Welcome to Elm Class (Yr 1)
Teacher: Miss J Donnelly
Parent's Information Letter
How can you help at home?
We often get asked this question. One of the most useful and rewarding things you can do with your child at home is to read, read, read!!!
Click on the link to read a booklet with lots of ideas that can make reading at home more fun and includes top tips on how to make the reading experience you have with your child really effective!
Websites to use at home!
The free area of the PhonicsPlay website is filled with free interactive games and much more. There are many idea to support teaching phonics and advice for parents in helping their children learn to read.
Oxford Owl is an award-winning free website packed
with expert advice, top tips, eBooks and activities to help
you support your child's reading and maths at home. Also 250 free e-books when you register.
253 free educational interactive teaching resources and activities for Primary Schools. 77 free to use fun kids games/activities for kids aged 4 - 11. 165 plus links to free interactive teaching activities, educational games, image and software resources.
Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for children, with great online reading games and activities. Your children can start reading now – just click the ‘free trial’ button to get started!
ICT games has a range of phonics based games that are fun and interactive for children. They show clear objectives for each game and also have free printable materials.
Here is a useful video with how to pronounce the sounds in words if your child is struggling with sounding out words when they are reading and you are wanting to help them with sounding out the words:
Recommended Reading list
This half term's Special Mention
Week 1: Goes to Stanley, for settling back into to school so well after the holidays. Stanley has completed all the work in class and worked really well with the children in his Mission groups.
Week 2: James for his fantastic reading. He has moved on yet another book band and is really applying himself in writing tasks, he has used some great adjectives this week.
Week 3: This goes to Charlie this week for his fantastic writing on the Jungle book story. Charlie has really improved with his handwriting and he was so proud of all the writing he has done. Keep it up Charlie.
Week 4: Special mention went to the whole of Elm class this week for finishing their first proper big write. All the children have created the beginning, middle and came up with their own ending. They got to go to Sycamore and share there work with the older children. Just seeing the support and encouragement from them has made the whole class feel very proud of themselves. Well done everyone!
Week 1: Special mention goes to Ivan this week for really trying hard in English. Ivan wrote a fantastic sentence about finding treasure which he made improvements to and developed. Ivan's writing has really put a smile on everyone's faces.
Week 2: Special mention goes to Stanley this week for his phonics and spellings. Stanley has tried so hard with his sentence writing and has made corrections to it with support. He tried really hard and didn't give up, well done Stanley.
Week 3: Special mention went to all of Elm class today for their wonderful efforts in English this week. All the children finished writing their 'Lost and Found' story and produced some lovely work. We focused on using our full stops, capitals and finger space correctly and they were all very proud of themselves. Well done Everyone!
Week 1: Special mention goes to Harley this week for his fantastic maths work. Harley has really put 100% into his work this week. Well done, keep it up!
Week 2: We have two special mentions this week in Elm class. The first goes to Darcie, for trying so hard in maths and English this week. You have blown us away with your determination and attitude!
The second goes to William, for really trying hard to make new friends at his new school. William is always helping in class and is a lovely new addition.
Week 3: Oscar got a special mention this week for showing lots of determination while completing class challenges. Oscar has shown lots of resilience and an trust for knowledge, keep it up!
Week 4 : Melissa has received a special mention this week. She has put 100% effort into completing the challenges and trying trying her hardest.
Week 5: Special mention goes to James this week for his fantastic independent writing. James has worked hard to include finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in his work. Well done, keep it up!
Week 7: We have had two special mentions this week in Elm class. The first mention goes to Raffy, this is for he great work in maths and always looking to challenge himself. Raffy has worked hard to complete word problems and reasoning challenges. Keep it up Raffy!
Our next special mention goes to Meghan. This is for all her hard work to improve her handwriting. Meghan is always trying to make her work better and has taken time to include punctuation. Your stories are always wonderful to read, well done Meghan!
This half term's CHAS
Week 1: Scarlett is taking home Chas this week for her wonderful caring attitude. She is always helping around the classroom and keeping it safe for everyone.
Week 2: Hilton is taking Chas home this weekend. She has shown Chas in all areas this week as well as putting 100% into all of her work. She has made sure everyone o her table was included and has really contributed to group tasks.
Week 3: Oscar for showing Chas both in and out of the classroom. Oscar has really tried to be helpful and caring towards his friends and teachers. He always goes above and beyond.
Week 4: Chas goes to Billy this week for encouraging others in many ways both in the classroom/ Billy has really shown he is a caring and helpful member of Elm class. He is always showing lots of support towards his friends and has gone out of his way to help the younger Acorn class with their lunch boxes at the end of the day.
Week 1: Billy is taking Chas home tonight, this is for putting 100% into all of his work this week. Billy has worked so hard in phonics, English and maths. He has also shown Chas qualities across the class like taking care of poorly friends or keeping the classroom tidy. Well done Billy, keep it up!
Week 2: Chas is going home with Melissa this weekend. This is for being a helpful and supportive friend. She will go out of her way to help anybody and always shows kindness to everyone shes with. Well done Melissa!
Week 3: Harley is taking Chas home this weekend. This is for all the kindness he has shown towards other children this week. He has been a role model to all of Elm and such a caring friend. Well done Harley!
Week 1: Chas is going home with Kayla this week for showing such a caring attitude from day one this week. Kayla is so helpful at tidy-up time and always listens at carpet time. She is so polite and kind to everyone. Well done Kayla!
Week 2: Isabella is taking Chas home today. You always want to help, always tries to make others feel good and puts a smile on everyone's face.
Week 3: Chas is going home with Alfie today. Alfie has really put in 100% into his work and helping in the classroom. He has made sure to include others and has made a great class helper today! Well done Alfie, keep it up!
Week 4: Asha-Lily will be taking home Chas this week. This is for showing kindness across the classroom in all areas. She has kept the classroom safe and tidy. She always includes everybody and has beautiful manners. Well done!
Week 5: Chas will be going home with Georgia today. This is for being a caring friend and always looking after others. She is a great role model with all the CHAS qualities and takes care of our classroom.
Week 6: Jordan is taking home Chas this weekend. You are always showing the caring, helping and sharing values of the school Jordan. You are a good friend and role model to the class. You are so polite and never forget to say please and thank you. You come in everyday with a smile on your face and always have kind words to say. Well done Jordan!
We had lots of fun on Number day! We have done lots of activities inside and outside the classroom. The children have made their own numicon crowns and played lots of games. We used our knowledge of the part-whole model to partition numbers to 50 on the play ground. The children used a stick to represent a ten and pine cones to represent the ones. We had a ten minute challenge to see how long we could make our number line!
We have a wonderful India day! The children got to show all their work to the whole school! We made chapatis, rangoli, Taj Mahal, India Booklets and a Bollywood dance.
What we've been doing this week
In maths we have moved on to place value within 50. The children have been introduced to the base ten resources and are exploring how to partition two-digit numbers. We are building our skills to be able to represent numbers and refreshing our number bonds to 10.
In English are starting to learn how to write and follow simple instructions. We are writing our own instructions on how to make a chapati. We will be making and cooking them next week to give them a taste test.
We have started our new mission all about India. The children have been on an observational walk of the school grounds and looked at physical features of the environment. We are comparing England to India and looking at any similarities. In science we have been learning about different animals in India and what group they belong to.
We have a visitor this week to teach us some basic tennis skills. The children learnt how to catch foam balls and balance them on their rackets.
We have completed our class assembly and presented our work to the school. The children did very well and enjoyed showing off all their hard work on India.
We are preparing for our India day next week! We will be tasting different foods and trying chai tea. The children will put on an exhibition for the whole school and be showing all their word. We will be ending our day with a colour throw, something that is done during the Holi Festival in India.
We really enjoyed our first outdoor classroom experience. We got to make magic wands to help keep our woodland safe!