Teaching Team: Miss Mercer, Mrs Smallcombe, Miss Stephens and Miss Lilliott
Oak Class – Autumn Term 2020
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. As well as myself (Miss Mercer) the other adults in the classroom are Miss Stephens and Miss Lilliott; Mrs Smallcombe also teaches ICT on a Monday afternoon.
This term much of our work will be linked to our topic of Ancient Greek mythology. We will be looking at the Greek creation story and myths that they used to explain natural phenomena. After half term, we will be studying The Iliad and The Odyssey and considering how it is linked to Greek history.
This term we will be covering units on place value, four operations and fractions. In addition, we will be improving our reasoning and problem solving skills and building on our times tables skills.
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.
PE will take place on Friday afternoons. Please remind your child that they need to come to school in their PE kits that day.
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.
Further information on homework will follow shortly. Google Classroom has been set up for this year’s homework so hopefully you have all managed to set up your child’s account. If you have any questions, please feel free to catch me after school. Alternatively, you can email me at email@example.com.
Miss Mercer and the Oak Class Team.