Young Oaks – Varjak Paw

Young Oaks have been reading the book Varjak Paw written by SF Said- the book tells the story about a Mesopotamian Blue kitten’s adventures. He leaves his home to explore the outside world and meets lots of different characters. During the lessons the children have engaged in discussions and comparisons on how Varjak’s life experiences differ from the characters he meets. The children have enjoyed sharing reading together, drawing story maps and writing diary entries about Varjak and how he views the world. 


Young Oaks- History of Egypt


This term in our history, we have been looking at Ancient Egypt and we have been discovering wonderful new things! The children have enjoyed making ‘Mummy cats’ and writing their names in hieroglyphics, which we have displayed in the classroom.

We have talked about how the youngest pharaoh was just 9 years old when he was given this title and his name was Tutankhamun.

The children have also learnt about the pyramids. With a particular focus on the hidden relics and burial chambers which still stand today and attract many tourists from across the world. 



Young Oaks Try Philosophy!

It was Young Oaks’ first go at Philosophy for Children (P4C) this week! P4C is brilliant for developing thinking skills and independence too (it’s 99% child-led). What the children did…

  1. Watched the video starting point below.
  2. Brainstormed what concepts the video was all about. I did not lead / help them at all – they did this all by themselves! (screenshot 1)
  3. Blind voted for the most interesting concept to talk about more, also by themselves. 
  4. Discovered the idea of ‘big juicy questions’ and looked at examples (screenshot 2).
  5. Wrote their own ‘big juicy questions’ about their chosen concept – again, by themselves! Aren’t their questions impressive? (screenshot 3)

Next week: juicy debate time!

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Cricket success!

What a brilliant achievement from Team Brook this week, coming 2nd out of twelve teams in a rapid fire cricket competition!  Mrs Sharp accompanied the team, and provided the following report:


“I was so impressed with how they pulled together as a team, and really showed that hard work and determination pays off.  Each and every one them gave it their all, and I couldn’t be prouder.  To stand there cheering them on throughout the game was a privilege in itself, but to then tell them they were in the semi-finals was such a special moment: they were so excited.


After winning the semi-final by 8 runs I then had the absolute pleasure of announcing that we were through to the final!  It was set up in such a way that all schools could watch.


Team Brook, although a little nervous, did me and themselves proud again and gave the final everything they had, but it just wasn’t meant to be and we ended up in 2nd place out of twelve teams!”


A parent who attended said, “Just wanted to pass on what a joy it was to see and watch a happy bunch of children that played an amazing game together. I’ve never seen such great teamwork at such a young age. They were so pleased where they came 2nd: there were no tears or sadness. Also a big thank you to Mrs Sharp for being a great leader with all the kids listening and taking all instruction from her.”