Elm Class Year 3 & 4

Welcome to Elm Class
Early Man: Stone Age
During this term, Elm class will be diving into history to discover prehistoric life during the Stone Age period. We will be looking at film 'Early Man' by Ardman Studios (creators behind Wallace and Gromit) and linking this with our theme. 
We will be exploring the Stone Age to Iron Age periods through prehistoric records and archaeological findings: how did early men and women live? How did they communicate? What historical landmarks still exist today?
During our English lessons, we will be looking at various types of writing linked with our class texts 'Early Man' and 'Stone Age Boy'. These texts will help frame our writing opportunities and link with other learning across the curriculum.
Our Science lessons will focus on investigating different types of rocks, understanding how magnets work and learning about light sources.
In our Art lessons, we will be developing our watercolour painting skills to create our frontispieces and learning how to design and sculpt our own Stone Age jewellery.
During our Computing lessons, we will be learning how to create and programme basic animations and how to communicate safely online.
Class texts
During this term, we will be looking at the film 'Early Man', created by Ardman Studios and Nick Parks who created Wallace and Gromit, and the book that goes alongside it. In addition, we will be looking at a classic story 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura.
Useful Class information
PE days:
Tuesdays - Football (Outdoor)
Thursdays - Gymnastics (Indoor)
Children need their PE Kit in school at all times. Although we try and stick to the same 2 days for PE, it is inevitable that for some weeks this will change due to unforeseen circumstances. For this reason, we ask that each child has their PE kit in school at all times. A PE kit should include a Cam Woodfield Junior t-shirt, black or blue shorts and daps or trainers. It is recommended that children have warm clothes for outdoor PE. This can include a jumper and jogging bottoms. Finally, if all children’s clothing can be named it makes it easier to return if lost. 
Handed out every Friday and children will have until the following Wednesday to submit any work.
This may change if a homework project lasting more than 1 week is set, however this will be communicated to the children and parents. Alongside homework, children will have weekly spellings and times tables. They are also expected to read regularly and should be recorded in their reading record/journal. These are considered part of the homework for the week.  
Spellings and Times tables:
This year there will be particular focus on spellings and times tables (including division facts)
Friday – Times table test
As a school we are focusing on times tables. It is the expectation of the National Curriculum that children learn their times tables with rapid recall. This means your child will need to learn each times table off by heart – without having to ‘work it out’.
Friday – Spelling test
The Government have outlined both spelling patterns and exception words that your child must learn. Children will receive spellings each week on Friday and will be tested the following Friday. Please make sure you are practicing the spellings regularly throughout the week. It is important that your child can spell these words and use them within the context of a sentence.