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Term 6

We are artists 

This term our topic is We are artists.  We will be reading the story 'Katie and the Mona Lisa' by James Mayhew. 

We shall use this text to explore the work of Leonardo da Vinci and his famous paintings including the Mona Lisa. 

In Maths this term, Year 5 shall be looking at position and direction along with multiplication and divison.  Year 6 will be completing varoius maths projects.  

In English, we shall carry on looking at Welcome to Nowhere.  We shall also be writing formal letters to thank all the staff for a fantastic week at Blacklands Farm.  We shall also be using our Art topic to write a biography about Leonardo da Vinci, before writing our own poetry linked to colours and art.   

Other topics this term are:

  • RE:  How does faith help people when life gets hard? 
  • RSHE: Changing Me (including Relationships and Sex Education)
  • Science: Animals, including humans (Human development from birth to old age) 
  • Music: Matilda the Musical Jnr rehearsals


This term our Christian value is Respect  and we will be exploring this value the first week back through art and Bible Stories.



Class Teachers:

Mon - Wed : Mrs Davey 

Thurs - Fri : Mrs Reichel 

The class are supported every morning by Miss McCarthy. 


PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the children will need to come into school on those days in their PE kit.  

This term the children will be learning Cricket (with a Sussex cricket coach) and Tennis (with Mrs Douch and Mrs Reichel) as well as practising for sports day. 

Please note that due to PE fixtures, some PE lessons may be moved or taught by the class teacher.


For Maths homework, Mental Arithmetic books will be sent home every Wednesday to be returned the following Monday for use in school, with the expectation that the children complete parts A and B of the page that we have worked on through the week - as well as going back to review any incorrect answers. Please do not go ahead in the booklet. On occasion, an additional maths activity may be set to do with the current topic that the children are learning. 

A Spelling, Punctuation or Grammar activity will be sent home in children's homework books on a Friday. This needs to be completed and brought back to school by the following Thursday. It will be marked and returned to the children that week. 

Spellings will be checked every Monday morning so the children need to practise their spellings at home so that they are prepared.

We expect the children to be reading at least 5 times a week. This can be done independently or with an adult, but will need to be recorded in homework diaries with the date, book title  and a short summary of what has been read (a sentence per day or short paragraph for the week) . A small reward will be given to children who record their reading at least 5 times each week. 

We will not be setting a topic project for this term as we will expect children to practise their lines and the songs for our production of Matilda the Musical Jnr.  

Spellings will be available here for the children to access, should they need reminding.


  • Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school every day.
  • Please send children to school wearing outerwear that is appropriate for the weather as we will always endeavour to be outside for playtime. 
  • If the weather is hot & sunny, please ensure you apply suncream before you send your child to school (preferably the kind that lasts all day) or they bring some to school which they  are able to apply themselves at the beginning of break and lunch. A hat is also necessary in very hot weather.
  • Please make sure that hair below shoulder length is tied back using discrete hairbands in school colours. 
  • We are allowing the children to bring in their own stationery this year, in a simple, small pencil case (no flashing lights, toys attached etc!). Please ensure any stationery the children are particularly attached to is labelled as things do go missing.  This arrangement is subject to change if items are swapped/ lost/ argued over!!
  • Fidget toys of any kind are not allowed unless given direct permission from Mrs Davey, Mrs Reichel or Mrs Challis - please leave these at home. Children who are permitted to bring in fidget toys may bring in 1 small item that they must use appropriately.  This is to reduce distractions and disagreements within the classroom and on the playground. 
  • Mobile phones must not be brought to school, however if a child must bring a mobile phone to school for security/travel reasons then they must be handed into the office at the start of everyday. The school accepts no responsibilty for these. 
  • Please discourage children from bringing in anything that is not required. Our cloakroom is relatively small and with your help we can keep it tidy and ensure items do not become lost. 

A note from Mrs Davey & Mrs Reichel

If you have any questions at all then please do not hesitate to ask - or better yet, encourage your children to ask for you. As the children are now in Oak we are trying to make them more independent and to provide them with the ability to problem solve and enquire for themselves - which will be invaluable as they move to secondary school.

However if you would like to speak to us directly then please e-mail the office on frantoffice@thewealdfederation.org to arrange an appointment.

Looking forward to a successful year - and thank you for your support, 

Mrs Davey & Mrs Reichel


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