Oak Class (Years 5 & 6)

Oak Class (Years 5 & 6)

Oak Class Curriculum Map – 2018/2019


Dear Parents,

It has been lovely to welcome your child back after the holidays into Oak Class. It will be an exciting and busy time for them, with lots of opportunities to shine. Our topic this term will be ‘The Elements’ particularly concentrating on natural phenomenon’s such as earthquakes and volcanoes.

Homework tasks will continue to have a slightly different emphasis this year, focusing on a more creative curriculum. I would like the children to choose a self-directed, home learning project from a given list. This should take approximately two to three weeks; therefore, I would expect that the children will be able to complete 2 projects per half term. They were given a homework book to cover over the holiday and all homework should be completed in their book where possible; they will be encouraged to try their best with content and presentation using a black handwriting pen [not biro]. Spellings and the occasional maths or English sheet will be given out on a Friday, to be returned the following Friday [or before if completed…and placed in the homework tray in class.]

 Homework tasks will usually follow the pattern set out below and should not  last more than 45 minutes in any one night, following government recommendations. If your child is experiencing difficulties, they should not sit worrying, but come to ask for help at school the next day.

a] Home learning project [at least 2 to be completed over the half term]

b] Tables practice.

c] Reading [aim for 20-30 mins a night] It is beneficial for children to hear an adult read, so they can hear expression in a voice so may I suggest that you read aloud for a short while. Remember to ask questions about the characters, setting, action or the meaning of particular words to check that your child has understood what they have read.

d] Spelling list [2/3 words a night should be learned, rather than the whole list in one go]

e] An occasional maths or English practice sheet [children are always prepared for the work on the sheet and told what to do.]

PE/GAMES kits for everyone will be needed on Mondays and Thursdays. Swimming will take place on Wednesday mornings for Yr5 children. May I remind you that earrings/jewellery must be removed for all activities.

As always, if you ever have any concerns about your child’s schoolwork, homework, or general welfare, please don’t hesitate to ring or pop in for a chat. I will be also holding an informal meeting on the 12th September at 4.30pm just to talk about the coming year.

I am very happy to have help in school, regularly or for the odd hour every now and again. If you feel you are able to offer any help, please let me know.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Whetton