Welcome and Staffing
Hello and welcome to Oak class! I hope you are all well-rested after your summer break and looking forward to beginning year 5. I am so excited to be with you for another year as I enter my fifth year here at Coltishall. We will be joined by Mrs Wood on a Monday to Thursday morning and Miss Self on a Friday morning. Miss Self is joining our school family in September so I’m sure you will all make her feel welcome. The children will be rotating between PE with Mr Ward, French with Miss Dack and Forest School with Mrs King on a Wednesday afternoon. On a Thursday morning, Miss Dack will take the class and Mr Marsden will be teaching them keyboards for an hour during this time.
We have some exciting topics this year and we will be beginning the year by exploring the world, continents and oceans and looking at the journey of some of the products we sell here in the UK. We will be using the knowledge organisers to develop our skills and understanding of this topic, which I will send out to you.
We will have PE sessions on a Wednesday afternoon (with Mr Ward) and a Friday morning  (with myself and Miss Self). On these days, children will need to come to school in appropriate clothing for either indoor or outdoor lessons.
As I’m sure you are aware, moving up to year 5 is an ideal opportunity to start to become increasingly independent and responsible learners. In preparation for this, year 5 students will be asked to take up new responsibilities helping out around the school.
Homework this year will consist of a weekly task that supports our classroom learning. All homework must be brought in on a Friday and we will have a weekly session to mark and share thoughts on the task together. In addition to this, I will be providing a half-termly project that I expect the children to work on alongside the weekly tasks. There will be an opportunity at the end of each half term for the children to share what they have been working on with the wider school community. This task will be related to our key question which is specific to our theme. The children will be free to explore and produce their project using any means they wish - I am looking forward to seeing some inventive and innovative ideas!
I know that this class are keen readers! We will have a designated shelf within the classroom full of peer recommendations and requests, which the children can choose a text from. In class, we will be having a daily reading session of our class novel after lunch. This novel also drives our English writing outcomes. Our first text is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The children will also be completing an online version of their very own reading record. I will go through this in class with them.
This year Oak class will also have keyboard lessons with Mr Marsden as part of their music curriculum. This lesson will be on a Thursday morning.
We are beginning the school year under very different circumstances to normal. In light of this, children should no longer bring a school bag or anything else from home into school. Reading books will be provided in a plastic wallet and of course lunch boxes can be brought in where required. A pair of wellies should also be brought in at the start of term to store on our welly rack. Each child can bring in their own water bottle, which we will store safely in the classroom.
I do hope I have managed to answer your key questions, but if anymore do arise please do not hesitate to contact me via Class Dojo.
I look forward to seeing you all!