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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 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.  

 

https://twitter.com/ccwalshaw

 

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:

 

 

  • 23rd April - Summer term begins
  • 2nd May - Class trip to Eureka
  • 17th June - 28th June - Swimming 

Curriculum Information

 

English:

 

This half term our class novel is 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. 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!

 

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.

 

SPaG
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: adding the suffix ed and ing.

Week 2:  adding the suffix -ment

Week 3: Containing the letter string -ous

Week 4: 'wh' words 

Week 5: Containing the letter string ei 

Week 6: 'ph' words 

 

 

Grammar:

  • Apostrophes
  • Layout structure
  •  Inverted commas  
  • Similes and metaphors 
  •  Identifying root words

 

Reading

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.

 

Maths:

Using the Singapore Maths approach to learning we will be carrying on looking at time, the children will practise telling the time in both analogue and digital forms, measuring time in seconds, minutes and hours and converting seconds to minutes. We will then be moving on to fractions. We will be adding and subtracting fractions, finding equivalent fractions, comparing fractions and finding fractions in their simplest forms.

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Science: 

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. 

 

Topic:  

 

Our topic this term is the Stone age to the Iron age. We will be looking at when the Stone age, Bronze age and Iron age took place and the differences between each period. We will be looking at the beliefs, food and weapons used in each period. We will also be investigating what Stonehenge and Skara Brae shows us about the period. The children will also have the opportunity to develop their art and design technology skills by producing cave paintings and models of Stonehenge.

 

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:

 

PE:

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 rugby skills, looking at a range of techniques such as passing, dribbling, tackling and putting these into game situations. In addition, the children will be taught tennis 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. 
 
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
 
     

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