Upton Noble

C of E VC Primary School

Part of the East Somerset Federation which includes Bruton Primary School

Maple - Year 6

Contact Mr Oakes

For any queries or just to say hello!

Dear Parents,


Hello and welcome to Maple class! My name is Mr Oakes and I’m teaching your child this year with Miss Castle supporting me in class. I have been at Upton Noble now for 3 years and have been teaching for just over 9. Over that time, I have realised more so with each passing year, just how important reading is. It is going to be a huge focus in Maple class this year with opportunities for reading for pleasure, story time and the in depth study of a class novel each term. Please can you support this at home by ensuring that you read with your child daily. They can read to you or you can read to them – honestly, they still love this, even in year 6! Additional homework will include regular use of TT Rockstars and spelling practise.


Our topic for term 1 is WW1 and this will provide the stimulus for much of our learning across the curriculum. We will find out about the causes of the Great War as well as key battles, the Christmas truce and many other important areas. Our class texts will be Michael Morpurgo’s brilliant Warhorse and Private Peaceful stories which we will learn about in great depth. We will provide your child with a copy of these. Along-side this, our class stories (where I simply read aloud to the children) will be High Rise Mystery and The Boy at the Back of the Class. We unfortunately, don’t have copies of these, but please feel free purchase them for your child so they can read along with me.


I’ve had some brilliant year 6 classes in my time at Upton Noble and I’m sure that my new class will follow in a similar fashion. We’ve had 6 months out of the classroom but I am already incredibly impressed with how the children have settled in and it bodes well for the remainder of the year.


Best Wishes

Mr Oakes

Autumn term topic web

Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

Circulatory system