Elm Class Year 3 & 4

Welcome to Elm class.
During the Summer term, we will be looking at Robot Wars!
During the course of the term, Elm class will be focussing upon everything robots. In English, we will be looking at a range of genre's from script writing to writing our own stories about our own robots. Maths we will be looking at co-ordinates and money whilst revising some important aspects. Science will be a focus upon electricity, sound and light which we will try to incorporate this into our final project of making our own robots. 
Welcome to Elm Class
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In Elm class, we are currently learning all about the magical world of Roald Dahl through the book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Over the course of this term, we hope to find out lots about chocolate, such as how it is made and where it comes from. Other interesting areas of learning will include states of matter, understanding how fair trade works and writing explanations within English.
This term our theme is Invictus which means "unconquerable” or “undefeated" in Latin.
Why you ask? Well this Autumn term we are learning about the Romans who for many years were one of the strongest armies in the world and believed to be unconquerable.
To find out a little more about what we are learning this term, please see the overview below:
Class News!
Cheltenham Literature Festival
On Monday 8th October, we were lucky enough to see Andy Stanton at The Cheltenham Literature Festival. Andy Stanton is the author of the Mrs Gumm books and proved to be an inspiration to us all when we went to see him. He shared many funny stories with us and taught us that you can write about literally anything! All you need is one idea... This got us all thinking: what one idea could we use to write a story about? 
Slave Day!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Roman slave for the day? We we found out just that! On Thursday 4th October, we all arrived at school dressed as Roman slaves... before we knew it, our teachers had us slaving away on a variety of tasks. It was hard work! We completed many activities that slaves would have had to endure in Roman times such as baking Roman bread, peeling grapes, weaving baskets and building mosaics. We then used our learning to write diary entries as slaves, reflecting on our time as a slave, recounting what we did and describing what it felt like. 
Useful Class information
Class Book: Thieves of Ostia
PE days: Monday and Tuesday. Please make sure you have both indoor and outdoor PE kit on both days, clearly labelled, including warm clothes for the colder weather.
Homework: Each week children will be set a grammar task, a maths task, spellings and times tables. Children are also expected to read at least 3 times a week at home. We have also set a selection of theme based tasks for the children to select from and complete. 
This week's spelling rule (tested Friday 23rd November):
  • to spell homophones e.g. ate/eight, two/to/too, which/witch
Click here for useful resources for spelling words which are homophones
This week's target times tables (tested Wednesday 7th November):
  • 6 times table
Can you help?
If you feel you may be able to help our learning in any way, from joining us on visits and trips; to coming in and hearing us read, please speak to Miss Hetterley or Mrs Elliott.