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Welcome to Oak Class


Happy New Year! Welcome back to a busy spring term. May I take this opportunity to thank all children for the Home Learning Challenges handed in before Christmas. It was excellent to see the effort the children had put in and the learning that had taken place. Your parental support is invaluable and much appreciated. Thank you so much for all of the Christmas cards and presents I received.

Please note our most recent newsletter and the new spelling overview can be found at the bottom of this page.


Important Dates:

  • Thursday 10th January- First weekly homework is set.

  • Friday 11th January - Adrian Bowden’s Science Show.

  • Monday 14th January- Science Week begins.

  • Friday 18th January- Eco Committee Animal Day (more information to follow)

  • Wednesday 30th January- Oak Class Assembly 9am- School Hall

  • Monday 11th February- Friday 15th February- China Friendship Week

  • Friday 15th February- School closes for half- term at 3:30pm.

  • Monday 25th February - School resumes.

  • Thursday 7th March- World Book Day children can dress as their favourite book character



Curriculum News


This half-term we will be using the book ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna as the theme for our English work. Within this book children will be exploring a families’ journey as they have to escape their country due to war. The writing opportunities within this unit are:


  • Note taking
  • Poetry
  • Writing in role
  • Persuasive letter
  • Book/ booklet/ leaflet
  • Collection of short stories
  • Class Newspaper
  • Documentary script
  • Lyrics
  • Argument
  • Emotive letter
  • Extension to narrative



We will be exploring place value and decimals, converting between fractions and decimals, long division and prime, cube and square numbers.



This half-term our topic is ‘Were the Anglo-Saxons really smashing?’ We will be looking at who the Saxons were and where they came from, Anglo-Saxon law and justice, Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066. Children will be comparing the Saxon judicial system with our own and writing persuasive speeches to convince the King that the system is unfair.



Our topic this half term is Evolution and Inheritance. We will learn all about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Children will learn about the link between dinosaurs and other current living creatures. Children will research and discover why plants and animals have had to and are adapting all the time to survive.



We have P.E twice a week. It is really important that children have a full P.E kit, appropriate footwear, that their hair is tied back and that any ear rings have been taped over or removed. Our P.E days are Tuesdays and Fridays our topics for this half term are gymnastics and netball. 



Below is  list of the different rules we will be covering each week. I have attached a document with possible words chosen for a test on Friday at the bottom of the page.

WC: Monday 7th January- hyphenated prefixes

WC: Monday 14th January- ei words

WC: Monday 21st January- ough words

WC: Monday 28th January- words that end ce or se

WC: Monday 4th February- Homophones

WC: Monday 11th February- half-termly recap



Children will be taking home a reading book from our library every fortnight. I would love it if children could fill in a book review bookmark to help recommend and evaluate the book for potential readers.


Water bottles:

Please can all children have a water bottle in school daily.



This half term children will be set weekly Maths and English homework, alternating between the subjects each week. Homework will be set each Thursday to be handed in the following Wednesday, if not before. Below is a list of what homework children will be receiving so you can keep track. Homework can be something you do and discuss together or leave your child to do independently if they seem confident. Please feel free to leave me a note if your child has struggled with something so I have chance to recap it with them during school.


  • Thursday 10th January- Maths

  • Thursday 17th January- English

  • Thursday 24th January- Maths

  • Thursday 31st January- English

  • Thursday 7th February- Maths

  • Thursday 14th February- English