Oak Class (Year 5/6)
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A new term is upon us with lots of excitement ahead.
Here’s a look at term 4
We will be reading the picture book, “Rose Blanche” by Ian McEwan with illustrations by Roberto Innocenti. This powerful text will be used to inspire setting descriptions, diaries and narrative writing. The themes will prompt a great deal of discussion and debate and will link into exploring extracts from “The Silver Sword” and “The Diary of Anne Frank” so the children can gain an understanding of the experiences of people from other countries during WWII.
Will be continuing to explore vocabulary and punctuation that can improve our writing, and have spellings every week based on different spelling patterns and the year 5/6 word list. Grammar sessions will have us focusing on high-level punctuation, subordinate clauses and the subjunctive form. Revision for the year 6 SATs tests in May will also be a focus, with GPS questions of the day and some focused homework in this area.
As part of our reading programme, children are being encouraged to read more at home and to complete Accelerated Reader quizzes to earn rewards for their reading. Please ensure that your child is reading regularly at home and chat to them about what they have read. Children will continue to earn stars for daily home reading, please make sure you accurately record your child’s reading. For year 6 children, reading challenging texts and discussing them at home and school will be important in the lead-up to SATs.
Term 4 will see us working closely with measurement topics. This will start with area, perimeter and volume of shapes and include exploring measures and their conversions, such as the relationship between grams and kilograms, litres and millilitres and units of length such as kilometres, metres, centimetres and millimetres. We will also be looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and reading and recording data. Year 6 will have an additional focus on algebra and will be looking at reasoning and problem solving tasks in preparation for the KS2 SATs.
Our topic through until Easter will be “Heroes and Villains” which will mainly incorporate aspects of World War 2, especially evacuation and how children were affected by the war. This term, we will be exploring how people in other countries were affected by the war, by reading both fiction and non-fiction texts. Our school trip on 22nd March will be to the Ramsgate Tunnels and Spitfire Museum where the children will have the opportunity to once again wear their WWII costumes. There are also plans for a WWII theme day at school, giving another opportunity to dress up and immerse themselves in the era.
Our Science topic will be electricity and will give us many hands-on experiences making circuits, switches and power sources. We will be investigating alternative power sources and the carbon footprint associated with electricity.
During our RE sessions, we will be looking at “Salvation” and will be exploring the question “What difference does the Resurrection make to Christians?” We will be reading the Easter Story from the New Testament, mainly focusing on the book of Luke.
PE this term will be taught Andy and will take place on a Thursday afternoon. Please make sure that your child ALWAYS has a full indoor and outdoor PE kit in school to ensure they do not miss out.
In addition to the termly Creative Home Learning, children are asked to do the following on a weekly basis:
- Daily Reading (home or school book). Your child will need a reading book in school every day. It is expected that your child will read for a minimum of 15 minutes, at least three times a week. Please ensure that once your child has read, their reading record is signed to reflect this. There will be end of term rewards for children reading regularly and earning their stars.
- Times tables and maths recall facts (for weekly tests)
- Spellings (for weekly tests).
During the term, Year 6 will be given some focused homework tasks to assist with revision for the KS2 SATs in May.
Please feel free to come and chat with me, preferably after school, if you have any questions or concerns.
The Oak Class Team consists of:
Mrs Mason – Class Teacher
Miss Wallwork – HLTA
Miss Coomber – Teaching Assistant
What will we be learning this year? OAK CLASS LEARNING TOPIC
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