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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 6

The topic for Oak Class during Term 6 is ‘Where Are We?’ – a geography based topic, where we will be learning about the UK and comparing rural and urban areas. The children will learn to correctly identify the locations of town and cities, as well as naming various rivers and other natural features. They will also look at the human geographical issues of the areas.

Our main book this term is a beautiful picture book called ‘The Arrival’. The story of leaving a home and arriving in a new country, where you know no-one, is told through a series of lovely sepia drawings. This links nicely to our geography topic as well as generating lots of opportunities for creative writing.

In Maths, Year 5 will finish their work on finding the mean, before spending several weeks studing angles. They will learn how to calculate missing angles in triangles, on straight lines and at a point. They will also be looking at how knowing that opposite angles are equal will help they solve problems. After this the children will be investigating the properties of three and four-sided shapes. Year 6 will continue working on longer maths projects which are all based around using Maths in the real world. First, they will complete their investigation into how far they could walk in a month, before planning a holiday for their teacher, using a set of strict criteria. They will finish the term by planning and designing a theme park. We are looking forward to week 5 when we are holding a Maths Week (more details will follow throughout the term). Oak Class are going to concentrate on the links between Maths and Sport.

I am pleased to say that German will return this term and we will continue with cricket, swimming and PE with Mrs Douch. In Science, the class will be building on their knowledge of electricity and in RE they will be learning about the prophet, Mohammad.

We have already begun working on the end of term production, which will continue until the performances. Please help your children learn their words. The music for all the songs can be found on the internet, please encourage your child to practise at home. We are also looking forward to our residential trip (27th-29th June), please ensure that you have paid any outstanding balances.

This term 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.

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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