Mrs Barr


Mrs Bougen

Teaching Assistant

Hello everyone and welcome to Year 1, Elm Class!

We are looking forward to welcoming you this September to a fabulous first term. This year you are very lucky that you have two teachers to share your learning with. Myself – Mrs. Barr will be in class on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and you will have the fabulous Mrs. Guthrie with you on a Thursday and Friday. The wonderful Mrs. Bougen will be with you all week helping with your learning and making sure that you are all happy in class. What a lucky bunch we are, it is going to be a fantastic year for us all together!

This half-term we are so excited to get to know you all and help you to settle into life in Year 1. We have our new classroom to explore, our new routines to learn and lots of learning activities to enjoy.

Click here for our Year One Curriculum map 2021 – 2022

Important Information:

Water bottles and reading records should be brought in everyday.

PE is on a Thursday – please send children in wearing their in PE kits on a Thursday. As it gets cooler children can also wear dark coloured jogging bottoms or dark colour sweatshirts when they are outside for PE.

Forest School on a Friday – please send children in wearing in wellies/old shoes, long trousers, joggers or leggings, an old T-shirt/top and a water proof coat. We will be aiming to go out in all weathers, so please send in warm clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy.


This half-term we will be looking at the texts ‘The Street Beaneath My Feet’, ‘Major Glad, Major Dizzy’ and ‘Rapunzel’.

We will be using our phonics knowledge to write simple sentences. We will be focusing on our letter formation, placing our letters correctly on the line, and introducing capital letters and full stops to our sentences. We will use our writing skills to produce our own narrative stories and showcase our super sentence writing.


Phonics will continue to be taught daily through sessions every morning. We will be recapping some sounds previously learned and introducing new ones. The aim is to gain confidence in being able to recognise and blend the sounds in words independently, all whilst having fun!


Reading is always a huge focus and is fundamental to learning in every subject. Please make sure you read your reading book everyday and then go on myon for your ‘reading for pleasure’. Please fill in the Reading Log each time you read and let us know which books you love!


This half term, we will look at counting up to 100. This will involve understanding in words, numerals and using practical or visual representations of different numbers upto 100. Make sure you go on to Numbots to build up your fluency skills!


This half-term we are going to be looking at ‘Everday Materials’. We will be linking this to our history and DT work, investigating different types of materials that have been used to make toys over the years. We will also be investigating what different materials can do and how they are used in different ways. We will be looking at the different materials we have around our school and homes. Start looking out for different materials and how they are used in your home!

Outdoor Learning

This will continue on a Friday afternoon, please make sure that you come to school wearing suitable clothing to go into our forest school area. It might be raining, muddy or cold so please make sure you have suitable clothes to protect you.


As part of our DT we will be investigating toys – the design, purpose and user. We will be researching toys that have already been produced and trying to design our own interesting toy for a toddler.


This half-term we are learning about ‘Living Memory’. This unit examines our own recent history, the timelines of our lives and how our parents and granparents lived. We are looking at changes over time like music, electronics, toys, food, tavel and how we communicate. What has changed since our grandparents were young? There will be lots of questions asked, so dig out your baby photos and family albums!


Useful Websites



Phonics Bug

If you have any questions please email either of us directly on: or

Class Information Updates

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @TheOaksCPElm to get frequent updates about what we have been up to in class. Make sure you have signed up to our Class Dojo Page, you will recieve login details within the first 2 weeks of term. This is what we will be using for any home learning schould we need to.