‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Oak Class 2021 - 2022




Class teacher - Mr M Thomas

Learning Support Assistant - Mrs W Rowland


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This term, we are explorers …  adventuring bravely into Conflict and World War Two


Our theme for the Summer term is Conflict and World War Two. Through the books Rose Blanche and Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl, we’ll be learning about the Holocaust and the Nazi's persecution of Jewish people, especially children. This will provide the foundation for our cross curricular writing, will will see us writing bravery award speeches and diary entries.
In history and geography, we’ll learn about which countries were involved in WW2 and the context that allowed the to Nazis' rise to power. We'll also learn how Britain was drawn into the war and, linking to the current conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, aim to answer the question: can war ever be justified? 
For our cross-curricular links to DT and Maths, we’ll be making shortbread based on a wartime rationing recipe by converting imperials units of measurement to metric ones.  In art, we'll be focusing on Henry Moore's harrowing drawings of people taking refuge in bomb shelters. Science will see us learning all about the human body and some of the weird and wonderful things it can do.
Reading is at the heart of successful learning and we will immerse ourselves in a range of quality texts over the course of the year. As Reading is a priority across all subjects, we regularly use a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in our whole-class Reading lessons to help inform richer learning across the curriculum in the afternoon. In addition to this cross-curricular learning, a single day might also see us exploring the motivations of characters in our gripping class novels or simply allowing children time to develop a love of reading through our provision of high-quality fiction books. Wherever and whenever possible, we will prioritise developing the skills and positive attitudes towards Reading that will enable Oak class to become confident, informed and engaged learners. 
Our focus author will be Emma Carroll and we'll be reading Letters from the Lighthouse, her novel set in the WW2, as our class novel, as well as exploring some of her other stories in our whole class reading lessons.

Home Reading expectations are detailed below, but should your child express and interest in a particular author, series or genre, please let us know and we would be delighted to order books from our library partners free of charge.  Visits to your local library are also encouraged!



PE will be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Please can children come into school on Wednesdays and Thursdays already dressed in their PE kits. 



Please ensure your child reads at home at least 4 times per week for 15-25 minutes.  In Year 6, they are expected to record their own reading in their Home – School contact books; parents just need to sign each time. 

TT Rockstars should be practised at least 5 times per week also for a minimum of 5 minutes each time.

Mental Maths will be sent home twice per week in addition to a weekly SPaG activity.  

All Oak children will be given their own personal spelling lists to practise at home.  These are linked to the statutory spelling lists for each year group available at the bottom of this page. 

Some homework may also be set on Education City.  


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me using the Home-School book or by email via the address listed above.  We love to celebrate any out of school learning or achievements by our children so please email or send in anything your child would like to share with us. 


Meet the Teacher: Oak Wednesday 22nd September at 6pm
The PowerPoint from the session is available to download below.


If your child is absent from school due to COVID-19 and requires remote learning, please download and read the PDF document listed below.

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