Elm Class – Mrs Laban

Welcome to Elm Class!

Teacher: Mrs Laban

LSA: Mrs Wooton & Miss Newmarch (1:1)


Myself, Mrs Wootton and Miss Newmarch all welcome you to Elm tree class!

It’s going to be a year full of adventures experiences and fun. We are so looking forward to teaching, making memories and working with you and your children.

In Elm tree class the children have the chance to become the days secret star and be rewarded with stickers and certificates. When our CARE chart is full the class will be given a reward – this term Elm tree are working towards a non-uniform day and afternoon in the park.

As we are a Healthy School, children are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle in every day and a healthy snack for break times. Snacks can also be purchased at a cost of 20p.

Reading & homework

Reading forms part of the children’s weekly homework and it is expected that children read every day and their reading record is signed at least 3 times a week (5 if possible). We endeavour to hear the children read as much as possible in school, whether it is individually or part of our guided reading sessions and would appreciate your support at home with this.

Homework will be set every Friday. This should be handed in on the following Thursday. Alongside daily reading, homework will include spellings (weekly) and an English or maths activity. It is important that children are encouraged to complete their homework independently and that it is simply overseen by adults. Please let me know if there are any problems completing homework.


Our theme for Autumn term is the Romans -What happened in Pompeii? Following on into Autumn term 2 is – Were the Romans revolting or remarkable?

This topic will in interwoven through English, history, geography and art.

English – This term the children be enjoying the text The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, planning debates, creating information booklets and writing stories.

Maths – We will be consolidating our skills on number and place value developing onto the four operations. The children will be working on their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills throughout the school year.

Guided reading – The children will study non-fiction, poetry and fiction during guided reading. Our texts for the first part of the year are The Angel of Nitshil Road by Anne Fine, The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith and Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.

Science – Our topic this term is states of matter and the children will be investigating solids, liquids and gases.

R.E – Our topic for the Autumn term is Hinduism and this will be taught by Mrs Kind during PPA.

P.E – P.E. days are Tuesday AM (indoor PE) and Friday PM (outdoor PE). We will go outside in all weathers so please ensure jogging bottoms and jackets are provided during the colder months. No jewellery can be worn and all long hair will need to be tied back.

PSHE – Talking about and understanding emotions, other people and behaviour are all areas that will be worked on this school year. PSHE also cover topics such as rules, money and staying safe.

If you have any questions, concerns or worries please leave a message with whoever is on the gate/door in the morning or leave a note in your son/daughters Reading record, as these are checked daily by an adult. I am available after school on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday.

Mrs Laban Elm Tree class teacher.



Elm class completed their CARE chart but were unable to go to the park this week due to the weather. The children will still have their treat but it will now be on Monday 29th October, weather permitting.


Below is a link to some helpful ideas about how you can encourage your children with reading comprehension:

Reading Question Prompts


Recently Elm Class visited Nursery to share some stories with them as part of the Reading Buddies scheme: