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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 'Who's Coming to the Rescue?'

Throughout this topic, the children will be exploring what they already know about people who help them then developing their understanding of the rescue services, with a particular reference to rescues at sea. They will learn about the famous rescue mission completed by Grace Darling. Following this, they will compare the transport and equipment she used with the resources of the modern R.N.L.I. As well as this, they will learn about the seas surrounding the U.K. and the oceans of the world. 

Picture 1


English & Literacy


During the Autumn term, the children will learn about the story of 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. They will make imaginative additions to the story (such as lunchbox and recipe ideas for Mr. Grinling), role play their own versions and write a diary entry from the perspective of one of the characters. 


Later in the term, the children will be learning chants and rhymes on theme related to the story (e.g. the sea, lighthouses, shore-life). 

General information

This term, all children take part in P.E. on Monday afternoons. As well as this, Year One will also do orienteering on Thursday afternoon with the Dolphins class. On Friday morning, Miss Hicks joins the class for outdoor learning!


Library time is timetabled for Wednesday. Children 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 by the following Tuesday.


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. There will be three common words to spell which children should consequently be able to use in their independent writing. Spellings will usually be tested on Thursday morning.

Homework grid to follow...
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