Aspiring Acers and Excellent Elms 2021 – 2022

Staff

Excellent Elms is taught by Miss Potts-Perkins and the teaching assistant is Mrs Zareba

Aspiring Acers is taught by Miss Howard and the teaching assistant is Miss Slack

Classrooms

Our classrooms are well organised to promote the children’s independence and to ensure the best from all of our children. Both classrooms have working walls for English and Maths to aid the children with their work. We also celebrate children’s fantastic work by displaying it around our classrooms.

School Council

Every class has at least one school councillor to help share their classes’ views and make changes across the school.

School Councillors

Aspiring Acers

Lexi Gibb – School Councillor 2021-2022

School Councillors

Excellent Elms

Mia – Excellent Elms School Councilor 21/22

Class Dojo Masters

Every class has at least 1 dojo master. The dojo masters help show visitors around school and explain what they are/have been doing in class.

Dojo Master:

Aspiring Acers – Max and Allison

Dojo Master

Excellent Elms 

Reeyansh and Robyn

Dojo master

Our Curriculum

Click on the tabs below to find out more information about each topic. Throughout the year we will also add pictures of memorable experiences and hooks!

During this term children will be studying an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: Changing perceptions of the monarchy; Richard III and Elizabeth I.  In art, we will study portraits of past monarchs. In science, the children will study the concept of light.

Little Red

It’s the traditional tale you all know so well… But with an unexpected twist!

Hook

We made gingerbread people to fill Little Reds basket for her grandma. 

Experiences

Coming soon!

Within this topic, the children will get the chance to study states of matter and different materials within Science. We will even erupt our own volcano with our parents! In Geography, they will use atlas’, maps and digital mapping to locate countries and features. We will also study the greenhouse gases from volcanoes that contribute to global warming. Lets go!

Focus text: Escape to Pompeii by Christina Balit

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 destroyed Pompeii, but some people must have survived. Taking this historical event as a starting point, this story tells of Tranio, an actor’s son, and his friend Livia, the baker’s daughter, as they witness the destruction of their beloved city.

Hook

As we are going to be writing a warning tale we learnt about how to act incase of an Earthquake!

Experiences

We erupted our volcanoes with our parents and carers from home using bicarbonate soda, red food colouring and vinegar.

During this term, we are going to be focusing on the Anglo-Saxon and Viking times in Britain. In Art, we will study material pattern printing from these periods in time. In Geography, we will learn the locations of certain settlements and look at their geographical features. We will study the Viking tale ‘Beowulf’ and innovate it to create our very own ‘conquering the monster tale’.

Focus text: Beowulf

In this tale, Beowulf battles the terrible monster ‘Grendel’. We will look at this story for our writing this term. We shall innovate the tale to create our very own ‘conquering the monster tale’. 

Hook

We designed and made our own terrifying monsters!

Experiences

Coming soon

During this term we will be learning about how the human body works when we digest our food. We will look at different foods and how important to us a healthy diet is. We will study teeth and see how different foods will effect our enamel. For music, we will play the handbells. In PE, we will learn how to play rounders.

Focus text: Poppy and Waldo by Pie Corbett

In writing, we will be creating our own ‘meeting tale’ based on the story Poppy and Waldo. they two children get to meet a giant!

Hook

TA giant came to visit our classroom!

Experiences

Coming soon

Within our topic this term we will be learning about magnets and their properties. We will also be looking at different metals and their magnetic properties. We will study friction and how this impacts upon movement.

As part of Design and Technology, we will create a moving robot – how exciting!

We are very lucky this term to be having a community artist Kate to help deliver our art lessons – we will be making metal structures. Parents will be able to come into school on the 16th May to create metal jewellery with the children – Yay!

In PE, we shall be playing badminton.

The Robot and the Bluebird

This text is a moving tale about a Robot that has a broken heart and a bird looking for a helping hand.

For our hook for our writing, we built Robots out of junk modelling materials. 

Coming soon!

Parents will be invited into school on the 16th May at 2.30pm to make metal jewellery with us.

This term our topic ‘Predator’ is all about different types of animals, how they survive and where they live. During this term we are also learning about maps and how we use them, stop frame animation and how to play tennis in our PE sessions.

What would happen if we lost the happy endings to stories – imagine the tears at bedtime! A fantastic and magical tale about what happens when, one night, a wicked witch steals the happy endings to bedtime stories. It is up to Jub, the keeper of the happy endings, to save the day and ensure sweet dreams everywhere in this lyrical story about storytelling. In the tradition of classic fairy tales for children, Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray have created a truly compelling, surprising and beautiful story for children of all ages.

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Our Experiences and Opportunities

We do lots of exciting things throughout the year, this may be part of our topic or additional experiences, click on the tabs below to have a look.

We erupted volcanoes with our parents!

Things you need to know!

PE for AA is on a Monday.

PE for EE is on a Tuesday.

The children will change for PE in school so please ensure they have their kit ready. They can leave this in school if you like.

AA and EE Year 3s do not go swimming now.

Home Learning for each class is due every Thursday – see the home learning grid for tasks set

 

Useful Links to Learning! 

https://firsprimary.derby.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Year-3-and-4-Spelling-List.pdf

https://www.myon.co.uk/login/index.html?logoutReason=10

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

https://www.timestables.co.uk/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

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Contact Us

Firs Primary School
Raven Street
Derby
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782
admin@firsprimary.derby.sch.uk

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