Welcome to Elm Class!

Elm is a year 4/5/6 class taught by Mrs Helen Walters.

Particular emphasis in Elm Class is placed on preparing children to have greater independence in their learning. Emphasis is not only given to their academic study, but also to personal enrichment with a focus on the whole child. We also encourage the children to take on different responsibilities around the school such as Play Leaders, Librarians and Collective Worship helpers.

Helpful information for Autumn Term

Dear Parents

I hope you all had a good summer break and feel ready to give your lovely children back to us. Miss Lane and myself are looking forward to working with you and your children this year. We always aim to nurture and support our students but also to challenge and expand their learning. However, if you do have any concerns please do come and see us. In the first week, we will be focusing on setting up routines and expectations.

Our topic of Rock and Roll will help us keep lively as Autumn approaches. We will be teaching Maths and English separately but also making thematic links across subjects where it is appropriate.

English will start by looking at fables which will develop fiction writing and sentence structures. In the second part of the term the children will be writing biographies of pop stars. Spellings will be set on a Monday and tested on a Friday, we will also be learning spellings in class sessions.

Maths will place a strong emphasis on developing understanding of place value and calculation skills. We will be using a mastery approach which will include problem solving and reasoning activities. We will also include mental maths and times table sessions.

In topic lessons, will look at the geography of North America and the children will present a project to the class. We will use the history of Rock and Roll to study social history in the USA. In Science, we will be looking at forces and motion, there will be lots of practical work and fun.

As a school, we are following up the Ofsted key findings and one important aspect of this is ‘Building Learning Power’ Our key focus for this term is resilience (stickability) this will be woven into all areas of school life and be clearly linked to our RE teaching.

We have PE on a Monday and Thursday please; can you make sure your child has kit suitable for indoor and outdoor activities.

We do appreciate your support in helping your children learn especially with home learning. This year will send home spellings and mental maths activities and also extended projects that are linked to the children’s learning and interests.

We would welcome visits or artefacts from any members of the school community who have expertise in any of these areas. Please do feel free to come and visit the classroom to see our displays as we develop them over the term.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Elm Team