Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

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Oak Class Blog.

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 we begin Forest School.