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Welcome to Elm Class

Elm Snip Summer 2019

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

Mrs Barker will now be joining Elm class on a Wednesday

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

Summer term already! Its been a busy year so far and we have plenty more to do before the end of July. Please support the staff in Elm by reading as much as possible with your child at home, encouraging independence when completing homework and providing a refillable water bottle and a healthy snack for breaktime. If you have any questions, concerns or queries please leave a note in your child’s reading record, as these are checked daily, or see me at the end of the school day. I am available after school on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

In Elm tree class the children have the chance to become the days secret star and be rewarded with stickers and CARE stars for our class chart. When our CARE chart is full the class will be given a reward. This term Elm tree are working towards a comedy afternoon.

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). It is very important that children are heard read outside of school as it not only improves their reading and comprehension skills but has a direct influence on their writing too. 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. The homework will always be revision of a topic and never something your child has not done before. I always offer the children the option, either on a Friday afternoon or Monday, to see me about their homework if they have problems completing it.

Curriculum Our theme for the summer term is WW2. For the first half of the term we will be completing a local study. We will be investigating the school grounds, the village, how the land is used and writing reports on our findings. The children will also be learning about Rayne village during WW2, the effect it had on the village as well as learning from resident’s diary entries. During the second half of the term we will be exploring the history of WW2, the effects and evacuees. We will also be comparing sources of information, discussing their reliability and researching information using the ICT and library. This topic will be very child led and I am encouraging the children to ask questions that we can all research and find out the answers together. As our topics are cross curricular, already this term, we have had some thoughtful and mature conversations about WW2 and the children are very interested to learn more.

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

English – This term the children be enjoying the text The Lion and The Unicorn by Shirley Hughes, writing letters, diary entries, characters descriptions and a new story ending.

Maths – We will be continuing fractions, this term, and introducing decimals. We will then move on to statistics, shape, space and measure. Throughout the term we will revisit number, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, as it is important that the children keep these skills fresh. The children will continue to work on their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills throughout the school year. It is important that the children know their times tables fluently They complete weekly times tables tests in school and should be practising these at home.

Guided reading – The children will study non-fiction, poetry and fiction during guided reading. Our texts this 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 electricity and the children will be learning about appliances, electrical circuits and conductors and insulators. They will also make predictions for investigations, making systematic careful observations and reporting using scientific language.

R.E – Our topic for the Spring term is Humanism and this will be taught by Mrs Barker during PPA.

P.E - P.E. days are Tuesday PM and Friday PM. Both sessions are with myself and Mr Cannon and both sessions will be outdoors. 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. Once the weather gets warmer the children will need sun cream applied at the start of the school day, a sunhat and a drink bottle.

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.

I am looking forward to spending the last term with your children on their life long school journey.

Mrs Laban Elm Tree class teacher.

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