North Elmham CEVA
Primary School


Whales Class

Whales class teacher is Mrs Laura Gkikopoulos.

Welcome to Whales Class. We get our name from the Bible story ‘Jonah and the Whale’. It is a story of compassion and never giving up - values which are very important to our class. We encourage, respect and love sharing ideas with each other!

This year, Whales class consists of Year 3 and 4 children.

Mrs Gkikopoulos teaches the class every morning, when Whales will focus on English (reading and writing), Mathematics and Science.

In the afternoons, Whales will join Lions class and Miss Baker will teach the other foundation subjects.

NSPCC Assembly and Activity

Mar 17, 2023

Recently we worked in our Key Stages to learn what the NSPCC do and how we can talk to trusted adults in our lives to help us ‘Speak Out’ when we need to. We then explored the NSPCC website, and KS1 thought of their ‘happy places’ and KS2 made fortune tellers containing information about the … Read more

Whales Class Trip

Mar 10, 2023

Whales had an absolutely fantastic time on their trip to Gressenhall for a Neolithic day on Wednesday. We have been learning this term about the Stone Age and the children were able to talk with confidence about what they know and were delighted to learn even more on their trip! Children had the opportunity to … Read more

World Book Day

Mar 3, 2023

This week we swapped our uniforms for costumes as we celebrated World Book Day! Children loved sharing their favourite stories with each other and finding out who shares a passion for their favourite book. We invited the children to take part in a biscuit baking competition and we had some fantastic entries (winner to be … Read more

KS2 Sportshall Competition

Feb 8, 2023

Lions and Whales class had a fabulous time at the WNDSSP Sports Hall Competition at the UEA Sportspark! We were so impressed by the children’s enthusiasm, effort and perseverance. Great effort, North Elmham!

Whales Visit T@2

Feb 8, 2023

Whales were lucky enough to be invited to the T@2 this week in North Elmham Village Hall with some lovely members of our supportive local community. The children took along some of their work, including stories and drawings, which they proudly showed and read to them. They also managed to eat their fair share of … Read more

Coordinates in Maths

Jan 20, 2023

Whales are currently learning about coordinates in maths. We started by using a large grid on the classroom floor (the icy playground thwarted our plan to make a massive chalk grid outside!), and we’ve been really impressed by how quickly the class has got to grips with it. We have been drawing shapes and plotting … Read more

Science in Whales

Jan 20, 2023

This term, our focus is on forces and magnets, and we have been busy investigating push and pull forces (e.g.using a dustpan and brush! )and the magnetic fields of different magnets. The children especially enjoyed using the iron filings and making patterns with the magnets!

Whales Class Collective Worship

Jan 20, 2023

We have started having child-led collective worship at North Elmham, and Whales class have been busy bees preparing for it this week! This term, we are focusing on our school value of friendship, and the children who led today’s collective worship read the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and then asked us questions about what this … Read more

Spring 1 Whales Curriculum letter

Jan 9, 2023

A Fireside Nativity

Dec 16, 2022

The whole school came together to perform this year’s Christmas play. They sang beautifully and wowed us all with their confidence performing on stage for the first time in many years. Thanks to children, staff and parents for making the day so magical. As we break up for end of term we would like to … Read more