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Elmer Class

Class Staff


Jess Griffiths

Teaching Assistants

  • James Gough
  • Lucy Webster
  • Claire Roebuck
  • Katie Walker

Class Overview

Elmer Class is an EYFS provision, children will be learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning which include; communication and language, physical development, personal social and emotional development, literacy, maths, knowledge and understanding of the world and expressive arts and design. Pupils in the EYFS provision with have access to a continuous provision as well as adult led activities, this provides pupil with the opportunity to access their own learning. Pupils in Elmer class learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which take place both indoors and outside. 

Topic Summary


This half term our topics are ‘Toys’ and ‘Meet the Explorers’. The exploring we will be looking at is Neil Armstrong. In Elmer class we will be doing lots of exploring around Space and making the classroom into space. In English we will be listening to the books: ‘Toys in Space’, ‘Where’s Mr Astronaut?’ and ‘Whatever Next’. We will be telling the stories through dressing up and using sensory materials. In math we will be exploring numbers and shapes, making rockets out of boxes and listening to number rhymes including ‘5 little me in a flying saucer’ and ‘zoom, zoom, zoom’ I will pop these onto class dojo for you to listen to at home. This half term our focus is on D&T and we will be making rockets out of large boxes and small rockets out of kitchen roll tubes.

In PE this half term it is dance and will be moving our bodies to different types of music. This half term Elmer class will be going in a space tent which is a large sensory tent to explore space and look at the planets. We have got a lot planned this half term so keep an eye on class dojo.

 Homework- Please see the attached Homework sheet, if you complete any homework at home please pop the pictures on class dojo I would love to see the pictures.

Outdoor learning

School will have a continued focus on ‘Outside Learning in all Weathers’ this year, with this in mind if possible please ensure that on each day your child has a suitable coat for the weather conditions.

General Notices

    • Social money for the term is £6, this is for snack and learning experiences.

    • Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child has an accident at school, as well as any nappies or pull ups they may need. We will let you know when we run out.

    • Please can you send wellies in and a water proof as we will be doing outdoor learning most days.

      Thank you, Elmer Class Team

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

24th Jan- SEND, Plan, Do, Review week- I will send out a letter for this.

1st Feb- Family Workshop

1st Feb- Chinese New Year

9th Feb- Family Homework

18th Feb- Break up for Half Term

28th Feb- INSET DAY

Home / School Communication

Class Dojo

As part of our Covid-secure procedures, we are unable to issue home-school diaries this year.  Government guidance say's that schools must quarantine any books that come into school from home for up to 72 hours.  All home-school communication will therefore need to move over to Class Dojo.  You should expect to receive home-school communication from your child's class team approximately three times per week.  This will provide a fine balance between staff workload and their well-being whilst ensuring you are kept regularly up-to-date on your child's experience in school.  We must however politely remind parents/carers that staff will not be expected to read and/or respond to any Class Dojo messages in the evenings, at weekends or during the school holidays. 

Thank you to those parents who have already signed up for this - your child's class team will be in touch if you have not yet logged in.


There is normally member of the class team available to speak to between 8:15 - 8:40 am or 3:00 - 3:30 pm, please phone the school office and ask for a member of staff from the class if you wish to speak to us.