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Spring 2019

Welcome to Oak Class

Spring Term 2019

Welcome to Oak Class, the class for those in Year 6 .  I am the class teacher Miss Ahmad and Mrs Morriss is our experienced support practitioner.  Our class consists of 21 pupils who are delightful to teach. It is wonderful being with these young people with their unique personalities, making  the class vibrant and fun. 

The class started off with the First World War and we learnt what was the cause of war and what it was like for the soldiers living and fighting in the trenches.  Next, we looked at A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  In English, the children will be using Talk for Writing to help with their writing and reading skills.   We used the War Horse reading book to work on text writing and comprehensive work and letter writing.  In January we changed our class reader to Oliver Twist and did lengthy work around ‘quotes’ and understanding certain vocabulary words and phrases.  As a class we looked at exemplar written work in expected and greater depths levels.  We then produced work on newspaper articles looking at the conditions of children living in workhouses and pick pocketing in London.  The next class reader is Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson and our English and History work will be based on Great Expectations another book by Charles Dickens. With this text we will be looking at diary recounts.  In the summer term the children will use “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” for  work regarding poetry and stories.

Maths we started off with place value numbers calculating using all four operations of numbers; with reasoning and problem-solving questions. We are using White Rose Maths resources to help your child to understand strategies and choose the one they feel comfortable with.  You will be able to view the curriculum map to see topics covered throughout the academic year.

In Science our first topic was Light and Electricity involving experiments. The next topic from January to April 2019 is managing relationships and anti-bullying.  This theme aims to develop and revisit four of the key social and emotional aspects of learning covered in previous themes through a focus on bullying – what it is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how children can use their social, emotional and behavioural skills to tackle this crucial problem. The four aspects of learning in which knowledge, skills and understanding are developed are self-awareness, empathy, managing feelings and social skills.  In the spring term the children will be learning about the heart and circulation, living things and habitats.  In the summer term the final topic will be evolution and inheritance.

PSHE, we focussed on new beginnings, British Values and managing conflicts.  Children will have further opportunities to appreciate and celebrate differences and similarities between themselves, and to experience and explore how it feels to belong to and be valued in a group. They will have the opportunity to work with everyone in the class.  The aim of the teaching that children will understand they have rights, and do they recognise the responsibilities that come with their rights.  They will have an understanding that there are different kind of responsibilities at home, in school and in the community.

The children are also having lessons in ICT, History, Geography, Art, French and PE. 

I have added a word document on how to help your child at home with Maths, and at the beginning of the academic term I handed out SATS revision guides for your child to use.  I also run a SATs club after school which is Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. This is optional, however however is useful for your child to attend to support them with SATs work and go through topics for individuals who require support.  It is parent’s responsibility for children to complete homework on time and there are websites to use for extra support in Maths and English:

The class have chosen their year 6 production and very excited to perform.  We will start rehearsing after SATS.


Helping your child at home with Maths

An important part of a child’s learning in maths is to apply skills to everyday situations and problems. By practising maths skills in daily life will help them greatly and give their learning relevance.

Year 6 Ideas

  • Grids – draw a 6 by 7 grid and fill with numbers under 100. Take turns to roll a dice 3 times, use the numbers to make a number on the grid using +, -, x, ÷. Cover numbers made on the grid with a coin or counter. First to 4 wins!
  • Dice games – roll dice 5 times to make a 3 digit and a 2 digit number, then multiply these. Roll the dice 6 times to make two 3 digit numbers and multiply them.
  • Recipes – find a recipe for 4 people and rewrite for 8 people. Can you rewrite it for 3? 5?
  • Favourite food – Find the cost of 1, then find the cost for 7, 8 and 9. How much change will you get from £50 / £100?
  • Travelling – When going on a journey, estimate how long it will take, use start and finish time to calculate accuracy.
  • Use bus and train timetable to calculate journey times and differences.
  • Your child could help out in the kitchen when weighing ingredients using their skills to read scales accurately.
  • Shopping – Make comparisons between prices and understand the best value and look out for impulse buying e.g. buy one and and get one free (are you saving money?).
  • To know accurately all times tables and this is important for SATs as your child will be expected to work out / round numbers when doing arithmetic paper 1, reasoning paper 2 and paper 3.