Hello and welcome to
A BIG welcome to everyone in Elmton Class, I hope you are all ready for a fun and exciting year. You have all made an incredible start in your new class. I can’t wait to work with you all. Here are the names of the topics for this year:
Autumn term 1 – Enchanted Worlds — Woodland Animals, Trolls, Mythical creatures and the traditional tale of Hansel and Gretel. We will be designing and creating our own fairy/pixie puppets.
Autumn term 2 – Frozen Planet - What would it be like to work in our very own ice-cream factory? Are we up to the challenge of creating a new awesome flavour? In this topic we will also be looking at the Arctic, polar bears and penguins and also the film Frozen.
Spring term 1 – Superheroes -We will be looking at famous superheroes and writing our own superhero adventures. We will also be designing our very own superhero capes! We will be reading the ‘Traction Man’ stories by Mini Grey.
Spring term 2 – Moon Zoom! - CRASH! What’s that landed in the playground? Let’s go take a look—Stand back everyone...it looks like a UFO has crash landed! We will be learning about Space, time travel, planets and famous astronauts.
Summer term 1 – Rio De Vida - Hot! Hot! Hot! Let’s dance to the Samba beat! In this topic we will be learning all about Brazil/Rio. We will be looking at the country, carnivals, the music and ‘Rio’ the film.
Summer term 2 – Bright Lights, Big City - What do you know about England’s capital city? Let’s find out about our capital city including history, transport and famous landmarks.
Below I have tried to answer some questions that will hopefully give you more of an insight into our school day. If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see me.
Who will be my teachers in Creswell class?
Your teachers will be Mr Bell, Mrs Batters, Miss Denyer and Miss Halpin will be working in Elmton each day. If your grown – up’s have any questions please tell them to come and ask us any questions/concerns. The best time to speak to Mr Bell is after school, as you can appreciate that during the morning we need to register and begin lessons. Miss Denyer, Mrs Batters and Miss Halpin will be on the door each morning. Alternatively your adults can always call the school to arrange a time to speak with me.
Which day do I need a P.E Kit? -
It is a good idea to bring your kit with you on a Monday morning and collect it for washing on a Friday. Our P.E days are Tuesday (am – This is for our ‘Drumba’ music/dance lesson that will take place just for this half term), Wednesday (am) and Thursday (pm). This term you will need to come to school in your P.E kit on all of these days. Please make sure you have the correct plimsolls/trainers. Long hair must be tied up and no jewellery please. Also make sure your name is in everything!
Will I need to do some reading at home? -
We will be giving out two new reading books each week so that you can practise your reading at home as often as you like. Please can you ask a grown-up to fill in the reading log each week so that we can see if you have read at least three times. The reading log is on the class page section on the school website. We will check this at the end of each week to see how you have been doing. If you have read three times that week we shall add a stamp on to your reading rangers bookmark! When you have completed this you shall receive a certificate. You should always hand in your books every Monday morning so that they can be changed and given back to you.
When do I need to hand my homework in?
You will be given a homework sheet that will include a task to complete as well as some phonics and spelling tasks. Any tasks will need to be sent in to our class email – firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be given out on Friday and should be emailed in on the Wednesday. The task will be a fun task either about something we have been learning about in class or researching something for the following week. It will also include a list of phonic sounds/words to read and a set of keywords (spellings) to practise for the following week. Our weekly spelling practise will take place on Wednesday’s. These spellings will be placed in a ‘spelling book’ that will come home each week. Let me know if you have trouble accessing a computer at home for these tasks. You will be rewarded for how hard you try with tree tokens.
Can I bring my own toys in from home?
I would always advise that your toys stay at home, unless you have been asked to bring something in for show and tell or for an activity in class.
Will I be having a snack?
We will be having a piece of fruit/veg and a drink each morning. Water will always be on offer at anytime during the day. So don’t forget to bring your water bottle each day.
What happens at home time?
We will open the gates at 3.15pm and send you to your grown-up as we see them. Please ask your grown-up to stand near our gate so that it is easy to see them. If anyone different will be collecting you, please tell your grown-up to let us know that morning.
I can't wait to work with you all this year - We are in for a very exciting year!