I started at Walton Oak Nursery in 2008 when I was three and half years old. I was a little bit nervous but I had no reason to worry. I remember enjoying the craft activities, playing in the outdoor area, learning songs and nursery rhymes, especially learning to share and make friends. I still have these friends in Year 6.
I then moved into reception. There, I enjoyed learning phonics, writing, reading and number bonds. My favourite day of the week was Friday because it was ‘free- flow Friday’ . In the afternoon, we could go into the other class or in the outdoor area and play with other children.
In Year 1, we started focusing more on structured learning and less on play. We started doing topic work, which was interesting and fun. We even went on a trip to Legoland as part of our ‘Splash’ topic. At Christmas, we performed the nativity with Reception; I played the part of the angel.
In Year 2, we did more exciting learning. I enjoyed a topic about Katie Morag and our trip to London Zoo. We did more PE and music with our specialist teachers. At Christmas time, we did a christingle service at St. Mary’s Church. We prepared for our end of year tests before moving to Year 3.
Moving up to KS2- Years 3-6 –makes you feel more grown up because there are many differences; our lessons are longer and more structured as well as different playtimes. We also received our pen licenses. Once you can show that you can write neatly with a pencil, we are allowed to use pen. I was also awarded the Governor’s Cup (in May 2013) for all round success. I was also an MPP- Member of Pupil Parliament.
In Year 4, we continued with our creative learning; I really enjoyed my maths lessons. We went to Hurst Pool for swimming lessons and to the Everyman Cinema. I am part of the choir and we visited Wembley Arena for ‘Voice In A Million.’
At the beginning of Year 5, we went on a team building residential to Sayers Croft. It included many woodland activities and was lots of fun. We started preparing for Year 6 and what was ahead. The African Drummers took part in Molesey Carnival. The whole of Year 5 took part in the Festival of Light and I was an MPP again.
In Year 6, the focus is on our end of year SAT’s. We are all working hard and looking forward to our residential trip, to St Briavel’s mediaeval castle after the hard work. In Year 6, we have the opportunity to apply for the roles of Sports Captain and House Captain. I am a Sports Captain for Anthony Browne- the blue house. Earlier in the year, some Year 6 students (including me) took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at Leatherhead Theatre.
My time at Walton Oak has been wonderful; it has been that good, I don’t want to leave. The school has built my confidence and given me opportunities of a lifetime. I couldn’t have asked for a better start in life. Who knows where I will be off to next…
By Rebecca Tiney
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