Welcome to Oak Class.
This is where the journey through Broadhempston reaches its finale. In this class, our aim is to equip the children with the skills they need to succeed as they take those first steps away from Broadhempston onto the next part of their educational journey. There is lots of work to be done but lots of fun to be had too! The class is taught by Miss Barlow supported by Mr Tanner on a Tuesday afternoon, Mrs Garner on a Wednesday afternoon and Miss Steer throughout the week. We are all looking forward to an exciting year including a residential and lots of adventures and opportunities along the way.
What a great first day in Oak Class (despite the wet playtime!) We spent the morning going over routines, timetables and plans for the autumn term, talked through ideas for our class charter, decided Ormie the Pig was a fantastic role model for growth mindset and then spent the afternoon creating calligrams. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year and everything we will achieve together.
Wildlife caption challenge
On the first day back, I challenged Oak Class to come up with captions to go with some finalist photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. They did not disappoint!
How close to 100?
In our practical maths session this morning, Oak Class had to see 'how close to 100' they could get. Using a 100 square and two dice, the children took it in turns to roll and had to draw an array somewhere on the grid using those numbers. The aim of the game is to cover as many of the squares as possible and you get three lives for the arrays that you can't place. The closest we got was 99!
For our first computing lesson in Oak Class we looked at systems, starting with a bicycle then moving onto Amazon lockers. To help us understand the process of inputs and outputs, we designed talking teddies and presented our ideas to the rest of the class.
Exploring brushstrokes in Chinese art
Oak Class became students of Chinese art today and studied the Four Gentlemen: bamboo, plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum. These plants have been used commonly in Chinese art for more than a thousand years, not only for their beauty but for the characters and symbolism that they have been given. The children used a page in their sketchbooks to explore the different brushstrokes to create each element before putting it all together for their final composition.
Wet and windy forest school!
It was a wet and windy day at Forest school but the weather didn't dampen our spirits or spoil our fun! We whittled sticks to wrap our bread dough around to bake on the fire and we took inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy and created our own leaf art - we had to be creative to stop the wind from blowing it all away! We sculpted tree guardians out of clay, used our knotting skills and patience to make twig stars, tried to 'turn the tarp' and warmed our hands around a cup of hot chocolate.
This week in computing, we looked at how message packets are transferred using agreed protocols. We created our own network with human routers transferring packets from one device to another using the most efficient route. There was a bit of a backlog at one point (and it was running almost as slow as the school's internet) but the packets made it to their destination in the end!
Editing Mother Nature
After a morning of Christmas songs and brass bands (82 days to go...), we uploaded the photos we took during forest school and used an online program to edit them. A sneak preview is included below but you will need to wait for our art exhibition to see the rest!
Creating a clay Green Man
With expert help and guidance from Jenny and Kate, we spent the morning creating our own clay Green Man - a symbol of an ancient spirit of nature that dates back more than 4,000 years. Once the face had been sculpted, we made leaves and creatures to add to our creation and also had time to make a unique class plaque. We can't wait to see the final result.
Autumn trees art project
One of our big art projects this week was to recreate a piece of autumn themed art by modern artist Jay Lee. We began by dotting our canvases with acrylics and then blending them to create the background. We studied and compared artwork by Monet and Constable and created an autumnal colour palette to use as inspiration for our final pieces.
A proud moment
Not only did we get through to the semi-finals in one of the groups at the tag rugby festival on Friday, we also won the Sportsmanship Award. I am so proud of the perseverance, resilience and positive attitude that everyone showed. It was very well deserved.