I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter break and the children are refreshed and ready for what is shaping up to be a busy term of learning ahead!
Oak class’ main theme between now and summer will be based around the topic of ‘Rivers and Mountains’. We will look in depth at. This will link in with other areas of the curriculum such as Geography and Literacy. In Science we will be studying ‘Earth and Space’ before half term and ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ after. You will find a curriculum overview attached to gain more information about all of the subject areas.
PE lessons will continue to take place on a Monday and Wednesday afternoons, but we ask that students have their PE kits in school every day just in case we need to change the timetable. Last term we had lots of issues with the children forgetting their PE kits entirely, or forgetting parts of it, especially their plimsolls or trainers. It is extremely important that the children have a full PE kit in school on both of these days so that they can properly take part in their PE sessions. In addition, children with long hair must have a hair band or bobble to tie it up during these times.
Reading and reading comments should now continue as before the holidays. You should encourage your child to read regularly at home and they should be recording a detailed comment in their Reading journals a minimum of three times per week. Feel free to comment in these if you hear your children read at home. Please could you sign these on a Thursday evening and I will continue to collect these in on a Friday morning to check the children’s progress.
As before, the Year 5 students will continue to receive a homework project relating to their topic/science work that will cover a range of different subject areas. This will be handed out to them on Friday 21st April to last for five weeks. The children must ensure that they are organised and manage their time effectively to hand in one piece of homework per week on a Friday morning. If you need to email any pieces of homework to me that they complete on the computer, please email them directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Year 6 students will continue to take part in SATs Booster sessions up until the time of the tests, and therefore their homework will centre around the Booster materials on a weekly basis. After the SATs have finished, they will be asked to complete a short two week project based around their science unit.
All pupils will also continue to receive weekly spelling lists which they should practice and learn at home in their bright green spelling books. Year 5 students should continue to write ten of their words in a sentence so that we can check that they understand the meaning of the words in a context. Words will be handed out on a Tuesday and will be tested the following Tuesday.
On Fridays, Oak class students will continue to have a weekly ‘Magic Ten’ times tables and division quiz in which they are timed against the clock. I would recommend that they practise their multiplication and division facts regularly at home to help to improve these areas. These tests will be brought home by the children every week on a Friday so that you can check on their progress.
Year 6 SATs Tests and Year 5 end of year tests
The Year 6 SATs and Year 5 assessments will take place during the week beginning Monday 8th May 2017. It is extremely important that all of the students are well rested and prepared for the assessments that will take place throughout this week. It is also vital that students attend school everyday this week so as not to miss any of the assessments.
As in previous years, the year 6 students will be invited to attend a morning breakfast in Oak Class Monday to Thursday on the week of the SATs. They should come into Oak Class at 8.30am and will be provided with cereal, toast and fruit to have before the tests commence at 9am.
Once the writing assessments have also been completed later in the month, we will arrange for the year 6s to have a morning or afternoon tea party in celebration of all of their hard work. Information on this will follow at a later date.
This year the Leavers’ Play will take place on Wednesday 12th July in the village hall at 6pm. There will also be a dress rehearsal of the performance on the afternoon of Tuesday 11th July.
The Leavers’ Prom will take place for all Year 5 and 6 pupils on Friday 14th July. As in previous years, the Year 6 students will be invited to attend early and to stay later than the Year 5 pupils.
Transfer to Secondary School
The students who will attend both Wymondham High School and Wymondham College next year will all be required to attend two transition days at the end of the summer term on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st July. Therefore, the final day for all Year 6 students at Spooner Row will be Wednesday 19th July 2017. There will be a leavers’ assembly for all parents/carers of Year 6 pupils to attend in the village hall on the morning of this date.
There will also be a further two days of transition for Wymondham High School students on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th July.
There will be a trip to the ‘Norfolk Children’s Book Festival’ at Norwich Cathedral on Tuesday 4th July for Year 5 students and Year 6s not going to WHS. This starts at 9.20am so we will need to leave school early, probably around 8.40am.
The whole of Oak Class will have a fun end-of-year trip on the last Monday of the summer term, Monday 17th July. This has yet to be arranged so more details will follow nearer the time.
If you have any questions at all about these or any other matters, please feel free to come in and speak to me, or arrange a meeting through the school office.
Oak Class Teacher