Welcome to Elder Class

Our class is home to 25 enthusiastic and curious children, who are always ready to learn. We are very lucky to have our Mr Burns as our teacher. He is kind and helpful and is helping us extend our learning and prepare for the transition to high school. Our lessons are fun, engaging and our knowledge and understanding across all areas of the curriculum is improving all the time.

Alongside Mr Burns, we have our HLTA Miss Cook and our Teaching Assistant, Mr Hodgson. They are both very caring and helpful, and always kind. Mr Hodgson works with us each day in our English and Maths lessons and we all enjoy working with him.

In Elder Class, we love learning something new every day. Come and join us to see the interesting things we do!

What have we been up to?

Our current topic is ‘Survival.’ We are having an excellent time learning all about various natural disasters that can strike Earth. Amongst other things, we will be finding out the causes of earthquakes and designing and building a flood barrier to protect a model house. We will also be making our very own exploding volcano and writing and performing a news report of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami.


In English, we have been reading Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo. We have been focussing on the development of characters and how their thoughts and feelings change as the story progresses. Very soon, we will begin to plan and write our very own survival story. The children are very excited about this and already have lots of wonderful ideas for their stories.


In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of place value and large numbers as well as how to multiply numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We have also been developing our fluency with all areas of arithmetic – particularly fractions, decimals and percentages. We have completed a maths trail around school, calculating the area of triangles and parallelograms, using the answer to help us locate the next clue. The children thoroughly enjoyed this lesson and their understanding of this tricky area of maths has improved.

Homework In Elder Class, we are given ‘Pick and Mix’ homework tasks at the start of each half-term. We get to choose two (or more) activities to complete over the course of the half-term, as well as a weekly basic skills tasks in reading, times tables and spellings.

There may also be some projects that are set over the year for topics being learnt in class.