Oak Tree Class
Welcome to Oak!
We are a Year 5 and Year 6 class and our teacher is Mrs Quince.
This half term we will be looking at a ‘A Child’s War’ for our unit!
A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover. It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. Read the diary of Anne Frank, written whilst hiding from the terrifying stormtroopers in a secret annexe, and try to empathise with her hopes and fears. Make do and mend. Cook up a family meal from meagre rations. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sunk ships. And, as peace is declared, let’s get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says ‘It’s an unconditional surrender.’
Oak will be diving into World War 2, learning all about the war that devastated many countries and how people lived during this time.
PE – PE is every Thursday afternoon; children will need to arrive at school wearing their PE kits.
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).
Our expectation is that your child reads 3 times a week.
If you have any questions regarding routines, homework or you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to come and see me.
‘To Be The Best You Can Be’
At St Andrew’s we encourage children to develop determination, resilience and courage to try their best. We celebrate successes across all areas of the curriculum and aspire to find everyone’s strengths.