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Oak Class

Welcome to Oak Class!

Mrs Byfield is our teacher and Miss Riley and Miss Kan are our Teaching Assistants.

This term in English we will be reading ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. During this unit of work, children will be learning about Thomas Barnado (the real life inspiration behind the book). We will look at life during the Victorian times through drama as well as writing a diary entry, an informal letter and descriptive writing to create tension and suspense. Children will be working towards specific Year Five writing targets focusing on composition and writing based on the National Curriculum. 

The second unit will be based on the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We will explore the works of other famous Poets and writing our own imagery poem based on the sea as well as write news reports. The children will also have the opportunity to perform their own compositions.

Our topic this term is Natural Disasters. This will involve researching and understanding how disasters happen and whether they can be prevented.  We will begin this unit by looking at the Earth’s layers and how tectonic plates are linked to volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and more! We will undertake individual case studies around the world as well as attempt to build a shock-proof building built to withstand earthquakes. In addition, we will continue to develop our map reading skills and locational knowledge. 

In Science this term, our focus will be on ‘Forces’ - explaining the effects of gravity, air resistance and water resistance. 

Reading is a huge focus here at Buckingham and it is important that children are encouraged to read daily with adult support. Reading diaries need to be signed at least twice a week and are checked daily by the class teacher. ‚Äč