Teaching Team: Miss Mercer, Mrs Smallcombe, Mrs Sage and Miss Stephens.
Oak Class – Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to Oak Class! It is lovely to see the children after the summer break. I hope they will enjoy their final year of primary school and work hard to achieve the best they possibly can. The following is some information on what to expect this term. Please feel free to talk to me in person if you have any further questions.
This term much of our work will be linked to our Ancient Greece topic. We will begin by writing biographies, recounts and diary entries, before moving onto our bigger pieces of work which will be a fable and our very own Green myth!
We will be reading historical and scientific reports as well as some of Aesop’s fables and stories from Homer’s Iliad. Our class book is ‘Who let the Gods out?’ by Maz Evens, which we will be looking at in detail during our guided reading sessions.
Spelling will focus on the statutory year 5/6 list, adding suffixes and prefixes and looking at spelling patterns.
We will begin by refreshing our knowledge of rounding and place value, before moving on to formal methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. After half term, we will move onto fractions. This will include ordering fractions, equivalent fractions, converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers and using fractions with the four operations.
We are using the RE curriculum Understanding Christianity again this year. We will be investigating the creation story in Genesis and thinking about how creation theory can work alongside the theory of evolution.
We will be looking at inheritance and evolution this term. This will look at the variations in lining things and their offspring and explore processes such as natural selection.
Our topic is Ancient Greece. We will be looking at the geography of Greece, key historical events, life at that time and how the Greeks have influenced life today, as well as their polytheistic religion. Our art and design technology will also be linked to this topic.
PE will take place on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Please remind your child that is their responsibility to have a labelled PE kit in school for those sessions.
Modern Foreign Languages
This term, we will be learning French. This will include the topics of greetings, family and ordering food. We will also begin to look at adjectives and how they can change depending on the gender of the noun.
Homework and reading
Homework will be set on a Thursday and should be in by the following Wednesday. There will be one piece of maths work and one piece of English (SPaG, comprehension or writing). I expect each child to spend 30 minutes on each piece but no longer as it is not meant to be overwhelming, but rather an opportunity to support the learning they have done in class.
There will be a spelling test each Wednesday – 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 15 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.
If you have any concerns, please see me in the playground before or after school or, alternatively, contact the school office to make an appointment.
Miss Mercer and the Oak Class Team.