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Welcome to the Autumn Term

 

We are very excited this term to be learning about Maafa, the great tragedy of the transatlantic Slave Trade. We will learn  about Africa, past and present, and the development of the slave trade. It also explores Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, the causes and consequences of the European colonisation of Africa and the worldwide communities that make up the African diaspora.

 

At the bottom of this page are three documents - vocabulary, a knowledge organiser and home learning tasks for this unit. The home learning tasks are optional and do not need to be brought into school but will support your child's learning.

 

In addition, we will be following the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, Science, RHSE and R.E. 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, calculations and reasoning skills. We will also be exploring fractions, measure, statistics and understanding geometry (properties of shape). In Science, we will be exploring the circulatory system this will be done through a blend of theoretical and practice exploration. 

 

P.E. at school will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays where we will continue to wear our PE kit to school. The kit consist of a sky blue polo, royal blue Oaklands jumper, royal blue cotton shorts, socks and suitable sports trainers. For health and safety reasons earrings and watches should be removed for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.

 

Homework

Reading:Every night (15 minutes – please comment on your child’s reading record). Reading books will be changed on a Monday and each pupil will take two books home depending on their level of reading ability. Please make sure children have their books available to read every day.

 

Topic: This will be given out every Friday. The spellings will link to the year 5/6 statutory spellings  and will recap some year 3/4 spellings. This piece of homework is to be returned by the following Wednesday, allowing it to be marked and new homework to be set.

 

Maths/Literacy:  Maths and literacy homework will be set on alternation weeks, it will focus on skills currently being taught in class, areas previously taught and occasionally will contain content that is upcoming, allowing your child to apply their knowledge.

 

Doodle Maths: Daily Maths practice to ensure that gaps are continually being filled and there is continual progression. Doodle maths is excellent practice for increasing speed in number fluency as well as developing understanding of test style questions.

 

On Monday afternoons, Mrs Morgan will be teaching the class and on Wednesday mornings, Miss Morehouse and Mrs Andreas will teach PE and RSHE. We are supported in class by Mrs Pepechkova every day and by Mr Woolin in the mornings. If you, or anyone you know, has skills or knowledge that could enrich our in-class learning, we would love to hear from you and see if we can make use of this in our lessons. 

 

If you have any concerns, or questions regarding your child, please contact the school office (admin@oaklands.herts.sch.uk) to arrange a meeting. 

 

Kind regards,

Miss Jones

 

Year six teacher

 

Year 6 In Action!

Useful information to support your child in the project 'Maafa'

 

Below are two PDF documents.

- The first is a topic information sheet showing you the main areas of learning that we will be covering in the classroom. 

-  The second is a range of vocabulary that we will be using throughout the project. 

 

 Please discuss these with your child, as it will enhance their overall understanding of the project.

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