Oak Class – Reception

Oak Class – Reception at St Julian's Church School

In Oak class we enable our Reception and Year 1 children to thrive through play-based learning, outdoor exploration and challenging opportunities in preparation for life's adventures!

Welcome to 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 and National 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.

Children who are Year 1 in Oak class work closely with their peers from Year 1 in Chestnut class for many areas of the curriculum , joining together for phonics, reading, some areas of the wider curriculum learning and PE.

EYFS Long term plan Cycle A 2023 -2024

Year 1 Long term plan Cycle A 2023-2024

This term we will be learning ‘What is a monarch ? We will be exploring the roles of the current Monarch and we will be looking back with Year at British Queens in History, focusing on Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. In Knowledge of the World / Science, we will continue to explore and learn about ‘Everyday Materials’. We will become scientists for the day and using our knowledge of materials will be learning to  conduct some very exciting investigations of our own across two SCIENCE THEMED DAYS!

This term is all about Art which ties in brilliantly with this terms core value – creativity.  We will begin the term with a visit to the Holburne Museum and it will all lead towards a display of art across the school in a dedicated Art Week towards the end of term. Our theme for Art is focusing on the jungle.  We will be learning about the French artist, Henri Rousseau and creating lots of nature inspired art based on his work! I In oak class we love learning about Jungle animals so some of our learning will look at animals that are endangered and why.

In EYFS for Number we will be exploring numbers 6-10 as well as looking at how we measure different things. We will be finding different ays in which we measure weight, height and capacity. In Year 1 Maths we will be focusing on lots of different topics; Year 1 will initially focus on Place Value (within 20) and then move on to Addition and Subtraction (within 20).  Our phonics continues in Year 1 as well as whole class reading using a range of texts.


In RE / Knowledge of the world, we will be looking at places that are special to us. We will also be taking part in a pretend christening up at St Julian’s Church with our teddies so that we can learn about how and why we might be Christened. In PSED / Jigsaw we will be learning to talk about our dreams and goals. We will talk about what we might need to do to achieve our goal or dream.


In Literacy we will continue with Drawing club for Reception with Year also enjoying the joy of drawing club along with their focus on writing sentences correctly . We do this by writing for a purpose. Year 1 will be retelling stories, describing characters in traditional tales, letter writing or setting instructions.

Exciting events happening this term:

Week 2 (Tuesday 9th January) – The Holburne Museum Trip

Week 3 (Monday 15th January) – Science Day 1

Week 5 – (Monday 29th January – Friday 2nd February) – ART WEEK

Week 6 (Friday 9th February) – Science Day 2



Reading and Phonics with Little Wandle

We teach phonics and reading through Little Wandle.   Reception continue their phonics learning in Phase 3 whilst Year 1 continue with Phase 5. All children will have practice reading sessions with Year 1 receiving whole class reading using a range of texts. All reception and Year 1  have a home folder that contains all the graphemes/phonemes we are learning along with some words to practice and letter formation. These will be updated as we progress in learning so please use these folders at home but return them to the book bag so we can update when needed. These folders allow you the opportunity to dip in and out of phonics when your child is happy to at home.

All children  have a school reading book which will be based on teacher assessment and phonics. For both year groups reading books will be  given out on the Wednesday and must be returned to school on the following Monday as they are often rotated between groups. This book will be familiar as we will have read the book three times in school before going home. They should be reading the book fluently, with 90% of the words being read without the need to segment. As a result of this increase in fluency, speed and accuracy, comprehension improves as cognitive overload is reduced.

The second book the children will bring home will be a ‘sharing book’. This will have an ‘s’ sticker on the front. This is a book chosen by your child to encourage a love of reading and can be changed at any time.

Please ensure you sign the purple home-school contact book/reading record each time you read with your child. The expectation is to read daily even for five minutes.

Click here for the  overview of our phonics learning in EYFS and Year 1  

Click here for access to the Little Wandle Revised Letter and Sounds Parents Support 

Please note:

  • PE lessons will be on Wednesdays. Please send your child to school wearing their PE kit.
  • All children require a water bottle in school everyday.
  • Children must have in school every day a spare pair of wellies for our outdoor classroom and paddock area as well as spare clothes in case they get wet.
  • It is important that children always have a waterproof coat in school as we will be outside as much as possible in all weathers. We also welcome your child keeping wet weather gear for outdoor play. If they have waterproof trousers they can bring in this would be useful.
  • Contact books/reading records are required in school every day.

Reception / Year 1 Home Learning 

It is really important that children spend some time at home each week consolidating their learning at school and it is helpful if they have a quiet space to do so. You can find a copy of our Home Learning Expectation on the policies section of our website. In our class the expectation is:

  • Weekly phonics to practice through practice reading book including a phonics folder. 
  • Daily reading or sharing of a book for pleasure.
  • Occasional themed work linked to learning at school (example – Whole school challenge to find a new animal for our core value) 
  • Doodle maths ( all children are set up with password)


Login information for any online resources has been stuck into the inside cover of your child’s reading record.

Play Numbots

Play Doodle Maths



To contact Mrs Parker please use messaging on Class dojo, purple contact book (if not urgent ) or on pick up or drop off if urgent.  


Class Teachers:

Mrs Parker

Teaching Assistants

Mrs Tiley ,  Miss McDermott and Miss Smith

Mrs Miles will cover Oak class for Mrs Parker’s PPA every other Friday.





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