‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Oak Class 2022 - 2023




Class teacher - Mr M Thomas

Learning Support Assistant - Miss V Barlow


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This term, we are on a voyage of discovery... venturing into realms known and unknown


As role models for the rest of the school, Oak class embody the values and vision that we have for our school community.  In the courtesy and gratitude we demonstrate around school, we model how our faith that making wise choices and always striving to do the right thing by ourselves and others allows us to grow in confidence and maturity.  The wisdom that comes from always striving to make these wise choices allows us to thrive as we take advantage of the many opportunities we have to shine in Oak class, from whole school dramatic performances to residentials and projects to support our local area.  

This term, Oak are learning all about the history and geography of our local area. We are using OS maps and grid referencing, as well as the 8 compass points, to conduct fieldwork in the area around Vale Royal Abbey, observing, measuring and recording what we find to support the final outcome of this theme (more on that below!).  We are finding out about the history of Vale Royal Abbey and the monarchs, including Edward Longshanks and Henry the Eighth, who are linked to it. We're also finding out about the changes that occurred in Britain over time such as the war between England and Wales and the dissolution of the monasteries and the spread of Protestantism.

Our Music topic sees us exploring the music of the Middle Ages and learning about the composer John Dunstaple. In DT, inspired by the story of Lord Edward which led to the building of Vale Royal Abbey, we're building boats. In Art, we're be exploring digital media, focusing on the architecture of Vale Royal Abbey. 

Our Computing learning allows us to tie together all of our learning about as we produce a media project tying in photography and video advertising a visit to Vale Royal Abbey.

We’ll also be learning about brave explorers who braved the dangers of the oceans and the ice as we learn about Ernest Shackleton’s adventure in Antarctica and Charles Darwin’s discoveries aboard the Beagle.  Darwin and his discoveries are also the basis for some of our Science work on evolution and adaption. We're also learning about properties of materials included reversible and irreversible changes.  Our RE learning sees us investigating God and the Eucharist. 

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 current spotlight author is the wonderful Sophie Anderson; we’re diving into some of her best novels in full reading lessons to give us a taste of her style and stories. 

Our next class novel is be The Boy at the Back of the Class: a remarkable novel about refugees and their search for safety and a new home.  

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 and Forest School

PE will be on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.  Please can children come into school on Mondays and Tuesdays 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.

For Year 6, Mental Maths will be sent home twice per week; both sheets will be given out on Mondays. The first sheet will be due on Wednesday and the second on Friday.

Both year 5 and Year 6 will also have a weekly SPaG sheet. This will be given out on Mondays and is to be returned the following Monday.

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. 


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


Meet the Teacher: Oak Tuesday 13th September at 6pm
The PowerPoint from the session is now available to download from this page.  .  


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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