Welcome to our Year Group pages. Below are the answers to a few questions that are regularly asked of our Year Group Leaders regarding what is expected of the pupils and how you, as a parent/carer, can help.
Each pupil should have a reading book (set according to their ability) that they bring home regularly.
We encourage all pupils to read for 10 minutes each night, and would appreciate parents/carers' help in hearing their child read.
We would also greatly encourage the pupils to undertake additional reading particularly focused on non-fiction – this would include newspapers, brochures and information leaflets - all things we have around the house that can be invaluable in developing your child’s understanding of text types and the use of appropriate vocabulary.
Pupils have a reading record where there is a space for parents/carers to sign to show they have heard their child read each week and to record which books they have read. We would be grateful if you could also encourage your child to bring their reading book and home school diary back to school every day.
Each year we have been fortunate enough to have a number of parents/carers/grandparents who kindly offer to help by listening to pupils read. This has made a vast contribution to the pupils learning. We welcome and greatly value parental help in school but parents/carers will be required to be DBS checked before they can work with pupils and ask you to accept the reasons for this and not be deterred from volunteering to help.
All pupils have a daily spelling session, using the ‘Read, Write Inc.’ (Phonics or Spelling) programme. Pupils are taught in ability groups and the organisation of how spelling words are set will vary between groups. Those who have mastered their phonics will be taught:
the alphabetic code for logical spelling
common root words with prefixes and suffixes
mnemonics and strategies for learning irregular words
how to identify quickly their own frequently misspelt words.
Pupils will be tested on chosen words each week (different groups may test on different days but your child’s teacher will inform you of this) and a log of words they are learning will be kept in their home school diaries or a spelling log book.
Every pupil has been given a home school diary and it is expected that this diary is brought to school every day. It is not only used to record homework and reading but it is also used as a vital method of communication between school and home. The diaries are a useful tool for learning (containing key vocabulary and basic facts) and they are often used in English and Mathematics.
Please ensure that your child gets into the habit of bringing their diary home and showing it to you every day. Both teachers and parents/carers should sign the diary every week.
We would be grateful if you could ensure your child brings a small pencil case to school each day. This should contain a pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener and a 30 cm ruler. We believe it is important for pupils of this age to write in ink and we will progress them onto using handwriting pens as soon as their handwriting is fluent. We will initially give the pupils a blue handwriting pen, when they are ready, but would appreciate if parents/carers could supply any further pens. It would also be helpful if all pupils bring something to wear for art and technology, such as an old shirt, which will be kept at school.
All items of your child’s school uniform and PE kit should be fully labelled. We encourage pupils to be responsible for all their personal belongings and to ensure that they put them away safely. PE kits can be left in school during each half term and they will be sent home each holiday.
Pupils are not permitted to wear jewellery to school with the exception of plain earring studs.
Games and PE
All pupils receive an hour’s games lesson and an hour’s PE lesson each week. At some point during the year, an eight or nine week block of games will be substituted with swimming. Swimming lessons will take place at the Dolphin swimming pool (Everyone Active Leisure Centre: Poole) on a Monday afternoon (1.30pm-3pm) and pupils will be transported there by minibus.
When your child’s class go swimming, we would be very grateful for volunteers to accompany the pupils in the minibuses. If you are able to help, then please inform your child’s teacher. Thank you!
For health and safety reasons, pupils are not allowed to wear earrings during sports lessons. We ask parents to help us by ensuring that children do not wear them on these days and that long hair is tied back. As PE and Games lessons are compulsory we need a letter to excuse your child for medical reasons.
Rewards and sanctions
Pupils are rewarded and praised in a number of ways at Oakdale. The school is split into four houses: Brownsea, Baytor, Haven and Parkstone and each pupil is a member of a house. They can earn ‘House points’ for their house and weekly totals are read out in Friday’s Praise assembly. Certificates are given to pupils earning more than 5 house points in a week and prizes given termly for those that have earned the most.
House points are mainly awarded for particularly high standards of work or behaviour. Pupils are also able to earn ‘class house points’. These are awarded for actions that reflect the high standards of work, behaviour and courtesy that is expected here at Oakdale, such as holding doors open for people, helping other children in the playground and making valuable contributions to lessons. Class house points are recorded on charts displayed in the classrooms. Five class house points also earn pupils a house point.
Each week, a Worker of the Week is chosen from each class and presented with a certificate during the year based assembly. Teachers also have class rewards, such as stickers. In Friday’s Praise assembly, excellent work is recognised when a pupils name is written in the Golden Book.
If pupils misbehave or fail to complete class or homework, then they may be kept in to reflect on poor behaviour, or complete the unfinished work during some of their lunch break.