Oak class


Dear Parents / Carers

Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. It should be a wonderful term with lots of challenging work and exciting opportunities to learn.  Our topic for this term is:

Aztecs and Explorers/Adventurers  



Throughout this term we will be continuing to work on grammar spelling and punctuation skills. The children will be able to consolidate their understanding about when and where to use a variety of higher order punctuation including: dashes, hyphens, brackets, semi-colons and colons. They will also be given the opportunity to look at how authors use punctuation effectively.

We will be continuing our guided reading and spelling sessions as feedback from the class indicates that they have not only enjoyed these sessions, but they have also learnt a great deal. 

The children will be evaluating and analysing texts and poems by well-known authors, they will also be developing their comprehension skills using a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts concentrating on extraction, inference and deduction.

We will also be developing the use of structure within a text depending on text type and fine tuning the use of paragraphs within narrative writing.  We will be developing sentence structure by improving the choices of connectives and conjunctions and will be using a variety of sentence openers in both formal and informal styles. 



Throughout this term we will continue to work on place value including decimals to 3dp. We will also look at and develop the use of long division and multiplication techniques and strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We will develop our understanding of statistics, analyse and collect a variety of data including finding the mean/average of a set of data and will decide the best graphical way to display the information analysing our results and drawing conclusions from the data collected.

The children will be given the opportunity to find the area, perimeter and volume of a variety of regular/irregular 2D and 3D shapes.

The class will be developing a variety of mental and paper methods to solve problems involving fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and scale. We will also be solving and simplifying algebraic equations.


Other Subjects


Where did the Aztecs live?

Locating Mesoamerica and Mexico on a world map; identifying the continents of North and South America and exploring a map of Mexico to find Mexico City and what was Tenochtitlan.

What is Mexico like?

Exploring the geographical features of Mexico, such as size, population, landscape, climate, etc; using data and information to answer questions about the geographical features of Mexico.

What would a holiday in Mexico be like?

Exploring reasons why Mexico is such a popular holiday destination and finding out about specific activities and locations tourists can visit in Mexico.


Who were the Aztecs and when did they live?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Finding out who the Aztecs were and how they built their empire; placing the Aztecs on a timeline of world history.

How was Aztec society organised?

Exploring the roles of emperors, nobles, warriors, priests, farmers and other people in Aztec society and finding out how families were organised into calpullis.

How did the Aztecs build the city of Tenochtitlan?

Investigating how they changed a swampy island in Lake Texcoco into a thriving city through the use of aqueducts, causeways, chinampas, canals, etc.

What did the Aztecs believe and how did this impact on their lives?

Finding out about the Aztec belief that all life was governed by a multitude of gods; investigating the Aztec practice of human sacrifice and the reasons behind it.

What was daily life for the Aztecs?

Researching what daily life was like for the Aztecs in terms of homes, clothes, schools, markets, food, etc.

How and why did the Aztec empire end?

Finding out about Cortès, the conquistadors and their invasion of Mesoamerica; exploring the chain of events that led to the downfall of the Aztecs and thinking about the different views that the different sides held about what happened.

Design & Technology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Designing, making and evaluating a patolli board game; exploring what patolli was and how it was played; designing, making and evaluating a patolli board; designing, making and evaluating packaging for their patolli game                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Planning, making and evaluating Aztec food; following recipes to make Aztec guacamole and salsa; planning and making a tortilla wrap containing ingredients that would have been available to the Aztecs; following a recipe to make Aztec hot chocolate.

Art                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Weaving an Aztec artefact: Finding out how Aztec women wove yarn into fabric for cloth; exploring how to create and use a loom and creating a bookmark, bracelet or wall-hanging using weaving                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Creating an Aztec calendar: Exploring the way Aztecs ordered time; drawing on images of the Aztec sunstone for ideas and creating an Aztec calendar from card and decorating in the Aztec style                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Creating a diorama of Aztec life: Finding out what a diorama is and what they are used for; designing and creating a diorama to show a particular scene from Aztec life.

Science:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Linked mainly to science week in March to include Space, Artic and under the sea exploration , including new discoveries (I have managed to secure a grant of £560.00 from the British Science Association to create lots of opportunities for learning during this week)

Biology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in diverse ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Physics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth. Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies. Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

Physical Education

The children will find out how cultures use the media of dance to communicate and retell stories from their past.  They will look at how some dances such as the haka are used to intimidate opponents. They will Compose creative and imaginative dance/gymnastic sequences. Perform expressively and hold a precise and strong body posture. Perform and create complex sequences. Express an idea in original and imaginative ways. Plan to perform with high energy, slow grace or other themes and maintain this throughout a piece. Perform complex moves that combine strength and stamina gained through gymnastics activities (such as cartwheels or handstands).


Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.

Use sequence, selections and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs.

Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works, detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.

Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.

Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.




·         Engage in conversations, expressing opinions.

·         Speak in simple language & be understood.

·         Develop appropriate pronunciation.

·         Present ideas & information orally.

·         Show understanding in simple reading.

·         Adapt known language to create new ideas.

·         Describe people, places & things.

·         Understand basic grammar, e.g. gender.


Other Notes

Homework will be set weekly on a Friday for return the following Thursday and will include:  reading, spelling/grammar, science/topic and maths. 

Please try to listen to your child read as much as possible and sign their books so they can earn their reading ribbons.

If you have any concerns or worries with regards your child, please do not hesitate to arrange a time that is appropriate to discuss your concerns.

Mrs Bishop