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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

What have we been learning already?


Whilst reading the story of 'Gracie the Lighthouse Cat', we learnt lots of new words and discussed possible definitions. This is what we came up with:

hurling: throwing

clinging: holding on tightly

driving: with force

raging: with force

winding: twisting around

investigate: find out

cellar: a room below a building

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During Outdoor Learning with Miss Hicks, we applied what we've learnt about transient art and produced our own firework pictures using leaves and other natural materials we found.


Alongside our daily maths sessions, Year 1 have been learning the five times table and the two times table. They have been chanting whilst following the written multiplication number sentences: 

1x5=5 ("one lot of five is five")

2x5=10 ("two lots of five are ten")


12x5=60 ("twelve lots of five are sixty")




no Keep practising! no


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. 

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English & Literacy


During the Autumn term, the children will learn the story of 'Gracie the Lighthouse Cat'. They will begin by writing questions about the unmentioned characters illustrated in the book and eventually learn that the pictures are telling the story of Grace Darling. They will explore the life and daring rescue mission of Grace Darling through role play.


Later in the term, the children will be learn the features of explanation texts and writing their own explanation pieces about keeping pets healthy and happy. 

General information

This term, all children take part in P.E. on Monday afternoons. 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 six words to spell which follow a pattern (usually related to spellings of a sound learnt in phonics). Spellings will usually be tested on Thursday morning. It is expected that children will get four spellings correct; if not, they will be asked to learn them again and retested at a later date.

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