Oak Class

If your child (or the class bubble) needs to self isolate, Miss Mercer will be in contact with home learning when it is necessary.

Teaching Team: Miss Mercer and  Miss Stephens

Dear Parent/Carer,

Oak Class - Autumn Term 2021

Hello all and welcome to Oak Class: the final year of primary school!

I hope everyone is settling in well and is getting used to life back at school. It is so lovely to have a classroom full of children again and everyone has made a really positive start to the year. Myself and Miss Stephens are really looking forward to getting to know everyone and enjoying a school year that is hopefully a bit more ‘normal’ than the previous two.

English
This term much of our work will be linked to our topic of Ancient Greece. For the first half of the term, we will be finding out what life was like in Ancient Greece, focusing mostly on the Classical Period (500 – 336 BC), and creating diary entries and a newspaper article. After half term, we will look at Greek mythology and religion, reading sections of The Iliad, which tells the story of the Trojan War, and The Odyssey, which follows the adventures of Odysseus, as well as well-known myths such as Pandora’s Box and Perseus and Medusa. We will write an information report, have a go at creating some play scripts that we can act out and come up with our own mythical quest story. Our class book this term is Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans. In addition to this, we will be focusing on punctuation and grammar including relative clauses, parenthesis, determiners, conjunctions, prepositions and subjunctive form.

Maths
This term we will begin by covering units on place value, before moving onto formal written methods for all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) which builds on the work done in previous years and enables them to calculate with larger numbers. After half term we tackle everyone’s favourite…fractions. We will be comparing, converting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and finding fractions of amounts. We will also complete a shorter unit on position and direction. In addition, we will be improving our reasoning and problem-solving skills and building on our times tables knowledge.

RE
The topic for this term is ‘Creation and Science: are they in conflict or complementary?’ We will look at the creation story told in Genesis and consider how the Christian view of creation can work alongside scientific theories of the big bang and evolution. After half term, we consider the evidence for Jesus being the Christian messiah.

Science
In the first half of the term, we look at inheritance and adaptation which covers processes and evidence for evolution. This works well along the RE topic of creation. After half term, we learn about living things and their habitats which includes a look at micro-organisms and the classification of plants and animals.

ICT
Our first topic of the year will be learning how to use search engines safely and effectively. We will look at refining searches using key words and how search engines sort their results. After half term, we will move onto coding, using it to create stories and presentations. We will also learn how to debug a program.

PE
PE will take place on Friday afternoons. Please remind your child that they need to bring in their PE kits that day.

Home Learning
There will be a spelling test each week – children will be given a list of words to learn. A times tables test will take place every Thursday and children will identify which times table they need to practise. Times tables are linked to almost every aspect of the maths curriculum and a secure recall of all tables up to twelve makes a huge impact on their understanding of each topic, so we would really appreciate your support. Just a couple of minutes practise a day or a few quick fire questions as you are cooking dinner can make all the difference. If you require any practise sheets or other materials, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Regular reading has a positive impact on a child’s comprehension and writing skills. For this reason, we are asking students to read for a minimum of 25 minutes a day. They can comment on what they have read in their reading journal which will be checked weekly. The children are responsible for changing their own books if they are reading from the selection of class books.

Homework will be handed out on a Monday and will be due in by the following Monday at the latest. They will receive one piece of maths work and one piece of English, which could be reading, writing or SPAG focused. Google Classroom has been set up for this year’s homework to help with homework getting ‘lost’ or damaged. Your children have been shown how to log in, in our ICT lesson and should all be able to access their accounts. However, I advise that they check this out at home at the beginning of the week to give me chance to help with any issues. Paper copies will be given to any children that do not have access to a laptop or tablet at home and there will ALWAYS be spare copies pinned on the homework board in class for anyone that loses theirs. I expect EVERYONE to be completing their homework and will asking anyone who does not bring it in on time to complete it during break or lunch time. They will be receiving a lot more homework when they move onto secondary school and I feel part of my job as a year six teacher is to get them into a regular routine of getting it done so they avoid detentions next year.

School Trips
I have booked a school trip to the British Museum in London to look at their Ancient Greek artefacts and watch an interactive presentation. This will take place on Monday 18th October and the cost should be around £11. More details should arrive from the office soon if they haven’t already. We also have an online workshop booked with the British Museum for Thursday 2nd of December; this will be free of charge.

If you have any questions, please feel free to catch me after school. Do also email me at oak@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk anytime, if you have any questions or concerns, or even if you just want to say hi.

Best wishes
Miss Mercer and Miss Stephens.