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Oak Class 2023-24

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 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.
Reading for pleasure is key to maintaining a child’s appetite for books, learning and improving reading ability. Children who are immersed in a ‘reading for pleasure’ culture from an early age are far more likely to transition to secondary school with a bedrock of literacy ability and enquiring minds. Please click on this link for a recommended reading list for different age groups: Primary School Reading Lists for Children aged 3-11  
Autumn  2023
We have had a busy week taking on extra responsibilities around the school. Our four ambassadors have had their training from Mrs Ryder and our buddy system is up and running and began with a buddy reading session at the end of the day on Thursday so they could get to know each other a little better.
We really enjoyed our art this week exploring different Chinese painting techniques through the Four Gentlemen and painting a final piece of white plum blossoms and bamboo. In history, we have been trying to decipher Shang Dynasty hieroglyphs as well as designing our own.
A huge well done to the children who chose to represent Broadhempston at the cross country event today. It was a little soggy underfoot but you did us (and yourselves) proud and were so supportive of each other - a great community spirit.
In history this week, we investigated the hierarchy that existed in Shang society and then looked at artefacts that had been excavated by archaeologists. We had to identify each one and suggest what they might have been used for based on what we knew about this early civilisation.
We had a great day in Lyme Regis and learnt so much from Chris Andrew who is an avid collector of fossils and incredibly entertaining! The weather held off just long enough for us to scour the beach to add to our own collections.
An energetic start to the week at the basketball tournament. The children showed great teamwork when attacking and defending and although the goals were hard to come by, they showed great perseverance which paid off with quite a few baskets by the end of the day.
We started the day by learning all about Taiko drumming including attitude, kata (body language), technique and ki (energy and enthusiasm). The children put all these elements in place whilst learning their performance piece and by the end of the session were all pros!
In our first geography lesson of the new unit on mountains, we investigated the similarities and differences between Everest, Mauna Kea and Olympus before moving on to identifying some of the world's greatest mountain ranges.
In our health and fitness lesson today, we had a selection of photos with athletes from a wide range of sports and had to decide and justify which we thought were the most athletic. We then followed this up with a quick circuit which got our pulses racing.
In our science lesson, we learnt how there were many different ideas about life on earth from different parts of the world, in different cultures, societies and religions. We talked about Charles Darwin's epic adventure before carrying out our own bird beak investigation linked to natural selection and survival of the fittest. It turns out picking up marbles with any beak shape and size is almost impossible!
After a wet and windy start, the sun shone for us during our forest school session today. We whittled, built dens (with a little technical help from the Egyptians), levered children up trees (not as dangerous as it sounds I promise), crossed Mr Crocodile's river, drank hot chocolate with marshmallows and ate s'mores ... what more could you ask for to end the week!
We had a very special assembly today with Cultural Champion Souad who explained what it was like as a Muslim living in Britain. We then had a follow session where we learnt about the pillars of Islam and were able to ask their own questions to deepen their understanding of her faith.
After a successful first rehearsal for the KS2 Christmas concert, we stayed in church to browse the library books and we seem very pleased with our choices!
In geography this half term, Oak Class have been looking at why mountains are so important. For the last few weeks, they have been focussing on the Cambrian mountains and investigating why climate change is such a challenge for Welsh farmers. Using Digimaps (an online OS resources), the children completed a number of challenges using 4 and 6 figure grid references to identify tourist attractions.
Science got a bit stinky this afternoon whilst investigating reversible and irreversible changes. We recapped how substances can change state and that if a new material is created the change is irreversible. We then put this to the test by mixing warm milk and white vinegar - the chemical reaction created casein plastic which was used in the early 1900s to make items such as buttons, beads and combs. We can't wait to see how it turns out!
In DT this week, we got the opportunity to build the playground apparatus that we designed in previous lessons. There were lots of resources available and the children had to build their structures and reinforce them where necessary. Lots of the models were more creative than the initial drawings!
In English this week the children had to make some sentences ... what was so hard about that ... they were given individual words and punctuation and had to use all of them to create four sentences that made sense!
We were very excited this week to get to grips with our new programming unit which uses a crumble controller. Due to their existing knowledge of Scratch, the children were able to pick up the basics very quickly creating disco light shows with the sparkles.
We took part in a special interactive live lesson - Spaceship Earth. We learnt about the solar system, how rockets were launched and all the satellites that orbit our planet that help to clear the debris and monitor our climate.
In our history lesson today, we examined a wide range of historical sources to understand the relative importance of the factors that contributed to the United Kingdom winning the 12 week Battle of Britain.
What an informative day for Oak Class at RAF Harrowbeer! The children had the opportunity to see a range of artefacts up close including propellors from hurricanes, the canopy from a Spitfire, a range of gas marks and helmets plus a lifeboat and all its accessories that would have been dropped from a plane to rescue airmen at sea. They learnt about the role of the RAF base during the war and the fact that the runways were built in just three months. After listening for the air raid siren, they spent time in an Anderson shelter but I think there was quite a bit of disappointment when they were shown the rations they would have to live off.

Over the last week, we have taken part in a Bags of Kindness project in conjunction with the British Red Cross. The children were set a challenge to fill bags with small items that would bring joy to members of their local community. To begin with, they watched some videos about how different departments in the British Red Cross operate to gain an understanding of what it takes to do projects like this on a much larger scale. After writing to Mrs Ryder to ask for the funding for the project, the children set about designing their bags, making coasters with Miss Steer and adding inspirational and uplifting words to a wood slice decoration. They then added a bookmark, some tea, coffee and biscuits along with a personal handwritten letter. The bags will be making their way around the village in the next few weeks and we hope that the local community enjoy receiving them as much as we enjoyed making them.  

After all their hard work, Oak Class thoroughly deserved a fun day at forest school to end the half term. As well as the usual hot chocolate, the children made cheesy damper bread with chives foraged from around the woods, they completed a blindfolded rope course challenge, whittled spinning tops and of course there was some den building. An incredibly muddy (but great) way to finish the week!
In computing this afternoon, we created our own paper database cards with an animal theme. Sorting our own cards alphabetically wasn't too time consuming but sorting everyone's cards into one central database proved a little more challenging ...
This half term, Oak Class are learning how to play hockey and this week's lessons were all about dribbling with control and evading (some very keen) defenders.
After visiting Birch Class, Rachel from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service came up to Oak Class and explained to the children how important it was to have an escape plan. They then identified a variety of hazards in the kitchen and watched a video in real time showing how quickly a fire could spread.
As an early World Book Day treat, we took part in a live lesson this afternoon with Liz Pichon, a British author and illustrator of children's books - her Tom Gates series has been translated into 44 languages! We had a sneak peak at her new book due out later this year before taking part in a doodle tutorial.
To kick off science week, we took part in a live lesson all about insects and time. There were plenty of activities to get involved with: an insect mind map, label the locust, the life cycle of a beetle and spot the difference between a millipede and a centipede. We learnt some amazing facts including how poisonous a centipede is, that mayflies stay in the larva stage for a few years and then only live for 12 hours, that cicadas can stay underground for 17 years and that for every one human, there are 1.4 billion insects!
We had a great day at Occombe Farm which started with a tour of the paddocks and barn where we got to feed and interact with a range of animals including a three week old lamb. After lunch, we went to the cookery school and made our own pizza from scratch and gathered fresh herbs from the garden.