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Welcome to Oak Tree Class - Mr Ellis

Happy New Year to you all!

Many thanks for the lovely presents and cards, your generosity is very much appreciated. I hope you all had a restful Christmas and managed to spend some time with family and loved ones.  I hope you are ready for a busy Spring term!

Have a read through our welcome letter and curriculum overview to see all the exciting things we have planned for the spring term.

On this page, you will find some useful information about the term ahead and any key messages that you need to be aware of.  If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see our class Twitter feed and link to Google Classroom. We love to use Twitter to share some of the excellent things going on in class and will use Google Classroom to support learning at home - spellings, homework and useful documents will be uploaded and made available on there. 

If there are ever any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch, either by popping in or telephoning.  The support you give is essential for your child's progress and the closer we can work together the better it will be for them.

Kind regards

Mr Ellis


The children will develop their maths skills following the White Rose Maths. They will improve their understanding of the written multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages alongside consolidating their understanding of arithmetic and times tables.


This term, the children will use a variety of different stimulus throughout the term to engage and inspire the children’s writing.  Children will begin by looking at Shackleton's Journey and The Great Kapok Tree.

Click on the images to listen to the stories. 


Wider Curriculum


Children will explore the structure of the heart and lungs; looking at the double circulation system and all about blood! They will then investigate why exercise is good for us and what can harm the heart and lungs. 

Children will then learn about light, how we see, shadows, reflection and refraction. The children will explore how light travels and how this enables us to see objects.  They will then carry out some fascinating experiments testing reflection and refraction.  

heart(1) light-reflection (1)


Why Is The Amazon So Important? 

Children will explore the geography of the rainforests. They will explore where the Amazon Rainforests is located in the world, what the different layers of the rainforest are like and who lives in rainforests.  They will also look at the direct impact the Amazon has as well as the wider effects in the world.  



What Was Life Like in Ancient Egypt?

Children will learn in depth about the achievements of this ancient civilisation. They will learn about how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians. The children will also learn about how Egyptian people used hieroglyphs to communicate and compare the powers of different gods.


Additional Messages:


Please make sure that you read for at least 10 minutes everyday.  This can be your school book, own book, newspapers, comics, shopping list etc and record in your planner.


Spellings will focus on either a particular spelling rule/pattern or will be taken from the statutory word list and will be taught and practised throughout the week. Tests will take place each Friday and new lists posted on Google Classroom. 


The children will have PE on a Thursday and a Friday this term, children should wear their PE kits to school for each of these PE days.


Homework will be set on a Thursday and this should be returned by the following Wednesday.  Homework will consist of a Maths activity and an English activity linked to the unit of work they are covering in class, so they should be able to complete the activity independently. 



Some useful websites, resources and links:

https://spellingframe.co.uk - Spelling Frame - A great, interactive website to give you chance to practise your spellings in a variety of different ways.

https://cospaces.io/edu/ - A useful computing link to explore virtual reality. Please use the code 'C78CC' to access the Elder Tree Class Page.

https://ttrockstars.com/ - Times Table Rockstars. Use this website to practise your times tables, battle with your band mates and keep your arithmetic skills up to scratch!

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