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Year 1 - Elm

Welcome to Year 1 - Elm

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

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.

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 - Lara (Summer ii)

SMARTbots - Zain and Samrah

School Council - Aisha and Hamzah

Sports Council - Maymunah and Salman

ECO Warrior - Musa





Information about Year 1 Elm


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.

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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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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Every half-term we have targets for reading, writing and maths. Here are our targets for Summer i half-term;



  • I can read and write numbers 0-20.
  • I can double numbers to 5.
  • I can double numbers to 10.
  • I can double numbers to 20.


  • 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 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.


Reading Corner and Author of the Term

We enjoy reading in our book corner.

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

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Health, Fitness and Safety Week 2019

During this week the children have been learning about fire, sun and road safety, looking after our teeth and bodies, healthy foods, deaf awareness and much more.

We have taken part in a variety of sporting events such as our annual School Games Day, tennis, kick boxing, multi skills and enjoyed using the bouncing castle, inflatable goals and assault course.



Creative Arts and Science Week

We read the story 'The Wonder' and enjoyed wondering about imaginary worlds. We had a visit from Magical Mehem and enjoyed watching some magic tricks and taking part in different activities. We have made sherbet, slime creations like the stars, had a visit to the Rainbow Room, had a visit to the Nursery Garden and used skittles in Maths to help us with our fraction work.


We went on a treasure hunt, we had to use the clues to help us find the treasure. We had great fun!

We have been learning about non-fiction. We researched information about different animals and produced posters about them.
In English we have been learning about instructions. We followed a set of instructions to make our own jam sandwiches.


We have enjoyed doing some practical maths using base 10, whole part diagrams, tens frames, beads and numicon.


We have been learning about 2D and 3D shape. We went on a shape hunt around school to see how many different shapes we could find.


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



Christmas celebrations in Year 1

Fairground Day

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.



We have been learning about famous artists such as Picasso. We have created our own self portraits in his style.

Articulation of Phonemes

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

The phonics mats we use to help us with our writing.

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The phonics mats we use to help us with our writing. 2
The phonics mats we use to help us with our writing. 3
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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