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Hello and welcome to Elm's class page!


 Welcome back, we hope you've had a lovely Christmas and a happy new 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:



  • 7th January - Spring term begins 
  • 11th January - Adrian Bowden's Science Show 
  • 14th -18th January - Science week 
  • 11th - 15th February - China friendship week 
  • 14th February - Valentines disco 
  • 25th and 27th March Parents' Evenings
  • Monday 17th June to Friday 28th June-Y3 Swimming (during the school day)


Curriculum Information




This half term our class novel is 'Arthur and the Golden Rope' by Joe Todd Stanton. 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.


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 - all/al i.e. always, fall

Week 2 - Y + er and Y + est.  

Week 3 - Soft g,  ge, dge

Week 4 - Contractions 

Week 5 - Homophones 

Week 6- Ous endings - Various, joyous  




  • Prepositions
  • Subordinate clauses  
  • Present perfect tense 
  • Pronouns 
  • Inverted commas 
  • Organisational 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 continue this half term with looking at multiplication and division, looking at formal methods to solve 2-digit by 1-digit questions. We will also be using this to solve a variety of worded problems. We will then be moving on to measurement, focusing on length (cm, m and km) mass (g and kg) and volume (ml and l). Children will be taking part in a range of practical lessons in this topic whilst reading and comparing the various measurements.





This half term our science topic is 'Rocks and Soils'. The children will be able to group and compare different rocks and investigate their different properties. We will also be looking at how fossils are made and the children will have the chance to create their own fossil. In addition, we will be looking at the different types of soils and investigating the permeability of each. 



Our topic this term is Manchester, we will be looking at what Manchester is like now and what tourist attractions Manchester has. We will be looking at how Manchester has changed over time and what life was like for a child in Manchester in the Victorian era. We will also be looking at the importance of the railways and canals to Manchester and what Manchester is famous for. In addition, we will be looking at Mancunian artists and will looking at the importance of the Manchester worker bee and designing it in the styles of various artists.



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 Tuesday. 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 basketball skills, looking at a range of techniques such as dribbling, shooting, passing and tackling. In addition, the children will be taught badminton on Tuesdays.


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