Oak Class

 Years 5 & 6

What we are doing in class

Dear Parents / Carers

Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. It should be a wonderful term with lots of challenging work and exciting opportunities to learn. Our topic for this term is: Once Upon a time. We will be finding out about The Mayans and if we have time The Aztecs.

Literacy

Throughout this term we will be continuing to work on grammar spelling and punctuation skills. The children will be able to consolidate their understanding about when and where to use a variety of higher order punctuation including: dashes, hyphens, brackets, semi-colons and colons. They will also be given the opportunity to look at how authors use punctuation effectively.

We will be continuing our guided reading and spelling sessions as feedback from the class indicates that they have not only enjoyed these sessions, but they have also learnt a great deal.

The children will be evaluating and analysing texts and poems by well-known authors, they will also be developing their comprehension skills using a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts concentrating on extraction, inference and deduction.

We will also be developing the use of structure within a text depending on text type and fine tuning the use of paragraphs within narrative writing. We will be developing sentence structure by improving the choices of connectives and conjunctions and will be using a variety of sentence openers in both formal and informal styles.

Numeracy

Throughout this term we will continue to work on place value including decimals to 3dp. We will also look at and develop the use of long division and multiplication techniques and strategies. We will develop our understanding of statistics, analyse and collect a variety of data including finding the mean/average of a set of data and will decide the best graphical way to display the information analysing our results and drawing conclusions from the data collected.

The children will be given the opportunity to find the area, perimeter and volume of a variety of regular/irregular 2D and 3D shapes.

The class will be developing a variety of mental and paper methods to solve problems involving fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and scale. We will also be solving and simplifying algebraic equations.

Other Subjects

Geography/History/Art/Technology

Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study by learning about the Maya civilisation and understanding who they were and when and where they lived.

Religion and Gods Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information by learning about the religious beliefs and practices of the Maya people and the gods they believed in.

Maya Number System Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information by learning about how the Maya invented and used their calendars and number system.

Exploration and Discovery Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and that different versions of past events may exist, giving some reasons for this by identifying and using sources of evidence to learn about the Maya cities and some of the people who explored and documented them.

Mayan Writing Regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and significance through learning about the Mayan writing system.

Food Note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms by learning about the food the ancient Maya people ate and its religious and cultural significance.

PSHE We are following the Jigsaw Scheme for PSHE this term the focus will be on Dreams and Goals in the first term and Healthy me.

RE We are following the Understanding Christianity Scheme and the Norfolk/Essex agreed Syllabus. This term we will be focusing on Creation/Fall and Judaism

Science – Physics

Light: Find out about different sources of light and develop understanding through experimentation on how we see including developing understanding of reflections and shadows. Explain how light appears to travel in straight lines and how this affects seeing and shadows.

Forces and magnets: Understand how opposing forces cause things to move and look at contact and distant forces including those linked to attraction and repulsion. Through experimentation develop a better understanding of gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. Discuss the effect of gravity and drag forces and look at the transference of forces in gears, pulleys, levers and springs.

Sound: Look at sources, vibration, volume and pitch.

Electricity: Look at appliances, circuits, lamps, switches, insulators and conductors. Look at circuits, the effect of the voltage in cells and the resistance and conductivity of materials.

Forces and magnets: Look at contact and distant forces, attraction and repulsion, comparing and grouping materials. Look at poles, attraction and repulsion. Look at the effect of gravity and drag forces. Look at transference of forces in gears, pulleys, levers and springs.

Physical Education

Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as football, netball hockey, basketball, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Compose creative and imaginative dance sequences.

Perform expressively and hold a precise and strong body posture.

Perform and create complex sequences.

Express an idea in original and imaginative ways

Gymnastics, rolls, travelling, counter balances, performance and evaluation

Computing

Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.

Use sequence, selections and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs.

Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works, detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.

Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.

Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.

French

  • Engage in conversations, expressing opinions.

  • Speak in simple language & be understood.

  • Develop appropriate pronunciation.

  • Present ideas & information orally.

  • Show understanding in simple reading.

  • Adapt known language to create new ideas.

  • Describe people, places & things.

  • Understand basic grammar, e.g. gender.

Other Notes

Homework will be set weekly on a Friday for return the following Thursday and will include: Maths, Grammar, times tables Rock Stars and Spelling games

Please try to listen to your child read as much as possible and sign their bookmarks so they can earn their extra break on a Monday.

There will be extra work for the Year 6 Cohort linked to SATs.

We will also be continuing our Project homework and will be discussing ideas for this next week.

If you have any concerns or worries with regards your child, please do not hesitate to arrange a time that is appropriate to discuss your concerns.

Mrs Bishop

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Dear Parents / Carers

Hello and welcome back to you all.  Hope you have had a wonderful Summer Holiday and a good rest.  There are lots of exciting things to look forward to this term.  It will be busy but enjoyable. Our Topic for this term is Around the World in …….days – we will be focusing on Asian countries in particular Japan, North/South Korea and China.

 

English.

Throughout the term we will continue to work on grammar and spelling skills.

We will practise reading and answering questions about fiction and non-fiction texts.

We will explore and extend their ability to construct and use paragraphs appropriately in narrative and construct a wide variety of sentences, punctuate them correctly and use them effectively in writing narrative for an audience.  We will consolidate all aspects of composition and effect, sentence structure and text structure.  We will be looking at a range of texts to develop arguments and balanced texts. We will be using the techniques that authors use to create characters, settings and plots and Interweave descriptions of characters, settings and atmosphere with dialogue. We will look at, discus and evaluate how authors create vivid images by using alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification.  We will write sentences that include: relative clauses, modal verbs, relative pronouns, brackets, parenthesis, a mixture of active and passive voice, a clear subject and object, hyphens, colons and semi colons, bullet points.  We will also be developing the transition of formal and informal writing and the inclusion of this within a variety of text types.

 

Mathematics

Count and calculate in increasingly complex contexts, including those that cannot be experienced first-hand. Rigorously apply mathematical knowledge across the curriculum, in particular in science, technology and computing. Deepen conceptual understanding of mathematics by frequent repetition and extension of key concepts in a range of engaging and purposeful contexts. Explore numbers and place value so as to read and understand the value of all numbers. Add and subtract using efficient mental and formal written methods. Multiply and divide using efficient mental and formal written methods. Use the properties of shapes and angles in increasingly complex and practical contexts, including in construction and engineering contexts. Describe position, direction and movement in increasingly precise ways. Use and apply measures to increasingly complex contexts. Gather, organise and interrogate data. Understand the practical value of using algebra.  We will be focusing on fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

 

Other Subjects

Science: Chemistry                                                                                                                                      Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal) and response to magnets. Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and describe how to recover a substance from a solution.  Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.  Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.  Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes. Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate soda.

 

Science: Working Scientifically:                                                                                                                               Planning different types of scientific enquiry to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.  Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate. Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.  Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries including conclusions, casual relationships and explanations of and degrees of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations.

Geography                                                                                                                            Collect and analyse statistics and other information in order to draw clear conclusions about locations. Identify and describe how the physical features affect the human activity within a location. Use a range of geographical resources to give detailed descriptions and opinions of the characteristic features of a location. Analyse and give views on the effectiveness of different geographical representations of a location. Name and locate some of the countries and cities of the world and their identifying human and physical characteristics, including hills, mountains, rivers, key topographical features and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.

Physical Geography: including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and the water cycle.

Human Geography: including: settlements, land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals, and water supplies.

History:  Shang Dynasty

To find out about the Shang Dynasty of China and explore how we know about it. To explore the evidence surrounding the Shang kings. To find out about Shang royal burials. To find out what ordinary life was like for people during the Shang Dynasty. To find out about the writing and calendar created during the Shang Dynasty. To find out about the writing and calendar created during the Shang Dynasty. To find out why the Shang Dynasty ended

 

Music

We are very fortunate to have a member of Essex County Council music team coming in each week to teach the class how to play the ukulele.

 

Physical Education

Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as football, netball hockey, basketball, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Compose creative and imaginative dance sequences.

Perform expressively and hold a precise and strong body posture.

Perform and create complex sequences.

Express an idea in original and imaginative ways

Identifying that people need clean water and food to be healthy.

Exploring how physical development can be stunted irreparably in the first thousand days of life due to insufficient nutrition.

 

Art & Design

We are going to be focusing on landscapes and will be concentrating on both Constable and Hokusai.

Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork.                 Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products.                                                                      Improve mastery of techniques.                                                                                                                              Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history.

 

PSHE

To recognise their worth as individuals, by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals;

To face new challenges positively by collecting information, looking for help, making responsible choices and taking action;

Why and how rules and laws are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and how to take part in making and changing rules;

That there are different kinds of responsibilities, rights and duties at home, at school and in the community, and that these can sometimes conflict with each other;

To reflect on spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues, using imagination to understand other people’s experiences;

To realise the nature and consequences of racism, teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviours, and how to respond to them and ask for help.

 

Computing

Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.                                                             Use sequence, selections and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs.                                                  Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.                                                                                                                                   Understand computer networks including in the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.                                                                                                                                               Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.

 

French

Engage in conversations, expressing opinions.

Speak in simple language & be understood.

Develop appropriate pronunciation.

Present ideas & information orally.

Show understanding in simple reading.

Adapt known language to create new ideas.

Describe people, places & things.

Understand basic grammar, e.g. gender.

 

Religious Education

Following the Essex agreed syllabus and Teaching Christianity.  This term we will be focusing on Buddhism and Hinduism

 

Other Notes

Homework will be set weekly on a Friday for return the following Thursday and will include: Maths and Literacy -both subjects will be set weekly and should take approximately 10-15 minutes each. Project: This term I am trying a new type of project-based homework. Each half term there will be a different topic for your child to explore and develop based on their own areas of interests.  This term we are concentrating on Asia.  All children have been asked to choose an Asian country and look at one or two areas. It could be linked to: food, traditions, architecture, family life, writing, schools, religion, sports, popular culture etc.  Ongoing: Please try to read at least 5 times a week with your children and if possible support them in learning their times tables.

I look forward to an eventful year getting to know you and your children. If you have any concerns or worries with regards your child, please do not hesitate to arrange a time that is appropriate to discuss your concerns.

 

Pobble

Please check out Pobble. The Oaks class have had lots of work published and it would be lovely if you can comment on this.

The Oaks class are going to be sending information about the Class Dojo it will be a way for you to communicate with me and comment on any work. We will also from time to time be posting pictures.

A big thank you to all the Year 6 girls for helping to run the tuck shop effectively.

Here is a picture of our year 5 children taking part in a Global Citizens Workshop in September they went on to perform the African drumming on stage at the Princes Theatre in Clacton.