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 ‘A Child’s War’:
‘A siren sounds and a Spitfire zooms overhead! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war.’
This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain.
From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort. After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries.
From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt; in D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters.
Help your child prepare for their project
We’ll meet again! Why not visit a local museum together to investigate how the Second World War affected your local area? You could also read an exciting fiction book set during the war.
Alternatively, you could ‘make do and mend’, working together to create a model inspired by the Second World War from recycled materials or unwanted household items.
PE – PE is taught on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon and the 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.