Welcome to Oak Class 2017-18

Oak Class is taught by Mrs C. Strangwood on Mondays and Tuesday and Mrs Whittle on Thursdays and Fridays.  On Wednesday both Mrs Strangwood and Mrs Whittle are in class to ensure continuity for the children. Our teaching assistant is Mrs T Lawson. Oak is a year six class which currently has 32 children in.

Oak Classroom

Our classroom is located on the Upper Mall. Our cloakroom is shared with Durban class, where we can store our coats, PE kits and book bags. We take a huge amount of pride in our classroom environment and are motivated to produce high-quality work which can be displayed on our walls.  We have a lovely reading corner in class with comfortable cushions, which is a relaxing place to go to read quietly.

Take a tour of our classroom.

Oak Class Newsletters 2017-18

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File icon: pdf Oak Class Autumn 1 Newsletter 2017 [pdf 169KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Oak Class Autumn 2 Newsletter 2017 [pdf 182KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Oak Class Spring 1 Newsletter 2018 [pdf 166KB] Click to download

Oak Class Mission Homework 2017-18

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File icon: pdf Oak Class Autumn 1 Homework Grid 2017 [pdf 117KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Oak Class Autumn 2 Homework Grid 2017 [pdf 158KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Oak Class Spring 1 Homework Grid 2018 [pdf 258KB] Click to download

Oak Class Topic Resources

Please click on the picture link to find a selection of topic resources for our children in Oak Class. 

The resources are a great and fun way to support and supplement your child's learning in school, develop their knowledge of the topic and encourage their love of learning.

As with any internet access adult supervision is necessary when using these resources.

Whilst every effort has been made evaluate these sites for content, St Margaret's Primary School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.


Our Day

Our timetable may change occasionally according to needs. However, we usually begin each day with collective worship - participating in a range of whole school, key stage and class worship.  This is followed by short basic skills English session –  concentrating on learning spelling patterns, basic punctuation, grammar or various literacy word or sentence level requirements.

We split into groups for maths and English for the remainder of the morning. After lunch each day we have a guided reading session which is sometimes stand-alone and at other times either links to our science, geography/history or religious education work.  

English - Reading

All children are given a reading book and reading record at the beginning of the week and there are opportunities for this to be changed at several points during the week.  We encourage children to read on  regular basis at home and ask that their reading record is signed (either by a parent or by the child) when they have completed some home reading.   

In school reading is mainly taught through daily guided reading lessons in KS2 and all KS1 children have daily phonics lesson.  We run a number of incentive schemes throughout the year to encourage the children to read as much as possible including a weekly award of 'reader of the week' in our key stage assemblies.  During 2016/17 academic year we took part in a sponsored Readathon event, ran an extreme reading competition (encouraging children to read in unusual places) and each class visited the local library on at least a termly basis! We tell the children often that reading gives them knowledge and knowledge brings power – to influence their lives, get even better jobs, and earn more money. It’s more than that though – reading also brings huge amounts of pleasure. Please encourage them to read as much and as widely as possible.


English - Writing (including grammar, punctuation and spelling)

During year six, children will cover a range of fiction and non-fiction text types, which have been carefully chosen from current recommended lists to ensure they are of the highest quality.  Text types will be analysed - generic features and author intent studied and children will have opportunities to write small parts of texts, specific sections of a text and whole texts as appropriate.  

During the first term children will study: 

An adventure story unit (using flashbacks) - The Nowhere Emporium

A journalism unit - based on alternative versions of traditional tales

A geographical quest unit - Shackleton's adventure

In addition to the above, children will have numerous opportunities to write for a range of purposes across the range of curriculum subjects.  Opportunities in the first few weeks alone will include: a persuasive advert and newspaper report in science; an autobiography and explanation text in RE and a diary entry in geography.

The teaching of spelling, grammar and punctuation is largely done during English lessons within the following structure:

  • explicitly taught - through modelled writing
  • practised - through word games and activities
  • applied - when drafting, proofreading and editing.

There are also two early morning sessions dedicated to the discrete teaching of spelling and two sessions to the discrete teaching of grammar.  


Maths is taught daily in Oak class and a mastery approach is used:

The Essence of Maths Teaching for Mastery

  • Maths teaching for mastery rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’. ? All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed. ? Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time, as happens in Shanghai and several other regions that teach maths successfully. This ensures that all can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind.
  • If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly and early intervention ensures the pupil is ready to move forward with the whole class in the next lesson.
  • Lesson design identifies the new mathematics that is to be taught, the key points, the difficult points and a carefully sequenced journey through the learning. In a typical lesson pupils sit facing the teacher and the teacher leads back and forth interaction, including questioning, short tasks, explanation, demonstration, and discussion.
  • Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem because each supports the development of the other.
  • It is recognised that practice is a vital part of learning, but the practice used is intelligent practice that both reinforces pupils’ procedural fluency and develops their conceptual understanding.
  • Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. The structure and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, so that pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained.
  • Key facts such as multiplication tables and addition facts within 10 are learnt to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory and enable pupils to focus on new concepts.


File icon: pdf [5746]Year_6_Maths_Curriculum [pdf 293KB] Click to download

Physical Education

Games/PE Lessons are on Wednesdays, children will need indoor kit (shorts and t- shirt) and outdoor kit including trainers to change into.

SATs - Week beginning Monday 14th May 2018

Key Stage Two tests (SATs) will be administered during the week beginning Monday 14th May.  

In addition to the work we are doing in school to prepare children for the tests, we have bought in to a number of web-based platforms which not only provide personalised questions to children based on their performance but also send feedback to staff to allow us to track progress.  Although the children get some time in school to access the platforms, this is minimal and we recommend that children spend a short time each day accessing the sites alternately.   

Read Theory (www.readtheory.org - personalised reading comprehensions)

Times Table Rockstars (www.ttrockstars.com/login)

and SPAG.com (www.spag.com - online spelling, punctuation and grammar tests)

Should you have any further questions regarding the tests or require passwords to access your child's account on any of the websites please don't hesitate to contact either Mrs Strangwood or Mrs Whittle. 

Maths - SATs Revision

The following document offers a range of maths past paper questions - just download and click on the subject areas you want.

All questions contain a youtube button next to them, so if you need help, then simply hit the youtube button to zoom off to a mini tutorial, specific to that question on GHammonds channel.

Also included are the One-A-Day Mini Maths Vidamins for Year 5 & Year 6 plus links to Thinking Outside The Box puzzle videos !