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Hello and welcome to Elm's class page!


 Welcome back, we hope you've had a great summer and feeling well rested and ready to begin the new school 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 and Mrs Trundle 



Important Dates: 


3rd September – First day of term

15th September – New starters choir service @ school.

17th September – Individual photo day.

25th September – ‘Mad science’ assembly.

1st October – Flu vaccinations.

7th and 9th October – Parents’ evenings.

18th October – Break up for half term.



Curriculum Information




We will be studying a brilliant book called Oliver and the Seawigs. I know that Christ Church parents are always incredibly supportive of school but can I respectfully ask that you don’t share a copy of the book with your child until the October half term as one of the skills we will be developing is making predictions, which is hard to do objectively if you have already read the book! The book will be the inspiration for us to write diaries, letters, descriptive settings and balanced arguments as well as take part in role plays, debates and interviews.

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 patterns, prefixes and suffixes.  


Week 1: ai/ay words – train, rain, tray, play

Week 2: igh words – night, fright, tight

Week 3: ee/ea/ey words – deep, cheap, key

Week 4: Soft C – Ceiling, cycle, circle

Week 5: contractions – wouldn’t, shouldn’t, won’t

Week 6: Adding Y – Windy, sunny, chilly




  • Sentence types 
  • Expanded noun phrases 
  • Conjunctions 
  • Articles 
  • Fronted adverbials 
  • Inverted commas



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.



We will spend the first two weeks looking at the place value of numbers to 1000. The will include comparing numbers, looking at number patterns and counting in steps of 4 and 8. We will then be beginning our next topic of addition and subtraction for the remainder of the half term. Pupils will be using a variety of methods including concrete materials to be able to add and subtract 3-digit numbers whilst renaming.  

Pupils will also be completing a weekly times tables speed test, we will be beginning consolidating their 3 times tables and introducing their fours. The children would really benefit from any extra practise at home.




Our science focus this half term is Movement and Feeding and our studies will include: 


  • Understanding that animals have different diets (carnivore, omnivore and herbivore)
  • Understanding what a balanced diet is and the benefits of it.  
  • Identifying different nutrients and foods in which they are in.
  • Identifying major bones and muscles in the body.
  • Understanding how muscles work to move the body.




Our first topic of the year is ‘The Romans’. We will be developing both history and geographical skills whilst also incorporating Art and Design in to the topic. We will be looking at the spread of the Roman empire, the life of a Roman soldier and looking at famous people from the era such as Emperor Hadrian and Queen Boudicca..


RE: Our topic this half term is 'The harvest' and we will be looking at what the harvest is and why and how we celebrate it. We will also be looking at how it has changed over time and how it is celebrated differently aroind the world. 


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 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 cricket skills. In addition, the children will be taught gymnastics on Wednesdays with the PE coach.


Home Reading Books : 
Changed on Mondays! 

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.  


It is always an absolute delight to see the amount of effort the children put in to their home learning challenges and to hear them talking about how much fun they have had completing them at home with their family and friends. Our first home learning challenge is based around the Romans and is due in 10th December.

It would also be very beneficial if you could continue to support the children with their reading, their spellings (see spelling patterns above) and their times tables as it supports a range of topics in Maths and to ensure they are as best prepared as possible for the times tables check in year 4.

Purple Mash Username:  firstname15  Password:  (Mr Jackson and Mrs Ttrundle have the passwords if needed) 
Bug Club Username: firstname15  Password: (Same as My Maths and Purple Mash) School code: rhxx



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