Oaks together working from home.

Due to the recent unprecedented events, the vast majority of children will be working from home until notified by the government. The big change can be mitigated by ensuring pupils continue to work in a structured way. 

It is important that all Year 5 and 6 parents follow the sign-up information for Class Dojo, given out to pupils.  If you have not received this information, please click here

Suggested timetable

Mr Davidson's timetable.
8.45am to 9.00am

Practise spellings on Spelling Shed.

or play a maths game

9.00am to 9.30am

Fitness with Joe. Live every day here.

Or learn to dance with Oti Mabuse here.

9.45am to 12noon

(include breaks)

Maths (explanation video). 1 session.

English. 1 task. (explanation video)

Additional lessons and activities**

1pm to 1.45pm Reading with Mr Davidson
1.45pm to 3pm Weekly learning project* or additional lessons**.


Bonus lessons.
9.45am Super Sentence Stacking with Jane Considine - Film Focus
10.30am Super Sentence Stacking with Jane Considine - Sentence Stacking
12.30pm Super Sentence Stacking with Jane Considine - Global trotting celebrations

*Weekly learning project

30th March to 3rd April - The focus is family.  A new learning project each week.

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to gain a better understanding of their own family. Learning may focus on the different makeup of families, what traditions your family has, stories linked to your family etc.

  • Music from the Past - Your child can research music from the decade their parents, grandparents or other older family members were born. What were the most popular bands or singers during this time? Ask them to perform a song from this decade and create their very own dance routine. Encourage them to explain how they need to improve their performance in order to achieve their personal best.
  • Portraits and Photography- Direct your child to take portrait photographs of their family members considering light and textures. Following this, they can then use the photographs to draw portraits in pen considering light and tone.
  • Classification- Ask your child to design a classification key based on the simple physical features of their family. They can then test out the keys on each member of their family. Only use ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.
  • Nature vs Nurture- Speak to your child about their appearance, their personality and their dreams for the future. How much of this do they believe is determined by their genes? How much of this is determined by their family/upbringing? Ask them to decide which traits are due to nature and which traits are due to nurture e.g. hobbies and interests or sense of humour. Try this out on other family members.
  • Mapping Skills - Identify the countries or cities within the UK where their family members originate from or live. Children can then plot these on a map and then create a bar chart to show the number of family members who live/lived in each city/country.  

**Additional lessons from Mr Davidson.


More activities, please!


Scratch - Scratch is a simple visual programming language where kids drag and drop chunky blocks that simulates the structure of computer program. With Scratch, kids are able to create games and stories.
Alice - Similar to Scratch however if your child finds a 3D environment more appealing, then Alice is a better choice as his introduction to coding.

Blockly - A good step-up from block computer programming to code (after using Scratch or Alice).

MIT App inventor - Create apps using drag and drop coding.

Khan Academy - Lesson focused.  Very good for learning concepts.

Swift Playgrounds - Only on Apple.  This is excellent and fun.


Working on Times Table Rockstars.  Numbots can be accessed with the same login.

Oxford Owl - Fun math games.

The Maths Factor - Free during the closure. Includes games and challenges.

Play on Hit the Button - focus on times tables, division facts and squared numbers.

Daily arithmetic for different areas of maths. Your child should aim to work on level 4, 5 and 6 activities.

Work on reasoning and problem solving by practising past SATs questions that are broken down into topic areas and have videos linked to them that can be watched if needed. As these are older papers these are suitable for both years 5 and 6. Click on one of the topic areas listed to gain access to the questions.


Pobble 365 - New tasks each day.

Ask your child to write a diary entry/newspaper report summarising the events from the day. They can write this from their own perspective.

Your child can think about a member of their family who is a hero/heroine to them. They can then create an information report about their chosen hero/heroine. Why not encourage them to interview that person and include some direct quotes from the interview?

What makes your family different to other families? What makes them the same? Ask your child to write a poem about their family, they may even want to perform it too. .

Children should only be allowed to watch TV for one hour a day. Do you agree/disagree? Write a discussion about this statement.

Story task:  Ask your child to design a setting for a story genre of their choice. They can think about any settings that they have encountered in stories before. They must then write a short description including expanded noun phrases


Ask your child to read a chapter from their home reading book or a book that they have borrowed from the library.

Following this, ask your child to summarise the events from the chapter. They could bullet point what happened, create a comic strip or present the information in their own creative way.

Encourage your child to note down any unfamiliar words from the chapter they have read. Explore the meanings of these words by using a dictionary, reading around the sentence or using print conventions.

Challenge your child to read something around the house that isn’t a book. They can then complete their reading diary following this.


Practise spellings on Spelling Shed.

Practise spellings on Spelling Frame.

Practise spelling adjectives.

Your child can create a vocabulary bank about their family. They may want to use this for some of their writing tasks this week.

Get your child to proofread their writing from the day. They can use a dictionary to check the spelling of any words that they found challenging. This will also enable them to check that the meaning of the word is suitable for the sentence.


DIY Science - Easy to follow Science experiments. 

Fun Science Demos - Follow along to fun practical science experiments.


Learn to draw with Steve Saturday.


Download the Duolingo app for your phone or tablet.


Learn to play the guitar app (3 months free trial).



Physical booklets went with children on Friday 20th March.  However, some children were not able to be in school so did not receive the information.  I have uploaded the booklets below.  If you would like the booklet printed out, to collect, please contact me.

Maths - Weeks 1 to 4 - Pupil worksheets.

Maths - Weeks 1 to 4 - Parent/carer guidance.

English - Weeks 1 to 4.

English - Weeks 5 to 8.


Class Dojo.

Class Dojo is an online system that allows pupils and parents to interact with myself and each other. The system looks different for pupils than for parents but is simple to follow.

Class Story.

This section of Class Dojo is only available to parents. It is designed for two things.

  1. For myself to post events that pupils should follow.  This is the timetable pupils should (at minimum follow).  Parents will receive a reminder 1 hour before the event starts.  For example, Maths from 9.30am to 10.30am.  Included with each event are details on what part of the pack you should follow, a link to myself modelling the work if necessary.
  2. For myself to post files, videos and photos that will benefit your child.


This is where I share additional tasks (outside this pack) and for pupils to respond with either a text comment, photo, video or drawing.

The activities are listed on the left-hand side.  These are in addition to the activities in the pack.  The activities in the pack are on the class story section of the site.  


This is where parents can contact me directly during normal school hours.