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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 'What's is like to live on an island?'

Throughout this topic, the children will be exploring what they already know about islands and the people who live on them. We will look closely at the island we live on, then explore other islands in different climates.


We will also be learning to read simple maps. As well as this, children will recap what they've already learnt about the seas surrounding the U.K., the oceans of the world and the different continents.


As the term progresses, we will begin to focus on the life of Sir Robert Francis Drake and consider how his life was different to that of someone in the modern day Navy. 



English & Literacy


During the first half of the Spring term, the focus of our English work will be the story of Peter Pan. We will explore what we know of the text and film before visiting the pantomime to see a different variation! Children will write questions for the characters and create descriptions (using riddles and lists).  


Later in the term, the children will be exploring some sea-themed poetry and dictionary skills.

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.

Homework grid for this half term

Homework grid for this half term 1

Times tables


Alongside our daily maths sessions, Year 1 children continue to learn their times tables. We have tried the five times table and the two times table but will need lots more practice yet! We've 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")




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