Elm Class

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1 Topic Web - Food and Fairy Tales
1 Newsletter - January


Our Writing

We are excited to share our class story, Little Golden Tamarin. Each sentence has been written by one of the children in the class – the ending will be added soon, so come back to visit!

Little Golden Tamarin

An aroma wafted up to Samba’s nose from a tree and stuck there. It whispered, “I came from that mango tree – they’re tangy and sticky and juicy today. Why don’t you pick some?”

It was tempting. Mangos were her favourite and it was hot, so she did think a refreshment would be nice. What should Samba do?

Samba was an adventurous little tamarin with a ginger coat. She was visiting slow old Sloth. 

She had left home early that morning after her mother had shrieked at her not to leave the path under any circumstances. Although the devil in her mind was shouting that the mangos smelt lovely, Samba knew a harpy eagle could approach her. She kept saying STOP but she couldn’t bear it any longer and she left the path. Samba scurried up the mighty trunks to survey the beautiful landscape, clinging to the branches. She launched herself at the tree and leapt at the mango. 

The inside was like gooey golden syrup, hypnotising her with its magnificent smell. She was about to dig her pointed fangs deep into the fresh fruit. 

Suddenly, an evil voice croaked to her, “And what do you think you’re doing?”. 

Slowly rotating, she was stunned to find a feather-crowned, black-eyed harpy eagle. 

The world was still. 

The world was silent. 

For her nightmares had become reality.

Samba was terrified. She tried to run but her legs were shaking. “I… I… I’m just out to visit Grandma Sloth and to take her some fruit. She’s not feeling very well,” sniffed the tiny tamarin.

“That’s very kind,” beamed the harpy eagle surprisingly, before flying away.

Samba was too confused at her lucky escape to be scared. She picked some more mangos, singing happily.

Meanwhile, the harpy eagle darted between the leaves that were like a blanket of emerald feathers. While the eagle’s tummy was rumbling, she was imagining her dinner. Harshly, fiercely, wildly, the eagle pushed on the door of Grandma Sloth’s treehouse!
Unfortunately, Grandma had already escaped out of the window. Sloth swung like a pendulum to the understory.

Down yet optimistic, the harpy eagle snuggled down into bed where the vines tangled around her body, hoping that her victim would return. “How does Sloth sleep in here?” she thought to herself.

As soon as the beautiful tweets of the bird song ended, Samba stepped inside the treehouse, then Boom! a thunderstorm started. “Oh Grandma, what feathery fur you have!” she exclaimed.

“Much… better…,” replied the harpy as slowly as she could, “for giving… warm… hugs.”

“And Gr… Gr.. Grandma, what big talons you have!” said Samba.

“All the better to kill you with!” said Harpy. The harpy eagle rushed to Samba, thinking of dinner. She pushed the vines out of the way, wiping the leaves out of her face and saying, “I will have tamarin stew and cook you to get all of your blood!”

Like a spider’s web, the vines of grandma’s bed ensnared her. She wiggled, wriggled and withed but fortunately for Samba, the harpy eagle was trapped. Just at that moment, Sloth swung in from the woods. She swept up Samba into her arms and hit the eagle with a cooking pan. 

From that day, Samba always listened to her mum and never went to pick mangos unless her mum knew. 

Food and Fairy Tales

We are really enjoying our current topic; Food and Fairy Tales.

We have been comparing three different regions – The Black Forest of Germany, The Amazon Rainforest of Brazil and the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico. We have cooked a recipe from each region (pretzels from Germany, tortillas from Mexico and and tropical fruit kebabs from Brazil). Thank you to all our parent helpers – the children have really enjoyed sharing their food technology with you.

We are also learning about a balanced diet and our digestive system. This week we have created a model of the digestive system with nothing more than a plastic bag, some food, tights and some orange juice!

We had a fantastic visit from the birds of prey centre in Wales. Following the visit, we did some guided drawing and created some amazing sketches of a harpy eagle (now the central villain in our retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, which we have set in the rainforest!).


Sadly, Mr Tumnus has been captured by the White Witch. We joined her side (temporarily of course!) to write wanted posters for Lucy. Here’s an example containing sentences written by some of the children:

Art Day

We had our art day this week and every child in the school spent some time in Beech and Elm. We learned about Vincent Van Gogh and we all worked together to recreate Starry Night, which as you can see looks amazing. Great teamwork and focus from everyone involved.

Edmund’s Diary – 15.11.17

We have started writing on our topic of Narnia (as well as creating the snowy woods complete with lamp post in the classroom).

Today, we wrote a diary from Edmund’s point of view. Here is some of the children’s work:

Dear Diary,

Narnia is actually real. Lucy was right! I was curious to explore deeper into the forest, however, the Queen made me shiver because she was sometimes angry. The Queen was petrifying but she was caring. I don’t know why Lucy thinks she’s a witch. The hot drink she gave me was unusual, however it was extremely warm. The Turkish Delight filled me right up, but I wanted more. 

I don’t know what to do now… Should I tell the truth and let the others tease me? Or should I lie and let Lucy down?

Narnia News

In breaking news, Elm Class have starting their new topic – The Narnia Chronicle. Topic web/newsletter now available as a download.

Chalk – Photos

As promised, please find some photos of our achievements over the last half term. We are very proud of our story writing – we have been rewriting the story of Chalk by Bill Thomson. Each of the sentences in the story below has been written by a member of our class.   We used chalk to create lots of art, including life sized pieces that we put ourselves into.  We also used chalk to support us in developing our writing; we wrote about how the chalk felt as we drew, and what happened when water was added to it. 

We developed our teamwork through describing shapes which our partners had to draw (there were some really useful descriptive words that were banned!).

We have also designed and made our own kites, which hopefully you’ve had chance to fly over the half term break.


Welcome to Elm Class! We have had a busy few days back, focusing on friendship and our school values. The children have worked together to make up games to play in the playground, they have set themselves goals for the year and they have created both designs for merit cards as well as birthday cards for sharing later in the year.

We have also started writing for our book, Chalk, by Bill Thomson, focusing on writing about rain sounds (the weather was therefore very good for us today!). A topic web and a copy of the September newsletter can now be downloaded above.

Bug Hotel – Vacancies!

We have spent today making our bug hotels; first we had to learn how to tie a clove hitch and a surgeon’s knot to secure them. We made sure there would be lots of nooks and crannies, and that the outside would be waterproof. They are now hanging from the trees behind the classroom, ready to welcome lots of little visitors. Some of the children have already seen new residents making themselves at home!

Home, sweet home!

Welcome to our new topic. Some of the children have asked me to share their group writing on the website so here it is! As you can see, we’re focusing on persuasive writing this term.


This property is in a beautiful location near the seaside with a great view of the roaring waves.

This house will give you a gracious and spacious home for your family to relax in. It has 7 bedrooms, a party sized kitchen, a summer house and a large court yard.

When you open the bright red doors, an exquisite elm staircase with shiny banisters is waiting to welcome you. The gorgeous red carpet, leading to 7 bedrooms and 2 en-suites, will make you feel like a V.I.P.

Imagine relaxing in the beautiful garden and seeing your children riding their bikes in the courtyard where plants will brighten your day whilst you play golf. Imagine your family eating luxury food from the supermarket, just 2 minutes away, or roasting marshmallows over the warm caged fireplace.

As you know, this house is in a great location with luxury facilities, but beware… it will be gone soon!

The topic web and newsletter can also now be found attached to our page.

Beautiful Berries

Our grow topic has come to an end, but what a way to finish! This work is beautiful and I hope the children are as proud as I am! Have a lovely Easter.

Elm Class – Explanation Text

Over the past few weeks we have been writing our own explanation texts all about plants. We wanted to share our progress with you here, so each day we added our new sentences, stacked together to form a new text! Each sentence is written by one of the children.

How do plants spread all over the world?

Plants have prospered all over our planet for longer than humans have lived. They have existed, expanded and enveloped every corner of the earth. They can grow in a noisy city, the boggiest swamp and even in a dark cave. But how are they so efficient?

Powerful Pollination

It all starts with flowers. Scented flowers, beautiful flowers, blooming flowers, dainty flowers, bold flowers and vivid flowers. Some flowers smell like sweet caramel to attract butterflies but others smell like rotten meat and are slightly darker colours to attract flies.

A plant has to have pollen to succeed. As a result of shimmering, shining insects flying from flower to flower, pollen is transported. Rainbow coloured humming birds with long pointed beaks pass on pollen to each and every flower. Midnight black bats collect pollen and drop it into other plants. Inside the carpel, the pollen creates a seed and slowly turns into a colourful fruit. 

A seed is heroic

Despite being unable to move, plants have still been able to develop techniques to spread their seeds so they can flourish. This is called seed dispersal.

On the wind, a dandelion seed erupts as a volcano. The dandelion seed has become a lion’s mane, roaring through the wind, tossing, turning and leaping through the air, while gliding to the safest spot. 

Drift seeds have air within and a thick shell around a protected seed. As a result, the seed can survive the toughest waves and float shore to shore. They are like a mini raft, drifting on the ocean. 

After the hairy bittercress is touched, the seed pod explodes then the seeds are peppered everywhere. As a result, it’s easier to spread its seeds. 

Why are plants discovered everywhere?

Plants can change to suit their environment. Consequently, they can live in the most surprising places. 

Deep within a hot rainforest, leaves are gigantic and shamrock green.  Sometimes they absorb all the sunlight, leaving other plants to die. Crawling up the gigantic trees, vines are caterpillars reaching for the sunlight. Surprisingly, in the rainforest, the soil is poor therefore the trees grow thick buttress roots. 

The desert is different. Hot. Arid. Dry. 

Cacti have tough coverings on their stems, otherwise the water inside would burst out like a volcano. Some animals try to eat them, which is why they have a bitter taste, sharp spines and can camouflage as a stone. A cactus is a weaponry station with knives all around it to stop predators. 

So, how do plants fill the earth? Well, they spread their seeds and regrow in other places and they can spread in different ways. So whenever you see a flower, remember what it needed to go through to get there. 


g r o w

Our new topic is called g r o w – we will be entering the exciting world of flowering plants. We have already been enthralled by the world of carnivorous plants! We are also all looking forward to our upcoming trip to the Botanical Gardens.

A topic web and the newsletter are now available for download. Photos to follow shortly!

Elm Class Rocks

We have started our new topic – Elm Class Rocks! The new topic web and newsletter are now downloadable from the website. We had a great morning creating our own paint from fruits and vegetables as well as spices as they may have done in the Stone Age. We then used them to make our own ‘cave paintings’ which are now on display in the classroom.


Jack Frost Visits

Jack Frost arrives in the classroom

We had a surprise visit from Jack Frost, who arrived in our classroom on Monday. We still don’t know where he came from, although there were mysterious footprints leading up to where he was found!

Mysterious footprints









We read a book about Jack Frost and learned that his favourite drink is worm-juice surprise, so we made our own and wrote a recipe as a class using a web-app called Socrative.

 We also used ‘I Can Animate’ to create our own animations of the worm juice. Click the link below to see one.

worm video

The Supermoon

Some of our class were taking part in a tag rugby tournament today, so those of us who were left in the classroom took inspiration from the supermoon and wrote some poetry. We looked at traditional Japanese Haikus and learned about the Japanese moon festival (we have also been learning to count in Japanese this term so it was nice to learn more about Japanese culture.) We then combined our creative writing with some watercolour techniques to create wonderful pieces of art.

Lego WeDo

We have been very excited to work with our new Lego WeDo 2.0 equipment this half term (thank you PTFA!). We have built a science rover that can sense motion, and used a robot in our science lessons to test how things move on different surfaces.

The Iron Man

The new topic web is now online.

We are really enjoying our story, The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes. We have measured a giant Iron Man (in parts) on the playground, sketched some nuts and bolts and today we had a farmer’s meeting to decide what we should do about the Iron Man eating all of the tractors. (We decided to dig a hole, lay some scrap metal as bait and trap the Iron Man with nets and concrete!)


Collaborative Viking Art

We all spent some time looking at Viking and Anglo Saxon artefacts and finding patterns and animals hidden within the designs. We used these designs, as well as some patterns inspired by our songs about Viking sagas, to create our own collaborative piece of art.

Click the link to see a short video:

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 Lighting up the classroom!

Our science topic has been light this half term and we have been carrying out investigations in our science lessons. We have changed the size of shadows so that we can use the same shadow puppet for both small goblins and giants in our Viking saga stories. We have also used mirrors to reflect light in the direction of a target.

What did the Anglo Saxons and Vikings leave behind?

We have had an interesting start to our new school year discovering how the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings changed Britain. We have also enjoyed a fantastic trip to Bishop’s Wood where we sailed in an Anglo Saxon longship, made pots from clay, built shelters in the woods and hammered our own copper brooches. We had a class debate where half of us were Britons and half of us were Saxons; we were able to negotiate and avoid a terrible battle this time!

The newsletter and new topic web have been uploaded for your information.