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Welcome to Elm Class !


Hello and welcome to Elm's class page!


 We are really looking forward to an exciting term of learning in Elm!


If you have any items such as books or relevant artefacts that you and your child are happy to share that relate to our new topics, we would love to see them!  


In order to encourage your child to become more independent, please let them come into the school building by themselves in the morning. A member of staff is always available to greet you at the door 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. 


Mrs Holt, Miss Sutton, Mrs Brady and Mrs Barnes




Important Dates:


  •    Monday 8th January-School re-opens
  • Wednesday 17th January-Science show
  • Wednesday 7th February-Hoghton Tower trip







We will  be reading ‘Ottoline and the Yellow Cat’ by Chris Riddell and producing lots of writing based around the text.

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 begin by consolidating the children's knowledge of phase five phonics sounds and spelling patterns.

Week 1 and 2: 'u' sound spelt 'or' and 'ear' e.g. worship, worm, earth, learn

Week 3 and 4: 'aw' sound spelt 'al' or 'augh' e.g. walk, talk, naughty, c

Week 5: ‘e’ sound spelt ‘ea’ ‘ei’ or ‘e_e’ 

E.g peace, thief, complete


  • using conjunctions to extend sentences 
  • using apostrophes for contracted words



We operate a carousel reading lesson 3 times 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, focused internet research, spellings 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 focusing on mass, capacity and money.


In addition we will have regular opportunities throughout the week to maintain and develop our number skills including practising the 3, 4 and 8 times table with related division facts. It would be highly beneficial for your child to learn these at home too. 



This half term we will be looking at plants.



Our topic this half term is on the Tudors. HLC will be linked to our topic and are due in on Monday 12th March.



We are looking at Prophets.



Key information:



Monday and Friday. 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.


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.  

Library Books: 
Changed fortnightly on a Monday.
Please note, if your child is still reading a book, they will not be asked to change every fortnight but we would appreciate it if books are aimed to be finished within 4 weeks of choosing. If a book is required for longer than 4 weeks, please can you pop in and discuss this with either Mrs Holt, Miss Sutton, Mrs Barnes or Mrs Brady. Please note any lost books will result in a fee to replace it. 
Purple Mash Username:  firstname14  Password:  (Mrs Holt and Miss Sutton have the passwords if needed) 
Bug Club Username: firstname14  Password: (Same as My Maths and Purple Mash) School code: rhxx

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