OAK CLASS SUMMER TERM LETTER 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It seems amazing that the final term for Oak class is already here….the time seems to have gone by so quickly! We are very proud of the manner in which all pupils have conducted themselves this year, working hard and being resilient despite our disruptions. Their energy is boundless! I am sure that Year 6 will set a very high standard of behaviour when they go on their residential visit to Edinburgh in a few weeks’ time.
The term promises to be equally as busy as the past two, with many varied and exciting activities for the children to enjoy. This half term, our main topic will be about the Mayan Civilisation. It will be followed by a topic called ‘Eco Warriors’ where the children will learn about the importance of the rivers, rainforests, sustainability and global citizenship. Science will cover Light and Electricity and PE will continue to be on Monday and Thursday afternoons. We shall also be continuing Maths club for the next three weeks – our last being on 5th May.
Homework tasks this term will largely remain as the previous two terms: reading, weekly spellings and a Maths or English task. In preparation for secondary school, the children will also be asked to complete a self-directed project on a theme of their choice. More details will follow however, I will give them the challenge to “think outside the box” to see if they can follow an unusual theme for their work, perhaps producing making a model with associated research. The focus of the project is to research and learn, putting information into their own words, making use of their best ICT and presentational skills.
SATs week commences on the 9th May. We do try hard to minimise the stress levels, but have needed to prepare children for how to take these tests, which we hope they enjoy, rather than seeing them as an ordeal. Having a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will help them to keep up the concentration levels needed, which take place every morning of that week. We also encourage them to have their water bottles available (Also during that week, we will be offering a breakfast club for Year 6 children from 8.15am until 8.45am – cereal, toast and juice will be available). The afternoons will be spent in practical activities, in order to minimise over-tiring the children.
As always, should you have any concerns about your child or require further information about events, please ring, send a note or pop in for a chat.
Tuesday 26th April: SATs meeting for Parents 3.45pm
Monday 9th – 12th May : SATs Week
Thursday 26th May: Yr 6 Water day at Fell Foot
15th – 17th June: Edinburgh Residential
Spring 1 2022
Beech and Oak class were invited by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to go along to Low Branthwaite to plant trees. The weather was perfect, although we needed our wellingtons for the muddy ground. We planted Rowan, Elder and Crab Apple trees.
Autumn 2 – 2021
It’s been a busy half-term in year 6 with lots of different topics being covered across our curriculum. In art, we continued with our study on British coastal birds and perfected our painting techniques to create some beautiful watercolour paintings. We then moved on to working on 3D sculptures of a range of birds including puffins, cormorants, gannets and kittiwakes. Everyone, chose their own bird and sculpted their shapes using card, newspaper, tape and Modroc before adding paint to their final sculpture. Check out the amazing results in our photos below.
In geography, we completed our study on the Isles of Scilly and put together our own fact sheets comparing and contrasting the town of Sedbergh with the Isles of Scilly. We used a range of resources to collect information, including guide books and photos sent to us from the Isles of Scilly by Mrs Norris!
After completing our work on the Isles of Scilly, we started our new topic on volcanoes and earthquakes. We read the book ‘Secrets of Vesuvius’ by Caroline Lawrence which is set in and around Pompeii in 79AD – the year that the volcano Vesuvius famously erupted destroying the city of Pompeii. We learnt about the structure of planet earth and volcanoes, the five deadly effects of a volcanic eruption and used atlases to locate the world’s most famous volcanoes (located around ‘The Ring of Fire’). Learning about the structure of the planet, and the tectonic plates which make up the earth’s crust, helped us to understand why earthquakes happen and the deadly effects of an earthquake.
In science, we have been busy learning about the human body and looking closely at the circulatory and digestive systems. We worked practically to find out how the heart pumps oxygenated blood around our bodies and then tested our own fitness by comparing our resting pulse with our pulse after exercise. We investigated ways to keep our bodies healthy by finding out about a balanced diet and the range of nutrients that our body receives from eating healthy food.
Autumn 1 – Welcome to Year 6!
It’s been a great start to the year in year 6. We started our term thinking about getting ourselves in the right mindset for their final year in primary school by learning about the differences between a fixed and a growth mindset. People with a growth mindset understand that their skills and understanding will improve through study and practise. They tend to see challenges as opportunities to grow because they understand that they can improve their abilities by pushing themselves. If something is hard, they understand it will push them to get better. We thought about what this might look like in class and found out how to change a negative voice in our head into a more positive one to motivate us to keep on going. Take a look at our growth mindset art work below to see the positive messages that we came up with and are going to use in class this year.
In our photo gallery for this half term you’ll also find regular photo updates on our topic work. Much of our work in class will be based around our topic on the United Kingdom and, through our reading of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Why The Whales Came’, we will take a closer look at the Isles of Scilly and contrast life on the Isles of Scilly to their lives in Sedbergh.
Growth Mindset Artwork
Summer 2 – Rainforests
It’s the final countdown for year 6! Our topic for this half-term will be ‘Rainforests’ and we will be using the book ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell as a stimulus for work around this topic. In geography, we will be finding out about the parts of the world where rainforests are found and looking in more detail at the rainforest landscape and its vast array of inhabitants.
Our book, ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell, is set in the 1950’s and tells the story of a group of children who find themselves stranded and alone deep in the Amazon Rainforest after their plane crashes. We began by working as investigative reporters, collecting information about the passengers on the missing plane in order to write and present our own news reports. We moved on to looking at the rainforest landscape and wrote descriptions about what the children would have experienced as they trekked through the rainforest trying to find help.
Our story is set in Brazil, which is home to approximately 60% of the Amazon Rainforest. We went online to research information about tourist hotspots in Brazil and wrote persuasive leaflets for tourists choosing their next holiday.
Summer 1 – The Marvellous Mayans!
We have lots of interesting things planned for Oak Class this half term with a topic on the ‘Ancient Mayans’ for our learning in History, DT and Art and a topic on ‘Light’ in Science.
In our Mayans topic, we will be learning about the ancient Mayan civilisation along with their traditions and beliefs, building Mayan temples, working in teams to create traditional Mayan dress, planting and growing traditional Mayan foods and sampling Mayan hot chocolate!
Oak Class will also be taking part in some organised outdoor pursuits run by Outdoor Education North West. On Thursday 22nd April they will take part in an afternoon of orienteering and then, on 20th May, we will be taking a trip to Fell Foot Park on Lake Windermere for a day of paddle boarding and orienteering.
Who were the ancient Mayans?
We began our work on the ancient Mayans by using websites to research the area of the world in which they lived and aspects of their daily life, such as jobs, food and traditional clothing. We collected a range of facts and then created our own ‘Introduction to the Mayans’ factsheets.
We learnt about the beliefs of the ancient Mayans and of the absolute power of the priest in each city. The Mayans believed that their many gods spoke directly to their city priest who then in turn instructed the people on all aspects of daily life, from when to harvest crops and who to get married to! They believed that obeying the word of the priest was obeying the wishes of the gods and that it would appease them and keep them happy.
Oak Class were tasked with creating a ceremonial costume for their ruling priest using only newspaper! They worked in teams to come up with a design. They had to ensure that their costume had as tall a headdress as possible to signify the importance of the person who would wear it. Take a look at their amazing work.
We learnt about the ancient Mayan cities that have survived in the rainforests of central America and what it is like for tourists visiting sites in Mexico and Honduras today. In DT, we worked in teams to create our own Mayan cities complete with pyramid temples, ball courts, maize crops and the surrounding rainforest.
Orienteering and paddle boarding
We thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon of orienteering with Outdoor Education North West and a follow up day with them on Lake Windermere learning how to paddle board. Whilst at Windermere, the class also explored Fell Foot Park and took part in a range of games and orienteering activities.