an amazing time exploring the forest at our first Forest School visit.

We found creatures, explored bluebells and ferns as well as making our very own dens! We even saw some lambs in the field!


Spring 2

Mr Hayler and Mrs Dawson came to help us learn about planting, seeds, bulbs and growing from cuttings!

All the children planted their own Sunflower seeds and some Marigold seeds to grow on the classroom. We have to keep them in the warmth of the classroom to help the m germinate.

It is so exciting to watch them grow.

We will take them home to carry on growing them as take photos to show everyone how our Sunflowers have grown!





Yum Yum! We made our own bread, grew our own cress and then made our own healthy sandwiches. They were delicious!

We also used safety knives and scissors to help us make the sandwiches. The whole classroom smelt amazing!




In Oak Class we have been learning about Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. After listening to the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem for the festival of Passover, we acted it out. The crowds waved palm leaves and shouted ‘Hosanna’ as Jesus rode a young donkey, called a colt, past them. Hosanna means ‘save us’ or ‘rescue us’ and at the time, people hoped that was what Jesus was going to do.
Afterwards, the children used the props for their own role play of the story.

Forest Creatures

We have been learning about our local environment and the children were learning how to explore different materials to create creatures from Ashdown Forest. We made foxes, badges, rabbits and owls. What animals do you recognise? What materials do you think we used?



Spring 1


In readiness for future Forest School sessions, we put on our wellies and went for a walk down School Lane! We saw lots of signs of spring and upon our return we re-created the map of our jouney using large paper, toys and lego.





We were so lucky to enjoy the company of some Year 8 students from UCTC, along with Mrs Hanham, a PE teacher at UCTC. The older children organised some amazing games for the children to enjoy, developing a vast range of skills which we then incorporated into our PE sessions. The children played a variety of games including; clapping whilst throwing a beanbag, target throwing, balancing, racing and many more. The UCTC students also showed the children the skills in each games and helped them to progress over the session. The children had a great time!


Oak Class have been enjoying exploring the numicon resources.  We played a game where the numicon plates were hidden in a feely bag and we had to identify them just by feeling them.  It was quite tricky.  Then we rolled a dice and challenged our partners to find the plate that matched the number on the dice.  We weren't allowed to peek!



In Oak we are continuing to learn sounds in words each week as well as "WOW" words and tricky words.  

Have you tried playing Obb and Bob on the Letters and Sounds website? See if you can put the right words in the right places, using the diagraph sounds – ch, sh, th and ng.


Can you go on a shape hunt around your house and find these three shapes?

A cube


A cylinder


Click on the links below for some useful websites for learning how to recognise sounds as well as blending them  together:

Make your own CVC words

Phonics Initial Sounds Matching Game

Phonics Pop

Recognising and Writing Numbers

Alphablocks Blending Games

Phonics Games

Dinosaur Tricky Word Game

Make Flat Shapes

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html – This is a fun website to aid children's learning across the curriculum.

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2.html – This site works through each "Phase" of learning the sound of each letter.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting  – Top Marks is a wonderful site for children to explore number and shape through a vast amount of games.  


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