Hello and welcome to the Oak Tree class page where you will find information about the fun, exciting learning that has been happening each term.
Information about Oak Trees
The English oak is a large deciduous tree up to 20-40m tall. In England the oak has for centuries been a national symbol of strength and survival. As common oaks mature they form a broad and spreading crown with sturdy branches beneath Their smooth and silvery brown bark becomes rugged and deeply fissured with age. Oak tree growth is particularly rapid in youth but gradually slows at around 120 years. It's fruit, commonly known as acorns, are 2–2.5cm long. Most acorns will never get the chance to germinate, they are rich food source, eaten by many wild creatures including jays, mice and squirrels. Acorns need to germinate and root quickly to prevent drying out or becoming victims of the harvest.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr
Man on the Moon- Simon Bartram
A Very Pirate Christmas-Timothy Knapman
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
The IPC has been developed so that four main aims can be achieved. They are:
- To help children learn the subject knowledge, skills and understandings they need to become aware of the world around them.
- To help children develop the personal skills they need to take an active part in the world throughout their lives.
- To help children develop an international mindset alongside their awareness of their own nationality.
- To do each of these in ways which take into account up-to-date research into how children learn and how they can be encouraged to be life-long learners.
This year we will be covering a variety of topics through the IPC:
In the Autumn Term 1 we will be learning about Who I Am? This is an exciting topic because children are at a stage in their lives when they are just beginning to feel ‘grown up’ as they learn important adult skills such as reading, writing and mathematics. They are also finding out the skills they need to be part of a group and are moving away from the self-centred picture of themselves that dominates the first few years of their life to a realisation that their ‘self’ is not just about them but is also defined by their relationships with others. Above all, we should celebrate our differences whilst seeing our similarities to our group members. So, we are individuals as well as important members of a wider community.
In the Autumn Term 2 we will be learning about The Magic Toymaker. Toys come in many shapes and sizes. But all are designed for us to have fun with, to learn new skills and to exercise our bodies and our imagination.
In the Spring Term 1 we will be learning about The Stories People Tell. Many of the stories that we enjoy today are influenced by the stories that have been passed down through the ages. By studying older stories, such as myths and legends, we can become storytellers too, writing and performing our own stories to entertain people today.
In the Spring Term 2 we will be learning about We Are What We Eat. Food plays a vital role in history and culture throughout the world because food is essential to life. By learning about the different types and amounts of food our bodies need, we can plan healthier diets and enjoy longer lives.
In the Summer Term 1 we will be learning about People From the Past. History is one big story, filled with important people who did many great things - scientists, rulers, artists, writers, explorers. By learning about these people and what they did, we can find out more about the qualities that make someone great.
In the Summer Term 2 we will be learning about Flowers & Insects. Have you seen any flowers today? Where did you see them? Have you seen any insects? Where did you see them? Flowers and insects need each other. Without insects there would be no flowers. And without flowers insects would go hungry.