Staplegrove Church School

'That they may have life, life in all its fullness' John 10:10

Elm Class 2020-21

Elm Class - Reception


Welcome to our class page. We will post regular updates of the wonderful things we have been up to, as well as keeping you informed of our curriculum and any news we may have. 

Elm Class Virtual Tour


Today we found out what our Summer B theme is...Pirates! Seymour Bear left us some maths clues to solve so we could open the secret box. Inside we found a treasure map! We followed the map to 'X marks the spot' and found Seymour dressed as a pirate holding a treasure box! Inside we found some lovely story books all about pirates. We are very excited to get stuck in with the pirate theme and may even have a pirate surprise towards the end of the term, so watch this space! 

Butterfly life-cycle

Elm class have been looking after their pet caterpillars over the last half term. We have enjoyed watching them grow from tiny caterpillars to great, big, fat caterpillars and even got to watch them transform into their cocoons. During the half term holiday, Mrs Lewis took them home and they emerged from their cocoons. They weren't caterpillars anymore, they were beautiful butterflies! This week, we set them free so they can go off and explore our Forest School area and hopefully lay more eggs! It was wonderful to watch them flutter off! 


We have been talking lots about one of our school values, the value of friendship. We will be sharing our thoughts with the whole school community in a virtual class assembly. We had lots of ideas about what it means to be a good friend. We made a special friendship picture using all of our hand prints. We have displayed it with our values tree so we can be reminded of what good friends we are in Elm Class. 


We enjoyed learning about Remembrance day and finding out why we wear poppies. We then made some lovely poppy pictures using potato printing and real poppy seeds. 

Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle

We have been developing our gross and fine motor skills, whilst having lots of fun, using Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle! Squiggle While You Wiggle is a kinaesthetic approach to stimulate early writing. Children use movement with music to develop their motor skills in preparation for writing. Through Squiggle While You Wiggle, children begin using ‘Flipper Flappers’ to rehearse a range of shapes, which lead to children mark-making with chunky pens, in preparation for more formal writing.