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In Oak Class we are aiming for our children to be independent learners and secondary school ready.They will need to be able to organise themselves and their equipment, for example having appropriate PE equipment in school everyday (navy blue shorts, white school top, trainers and track suits if cold). The children in Oak Class act as role models for younger members of the school and therefore we expect them to be polite and well-mannered at all times.

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Term 1

Stone Age to Iron Age

Welcome back! We have got some really exciting things planned for this first term, so I hope the children are full of energy, enthusiasm and are raring to go!

In Maths, both Year 5 and 6 will be working on Place Value, using numbers up to 1 million. We will be ordering, rounding and learning to use and and create models to represent numbers. We will then move on to using these numbers to perform the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

In English, as part of our whole school focus on Roald Dahl, we will begin by looking at two very different books: The Vicar of Nibbleswicke and Going Solo. We will be using them to develop our empathy skills as well as to create our own stories with a focus on suspense writing. 

Following on from our Roald Dahl focus, we will be reading the book Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. This will help us to get into our Stone Age to Iron Age topic, as well as providing opportunities to respond to the text through role play, hot seating, dance, poetry and writing our own versions of the story.

We are planning to kick-start our topic by visiting the woods to help us imagine what life would have been like in the Stone Age, which will hopefully give us inspiration for our writing, art and history work.

Oak Class have the exciting opportunity to be involved in The Big Sing, an event held at the Assembly Halls at the end of November. We will be beginning to learn the songs for this concert in which local schools come together to perform a variety of songs. This, along with preparations for Harvest, will be our music focus this term. 

In Science we will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance. 

As a school, we will also be implementing our new curriculum, so Mrs Elliott will be coming to teach Oak Class for Global Studies. The children have chosen to learn about Italy and will be finding out about its history, geography, climate and culture on 3 afternoons during week 6.  They will also be learning a little bit of Italian!

In week 8 we will be holding an art week, during which the children will have the opportunity to learn about the sculptor Alberto Giacometti, before making their own sculptures in the same style.  

PE will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but please could the children have their PE kit in school at all times.

 

Many thanks

Mrs Davey

Homework

In Oak Class, a topic project is set at the beginning of each term. The children should spend at least the equivalent of 20 - 30 minutes per week. They will then present their project to the rest of the class towards the end of term.  This should be fun and is not designed to put extra pressure on children or parents!!

Homework is set on a Monday, due in the following Monday. This term this will comprise of Mathletics, spelling and grammar. However, it is very important that the children should continue to read at least ten minutes per day and practice their times tables (see below). 

We are having a big push to help all our children to have a secure understanding of times tables up to 12 times. Please can you support your child at home to ensure they have a really good and quick recall of these number facts. Playing games, particularly in the car or on the walk to school is always a good time to practice, as is doing an extra 10 minutes times tables practice on Live Mathletics (level 3 and above) or the Times Tables Toons section.  There is a document link at the bottom of the page that also gives ideas of how you can help your children.

The spelling rules and words that children are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 6 are outlined in the attached document. We will send home 10 spelling words per week which will be related to the rule we have been investigating during spelling lessons. These will be tested the following Monday morning, so please make sure you help your children to learn them!

Please help your child to allocate time to complete their homework; not only does it reinforce their current learning but also sets them up with the correct work ethic for secondary school.

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