Elaine Education Centre

Ash Class

This term our focus is on sustainability and the children will explore the impact that humans have on the environment on a global level. They will identify how deforestation and climate change has affected animals and their habitats before producing a documentary to highlight the current crisis.

In English, our core text this term is “Can we save the tiger?” by Martin Jenkins. Children will be exploring features of non-fiction texts and identifying the impact of emotive language in leaflets. In addition to this, children will be generating persuasive sentences, using facts and opinions and ensuring they order points into a cohesive structure. The children will then write a balanced argument about whether tigers should be kept in captivity or allowed to live in the wild.

Children will begin the term by multiplying 3-digit numbers with 1-digit numbers using formal methods in maths. Children will then be using concrete, pictorial and abstract to further develop their knowledge of division. As the term progresses, children will be investigating area and perimeter of regular polygons before applying this knowledge to solve problems in a real-life context. Towards the end of term, children will be multiplying and dividing by 1000 to convert units of measurement.

In art, we will be looking at the artist Bill Fleming, who produce artwork based on the animal kingdom. We will be sketching a picture of a tiger’s eye and enhancing the image by using layering.

In geography, we will be exploring the effects of the human impact on the environment and then children will produce a documentary to showcase our learning this term. The children will be using google maps to locate the different rainforests in the world and then use local maps to discover more information about tribes and habitats.

In RE, we will be exploring the four noble truths of Buddhism to see how Buddhists live their lives. In science, we will be exploring animals and their habitats to observe how environmental changes affect wildlife.


Oak Class

This term, Oak Class will be learning about the impacts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination on our mental health. We will be learning about strategies and techniques, such as mindfulness and meditation, to maintain positive mental health. We will be sharing these techniques with our peers so that our school community can maintain positive mental health.

In English, we will be reading our new core text, ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen, which explores the themes of identity and diversity. Children will develop an awareness of how to maintain positive mental health as well as how to overcome stereotypes. While exploring the text, we will be focusing on how to communicate effectively - through a range of media - about issues to suit the subject, audience and purpose. Throughout this term, we will be developing a range of skills to create a mindfulness session for KS1 classes, to help promote a healthy mind set.

In maths, children will build upon their previous learning of multiplication, column addition and subtraction. They will use different methods, such as pictorial, concrete and abstract to demonstrate their understanding of multiplication. They will use arrays and Venn diagrams to find common factors to support their understanding of multiplication. Children will also develop their reasoning skills by making true or false statements and finding a number based on factor clues. The children will also be developing their knowledge of shape by exploring area and perimeter. They will be learning how to take exact measurements in order to find accurate perimeters as well as looking at how to find the total area of compound shapes. They will then use their application and reasoning skills to apply these to real life situations.

In science, we will be learning about forces, gravity and gravitational pull. We will be visited by Dr Ken who will hold a workshop for us to demonstrate forces. In art, we will be creating a skyline based on the work of artist Colin Ruffell. In RE, we will be learning about Christianity. We will be learning about makes Jesus special to Christians and the values he embedded. In RSE, we will explore gender stereotypes and how to keep our minds and bodies healthy, as well as the changes our bodies go through as we grow older. In PE, will continue our swimming lessons which will take place on Mondays. Our whole-class reading sessions will be based on texts from a range of sources, all linked to this term’s theme - Identity and Diversity.


Elm Class

This half term, Elm’s learning will be based on the film ‘Selma’ and our core text ‘Stella by Starlight’ by Sharon Draper. We will be using both mediums to explore segregation in America and how influential people tried to bring around change. Through this text, we will be challenging our pupils in a variety of ways, through problem solving, reasoning and hands on learning that will result in high-quality learning outcomes.

We will have a history focus to our learning this term around our global theme of peace and conflict.  The children will make connections between current struggles and those in the past, looking at how segregation has impacted and continues to impact the lives of individuals and groups of people.  They will have the opportunity to showcase their learning through a debate centered around if segregation has ever benefitted people.

In English, the children will continue to develop their fictional writing style as they write present-tense narratives in role of Stella (a young girl facing segregation) describing the build up to a key day in Black History – voting day. They will learn to empathise with this character, who has learnt to cope with growing up experiencing such inequality, before applying this to their own narratives and building upon their writer’s voice. Children will learn how to include a balance of dialogue and description to create imagery for the reader whilst also moving the plot forward. They will also be exposed to techniques that will allow them to switch appropriately between levels of formality; these include the use of technical vocabulary and ‘slang’. Based on our curriculum learning, children will also be writing a newspaper article reporting on a suspicious sighting of the Ku Klux Klan; they will learn how to write formally, include examples of direct and reported speech as well as writing factually about an event. They will use both writing opportunities to develop the children’s voice as a writer and awareness of their audience, whilst simultaneously weaving in principles of sentence structures, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In maths, the children will begin by continuing their learning about fractions, decimals and percentages including ordering, finding equivalents and problem solving.  They will then be learning about ratio and proportion including solving problems involving scaling of shapes and amounts.  After this, they will be learning about statistics and interpreting different representations of data. They will also be learning how to read timetables and solve time problems.  Finally, they will be learning about algebra including finding terms in a sequence and solving equations.

In religious education, children will be looking at Buddhism and how they follow the teachings throughout their life.  This includes looking at the four noble truths, and the 8-fold path. They will also be looking at the beliefs and traditions of the religion and how it can link to their own life.

In science, the children will be learning about electricity through a range of different practical activities.  The children will be learning about electromagnets and the positive and negative effects they can have.  They will be building circuits using scientific equipment.

In art, we will be studying the work of Sam Cannon, who is an artist who tries to convey a positive message of peace through the words he uses in his artwork. In PE, the children will be improving their fitness levels through circuit training and then developing their own circuit courses.  They will also be developing their attacking and defending skills in a variety of sports.

Page Documents Date  
EEC Ash Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter 16th Sep 2019 Download
EEC Oak Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter 16th Sep 2019 Download
EEC Elm Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter 16th Sep 2019 Download
EEC Ash Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter 04th Nov 2019 Download
EEC Oak Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter 04th Nov 2019 Download
EEC Elm Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter 04th Nov 2019 Download
EEC Ash Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter 10th Jan 2020 Download
EEC Elm Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter 10th Jan 2020 Download
EEC Oak Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter 10th Jan 2020 Download