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2023 - 2024

Summer Term 2

As we approach the final week of term, it is a wonderful time to reflect upon how well all of the children in Oak class have done this year. Naturally, the focus will be on Year 6, in the final Leaver’s Worship, but it is important to remember the achievements of the Year 5 children as well. They have been an important part of the success of Year 6, with their many contributions to lessons, as well as contributing to the positive attitude to learning within the class. This is why, during the service, they will have their moments with the Year 6 as they have all worked so hard as a team this year.

This final term has been extremely busy with many positive learning experiences for all of the children to remember. Year 6 can look back on their wonderful Leaver’s Worships at both Salisbury Cathedral and St Mary’s Church (with other schools from the Purbeck area). During these worships, the children reflected upon the people that have supported them, during their time at St George’s, and looked to the future thinking about their transition to their secondary schools. These experiences were extremely valuable and hopefully will contribute to a smooth transition to their new schools.

PGL was a highlight of the year and the children had a wonderful experience there. It was so wonderful to see so many of the children come out of their comfort zone, when attempting the activities, and there was much fun had. Highlights include the Dragon Boat races, in Portland Harbour (well done Yellow team!) as well as the climbing and Aeroball. It looked so much fun-even I had a go! The children were amazing and it was such a positive experience for everyone!

The Leaver’s worship will be the last time for the Year 6 children to demonstrate their talents and show just how brilliant they are. I am very much looking forward to celebrating their achievements with you and I wish everyone a wonderful holiday and the best of luck on the next step of their learning journey – well done Oak class!

Oak Class Summer Term 2 2024


Summer Term 1

To begin with, I would like to say how impressed I am with both the Year 6 and Year 5 children of Oak class. During SATs week, every member of Year 6 tried their very best and did not stop working from the moment they started the tests to the very end of the tests. It was so wonderful to observe how committed they are to their learning and wanting to succeed. Regarding Year 5, their behaviour throughout the week was brilliant and they were super role models for the younger children. I can see many of them becoming House Captains, Vice-Captains and School Councillors next year and doing a fantastic job!

It has not all been about preparation for the tests this term. In Science, the children have been learning about light and how it travels. They have had the opportunity to conduct experiments and they thoroughly enjoyed making periscopes with mirrors. It was so wonderful watching them crouch down below the tables and giggle as they watched their classmates during lessons. In Computer Science, the children have been developing their programming skills using the fabulous BBC Micro:Bits. These are fabulous robot-like machines that have temperature gauges, accelerometers, microphones and speakers. The children are learning how to program variables in order for the Micro:Bits to count up and down. They children enjoyed making a fortune telling programme that they could ask a question of and then it gave them a yes or no answer!

In DT, the children finished their Islamic tiles and they look wonderful. The patterns are amazing and the colours bright and cheerful. They really fulfilled the brief of designing in the Islamic style. In RE, the children have been learning about the Birmingham Qur’an and its importance to the Islamic community there. They have learnt about its history and how Moslems demonstrate respect for this important document.

This half-term has seen a welcome return of the maypole to St George’s. Oak class have been working hard on learning their maypole dances and they are really looking forward to showing their parents this traditional activity that even I remember completing at Junior school!

As the Year 6 look towards then end of their journey at St George’s, it is only appropriate to say that they have been a wonderful cohort and I am very much looking forward to completing lots of fun activities with them before they head off on the next stage of their learning journey- well done Oak class!

Mr Paxton

Oak Class Summer Term 1 2024


Spring Term 2

As we head towards the Easter break, it is wonderful to reflect upon all of the wonderful learning opportunities that Oak class have accessed this term. To begin with, we were given the opportunity to watch the Swanage School perform the Matilda musical at the Mowlem theatre. What a wonderful production this was and a complete inspiration for the Year 6 children going to the Swanage School this year. I do hope to see some former pupils in next year’s production and hope that they perform as well! Continuing with the out of class learning opportunities, Wild Wessex very kindly invited us to their farm to talk about all of the wonderful work that they do. You can tell by the way they delivered their talk how much they care for their animals and it was a delight to visit the barn and watch the newly born calves. The children loved the visit and learnt so much about both farming and the natural environment.

This term Oak class have been studying the Golden Age of Islam and found out about the philosophers, artists, scientists and mathematicians that contributed so much to present day thinking. They were astounded to find out that our present day number system was invented at this time as well as the important work of the doctors who invented many of the modern surgical instruments that we have today. Exploring Islamic art, the children were inspired to complete geometric, vegetal and ornate Arabic writing designs and then use these designs to make a tile. These have turned out wonderfully and it was a great way to complete the Golden Age of Islam topic.

In RE, the children focussed on the importance of Easter to Christians. It is always a joy to me to hear the deeper thinking of Year 5 and 6 children as they explore the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. They really grasped the deeper theological questions and concepts and were able to relate Jesus’ sacrifice to Christian lives today. On the subject of RE, the Journey Day was a wonderful opportunity to watch the older children engage with the younger members of our community and they did a great job of nurturing and supporting their learning throughout the day. It is during these moments that I realise just how special a small village school can be and you can all be justly proud of your children’s achievements this term.

Oak Class Spring Term 2 2024



Spring Term 1

As we move towards the halfway point of the academic year, it is always good to reflect on the children’ learning journey and notice the huge improvements they have made. The children have a real sense of pride in the presentation of their work, in their books, and they are always eager to demonstrate what they have learnt. This has been shown in their balanced argument writing which began with the children researching the implications of deforestation, in the Amazon rainforest, and led to a wonderful whole class debate where the children put forward arguments from the Brazilian government, the indigenous people and the logging companies amongst others. This debate really got to the heart of the issues and this was reflected in their wonderful balanced arguments. Leading on from this, the children researched the potential impact of building a dam on the Amazon river and then planned and wrote a balanced argument on the implications. This produced wonderful work and demonstrated the maturity of the children’s writing.

As we look forward to warmer days, the children have already had the opportunity to complete work on the Oak class balcony. This is a fabulous resource that allows the children to complete their activities in the fresh air. I would, once again, thank the PTA for providing the parasols for the tables for these activities to take place. Further outdoor learning, this half-term, has included the visit to Salisbury Cathedral which was a wonderful learning opportunity. The children were amazed by the sheer scale of the building and thoroughly enjoyed learning about different parts of a cathedral (such as the font, the altar and the choir stalls). The spirituality workshops allowed the children to reflect and the stained glass window activity allowed the children to demonstrate their creativity. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable day! The Wessex Water Education Team visited the school and the children learnt about the company’s role in ensuring clean water provision. The children had the opportunity to complete a model, linking pipes to buildings in a grid, and worked well together to do so.

Learning about the Americas, in our Geography topic, the children researched the countries of both North and South America – placing these on a map. They explored the 50 states of the United States of America and researched information about a chosen South American country. The children really enjoyed researching and drawing famous American building and then chose one of these building to build in Design and Technology using a variety of materials.

As the children continue on their learning journey, it is wonderful to see all of the wonderful opportunities that the school provides to fulfil its commitment to allow the children to ‘Live Learning: Love Learning’. Looking at the calendar for next half-term, I can already see that we have planned an art workshop and a maths visit to the Swanage School amongst many other activities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, once again, for supporting your children’s learning and I very much look forward to next half-term’s opportunities!

Oak Class Spring Term 1 2024


Autumn Term 2

I have been really impressed with how hard the children in Oak class have worked this term. The World War Two topic has been particularly special and I have been amazed by the quality of the home learning: propaganda posters, cooking using World War Two rations and research into the ‘Funnies Tanks’ deployed on D Day. The creativity and imagination used in these tasks was amazing and we all enjoyed sharing them! For the last two weeks of term, the children have been reflecting on just how terrible war is. We completed a visit to St George’s church which inspired us to create war memorials on the nature trail. The children followed this up by reading ‘Remembrance’ poems and planned and wrote their own poems. The children also thoroughly enjoyed the whole class reading books during this topic, particularly the diaries of Anne Frank and Flossie Albright. I know that some children enjoyed them so much that they have put in a special request to Santa to receive them for Christmas!

Another highlight of this term has been the visits of Mr Keys, from the Dorset Music Service, to teach the children how to programme music on a Digital Audio Workstation. The children took on board all of the programming techniques and composed fabulous electronic musical pieces. They learnt about pitch, adding a vocal track and programming a backing track for a video. The range of compositions was amazing and the children produced work that they can be really proud of!

The school were very fortunate to receive 30 Micro:Bit robots from the BBC. These are a fantastic resource for programming and the children can programme them to complete a variety of tasks such as: rolling a dice, programme a rolling script and changing symbols. Oak class were the first class to trial them and they thoroughly enjoyed following the programming and watching the robots complete the activities. A big thank you to Mrs Astle for ensuring that we received this wonderful resource!

Our PSHE lessons this half term have focused on 'Valuing Differences'. We have talked about respecting others, not judging and the importance of tolerance and respect in the diverse society in which we live. The children are always encouraged to share their learning with you, where we hope these discussions can continue.


Autumn Term 1

The children have settled really well into Oak class this half-term and have completed fabulous learning! On Tuesday afternoons, Mr Keys (from the Dorset Music Service) has been teaching the children to programme music using a Digital Audio Workstation. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning this programming and are beginning to programme their own musical compositions using the techniques that they have learnt.

Learning about World War Two this half-term, the children had the opportunity to visit the Bovington Tank Museum and learnt so much about life on the Home Front. They heard about the life of an Air Raid Warden together with how the Women’s Land Army supported the production of food (which was in very short supply). Completing the replica shop activity, they found out about how little each person had as a ration together with what domestic life was like without the assistance of modern appliances. During the afternoon, they children explored the museum in smaller groups and it was wonderful to observe how engaged they were with their learning!

This term we have been reading War Diary, by Marcia Williams, about a young girl (called Flossie Albright) who lived on an estate near Dorchester. It is a beautifully illustrated diary about the life of a young girl during World War Two. The children have used it as an inspiration to write wonderful letters that are written in the style of the young girl together with illustrations. Such wonderful work!

As we head towards the half-term break, it only remains to thank you for supporting your child’s learning- the home learning has been amazing and I am very much looking forward to the Autumn 2 term!



Oak Class Autumn Term 1 2023