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Elm Class

Welcome to Elm - Reception/Year 1


Welcome to Elm Class! We hope you all had a lovely summer break!

Your Class Teacher is Mr Newman.  We have the lovely Mrs Badenhorst  who will be working with us.


Our PE day is on a Thursday, please bring your child into school in their PE on Thursdays. 


If you need to contact school for urgent matters please email the office. If you need to contact me for other enquiries you can email me via our class email at: The class e-mail will be checked regularly and I will aim to reply as soon as I am able. 

Our Learning 


Wow. we are very nearly at the end of the first term! It has been a very busy and full term and  the children have been amazing. The tab below is where will be able to find the weekly spelling lists. We have two spelling groups, which are sorted in relation to their phonics groups. If you are unsure about which group your child is in, please email me on the class email. 


In Literacy this week the children have had lots of fun innovating the story of the Gingerbread Man, by making up new characters. Next week they will be creating their own story maps and changing the ending to the story. They will either then retell the story with the new ending or try to write their own story.  


In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. Next week we will be creating patterns with shapes. Lots of children see pattern as colour e.g. red, blue, red, blue so we are looking forward to exploring different patterns and considering if a pattern such as red triangle, yellow circle, red triangle, yellow circle, blue triangle is still a repeating pattern. 


We will continue our topic of autumn and the body next week. We will be using our senses to find out about autumn and be reading lots of autumn inspired stories. 


Phonics should also be carried out everyday. There is a phonics section below to help you carry out phonics.

You should: Go over the Phase 3 letters, sounds and tricky words. Have a think about different words with these sounds in and sentences that have the tricky words you cover (only do 1 or 2 a day).

You could: Write up the words and sentences that you think of and get your child to read sentences you write (that involve sounds and tricky words).


Please make sure you practice all writing with lead in letters!! It is important to match what we teach in school. Unfortunately, for the homework packs, the computer font can't do lead in letters so it is in print.


I love cooking and creating things. Try getting your child to help you when you're cooking. Here are a few recipes you could follow though, if you want to:






Cookies: (I like adding more chocolate chips to this one)

Bread Rolls:

Fruit Salad: (you don't have to stick to those fruits, it can be anything)

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