Welcome to Elm Class!
Welcome to Elm Class, your Class Teachers are Mrs Harrison and Mrs Pugh. We have two Teaching Assistants working with us, Mrs Gibbons and Mrs Smith.
In our class we learn through play and exploration. Children will have a range of activities set up for them that they can explore throughout the day both inside and outside. There is lots of time to build relationships with our friends as we climb, build, create and talk together. We practise our letters and sounds each day as we learn to read and write using the 'Read Write Inc' phonics programme. We also explore numbers, counting and patterns each day, learning new things that we can then use in our play and activities.
Each day you need to bring a water bottle, a suitable coat and a bookbag to school. It is helpful for your child to have a spare change of clothes and a pair of wellington boots kept in school at all times.
Welcome Information 2021-2022
Topic Overview Term 5
Elm Class Timetable
Week Beginning 23rd May
This week we have been learning about toys from the past and linking this in with our Jubilee preparations. We discussed who the Queen is and looked at photos of her now and pictures of her in the past as a child. We looked at how she has changed over the last 70 years and talked about why we are celebrating the platinum jubilee. We had a look at pictures of the toys the Queen may have played with as a child and compared them to toys we play with now. We had a museum box of old toys to explore this week, we discussed if we would like to play with them now, what they are made of and compared them to modern plastic toys. We were all very excited on Wednesday as we got to bring our favourite toys into school for a show and tell session. We took it in turns to tell our friends about our toys and talked about how they were different to the old toys in the museum box. We then did some writing about our favourite toy.
In maths this week we have been looking at sharing and halving. We learnt that halving is the opposite of doubling and explored halving numbers using towers of cubes. We then shared orange segments between 2 children and discussed what was fair and what was not. Later in the week we had a go at sharing some cookies fairly between 3 or more children.
Week Beginning 16th May
This week we had our medieval banquet. We made shields and flags to decorate the hall. Our parents came in to watch us do a dance and tell our story 'The King and the Cockerel'. After this we all shared food and had our very own feast! We have talked about castle life this week, discussing what we would like and dislike about living in a castle.
We read the story 'The Princess and the Wizard' by our author of the term, Julia Donaldson. we then discussed in partners what we might do to escape the wizard, we drew our ideas and wrote about them.
We celebrated National Numeracy Day on Thursday, we watched a Numberblocks episode called 'Stampoline' and explored different ways of making 5 using 5 multilink cubes, we drew round the different shapes we made.
In PSED this week we learnt about the CoJo character Eddy Empathy. We learnt about the word 'empathy' and gave ideas about how we could show empathy in school. We decided that it's important to consider how our friends are feeling too.
Well Done to George for receiving Gold Award this week for his positivity and enthusiasm during phonics.
Week Beginning 9th May
This week we have been doing some storytelling. We are learning the tale of 'The King and the Cockerel'. We have learnt some actions to help us retell it and have also been using story maps. We looked carefully at the vocabulary in the story and discussed some of the trickier words, e.g. feast, finest, drown, fair. We have also been looking at a knight's armour, we learnt about all the different parts that make up their armour and discussed how heavy it must have been being made of metal. We have had a go at making some shields and designed our own coats of arms to put on them. We looked at a castle and discussed similarities and differences between them and the home we live in now and watched a video of the trebuchet firing at Warwick Castle.
In maths this week we have be learning subtracting through first, then and now stories. We made a bus and used it to subtract as children got off the bus, e.g. First there were 10 children, then 2 got off the bus to go to the shop, now there are 8. We used tens frames and the story 'Ten in a Bed' to subtract the teddies as they fell off the bed. Some of us have begun recoding these subtraction stories on whiteboards.
In handwriting this week we have been practising our zigzag letters. We read the story 'Charlie Cook's Favourite Book' by our author of the term, Julia Donaldson. At Nature Detectives this week we learnt about why bees are important and what we can do to look after them. We made a bee drinking station, some bee pictures and enjoyed some yummy honey sandwiches.
Well done to William for receiving Gold Award for excellence in phonics.
Week Beginning 2nd May
This week began with our egg hatching! We are now the proud owners of a baby dragon called Sparkle. Her mummy left us a letter instructing us to look after her and choose a name. So we got to work brain storming all our ideas and had a class vote, resulting in the name Sparkle. We read the story of 'Zog', we discussed the characters and compared them to princesses and dragons from other stories we know.
We have also been describing dragons this week. We watched a story online called 'Tell me a Dragon'. In the story the author showed us lots of different dragons and used words to describe them. We then had a go at describing some dragons in other pictures. We even played a game of Guess Who where we had to describe a dragon we could see on the whiteboard for our friends to guess. We were very good!
In PSED this week we talked about what communication means. we played the game Chinese whispers and discussed how well we communicated, did the word stay the same? Then we played a mirror game in pairs, one person was the leader and had to give instructions that their partner had to follow.
Our maths this week has concluded our learning about number 10. We watched a Numberblocks episode called 'Hiccups' where the Numberblocks split into 2 different parts. We then played this game in class to explore 2 different numbers that could make up each Numberblock. We have also been exploring number bonds to 10 using both a part whole model and numicon.
Well done to Poppy - Jo for receiving Gold Award this week for amazing teamwork and always helping others.
Week Beginning 25th April
Welcome back! We have had a lovely week getting stuck into our new topic, 'Long ago'. We have explored our new role play areas in Oak (castle) and Elm (vets), learnt about George and the Dragon and found some very interesting looking eggs that have appeared in our classrooms! We have been predicting what we think is inside the eggs. Some of our ideas included dinosaurs, dragons, chicks and even chocolate!
In maths this week we have continued our learning about number 10. We explored money and learnt about the 10 pence piece and have also explored the concept of bigger and smaller numbers using the Numberblocks episode 'Peekaboo', maybe you could watch this at home too?
We have been doing some comic kids yoga this week about a dragon and had our first PE session with our school sports coach, it was great fun and very tiring!
At Nature Detectives we read the story 'Superworm' by our Author of the term, Julia Donaldson. Then we brainstormed what minibeasts we know about and went on a minibeast hunt, looking under logs to see what we could find. We used magnifying glasses to look closely and describe what we could see.
We looked at our CoJo characters this week and talked about teamwork and what this means. We discussed what teams we are part of and how we can work with other people when we may not be able to achieve something on our own.
Well done to Amara who received Gold Award this week for being passionately positive and enthusiastic about all her learning.
Week Beginning 4th April
This week has begun by learning about oral health. We had fun learning about how to correctly brush our teeth and got to take home a new toothbrush, toothpaste and brushing chart. We learnt what foods are good to help keep our teeth strong and healthy, and what food and drink we should only have in small amounts to stay healthy. We sequenced pictures to give instructions to brush our teeth and did some writing too! We also played a game and listened to a song, the links are below for you to try at home.
We then moved on to learning about Easter, we touched on the Easter story and what the festival means to Christians. We have made Easter nests and Easter cards and discussed why we have chocolate in the shape of eggs, to represent new life.
On Nature Detectives, we explore how birds do their nest using some bits from the nature. On the field we tried to make a nest for a bird using grass, sticks, flowers and feathers.
In maths we have begun our learning about number 10. We watched the Numberblocks episode 'ten' and practised doing 10 jumps and finding the number 10 and 10 objects in the classroom. We have also been making 10 on a tens frame and writing the number 10.
About your Class Teachers
Hello! My name is Mrs Harrison and I am one of the teachers in Elm class. You will see me on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I have been working at CPS for many years and love the school because there is a fantastic team spirit. CPS is a really special place to work as I love the enthusiasm and energy of the children who come to our school. I have 3 children at home and a tabby cat called Pippin. I like going on long walks and getting outside as much as possible. I love visiting different places and getting to the seaside as often as I can!
Collecting Your Child At The End Of The Day
To find our classroom please come into school and down the main driveway, turn right through the double gates, this will bring you to the playground, follow the playground round until you see our outside area. The gate to our outside area will be unlocked for you to come through and wait. A member of staff will open the door and call your child to come out as they see you waiting.
Isolating at home?
If your child is needing to be at home due to Covid-19 please let us know. We will send you a Google Classroom assignment of activities you can do at home. If you need any print outs just let us know and you can pick them up from the office. Keep us posted on anything you need and you can be sure we will help keep your child busy!
Some good websites to use to support your child's learning.
Phonics and Reading with Reading EggsSome parents have found this website brilliant in helping children develop their phonics and reading skills. The games are all tailored to your child's abilities and are such fun it doesn't feel like learning! They are offering a 30 day free trial so you might like to try it at home.
NumberblocksThese episodes are great starting points for exploring number and maths ideas
Oxford OwlFree online books for children and help for parents with phonics. Sign up for free
Phonics Playfun online games to practise phonics skills
Pure Phonics soundsA guide on how to pronounce phonic sounds correctly