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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


Our topic is: 'How things change'

We will begin this term by looking at what we were like as a baby and comparing it to how we've changed now. In Science sessions, we will look closely at similarities and differences in our own bodies, then compare our height, foot and hand sizes to others. I wonder if we'll notice any patterns? 


Through our topic work, we will also explore how life has changed over the time of our parents and grandparents, looking specifically at clothes, transport, communication methods, toys, books, food and music. 

Picture 1

English & Literacy


During the Autumn term, the children will use Talk for Writing skills to learn simple stories with repeating elements and retell them. The stories will have animal characters to relate to our topic, such as: 

 * Dear Zoo

* We're Going on a Bear Hunt

* We're Going on a Lion Hunt


Children will then use the structure of Dear Zoo to inspire them in creating their own page to contribute to a class book.


After that, we will be learning animal poems, writing some simple persuasive instructions and exploring labels, lists and captions with a Christmas theme! 

General information

On Monday afternoons, Mrs Butterworth takes the children to the forest area for outdoor learning! Children will need to bring wellies, suitable over-trousers/all-in-one suit, a warm coat, scarf, hat and gloves as necessary because they will be going out in all weathers. 


This term, we will do P.E. on Friday afternoon. Children will need their kit (shorts, t-shirt and plimsolls) in school at all times, as we may take other opportunities to do P.E. activities at other times too. 


Children in Reception are timetabled to go for library time on Tuesday afternoon. Children in Y1 are timetabled for Wednesday morning. They have the opportunity to choose any library book to take home and enjoy. Please ensure your child's library book is returned to the red box in the cloakroom on the morning of their library day.


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 should be presented neatly in homework books, using pencils for writing. Creative work can be presented in any way of your choosing, but we would still like a record of it in your book (either by way of a photograph or drawing). 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. To start with, there will be four words to spell. They will either be a collection or tricky words or words which follow a pattern (usually related to spellings of a sound learnt in phonics). Spellings will usually be tested on Wednesday morning. It is expected that children will get three spellings correct; if not, they will be asked to learn them again and retested at a later date.

Homework grid for this half term

Times tables


Alongside our daily maths sessions, Year 1 children will be beginning to learn their times tables. We will start with the two times table. This will be in the form of chanting whilst following written multiplication number sentences: 

1x2=2 ("one lot of two is two")

2x2=4 ("two lots of two are four")


12x2=24 ("twelve lots of two are twenty-four")




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