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The Oak

The Oak

Welcome to The Oak!

Welcome everybody to The Oak section of the website.

Class Teacher: Mr Quigley
LSAs: Miss Shields, Miss Nowak, 

If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask one of The Oak team.

What is The Oak?

The Oak is an enhanced resourced class within Lark Hill Primary School which caters for KS2 children who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. It is based on the principles of Nurture Group philosophy.
It is staffed by a full time teacher and learning support assistants.
8 children can access the class at any one time.
The aim of the Oak is to provide children with a secure base within a mainstream school. The children learn from the National Curriculum but lessons are taught alongside a robust social and emotional curriculum so that the children develop behaviours for learning. Each child follows a personalised timetable and joins mainstream activities as part of an individualised approach.

The Curriculum

All children in the class have a Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is differentiated according to each child’s stage of development.

Each child follows their own programme and their progress is closely monitored through observations and more formal assessments. Targets are shared and reinforced on a daily basis and achievement rewarded.
For all children accessing the Oak, their transition to mainstream is carefully planned: children may join their peer group for chat and play, lunchtimes, playtime and enrichment time. As they progress the transition will build on their strengths, allowing them to join classes where they will experience success. Each stage will be monitored and taken at the child’s pace.

There is a strong focus on PSHE throughout all activities.

Autumn Learning


This term we are reading the book "Coming to England" by Floella Benjamin. We will use this book to develop key skills in reading comprehension and writing. We will improve letter writing and target key skills on year 3 national curriculum.


In Mathematics this term we will be studying place value. We will be using interactive games, individual and team activities to explore the concepts and apply them in different scenarios in order to build up a secure understanding.


Our History key question this term is "What was life like for the ancient Greeks?" We will explore what life was like in ancient Greece in regards to education, war, theatre and myths. We will also investigate how the civilisation has influenced modern day society.


In Geography we will be investigating the questions "What are natural resources?" We will be exploring the difference between different resources that humans use to survive and we will be scrutinising the effect that they have on the planet. 


In Art we are exploring sculpture. We will look more closely at the works of Elizabeth Catlett and her techniques. We will then create our own works of art in a similar style.


Throughout the year, we will cover topics in a spiral curriculum to ensure children retain information taught. This will include Plants, Animals including humans, Rocks, Light and Materials. We will focus on subject-specific vocabulary and investigation skills. 

Reading at Home

Reading is brilliant and we encourage children to read as much as possible. We are going to be reading books together as a class but we would also like the children to read regularly at home. They will have a reading record to record any reading they do and the records will be checked regularly.