Toll Bar Primary School

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Elm Class

Welcome to Elm

Class website:  If you have any questions for Cedar class teacher please use cedar email address.

Staff: Mrs Oliver, Mrs Hempsall and Miss Barber.

Our PE days are: Tuesday and Thursday. Remember to arrive at school wearing your PE kit on these days.  It is preferred that your child remove their ear-rings on P.E days, however a box is provided for safe keeping or tape can be applied.  We will be outside for both sessions so children should have a tracksuit or shorts and T-shirt.  Please ensure children have suitable footwear, which can be tied correctly.

Our class text this half term is How to Train Your dragon by Cressida Cowell.   An exciting adventure story with plenty of drama!

How To Train Your Dragon: Book 1 : Cowell, Cressida: Books

During our Reading Sessions we will concentrate on understanding the vocabulary used by the author and what impact that has on the reader.  We will answer retrieval and inference questions, ensuring that we look back at the text to find the evidence.   

Reading books -The school has recently adopted a new reading scheme called Read, write, Inc (information above).  The children who are participating in this scheme will have a Phonics book to continuously read throughout the week.  They will also be able to choose a book from  our class library to share with you.  Children who are not participating in Read, write, Inc will choose a reading book from the class library that they can change on a Friday.  Little and often really makes a difference.  If you can spare 15 minutes a night to share a book at home it will have such an impact on your child's ability to read.


Literacy-We will be writing a character description of Bjorn, a Viking Warrior, who is desperate to die honourably in battle, in order to go to Valhalla!  


Maths-We will be measuring lengths in m, cm and mm and the measuring and calculating areas and perimeters of rectilinear shapes.  We will then move on to solving problems involving money.

Science -This half term will be learning all about Sound.  We will be identifying how sounds are made and associating them with vibrations.  We will know that the vibrations from sound travel through a medium to the ear and we will find patterns in the pitch of a sound and the object that produced it.

- This term we will learn about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.  We will discover the reasons why these people decided to come to Britain to invade and settle.  We will learn about key events from this historical period and discuss what they left behind and how they influenced the life of the people living in Britain at that time.Computing – This term we will be learning to log on to programs quickly and navigate the different areas e.g. Teams, Reading Plus, Developing Experts.

Art-We will begin by drawing faces and looking at the proportions of the eyes, nose etc.  We will then use this skill to draw various Anglo-Saxon masks-including the famous mask discovered at the Sutton Hoo burial site.  We will then design and mask and then make a model.

In class we also use a number of online platforms including Numbots, Reading Plus, Times Table Rockstars, Teams, Developing Experts  and Epic! (please see weblinks below)  There are lots of links to educational games and websites via our class Teams.  Each subject has a channel where the links can be found.  Children can upload images of any work or files produced to show the staff.  They can also make comments to tell us that they have played a game or practised a skill.  

Logins for all of these are available in your child’s planner – if you are not sure about these, please ask.

Reading scheme used in school


The reading scheme we use in school is called Read Write Inc. 

This literacy programme was developed by Ruth Miskin, published by Oxford University Press and is taught in over 5000 schools throughout the United Kingdom.

Our pupils will focus on learning sounds and the letters that represent them, along with learning how to form the letters. The books that are then read are written using only the letters the pupils have learnt (along with a few separately taught ‘tricky words’) which will help when building up confidence in reading.

For more information - Please click on the link below

Read Write Inc - A Guide for Parents

Click on this link to re-watch the Saga of Bjorn.


Elm Planning

 Medium Term Plan History Anglo-Saxons.docxDownload
 Medium Term Plan Sound.docxDownload
 Summer overview.docxDownload
 SummerTerm Lieracy Overview Elm 2021-2022 Bjorn.docxDownload
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Times Table Practise...

At the beginning of June, children in Year 4 will be taking part in a multiplication checker.  This is a timed assessment of all the times tables up to 12x12.  You can help your child by reciting times tables and asking them questions.  Sheets will be sent home for children to complete daily.  Below are links to websites and games where children can practise their skills.  They have all been given a poster with all the times tables on to help.  If you need another one please ask.

Access your Times Table Rockstars from the link below:

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Y4 Online Lessons from Oak Academy