Elm (Year 1)

Term Two has arrived and with it our change from the story ‘Lost and Found’. This term we will be exploring fairy tales, specifically focusing on the fairy-tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.


In English, we will be exploring the text from Little Red Riding Hood using Talk for Writing. Our aim is to write a new version of a ‘journey tale’. In our phonics lessons we have just started learning phase 5. I will also begin some phase 3 phonics interventions.


In Maths, we will continue to focus on place value, addition and subtraction. We will be looking specifically at number bonds to 10, fact families, counting back and writing number sentences.


In Science, we will be learning about animals and their characteristics. We will also be learning about humans, and how to identify different parts of the human body. In PSHE we will be discussing being healthy and keeping safe. Computing will see us further discuss the importance of online safety and we will begin to use the laptops to access spelling programs.  In RE the children will be thinking about Christianity and the Christmas story in preparation for the Nativity later in the term. In Art we will learn about printing.


This term in PE we will be learning dance. We are still very fortunate to have PE with Miss Goode, our PE specialist. Miss Goode will be teaching dance every Tuesday afternoon, and I will be teaching dance every Thursday afternoon.  Please ensure your child has their full, named PE kits in school on those relevant days and remind your children to take their kits home when suitable for washing.  If your child is unable to do PE for any reason, please inform me in writing or tell me personally.


Please can I continue to encourage you to listen to your child read every day. This tiny act will have the greatest impact of any activity on their learning this year. I have since set up a new rota in the classroom for reading, so I can successfully record who we have read with. We will therefore no longer be writing in your child’s reading record, but instead recording this at school. This will allow us to more carefully monitor the reading progress, and ensure that every child has had a reading opportunity in the week. Please still bring in your reading record every Tuesday as Miss Phillips will change your reading book, and award merits. We are encouraging the children to change their own reading books, so if you know your child would like a new book before Tuesday, please encourage them to speak to me or Miss Phillips/Miss Hart in the morning and we can facilitate a time in the school day.