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Oak Class

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 5

Welcome to Term 5

The topic for Oak Class during Term 5 is ‘The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told’. This will involve us investigating the writer’s craft: studying how authors use language and punctuation to create atmosphere and imagery. We will begin by investigating the conventions of fairy tales and how these traditional stories can be changed. We will be using a great book by Neil Gaiman called ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’ to inspire a lot of our writing. It is a wonderful tale twisting two well-known fairy tales together in a very unexpected way. Our writing will include character descriptions, letters and newspaper reports.

Instead of having one class book to accompany the topic, in addition to the Neil Gaiman book we will be using Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Blackberry Blue and other fairy tales and a range of fairy tales written with a twist.

In Maths, Year 5 will begin by investigating decimals, before studying how we convert between measures and developing an understanding of the mean average. Year 6 will begin with algebra before spending the next few weeks, up to the SATs, revising key areas of the curriculum. These weeks will be driven by the children, so that they can sit the exams with confidence. Following the SATs, Year 6 will be completing longer maths projects which are all based around using Maths in the real world.

After the SATs are over, we will be finishing the term with Science and topic days. In Science, the children will investigate light, including how we see colours and the art of shadow puppets. They will continue their German lessons with Mrs Elliott and PE with Mrs Douch continues on Mondays and cricket with Trevor on Tuesdays.  

Some Year 6 children can find term 5 and 6 particularly challenging. First, there is the build up towards the SATs (week beginning the 14th May). We spend a lot of time talking about this in class; it helps the children realise that they are ready and how proud we all are of them. To support your child through this time, please talk to them and reassure them - all they have to do, is what they show me every day in class – they have a go and try! Also, good old-fashioned early nights during that week and a hearty breakfast each morning, works wonders for settling any lingering nerves.

Once the SATs are over, we begin work on the end of term production (wait for the announcement – we are very excited again this year!) and our Year 6 children start to realise that their remaining time at Frant is starting to whizz past. In Term 6, we will be talking a lot in PSHE about moving on and the transition to secondary school. It is both a really exciting time, but also terrifying time for our children. If you have any concerns about how your child is coping, please do not hesitate to come and talk to me.

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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