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Oak Class 2020-2021

Summer 1 - Jammin' Jamaica

Year 6 had a very exciting start to the half term with the launch of our Jammin’ Jamaica topic. We started by looking closely at one of Jamaica’s most famous annual events –Jamaican Carnival. Through our own research, we quickly realised that this involves an explosion of colour, music, dance and food and set about trying to capture the exuberant atmosphere in our very own carnival descriptions. We also focused our attention on famous faces such as Usain Bolt and Benjamin Zephaniah, who is a poet with Jamaican roots. It was fascinating to find out more about how these gentlemen have succeeded in their lifetimes and wrote our very own biographies to celebrate their achievements.


Continuing on from this, in Art we sketched portraits of Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. We thought carefully about tone and shade when trying to create a lifelike image on the page. In contrast, we then looked at examples of vibrant Jamaican street art and designed our very own artwork to replicate the culture of this wonderful country. In French, we familiarised ourselves with the vocabulary for the different fruits and compared two countries using our French vocabulary.


In Computing, we started to explore the Microsoft Word programme Excel as a data collection and analysis tool. It was exciting to learn about the formulas which help to make Excel useful as a calculator. We looked at a real life example of how convenient this is as we use Excel to count up the house points from all of the different classes in Great Binfields. In RE, we studied Ramadan and had wonderful discussions about how we would feel if meaningful festivals and rituals in our lives had to change due to the current circumstances. We used our experiences of changing plans at Christmas to help us empathise with these challenging times. Throughout Year 6, we were also lucky enough to have a few experts on the subject who were practising Ramadan themselves. This was very helpful and powerful in fuelling our discussions. 


We even managed to fit in a week of cycling which helped the children to practise their road safety skills and gain their cycling proficiency through the Bikeability programme . The children were fantastic, determined and very polite to all of the instructors. We are very proud of how well they coped in situations which were new to some of them. We hope they will apply these skills when travelling on the roads and remain safe when cycling in their local area.


We ended the half term with a spectacular art week which involved using the book ‘Lost Words’ to inspire our artwork. I was blown away by the talent and skill applied by all children throughout a wide range of mediums as we really challenged the children to use new techniques. Keep an eye out for the art festival video that will be uploaded to the website soon. Our focus in Year was kingfishers and magpies.

Spring 2 - Amazingstoke


What an unusual half term we had in Spring 2. We started the beginning of the term with the majority of our class learning from home and finished the term with seeing each other’s smiley faces back in school. Although we are so proud with how well the children adapted to completing their learning at home, it was such a relief when we were able to come back together, share our experiences and conduct class discussions once again to aid our ideas.


We launched our Amazingstoke topic this term and started learning all about the geographical features of our local town. We used Digimaps to help us explore Basingstoke and the impact of humans in different time periods, comparing maps from the 1800’s, all the way through to modern day. In Art, we focused on a local artist called Kev Munday who inspired us to create our very own cartoon style artwork. We even managed to squeeze in a few badminton and tennis lessons too to help us focus on improving our skills once again.


It was also lovely to continue our focus on the heritage text ‘The Borrowers’ when we were all back together at school. It was clear that everyone enjoyed listening to this text being read to them during our weekly story time teams meetings as the children were able to apply their creativity when writing their very own Borrowers non-chronological report.


Excitingly, when we returned to school, we were able to immerse ourselves in lots of practical activities as it was Science Week - perfect timing! We conducted experiments such as the egg drop challenge, evolutionary beak adaptations experiment and designed our own inventions to save the world!


This half term left us feeling incredibly proud and grateful to have such dedicated and hardworking learners.  We have many more exciting things to come for the Summer term and cannot wait to explore our learning even further.

Autumn 2 – Space!


Wow! What a jam packed half term it has been! The children have worked incredibly hard and have earnt themselves a well-deserved break as they have really impressed us with their determined and hard-working attitude this half term.


This half term the children have learnt lots of exciting new facts about Space and the Solar System that we live in. They have taken part in a variety of exciting activities such as: creating planet pictures using the technique of marbling, sketching their own astronauts inspired by Alexi Leonov and creating their very own solar system models as a home learning project. As well as this, they have learnt the names of the planets in French and are able to describe their colours, climates and sizes.


In Literacy, the children designed their very own planet and created an informative non-chronological report about it. We were able to create our very own class Space Book which sits proudly on our bookshelf full of all of our creative ideas. We also wrote a letter to the Man on the Moon inspired by John Lewis’ 2015 Christmas advert. During their Maths lessons, the children have completed a range of Space themed word problems focusing on the four operations and have gained an understanding of how to find fractions and percentages of amounts.


To finish off our wonderful topic, we considered the prospect of Space exploration. Our line of enquiry was: ‘Should we stay or should we go now?’. We argued that as a species on this planet, we have not placed enough emphasis upon the preservation and care of our home. Therefore, we considered the dilemma of whether we should be allowed to explore our solar system for alternative inhabitable planets, or whether we should focus on trying to rectify the damage that we have caused here on Earth first. This was a tricky debate that really got the children thinking.


During the last few weeks of term we started getting into the festive spirit and enjoyed completing lots of festive craft, writing a winter description and answering Christmas themed maths problems. Take a look at our Year 6 Christmas Showcase Video for even more pictures and information about how we have been getting up to in the weeks running up to the Christmas holidays.


We hope the children have enjoyed this busy half term as much as the adults have!


Looking ahead to January, we will be starting our new year with a focus on the Tudors. We will be looking at the trials and tribulations of Henry VIII’s reign during the Tudor period whilst exploring the fate of his many wives. We will also be eagerly anticipating our Bikeability week.


Autumn 1– We’ll Meet Again


This half term, our topic has been based around World War Two. The children’s level of in-depth discussion and ability to empathise with a variety of characters from World War Two has really impressed us. We have been astounded by the children’s mature and compassionate attitudes to their learning as we have tried to answer a tricky historical enquiry: ‘should we always do as we are told?’ Of course this was in reference to the British soldiers, Nazis and fishermen who bravely ignored the Winston Churchill’s instructions during Operation Dynamo. See if your child can remember and explain this extraordinary rescue mission to you.


During History, the children have learnt about key dates and important facts from World War Two, some of the famous faces involved in the war and how the lifestyle of children living in1940’s war time Britain differs to life today. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed our World War Two themed day where they were invited to wear evacuee style clothing to school and take part in a range of war time activities such as: cooking, sewing, gardening and army drills. We also had a visit from Treehouse Theatre, where the children performed a ‘play-in-a-day’ which reflected the key events throughout Britain during the war. Take a look at some of the pictures to see what the children got up during our play-in-a-day.


Our Literacy lessons have also linked to World War Two as the children have written their own evacuee diary entry, fighter jet poem and letter from the perspective of a World War Two soldier. As well as this, in our Maths lessons we have focussed on solving topic themed word problems, adding and subtracting fractions and consolidating place value knowledge. 


In Art, we were inspired by the work of Roy Lichtenstein and focussed on his work which reflected his time in the army. The children also produced their own propaganda posters to help persuade civilians to help with the war effort on the homefront.  


Next term, we will be delving into the mystery of outer space so get yourselves ready astronauts!  

Welcome to Oak Class 2020-2021


Our new Year 6 children have proven themselves to be resilient, upbeat and enthusiastic learners who have set a great first impression since being back at school. It has been fantastic to hear all about the adventures, challenges and personal achievements that the children have experienced during the lockdown period and into the Summer holidays. The children have settled in brilliantly and have already adapted to our new routines and safety reminders very well. They have loved the start of our new topic (World War II) and have shown great focus and determination so far. Keep it up Year 6!


Year 6 will have their PE session on a Friday this year. Please remember that the children need to come into school wearing their PE kit and therefore should not need to bring any PE bags into school. Guidelines for this have been emailed to all parents.


We would also like to introduce you to the Year 6 staff team that your children will be working with this year. Miss Hunt (Oak Class Teacher), Miss Crossley (Maple Class Teacher), Mrs Byrne (Year 6 Teacher), Mrs Barham (Class LSA), Mr Wood (1:1 support) and Miss Lockley (Class LSA). If you have not had chance already, make sure you take a look at our meet the staff information pack as it provides a lovely insight into all of the different adults who are working in Year 6 this year.


Please feel free to drop us an email or phone call via the admin office account if you have any queries or concerns at all throughout the year. There will also be a member of the Year 6 Staff team on the Pyotts Copse gate at the beginning and the end of the day should you wish to quickly pass on a message.


We look forward to catching up with you soon.