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Welcome to Elm Tree Class - Mr Johnson

Welcome back!

I hope you have all had a restful summer and are looking forward to your first term in the juniors! The build up to this new school year has been like no other and we appreciate many of you may be feeling nervous or unsure as we all get to grips with the 'new normal'. Rest assured, however, that we are always here for you if you need somebody to speak too.

We have lots of exciting activities planned for the term ahead. Please refer to the welcome letter and curriculum overview in the 'Useful Information' section for further details. 

Don't forget to follow @elmtreeGSP if you are on Twitter for regular updates. 

If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards

Mr Johnson

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Useful Information

Our Curriculum


In English this term we will continue to extend our knowledge of punctuation and grammar as well as further developing our reading and spelling skills. We like to link our English learning to texts and use these to inspire our writing. One of the texts we will be using this term is Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.


In Maths this term we will be focusing on extending our knowledge of place value and number and addition and subtraction. We will begin the term by looking at the different ways numbers can be represented and understand how to compare and order numbers up to 1000. Then we will move onto learning how to use the column method in order to add and subtract two three-digit numbers.  


In Science this term we will be learning about Animals, including Humans. We will learn about what living things need to survive and about the role skeletons and muscles play in providing support, protection and enabling movement.




Key Messages

Below are some reminders to help you keep on top of our weekly routine:


  • Remember to read for around 10 minutes a day, at least three times per week. Please leave a note in your child's planner so we know how they have got on.

Times Tables:

  • Children should try to use TTRockstars and NumBots regularly at home to help with their recall of times tables and basic skills. Login details for these websites can eb found at the front of your child's planner.


  • Spellings will be uploaded to Google classroom on a Friday. Children should practise these throughout the week ready for their spelling test on the following Friday.


  • Homework will be uploaded to Google classroom on a Friday and should be completed and returned to school by the following Friday at the latest. Homework will alternate between a maths or english task each week and will be linked to the unit of work children are covering in class.


  • Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit with them in school throughout the week. Kits can be left in school for the duration of the half term. On the days that we have PE it is important that long hair is tied back and any jewellery is removed.




In History this term we are looking at the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age and deciding which was the most impressive. We will compare what life was like during each time period, how people lived and gathered food, as well as completing a short study on the prehistoric village of Skara Brae.


In Geography this term we will be looking at the enquiry question 'What skills do I need to become a good geographer?'. We will be using maps, atlases and globes to locate places and physical and human geographical features. We will also be understanding how OS map symbols are useful in helping us learn about areas on a map. In addition, we will look at how compass directions and grid references can help us give directions and locate specific places.


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