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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 Half term break and are ready to tackle the last half term of the year! 

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:

Character Description 



 Our Focus texts will be:

Leaf- Sandra Dieckmann

The Teddy Robber- Ian Beck

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: 

  • Place Value within 100
  • Time 
  • Money

In Year 2: 

  • Statistics 
  • Geometry- 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. They will explore inventors and how they changed the world through their discoveries. 

Wider Curriculum


Our topic this half term has a Geography focus. We will be exploring the country of Spain and discovering how it is different from the UK.


In RE this term the children will be learning about "How and why do people mark the significant events of life?"

Design and Technology 

In Design and Technology,  the children will be learning about structures through the concept of Baby bears chair. 

The children will:

  • Understand what makes a structure stable. 
  • Test and evaluate the best material to use. 
  • Identify how to strengthen a structure.
  • Use a design criteria to make a structure. 


In In PSHE the children will be learning about:

Goal setting
Media Literacy
Digital resilience


In Music, the children are learning about songs from Spain and from Spanish speaking countries and looking at the different instruments which are used in this type of Music. 


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 Athletics and Cricket. 

Our Christian value this half term is Compassion.