Welcome to Oak Class
We hope you have all enjoyed a lovely Summer break and are all feeling well rested and looking forward to the year ahead!
This term our topic will be 'Rainforests', with our English, Geography, Science, Art and DT all being closely linked.
- As writers we will create explanation texts, write a narrative, produce descriptive writing and write persuasive texts.
- As geographers we will learn about the physical features of the rainforest, carry out map work, discuss environmental issues and consider sustainability.
- As scientists we will learn about plants and their life cycle, investigate water transportation, identify and classify amazon animals and explore food chains; considering the impact of environmental changes and dangers to living things.
- In RE we will be exploring the following 'Big Questions':
'Is light a good symbol for celebration?’ and 'Does the Christmas narrative need Mary?'
PE will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure that children have their PE kit in school. Their kit can be left at school until the end of the half term as they may need it for other activities. Children can have a grey tracksuit to wear for outside games.
Alongside daily reading, the children will still have weekly activities to complete. Homework will be of a 'dip and do' nature, whereby children have a choice of homework activities to complete, but they must complete at least one task per week. Homework will then be shared and celebrated at a later date, giving children more choice and flexibility over their home learning; and a longer period of time to work on tasks. More information to follow.
Children will also be aware of the times table that they are working on and will be expected to be learning that times table throughout the week in whatever way they find works best for them! This will help to prepare them for regular times tables tests in school. TTRockstars is still available for children to use and we would advise that they are accessing this at least 3 three times a week at home; times tables are an incredibly important skill to support children's computation in many areas of Mathematics.
Children will have 5 spellings per week that they will need to ensure that they know in preparation for a spelling test the following week. The spellings will be the key words that they need to know for their year group. Other spelling rules and patterns will also be taught and practised in school.
The children should be writing their independent reading in their reading journal every time they read, adults should record when they have listened to children read too. Children are responsible for changing their own reading books and have the opportunity to do so every morning.
Parent consultations will take place after half term. If you have any concerns before this date, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the office.