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I hope that everyone has had a well-deserved break. We’re very much looking forward to another fun-packed term in Elm Class. Please see below for information on this term’s curriculum. If you have any questions, please just ask during drop off and pick up times. You can also email CCWalshaw@bury.gov.uk marked for the attention of Miss Bird and I will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.
Miss Bird and Mrs. Saxon.
Please note that as part of the school's on-going measures to guard against Coronavirus and following the Government's advice, we need to keep doors and windows open for ventilation so please consider sending your child to school wearing a vest and/or long-sleeved t-shirt under their uniform during cool spells.
Arrive to school at 08:45; entering through the fire exit.
Break 10:00 - 10:15.
Lunch 12:15 - 13:15.
School finishes at 15:30; leaving from the fire exit.
PE is every Monday and Wednesday. Children should bring a PE kit into school on PE days. This can be left in lockers if preferred. Water bottles are allowed in school and can go home every evening to be washed.
Dates For Your Diary
* Tuesday 19th April: Summer 1 half term begins.
* Monday 2nd May: May Day holiday - school closed.
* Thursday 5th May: Election Day - school closed.
* Friday 20th May: Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school.
* Friday 27th May: Last day before the summer half term holiday.
* Tuesday 7th June: Summer 2 term starts.
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We will start this term by completing our unit on time. We will then spend an extended period exploring and working with fractions. We will start by counting in tenths and then making number pairs (the fraction equivalent to number bonds) before moving on to adding and subtracting fractions. Pupils will explore equivalent fractions and look at simplifying fractions before comparing fractions with different denominators. Towards the end of the term, pupils will be finding fractions of whole numbers as part of a set and looking at sharing 1 and more than 1 as well as applying content knowledge to sophisticated word problems.
This half term we will be exploring a 'The Tin Forest' by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. A tale of transformation. An old man lives in a grey and forsaken place ‘that looked out on other people’s rubbish and bad weather’. He dreams of a wild and colourful place and uses the resources around him in such a creative way that change comes about and a natural forest becomes entwined with one of metal. This unit provides opportunity for children to explore the language choices authors make and the interrelationship between words and illustrations in a picture book. It will also allow pupils to reflect on themes such as environmentalism and an individual’s role in a community.
Children take part in Guided Reading sessions twice a week in which whole class strategies are used, using different forms of media including pictures, films and whole class texts and written comprehensions. The children also have time to read independently for pleasure after dinner every day with a book from the class book corner as well as frequent library trips. All children have access to Bug Club which has lots of amazing fiction and non-fiction books at your child's reading level and we also provide a Home Reader book each week which is changed every Friday. Please ensure reading records are signed by an adult weekly and returned with the home reader. Please contact school immediately if you have any concerns about your child's home reading book.
The children will receive a new spelling list each Monday and will be tested on these spellings on the following Friday. There will be opportunities to practise these spellings in school throughout the week but you can also find a collection of these lists for this half term below so that you can support your child's learning at home.
This half term in topic we will continue to look at the Stone Age to Iron Age. We will cover Bronze Age religion, technology and travel as well Iron Age hill forts: tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture. The Home Learning Challenges for this topic can be found below. This should be handed in no later than Friday 20th May.
This half term our science topic is ‘Plants'. Children will cover the following objectives:
P.E. lessons will take place on Monday afternoons with the Elm teaching team and also on Wednesday mornings with the coach. The children will be focusing on dance and netball. P.E. kits (a plain t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms plus pumps or trainers together with a sweatshirt) are to be brought into school and can be left in lockers. Long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over for safety.
Mrs. Johnson will teach this half term's RE topic of 'Rules for Living'. The aim of this unit is to:
Our focus this half term in PSHE will be 'Being my Best'. We will explore healthy eating, hygiene, physical activity, aspiration, achievements and growth mindset.
This half term we revise what we have learnt so far before moving onto members of the family and the alphabet.