Home Page

Elm Class


Hello and welcome to Elm's class page!


 Welcome back, we hope you've had a great half term and feeling rested for the final half term of the year! 


You will find information about the curriculum and important dates below.


A member of staff is always available to greet you at the door each morning should you wish to speak to us about anything. 


Please note that we regularly upload pictures of our learning on Twitter.  Don't forget to check in from time to time.


We hope you will find the information on this page useful, although you are more than welcome to pop in for a chat if you need more specific information. 


Mr Jackson, Mrs Saxon and Mrs Nuttall 



Important Dates: 


  • 3rd June – Summer 2 term begins
  • 14th June – Sports day – Year 3 and 4 @ 1:55pm to 2:40pm  
  • 17th June – 28th June – Swimming
  • 1st July – Maths Rockstar day
  • 5th July – Non – uniform day
  • 8th July – Summer concert (afternoon)
  • 12th July – Summer fair
  • 15th July – Parents’ evening – Drop in
  • 19th July – Break up for summer @ 2:30pm



Curriculum Information




This half term our class novel is 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. The children are extremely excited to begin this book and we are really looking forward to creating many quality pieces of work based on the text! We will also be focusing on poetry for a section of the half term using poems from the book 'werewolf club rules' by Joseph Coelho.


National Curriculum objectives covered in this teaching sequence:


Writing: (Transcription /Composition) 

  •  Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own. 
  •  noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary 
  •  in writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed
    Draft and write by: 
  • selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning 
  • in narratives, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action  using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
  •  using further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader

Reading: (Word reading / Comprehension)

 Maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by:  continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction. 

  •  identifying and discussing themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing 
  • making comparisons within and across books 
  • preparing poems to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience
    Understand what they read by:  checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context  asking questions to improve their understanding
  •  drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence 
  • predicting what might happen from details stated and implied


We regularly teach handwriting in order to encourage the children to write in a neat, joined style. We will be focusing on ensuring ascenders and descenders are formed correctly and we have provided the children with a special handwriting book to practise in.


We will be focusing upon the following aspects of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar which are part of our daily lessons:

Spelling- We will be looking at a range of spelling patterns and exploring a range of prefixes and suffixes.  


Week 1: words containing the letter string ei (vein, reign)

Week 2:  words containing the letter string wa  (water, towards)

Week 3: contractions (can’t, won’t, doesn’t)

Week 4: Adding the prefix im and in (impossible, incapable)

Week 5: words containing the letter string able (stable, fable)

Week 6: Homophones




  • Apostrophes
  • Layout structure
  •  Inverted commas  
  • Similes and metaphors 
  •  Sentence structure



We operate a carousel reading lesson twice a week.  In these lessons, your child will have 2 guided sessions per week where aspects of reading are explored in detail. In addition activities are provided to facilitate independent learning. These activities often include mathematical games, applying known computing skills, spellings, handwriting and comprehensions. Bug Club is also used during guided reading and you can access this with your child at home if you wish.



Using the Singapore Maths approach to learning we will be continuing our topic on fractions, we will be looking at finding equivalent fractions, finding fractions in their simplest forms, comparing fractions and finding fractions of a set. We will then be moving on to angles in which we will be making angles, comparing angles and finding right angles. In addition, we will also be looking at lines and shapes before finding the perimeter of shapes.




This half term our science topic is 'Plants'. The children will be able to name the different parts of a plant and their functions. The children will also understand what plants need to survive and conduct a number of experiments, investigating this. We will then be looking at the water transportation around a plant and investigating whether temperature has an effect on this. We will also be looking at the different parts of a flower in which children will be able to dissect their own. 




Our topic this term is ‘Where on the map are we?’. We will be focusing on our local area of Bury and Walshaw. Children will have the opportunity to develop their map reading skills by looking at a range of maps of the local area. Children will also be learning of the history of the school and the church in Walshaw. In addition, we will be looking at famous people from the area such as The Nevilles, Victoria Wood and Robert Peel and the influence he has had on the area..


RE: Our topic this half term is 'called by God' and we will be exploring a range of stories in which people have been called by God in both the bible i.e. Jonah and the whale and other more recent experiences. 


SEAL: Going for Goals. Children will be taught to recognise their worth as individuals, by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals. They will also recognise the risk in different situations and then decide how to behave responsibly.



Key information:



Monday and Wednesday. Children must have a full PE kit in school and remember to tie long hair back. Children with earrings must either take them out or use tape to cover them for health and safety reasons. Our Monday PE sessions will be developing our rounders skill. In addition, the children will be taught athletics on Wednesdays.


Home Reading Books : 
Changed on Fridays

Please keep books and records in book bags every day to allow for reading opportunities in school.  We would be very grateful if you could aim to write a short comment on your child's reading at home. Please note that any lost books will result in a fee for replacement.  


Thank you very much for your continued support over the completion of the home learning challenges. It is a delight to see the children enjoy completing these challenges. The next due date for the home learning challenges is on the 24th June and is based around the Stone Age. 

It would also be very beneficial if you could continue to support the children with their reading, their spellings (see spelling patterns above) and their times tables as it supports a range of topics in Maths and to ensure they are as best prepared as possible for the times tables check in year 4.

Purple Mash Username:  firstname15  Password:  (Mr Jackson, Mrs Saxon and Mrs Nuttall have the passwords if needed) 
Bug Club Username: firstname15  Password: (Same as My Maths and Purple Mash) School code: rhxx


Eureka! 1
Eureka! 2
Eureka! 3
Eureka! 4