Welcome to Oak!
As a team we work hard to make the transition from reception to Year 1 as smooth as possible. Our priority is to help the children to settle with their new teachers and to ensure that they feel confident and happy to have a go at new challenges. In the first term, the mornings become more formal (often a practical approach) and then the afternoons are more in keeping with the EYFS play based learning approach through our carefully tailored Rainbow Learning. During this time, children can choose from up to 7 activities which have been chosen to target specific areas of learning across the curriculum to deepen their understanding of core subjects (literacy and maths) as well as others like science, geography, art, design for example. This proved very popular and effective last year.
As a school we are excited to be introducing Read, Write, Inc Phonics from September to enhance reading (and writing) skills. Children will be carefully grouped across all classes so that teaching will be specifically targeted to help them to learn at a faster pace. During literacy we will continue to explore books and have fun learning new stories with actions and story maps. The whole federation is also introducing White Rose which is a mastery approach to maths. As new Maths Lead for the infant school, Mrs Garrad is looking forward to helping to introduce innovative, exciting and engaging ways to teach and learn maths.
For our first topic, in Year 1 we will be learning about the changes through the seasons, from the weather to the wider natural world. We will also be exploring the different months of the year and festivals that happen throughout. After half term, in our topic 'The big build' we will be doing lots of science involving different materials and finding out about construction work.
Year 1 P.E will be on a Monday morning (with Mr Dart) and a Friday (with Mrs Rosser). Please ensure your child has a full, labelled P.E kit in school on these days.
With Read, Write, Inc, children will be reading in class every day. On top of this, we aim to read with each child once a week in class, more where possible, so please ensure book bags are in class every day. Reading regularly is proven to be the most effective way to help a child to learn and anything you can do at home to support this makes an incredible difference. When you read at home, please log this in your child's reading record. After the first few weeks, and when a class has settled, we welcome parents/carers into class to help to read or with other lessons (usually in the afternoons). Please come and see us if you would like to come in and we will try to make you feel at home.
As with other classes, we embrace an Open Door policy. Between 8.50-9.00am we welcome parents/carers to share a book in class with their child. This is also a good opportunity to come and talk to us. We really believe that regular dialogue and a strong home-school relationship is essential to help your child to thrive. We all want the best for your child.
We are committed to work hard to provide a happy, enthusiastic, exciting, engaging, caring and supportive learning environment for your child.