Our teacher is Mrs Turner and our teaching assistants are Mrs Zaman and Mrs Kunsir.
There are 30 children in our class – 20 boys and 10 girls
As part of our British Values in Year 1, we will be learning about democracy by encouraging the children to make decisions together. One of the ways we will be doing this is by holding class votes. Over the year we will hold class votes to select our School Council representatives, Sports Council representatives and Behaviour Ambassadors for each half term.
Showing mutual respect and tolerance of one another are part of the values underpinned in Year 1. We understand how important it is to respect and value the feelings and views of others and celebrate ways in which we are different and the same. Our topic 'Ourselves' will help us to learn more about this, as well as taking pride in who we are and ways in which we treat others. Children will be encouraged as part of their self confidence and self awareness to feel confident to express their needs and opinions.
In Year 1, children are taught the importance of having rules and routines in place within the school and classroom. We use our rules to help us make good choices and think about our actions, keeping our school a safe and happy place! Each week our Behaviour Ambassador will choose a child from the class to be awarded for their good behaviour!
Behaviour Ambassador - Markuss (Spring ii)
SMARTbots - Zain and Samrah
School Council - Aisha and Hamzah
Sports Council - Maymunah and Salman
ECO Warrior - Musa
In Year 1 Elm the children will be given weekly homework. Homework is handed out on Friday and is due in on the Tuesday. We will be talking through and explaining the homework to the children before they take it home, however if you have any questions or the children are unsure as to what they are meant to do please feel free to speak to a staff member in Year 1 either yourselves or to encourage the children to come to see us if they need help completing their work.
The children will also be taking home a reading book and a library book. Please read with your children on a daily basis at home and write a comment in their reading journals to let us know how they got on. Library books will be changed weekly, every Tuesday afternoon.
Please find Year 1 Elm's timetable below. We will be having PE on Monday and Thursday. Children will need to have their full PE kits in school on both these days. Girls will need any earrings to be taken out (unless the children are able to do this themselves).
Our topics enable us to develop and apply knowledge and skills in different areas of the curriculum, such as history, geography and art. These lessons take place during the afternoon. We do link our topic work with our English learning through stories, poems and drama. Where possible, we go on educational visits or invite visitors in, so that we develop our learning and understanding more.
Every half-term we have targets for reading, writing and maths. Here are our targets for the spring i half-term;
I can join in with rhymes and re-tell parts of well-known stories which have repeated words and phrases.
I can talk about what a book might be about by looking at the cover, title and blurb.
I can use my understanding of characters, settings and events in other stories to make predictions.
I can say a simple sentence. I can write a simple sentence.
I can use vocabulary/forms of speech which are increasingly influenced by experience of books.
I can write stories that have a beginning, middle and end.
I can plan and write stories that are like other stories that I have read.
I can read and write numbers to 10/20.
I can count in 2's forwards and backwards to 10.
I can count in 2's forwards and backwards to 24.
I can count in 5's forwards and backwards to 60.
Reading Corner and Author of the Term
We enjoy reading in our book corner.
Our author this term is David McKee. We will be finding out facts about him and reading some of his stories.
We went on a treasure hunt, we had to use the clues to help us find the treasure. We had great fun!
We have enjoyed doing some practical maths using base 10, whole part diagrams, tens frames, beads and numicon.
In science we have been learning about the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. We went to Nursery garden to investigate our senses, we recorded our findings and shared our information in class.
Healthier and Fitter
On Thursday 17th January we visited each class and took part in a variety of physical activities such as Boccia, Archery, Parachutes games and Wake Up Shake Up.
To help us to understand being healthier we spoke about healthy eating. We made Tabouleh - cous cous salad. It was great fun and we really enjoyed eating it!
We made new years resolutions thinking about different ways to keep fit and healthy.
Year 1 visit to Burton Library
We had so much fun visiting each classroom and taking part in a variety of activities.
We have been learning about the Primary colours. We painted an umbrella to link with our Weather topic and we had to use the primary colours to colour mix and create some secondary colours.
Here are some phonics games you can play at home!