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  • Elmer Class

    Class Staff


    Jess Griffiths

    Teaching Assistants

    • Lucy Webster
    • Claire Roebuck

    Class Overview:

    Welcome to Elmer Class!
    In Elmer class we explore inside and outside at all times of the day, we are child centred and follow the children's like to explore learning experiences. We explore learning through the seven areas of learning. 
    The seven areas of learning are: 
    🔆Communication and language
    🔆Physical development
    🔆Understanding of the world
    🔆Expressive arts and design. 
    In Elmer class we use a total communication approach including using signs, symbols and verbal language to support our children. We love to explore through our senses and immersive ourselves in our play.

    Topic Summary:


    In Elmer class we explore the seven areas of learning. Here are some of our areas of learning which we will be exploring this half term, we encourage you to become involved in your child’s learning. Please add any photos or videos to your child’s portfolio on ClassDojo. This half term our topic is ‘All around us’ we will be exploring the books ‘Busy Park’, ‘Noisy Farm’, ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ and ‘The wheels on the bus’. We will be exploring the books through sensory experiences, and using our senses. In ‘The Nest’ we will be using Makaton and picture symbols as we have a total communication environment. We will be listening to songs and using musical instruments. In maths we will be exploring number, handling a range of objects and listening to number rhymes. Children will be exploring different areas within in school including soft play with a focus on their physical development, the sensory room and dark room to take part in attention autism sessions, intensive interaction sessions and TAC PAC. In Art we will be getting creative and using different tools and materials we will be getting messy. We will be using paint with our hands, paint brushes and sponges to create shapes and make marks.

    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.

    Dates for your diary:

     Upcoming events this half term include:

    Home / School Communication:

    Class Dojo

    Day-to-day home-school communication will be through 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.