Oak Class – Reception

Oak Class – Reception at St Julian's Church School

In Oak class we enable our Reception children to thrive through play-based learning, outdoor exploration and challenging opportunities in preparation for life's adventures!

All About Oak Class

In Oak class we believe that the classroom is the second teacher and that with carefully thought out planning and set-up, children become autonomous learners; the children are the leaders. It is then our job as practitioners to support them in their exploration. We also have a superb outdoor learning set up so that pupils have the choice of whether they explore new concepts inside or outside. They can design and build elaborate bridges to walk across; explore under the sea creatures at the water tray; cook interesting meals in the mud kitchen; become pirates using costumes and props or create a piece of artwork.

Through play based activities and challenges we teach the Early Years Curriculum in a way that inspires and encourages our children to ask deeper questions as well as providing a learning journey full of nurturing and enriched opportunities.

Welcome to Term 5! 

This term we will be using the theme of Sunflowers linking to growth in science. The children will learn about the artist , Vincent Van Gogh and use the story Camille and the sunflowers to support our value of kindness. The children will be creative focusing on pencil skills, adding detail and shape. We will also be extending our knowledge of shades and mixing with paints to recreate our own artwork.

Towards the end of Term Oak class will re-look at what we have learnt about Queen Elizabeth II in previous terms. Children will work towards embedding this knowledge , exploring the Queen’s life as we reach our Jubilee week celebration in Week 5.

We will be exploring the British value of individual liberty where we will discuss how every child has the freedom to make choices.

In Maths we be continuing on our investigations into 0-10 and beyond.

PE this term will be athletics, focusing on skills leading to Sports Day . Please remember to come in PE kit on Wednesdays. Change of uniform should also be brought in and left on peg. We also have a lunchtime sports club on Wednesday available free to all children with Premier Sport.

Weekly Home Learning Tasks

Home Learning tasks are as follows:

  1. Reading school reading book and sharing their school shared books for pleasure
  2. Practicing Doodle maths .
  3. Revising taught graphemes and tricky words
  4. Parents  – Please Continue to update your child’s Dojo Profile –  anything they have done at home that links to our terms learning or a wow moment like riding a bike, visiting somewhere special or a special event, creating something at home or simply anything that they are proud of and would like to share.



Your child will have two reading books that they use. One is a share book that they choose to take home and have it read to them, look at the pictures and simply enjoy with family. These share books can be changed as often as the child wishes to. This is to foster a love of reading and enjoyment of books . The second book is linked to our Little Wandle Phonics teaching. Your child’s book is carefully linked to your child’s reading capabilities. Please note that reading books need to be 90% decodable by sight reading. Your child should not struggle to read the majority of the book. If this is the case, please ensure that you are letting us know so we can check the level. Your child will be assessed regularly by staff listening to your child read in school. School reading books will come home after Wednesday when they have read three times in school.

Login information for any online resources has sent home in your child’s contact book. Here are the links for both maths websites plus additional ones for fun.

Play Numbots

Play Doodle Maths

Top Marks for Maths and Literacy Activities 3-5 year olds

Here are some of the books we gave been reading this term They are a mixture of fiction and non fiction . 

Nature Month by Month 2022 (Non Fiction)

Camille and the sunflowers (Linked to artist exploration of Vincent Van Gogh )

The adventures of the egg-box dragon (Linked to Queens Jubilee and History)

The invisible string (Focusing on separation anxieties)





  • Mrs. Parker (Full Time)

Teaching Assistants

  • Mrs Tiley (Class Teaching Assistant –  Working Monday – Friday except Friday PM)
  • Mr Smalley (Teaching Assistant – Working  Friday PM)
  • Mrs Murphy (SEN Teaching Assistant )
  • Mrs Miles (Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) covering PPA every other Tuesday


  • School book bag, contact book and reading book.
  • Water bottle and waterproof coat.
  • Fruit snack if not having the school fruit offer. (If bringing grapes please name the pot and cut grapes in half to avoid choking hazard.)
  • Packed lunch if they are not having hot school meal. (Please remember we encourage healthy eating and due to nut allergies no nut products please.

Wednesday – Children come to school in their full PE kit. This should be White T shirt, black shorts / black jogging bottoms or sports leggings, green logo hoodie and trainers.

Class Dojo is our school communication platform that teachers, students, and families use  by sharing learning and experiences both in the classroom and at home through photos, videos, and messages. It enables us to send out individual or whole class messages direct from your child’s class.

If you have any concerns, questions or need contact class teacher  then you can do so by logging on to your School Dojo using the login information that was supplied to you on starting school.





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