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Welcome to Oak Tree Class - Mr Ellis

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a restful Christmas and managed to spend some time with family and loved ones.  Many thanks for the lovely presents and cards you gave us for Christmas, your generosity is very much appreciated.    

Last term saw many challenges and Spring Term is already looking to be the same!  We will continue to work closely with you and the children and we’re here for you every step of the way as we figure this all out together.  

If there are ever any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch, either by popping in or telephoning.  The support you give is essential for your child's progress and the closer we can work together the better it will be for them.  If you are on Twitter, please follow @OakClass_Sankey to see regular updates.

Kind regards, 

Mr Ellis


The children will develop their maths skills following the White Rose Maths scheme working in smaller than class size groups with either myself, Mrs Williams or Mrs Wilding. Te children will have a real focus on fractions as well as developing this knowledge and going in to link between fractions, decimals and percentages. 


This term we will begin be reading Manfish: A story of Jacques Cousteau.  Click on the image to listen to the stories.


Wider Curriculum


Living Things and Their Habitats’ will teach the children about the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. They will explore metamorphosis in insects and amphibians, comparing their life cycles.  The children will also be extending their biological knowledge of classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.  



Water: Friend or Foe?  In this topic, the children will find out the positive an negative effects of water on human life.  They will study droughts, floods, tsunamis and the impact of global warming on the melting ice caps.



How has crime and punishment changed throughout history?  During this topic, the children will study how crimes and punishments have changed and progressed since 1066 and compare it to our modern day justice system.


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Please make sure that you read for at least 10 minutes everyday.  This can be your school book, own book, newspapers, comics, shopping list etc and record in your planner.


 Spellings will focus on either a particular spelling rule/pattern or will be taken from the statutory word list and will be taught and practised throughout the week. Tests will take place each Friday and new lists posted on Google Classroom. 


The children will have Outdoor PE on a Tuesday and Indoor PE on a Thursday this term however, children should have a full kit in school throughout the week, as although we do have set days for these sessions, they may occasionally change.


Homework will be set on a Thursday and this should be returned by the following Wednesday.  Homework will consist of a Maths activity and an English activity linked to the unit of work they are covering in class, so they should be able to complete the activity independently. 



Some useful websites, resources and links:

https://spellingframe.co.uk - Spelling Frame - A great, interactive website to give you chance to practise your spellings in a variety of different ways.

https://cospaces.io/edu/ - A useful computing link to explore virtual reality. Please use the code 'C78CC' to access the Elder Tree Class Page.

https://ttrockstars.com/ - Times Table Rockstars. Use this website to practise your times tables, battle with your band mates and keep your arithmetic skills up to scratch!

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