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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 4

Welcome to Term 4 which is going to be such a busy term for Oak Class. We are starting with 3 days of topic to set the scene in our new Stars and Stripes topic. This term we will be focusing on the human and physical geography of the USA, with a bit of history thrown in for good measure. We begin by locating features on a map and investigating states versus counties, as we have in the UK. We will also be looking at the meanings behind the American flag. The children will investigate the physical landscape of canyons and valleys to understand erosion and consider where the greatest density of people is and how population has changed over time. We will look at food and farming and how this affected by draughts and floods before completing a more detailed study of New York.

We have two main books to inspire our English, both picture books with an American theme: King Kong by Anthony Brown and Between two Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. Anthony Brown brings to life the story of King Kong with his wonderful pictures and we will use drama and role play to further understand the story. The children will spend some time investigating the characters before writing a newspaper report of the events. The other text also gives us the opportunity to refine our report writing skills before working on biography writing.

During the first week of term both year groups will be learning to divide fractions by whole numbers and apply this skill to problem solving and developing the language of reasoning. We will then be moving on to percentages, with Year 5 gaining an understanding of what per cent means, whilst year 6 will be focusing on problem solving and converting between fraction, decimals and percentages. This will lead us nicely into comparing ratios before we move on the area and perimeter by the end of term. 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 Tuesday 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.

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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