Welcome to Oak Class
Teacher: Mrs Adkins
Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Marucci
It is our aim to provide an insight to our everyday learning activities on this page of our website.
Learning in Year 6 Mathematics follows the mastery approach and is packed full of potential to really deepen the children's understanding and build greater depth.
Mastery Mathematics teaching is an approach to teaching and learning which has high expectations for all learners at its core, this really means that everyone should be aiming for deep understanding in Mathematics.
The Mastery approach paves the way for greater conceptual understandings in mathematics for all. There are many ways Mathematics understanding can be deepened including access to concrete, pictorial and abstract resources, offering all children the same starting point and subsequently varying tasks and levels of support as the lesson progresses. This approach leads to collaborative approaches to teaching and learning with fluid groupings rather than fixed groupings.
Representing Mathematics in different ways is essential to deepen understanding of the mathematics in Year 6. Children in Oak class experience a variety of representations to key concepts every day. This variation allows children to discuss relationships, patterns and hypothesise mathematically.
Please see our curriculum newsletter to find out more about our learning goals this term.
We drive our English curriculum forward promoting the knowledge that reading provides a gateway to greater things. Therefore, reading really is the key to our learning journey in English. We provide opportunities for our pupils to read in school every day and promote a continued love of reading at home through encouraging the completion of an on-line reading journal and tasks designed to deepen their thinking as they enjoy their books.
To help to learn the skills required to love reading we use VIPERS - What are Vipers?
VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.
VIPERS stands for:
The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc. As such, VIPERS is not a reading scheme but rather a method of ensuring that teachers ask, and students are familiar with, a range of questions. They allow the teacher to track the type of questions asked and the children’s responses to these which allows for targeted questioning afterwards.
Our writing is inspired by our carefully selected class text which often reflects our Topic. Writing opportunities are supplemented as appropriate through visual and sensory experiences such as tasting sessions and pictures; theatre productions; films and video clips; additional texts and lots of class discussion and debate.
Please see our curriculum newsletter to find our more about our learning goals this term.
Year 6 are currently reading...
We also take opportunities to look beyond the classroom for learning experiences. The children enjoyed the live stream of the RSC production of Dream - based on Shakespeare's, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Our Year 6 Topics are selected and our learning journeys are designed in order to provide opportunities for learners to increase their Historical and Geographical knowledge but also to introduce children to the skills of Historians and Geographers.
Please see our curriculum newsletter for this term to find out more about our current Topic.
Year 6 are currently learning about...
Life in Ancient Greece
We explore questions to learn about the Ancient Civilisation:
In what ways do the ancient Olympic Games resemble the modern Olympic Games?
How are our lives influenced by the Greeks?
What can we learn from a Greek Vase?
Why did the Greeks wear masks?
How did a small state win a battle?
What was it like to live in Ancient Greece?
Who was Alexander the Great and why is he significant?
In Science it is important that we develop children's ability to think and work scientifically. We provide opportunities to explore science in a variety of ways. We enjoy providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges in order to encourage the development of scientific skills and to maintain the excitement that Science can offer in our classroom.
Please see our curriculum newsletter to find out about our learning goals this term.
In year 6 we focus on developing our art skills through the use of sketch books.
We like to explore an artist or piece of art. We then discuss the materials and mediums used, possible inspiration and meaning of the work, the techniques and skills used and how it makes us feel or what it makes use want to create ourselves.
We use the sketch books to demonstrate the development of our ideas from a starting point to our exploration of ideas through to our final piece of work.
PE lessons allow children to continue to develop the basic skills and techniques required in many sporting activities, such as co-ordination, throwing, catching, striking and working as a team. We provide opportunities to build stamina and ensure that children understand how to stay healthy.
We aim for a big emphasis on playing the games and activities that are most enjoyed by the children to optimise participation.
What else have we been learning and experiencing in Oak Class?
We watched the RSC live streamed performance of Dream. It was really interesting to watch and to hear about how it was created. Best of all though, it has inspired several eager pupils to dive in to reading the children's versions of many Shakespeare stories.
More detail about the learning each term is shown on our curriculum newsletters.