Welcome To The Elm Class Web Page
Well done Elm Class. You've made a great start back to the half term and I'm looking forward to all the fun activities and learning that we have planned on the run up to Christmas. Below you will find information regarding this half term's curriculum.
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 and girls might want to wear woolly tights or switch to trousers during the winter months.
Arrive to school at 08:40; entering through the fire exit.
Break 10:15 - 10:30.
Lunch 11:50 - 12:45.
Afternoon Break 14:10-14:20.
School finishes at 15:20; leaving from the fire exit.
Friday's - pick up between 12:50 - 13:05.
PE is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Children should come into school wearing their kit.
Water bottles are allowed in school and can go home every evening to be washed.
Dates For Your Diary
* Friday 27th November: the first set of Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school. Please scroll down to see a copy of the HLCs.
* Friday 11th December - Christmas Jumper Day
* Friday 18th December: term ends for the Christmas holiday.
* Tuesday 5th January: Spring 1 term begins.
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.
Below you will find the information regarding the curriculum coverage.
Miss Bird and Mrs Saxon.
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Throughout this half term, pupils will cover the multiplication and division of 3, 4 and 8. Pupils will then get to use their experience of multiplication and division to solve word problems.
We are continuing our focus on a book called ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’. The children will use their reading strategies such as making predictions, inferences and understanding language. The book will also be used to inspire writing genres such as poetry, diary entries, leaflets as well as role plays and debates.
Our topic up until Christmas is the Romans. Throughout this unit of work the children will be developing both their geographical and historical knowledge. In particular, we will be looking at the myth of how Rome was created, the invasion of Britain and why the Romans were so successful and the impact they have made on life today. Our first set of Home Learning Challenges will be sent home on Friday 11th September and is due to be returned to school by Friday 27th November.
This half term our science topic is ‘Light and Shadows’. The children will be able to identify various sources of light and through the use of experiments, they will be able to explain how light travels, understand that some materials are transparent, opaque and translucent as well as explain what reflection is.
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 athletics and basic skills this half term. Children should come in to school wearing their P.E. kits (a plain t-shirt and shorts plus pumps or trainers together with a sweatshirt or tracksuit for when the weather becomes colder) on PE days. Long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over for safety.
This half term children will be investigating the lives of people who have been called by God. We will hear the stories of Moses, Abraham and Jonah and understand what God asked of them and how their lives changed. We will then move on to learning about the Christmas story, establishing that Christmas is a celebration of God's presence with us.
Our topic this half term is Valuing Difference. We will talk about family and friends and recognise the benefits we get from being part of a community. We will learn about respect and how to challenge each other's views using respectful language. We will recognise the factors that make people similar to and different from each other. We will discuss bullying and explore why people may have prejudiced views. We will suggest strategies for dealing with name-calling.
Home reading books - Children will be given a new reading book every Friday once they have returned their previous one. Reading record books will not be sent home.
Reading With Your Child
Some questions to ask your child whilst reading together:
1. Look at the front cover. What could the book be about?
2. Who is the author?
3. What does that word mean? Read the words around it to help you figure it out (context).
4. How can you read an unfamiliar word? Can you sound talk and then blend?
5. Who are the main characters?
6. What do you think will happen next?
7. How do you think that character feels? Why? How would you feel in that situation?
8. Can you predict how the book will end?
9. Who is your favourite character? Why?
10. Is there a hidden message in the story? What is it?
11. Can you retell the story in your own words?
12. Do you like how the story ended? Can you think of another way the book could have ended?
Useful sites for reading