Oak - Reception and Key Stage 1

Term 2 Projects - Stories and Rhymes and Sparkle and Shine

Stories and Rhymes


Stories and Rhymes

In the Stories and Rhymes project your child will be introduced to the wonderful world of stories and nursery rhymes. They will listen to and learn a range of traditional tales and nursery rhymes and work creatively to solve problems for the characters they meet.

Supporting your child at home

  • Share a wide range of stories and retell favourite stories using repeated phrases.
  • Sing nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Talk about favourite stories and story characters.
  • Share and discuss the Did You Know? resource located in page downloads.

Sparkle and Shine

Sparkle and Shine

In the Sparkle and Shine companion project, your child will explore different celebrations that take place in autumn and winter, focusing on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year. They will take part in a variety of creative activities and discover more about how Christmas, Diwali and Hanukkah are celebrated around the world.

Supporting your child at home

  • Talk about special events that you celebrate at home.
  • Share photos of events that you celebrate.
  • Talk about how you prepare for special celebrations including the clothes you wear, food you prepare and gifts you give or receive.
  • Share and discuss the Did You Know?  resource located in page downloads.



Reception: 2D shapes; Composition of numbers within 10; Numerical Patterns

Year 1 and 2: Addition and Subtraction within 20; 2D and 3D shapes; Place Value within 20

English/Literacy Reception: Goldilocks and the 3 bears; Little Red Riding Hood; Three Little Pigs; Christmas and Nativity Stories

Understanding the World

History and Geography

Festivals around the world: Diwali; Guy Fawkes Night; Christmas

Past and present Kings and Queens

Science Learning the basic needs of humans for survival, including the importance of exercise, nutrition and good hygiene. They learn how human offspring grow and change over time into adulthood
PD/ PE Tennis; Agility, Balance and Coordination; Fine motor skills
PSED Developing routines; Understanding healthy nutrition 
Expressive Arts and Design Creating clay Diwa lamps; Construction and building bridges; Learning and signing nursery rhymes 
Communication and Language Listening to a range of fairy tales and nursery rhymes; Retelling stories; Fairy tale twists
Religious Education Christianity: Incarnation. Our big question this term is "Why does Christmas matter to Christians?"
Memorable experience Story tellers: Parents and community members invited into the classroom to share their favourite stories

Our PE days this term are: Wednesday and Friday. 


Home learning

Homework will be set on a Friday. Home learning journals will be sent home to be returned by the following Thursday. Activities and reading logs can be accessed via our online learning platform, Learning with Parents

Log on to TTRS or Numbots to practice your times tables and number bonds. Try to do this 5 minutes a day - it really makes a difference! Log in details can be found in your home learning journal. 

Reading Books

We hope that you will be able to read with your child for at least 10 minutes per day. Children in Green phonics group will have 2 phonic books we are currently reading in class in their bags to read each night. Please ensure these are in your child's bag each day so they can be changed when we begin the next text.

Every Friday we will have a library session during which your child will choose a new reading book to take home or continue with one they are already reading.  Books cannot be changed for a new text unless the previous one is returned.

What have we been learning?


Year 1 and 2 have been focusing on place value. We are currently looking at 2 digit numbers and partitioning them into 10s and 1s. We having been using counters and diennes to represent this. 

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Reception have been learning about 2D shapes. They have gone on lots of shape hunts to find them in our environment, practiced printing objcts into playdough to see what shapes they create, and folding shapes to find shapes within them. 

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English and Literacy

Year 1 and 2 have been learning about poetry. They created their own 'Firework Night' poems using repeated refrains and verbs ending in -ing. We are now beginning an Adventure Story writing unit about the tale of Pinocchio. 

Reception have been reading a range of traditional tales. This week we have been reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and using our imagination to draw characters and settings from the story, focusing on developing our vocabulary with challenging words for description. 


Memorable Experience: English/Communication and Language 

We had a lovely memorable experience for our project, Stories and Rhymes. We invited parents into class to share their favourite traditional tale or fairy story with us. We had so much fun listening to all their stories! 

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Understanding the World (History and RE) and Expressive Arts and Design

We have been exploring festivals from around the world in our companion project 'Sparkle and Shine'. We learnt more about Guy Fawkes Night and why this is celebrated in England. We created firework art using chalks and glitter on black paper. 

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We learnt about Diwali, the festival of lights. We read the story of Rama and Sita and learnt about the different Diwali traditions. We created Rangoli patterns using chalks and coloured rice. 

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We used clay to create Diya lamps. We thought about how to create different patterns using a range of tools. Once they were dry, we painted them in bright colours. 

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In term 2, our Big Question is "Why does Christmas matter to Christians?". We have been learning about the Nativity Story and went on a story trail to find out more. We have discussed the meaning of Advent and what traditions Christians have during this period. We made advent wreathes and thought about the symbolism of these. 

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In Collective Worship, our current value is TrustWe have started to reflect on stories from the bible that demonstrate examples of trust. We have thought about why it is important to tell the truth and how this affects others. 


‘My God is my strength in whom I trust’

Psalm 18:2


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Prayer Space


In Oak Class, we are exploring what prayer is. We have calming music playing and use a candle to help us say our prayers. Here are some of the activities we have chosen to do in Prayer Space:

Prayer wall



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Page Downloads Date  
Sparkle and shine did you know 29th Oct 2023 Download
Stories and Rhymes Did you know 29th Oct 2023 Download