Oak Class Updates
Class 5/6 Oak
Spring Term 2019 Newsletter
Welcome to the new term. We hope you had a restful holiday and wish you all a Happy New Year.
Just a reminder about the trips arranged for this term:
*15th January – Peterborough Cathedral
*25th January – Young Voices
*27th February – Houses of Parliament
We will complete our work on our WW2 focus from last term looking at the text Rose Blanch. Using our geography focuses of rivers and coasts we will complete a non chronological report. Through the focus of cyber bullying we will develop the skills required to produce written pieces of work around persuasive writing.
Spelling punctuation and grammar (SPaG) and comprehension will continue on a weekly basis.
This term we find fractions of amounts, as well as adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. As the term continues, we will be looking at percentages and decimals. We practice our arithmetic and understanding of our written methods as well as gain confidence in our reasoning skills. Teaching and learning will also ensure that the children classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them. The children will cover the topics of measure, position and direction as well as opportunities to compare data.
This term we will continue with Evolution moving on to what we can learn from fossils and how life began. The children will place events on a time line and research the work of Charles Darwin.
In geography we will be developing our map skills looking at co-ordinates, longitude and latitude and symbols on OS maps.
We will study coastal features including bays, beaches, arches and look at how the coastline is changing. Rivers will also be a focus in geography and we will identify the source and mouth of a number of rivers, discuss the upper, middle and lower course and identify features within these sections of the river.
Through our computing lessons we will develop our ability to be digitally literate. We will continue to develop the ability to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. Recognising acceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
We will look at Hokusai’s Great Wave and use this as a stimulus for our own wave painting. Using Lowry’s painting style the children will create a coastal painting of a beach of their choice.
Day 10 - Design and Technology
The children will focus on DT this term within the Day 10 afternoons. This will allow them the opportunity to investigate, design, create and evaluate the product they produce.
Transition Smooth Move Product Design Project Activity Pack - Use this handy activity pack to get your children to design a product which will make the transition from year 6 to secondary school smooth. This pack includes a case studies worksheet, an initial ideas worksheet, a marketing strategy worksheet, an initial design worksheet and an informative powerpoint.Transition Smooth Move Product Design Project Activity Pack - Use this handy activity pack to get your children to design a product which will make the transition from year 6 to secondary school smooth. This pack includes a case studies worksheet, an initial ideas worksheet, a marketing strategy worksheet, an initial design worksheet and an informative powerpoint.
This term we will be looking at Sikhism and its beginnings as well as continuing to make comparisons to Christianity and its teachings.
In PE, on a Thursday, we will be doing dance and relating our movement to the rivers and oceans, this will finish with a whole class dance routine. The children will continue outdoor sports with Mr Marshall on a Friday.
We will continue to spend time preparing for Young Voices which we are looking forward to performing.
Livin' On A Prayer, will be our other focus allowing us to look at the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch). The children will also have the opportunity to listen and appraise other classic rock songs.
During our PSHCE lessons we will continue to think about ways we are able to deal with the different feelings and emotions we may have. We will look at keeping ourselves safe including focusing on cyber bullying.
Within our British Values work we will look at the right to free speech and the origins of Speakers Corner. We will think about the use of renewable and non-renewable fuels.
Learning Logs – These activities will be set on a Thursday. The children will have a period of 14 days to complete these tasks.
Set on a Thursday and due back the following Thursday.
Spellings and Maths focuses will be set weekly and tested on a Thursday.
We look forward to an exciting and engaging term ahead.
Miss Kirby, Mrs Bull and Mrs Hill