Welcome to Oak Class

oak_leafWelcome to Oak Class.

We are a class of Foundation Stage 2 children. Foundation Stage 2 is sometimes called FS2 or Reception – they all mean the same thing!!

This term our topic is Happily Ever After! We will be learning about traditional tales, story language, characters and settings. We will also be building up to creating our own versions of stories.

The children will read twice a week in school, Once with a teacher and once with a teaching assistant. We stick a sticker in the home school diary to explain what we have done. Please try to read at home most days – don’t forget to sign your child’s reading diary when you read a teacher chosen book. The children get house points every time their diary is signed. Soon the children will start getting sound and word cards to practice reading too.

In maths we’re working on addition and trying to use counting on to solve our problems sometimes. We are also exploring how different parts can create a whole using apparatus. We are also working on taking away and counting backwards as well as finding the difference between numbers to solve problems.

Just to let you know PE is on Monday and Thursday mornings. Mr Tinsley, a sports coach, will be leading Thursday sessions. Please make sure that the children’s clothes are named – blue jumpers are all very similar! Mr Tinsley takes the children outside so warm sports trousers will be needed soon.

You will probably know by now that Mrs Squire is always in class on a Friday with Mrs Bailey. Mrs Bailey also works in class on a Tuesday and Mrs Squire is the class teaching assistant on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. How confusing! Feel free to discuss things with any member of staff within the class. We will always pass information on where appropriate.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to come for a chat. However small, we’re here to help 🙂

Janette Allen

Defib training!


Our defibrillator is here and ready to use if we ever need to use it (hopefully not!)

Gotham staff have now taken part in CPR and defibrillator training thanks to SADS UK and East Midlands Ambulance Service. We are all feeling much more confident about using this life-saving equipment if we ever had to!


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What a school full of big hearts and generous people! In just a few weeks we managed to raise £1332.65 for our very own school defibrillator! We had a ‘red day’ and a sponsored walk/run around our track to raise all this money. The children chose to run 1, 3 or 5 miles and were sponsored along the way!
Mrs Hargreaves and all the other staff are very proud of the children’s efforts (and the family and friend’s who supported them!)

Hopefully the equipment will never need to be used to save a life, but we are prepared just in case.
The staff will shortly be having training to use the defib from EMAS.


Oak Class Apparatus Lesson

This half term Mr Tinsley is doing gymnastics with apparatus in PE. This slideshow shows you how the apparatus was set up for the first session and some of the children using it. We were trying to travel high and low, over and under different equipment. Such fun!

Whizzy Wednesday in Oak Class

It was our first Whizzy Wednesday today and it was great fun! We got started by using our daily mile path to go round. We worked on keeping a safe distance from each other, stopping on the whistle and steering. We discovered that one section of the track is down hill and very exciting. Then we moved to the old playground where the obstacle courses were set up and the wheel wash. We discovered that wheel washing is very, very popular.

Gotham’s BIG SHOCK Campaign is off to a great start!

Today everyone at Gotham Primary School dressed up in red clothes to support our campaign to buy our own school defibrillator. We had some amazing outfits and crazy hair styles to add some fun to the event!

Incredibly we raised over £240 in one day and have also raised over £340 in sponsorships on our Just Giving page already! So we are already £580 in to our £1100 target!

Thank you to all the children, staff and parents for their support so far. What a small school full of big hearts! Please continue to sponsor the children for their sponsored run or walk which will take place during the week beginning 6th March. 🙂