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Oak Class- Year 5/6

Welcome to Oak Class!

Teachers: Miss Taylor and Mrs Spencer

Autumn Term
Topic: British Battles

There's a VIKING visiting Oak Class on WEDNESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2023!

During our history topic, we will travel back in time to explore Anglo-Saxon Britain and how the Viking invasions altered life at that time. We will learn about how the Anglo-Saxons attempted to bring about law and order and compare this to our current laws, democracy and governance. We will investigate why the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings were often in conflict and why the Vikings often won the battles. We will also learn about the chronology of Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Scots and Vikings.
After half term, our core topic will be Geography based and will focus on six-figure grid references when map reading and understanding why location was so important for industry during the Anglo-Saxon and Viking time period.

We will be reading Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine. The final writing outcomes for this unit will be a diary entry and a biography. After half term, our writing outcomes will be a letter and a setting narrative. We will achieve this using FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith as our vehicle text which will guide, support and inspire our writing style and techniques.

In the first half of the autumn term, we will be focusing on place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will then move onto fractions and position and direction in the second half of the autumn term. Both Year 5 and Year 6 will apply the skills they learn to solve word problems and other challenges. Pupils will begin to embed their times table knowledge through the use of Times Table Rockstars both in school and at home.

Please see our Knowledge Organisers and Topic Webs for further information about our studies this term.

Useful learning resources:
Spelling Frame
BBC Bitesize English Games and Revision
Grammar Games Online
Reading Comprehension Practice

TT Rockstars
Top Marks Maths
Purple Mash

Important Notices:

Please encourage your child to read at home regularly and write what they have read in their diaries. If they are unsure what to read, come and speak to us and we will happily recommend books for them. Reading at home makes an enormous difference to their comprehension and writing work in school.

If you have a non-urgent notice to give the class teacher please write this in your child's diary.

Weekly homework will be: One writing task and grammar task given on a Friday to be handed in on Wednesday; a maths question a day from Monday to Thursday; reading x4 per week minimum, TTRockstars x4 per week and a weekly spelling test.

PE is every Monday and Friday. Swimming is every Tuesday.

Year 6 SATs
Year 6 pupils will sit the end of Key Stage 2 assessments in May. These will take place between the 8th-11th of May 2023. The timetable for these is as follows:

  • Monday 8th May- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Paper 1 and Paper 2 (Spelling)
  • Tuesday. 9th May- English Reading
  • Wednesday 10th May- Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) and Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
  • Thursday 11th May- Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)

It is important to remember that the tests are nothing for the children to worry about. Please continue to support your child by reading regularly at home and asking comprehension questions about the text. There is a helpful document on this page with comprehension questions.

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