Elm Class

Elm Class is one of the Year 1 classes at Westlea and we enjoy making new discoveries and having lots of fun! We have had a very busy first term together in year 1 and we have learned so much already!

We like to get outside whenever we can and learn hands on, we really enjoy learning about the seasons throughout the year.

Coming up in term 4 we will be learning about the great fire of London in history and we will be learning about the weather in science! We are beginning to explore addition and subtraction in greater depth and we are picking up the pace in phonics phase 5 to make bigger pieces of writing!

In art we will be exploring printing, we can’t wait to show you our class gallery!

Class teacher: Miss Gault

Learning Support Assistants: Miss Miller and Miss Green

Some of our favourite activities:

  • “I enjoyed learning all about Autumn!”
  • “I like making pictures and I liked learning about equals (in maths)”
  • “My favorite part of year 1 is when we are doing our work because I can learn what my sister learns!”
  • “Year 1 is fun. The best thing I’ve learned in year 1 is reading.

Reading and phonics.

We are currently taking small steps to promoting independence and responsibility with our own learning and self care. We encourage the children to have a go even if we find something tricky as making mistakes is how we learn.

We are having a big focus on phonics and developing early reading skills. Supporting your child with home reading is invaluable! You should be aiming to read at least 5 times a week. Remember to record it in your reading record. We count up the number of reads every term and the children will receive a certificate.


During Term 4+ we will be sending home pick and mix homework activities. You will have the chance to choose which homework activity to complete each week. You will receive points for each piece of homework you complete.

What do I need?

  • Coat, hat, scarf, gloves

  • Water bottle

  • Bag or book bag – reading records/books to be kept in your bookbag or bag.

  • Lunch box (if needed)

  • Wellies – to be kept in school.

  • Snack – fruit or plain biscuits if needed.

  • PE Days – Wednesday and Thursday: Children to come in to school with their PE kits.

  • Please put your child’s name on everything!

Useful Documents

Year 1 Overview