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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.


Term 5

The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told!

The topic for Oak Class during Term 5 is ‘The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told’ focusing on fairy tales that involve shoes. We will begin by creating a shoe display in class, drawing and describing shoes before investigating the writer’s craft: studying how authors use language and punctuation to create atmosphere and imagery. We will investigate the conventions of fairy tales and how these traditional stories can be changed when writing from an alternative character’s perspective. Another book that will be central to our reciprocal reading for the term is ‘Grimm Tales for Young and Old’ by Philip Pullman.

In Maths, we will be splitting into our year groups this term. Year 5 will continue with learning how to calculate volume before practicing converting between metric measures and calculating the mean average. Year 6 will spend the first three weeks revising any areas of Maths that they feel unsure of. The areas covered will be driven by them and is to ensure that they head into SATs week confidently.

SATs week is in the fourth week of the term, Monday 13th May – Thursday 16th May. During this week, both the Year 5 and Year 6 will be taking tests. Both year groups are allowed to bring a small cuddly mascot should they wish. Year 6 are also invited in for breakfast from 8.20am from Monday to Thursday.

In Science, the children will be investigating the properties of materials and linking this to our topic as they try to find out what material would be best for making Little Red Riding Hoods coat or what bowls would be best to keep the 3 bears porridge the warmest.

PE will be on a Tuesday with Mrs Douch when the children will be improving their tennis skills and there will be cricket on Wednesday with Trevor. 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


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.

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

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