Welcome to Oak Class
Welcome to the Oak Class website page! I hope everyone has enjoyed a restful summer holiday and is feeling refreshed ready for an exciting and busy autumn term!
This half-term we will be reading a fabulous story by John Boyne (the author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas) called 'Stay Were You Are And Then Leave' which follows the fortunes of Alfie and his family during World War 1. The book covers many themes including: duty, responsibility, the changing role of women over time, the different attitudes in society towards young men of fighting age, but it's mostly about the things we do for love!
The book provides many opportunities for reflection, discussion and also for writing including:
* Writing letters and diary entries in role.
* Descriptions using our senses.
* Recounts of events in the book.
We will be working very hard to blow the cobwebs off our existing maths skills and also to develop our skills even further. We will focus on:
* Place value using numbers up to 10 million.
* Rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, million etc.
* Multiplying and dividing numbers by one and two digits.
* Identifying and recognising common multiples and factors.
* Identifying and recognising prime numbers.
We will endeavour to apply our maths skills to problem solving whenever possible.
Our first topic is Electricity.
We will explore the work of scientists over time to see how electricity has been developed from a new, novel idea to an everyday essential commodity before moving on to investigate circuits and to learn the recognised symbols used when drawing circuits. The children will plan and undertake many practical investigations to find the answers to various questions including:
* How can we make bulbs shine more brightly in a circuit?
* Does the length of wire used in a circuit matter?
Clearly, safety will be paramount throughout these investigations.
Our topic until Christmas is 'What Was It Like For Children In the Wars?' During Autumn 1, we will focus on World War 1 and after half term we will turn our attention to World War II. To enhance and enrich our studies, a trip to Tatton Park has been arranged on Thursday 17th October (a separate letter with further information will be sent home).
The first set of Home Learning Challenges will be sent home by the end of Week 1 and the books are due to be returned to school for marking by Tuesday 12th November.
PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings.
Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school - including suitable footwear - on these days. Girls with long hair should bring a bobble into school to tie up their hair for health and safety reasons during PE lessons and earrings should either be covered by tape (provided by school) or removed.
Children will have access to the school library every week where they can choose a book to read either in school or at home. In addition, children are welcome to choose a book to read from our well stocked class library. Children’s love of reading for pleasure is something which we hope we can nurture throughout this year. Asking your child to tell you about their book and asking them questions about the plot and characters would be very beneficial.
When it is sunny, Oak classroom is very warm, even if the temperature outside is modest! For their comfort, please ensure your child has a water bottle in school every day.