Welcome to Oak Class

Mrs Brooks and Mrs Barrett are pleased to welcome you to the Reception Year of school. We are supported by Teaching Assistants Mrs Gail Atkins, Mrs Claire Jeffery and Mrs Amanda Howlett. 

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 2020: Investigators

Term Focus: Goals and Dreams/Healthy Me

School Values: Courage, Justice, Self Discipline, Gratitude

This term we have met Time Traveller’s friend 'Super Searcher', unfortunately he is not as good at searching and investigating as he thinks!  We are going to help him to become like Percy to solve problems and challenges.  So far we have helped Space Dog to count space dust, find the best size spoon to fill his dog bowl and order lengths of ribbon to find him the best sized collar.  In literacy we are using Space Dog’s favourite book ‘That is not my puppy’ and we are going to write our own ‘That is not my rocket’ book.  We were very excited by the space box Time Traveller sent us, especially the freeze dried ice-cream!  We are looking forward to learning more about space and watching some clips of astronauts in space.  We will continue to be like our learning characters, ‘Keep trying Kipper,’ ‘Percy the Problem Solver’ and ‘Paddington the Explorer.’  Keep an eye on the display in our classroom to see what we have been learning!

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!