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St Mark's C.E Primary School

Life in all its fullness

Oliver Jeffers class

Class Teacher:  Miss Kirkham

Teaching Assistant:  Mrs David

Our learning


We love sharing books in Oliver Jeffers class and each day we vote for a book to read at story time. 

We practise our phonics and read to the adults in our class regularly.

We take books home that match our phonic knowledge and choose books from our book baskets to share with people at home too.  Click on the logo below to watch an "Introduction to Phonics" from Bug Club phonics. 

In addition to story time, we are using these books for our learning this term.

What have we been doing?


Our focus this week has been on the Polar Regions.  We read the story, "The Great Explorer" and thought about what it would be like to be an explorer going to the north or south pole.  We talked about what we would see, what we would do and wrote a list of things we would need to take.  We used the role play area to act out our adventures!  In maths, we were learning to balance things and use the words equal, heavier, lighter, heaviest and lightest.  We enjoyed balancing the scales with cubes, sand and water.  For our art this week, we started some winter pictures.  We talked about warm and cold colours and mixed the paints to make different shades of blue.

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Theo for his fantastic maths learning and for using our key vocabulary when balancing the scales.


This week we have been reading the book, "The Queen's Hat".  We then found out that the wind had blown Mr Bassett's hat off his head!  It had landed all around the school and so we decided to tell and write our own version of the story, making sure we spoke in full sentences and used full stops.  In maths we have been learning what the addition sign means and using numicon to help us with our number bonds.  We have also really enjoyed using the role play area in our classroom, dressing up and thinking about what we need to do to look after others.  We have loved going to Book Club with the other children in the school and sharing books with each whilst using our cosy cave to read in the classroom.

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Belle for her amazing story telling and phonic knowledge whilst staying focused and enthusiastic.


It has been lovely to be back in school together this week and we have enjoyed starting our new topic "Up, Up and Away".  We started by talking about different kinds of maps, what they show us and how we might use them.  We drew some of our own maps using simple pictures and symbols and then built a 3D map outside.  It had fields, trees, roads, buildings, a pond and the sea.

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Aston for his positive attitude towards our activities.  He has worked well with others, taken turns and been kind.


We have had a brilliant last week of term and have been as busy as ever!  This week, we walked to the post box in the village to post our Christmas cards home.  We wrote our envelopes, stuck on a stamp and learnt about our card's journey from the post office, to the sorting office and finally to our letterboxes.  Hopefully, cards will be arriving through your door soon!  We also made our Christingles this week.  Armitage Class taught us what each part means and helped us stay safe when we lit our candles.  We are all very excited for Christmas and hope you have a lovely break.

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Taylor for making great choices and listening to instructions brilliantly.  He has set a really good example to others.


This week our class elf decided to play hide and seek and so we retold the story, "We're going on a bear hunt" and read a new story, "We're going on a lion hunt" before going on our own elf hunt!  We made posters to ask if anyone had spotted the elf; we eventually found her in the fruit box!  We have spent time outside problem solving, trying to get 6 balls in to a bucket without stepping over the line.  We started by throwing the balls, then used bats before deciding we could build ramps and tunnels.  We have been playing games to practice our phase 2 phonic sounds and have been thinking about rhyming words.  Finally, a big thank you for coming to see our Nativity, we were extremely proud of our performance!


This week we have been getting in the Christmas spirit.  We learnt the Nativity story and started our advent countdown.  Our elf, Jingle, left a Christmas tree for us to decorate.  We have also been using the puppet show to tell stories, using the wooden blocks to build things and showing how the number of cubes we have doesn't change just because we arrange them in different ways.  We were excited to see that some of our daffodil bulbs have started sprouting and loved making shepherd's pie and chocolate pudding in our Investigation Kitchen.

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is James for being very patient and for persevering when using the construction blocks.


We have continued our celebrations topic this week by organising a party for our class teddy, Fudge.  First, we wrote a to do list.  Then, we wrote invitations and made birthday cards.  Next,  we decorated the classroom, blew up balloons, wrapped up lots of presents and made cakes.  Finally, we had the party and played games including phonics pass the parcel.  What a lucky teddy!

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Susie for her fantastic attitude.  She has been making great choices and really impressing us with her writing.


This week we have been celebrating our Road Safety Heroes as part of Road Safety Week.  We learnt how to cross the road safely, wrote some instructions, wrote our names and numbers to create number plates, became cars and constructed ramps and tunnels. We loved our walk around Eccles, doing everything we had learnt.  We were so sensible and safe!

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Max for his enthusiasm and participation.  He has joined in with all of the activities brilliantly, being kind and helping others.


This week we have been learning all about Remembrance Day.  We made poppies out of clay, created a tissue paper wreath to hang on our classroom door and wrote some brilliant stories about a rabbit hiding in a poppy field.  We have been outside making poppies and racing cars, using the building blocks inside and playing lots of maths and phonics games.  We were also excited to spot a butterfly in the outside area!

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Jack for showing huge confidence all week.  Jack has been coming in to school and settling in to his activities with a smile!


We have had a great week back after half term.  We started our 'Celebrations' topic thinking all about Bonfire Night.  We learnt about Guy Fawkes, wrote a list of things we would wear to a firework display and the sounds we would hear, did a science experiment with skittles and even had our own fire in the outside area.  We thought about what we need to do to stay safe with a pretend fire and then shared a story around our fire pit.  In maths, we played lots of games to compare numbers and in phonics we learnt some of the tricky words we need to recognise when we are reading.

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Malina for persevering with her writing and thinking about the sounds she needs to create each word when describing the sounds fireworks make.


This week we have been busy doing lots of Autumn activities including printing with pine cones, conkers and leaves, and using tools to safely hammer golf tees in to pumpkins .  We enjoyed digging in the mud so much that we buried treasure, used our geography skills to make maps and worked together to build a pirate ship. We have been developing our number knowledge and learning some new sounds to help with our reading and writing. 

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Sonny for always listening, participating and trying his best.  Sonny sets a brilliant example to others in the class.


Our theme this week has been pets.  We had a vote to name our class bear and have chosen the name Fudge.  We have been thinking about what we need to do to look after him and opened a vet surgery in our classroom to care for a variety of animals.  We became story tellers when we wrote our own versions of the story, "If I had a dinosaur".  We all agreed a dinosaur would be a great pet but discussed some things we thought might be problematic!  In maths, we have been copying and continuing repeating patterns and in phonics we have been learning the sounds i, n, m and d.

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Oscar for his grown up attitude and for his brilliant writing when using the sounds we had learnt.


This week we have been talking about our families, sharing photos from home and practising saying and writing some new sounds.  In maths, we have been comparing amounts, building tall and short towers and using the scales to balance the sand.  We really enjoyed our Harvest Supper and welcoming you in to see us.

Our St Mark's Vision Award winner this week is Alice for being a kind and helpful member of the class and for always listening so brilliantly.


We have had another great week in Oliver Jeffers Class.  We read the story Supertato and thought about how super and healthy vegetables are.  We wrote letters to Supertato and made our own vegetable heroes.   We have been printing with vegetables, capturing the evil pea and mark making with paint.  In our maths lessons, we have been sorting things based on their size, colour and shape. 


This week we read the book Funny Bones to start our topic All About Me. We retold the story, made skeletons and built our own dark, dark street.  We have also been looking at things that match, including different colour fish, pairs of socks and numicon pieces.


This week we had our first day together as a whole class.  We had lots of fun all week and started getting used to some of our school routines.


We have had a brilliant first week at school!  We have been exploring inside and outside and have loved getting to know each other.  We have been making rockets, building towers, painting, drawing, playing in the sand, using the train set, cooking food in the role play area and using the climbing equipment safely.  Well done to everyone for being so fantastic.