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Welcome to Elephants

The Elephants class is taught by Mrs Townsend, and supported by Mrs Austen. We are a mixed age class of Reception and Year 1 pupils.

Picture 1 Mrs Townsend
Picture 2 Mrs Austen

This term, the children take part in P.E. on Monday afternoons. Library time is timetabled for Tuesday mornings; children choose any library book to take home and share. On Wednesday afternoon the Year 1 children move into the Dolphins classroom to learn music with Mrs Wilmott. On Thursday morning, Miss Hicks joins the class for outdoor learning!


English & Literacy


During the Summer term, the children will use their Talk for Writing skills to learn the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. The children will make imaginative changes to the story to create their own versions. 


Later in the term, the children will be looking at non-fiction texts. They will learn the features of explanation texts and write their own explanations about how to grow plants; this will be linked with their work in science. 

Picture 1


Our topic is 'What's Growing in our Gardens?'

What's Growing in our Gardens?


Throughout this topic, we will be exploring the many plants that already thrive in our environment. The children will learn names of common plants, including garden plants, wild plants and trees. As well as this, they will have the opportunity to prepare, sow and look after vegetables and fruits in our raised beds. Children will learn to name parts of plants, the conditions they need to grow and how seeds are dispersed to continue the growth cycle. 


Through our topic work, the children will also learn about significant people and the explorations that have made them famous through history. 


In music, the children will explore what a beat and rhythm is linking these songs and rhymes to the growth of seeds, flowers and other plants.

Picture 1


At the beginning of each half term, all children will be given a homework grid. It is expected that everyone will complete at least ONE activity from the grid. Written work must be presented neatly in homework books. Creative work can be presented in any way of your choosing. Homework will be discussed periodically, but it will not be necessary to bring in the work until the date on the sheet. 


We will also send spellings home weekly; the format of this will be 5 spellings (following a sound pattern) and a challenge word. Spelling will usually be tested on Thursday morning.

Information about the Early Years Foundation Stage for parents of children in Reception
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