Welcome to Oak Class
We hope that you have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas break, and are all feeling well rested and excited for the term ahead!
This term our topic will be 'The Prehistoric World', with our English, Geography, Science, Art and DT all being closely linked.
- As writers we will work on character descriptions, a diary entry, and a recount of events as well as writing a narrative, developing a story set in past times and publishing our own information texts.
- As historians we will learn about the role of an archaeologist, daily life in the Stone Age, the historic site Stonehenge, and make comparisons with life in the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Children will also share their learning as part of a class exhibition.
- As scientists we will learn about rocks, fossil formation, soil and erosion. We will also be working on scientific skills including identification and classification as well as learning about food chains and skeletons through our work on dinosaurs.
- In RE we will be exploring the following 'Big Questions':
'Should believers give things up?’ and 'Do Murtis help Hindu's understand God?'
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, and will need to be well prepared for outdoor P.E in the winter months.
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. Times tables are an incredibly important skill to support children's computation in many areas of Mathematics.
Children will have a set of spellings per week that they will need to ensure that they know in preparation for a spelling test the following week. The this term will be spellings linked to particular spelling rules or patterns 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 record every time they read, adults should record when they have listened to children read too. Ideally children should be reading daily, either independently or to an adult; and will benefit greatly from reading out loud and discussing what they have read. 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.