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Term Three, Week Two

 

Lots of exciting things have been happening in Oak Class this week.  There was much enthusiasm over Mrs Short teaching us how to use algebra in Maths!  We can now solve problems such as finding out what x equals in 5x - 2 = 18. (x = 4 in case you were not sure!). Mrs Everitt is now teaching us PE on Tuesday afternoons, (PE kits needed every week please) and this term we are focusing on dance. We learnt some warm-up exercises and routines, which we were very keen to show Mrs Godden before leaving on Friday!  Congratulations should go to Rosie, Izaak, Tommy and Lily who represented the school at a tag rugby tournament this week. They won three matches and drew two - a great result.  There was initial disappointment in class on Thursday when no laptops or iPads appeared for our Computing lesson and Mrs Godden explained that we would be learning to be cryptographers this term. That means that we will be investigating how to crack and create codes.  We began with learning a very old method of sending information - semaphore.  Some of us we more successful at deciphering people's messages than others, but we all had great fun trying.  Have a look at some pictures of us in action below. Next week we will be looking at Morse Code, so Mrs Godden would appreciate us bringing in a torch on Thursday. The sweet tin took a bit of a hit today as we had an almost 100% success rate in this week's spelling test - great work everyone. This week's spellings are trickier - they are all adverbs - but we are still hoping for more impressive scores.

Have a great weekend everybody.

 

Homework

Reading, spellings and times tables practice as usual please. This week's spellings are all adverbs.  There is no other homework this week, but Mr Godden would appreciate each child bringing in a torch for our Computing lesson on Thursday.  Some of the class were also very keen to learn the , so there is a link to this below.  There are also several videos and songs on YouTube to help you learn. There may even be prizes for anyone who manages to learn it all!

Sending Messages Using Semaphore

Term Three, Week One

A very warm 'welcome back' to everyone after the Christmas break.  It has been a very short week, so not too much to report.  We have been learning how to calculate the volume of cuboids in maths, and today in literacy we tackled the tricky apostrophe!  It's a hard piece of punctuation to get right, especially when using it for possession and it often gets used incorrectly. Which of these sentences uses the apostrophe correctly?

The dog had buried it's bone in the garden.

or

The dog had buried its bone in the back garden.

The Gospel (meaning 'good news') is our new topic in RE and this week we learnt about Jesus's teaching in The Sermon on the Mount.  Many of his words of wisdom are well-know such as 'Love thy neighbour as you love yourself' and 'Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you'.

And not forgetting that this term is our Arethusa week - a wonderful experience for everyone to look forward to.

 

Homework

Reading, spellings and times tables practice as usual please. This week's spellings are all homophones such as to/two/too and there/their/they're.  No other homework this week.

Term Two, Week Six

We have enjoyed an exciting final week of term in the run-up to Christmas, the highlight of which must be the Christingle service on Thursday afternoon.  During the morning we discussed the significance of each part of the Christingle and then made our own to take to church with us. As Year 6, we were asked to lead the service by Rev. Jane, which we did with aplomb!  It was a privilege to light our candles first, then to process with them around the church whilst all the the other children had their candles lit before we sang together.  We have also enjoyed other Christmas activities this week including Christmas co-ordinates pictures in maths and making a cross-stitch snowman bookmark. Finally on Friday, we made woven heart basket decorations which were filled with sweets for us to take home.  We hope that everyone enjoys a happy, fun-filled Christmas and returns to school in January full of energy and ready to learn!

 

Homework

Reading - please keep reading every day during the holidays and try to complete at least one book so you can do a book quiz on your return.

Spellings - Make sure you revise/learn all the words on the Years 3/4 and 5/6 words list - you will be tested on 15 random words from each list on Friday 6th January.

Times Tables - everyone is now on either the Bronze, Silver or Gold tests.

There is no other homework over the holidays other than to learn your spellings.

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Term Two, Week Three

It has been much quieter this week than last.  We have really enjoying finishing our Greek masks and beginning to rehearse our play, 'The Sad Story of Sisyphus'.  Our masks are looking great, so we hope our acting will do them justice.  Maths this week has focused on calculating percentages (with Mrs Short) and solving reasoning problems about 3D shape (with Mrs Godden). Most of us also practised an arithmetic test on Friday, with us all improving on our last one, some of us by up to 10 points. Well done us!

Could you explain the difference between a co-ordinating and a subordinating conjunction? Well neither could  we before Friday, but now we know that they are only seven co-ordinating conjunctions and we can remember them by using the mnemonic FANBOYS (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So).  Some of us learnt what a mnemonic was too and Rory pointed out that it starts with a silent 'm'.

We surprised ourselves in French by managing to translate, as a class, a whole French recipe into English. We learnt to recognise how imperative (bossy) verbs look in French sentences. Do you know what any of these mean? Mettez, versez, étalez, mélangez, malaxez and formez? Next week we will try translating another recipe on our own (with the aid of dictionaries of course) and if we have time before Christmas, we may even get to bake something yummy.

 

Homework

Reading - please keep reading for at least 20 minutes every day. We would like every child to complete a book quiz at least once every two weeks, and preferably once a week. Don't forget completed Reading Records on Mondays.

Spellings - This week's words are all words with the -ough spelling.  Ths week's were very tricky with very few children getting all their words correct, so hopefully we will be giving out more sweets next week. Don't forget your home spelling book though!

Times Tables - everyone is now on either the Bronze or Silver tests.

There is no other homework this week, but please bring in your RE work from last week if you haven't already done so.

 

Term Two, Week Two

It seems like we have been back for more than two weeks already!  As usual, we have had a very busy week learning how to calculate percentages and how to identify describe and make nets of 3D shapes in Maths.  As it is Remembrance Sunday this week, Mrs Short has shown us film from World War I and we have talked about Elham's war memorial and all those who gave up their lives for our futures.  We visited the war memorial and planted a cross for each name engraved on it, then the whole school attended a church service which we led as a class.  All this learning led us onto writing our own remembrance poems, using vivid description and emotive language. Mrs Short was very impressed with everyone's work and even gave out some Gold Awards!  We were also lucky enough to receive a visit from Mr Henry Shackleton this week. He is Elham's own Lancaster Bomber pilot who flew 18 missions to Germany before being shot down over Berlin and ending up as a prisoner-of-war.  Now aged 95, he can still recount his experiences in fantastic detail and we had plenty of questions to ask him at the end of his visit.

We also got quite excited about our Topic work this week as we investigated the theatre in Ancient Greece and read the script of a Greek play we will perform once we have completed our Greek masks.

 

Homework

RE Homework - you have been given a sheet of statements to cut out and paste onto a line, deciding where they would best fit. If you are unsure what to do, please ask Mrs Short on Monday or Mrs Godden on Wednesday. Homework is due in next Friday 17th November please.

Reading - please keep reading for at least 20 minutes every day. We would like every child to complete a book quiz at least once every two weeks, and preferably once a week. Don't forget completed Reading Records on Mondays.

Spellings - This week's words are all words with either an ei or ie spelling in them - these can be tricky!  Well done to so many of you for doing really well with your spellings and remembering your Home Spelling Book every week. Most of the class got all their spelling right this week - it is costing Mrs Godden a fortune in sweets!

Times Tables - most of the class are now onto their Bronze tests with a few moving up to Silver next week.

 

Mr Shackleton's Visit

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Mr Shackleton's Visit 3
Mr Shackleton's Visit 4

Term One, Week 6

 

It has been a busy and exciting week in Oak Class. As well as our normal lessons, we have enjoyed a drama session on Greek gods and goddesses as well as learning CPR from the Kent Fire and Rescue Team.  Well done to everyone for remembering so much of the CPR training the following day. This is what the class remembered (and top marks to Tommy Goldup who knew it all and helped write the following information):

 

CPR - Call Push Rescue

When you find an injured person, first check for danger and then call for help on 999.

Then try to get a response from them. Begin by talking to them. If there is no response, shake their shoulders and then tap hard on their collarbone.

If there is still no response, then check if they are breathing by putting your ear next to their mouth and watching their body to see if there is rise and fall in the chest.

If they are not breathing, then start CPR by repeatedly pushing hard on the chest using both hands.  This is hard work, so swap with another person if you get tired.  Continue doing this until help arrives.

If they are breathing, then put them in the recovery position and wait for help.

 

We also learned about defibrilators.  They are quite easy to use as they talk to you and instruct you what to do at each stage.  Mrs Godden pointed out that we would soon have one in village, sited in the old telephone box with the word 'Defibrilator' written in the windows at the top.

 

Friday afternoon with Ian from KIC Theatre what great fun.  We were acting out scenes from the lives of Greek gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Apollo, Hercules, Athena and Aphrodite (to link in with our Greeks topic this term).  We also acted out scenes featuring superheroes and everyday heroes such as doctors, firemen and other people who help others in trouble.  We are really looking forward to seeing all the superhero costumes next Friday!

 

We ended the week by drawing our self-portraits to feature on the 2017 school tea towel. Look out for details about how to buy yours coming soon.

 

Homework

Reading - please keep reading for at least 20 minutes every day. We would like every child to complete a book quiz at least once every two weeks, and preferably once a week.

Spellings - This week's words are all taken from the Year 5/6 list, so you may well know some of them already.  Well done to so many of you for doing really well with your spellings and remembering your Home Spelling Book every week.

Times Tables - most of the class have now successfully completed all their times tables up to 12x and will therefore begin on Bronze 1 next Thursday.

GPS Homework - there is a sheet to complete on writing noun phrases (taught in class today, Friday 13th October).  Please hand this in by next Friday 20th October. A copy is attached below if you have lost your sheet.

Noun Phrases Homework Sheet - 13th October (due back 20th October)

CPR Training and KIC Theatre Drama Session Photos

KIC Theatre 'Everyday Heroes' Group Scenarios

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KIC Theatre 'Everyday Heroes' Scenario 2

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Term One, Week Four

Another busy week has flown past, culminating in our Harvest Festival at the Methodist church on Friday afternoon with Rev. Kevin and Mr File leading our worship.  We all really enjoying watching each class's presentation on the theme of harvest - Hazel Class's A to Z was particularly lovely.  In Oaks, we sang a harvest song to the tune of 'If you're happy and you know it' with the whole congregation joining in with the 'Amens' at the end of each line. There are lots of photos on our harvest service on the home page. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated food to go the the Rainbow Centre in Folkestone so that they may help people less fortunate than us.

 

Earlier in the week we enjoyed a particularly sticky day when we began work on our Greek masks by using papier mâché pasted to balloons.  The next stage will be to decorate them- we cannot wait to see the results.

In maths this week we have been working on factors and multiples with Mrs Short and on angles in polygons with Mrs Godden. Do you know what the internal angles always add up to in these shapes? Triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon? The diagram below will help you work them all out.

 

Food and celebrations is the theme of our new unit of work in French and this week we learnt some vocabulary  for food such as une pomme, des chips (not chips, but crisps), du gâteau, du fromage and de l'eau.  Next week we will be drawing our lunches and describing what we ate and drank in French.

 

Please keep learning your spellings each week - you are all doing really well with them! 

 

Homework

Reading - please read over the weekend and write about what you have read in your Reading Journal.  These are collected in and checked every Monday, so please ensure they are back in school at the beginning of each week.

Spellings - This week's words all end in the -ence/-ance spelling and don't forget to learn your 3/4 and 5/6 words too.  Also, you need to remember to bring in your Home Spelling Book on Friday if you want to earn a sweet for getting all your spellings correct.

Times Tables - we will be checking that all the children know their 9 and 10 times tables off by heart on Thursday morning. Please practice these if you are not yet secure with your tables.

There is no other homework this week.

 

Angles in Polygons

Angles in Polygons 1

Term One, Week Three

We welcomed back Mrs Short this week - it was good to see her well again - and Oak Class are beginning to settle into their new weekly routine.  Monday afternoon saw the children having their second boxing skills lesson, and on Wednesday their began their new topic work with Mrs Short. This term they will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks, including making Greek masks and performing a short Greek play.  This is always much enjoyed by both the Oak pupils and the rest of the school to whom they perform.

 

We are working on consolidating key basic skills in maths and this week's focus was on rounding.  Almost all the children were successful in their 5x and 6x tables tests, so will move on to 7x and 8x next week - keep practising please!  RE does not always sound the most interesting of lessons, but we all really enjoyed learning about the story of creation in Genesis. Mrs Godden played a piece of music called 'The Almighty' whilst she read the story to us.  Whilst she was reading, we drew a picture and wrote a short description of what happened on each of the seven days.  Mrs Godden was very impressed with many of these picture stories.  We also discussed why the music was a good reflection of the story. A link to this is given below, so you can listen and make up your own mind.

 

A really nice surprise this week was when Mrs Hickman (our music teacher) turned up with brand new Glockenspiels for us to play.  We were very keen to start playing, but had to wait patiently until Mrs Hickman had explained what we needed to do first.  We worked in pairs to compose our own music, which was great fun. Some pictures of us doing this can be seen below.

 

Bon weekend tout le monde!

 

Homework

Reading - please read over the weekend and write about what you have read in your Reading Journal.  These are collected in and checked every Monday, so please ensure they are back in school at the beginning of each week.

Spellings - This week's words all end in the -ent/-ant spelling and don't forget to learn your 3/4 and 5/6 words too.  Also, you need to remember to bring in your Home Spelling Book on Friday if you want to earn a sweet for getting all your spellings correct.

Times Tables - we will be checking that all the children know their 7 and 8 times tables off by heart on Thursday morning. Please practice these if you are not yet secure with your tables.

English - please complete the worksheet on pronouns. We learnt about these in Friday's GPS lesson, so you should be able to do this easily. This is due back by Friday 29th September please. 

Composing our tunes on the new glockenspiels

Term One, Week Two

Year 6 have begun to settle into the routine of Oak Class. On Monday morning, they were lucky enough to work on their teamwork skills with Josh Kennedy from the Shepway Sports Partnership.  Josh is English Super Bantum Weight Boxing Champion. As well as training and taking part in fights himself, he also uses his boxing knowledge to train children in this sport. For the next six weeks, Oak Class will be learning basic boxing skills from Josh on Monday afternoons. At the end of this time, each child will be assessed, as if they meet all the criteria, they will be awarded a Boxing Bronze Award. Please make sure your child's PE kit is in school at all times, and if they have their own boxing gloves, they can be brought in for Monday's lessons.  Some pictures from Josh's sessions can be seen below.

 

We began our first Science unit of the year this week - Evolution and Inheritance. We had fun learning about the concepts of DNA, genes and inheritance and discussed the traits that we have inherited from our parents and grand-parents.  Did you know what if you can roll your tongue, this is an inherited trait?!  This week's homework is to investigate in more detail the traits we get from our parents.  A copy of the worksheet is available if your child has lost theirs. It is due in by Friday 22nd September.

 

Friday afternoon is our RE lesson time, and we are introducing the children to our new way of teaching The Bible called 'Understanding Christianity'.  There are icons representing events, ideas and people from The Bible and the children had some very good debates over what each icon represents.  A copy of the icons is attached below. Can you match each picture to one to these: God, Creation, The Fall, People of God, Kingdom of God, Incarnation, Salvation and The Gospel?

 

Mrs Short will return to school next Monday, 18th September, and will teach Oak Class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Mrs Godden will then take over and teach Thursdays and Fridays.

 

Homework

Reading - please read over the weekend and write about what you have read in your Reading Journal.  These are collected in and checked every Monday, so please ensure they are back in school at the beginning of each week.

Spellings - Each child has their Home Spelling Book with 15 words to learn for our test on Friday morning.  In addition, they will be tested each week on two random words from the Year 3/4 and 5/6 statutory word lists (in their books). This week's words all end in the -cious/-tious spelling.

Times Tables - we will be checking that all the children know their 5 and 6 times tables off by heart on Thursday morning. We will then work our way through all the tables (2 per week) up to 12x. Each child must show they know them all before moving on to the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum tests. Please practice if you are not yet secure with your tables.

Science - please complete the worksheet about you and your parents, showing what you have inherited from each of them. This is due back by Friday 22nd September please. Download a copy below if you have lost yours.

Science Homework Sheet on Inherited Traits. Due back by Friday 22nd September please.

Teamwork Skills Session with Josh Kennedy

Boxing Bronze Award Lesson One

Term One, Week One

Firstly, a big 'Welcome back' to the whole class. The children have settled in to Oak Class very quickly and seem pleased to finally be at the top of the school and the responsibilities that this brings with it.  We quickly sorted out who would cover which jobs and there are lots of them - buddies, computer monitors, register monitors, Eco monitors and Junior Road Safety Officers.  We also held a class vote for the team leaders for the year with the following results:

 

Red Team            Megan and Rory

Blue Team           Lily and Carwyn

Green Team         Rosie and Isaac

Yellow Team        Jessica and Benjamin

 

Thursday, of course, was spent with the majority of the children taking the Kent Test.  We are very proud of how hard they all tried and it was noted how calm they all were too. There was no fuss - they just got on with it.  Well done everyone.

 

Each child designed their own crest this week, showing the things which are important to them and which they like, along with a motto.  We had a wide variety of mottoes to reflect each child's personality including:

 

  • 'Love what you do'
  • Always try your best'
  • 'Never give up'
  • 'Be the best that you can be'
  • 'Be kind and respectful'
  • 'Keep calm and eat a banana'

 

They also wrote a short piece about their aims and aspirations for the year. These, along with their crest and photos will be up on display in class, so why not have a look at them during our first 'Drop-in' session next Wednesday?

 

It may have been a short week for the children, but there were a few tired-looking faces in class by Friday afternoon (including the staff!). We hope you all enjoy the weekend and we look forward to beginning a new, more settled week on Monday.

 

Homework

Reading - please read over the weekend and write about what you have read in your Reading Journal.  These are collected in and checked every Monday, so please ensure they are back in school at the beginning of each week.

Spellings - Each child has their Home Spelling Book with 15 words to learn for our test on Friday morning.  In addition, they will be tested each week on two random words from the Year 3/4 and 5/6 statutory word lists - a copy of this is stuck in the back of each child's Home Spelling Book.

Times Tables - we will be checking that all the children know their 2, 3 and 4 times tables off by heart on Thursday morning. We will then work our way through all the tables (2 per week) up to 12x. Each child must show they know them all before moving on to the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum tests. Please practice if you are not yet secure with your tables.

 

 

 


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