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Oak Class- Year 5/6


Teachers: Miss Taylor and Mrs Spencer

Welcome to Oak Class where learning is fun and exciting; we value every individual and we support, inspire and motivate our children.

Summer term
Topic: History: Monarchy

Our summer term history topic is ''Monarchy' and it's set to be the most exciting topic yet! We have already begun exploring the Royal Family Tree and have learned about Coronation celebrations. We have watched part of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation and enjoyed discussing the meaning behind symbolic artefacts used during the service inlcuding the Crown Jewels. After the King's Coronation, we will step back in time to the Victorian Era where we will learn about Queen Victoria, her mighty reign and the impact she had on Britain during that time. We will explore the key events that happened during Queen Victoria's reign (some which shaped life as we know it today), as well as identify the legacies the Victorians left behind. We will enrich our children's learning by immersing them in a range of exciting Coronation-themed activities. During which, we will compare King Charles' Coronation to his predecessors.

After half term, our topic will be geography based and will focus on developing our map skills, focusing on reading map symbols, using 6 figure grid references and reading the 8 compass points. We will apply these skills when reading paper maps and digital maps.

We will use the Anthony Browne's story, King Kong, as our class vehicle text. This enthralling story of King Kong involves battles with dinosaurs, daring rescues and incredible escapes – endless thrills lead up to one of the most famous climaxes of all time! This text will inspire and motivate us to write dilemma narratives and balanced arguments.
In the second half of the summer term, our writing outcomes will be survival narratives, survival guide instruction manuals and cliffhanger narratives. We will use the Unknown Adventurer's and Teddy Keen's story, The Lost Book of Adventure, to guide and develop our writing styles and techniques.

In the first half of the summer term, we will be focusing on solving multistep word problems, algebra and properties of shapes. We will then move onto ratio and proportion, decimals and money. We'll develop our mathematical fluency in the second half of the term.
Both Year 5 and Year 6 will apply the skills they learn in other subjects such as drawing charts and graphs in science, measuring and sizing scales in DT and position and direction in geography, during our map skills topic.
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:
SATs clubs: 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday (Miss Taylor) and Thursday (Mrs Spencer).

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.

Raising the profile of reading:
We want the children at Calveley to develop a genuine love of reading so we are raising the profile of reading across the school. The library area has never looked so inviting and exciting, the new variety of books on offer will stimulate the imaginations of all the children and we will deliver a reading-rich curriculum for all of our pupils. You may wish to continue the learning at home by borrowing books from the local library or purchase books from the recommended reading lists. The recommended books have been specially selected for your child's age range and for their literature, text features and design.

Year 6 SATs
Year 6 pupils will sit the end of Key Stage 2 assessments in May. These will take place between the 9th-12th of May 2023. The timetable for these is as follows:

  • Tuesday 9th May – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Paper 1 and Paper 2 (Spelling)
  • Wednesday 10th May – English Reading
  • Thursday 11th May – Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) and Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
  • Friday 12th 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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