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Welcome to Tolkien Class


Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer and you're well rested for year 6.


Over the next six weeks Tolkien class will be following a unit of work called `AD 900’ that focuses on the history of Non-European societies.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn through learning goals, these are split into three different areas:


1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught within the UK curriculum. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.


2. Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.


3. International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.


Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects based on National Curriculum. During this unit we will be focusing on History, Science, Technology, Physical Education and International Learning. During this unit of work, children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups.


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the Maya from the buildings and artefacts they left behind
  • How the Maya worshipped their gods
  • How the Maya used glyphs for writing and counting
  • Why the Maya empire declined
  • What Benin City in West Africa might have looked like
  • How to use different sources to find out about the Kingdom of Benin
  • How the Edo/Benin people celebrate and worship
  • What happened to the Kingdom of Benin
  • Why the prophet Mohammad was so important to the Islamic civilisation
  • About the achievements and inventions of the Golden Age of Islam
  • Why the Islamic empire declined


In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make West African masquerade masks and costumes
  • How to create Islamic art


In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan and perform our own West African masquerade


In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the culture and traditions of modern day Maya and Muslims


Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of english, maths, RE and music will be  interwoven with our topic learning. In english we will be looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts and developing our understanding of spellings, punctuation and grammar. In maths, we will be developing and applying the number system, securing numerical fluency and calculating. We will also be exploring fractions, measure, statistics and understanding geometry (properties of shape).


We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. Discussions about societies and how they are formed/sustained will help to support your child in their understanding of this unit by making modern day links.


If your child has some work to research, please allow them to complete this themselves with background support from you where appropriate. If you have the opportunity to further their interest in the themes of this topic by visiting a historical museum or similar, please allow them to do so.


This term, we will be organising a visit from members of a local mosque to discuss their religious practice in relation to the early Islamic civilisations we will be learning about.




This year, P.E. will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. As a result, it is important that your child has their outdoor trainers with them at all times. Otherwise, children will take part in their usual school PE kit, which consists of a sky blue polo top with a school badge, plain royal blue shorts, royal blue track suit and trainers. PE kits should be kept in school all week in case of timetable changes and will be sent home fortnightly to be washed.  For health and safety reasons earrings and watches should be removed for all P.E lessons and long hair must be tied up.




Children will receive homework twice per week


Reading                                Every night (15 minutes – please comment on your child’s reading record)


Curriculum activities                   Given out on Tuesday                Returned on Monday


Spelling & times tables                Given out on Friday                  Returned on Thursday


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office to book a meeting. I look forward to an exciting term, full of creative learning. Keep checking our page and twitter account to keep up with what we have been doing!


Kind regards,


Mr Sutch

Oaklands Primary School Head Boy and Head Girl Elections 2018

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Alan Pete Sentence Types

Alan Pete's different sentence types can help the your child to open sentences in different ways.  Please have a look at the file when your child is completing any writing based homework to ensure high standard are achieved at home as well as at school.


I have used these before with varying ages of children and seen great outcomes.  It allows the children to experiment with variety and fresh ways to write sentences.  They go hand in hand with all the other skills and techniques that they have been exposed to throughout their journey through education.


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