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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 back to Term 4.

Our Power and Parliament topic continues this term with the children continuing to investigate the history of Parliament, beginning with the Civil War and moving through to present day. They will continue to investigate how democracy evolved and what this means for us today, holding their own debates towards the end of the term.

Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz, continues to be our class story and will be used to support our learning in English. At the start of the term, the children were introduced to the ‘famous entrepreneur’, Mr Branston Pickle, who had a priceless object stolen during a dinner party he was holding for his friends. The children will practice lots of skills needed to write exciting stories before they create their own version of ‘The Mystery of the Priceless Treasure’ based on the Cluedo board game. After this the children will investigate the features of discussion texts before holding their own debates.

The children will be using an applying their Maths skills in lots of different ways this term. In Maths lessons, they will be investigating percentages, including finding a percentage of an amount and converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. They will then learn how to solve problems using ratio before finishing the term looking at volume and capacity. In the afternoon Maths sessions, the children will be solving lots of murder mysteries using a range of Maths skills.

PE, this term will be on a Monday with Mrs Douch and Friday with Mrs Follows. It will be tag-rugby in both of these sessions. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in for both these sessions.

The words for the Spelling Bee competition at the end of term are attached at the bottom of the page. These words are from the Year 5/6 Word List and are words that the Government expect the children at this age to spell. Please can you help your children by playing spelling games with them.

 

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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