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Welcome to Elm Class

Class Teacher: Miss Knowles


Welcome to Elm Class!


This term’s topic is ‘Fantastic Jurassic’. Through this topic we will be looking at the geography and science of the Dorset coast and the important fossils it contains. There is more information about the learning that will be taking place in the Summer 1 Curriculum Map.


Our class novel this term will be Lightning Mary. We will be reading extracts of this to add to our understanding of historical fiction and find clues to the life of Mary Anning. We will also read Stone Girl Bone Girl and use this to help us structure a historical narrative about Mary Anning and her important scientific discoveries. As well as this, we will be writing a biography and a balanced discussion about the impact of tourism on the Jurassic coast.


We have P.E twice a week - Monday and Wednesday afternoon. On these days, please can the children come into school wearing the appropriate PE clothing (a reminder - hoodies should be plain) and footwear for our current weather climate as we will be outside as much as possible.


Your child will also have a Forest School session every Thursday afternoon, so please can you send your child into school with the correct clothing and footwear. The children will be going outside irrespective of the weather, so waterproofs and wellies are essential each week. If you do not have wellies, then please send a spare pair of shoes for indoor use.


Over the Summer Term there will be maths and English homework set each week through Teams. This is due each Monday, when reading records will also be checked. Please ensure that your child is completing their reading record when they read at home and that you are signing to show you have heard them read. Although your child may be an excellent reader and enjoy reading on their own, it is through conversations with an adult that the children benefit the most. Asking them to recap the book, to tell you what they know about the characters or discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, helps your child to become a more confident and fluent reader.


Thank you very much for your continued support. If you have any queries, feel free to call the school office or email.


Miss Knowles