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1 ELM - Mrs Kidd

Welcome to 1 Elm




Mrs Kidd -


You can find out what we are currently learning on our Curriculum Newsletter.



At our school we place a great importance on Reading and we would ask you to encourage your child to read their school reading book everyday and record this with a signature and a message if possible. Obviously reading stories to your child is still valuable and enjoyable for both children and parents.

Please return your child’s reading book to school everyday so that we can change the book if it has been read and also so that we can record if the child has read at school.


Reading Challenge

Each half term the children can earn raffle tickets each time they read 5 times with an adult. At the end of each half term a winner from each year group is then picked out.

We also set a class target each half term and our reward for reaching it is a new class book to share.


Home Learning

The children will all have login details for Mathletics, Reading Eggs and EdShed which can be found in the front of their reading record. These can be accessed at home and the children can earn certificates for earning points or completing tasks.



This half term we have PE lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The children should wear their PE kit to school on these days (white t-shirt, navy/black leggings or jogging bottoms, a hoody or jumper and trainers/pumps). It should be labelled with your child’s name please. You may also wish to send a waterproof jacket on these days.

We also do daily physical activity in the form of a Daily Mile or an indoor exercise (e.g. BBC Supermovers or Go Noodle) to get our bodies moving as much as possible.


Drinks and Snacks

We ask the children to drink water at regular intervals during the day so please provide them with a named, durable water bottle (water only, not juice). A fruit or vegetable snack is provided everyday for the children which they eat at morning

playtime. You can send your child with their own piece of fruit or vegetable if you so wish but no other snacks are suitable, thank you.

And lastly, thank you for your support and if you have any questions or would like a chat, please catch a member of staff at the beginning or end of the day.


Thank you,

Mrs Kidd and Mrs Rodgers

Making Catapults

Reading our new book

Reading the book "Castles" as part of our new topic. We have already learned so much!



PE - Cricket skills

We are working with the coach on our cricket skills - throwing  the ball and aiming for a target.


PE - Tennis & Athletics

Grouping, sharing and fractions of shapes and quantities.


Using Ipads

Using Ipads to research the answers to our questions about sea creatures and find facts.


We investigated whether the numbers on the dice were equal or not equal and we made equal groups of cubes.



We were thinking about reducing litter and so we conducted a pollution survey and went litter picking around school.


D&T sensational salads. We have been busy evaluating, tasting, designing and making our own healthy salads. It was great fun and we really liked them!


Maths - Capacity & Mass

Exploring capacity and mass.


This half term we have really enjoyed our hockey lessons with the sports coach.


Red Nose Day

World Book Day

You can view all our photos here.


English - The Emperor's Egg

As part of our work on The Emperor's Egg book we drew a life size Emperor penguin! Can you remember how tall it was?


Maths - Height & Length

PE - Gymnastics

Gymnastics - practicing our shapes, jumps and rolls on the apparatus.


Art - Colour mixing

We enjoyed colour mixing primary colours to make secondary colours.


English - Following instructions

Following instructions in English to make jam sandwiches! 


Writing our own poetry

We are reading and writing our own poetry this half term. We started off writing a senses poem about winter. Here is our finished work on display. We are very proud of it!


Science - Sense of smell

Science - is our sense of smell better with our eyes closed? We found out that it was!


In maths we have been working on tens and units and learning to spell number words.


ICT - Christmas Cards & Traditional Tale telling

We have practiced our keyboard skills to type our own Christmas card inserts and took turns filming each other re telling a Traditional Tale.


We have enjoyed our project on moving pictures. First we looked at books with moving pictures, then we learnt about levers, pivots and slides. We then designed and made our own moving pictures. 


Our Christmas Play

We have worked hard and had fun learning our songs and actions for our Christmas play. We hope you all enjoyed it!


Maths - 3D Shapes

We have been learning about 3D shapes in our maths lessons. We made models and named the shapes we had used.


Children in Need

We had a visit from Roger Parkinson from the Woodland Trust who taught us all about the importance of trees. We learnt lots and had fun. Ask your child to tell you why trees are important. We are going to become tree guardians and teach everyone else in school how wonderful and important trees are. Roger is going to come back later in the winter to help us to plant 52 trees in our mini woodland. 



Painting the Seasons

We've started reading a new book called The Squirrel's Busy Year. It has helped us to think about seasons and how they differ through the year. One activity we did this week was painting a tree in different seasons.

Can you spot signs of Autumn with your child? What is your/their favourite time of year and why?


In PE we were thinking about changing speed and direction as well as being teachers and giving our partner instructions!


Reading target smashed!

Congratulations Elm class for smashing your reading target this half term! I hope you all loved our new book! The more you read the more raffle tickets you will earn!


Autumn walk in the Park

We walked to the park and used our knowledge of directions to help us get there. We looked at the different types of trees in the park and their leaves. There were lots of signs of Autumn for us to spot. We found lots of conkers and sycamore keys and saw lots of busy squirrels!

We also had another go at some outdoor art with the things we found. It was a lot of fun!


Year One walked up to St Peter's church. We were excited to see inside. We did a church trail where we found out about lots of things that are a special part of the church such as the font, the altar and the pews. We talked about why a church is an important place to Christians and how it is a community. We really enjoyed our visit.


We had so much fun on our Art day learning about Andy Goldsworthy. We found out that he makes sculptures from natural materials and we looked at some of his art work in our 'Art Gallery'. We talked about what we liked and recorded our ideas in our sketchbooks. Then we went outdoors and made our own Andy Goldsworthy inspired art. We had such a great time!



Nature Detectives investigating leaves & trees

Writing UK facts & Phonics

Measuring fun in Maths!

PE - Working with the sports coach learning new rugby skills.

Week 2 Done! We are settling into Year One so well and have been busy nature detectives and mathematicians this week!