Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Respect, integrity, courage, compassion and hope

Oak Class Blog.

Term 2 Week 6 Forest School

This week Year 2s had a fire craft lesson with Mrs Bradley! They each learnt how to safely start a fire, showing amazing persistence and resilience to keep going until it was lit. The Year 1s and Acorns explored the woods, created playdough feasts, continued to improve the den and checked on the birdfeeder from last week.  We shared our adventures over hot chocolate and finished with story time.  

Term 2 Week 5 

This week we have marked the start of advent.  We talked about the reason for the season and the meaning behind advent wreaths and calendars.  The children created a beautiful wreath for our classroom door and their own individual advent wreaths. We have also been working really hard preparing for our nativity play next week which we can't wait to share with our audience! 


Term 2 Week 5 Forest School

A beautiful late Autumn afternoon in the woods, we said hello to the horses on the way and had Beaumont the Forest School dog to keep us company too! The children were all very busy creating story sticks, developing the den constructed last week by adding a moss floor, creating an amazing bird feeder and of course lots of delicious feasts.  

Term 2 Week 4 

This week we have been weather forecasters! Each day the children have monitored the weather and recorded temperature, rainfall and cloud conditions.  For the final lesson in our geography learning project each created their own weather forecast and some had a go at presenting to the class.  In between our daily phonics, English and Maths lessons we have also been busy preparing for our nativity play, the children are working really hard on learning their lines and all the songs, and doing a wonderful job! 

Each Wednesday afternoon we have show and tell.  The children love the opportunity to share their interests outside of school with the class and Mrs Peeling and Mrs Thomas are always amazed by the variety and quality of presentations.   


Week 4 Forest School

The weather wasn't quite as kind for our visit to Forest School today, but we still had a great time in the woods.  We built dens using branches and tarpaulins to shelter from the rain, there was digging in the mud, jumping in puddles and Acorns created some delicious treats out of leaves!  The autumn colours were quite beautiful to see too. 

Term 2 Week 3

This week we have been supporting Anti-Bullying week, we have been thinking hard about what it means to be a good friend.  We discussed what we look for in a friend and thought about how we can be a good friend at different times of the school day.  As part of this week we also thought about what makes us unique special, we created an odd sock washing line to reflect the individuals in Oak class.  In maths Acorns have been thinking about 3d shapes, hunting for them all around the school, Year 1 have been thinking about repeating patterns and Year 2 have been mastering money. In our Geography learning project we have been studying the weather.  Year 2 made rain gauges so that we can measure the rainfall as part of our weather monitoring next week. 

Today we were thinking about road safety.  We are very thankful for the wonderful Dave who helps all the children cross the road safely at the beginning and end of the day but when Dave is not around we still need to cross safely.  We learnt the Stop, Look, Listen mantra and talked about the Green Cross Code.  We also talked about the importance of being visible on the roads whether we are pedestrians, cyclists, or riding. The photo below illustrates how important this is, the top photo shows a child in a bright coat, the bottom photo shows a child in the same position but wearing a dark coat. 

Next week we will be rehearsing our Nativity play, becoming weather forecasters and writing reports about hedgehogs! 

Term 2 Week 3 Forest School 

Another glorious afternoon in the woods! There was fungi spotted and identified, trees climbed, Mrs Thomas buried in mud and many tasty treats created.  We all enjoyed a tasty treat from the PTA during Show and Tell, thank you! 

Term 2 Week 2 

This week we have been been thinking about Remembrance Day, we discussed why we remember and created some beautiful poppies to display around the school. 

We have also been creating some fantastic firework paintings and autumn art using pointilism.   

Next week we will be beginning our weather learning project and starting Nativity rehearsals! 


Term 2 Week 2 Forest School

We had a wonderful visit to the woods this week.  The weather was a little wet and windy and there was definitely more mud to be found.  We made playdough creations, climbed trees, dug in the mud, cooked a three course feast and listened to the Gruffalo. 

Our mouse house has a new resident... A mouse has moved in! We were very careful not to disturb his hibernation. 

Term 2 Week 1

This week we have been thinking about Autumn and Bonfire night celebrations.  In English we have been looking at adjectives and using onomatopoeia to write firework poems as well as looking at how we can keep ourselves safe.   In art we have been creating beautiful autumn leaves by mixing colours, using red, blue and yellow paint we explored how we can create other colours. Acorns have enjoyed learning about 3d shapes in maths, hunting for shapes in the classroom and building models. All of Oak class have been enjoying Friday music lessons with Mrs Davies. 

Next week we are looking forward to Forest School on Monday! 

Week 7 Cross Country, Windsor Castle and Checkendon Church

We have had a busy but amazing week!

Following Forest School on Monday we visited Checkendon Church on Tuesday as in our RE lessons we have been thinking about the communities and groups we belong to which make us special. Our visit to the church re-enforced the place we have in the Christian community in Checkendon. 

On Wednesday Year 1 and 2 took part in an interschool Cross Country event at Langtree School.  The children excelled themselves in their performances and behaviour and made us all very proud.  

On a very wet Thursday we went to Windsor Castle as the culmination of our history learning project.  We visited St George’s Chapel and saw the final resting place of Elizabeth II, the state apartments where we were wowed by the chandeliers and armour, looked at the guns on the battlements and had a workshop where we learnt all about castles and how they were defended from attack.  As always the children were amazing ambassadors for Checkendon Primary School demonstrating our school value of Respect perfectly, we had a wonderful visit (despite the rain!).


Week 7 Forest School 

A lovely afternoon full of fun and sunshine.  The children created animals from conkers and pine cones, climbed trees, searched for fungi, and made some delicious cakes! 


Week 6

This week to support our work on instructions in English we carefully followed a set of instruction to make baked apples. In science we carried out an investigation to find out which materials would make a good umbrella.  The children all worked in groups to make a prediction, carry out a fair test and then reach a conclusion.  

Next week we are looking forward to forest school, visiting Checkendon Church, visiting Windsor Castle and KS1 Cross country! 

Week 6 Forest School

Another wonderful visit to Forest School.  We enjoyed spotting all the signs of autumn on the way and then collected beautiful  leaves to create mobiles and patterns with.  Our fungi experts were searching for different mushrooms and our minibeast experts were hunting out bugs.  The weather was glorious, trees were climbed, mud cakes were made and everyone enjoyed sharing their experiences at the end! 

Week 5 

This week we were delighted to be visited by PCSO Sue Haynes.  She came to talk to us about the emergency services and how the police keep us safe.  She shared a story with us and very patiently answered all our questions! 

Week 5 Forest School 

We have had a wonderful afternoon in the woods being nature detectives! We had a great time discovering a huge variety of different fungi, building bug houses and creating nature mobiles. 


Last summer Checkendon pupils entered  a Science Challenge (insect art competition) And Greener Henley have acknowledged our outstanding drawings. Greener Henley have decided to show the public that young people, like our pupils,  really understand the importance of bees and other pollinators as well as other insects that do vital jobs for our natural world.  They are displaying our work in two exhibitions.  One is at the Library in Henley for the whole of Great Big Green Week, which runs from 24th September to 2nd October.  The rest of our work will go in the Gallery at the Great Big Green Fair in Henley Market Place on Saturday 24th September from 10.00 – 4.00 .Checkendon School is one of three primary schools that the judges decided should be awarded for their submissions to the Environmental Science Challenge.   We are very pleased that the Mayor of Henley, Michelle Thomas, has agreed to present the awards at the Fair Gallery at 12 midday on the 24th. We would love to have as many families attend this presentation as possible.

Week 4

This week we have been learning about harvest in preparation for our harvest service in Church next week.  We harvested tomatoes from our plants in the school grounds and then we drew the fruit, we made hedgehog bread rolls and a beautiful harvest wreath.  We also thought about all the food we enjoy and how thankful we are for the farmers who provide for us.  On Friday we had da live STEM lesson from the NFU and Farmer Hannah all about Combine Harvesters and the different parts of plants which are harvested. 

 Next week we are looking forward to a visit from PCSO Haynes. 

Week 4 Forest School 

A really enjoyable afternoon in the woods where the time flew past! The children were busy building, exploring and discovering using Mrs Braddley's expert knowledge to identify fungi and animal droppings.  

"I liked playing with my friends!" KG

"Mrs Thomas and I found a new climbing stack!" MR

"I liked making the mouse house." MS

Term 1 Week 3

This week we have enjoyed the September sunshine, harvesting some of the tomatoes we planted last year.  We have also been continuing our work on 'why we are special' in RE, reading the parable of the lost sheep and creating our own unique flock. In Maths we have been learning about comparing numbers within 10, 20, 50 and 100. In English we read the story of Into the Castle by June Crebbin, looking at rhyme, prepositions and adjectives.  Next week we will be thinking about Harvest and cooking some delicious treats with homegrown produce. 

Term 1 Week 2

This week we have been thinking about Queen Elizabeth II.  We have been learning about her life and this week learnt about her coronation. After looking at coverage of the event and learning about the importance of the orb, sceptre and crown we re-enacted the service in the Westminster Abbey. In English we have been using non-fiction texts to learn about castles and in maths we have been learning about place value.  Oakley the tiger helped year 1 solve some problems on the number line. Next week we will be learning about what life was like for children during the 1950s, reading fantasy stories set in castles and continuing our work on place value in Maths. 

Term 1  Week 2 - Forest School

On Monday we had our first Forest School session at our wonderful new site.  Led by Mrs Bradley we familiarised ourselves with the boundary, reminded ourselves of the importance of 'Sticky Feet' and then had a great time exploring.  We looked for minibeasts, fungi and poo, we climbed trees and built a mouse house.  The best way to spend a Monday afternoon!


Term 1 Week 1

It has been a wonderful start to the term in Oak Class! The children have returned to school keen and eager to learn and have enjoyed welcoming our new class members. We have had a very busy few days settling into out new classroom and routines and getting to know each other though parachute games.  We have also had lots of fun beginning our new Learning Project 'The Queen is in her Castle', there has been great partnership work when researching facts about the Queen and exploring castles. 

Next week we begin Forest School.