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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 3

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely break. Thank you for all the lovely gifts that we were given, they were really appreciated.

The topic focus for Term 3 is the Shang Dynasty. The children will be learning about aspects of everyday life in this ancient civilisation and discovering how historians know so much about the people and their way of life. This will also be the focus of our trip to the V & A Museum in January, although we will also be going on a hunt for dragons!

We are going to be using a range of different books to support our learning in both English and topic this term, beginning with ‘Can We Save the Tiger’ by Martin Jenkins. This is a beautifully illustrated non-fiction book that we will use as a basis of discussion writing. In addition to this, we will be reading and learning a range of poetry, including ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake, reading the lovely picture books, ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ and ‘Tell Me a Dragon’ and enjoying Phillip Pullman’s ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ as our main class read.

Year 6 will begin the term learning about circles and using π, before joining with Year 5 to deepen their knowledge of working with fractions. This will involve learning to problem solve and reason as well as solve arithmetic style questions. Fractions form a large part of the Year 5/6 Maths curriculum and we will , therefore, be spending most of the term working with them. Both Year groups will continue to complete the weekly arithmetic challenge and times tables challenges. It is very important the any children who do not yet have instant recall of times table facts continue to practice this at home. There are a number of free fun games on the internet to help with learning tables as well as fun songs on Mathletics. A car journey is also a good time for reinforcing this learning, or try linking it to a sporting activity, such as skipping whilst reciting.

Oak Class will have German with Mrs Elliott on a Tuesday afternoon and PE with me on a Monday and with Mrs Douch on a Thursday afternoon. Please insure that the children have a full PE kit in school at all times, including trainers and tracksuit bottoms as we will be going outside as long as it is not raining.

Many thanks

Mrs Follows

Homework

The words for the Spelling Bee at the end of term are attached at the bottom of the page. The children are expected to learn these for a class competition in the last week of term. Please can you help your children by playing spelling games with them.

In Oak Class, a topic project is set at the beginning of each term. The children should spend at least the equivilent of 20 - 30 minutes per week. They will then present their project to the rest of the class towards the end of term. The spelling homework will continue to be based on the Spelling Appendix of the National Curriculum (this has been attached at the bottom of the page). We will continue to revise the rules and letter strings covered in years 3 and 4, as well as learning the new ones for years 5 and 6. A grammar revision challenge will continue to be sent home weekly, please support your child with any terminology that they can not remember.

Homework is set on a Monday, due in the following Monday. This will comprise of a short writing task that should include the spelling rule learnt that week, a grammar task and Mathletics. However, it is very important that the children should continue to read 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.

Some children are still struggling with the concept that homework should be done at home and handed in on time. Please could you continue to support them with this, as a good attitude towards homework now, will really help with their transition to secondary school.

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