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Year 1 - Elm

Welcome to Year 1 - Elm

Our teacher is Mrs Turner and our teaching assistants are Mrs Zaman, Mrs Nawaz and Mrs Racz.
There are 28 children in our class – 17 boys and 11 girls

Class Codes

  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Respect everyone and everything.
  • Be a good listener and try your best.
  • Be proud to be in the Victoria team.
  • Show good manners.
Welcome Leaflet
Home School Agreement

British Values

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! 


Job Roles in 1 Elm


Behaviour Ambassador - Faatiha (Spring i)

SMARTbots - M.Ayaan and Pria

School Council - Hadi and Amelia

Sports Council - Ayaans and Arooj

ECO Warrior - Levente





Our Timetable

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).

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Medium Term Plan Overview

Termly Overview

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.

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Knowledge Organisers

Reading Books

Children will have an individual reading and library book to take home weekly. Please read with your child on a daily basis and don’t forget to write a comment so that we can see that they have read. When they have read 25 books at home, they are awarded the bronze Reading Olympic certificate in assembly. The next challenge is to read 50 books for the silver award and then 100 books for the gold award.



Homework: The children will be given a variety of activities to complete over each half term. Half way through the term we will collect the homework and share it with the rest of the class. At the end of the half term all of the homework will be collected in and marked. 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.



Every half-term we have targets for maths. Here are our targets for Autumn ii half-term;



  • I can read, write and order any number up to 10.
  • I can know my number bonds to 5
  • I can know my numbers bonds to 10.
  • I can know my number bonds to 20.

Reading Corner and Author of the Term

We enjoy reading in our book corner.

Our author this term is Nick Butterworth. We will be finding out facts about him and reading some of his stories.

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Design Technology: Mechanisms

We made two different mechanisms: a lever and a slider. Then we designed and made a Christmas card using a sliding mechanism.

Parents Maths Workshop
Maths Learning

English Learning

Instructions: How to make jam sandwiches.

Art in the style of Picasso

Puss in Boots Panto!

Year 1 enjoyed the Pantomime at Edgehill School, especially Shrek and Fiona. 

Christmas in Year 1
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Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Chart with Audio Sounds
The phonics mats we use to help us with our writing.
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                       Other things we use in year 1 to help us with our learning.
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                                 Words we should know by the end of year 1.
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