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Welcome to Oak Tree Class - Mr Ellis

Hello everyone,

I really hope that you have all had a relaxing and fun summer. I can't wait to see all the children back in school and get started on our exciting year together. It's been a strange year so far but I am sure we can end 2020 in a fantastic way!

Have a read through the welcome letter and curriculum overview to see all the exciting things we have planned for them in the Autumn term.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me by telephoning the office to make an appointment.  The support you give is essential for your child's progress and the closer we can work together the better it will be for them. 

Kind regards, 

Mr Ellis

Some useful websites, resources and links:

https://spellingframe.co.uk - Spelling Frame - A great, interactive website to give you chance to practise your spellings in a variety of different ways.

https://cospaces.io/edu/ - A useful computing link to explore virtual reality. Please use the code 'C78CC' to access the Elder Tree Class Page.

https://ttrockstars.com/ - Times Table Rockstars. Use this website to practise your times tables, battle with your band mates and keep your arithmetic skills up to scratch!


The children will develop their maths skills following the White Rose Maths scheme working in smaller than class size groups with either myself, Mrs Williams or Mrs Wilding. They will improve their understanding of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division alongside consolidating their understanding of place value in the first term.


This term we will be reading the books 'Cloud Monkeys' by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham and 'The Princess' Blanket' by Carol Ann Duffy. We will be using these two fabulous stories to stimulate the children's interest and develop their writing skills. We will be focusing closely on using a wide variety of sentence structures and punctuation and our understanding of gramamtical terms.

Click on the images to listen to the stories.


Wider Curriculum


We will start the year with our Forces topic and the children will learn about types of forces such as gravity, friction, water resistance and air resistance. Children will also learn about the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys.  We will then move onto our Earth and Space topic and the children will learn about the different planets, the Sun, the Moon and how the rotation of the Earth causes night and day.



Where on Earth does it come from?  In this topic, the children will explore the UK's trade links, finding out about goods imported and exported and the methods of transport used. 



Why is Warrington's Rugby team nicknamed The Wires? During this topic, the children will focus on the industrial revolution and its impacts on Warrington.



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Please make sure that you read for at least 10 minutes everyday.  This can be your school book, own book, newspapers, comics, shopping list etc and record in your planner.


 Spellings will focus on either a particular spelling rule/pattern or will be taken from the statutory word list and will be taught and practised throughout the week. Tests will take place each Friday and new lists posted on Google Classroom. 


The children will have Outdoor PE on a Tuesday and Indoor PE on a Thursday this term however, children should have a full kit in school throughout the week, as although we do have set days for these sessions, they may occasionally change.


Homework will be set on a Thursday and this should be returned by the following Wednesday.  Homework will consist of a Maths activity and an English activity linked to the unit of work they are covering in class, so they should be able to complete the activity independently. 

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