Year 1 & 2 - Elm 2020 - 2021
Hello and welcome to Elm Class' webpage. Here you will be able to find out everything you need to know about our mixed Year 1/ 2 class; from our class routines to our current learning topics and where we will also share photos and upcoming events. Don't forget to also follow our learning on our school Twitter and Facebook pages.
Meet the team
Mrs Blackwell Mrs Allmand Mrs Carter Mrs Taylor Mrs Paley
(Teacher Mon-Wed) (Teacher Thurs-Fri) (Teaching Assistant) (1:1) (1:1)
General Class Information
Entrance/exit via KS1 Door (near Oak class)
Start time: 8:45am
Finish time: 3:10pm
If you have brothers/sisters in different classes, please make sure you stick to your start and finish time every day, or you may miss out on important lessons.
What will we be learning?
Each half term we will be have a new and exciting topic whilst continuing to use the Cornerstone Curriculum for all subjects. At the bottom of the page you will find useful information about each topic as we cover it throughout the year.
Spring A - Muck, Mess and Mixtures
We return in 2021 with another exciting topic... Muck, Mess and Mixtures. We’re warning you; this is going to get messy! To find out what we will be learning about and have a go at some of the suggested home learning activities, why not check out the attached documents at the bottom of the page.
Muck and mess are good. In fact, they're marvellous.
Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods. Pour, mix, stir, splat. How does it feel to get your hands covered in goo? Make a wobbly jelly and draw with wibbly clay.
Write recipes, instructions, riddles and poems – there are loads of scrummy words to describe messy mixtures.
Work with paint and other squelchy stuff to create a new gallery space. What will you make? How will you arrange it? How will the gallery make you and your visitors feel?
Don’t worry about the mess – it’ll always wash.
This half term, we’ll have a messy morning to investigate mixtures, from paint and toothpaste to jelly and shaving foam. We’ll use our science skills to explore everyday materials, investigate soap products and understand why mixtures freeze and melt. We’ll learn how to measure using scales, measuring jugs and cylinders accurately. We’ll taste a wide variety of foods, learn about healthy eating and follow recipes to make some yummy treats including pizza and ice cream! Our artwork will also rely on our mixing skills. We’ll use marbling inks to make unusual patterns, create food landscapes inspired by Carl Warner, paint with ice cubes, model clay into exciting shapes and use a variety of materials to make mixed media collages.
Help your child prepare for their project
Muck and mixtures can be messy and magical! Why not make a variety of fun recipes to reveal how mixtures can come together and change? Trifle, gooey cookies and bread would all be good to try. You could also invent a new soft drink. Mix, shake and stir a range of fruit juices, cordials and sparkling water together and taste each one. Pick the best and give it a groovy name. Alternatively, try making different bubble mixtures to see which make the biggest bubbles!
Please remember if your child is self-isolating or if our bubble/school closes please access Google Classroom, where daily Home Learning will be provided and need to be completed to ensure that they do not fall behind. Work provided will match classwork and should be sent into school along with your child upon their return to school.
PE will be taught on Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Blackwell and Wednesday morning with Mrs Carter or Mrs Dowson (whilst Bubbles are closed).
From September we are asking that children come to school in their PE kit on Tuesday and Wednesday to avoid dressing/undressing in school.
On Wednesday, lessons starts at 8:45 am so ALL pupils need to be in and ready to start after register. If you have siblings in other year groups then they will all need to come in at 8:45 daily (unless you want to do multiple drop offs).
This is sent out weekly (usually a Wednesday) and to be handed in on a Monday. Presentation of homework is important so please encourage your child to write in pencil, underline with a ruler and write the date neatly.
Your child will be given a new reading book based on their own reading ability for them to read at home with an adult, plus a book to be shared together from the library. Reading journals and books need to be in school everyday. Encourage your child to read to you daily. Regular reading has a huge impact on your child's progress across all subjects. When your child reads with you please date and sign your reading journal so that we can monitor children's progress properly. Check your reading journal daily as we might write you a note.
Contacting the Class Teachers
It is really important that we have good communication between school and our parents/carers, so if you have any concerns regarding your child or would like to send us anything, please contact us on our class email: email@example.com
Useful Websites and Apps
Phonics Play - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources
Oxford Reading Buddy - https://www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com/uk
BBC Bitesize - http://bbc.com/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p
SumDog - https://pages.sumdog.com
Times Table Rockstars - https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student
Maths Zone - http://mathszone.co.uk
White Rose Maths - https://whiterosemaths.com/
Fun ICT Games - http://ictgames.com