Oak Class - Year 1

Oak Class Catch Up!

Back to school soon for some of us in Year 1. The same home learning will still be posted on here for those who are working from home. From 8th June the home learning grid will look slightly different so keep your eyes peeled for that! 

Mrs Pinder and Mrs Harder are really missing seeing you all each day!

We love catching up with you when we do our fortnightly phone calls to your family. It is great to hear how well you are doing and all the home learning you have done.

Please keep emailing us at year1@loxwoodschool.com

We enjoy seeing photos of what you have been up to. Please remember to advise if you permit us to put these photos on the class page. Thank you.


 Hopefully it won't be too long until we see you again.


 You will find the following resources below:

  • A message from Ms Kitson
  • A suggested daily timetable.
  • The home learning chart sent home with your child.
  • Support for mindfulness and well-being.
  • Useful home learning websites.


Stay safe and enjoy your home learning! 


Dear Parents and Carers,

As you embark on home learning we thought that a suggested timetable may help. As many of you are aware structure is the key to a school day. Structure gives us all a feeling of control, a sense that we are ticking things off our ‘to do list’ and also clearly show us when we can break, guilt free and enjoy ourselves.

Some hints and tips (use if you wish)

• All of your children are able to work independently on some tasks, so remember to give them some space to complete activities their own way and this will also enable you to do your work.

• When ‘teaching’ an activity take a small aspect of learning. Don’t bite off more than you can chew! 20 minutes of instruction is enough for anyone.

• They will make mistakes – try to focus on the aspect of learning that you chose for that day. If you correct everything they will give up, you will be driven insane, and then there will be tears.

• Have a list of ‘non negotiables’ that you know that they know (but they still forget when concentrating on something else) e.g. full stops, certain spellings. They can go back and correct these when the tricky learning is done. We love a green pen for this editing stage.

• Praise effort not outcome. This may be a cliché but if they have worked their socks off you really can’t ask for anything more.

• The ratio for teacher talking and pupil talking is 20:80. They are going to want to do things their way, you’re not always going to get it and want to ‘teach’ them your way so that you understand. It’s a very common mistake. Let them do most of the talking and you will tap into the wondrous mind of a child.

• In case of emergency: email the school and someone will help you out!! ☺ 

Ms Kitson

Summer Term Weekly Home Learning
Dear Parents,
We are pleased to upload Week 6 of our new planning for the Summer Term, week commencing 1st June.
If your child finds aspects of this planning particularly difficult, especially in English or Maths, you may wish to access lower year group plans on the appropriate class page - the format for each year group is the same so you will be able to navigate this easily. Of course if you have any queries about this please email the class teacher on the class email address. As always work through the planning in the way that best suits your children and your family circumstances.
From Week 4 onwards we have to download the worksheets to accompany the White Rose Maths.
Please click on the links below to view them.
White Rose Maths direct you to go to the BBC Bitesize website for further practice.
Here are some of your photos and pictures you kindly emailed showing all the fantastic learning you have been doing at home. Thank you so much! Please keep emailing them. We love to see what you have been up to. 
If you are looking to find something else to keep everyone entertained, you might want to click on the link below. Here you will find lots of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities. This was kindly suggested by Mrs Rolland.
Here is something creative you might like to try and there are prizes for the winners. So it might be worth a go. This was kindly shared to Mrs Rolland by Mrs Nataraj. Mrs Rolland kindly shared it with us!
Here are 2 new websites you might want to take a look at. Dinosaur Discovery was recommended by our Mrs Rolland and Draw with Rob was recommended by Mrs Cleevely. Enjoy!
Please see below information about the Loxwood School Art Gallery.

We hope you saw the letter sent by email regarding the Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games 2020.

Please click on the link below to see the letter and the picture underneath to take you to the relevant website.

Here is a message from Miss Price regarding The Specsavers Virtual Sussex School Games.Image preview

Every week all the teaching staff have a virtual meeting. This week a fantastic idea of the whole school learning a song together was suggested. The song chosen is called "Together". Hopefully, you will enjoy singing this and hopefully it won't be too long until we are all in school together, to sing. What a special moment that will be.

Please click on the link below and go to Week 1 -Tuesday to find the song.

Here is the Summer Term Homework Projects for you to look at.
Emotional support during Coronavirus
This website has a host of free resources to support you emotionally during the virus.
We suggest you look particularly at:
1) Coronavirus 14 day self isolation activities
2) We are at home right now
3) Social contact
4) Our school is closing for a while
Internet Safety 
Please find some important resources on internet safety below. It is really important to practice e-safety, and with an increase in internet activity during home learning, it would be useful to familiarise yourself with these resources.
This website was kindly recommended by a mum for all those children who love playing football. 
If you are interested, please click on the picture below.
You may have seen a photo on our class page showing Isobel practising her bandaging techniques on Phoebe. The girls (with mum) have been looking at Junior Medic Training.
If you might be interested, please click on the picture below.
(There is a small cost involved if you commit to some training). 
Mrs Cleevely's had this art resource recommended to her by our lovely Mrs Swann. All their girls have enjoyed taking part in some of the activities suggested.
If you are interested, please click on the link below.
Mrs Collis kindly recommended Andy's Wild workouts as an alternative to PE with Joe or Jump Start Jonny. Perhaps you might want to give it a try?
Mrs Thurston kindly recommended this Home Challenge sheet. You might want to give it a try. 
Mrs Cleevely has recommended this website, practising touch typing skills. Both her girls are enjoying using it. (It was already on the Year 2 class page, so I have "borrowed" it from there!)
Website links recently added.
Useful links to websites to use whilst School is closed!
Have fun! :) 
Year 1 Common Exception Words.
We have started looking at some of these words in class.
We have looked:
I, a, is
do, to
so, go, no
be, he, me, we, she
school, said, the
today, there, where
my friend house
love come some
his has your
some once they


Welcome to Oak Class

We are the first class after Reception so play is still very much at the heart of what we do. As we progress through the year we will be moving towards a more formal style of learning in preparation for our transition to Willow Class and beyond. On a day to day basis we enjoy working as a whole class, small groups and sometimes individually with the teacher or teaching assistant.


 This year we have some exciting topics to base our learning around.

 In the Autumn term the whole school has the theme of 'DISCOVER'. Our topic is Castles in the Sky.

In the Spring Term, the school theme is 'EXPLORE'. Our topic is Fantastic Forests.

 In the Summer Term, the school theme is 'CREATE'. Our topic is Once there were Giants and Creative Geniuses.


We will send out a Home Learning Grid every term with a choice of fun activities you and your child could do together. You can send them in as you complete them and we will make time to share them with the class as soon as we can. 

We enjoy P.E twice a week on a Wednesday and Thursday. It is helpful to have their PE kit in school every day, but especially on our PE days. Tracksuit bottoms are essential in winter as we will be going outside for one of our lessons each week. In order to help your child become more independent with their changing it would be great if you could try to let them dress themselves at home if possible! This year we will be enjoying a well-rounded curriculum of Dance, Gymnastics, Ball Skills, Athletics and Games. 

Reading is something we value highly in Oak Class and we do this in many different ways on a daily basis- individual reading, guided reading and E.R.I.C Time (Everybody Reading In Class).

We do “Sound Discovery” four times a week-where the children learn phonics in groups that are appropriate for their ability. In these sessions we begin with "Speed Sounds", moving on to blending and segmenting sounds in words and practising reading sentences with our sound of the week.

If possible, children should be enjoying books at home every day  and this doesn't have to be just "School Books". Sharing a favourite bedtime stories or listening to audio books are also great ways to "read" at home. When your child needs to change their reading book please place it in the tray outside the classroom before school. 

Please do not hesitate to pop in and see me if you need to ask anything, no matter how small!

Here's looking forward to the exciting year ahead we have!

 Mrs Pinder