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Well, what year we've had in Elm Class!


It's been a wonderful term again. This term we've been connecting our learning to the theme Monsters Inc. It's been scary at times but we soon realised that laughter was the way forward - just like in the film!


We also looked into the history of HighTea and went to the Richmond for a very posh Afternoon Tea spread, we felt like royalty!


Here are just a selection of the great fun we've had and the learning taking place in picture form. Hope you enjoy them.


Wishing you all a great Summer break.


Elm Class xx

Afternoon Tea at The Richmond Hotel

Yoga and relaxation in the Immersive Suite

Making monster sandwiches!

Making monster sweets.

Monster related literacy activities

Sporting prowess in Elm Class

This term we have been learning about the Wild, Wild West. Native American Indians and Cowboys. The final day of term was spent as a whole school 'Rodeo Day'.


Every class did their own themed activities and the classes moved around enjoying the sunshine doing Rodeo races, games and art/sensory activities.


The day culminated in a Millstead School Hoe-down by our resident UK line dance champion Emma Cummerson!


Here are some photographs to show what we have learnt in Elm Class this term...

Summer Term 1 Curriculum Leaflet

Information about what we will be learning this half term through our topic 'The Wild, Wild West' and ideas about how you can help at home.

Autumn Term Newsletter

Welcome to Elm Class website pages.


Elm Class comprises of 11 children (5 boys and 6 girls) and 6 staff members. Our class teacher is Donna - she makes us work really hard!



We will try to share with you all the exciting things we have been doing in class. We hope you enjoy seeing us learning new skills and interacting with our wonderful friends. We focus on communication, play and independence alongside our individualised SLD curriculum. We have fun whilst we learn.


We all have targets that we are working on and our parents help Donna to decide what these will look like for our IEPs.


Have a look at all the things we've been up during the Autumn term . In Autumn Term 2  we learnt about The Tudors and Henry VIII and his 6 wives.


This Spring term we are looking at the books written by Julia Donaldson.


We will using the books The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Monkey Puzzle and The Snail and the Whale. We will be watching how our Butterfly Garden develops as part of our life cycles topic in science. In cookery we will make Gruffalo Crumble and Gruffalo Tea whilst practising our skills in cutting and slicing fruit using a range of knives safely.


Our maths topics this term are:

Time - days of the week and o'clock

2D and 3D shapes and their properties

Money - recognising coins and paying for items during role play

Length - longer, shorter, longest, shortest and ordering length.

Mass - heavy and light, heavier and lighter

Number - calculations, more/less add one/take away one

Number sequences - following patterns and counting to 30


We will be consolidating what we have learnt so far this term and developing our skills and knowledge even further.


We will be getting more independent in our learning and enhancing our Independent Living Skills at every opportunity.



Julia Donaldson Inspired Literacy Work

Educational Visit to Liverpool Cathedral

Christmas in Elm Class

We met Father Christmas in the Immersive Suite! He brought us all lovely gifts for being so good.

A visit to the Walker Art Gallery

Elm Class Assembly - Henry VIII does Strictly Come Dancing!

Science - hot/cold solid/liquid

Computer work

In the run up to the Christmas madness we will be learning all about Henry VIII, his six wives and Christmas during Tudor times.


This term we will be covering:

  • Cookery - Tudor breads and celebration breads
  • Music - Tudor songs and using the computer to create tunes
  • PE - dancing like they did in Tudor times
  • RE - the history of the Church of England
  • DT - making Tudor houses
  • Art - portraits and patterns
  • History - Henry VIII and life in Tudor times
  • Science - Keeping warm and materials in Tudor times
  • Literacy - Shakespeare, non fiction texts and poetry
  • Numeracy - shape, pattern, time, calculations, handling data and number.


As well as all this we will be busy planning and performing our class assembly and the Christmas play which is always AMAZING!

Tudor Dancing

This term our topic has been 'In a galaxy far, far away'. We have looked at Tim Peake's space station mission, made shadow puppets, read lots of fiction and non-fiction books about space and aliens and made 'wookie cookies'.

This half term in numeracy we have covered:

  • numbers (to 3, 5, 10 or 20)
  • sequencing (to 5, 10, 20 or 30)
  • ordinal numbers (first, second, third, last)
  • time (days of the week, times of the day and o'clock)
  • money (recognising and using different coins, buying items and giving change)
  • position and direction (in, on, under, next to, behind, forwards and backwards)
  • capacity (empty, full, half full and comparing the capacity of different containers)
  • mass (heavy and light, heavier, lighter and using this during cookery sessions)
  • length (longer, shorter, ordering length and investigating using length and rulers)


We have used the swimming pool, cookery room and outdoors to practise our maths in different settings and apply what we have learnt.

In literacy this half term we have been doing our sounds from Jolly Phonics, reading fiction books (But Martin and The Man on the Moon) and visited the library to get some non-fiction books. We have also looked at lots of poetry too.


We do lots of reading and writing everyday.

In science this half term we have been looking at light and dark, sources of light and making shadow puppets.


We have made excellent use of the Immersive Suite. It's very dark in there!


Our School Direct student Emma has been helping us learn through lots of exciting activities.


We have weekly swimming lessons with Jo and  are all working towards different awards. Some of Elm class don't need armbands anymore!


We can blow bubbles, put our face into the water, jump in, swim on our front or back and float.


We try to do our numeracy work in the pool to practise what we have learnt by jumping in following a number sequence or using bottles/buckets for capacity. When we have races we talk about who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. We were swimming with items on top of our float and swam under the water to learn our positional language.


It all links in! Every opportunity to learn is maximised.


All of us are working on getting dressed and undressed without any support and some of us are learning how to shower ourselves. These skills are important to us and our families - Donna will ask our parents what they want us to work on doing for ourselves to make us more independent.

During our cookery sessions we are working on Independent Living Skills. We have to find the ingredients we need, find the cooking utensils/appliances, weigh the ingredients and use lots of gross and fine motor skills to make our delicious cookies, cakes and Diwali sweets. We make sure our hands and all surfaces and equipment are nice and clean and wash up and tidy up when we've finished.


We do lots of our maths in cookery too: counting, weighing, using time etc.

We also follow up our session by labelling things we have used and writing about what we did and how we did it.


The best part is getting to eat what we make. Mmmmmmm...

In PE this term we were learning all about the amazing paralympians - they were INSPIRING!


We also did lots of movement, copying Tim Peake and spacewalks. We found out about Tim Peake's marathon in space and looked at how the body reacts to exercise - we found out we get hot, our hearts beat faster and we use our muscles.


We also use PE for Independent Living Skills - getting changed into our PE kits and making sure we don't smell after exercise!

We are really lucky and have space to work and play outside.


We have a mud kitchen, crates, tyres and toys and do lots of continuous provision work outside. We love it!

We follow the Jolly Phonics scheme and really enjoy the songs and actions that go with them.


Each week we have a different sound and have to find things for our special basket. Our phonics display is totally interactive!

This half term in RE we have been looking at special places, places of worship, Hindu beliefs and the story of Rama and Sita. We did lots of dressing up too!


We made Diwali sweets and Diwas.