Oak Class – Years 5 & 6
The children of Oak Class embody the values of the school, work incredibly hard to succeed, and achieve great things. They are a delightful bunch of young people, and it is clear to all who pop in to my classroom, that they are destined for great things and bright futures. The classroom currently has a mixture of locations: some from home; others still in the classroom, but one thing is certain: as a team we are all still pushing forward and producing some fantastic artefacts of learning. No matter where you are learning from I welcome you warmly to the Oak Class Webpage.
This is the web page for Oak Class, the oldest class at Dundry CE Primary. We have very recently moved from a Y4/5/6 mixed class to a Y5/6 class due to continuing growth at our wonderful village school, and they are currently taught by myself, Mr. Wyatt.
In Oak Class, alongside Mr. Wyatt (who is teaching in-class Monday-Thursday) there are other members of staff working with the children. We have the services of Mrs Perrett our expert High Level Teaching Assistant on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. On Fridays, she will take on teaching duties for the class. Furthermore, Mrs. Chaplain will be the Teaching Assistant based in Oak Class on Monday and Tuesday. In addition to that, we also have the services or Mr Lucy at our disposal on Fridays where he will be coaching high quality PE sessions.
In Oak Class the children are learning new, exciting and complex things in order to satisfy the requirements of the Upper Key Stage 2 National Curriculum, and eventually the culmination of their Primary Education. There is an expectation that the children are independent, organised and dedicated to their learning. These key skills will ensure that their transition towards the top end of the school and then Secondary School is smooth, easy and manageable.
I must admit that during this unique year, the children have continued to give their all, follow COVID-safe rules and continue improving themselves as young learners and young people – I am beaming with pride while writing this website blurb! They have battled through all adversity, nerves and anxieties to attend school smiling, and have taken all of the new, different routines in their stride. They continue to show excellent behaviour: wonderful manners, a commitment to trying new things and a fabulous attitude towards learning and safe collaboration. I intend to ensure that this will continue throughout the year!
Learning during the Spring Term 4 2021
Due to the current lockdown we begin our Term 4 learning from the safety and comfort of our own homes. Sofas might be our chairs and dining tables may be our desks, but we are still giving it our all and producing some really great work! Our learning styles may have changed to suit the given circumstances, but we still have English, Reading, Spelling, Maths and a foundation subject each day.
What will our learning look like this term?
Upon our return to school on Monday 8th March, we will spend time reconnecting with each other and settling back into our relationships and routines. Learning will be organised into manageable chunks and there will be plenty of brain breaks and chances to get outside and be active. We understand that many of us have been used to learning from the sofa or kitchen table, at all sorts of different times, and so we will take time to re-establish our school routines!
Much of our English and Maths learning will focus on revising those key fractions concepts that we were learning during lockdown and writing key texts which link to our History topic. This will help our teachers and teaching assistants know how to tailor our learning most effectively for the Summer term.
A priority will continue to be our children’s well being and mental health. We understand that the transition back into school will be exciting for many but also unsettling and may cause some anxiety. Therefore, we will spend quality time exploring our feelings and approach in returning to school and explore our goals, qualities and strengths both individually and as a class family. We will also strive to make learning creative and practical where we can, to help our children learn in new ways, and together.
Our History topic this term is World War II and the Battle of Britain and while we are unable to tackle this in quite the way we hoped, we will continue to learn about this topic and it’s influence on our lives today. So far we have explored the key phases of the battle, learned about key allies, found out why we went to war, learned what it would truly be like to be an evacuee and we have learned about the key aircraft which fought the battle in the air.
In DT we have designed our own working torches and flashlights based on our book ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll. In Science, we have revised key electrical concepts alongside looking at reproduction in plants. Plus, in Computing, we are building our very own ‘Minecraft Style’ game. We have also been continuing to explore our feelings through Philosophy and Art.
I continue to be very proud of how Oak Class have taken everything in their stride.
How to help your child with reading at home
Even though our children in Oak class are older and can mostly read fluently, there are still ways in which we as adults can help them to improve their reading skills. In this video I share some of the strategies we use in school that will hopefully help you too at home.
Useful Links to Independent Home Learning
These are recommended, high quality learning resources which we will use in school, but will also be very useful at home -particularly if Seesaw has failed and you need immediate access to further learning. (Do get in touch for a quick fix though if SeeSaw has failed. Often a new code reset will fix any issue.)
- The Department for Education’s Oak Academy Website
- Youtube for Live Lessons with Jane Considine
- Purple Mash
- TT Rockstars
- BBC Bitesize
DUNDRY BOOK WEEK
During the week beginning 1st March we will enjoy a whole week of book themed fun, to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4th March. Each afternoon the children will choose an activity or two to try from an exciting menu created by their teachers. See the video below to hear Dundry teachers reading some their favourite stories and poems.
Celebrations of Home Learning
Check out these great examples of work completed independently at home, or school. Well done guys!