Oak Tree Class
Welcome to Oak Tree Class!
My name is Mr Power, I work with year 5 and Year 6 pupils. Each half term is dedicated to a new and exciting topic, based on children’s ideas and interests. Our first topic of the year is ‘Sow, Grow and Farm’:
In the Sow, Grow and Farm project, the children will learn about allotments in the United Kingdom and how the government encouraged people to have them to support food rationing during the Second World War.
They will learn about food webs and animal life cycles, including how living things are dependent on one another within a habitat; investigate the different ways that plants reproduce and will dissect flowering plants to identify the different structures. They will have the opportunity to learn about farming in the United Kingdom and the techniques used in modern farming, including the challenges that farmers face.
They will learn about the benefits of eating seasonally and about the pros and cons of importing food. They will also learn about world farming and how the different climate zones affect where different foods can be grown.
PE – PE is every Tuesday and Friday afternoon; children will need to arrive at school wearing their PE kits.
Homework – Homework is attached for the children to complete over the week. More information can be found on the website or on the attached sheet.
Spelling – Spelling lists will be sent home, along with Spelling books, each Friday, ready for our Spelling test the following Monday. Please ensure your child brings back their book as they will need it for the following week’s lessons.
TTRS – We will be re-launching Times Tables Rockstars; please encourage your child to spend time practicing on a daily basis
Reading – Reading is such an important part of a child’s education. If your child cannot read fluently, they will struggle in later life. Therefore part of their continued homework is daily reading for a minimum of ten minutes per night. We have introduced a reward system for reading this year; celebrating those who have shown a positive attitude towards reading.If your child is reading fluently to themselves, please encourage them to write their own QUALITY comment. This may include, a prediction, writing definitions to unknown words, making a list of “magpie” words, what their favourite part is of a book and why they enjoyed/didn’t enjoy a book. The children do have a good selection of books to read from the class, and they will have the opportunity to choose a book from the school library and change it regularly, but if your child would like to bring it a book from home, they are welcome to do so. Could I ask that no magazines/annuals etc. are brought in to read at school (although they are fine for reading material at home).
If you have any questions regarding routines, homework or you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to come and see me.