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Welcome to Oak Class

TOPIC

Our topic for the autumn term is Mesopotamia, in particular the ancient city state of Sumer. The topic has a strong focus on history which will be enhanced by projects in art, computing and design and technology to help us to understand what everyday life was like. We will be exploring the difference between primary and secondary sources of evidence and strengthening our understanding of chronology. In computing, we are going to produce our own short film about ancient Mesopotamian life using more than one software package. At the end of our project we will be holding an open morning when the children will share their learning with you.

To get a headstart on your learning, click on the images below to find out more information about our new topic.

 

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Autumn Term Class Author

Our class author for the autumn term is Robert Swindells.

Robert - always known as Bob - was shy and quiet at school and useless at everything except English, Art and cricket.

He got through his boring childhood by discovering the local library when he was nine. First he had to get past the fierce old librarian. But once he started reading, he realised that he could go anywhere and be anyone he wanted. Discovering the library turned him into a reader and later made him a writer, too.

Bob left school at 15. He worked on a local newspaper for a couple years before joining the RAF. He hoped to fly spitfires but ended up with a job on the ground. Bob then trained as a primary school teacher and worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. In 1984, Bob wrote Brother in the Land, a hard-hitting story about the collapse of society, after the nuclear bomb had been dropped. It reflected his active involvement with the CND, which on one occasion led to his arrest and a week in prison.

Since then he has written over 20 books that are contemporary, thought-provoking novels about society including Stone Cold that won the Carnegie Medal in 1994.

Bob is a Buddhist. He believes that we are all responsible for each other and that we should be careful not to harm anyone. He writes books that encourage young readers to think the same.

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English

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In English, we will be exploring myths through an ancient Sumerian story called Gilgamesh the King. We will have a very strong focus on using a wide range of conjunctions to extend sentences in a variety of ways. We will also concentrate on the vocabulary we are using to ensure that sentences include appropriate and adventurous nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and pronouns. Throughout all our writing tasks, the importance of editing and improving our work will be a key feature of our learning.

 

Maths

In maths, we will be revising and extending our addition, subtraction and multiplication skills to include more complex decimals. In division we will be extending our skills to include long division. By Christmas, we will have developed our understanding of fractions to enable us to add, subtract, multiply and divide mixed numbers and improper fractions. There will be a strong emphasis on reasoning and problem solving through all maths work. 

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Science

 In science, we will be learning about how plants and animals are classified and undertaking a project on evolution and inheritance. 

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Things to remember:

Important things to remember:

     PE 

  • PE lessons will be on a Monday and Wednesday. Children need a full kit and a change of suitable footwear which they should keep in school every day

    Homework

  • On Monday we will set a piece of English homework.
  • On Thursday we will set a piece of maths homework.
  • In Year 6 we are keen to develop good habits for high school so homework is always due in the day after it is set. Year 6 children have special study and workbooks for homework tasks. Children are expected to look after these books and bring them to school every day. Work in these books should be completed in pencil or pen and should be neatly presented.

  • In addition to this homework, we are also expected to practise our reading and number skills daily. Just like in every other year group, we need to have our reading records and Mad-About–Maths books signed every day.

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