Welcome to Oak Class

Mrs Brooks and Mrs Barrett are pleased to welcome you to the Reception Year of school. We are supported by two HLTAs Mrs Jeffrey and Mrs Twitchin and Teaching Assistant Mrs Howlett. Miss Paton is a student teacher based in Oak Class this year.

Learning in Oak Class

We strive to foster a love of learning, a strong sense of curiosity and the determination and resilience to persevere and succeed. We want our children to be ‘Ready, Willing and Able', in themselves, in their school and in their world.  We teach and learn through a balance of large and small planned groups, focused individual tasks and child initiated learning. We have three learning characters, who help our children to become resilient, inquisitive and creative lifelong learners.  These are Paddington ‘the explorer’, ‘keep trying’ Kipper and Percy ‘the problem solver’. These characters give the children the language to talk about and discuss their learning and that of others. See if you can catch your children being a Paddington, Kipper or Percy learner at home! 

Spring 2019: Inventors and Innovators

Term Focus: Dreams and Goals/Healthy Me

School Values: Courage, Justice, Self Discipline, Gratitude

In Oak class this term we are going to become fantastic problem solvers like Percy.  He is going to set us challenges each week and we are going to work together to solve them.  We will need to think very carefully about how to work out the solution.  We will definitely need to keep trying like Kipper and explore like Paddington.  Last week Percy asked us if we could make a bed big enough for him and his animal friends to fit into on a cold, snowy night.  This week we had to find resources to make a warm, cosy habitat for his friends.   We are really enjoying the challenges that he sets us, keep an eye on the display in our classroom and our SeeSaw journal to see how we are getting on!

A Message to Parents:

As well as being a big milestone for many, the Reception year is an exciting time of rapid development. Your child will develop the skills that secure future learning. During this year children refine and develop their communication skills, learning to get along with each other and cooperate; they learn to  read, write and understand the basics of our number system. As parents, the most important things you can do to support your children’s learning are talk, talk and talk some more; read and tell stories, count (anything!) and find a quiet five or ten minutes every day to listen to your child read. For more information about what your child is expected to be able to do by the end of the Reception year open the Early Years Outcomes document located on this page.

Learning at Home

Please send information about your child’s learning at home to:


Once received we will upload it to SeeSaw creating a truly holistic picture of your child as a learner!