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Welcome to Elephant Class

Elephant class is taught by Miss Bamsey and supported by Mrs Austen. We are a mixed age class of Reception and Year 1 pupils.

Picture 1 Miss Bamsey
Picture 2 Mrs Austen











'What make me unique?'

This half term our topic is 'What makes me unique?' In science we will be learning about our bodies and finding out how our five senses help us to experience the world around us. We will also be exploring where we live, who we live with and what we love about our county of Cornwall. 






Year 1


This half term the year 1s will be consolidating their phase 3 sounds and phase 4 blending skills for reading. We will be following the letters and sounds framework and developing their grapheme to phoneme correspondence in order to become fluent readers. 




In reception we will be introducing the children to phonics and learning how to recognise graphemes and say the correct phoneme correspondence. We will start to identify the initial sounds in words and begin to blend sounds for reading. 


What can I do to support my child at home?


  • Daily Reading

  • Play phonics games

  • Use phonics mat to practise sounds and tricky words. (Use this Ruth Miskin video to help with correct phoneme pronounciation.

  • Encourage daily spelling challenge.



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Our new talk for writing story is 'Peace at Last' by Jill Murphy. During, our English sessions we are going to be using; story maps and paths, actions, role-play and hot seating to learn our new text and become familiar with story sequencing. We are then going to innovate the story together and write our new stories using all our fantastic phonics. 

Autumn 1 Planning

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Forest School

This term the children will be joining Mrs Butterworth on Tuesday afternoons for Forest School. Please can you ensure the children have their wellies, waterproof coat and puddle suits if necessary. 





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; these will either be a collection of 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 be retested at a later date.

Times Tables


Alongside our daily maths sessions, Year 1 children will be beginning to learn their times tables. This half term we will start by learning to count in 2s 5s and 10s. This will develop throughout the year to learning the 2x, 5x and 10x tables.

We will also be issuing the children with their mathletics logins for them to practise at home. 




Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years foundation Stage comprises of three prime areas of development; personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development and four specific areas; english, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. 


Below is a link to 'What to expect, when?' it is a document designed to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS curriculum. 


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