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Mrs Harvey, Mrs Collier and our teaching assistant Mrs Widnell would like to welcome you to our mixed year 5/6 class page. We will capture and record as much of our learning as we possibly can so that you can share your child's experiences at school and see them in action!

We will upload our learning journeys so you are aware of exactly what units we are covering and you can specifically question your children on what they have been working on...we all know that when we ask our children at the end of the day 'What have you done today?' they quite often reply 'Nothing!'. Let's not allow them get away with this and get them communicating, by talking and explaining what they have done they consolidate their learning and give us parents some lovely insights into school life.  

Year 5/6 will be expected to read daily and utilise our super library. They will also be set weekly homework and spellings, we would be very grateful if you could support them where necessary with this. Thank you for your continued support and interest.


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Indoor Rowing


Indoor Rowing part of our commitment to the School Sports Partnership means that we receive free coaching in chosen events. We hosted the indoor rowing event again and all of Year 5 and 6 had a brilliant time testing themselves and then working in teams to compete against each other. Pine class had a wonderful time competing against each other and themselves, there are definitely some young Olympians in the making! 

Water Resistance Experiment In Science!


In science this week we conducted an experiment into water resistance. Pine class used a water tray and explored sinking and floating. 

Friction Experiment In Science! 


In science this week we conducted an experiment into friction. Pine class used ramps and cars to test the friction of different surfaces.  

Oakwood Year 5 Swimming Stars!

Clutching their swimming bags and drinks, 45 very excited Year 5 Oakwood Primary Academy children skipped into the Life Centre for their reward celebrity session on Wednesday 19th October 2016.


This reward came as a result of our school earning the award for the ‘Most Improved School’ in the Life Centre’s well-respected swimming programme across Plymouth 2015-16.  The prize was an invitation to attend the Swim Stars event hosted by double gold medal Olympic champion, Beccy Adlington, along with our local Olympic divers, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow.


It was such a great morning with all children engaged in swimming, CPR training and sampling the giddy heights of the diving platforms.  TV cameras, interviews and medals all helped to make this an event to remember for all the children.  The celebrities were so welcoming to the children and signed autographs and answered questions about their childhood and achievements.  The whole 50m pool was used to accommodate other local schools and adult exercise groups which showed off the Life Centre at its busiest (and noisiest!).  This kind of event can only encourage children to take to the water and develop their swimming skills to produce yet more Olympians.  The event was featured on BBC Spotlight that evening and the Oakwood children featured prominently in the televised report!


Thank you Life Centre and well done Year 5!



Dice Games - October 2016!

Thanks to the parents that came and joined in with our maths dice games. The children really enjoyed it! 

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Year 5/6 have settled in really well and we have all hit the ground running! 

We had a wonderful outside learning day and the weather remained bright for most of it. 

The children produced some lovely poems, observation drawings and did lots of singing. Everybody had a super day and enjoyed the fresh air!


PE Coaching – Autumn Term 2016


The children in Pine class have been taking part in a series of coaching sessions with a PE teacher, Brian, from Sir John Hunt. The children have been learning skills related to netball and basketball. They have put their skills into action and have developed greater spatial awareness when dodging and creating space when throwing and catching within a small team game. All the children are active and working co-operatively as a team. Thank you to the Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership for providing such inspiring sporting opportunities for the children in our school. This is another aspect of PE provision in our school that helps encourage children to be active and healthy. 





In science we are learning about Forces. The children are exploring forces by conducting lots of experiments. They are focusing on writing up a scientific experiment accurately using the correct scientific vocabulary to justify their predictions, methods and findings.  


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