Head of School Update – Friday 10th July 2020

Welcome to this week’s weekly update!

We’ve had another fantastic week -my thanks to all of the pupils and staff for their dedication and focus this week. I’ve enjoyed sharing the learning taking place in school, and this week is no exception.

In Reception, pupils have been making beautiful ‘sun-catchers’ and talking and writing about the things they have been missing. They wrote, ‘I wish I could…’

…go to Sandra’s restaurant.  Georgia-Mae
…go swimming. Vinnie
…go to McDonalds with Rogue to eat chicken nuggets. Bertie
…to the soft play so I could play on the slides. Lacey.
…visit my Granny & Grandpa in Uganda – I would play tag. Ethan
…go to Harry Potter Land. Riley M.
…go to Granny’s & Granddad’s house to play games.  Maya
…go to the cinema to watch Minions. Harry
…go fishing with my Dad. Frankie

In Year 1, pupils have been learning about the names of 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and taking part in shape hunts.

“I liked drawing and writing about what you can do at the seafront and going out and finding out about trees.” (Jack)
“I enjoyed colouring snakes, finding 2D and 3D shapes everywhere, GoNoodle and writing about a dragon.” (Joe)
“I loved doing Maths (2D shapes), colouring a butterfly, finding leaves and play-times.” (Kate)
“I liked making super sentences, talking about Eastbourne Seafront, learning about trees and healthy living.” (Rubi)

In Year 6, pupils have been using ‘mood graphs’ to help with their independent writing about ‘The Piano’, a short video used to inspire their writing.

“I have really enjoyed the quizzes we have done this week – especially the trivia one. It was good fun to design flags for my island.” Alexs

“Watching “The Piano” was heartbreaking in places, but also emotional and amazing. I enjoyed writing about the old man’s life.” Ema

“I love times table Rockstars and writing about “The Piano”. The short film was sad but brilliant.” Kai

“I liked doing my special project with Mrs McCarthy and it was good to talk to her.” Maddie

“I have really enjoyed this week because I loved writing about The Piano I have also enjoyed Maths.” Bessie

“I have really enjoyed my first week back. I have loved my writing about the Piano. I have also enjoyed Maths and have managed to catch up on my work.” Izzy

“My favourite thing this week was The Piano and Maths.” Kayden

We will post some photographs on our Facebook page, later today!


This week, we also welcomed our new Reception children to school, to visit their classrooms, during some 1:1 visits, after the school day. Although our classrooms currently look different to normal, it was a good opportunity to say ‘Hello’, show them the indoor and outdoor learning environments in the Foundation Village and share some information about starting school in September.

Next week, your child’s class teacher for the next academic year will be sharing a video to introduce themselves and welcome your child to the class. Class teachers will also be writing to pupils during the Summer break, and setting an activity that can be completed and brought into school, when the new academic year begins in September. The transition activities that we would have been completed in this term, will be rolled over into September.

As you will be aware, updated Government guidance was released at the end of last week. It is the government’s plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. My intention, therefore, is to welcome back all pupils to Oakwood on Monday 7th September. During the next couple of weeks, we will evaluate our current plans to enable us to welcome back your child, and our staff, in a safe way. This may mean that we look at the start and end times of the school day and the entrances and exits for specific year groups. Please continue to check the school website and emails for letters and updates.

I ave attached a link to the most recent government guidance. This guidance will be updated but any plans that we make around the reopening of the school will be inline with this guidance and principles…


The Oak National Academy is the government’s online teaching and learning resource centre and all of the resources are available to parents and children, free of charge. The lessons are grouped by year group, with individual subjects and units of learning, and we’d highly recommend them. We also suggest that your child continues to read a range of books and texts, too. The resources can be found at www.thenational.academy

I am delighted to announce that Miss Jay gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday 4th July – both mother and baby are doing well. We don’t have a name as yet, but as soon as we do, I will update you.

Finally, just to remind you that Friday 17th July is the last day of this academic year, for those pupils who are attending school – the school day will end at 1.00pm. We look forward to sharing your child’s school report on Monday!

Have an enjoyable weekend!

Mr R. Laker
Head of School