Spring Term 2020


Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Happy New Year! We hope you are all as excited to return to School for this new term as we are.

Please do visit our class page to see what we have been learning about and of course feel free to speak to me about anything regarding your child or their learning, my door is always open. Also check out our Twitter page on the website to keep you updated on all things Elm!

With many thanks, Miss Elson (Teacher) Miss McLaughlin (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Bougen (Teaching Assistant)


This term our topic is Science based. The children will be focusing on types of animals in attempt to answer the question ‘Why are humans not like lions?’. They will be learning to identify and name different animals as well as labeling some parts of the body. Children will explore the similarities and differences between amphibians, mammals and reptiles and consider the basic needs of all living things. They will examine the differences between pets and wild animals, learning why animals live in different habitats and how they are suited to these. The children will use their learning to give reasons why humans are not like lions.

In geography the children will be learning to identify and locate the seven continents of the world, using this to identify the locations of wild lions, and comparing this to the location of wild koalas. We will draw on our prior learning of the importance of respecting and protecting the environment. In art the children look at the art of Henry Rosseau and will be using drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination


During the term the children will be focussing on  ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. The children will be developing their vocabulary and sentence structure in writing narratives and non-chronological reports.


Phonics will continue to be taught daily. Children have been assessed and grouped according to their phonic and reading abilities, in line with the new phonics programme in place (Read Write Inc.).

In phonics lessons children will learn and consolidate new sounds. This will support the progress of their reading, which is a whole school focus for this school year.


During the first four weeks children will be developing their skills of addition and subtraction by counting on. The children will use their knowledge of number facts and mental calculation skills to solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction. They will be using concrete objects and pictorial representations to complete missing numbers in a number sentence. Later in the term children will be comparing numbers within 50 and counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.


Following on from Reception, we will be continuing our P.E lessons

 Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit with them every Friday and could you also ensure that their name is on every item of their kit. Please check that your child has PE shoes and that these fit comfortably. Many thanks.

At home

Reading: Please continue to read daily with your child. Encourage your child to read known words without sounding them out and, when needed, to sound out words in their head then read aloud (known as ‘Fred in your head’).

Maths: Please support your child’s maths knowledge by counting forwards and backwards to 100 from any number and count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. Encourage your child in learning doubles as number facts.

Double 1 is 2           Double 6 is 12

Double 2 is 4           Double 7 is 14

Double 3 is 6           Double 8 is 16

Double 4 is 8           Double 9 is 18

  Double 5 is 10         Double 10 is 20