Welcome to Elm Class.

Mr Strawson (Monday to Friday)

Over the next two terms, our topic is ‘Turbulent Times’ and we will be learning about the First and Second World War.  Further information about our learning in each subject can be found on the planning mat.

General Information:
Please make sure that your child has the following in school:

  • A PE kit
  • Outdoor shoes that can be worn on the field when muddy
  • A water bottle

Children also need to bring their reading book (either one from the school library or home) and reading record into school every day.


You can now download the class HOMEWORK mat for term 1 by clicking on button below.
Please scroll down to Important Communications for class spellings for Term 1.


We will be studying ‘One Boy’s War’ by Lynn Huggins-Cooper’ alongside a range of short stories and wartime poetry. We will also be looking at looking at recounts and non chronological report writing

How does the author show rather than tell the reader what the main characters are like?
What is the backdrop against which the story is set?
How does Huggins-Cooper make us understand about life in the trenches in WW1? Where can you look for information and how can you check its accuracy?

How can war be poetic?


Our learning will cover the following:

Term 1
Place value, mental addition and subtraction strategies, and shape.

Term 2
Mental multiplication and division strategies, written methods, measurement and statistics.

Can you use methods of + - x and ÷ to make quick mental calculations?
What is the difference between perimeter and area? How do you work each out?
Can you classify 2d and 3d shapes?


We will be learning about Forces and Magnets in Terms 1 & 2.

Why was Isaac Newton important?
How do magnets attract and repel?
What is friction and how can we use it?

What does e-safety mean? Do you know how to keep yourself safe online?
Can you prepare a multi-media presentation?


Can you use different mediums to create a London Blitz picture?

Design Technology
Make Do and Mend! Can you apply your sewing skills and make an old sock into a sock puppet? Can you make the most of your rations and be a wartime cook?

Can you perform some wartime songs and compose some simple ones of your own?


In Terms 1 & 2 we will be doing the following sports:
Year 3: Hockey, Tag rugby
Year 4: Tag rugby, netball

We will also be doing gymnastics and dance. How could you improve your skills for each sport?

This term we will be looking at ‘New Beginnings’ and ‘Getting on and Falling Out’.
How can you work with others to meet new challenges and overcome problems?


Why did World Wars I and II start? Who were the major players? What was it like to be a soldier? How did the life in Britain change during the wars? How did the technology of warfare change?

Which countries were involved in WWI and II? Where were the major fighting fronts? How did the war affect British cities?

What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?
What is the Holy Trinity?

Class Timetable (Subject to Change)

School Begins
Session 1 Maths Maths Maths Maths Maths
Session 2 English English English English English
Session 3 Guided reading Guided reading Guided reading Class Service Guided reading
Session 4 Topic Computing Science PE PSHE
Break (KS1 Only)
Session 5 Topic Art/DT RE French Games
School Ends