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Welcome to Elm Class




Class Staff

Class Teachers- Lauren Barlow and Rachael Soo-Worby

Teaching Assistants- Angela Rimmer, Kath Young, Rachael Hough.


Elm class are a PMLD class covering all six of the curriculum areas; My Communication,  My Thinking, My Emotional Wellbeing, My Physical Development, My Community and How My World Works.

During each session all pupils will be working towards individual targets based on Quest, PIVATS, Educational Health Care Plans, Independent Living Skills and ASDAN.


ASDAN is undertaken by pupils in Key Stage 3 and above and will be new to some of the pupils in Elm class this year. We will be working towards achieving credits in ‘Personal Progress.’ The work done towards these credits will be integrated into our everyday sessions.

For ASDAN Personal Progress we will be working on:

-Engaging with the world around you: developing a profile

-Engaging with the world around you: sensory story

-Engaging with the world around you: the natural environment




Welcome back to school after the long summer holiday! We hope you have had an exciting and relaxing break and are ready to get started with the new school year.


This year we will continue to focus on developing our communication skills with help from familiar staff that know us well using musical cues, objects of reference, visuals, signing and use of spoken word.

We will be continuing with blended learning whenever needed, providing live Zoom sessions daily for our home learners, alongside our in-school time table. 


To keep memories refreshed, here is a video of some of our regular sessions, made up of familiar songs that we play on a daily basis.



This term's topic is 'Past, Present and Future' and for this half of the term we are going to be looking at Prehistory- the time before written records began. This will include work on dinosaurs, the Ice Age, Stone Age and Iron Age.


We will take part in Sensology sessions with a range of new resources, we will be moving along to a playlist of music of popular dinosaur-themed songs during dance massage and will explore different instruments and ways to make sounds during our weekly music sessions. We will be getting groovy in our sensory story 'Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp', putting a twist on some familiar songs and number rhymes during parachute sessions and will explore weekly bucket sessions too.

 We will work on developing our fine and gross motor skills as well as choice making during our craft sessions and within our cookery sessions will explore recipes for Bedrock cakes, Dinosaur Dirt Cups and Iron Age Oat Cakes. As well as this we will make good use of our Sensory Garden, Forest School area and Adventure Playground to continue to work towards completing Merefield's 40 things... 

We will be taking part in PE sessions led by Jess from Everton in the Community and each Friday we will continue to publish our Elm Class Newspaper the 'Jurassic Journal' to keep you up to date on all that we have been doing during our busy week.


  • Swimming will take place on a Wednesday morning. Please be sure to send kits in each week.
  • We request a contribution of £2 per week to go towards purchasing items for our sensory food sessions and snack where applicable. Any money should be sent into school in a clearly labelled envelope and can be paid on a weekly or half termly basis. When possible we will send home what we have made for you to try and we welcome your feedback!
  • Please send in coats and rain covers daily. We will try to get out and about to explore our community as much as possible but we all know the Great British weather isn't always cooperative!
  • Please keep us up to date with any important information via Class Dojo- we love hearing from you! We will be sure to do the same and.


Don't forget to check our page regularly- we update it with information and photos weekly.



If you have any questions at all, message us using the Class Dojo app or contact the school office.





Autumn 1 Half Term Plan and Timetable