Welcome to Oak Class
We are a mixed class of Year 5 and Year 6 children taught by Mrs Hulbert; Mrs Gunningham and Miss Lea help us with our learning.
This term we are learning all about Darwin's Delights.
Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.
During this half term, we’re going to describing the characteristics of creatures and label their body parts using software. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After examining letters and journal entries written by Darwin, we’ll write our own examples. We’ll collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?
At the end of the topic, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. We’ll also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?
Home learning is due in each Monday and set again by Wednesday each week. It consists of English and Maths learning tasks to support that week's learning, a weekly spelling list which helps to embed a spelling rule and some project work, set half-termly.
Please also read at least five times a week and record in your reading journal. It is also important that you know all your tables. If you do not already know these, please work on these daily to develop your understanding.
Project Home Learning - due in on Tuesday 16th July
Please choose your own idea based on Darwin or select one of the following ideas:
* Look at photos of the different archipelago islands that Charles Darwin visited. Design and draw your own archipelago island.
* Make a fact file about different fossil types and, if possible, accompany an adult on a visit to a local museum that has fossils on display.
* Create a true or false quiz about Charles Darwin and his scientific expedition on HMS Beagle.
* Explain how animals such as polar bears, monkeys and sharks have evolved to suit their environment. Design a new fantastical creature that has evolved to suit its unique environment.
* You could visit the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum. If not, you can learn more about Charles Darwin and his work on the Natural History Museum website.
* Create your own Darwin’s Delight word search using words you have learnt during the project. Challenge a grown up to solve your puzzle.
* Research HMS Beagle and make a fact-filled poster to display the information you find about the ship.
* Find out more about other famous scientists who had an interest in evolution and inheritance, such as Alfred Wallace or Mary Anning.
*Imagine you are the young scientist, Charles Darwin, out on his scientific expedition on HMS Beagle. Write an extract from his journal that describes part of the journey. It could be the start of the voyage, arriving at one of the islands, or discovering different animal species.
* What can you discover about Lonesome George, the last giant Pinta Island tortoise? Research conservation charities such as the World Wildlife Fund, to learn about current endangered species.
* Visit the Great Plant Hunt website and be a plant detective – just like Charles Darwin!
I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to know your times tables – multiplication and division. This is a good ( free) app. DK 10 mins a day
10 Minutes a Day Times Tables 4+
Here are some useful websites which will help you with your SATs.
Please be mindful as to how important our trees our – an awful lot of paper will be needed to do everything, not to mention your time and printing costs!
Remember to use the internet safely, especially if you access the youtube links.
Just ask if you need any more information. We will be looking at different questions in school so do make a note of areas you are finding hard as we can focus on these.
This website is great – it covers EVERY topic with little assessments and also has some YouTube tutorials to help you understand some of the tricky bits.
This youtube video goes through an entire mental arithmetic paper and shows you how to answer each question! Perfect for those few tricky questions you may not be confident about. Remember to use methods you are comfortable with.
This is an interactive PDF document with links to everything about maths – also some handy tutorials via youtube too.
A good selection of maths games on the website above.
READING – SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR
Try and read as much as you can. Try to choose books which have a rich variety of vocabulary which will get you thinking.
If you want to see the type of texts that are in the reading tests – search on google for the 2016, 2017, 2018 KS2 READING TESTS linked to the www.gov.uk website.
You’ll find the text, questions and even the answers here too!
Spelling, punctuation and grammar Click here