Class Oak 2021-2022

Welcome to Oak Class 
 
Can you believe it's the summer term already? I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and are ready to get back to school with a fully refreshed learning fuel-tank. Below you can find our Geography focused topic web and home learning choices for this half term.
 
Our residential trip to JCA will take place between 27th and 29th April. It is going to be a fantastic trip and I know the children will love every minute of it. We will be leaving at 10:30 on Wednesday 27th and returning for the end of the normal school day (15:05) on Friday 29th.
 
SATs are this term (9th - 12th May), please remember that these are not 'the worlds most important test', they are simply a chance for the children to show off what they have learned at school and whilst we want everyone to do well, all we ask is that they do their best.
 
PE is on Monday and Thursday.
Library will be on alternate Fridays.
 
Please ensure that your child has the required equipment in school.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch either via the link book or email (tpenny@berryhill.gloucs.sch.uk).
 
Mr. Penny.
Residential Trip to Croft Farm
 
On Wednesday 27th April, Oak Class loaded the suitcases on to the coach and set off for our residential trip to Croft Farm in Tewkesbury. The fun filled and challenging 3 days was not just a reward for the children's hard work this year, but also an opportunity for them to learn new skills outside of the class room, and perhaps find a new hobby.
 
The children took part in raft and buggy building, faced a rather ominous climbing wall with great vigour, tested their perception on the sensory trail and had a rather impressive dance battle to name but a few of the activities. Mrs. Mizen and Miss. Williams and myself are very proud of the children and were impressed with how they approached each activity with positivity and determination. 
 
There will soon be a slideshow of photographs from the trip, however the shear number of them is proving problematic for the file uploader to handle, so check back soon.
World Book Day 2022
 
For World Book Day, Oak class focused on the book 'Supertato: The Great Eggscape'. This book is not only a fun picture book but also allows the children to think about links to the Christian festival of Easter and PSHE related topics such as emotions, working with others and healthy eating. The children completed activities with links to English, Maths, Art & DT and RE. These included plotting the chronology of the story, building a book review dodecahedron and creating a World Book Day voucher - for the children that wished to, these were sent off to be entered into the national competition, which comes with the possibility of winning up to £250 of vouchers for the school, £100 of vouchers for the child and £100 for the teacher. The children all made a brilliant effort with their costumes, we were seriously impressed.

In Oak Class, we believe that it is important to know what is going on in the world around us. When possible, we like to watch CBBC Newsround and have conversations about current events. Below is a link to the CBBC Newsround should you wish to do the same at home.
Useful Links and Resources
Transition to Secondary
 
Moving from primary school to secondary school sees big fish in small ponds suddenly becoming the tiny ones again. It’s an exciting time with new surroundings, new routines and new timetables. There are also new friends, new sports, and, well... new everything.
 
This all makes for an intensely challenging time. A common misconception made is parents thinking that a secondary-aged child doesn’t need them as much. In reality, whilst the needs change, they need you just as much. Investing the time in the transition from primary to secondary school will not only allow for them to settle in quickly, but also pave the way for a positive relationship for you both as you head into the teen years.
 
Below are some resources to help the children's final year at Berry Hill be one that they remember fondly and one that helps best prepare them for the exciting transition to secondary school.