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Elm Class - Curriculum Map

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Welcome to Elm Class

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

Mrs Barker will now be joining Elm class on a Wednesday.


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 either an afternoon in the ICT suite or making slime.

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 30p

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. 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. 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.

Curriculum: Our theme for Spring term is the Stone Age. During this term we will be exploring the Stone Age people, where they inhabited, settlements, land use, drawing and interpreting maps.

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

English – This term the children be enjoying the text Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, writing stories and newspaper reports. We will also be completing work for our year 3 and 4 production by developing and enhancing our drama skills.

Maths – We will be focusing this term on multiplication and division as well as fractions. The children will be working on their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills throughout the school year. It is important that the children know their times tables fluently as the expectation by the end of year 4 is that the children know all of their times tables. The children have weekly times tables tests 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 sound and the children will be learning about what sound is, how sounds are made, the ear and enjoy some practical science activities and investigations,

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


Below are some useful documents to help assist your child in their learning progress:

Spelling Strategies

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Helpful Documents:

Please click below for our useful Spelling Strategies document:

Some useful Reading Question Prompts to help with daily reading and comprehension:

Reading for Pleasure Week

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