‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Oak Class 2022 - 2023




Class teacher - Mr M Thomas

Learning Support Assistant - Mrs C Morris


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This term, we are on a voyage of discovery... adventuring into Bustling Bazaars and Spices from Afar


Hello!  I'm Mr Thomas and I couldn't be more excited to be your new teacher.  I know that we are going to have a wonderful time together as we dive into all of the opportunities and experiences ahead of us this year. 

From bustling bazaars to ancient cities of wonder, our Autumn term learning will link our Science and History topics with the theme: Light Out of Darkness: the Golden Age of Islam.  We'll journey from Cordoba to Baghdad as we uncover the achievements and wonder of these fascinating times and places. 

Building on our learning about the history and geography of the Early Islamic Civilisation, we’ll learn about the lives of some people in these regions today.  We’ll focus on Syria and the plight of refugees which will be further enhanced by our second class novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class. 

We’ll apply all of this knowledge to pen persuasive letters written as Anglo Saxon refugees fleeing the Viking raids in Britain asking to be allowed into the safety and splendour of ancient Baghdad.  In Maths and DT, we’ll investigate the use of symmetry, shape and pattern in Islamic art, including tessellation, to create prayer mats.

Reading is at the heart of successful learning and we will immerse ourselves in a range of quality texts over the course of the year. As Reading is a priority across all subjects, we regularly use a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in our whole-class Reading lessons to help inform richer learning across the curriculum in the afternoon. In addition to this cross-curricular learning, a single day might also see us exploring the motivations of characters in our gripping class novels or simply allowing children time to develop a love of reading through our provision of high-quality fiction books. Wherever and whenever possible, we will prioritise developing the skills and positive attitudes towards Reading that will enable Oak class to become confident, informed and engaged learners. 
Our first focus author will be the tremendous Malorie Blackman; we’ll be diving into some of her best novels in full reading lessons to give us a taste of her style and stories. 

Home Reading expectations are detailed below, but should your child express and interest in a particular author, series or genre, please let us know and we would be delighted to order books from our library partners free of charge.  Visits to your local library are also encouraged!



PE will be on Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Please can children come into school on Thursdays and Fridays already dressed in their PE kits. 



Swimming will be on Wednesday mornings.  Please ensure children have a towel and a bag in which to put their clothes.  



Please ensure your child reads at home at least 4 times per week for 15-25 minutes.  In Year 6, they are expected to record their own reading in their Home – School contact books; parents just need to sign each time. 

TT Rockstars should be practised at least 5 times per week also for a minimum of 5 minutes each time.

Mental Maths will be sent home twice per week in addition to a weekly SPaG sheet. 

All Oak children will be given their own personal spelling lists to practise at home.  These are linked to the statutory spelling lists for each year group available at the bottom of this page. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me using the Home-School book  We love to celebrate any out of school learning or achievements by our children so please email to the office or send in anything your child would like to share with us. 


Meet the Teacher: Oak Tuesday 13th September at 6pm
The PowerPoint from the session is now available to download from this page.  .  


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