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Head of School Update - Friday 28th January 2022

Welcome to this week’s ‘Weekly Update’.


As always, it’s been another brilliant week at Oakwood. Classrooms have been very clam and there has been a lovely working environment throughout the school, all week; pupils are focused, working hard and giving their best.


I’ve seen some fantastic Reading and Writing this week. In Reception, children are becoming experts in ‘holding a sentence’ and are able to remember all of the words before writing them in to their books. The children have also been practising their letter formation and finger spaces and are incredibly ‘speedy readers’. Children in Year 5 have been learning about the features of discussion texts and asking the question, ‘Are zoos good or bad for animals?’ I’m looking forward to reading their finished pieces!


In Year 2 this week, children have been learning about changes in medicines and health, and recreated two different hospitals, showing how they have changed through history and the things Florence Nightingale changed to make them better. The children in Year 2 are really enjoying their History learning journey this term!


Pupils in Year 5 have also been making prototypes in Year 5. They are trying to build mechanisms to help lift objects into a treehouse. The pupils have explored a number of systems including levers, pulleys and pneumatics.


And, once again, I’ve seen some fantastic homework, too, from Maths pages, Viking longboat models and versions of the missing chapter. It’s great to see how much enthusiasm the children have to want to extend their learning at home!


We’ve been enjoying our History and Design and Technology lessons in school, and we’ve been working hard towards getting ready for our upcoming Curriculum Events for this term. All of the dates and times, with a short description, can be found on this week’s Bulletin. We hope you will be able to join us!


Next week, we will be joining lots of schools across the country to celebrate ‘Number Day’ in school, to support the NSPCC charity. On Thursday 3rd February, the children will take part in lots of number themed activities throughout the day and, for a small donation towards the NSPCC, children are invited to wear something to do with numbers, as part of a special Mufti Day. Please see the letter from Mr. Paramor and Mr. Croft, for further details about the event next Thursday.


Some photographs from the week at school are shared at the bottom of the update and on the school’s Facebook page too.


In this week’s Celebration Assembly we awarded our certificates to our Writing and Maths ‘Stars’ and our ‘Stars of the Week’.


This week’s ‘Stars of the Week’ are:


YR Stephenson – Grace W. for Achievement – For her fantastic sentence writing.


Y1 Nightingale – Lexi S. for Achievement – For her fantastic focus and attitude when learning new things.


Y2 Brunel – Sebastian W. for Determination – For his determination to support with responsibilities in the classroom, including helping with Tutormate.


Y2 Seacole – Kallais S. for Knowledge – For excellent involvement in our ‘historical hospitals’ role play.  


Y3 Ashe – Ava-Grace R. for Knowledge – For excellent Maths learning on parallel and perpendicular lines.


Y3 Turing – Adam P. for Achievement – For always demonstrating a positive attitude to his learning.


Y4 Thunberg – Ivana B. for Achievement – For always giving 100% effort, contributing ideas in class and producing work to a very high standard.


Y4 Logie-Baird – Leonidas S. for Determination – For showing improved focus during lessons and producing quality independent work!


Y5 Hamilton – Tyler C. for Achievement – For brilliant work for finding equivalent fractions.


Y5 Pankhurst – Mason W. for Achievement – For his excellent effort with his reading, including reading at home.  


Y6 Amundsen – Antonio S. for Determination – For showing determination to achieve in all lessons, but particularly in Accelerated Reader.


Y6 Parks – Lily-Rose W. for Determination – For being determined to be the best she can be.


Have a great weekend!


Ryan Laker
Head of School

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