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Year 1/2 Elm

Welcome to the Year 1/2 Elm Page  

Welcome to the Year 1/2 Elm page,

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter break and have had a lovely rest and refresh! 

Please remember to check our Facebook and Twitter pages for regular pictures and updates about our learning journey. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the KS1 team or message me on Class Dojo. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Mrs Kemp


Key Information

Reading books and records should be brought to school daily. Please ensure your child reads regularly throughout the week and an adult signs their reading record. It is important that all children are reading as much as possible. 
PE days are Thursday and Friday so please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school that day. 
Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school.
Please ensure that all uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.


In Year 1/2 Elm homework will be given out every Tuesday and should be returned by the following Monday. 



Our focus genres this half term will be:


 Our Focus texts will be:

Rapunzel- Woollvin

The Dark- Snicket

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders- Pankhurst


Little Wandle - Phonics

Children accessing Little Wandle phonics will have reading books set on line via Collins Big Cat ebooks. The phonetically decodable books have been carefully matched to your child’s phonic phase. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Please listen to them read the book. Remember to give your child lots of praise and celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After your child has finished, talk about the book together.


Our focus in maths this half term will be:

In Year 1: 

  • Multiplication and Division 
  • Fractions

In Year 2: 

  • Fractions 
  • Position and direction

The children will initially be introduced to new concepts through the use of concrete resources, before moving onto pictorial and abstract methods. Examples of these can be found in our school Calculation Policy. 

Please remember to log in to our online resource tools such as TT Rockstars and Numbots. Log in details are in the front of your child’s reading record. Please speak to a member of staff if you need support accessing them.  


This half term, our focus will be the uses of Everyday Materials. The children will:

Ask simple questions and understand that they can be answered in different ways.
Identify and classify.
Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Children need to have experience of, and explore as many different materials (substances) as possible to make sense of their world. Understanding how materials behave in their natural state and under certain conditions will help them to understand why objects are made of specific materials.

Wider Curriculum


Our topic this half term has a History focus. The children will be learning about "how their childhood is different from their grandparents?"


In RE this term the children will be thinking about "What does it mean to belong to a faith community?" 

The children will

Reflect - by recognising that loving others is important in lots of communities.

Evaluate - by giving examples of ways in which people express their identity and belonging within faith communities and other communities responding sensitively to differences.

Interpreting/Empathising - by talking about the emotions of Jesus’ followers during Holy Week and matching emotions to different characters at different times.

Art & Design

In Art & Design the children will be learning about the British sculptor Antony Gormley.

The children will:

Know about the British artist Antony Gormley and recognise some of his work.
Know that Antony Gormley is acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the         relationship of the human body to space.
Understand that he is a pioneering contemporary sculptor.
Take inspiration from the artwork of Antony Gormley to create their own artwork.
Make links between the work of Antony Gormley and their own.


In In PSHE the children will be learning about:

Goal setting
Media Literacy
Digital resilience


In Music, the children are learning rhythmical songs about a type of dance/rhythm.  


Our P.E. days are on Thursday and Friday Please ensure that your child has their full kit on these days. This half term, we are focusing on Hockey and throwing and catching. 


Our Christian value this half term is Trust. We will be exploring the concept of Trust.