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Oak Class – Years 5 & 6

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.

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Academic Year

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 myself (who teaches 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 Monday and Wednesday mornings. On Fridays, the brilliant Mr. Lucy will continue teaching the class. Furthermore, the creative Mrs. Price will be the Teaching Assistant based in Oak Class each weekday morning. 

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 first week, the children have given their all. They are following the class 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 hope to continue getting to know all parents and other extended members of the Oak Class community as the term and year progresses, but for now if you have any queries, do not hesitate to get in touch.

I hope the following answers to these frequently asked questions prove useful:

When is PE and Swimming?

PE will be on Thursday and PE kits will need to be worn to school on that day. On Friday, children will go swimming and will need to bring a swimming kit with them. School uniforms should be worn on that day as children will change at the Swimming Centre.

When is Year 6 Camp?

23rd – 27th May. We will be going to Mendip Activity Centre in Churchill. A letter for Year 6 parents will be released in due course.

Are there any COVID restrictions in place at school?

Class bubbles have now ended and children can freely move around the school. Hand washing routines remain in place. Face to face meetings between staff and parents can resume. Current relaxation of restrictions is all subject to government advice.

How can I contact the school?

For non-urgent communication or generic questions Class Dojo can be used to communicate with Mr Wyatt or Mr Lucy. For more pressing communications, sharing of key information (such as going home arrangements), for urgent communication or for communications of a more serious nature, please email the school at office@dundry.com. Of course, all parents are also welcome to speak to me after school.

Are there spellings to learn?

Yes. These spellings will be sent home to be learnt and the date that the words will be tested is at the top of each set of ten words. Some children will learn only 5 of the words, or different words altogether. Parents and children will be contacted if this difference applies to them. If in doubt, please ask.

How often should my child read?

As often as possible! The school will reward those who read over four times a week with a raffle ticket which goes into a hat. At the end of each term, one raffle ticket per class is drawn with the winner being given a £5 Amazon voucher.

How can I help my 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.

Reading Fluency Strategies

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What times tables should my child know?

All of the times tables between 1 and 12 should be known off by heart. We will begin testing these on Friday shortly.

Will SATs take place this year?

The Department for Education has confirmed that SATs will go ahead. More information on all of this will be released in due course.

Is there any homework?

How the school sets homework is currently up for review. However, reading, learning times tables, and learning spellings on a weekly basis is the current order of the day.

Year 6 children usually receive Maths and English workbooks during Term 3 to assist their preparation for Secondary School. Should the budget allow, I hope this to be the case during this academic year too.

Useful Links to Independent Home Learning

These are recommended, high quality learning resources which we will use in school, but are available for your use anytime at home for additional learning when required.

 

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