(Watch this space for their exploits!)
This week the children in The Oasis have been reading the story of
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.
We have made our own play scenery based on events from the story.
We are going to visit
Thorndon Country Park on
Thursday 24th September
to follow the Gruffalo Trail.
(We will let you know if we find him!!)
We have been learning all about the world's rainforests. It has been interesting to find out more about the variety of animals who make their homes in the different layers of the rainforest.
We have also been putting our debating skills to the test as we discuss conservation issues.
The Oasis pupils have realised the importance of caring for our environment and are planning to create a wild garden area to help protect our local mini-beast population!
Welcome back to
Spring Term 2015!
Our topic this half term is...
"Mission to Mars"
On Monday 12th January we arrived at school to find an alien spaceship had crashed in The Oasis garden area.
We investigated the wreckage and looked for clues.
We found green glittery, slimy footprints that went all the way up and over the fence!
We looked for clues and found that the aliens had left a letter asking us if we would look after their babies until their return.
We are keeping the alien babies warm and taking good care of them. Hopefully their parents will be back to collect them soon!
In English we have enjoyed reading
"Esio Trot" by Roald Dahl.
We have written magic spells to help Alfie to grow bigger. We also made clay models of Alfie. Then we designed and made houses for Alfie - we had to measure them very carefully to make sure Alfie could fit through the door as he just keeps growing bigger and bigger!!
Take a look at our models and the houses we built for Alfie.
A Typical Day in The Oasis
9.15am - Settling Activity (Personal Journals / Mood Board)
9.30am - Welcome Time / Breakfast
The children and adults sit around a table together, recreating a “family scene” and have a slice of toast and a drink. This is an opportunity to focus on social skills, to develop turn taking and waiting and to build relationships with others.
English and Maths sessions are shorter sessions than in the wider school but are tailored individually to meet the children's needs.
10.30 Reading to an adult / change reading book
11.30 (PE 3 x weekly) / Basic Skills Games
12.00 Story Time / review of morning
12.15 Lunch Break: Free Play / Social Skills
1.00 Massage / Yoga / SEAL
1.30 IPC: Science / Art / SEAL / History / Geography / Music
2.15 Outdoor Break (Climbing Frame Area)
2.35 Story / Reflection and Celebration Time
3.00 End of the Day
During the morning, we follow the new Primary Curriculum in English and Maths. Our aim is for the children to enjoy learning, to feel successful as learners and to develop key basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy.
Each week we study a different text type in English. The main part of the English lesson relates to text level learning goals. More detailed work on spelling and grammar is addressed during basic skills sessions, which are often game-based. This means that tasks are shorter, allowing the children to maximise their concentration levels and word and sentence level work is aimed at each individual child’s needs.
This week we have been studying Instruction Texts. In order to provide the children with opportunities to apply their skills in practical situations, we produced our own instructions on “How to make a pizza” and then followed these instructions.
In the afternoon sessions, we study foundation subjects through the International Primary Curriculum Topics. This half term our topic is “Who am I?”
We have explored some of our similarities and celebrated our differences.
We have been learning about our favourite foods and how we can keep ourselves healthy by making sensible choices around the foods we eat and the exercise we take. We have also explored our community and the importance of feeling that we belong at home and at school.
The Oasis Grand Opening
On Monday 24th November 2014 we moved in to our brand new premises. We were so excited we decided to hold a grand opening!
We invited our parents and the children from Rainbow SEB to attend the Grand Opening of our new building on Friday 28th November.
We had lots of fun planning games, designing decorations and making delicious healthy snacks for our guests.
This linked with our IPC Topic “Let’s Celebrate!”
Come and have a read about what we think of our new Oasis!
"It's AWESOME! We have lots of space to build models out of lego!" Logan - Y2
"I feel calm in The Oasis. I like it in the calming room." Ryan - Y2
“The Oasis is fun because you get to spend time with lots of teachers. They help you with your learning.” Roy - Y5
Statement of 'British Values'
The Department for Education recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs’
Each school has been asked to publish a statement about how they ensure that pupils are developing a full and balanced understanding. At William Bellamy Primary School we are proud to represent a number of cultures and faiths and always strive to promote these key aspects of being a well-rounded citizen.
Please find attached the School’s statement.
If you require any additional information please contact the Headteacher through the school website.