Oak - Reception and Key Stage 1



Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin. Perhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail? Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them. Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs. After all that work, curl up and take a cat nap.

Topic Focus

Art and Design

Key texts

Puss in Boots – Ladybird; Animal Poems – compiled by Jennifer Curry; Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling


Narrative writing based on The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and Wombat Goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo. Non-chronological reports

Art and Design

Talking about art; Drawing; Collage; Making models; Painting; Sculpture; Masks and products


Retrieving images; Photography; Using presentation software


Designing labels; Designing and making animal enclosures


Using and making maps; Describing physical features


Animal Songs


Animal movements; Dance


Caring for animals


Animals, including humans; Working scientifically

Science Investigations

Can you leap like a frog? What is camouflage for? What can worms sense?

PE in Oak Class

Tuesday - Outdoor PE

Thursday - Outdoor PE and EXCEL Tennis



Homework is uploaded to Satchel One every Monday to be handed in the following Monday. Maths homework is set on Times Tables Rock Stars and Numbots. Please let me know if you need a reminder of your login details. 

If you would like to share your homework, we will do this as part of our celebration assembly on Fridays. 

Reading books will be changed every Monday afternoon. Please return your book on a Monday if you would like it changed.


What have we been learning this week? 


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This week we have been exploring the question 'Can you leap like a frog?' We have thought about all the similarities and differences between amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds and fish and grouped them based on observable features. As a class, we designed simple tests to explore what features different animals have that help them perform different actions. We had lots of fun outside trying to fly like a bird, leap like a frog, and wiggle like a worm! 

Our outdoor area has turned into an ice cream shop this week! The children have had lots of fun working in the ice cream parlour, decorating the shop front, and creating yummy ice creams for all their customers.


Collective Worship

Our value this term has been 'Respect'. We have created 5 fingered prayers and discussed how it feels when people don't show you or the environment respect. We explored the parable of Jesus and the centurion. 



Our current question in RE is 'What do Christians believe God is like?' We have explored the parable of Jesus and the Lost Son and discussed how parables have hidden meanings. We created hidden meaning boxes to retell the parable. We then compared God's love to a parent's love and thought about all the ways our parents show us they love us.

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