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Welcome to Oak Class

Our project for the spring term is “Does Adversity Always Make Us Stronger?”, in particular we will be learning about mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and what it is like to live in these challenging places in the world. The project has a strong focus on geography which will be enhanced by our learning in art, computing and design and technology to help us to understand how the challenges of these environments affects people’s lives. We will be also be exploring other situations in which people are affected by adversity both in this country and around the world. In computing, we will be exploring spreadsheets and using them to plan a fundraising event which you will be invited to at the end of the project to support people facing adversity in their lives.

 

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

 

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Autumn Term Class Author

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 journalistic and persuasive writing, in particular newspaper reports and travvel brochures. We will have a very strong focus on embedding all of our learning from autumn term while extending our sentence types and vocabulary to include more formal language and the passive voice. Throughout all our writing tasks, the importance of editing and improving our work will remain a key feature of our learning. After half term, we will begin a structured revision programme to make sure that we are ready to achieve our very best in the SATs in May.

 

Maths

In maths, we will keep our strong focus on reasoning and problem solving as we extend our learning to include percentages and algebra. We have been practising our arithmetic skills regularly since October and will now challenge ourselves to score as highly as possible in weekly tests. As with English, we will begin a structured, rigorous revision programme in the second half of this term so that we can tackle our SATs with confidence and skill.

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Science

In science, we will be learning about electricity and light over the term. The focus in electricity will be on the effect of varying power sources and components in circuits and on drawing circuit diagrams using recognised symbols. We will have lots of opportunities for practical work and investigation. In our light topic, we will be exploring how light travels and how we see objects as a result of this. We will investigate the formation of shadows and how changing the distances between light source and object affect the size of the shadow. The famous scientists that we will learn about this term are Michael Faraday and Isaac Newton.

Click on the pictures to find out more:

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Things to remember:

Important things to remember:

     PE 

  • PE lessons will be on a Tuesday 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.

Important dates:

  • Week beginning Monday 13th May - KS2 SATs Week
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