Puller Oak class page
Class Teachers: Heidi Barrett and Susan Campbell
Autumn Term Curriculum
Reading and Writing BlogsLooking at website texts, revisit features of informal/formal writing including subjunctive mood, active/passive and question tags. Compose 'About Me' profiles and blog posts.
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Read powerful World War One fiction: War Horse and War Game. Revise clauses and use formal and informal register, including subjunctive form. Write stories inspired by reading.
Maths is an adventure for children (and adults) to immerse themselves in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer! Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help nurture confidence in maths. Power Maths rejects the notion that some people simply 'can't do' maths. Instead, it develops growth mindsets and encourages hard work, practice and a willingness to see mistakes as learning tools.
Year 5 pupils will be learning about:
Year 6 pupils will be learning about:
Properties of Materials
- compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their solubility and response to magnets
- know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
iii. use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
- demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
- explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda
- planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
- taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
iii. recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
- using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
- reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
vi. identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments
In this unit, the children will research and compare the impact of the First and Second World Wars on their locality. The unit does not aim to study the First or Second World Wars, as these are both part of the secondary school curriculum. Some context about the wars is provided for the children, but the focus of the sessions is on the Home Front and how the wars impacted on the community. In the course of the unit, the children will make a number of visits around the local community to gather or check evidence. There is no requirement here to travel further afield on a visit, unless you wish to extend their knowledge of the war further or visit a local museum with relevant displays. Throughout the unit, the children will be required to use the skills they have developed over the scheme, particularly those relating to local history.
We will not be studying geography this term.
We will continue to follow the 1 Decision scheme, and Deedee will help the children explore relationships this term, including Bullying, Friendship and Body Language.
MFL - Spanish
MFL - Spanish
In this unit the children will learn how to:
Repeat and recognise the vocabulary for school subjects.
Say what subjects they like and dislike at school.
Say why they like/ dislike certain school subjects.
Tell the time (on the hour) in Spanish.
Say what time they study certain subjects at school.
Art & Design
Art & Design
With our specialist Art teacher, Mrs Mackervoy, children will develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, space and form.
Home learning Autumn 2021
Homework will be set on a Friday and handed back in on the following Wednesday.
There is a two week rota for learning to be completed at home - one week the focus will be on English and Maths; the following week home learning will cover other foundation subjects, e.g. Science, History, Art etc.
Every pupil is expected to read at home daily for at least 10 minutes. We would encourage your child to read as many different genres as possible. Please sign the reading records to indicate that this has been done each day.
All children in Year 5 and 6 are given a selection of words to learn and practise at home. Please, encourage your child to practise these regularly.
We would strongly encourage every child to practise their times tables regularly (at least 3 or 4 times per week) using Times Tables Rock Stars. There is a weekly tournament set up against our sister school (Albury) and every time you use TTRS, your score counts towards our school’s score!
Home learning links
Highlights of the term
River Rib - Monday 11th October 2021
Oak joined Y5 & Y6 at Albury and investigated the plight of chalk streams in the UK with the help from the Friends of the Rib & Quin. Our COP26 representative Eleanor with Lexi from Puller took part in a chemistry test to check the phosphate levels on the river. We found out the level of phosphate should ideally be 0.2 however the river Rib it was 1.52 which is more than 7 times higher that is should be. The class had the opportunity to explore the river and use nets to then identify what species are in the water, we found mayflies, shrimps and olives. For more information of the important work that the Friends of the Rib & Quin, use link below.
COP26 - Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th October 2021
This week Oak have been learning about COP26 and the impact humans are negatively having on our climate and what changes we can make. A big thanks for the Friends of the Rib & Quin who spoke to us about chalk rivers and the impact of where our water comes from. We are all very excited about going to the River Rib on Monday to learn more. We also met Ben Webster who works for British Red Cross (REAP) who will be attending COP26. He told us that due to climate change there will be more disasters that they will need to support, therefore they are advocating ways to prevent this happening. His leaving thoughts were the time to act is now and at COP26 they need to make concrete plans and support all countries impacted by climate change.
History - 30th September 2021
Oak are learning about life during World War 1 & 2. We have particularly been focusing on how children were impacted. Mrs Barrett’s ‘Grandad Maurice’ visited the class this week. His vivid recounts of being a young boy during the second world war, engaged the children and helped to bring the past to life.
Harvest Festival - Monday 20th September 2021
We saw the first of the planned worships in Church for this year. A lovely service with many parents joining us. Oak spoke about the impact of poverty in the UK today and the great work of the Food bank and Jedidiah Trust in supporting families facing difficult times.
Stormbreak - Wednesday 15th September 2021
We have started this term looking at developing Hope and Optimism through Stormbreak. We are focussing on inspiring Oak to have a belief in themselves and to empower them to achieve their dreams. We need to know that it is ok to learn from our mistakes, to be out of our comfort zone and to be excited about the future.
History - Wednesday 8th September 2021
This term Oak class are learning about WW1 & WW2. We visited Arthur Martin-Leake's grave in the churchyard and have begun to think about how the local area was impacted by both Wars. The children will be researching the role their own families and friends may have played in the World Wars, as well as finding out more about children during war time, how technology was used and evolved during the Wars, and how Jewish people in Europe were affected.
Science - Monday 6th September 2021
Oak have had a fantastic start back to school, in Science we were experimenting to learn about the differences in mixtures, investigating if the liquids were colloid, solution or suspension mixtures.