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Reception – Oak

Welcome To Oak Class

The Oak Team:

Mrs E James (Mon-Weds), Miss Lloyd (Thurs-Fri)

 Mrs Martin


“The Early Years Foundation Stage is good. The activities are well planned using accurate knowledge about children’s individual abilities.”  OFSTED


This week's news - 13th May 2022


If you go down to Oak class today, you’re sure of a big surprise! This week we had an Oak class celebration – with some very special invited guests of all shapes, colours and sizes. Have a look at the picture and see who and what you can spot! Yes, Oak class held a teddy bear picnic with fun, play and lots of time to introduce our soft toys to each other. We made a wish list of things to do with the teddies, and we ticked most of them off the list. Rain meant that we couldn’t have our big game of ‘duck, duck goose’ on the field so that will wait for another day. At the end of the day, all our families joined us for an enthusiastic rendition of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt where the children recited the whole story with incredible story telling skills. What super stars- you thoroughly deserved your certificates! Thank you to all our families for all their support. A special thank you to Mrs Butler who came to plant Jubilee flowers with the children too this week. They are going to look fantastic outside the church.  

This week's news - 6th May 2022


We have had another busy week in Oak class. In maths we have been counting back from 20 using tens frames, and playing lots of games involving dice. We have also been ordering numerals from 11-20 and making changes to the number line for our partner to spot.  In English we have been describing the settings from the Bear Hunt, and the children have been able to think about superb descriptive words to use in our sentence writing. In Topic, we have been learning about England and finding out about our historic cities, open spaces and important discoveries. The children were amazed to find out that lots of sports and inventions have come from England, like lightbulbs, the telephone and the first train. We have been continuing to celebrate ourselves and the children have been able to tell us about the brilliant things they can do... playing rugby, going swimming and being a kind friend. We are lucky to have such superstars in Oak class! Please see the Parent Mail about our teddy bear picnic and performance to parents next Tuesday 10th May. We can’t wait to perform our story to you!

This Week's News - 29th April 2022 

This week the children of Oak class have warmly welcomed Mrs James as their teacher while Miss Beesley is enjoying her maternity leave. Mrs James is working in Oak class Monday-Wednesday for the next four weeks, and Miss Lloyd will be teaching at the end of the week. From the last week before half term, Mrs James will be teaching full time in Oak class. Both Mrs James and Miss Lloyd are looking forward to a busy and exciting term!


We were delighted to explore new outdoor resources this week. The softwood wooden bricks have prompted lots of collaborative imaginative play, especially when teamed with hi-vis and safety barriers. The trim trail construction has given us lots of ideas for our play. We have also been investigating the uses of different tubing and have discovered exciting green piping that makes our voices travel like a telephone! The children are working hard to ensure they tidy away thoughtfully at the end of the day. Over time, more resources will be added to the outdoor area from the shed, so the children can lead their own learning.


In maths we have been focussing on teen numbers, and representing numerals with different resources such as cubes and numicon. We have also used tens frames to represent different teen numbers. We are even using numicon to count the date every day, and have noticed that each day we add one more!


This term, our story of the term is We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. So far we have listened to the story, created a shared story map and by Wednesday this week, we could retell the whole story (with actions) by following the story map! We are planning a teddy bear picnic and would like to invite parents to a shared retelling of the story in week 3– more details to follow next week.


In PSED, we have been thinking about what makes us brilliant and the Oak children have been thinking about times they have been brave, helpful, honest and kind. What a way to celebrate ourselves, and the new start of term!


This Week's News - 25th March 2022  

Oak Class have had a busy week exploring different ways of making 6, 7 and 8 in their Maths lessons. They used dominoes to explore different ways of making 7 and also enjoyed playing dominoes on the carpet.

The children started to brainstorm about Australia this week with Mrs Ward. They loved sharing their knowledge and also came up with some super questions to explore in the coming weeks. They also enjoyed listening to some Aboriginal music and studying Aboriginal art. The children have also been busy making beautiful, giant Mother’s Day cards – just right for these sunny Spring days.

This Week's News - 18th March 2022

What a productive week we have had in Oak!  The most exciting production of all was the arrival of Miss Beesley’s baby on Tuesday morning. We all wish Miss Beesley well and are looking forward to hearing lots more about her little daughter and to meeting her in the future. We worked hard to make some lovely cards for her sending our best wishes.

We got busy baking on Monday, having great fun mixing, rolling and cutting our gingerbread men. Mrs Kew popped them in the oven and, thankfully, none of them ran away so they were ready to decorate on Tuesday. On Wednesday we made super gingerbread hand puppets, cutting and sticking carefully to make sure that they looked smart. We have also been thinking about the different characters in the story and writing thought bubbles for them. In our Maths, we have been counting to 20, making sure that we use one to one correspondence to get an accurate answer.  

On Tuesday afternoon, we enjoyed getting outside in the sunshine. We teamed up with our friends in Beech and with their help and the checklist on our clipboards, we explored the school grounds looking for signs of Spring. We enjoyed our teamwork and Mrs Pearson was very proud of our behaviour.

This Week's News- 11th March 2022

This week we have been busy in phonics writing sentences and simple words using our sounds and digraphs. We have also had fun adding objects together and working carefully on one to one counting. We have had fun playing in the Bakery and have been busy pretending to make many delicious delights! We have also had fun learning the rhyme for the letter g and developing our handwriting. 

We also enjoyed creating junk models and learning about Holi a popular ancient Hindu festival. 

This Week's News- 11th February 2022


This week in Oak we have enjoyed exploring measuring in heights. We made towers and placed them in order by height. We also talked about how we measure and if it is fair to measure our friends if we let one of them stand on a box! We continued to develop our number recognition and demonstrated our skills by showing the amounts on our fingers. In phonics we have been developing word and sentence writing. We discussed the importance of making sure we write all the sounds we hear! We have enjoyed fixing up the outside area with our builder's toolkit and had a great time in the water tray talking about capacity. Although we did get very wet! 

This Week's New's: 4th February 2022


This week we have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. We enjoyed hearing the story of the animal race and finding out which animal represents the year we were born in. We have lots of monkeys and roosters in Oak Class! We also had great fun dressing up in traditional clothing and making puppets. Many of the children continued this activity during their child-initiated time the next day! In phonics we have continued to develop our sound recognition and developed our skills of writing these. We have also begun to write our tricky words. In Maths we have been practising one more and one less to 10 through playing a jumping forwards and backwards game! 

This Week's News- 21st January 2022

This week we have been busy practising our sounds and writing. We have been developing our segmenting and blending skills, being careful not to confuse the initial and final sounds. In writing we have been talking about our journey to school and thinking about how we affect the environment. We have continued to learn more about India, making the flag and learning about how it is different to our flag. In Maths we have been developing our understanding of number bonds to 10. We are getting very good at showing how to make different numbers using our fingers. Ask us two different ways of making the number 6! We have enjoyed making stories around our new farmyard. We have also been talking about our favourite stories and the books we have at home. We had a great time choosing our favourite books to share

Settling into Oak Class


We have enjoyed exploring the areas of the classroom and have settled into school well. 

We had a great time drawing with chalks outside and exploring how to get cars through the guttering! The children thought carefully about where to place the guttering in order to catch the cars in their bucket!


We have enjoyed developing our skills in PE. We have been busy learning to balance along objects, roll and jump off of equipment. We have also been learning to walk along small beams and learning to hold a pose whilst on equipment. We have enjoyed crawling through tunnels and moving in a variety of ways. 

Working from Home


Please see our 'Working from Home' page for your first home learning project.  


Keep smiling, keep healthy and keep reading and writing! 

Outside Fun

We have enjoyed exploring outside. We worked hard to make sure our guttering maze carried the cars down into the bucket! We had a great time making changes and thinking through all of our decisions. 

We love drawing and writing and the chalk board. We also enjoyed relaxing in the sun! 

Oak Class Garden Centre is open....

We have been enjoying the warmer weather! 

We have had a fantastic time in our new wooden Garden Centre. We have been busy making seed packets, potting plants and we have had lots of customers! 

We have also had fun catching fish and adding our nets together. 

Number Fun!

We have enjoyed playing number bingo! We had to say one more than the number we turned over. Whoever covered their numbers first was the winner!

We also had lots of fun making our own number bingo games too! 

Run, Run, Run as fast as you can....

We have had a great time learning the story of The Gingerbread Man.

The children enjoyed rolling dice, adding the numbers together and placing the amount of buttons on their Gingerbread men. 


Outside Fun!

The children had a great time writing numbers in order and writing one more than a given number. 

Our First Week

2017-2018  Archive

     Oak Class enjoyed a wonderful day in the woods with some teddy bear friends.  Despite the hot weather they were busy making ponds and shelters, searching for bears and using all their senses to explore the woodland: smelling herbs, listening to birds and grasshoppers, and making teddy paw prints in clay.  Their enthusiasm, good manners and enjoyment made all the staff very proud - what wonderful Woodcote woodland ambassadors. 

Congratulations Harry and Meghan!

Fireman Sean and his crew meet Oak Class



The children had a fantastic time on their first swimming lesson! They listened beautifully and followed the instructions of the swimming teacher well. 

Great fun was had by all! 

Special Guest

We have had a very exciting visitor this week! 

We have enjoyed learning about the role of a police officer and how to stay safe when we get lost in a shop or somebody talks to us at the park. We were able to wear the policeman's hat and enjoyed listening to his radio. 

We also learnt about police dogs and that they can run as fast as 30 mph! 


     On Thursday 29th March, Oak children celebrated their achievements in dance this term in a special Sharing Assembly alongside all the other classes.  The children demonstrated their Haka with fabulous enthusiasm. 


Earlier this year we spent time planting flowers in our garden. The children are enjoying watching them grow and learning how to look after them! 


The children have enjoyed practising writing numbers on the board making it all the way to 40!


Easter Fun


We have been busy making Easter nests this week! 


The children had a fantastic time in PE! They have been learning the best techniques to balance cones on their bodies and how to stay very still, so that none of them fall. We had some very interesting balancing positions!

Snow Fun!

The children had a fabulous time exploring the snow. They worked together to build snowmen, statues and many other things! We even had a real life Snow Angel!
We hope you enjoyed the Nativity! We are very proud of all of the children for learning all of the songs and singing with enthusiasm. We hope that these performances put you in a jolly Christmas spirit. 

The children had some very special visitors!

Snowy and Halo the reindeer flew into Woodcote Primary School playground and were greeted by some very excited Oak children. We enjoyed learning all about the reindeer and had great fun stroking and feeding them. 

Remembrance Day

The children have enjoyed making poppies and learning about Remembrance Day. They also stopped all of their activities at 11 o'clock for a 2 minute silence. 

Gardening Fun

The children had great fun enjoying the inside and outside craft activities. 

They made some fantastic creatures with playdough and objects collected from outside. They also enjoyed conker painting. 

The children are very excited about the new addition to the mud kitchen! Thank you to the parent who kindly helped to dig and finish this! 

Inside Fun

The children have had a fantastic time exploring the areas of the classroom.

They have been learning about solid 3D shapes and using them to build models and create many new inventions!

We have enjoyed some quiet time reading stories and we are about to begin our own story of the Gingerbread Man. 

Outside Fun

The children have enjoyed exploring the outside area!

They have had a fantastic time in the mud kitchen making mud pies and chocolate ice creams! The children have enjoyed playing football and building with equipment to make dens and spaces. 



Bug Hunting

Bug Hunting

The children really enjoyed exploring the outside area looking for insects! The children were excited to find many insects living under logs and we discussed different habitats and environments. We talked about why we are different to animals and ways in which we are similar.