Welcome to Oak Class!
Teacher – Mr David Kay.
Welcome back to what will hopefully be an exciting, happy and productive year. I hope all of the children are feeling comfortable in their new year group.
Please see below the topic web for the work we be covering during this half term. Our main topic is the Tudors where children will find out about exploration and the monarchs, especially Henry VIII and his wives. (Click image below to enlarge)
We have booked a trip to the Northcott Theatre on Thursday 27th September where we will see a Horrible Histories show about the Terrible Tudors. We will be covering much of our other class work through the Tudors topic, including our English work which is based on the book ‘Treason’.
At the start of this term, all of the children will be assessed on their reading, either through one-to-one with an adult, or on an ICT programme, Accelerated Reader (AR), which assesses their level. From your child’s result we give them a book level they will need to get from the library. We would like you to continue listening to your child read in line with our homework policy (at least 15 minutes a day). Once they have read the book, they complete a comprehension quiz in school and can take a new book from the next level if they pass, or the same level if not. If you have any queries please arrange a time to meet with me.
The children will be set homework on a Thursday which needs to be handed in by the following Tuesday. The majority of work will be done in green homework books. Children will also get MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars homework to do on the computer. Internet addresses and passwords will be written down in the front of their homework books. If access to a computer at home is difficult please let me know, but we will be running a drop-in homework club on Mondays where children can use laptops and ask a teacher for help.
In the past I have made suggestions for topic homework, which has been optional. This year I will, again, give some suggestions (on a sheet inside homework books) but will set aside two weeks for children to do some of this work instead of the usual English and maths homework. I know some children are very enthusiastic about what they learn about and often like to do more research. I am more than happy for children to use homework books for this and to bring in their extra work to share with the rest of the class.
Oak class will have a spelling test and times table test once a week (on Fridays). Practising for these also forms part of the homework for children in Oak. Children will have a small red spelling book to bring home each week which will have their words to learn in. Please let me know if you aren’t seeing this book coming home! Times Tables tests will begin with 2s, 10s, and 5s as children have done these in the past. Once a child has got 9 or 10 out of 10 on these three, they may choose one of the other tables to learn for the following weeks test.
Mrs Baker will be teaching French and ICT on Monday afternoons. Mr Tyrrell will teach PE to the class on Tuesday mornings which will be at the field whenever possible – tag rugby for this half term. Their other PE session will be on Thursday afternoons when we will do either dance or gymnastics. Swimming has been booked for Oak class in January – more details nearer the time.