Term 1  20/21          

Welcome back!

It has been so lovely having Elm class back together. We've made a great start to Year 4 and 5.

Our focus text in English is the Rain Player by David Wisniewski.

So far, we have written predictions based on clues and a diary entry as the main character, Pok.

Our text links with our new topic for the term- the ancient Maya.

Over the next few months, we will be exploring; how the Maya people lived, their belief systems, food, inventions, clothing and creating artwork.


Please find our learning objectives and key vocabulary on the curriculum newsletter attached below. This will be a helpful document to print and refer to at home to support your child's learning. 


Year 4 will have a times table assessment in the summer term. It's important that they know all of their tables up to 12x12. Please continue to practice all tables. Some useful websites are:

  • Maths frame https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
  • Mathletics
  • Times table rockstars
  • 'Hit the button' on topmarks.co.uk

If Year 5 are not yet confident and fluent with all tables up to 12x12, then please continue to practice these.

PE will be on a Thursday afternoon. Due to the current situation, children will need to wear their kit into school. Please ensure your child will be warm enough, as they will be outside for break times and lunch times. 


If you would like toast at break times, please bring money on a Monday. It is 10p per day. Please note, money for toast will only be collected on a Monday.

Returning to school


On returning to school, the children have discussed and understood how to keep safe in their bubble and around school. I have been very proud of how they've all adapted to the new changes and have shown consideration and maturity.

We've expressed our emotions through painting, trying to reflect on different feelings through colour and shape. Some children chose to represent their own emotions about returning to school. The artwork looks great and each one is unique!