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Welcome to Oak Class


Hello and welcome back after what I hope was an enjoyable holiday. It was lovely welcoming the children back and they have come back to school well rested and ready to learn! We have another busy half-term ahead of us, with lots of exciting events to look forward to as we nearer the festive season.


Important Dates:

· Wednesday 7th November- Flu vaccinations

· Wednesday 14th November Years 5-6 Children in Need Day, more details to follow (as we are out of school on the 16th)

· Friday 16th November- Years 5&6 Trip to Quarry Bank Mill. We would love as many children as possible to dress up as Victorian children.

· Friday 30th November- Years 1-6 Trip to Oldham Coliseum to see Cinderella

· Friday 14th December- Christmas Dinner Day

· Monday 17th Carol Concert at Church

· Tuesday 18th December- from 3pm Years 5 and 6 Great Exhibition Showcase in the school hall.

· Wednesday 19th December- Christmas Party Afternoon

· Thursday 20th December- school closes for the Christmas Holiday at 2pm.



Curriculum News


This half-term we will be looking at two books, The Last Wild by Piers Torday and Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. Within these books, children will be given lots of exciting opportunities to write whilst immersed in a book. Some of these opportunities are:


·         Newspaper report

·         Writing in Role

·         Free verse

·         Story map

·         Artwork

·         Kenning

·         Script

·         Haiku

·         Argument

·         Extension to narrative

·         Letters

·         Diary entries




This half term we will be: simplifying, ordering, adding, subtracting and dividing fractions; recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts; draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles; recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets; compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons; describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all 4 quadrants); draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes; interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems; and calculate and interpret the mean as an average.


This half term we will be introducing our topic for this term: 'What was life like for children living 100 years ago?' During this topic we will cover the following areas:


  • Understanding actually how long ago the Victorian era was and representing this on a timeline with other events that happened between now and the Victorians.
  • Compare their daily routine with a child from the Victorian era.

  • Understanding how to write from a point of view- linking to drama.

  • Investigate the different lifestyles of the poor and rich in the Victorian era.

  • Investigate football clubs in the North West in the Victorian era.

  • Research fashion and design in the Victorian Era.

  • Learn about school life and routines and compare differences and similarities.

  • To create a journal about crime and punishment.

  • To take part in a debate regarding the implementation of a railway in Bury.

  • To design and create an invention ready for the great exhibition held at school.


Our Science topic for this term is Classifying Living Things. 

In this unit children will learn how to classify living things using the major classification kingdoms defined by Carl Linnaeus. They will identify and describe the observable characteristics of a range of classification groups including micro-organisms, plants and animals. They will compare the similarities and differences between different species of buttercup and earthworm. Children will make careful observations to identify the characteristics that help scientists classify all living things, such as whether a living thing has a backbone and how they reproduce. Children will also be able to use their observations to construct classification keys of increasing complexity. They will use evidence from their investigation to predict and investigate how to accelerate the rate of decay in a mini-composter.

Working Scientifically, children will carry out investigations to observe how moulds grow over time. They will use the evidence from previous investigations to investigate how to accelerate decomposition in a mini-composter. Children will use and construct classification keys to identify plants within their locality. They will identify specific species of buttercup and earthworm by closely observing the similarities and differences within each group.


 P.E: Our P.E days are Wednesday and Fridays our topic for this half term is tag rugby. 


Reading: 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.


P.E: 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.


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


Homework: This term children will have Home Learning Challenges to be completed by Monday 10th of December.


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