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Welcome to the Elm and Olive Year Group Page


End of Year Olive and Elm Video

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July 2021 Bubble Closure Information


Please find activities for your child to enjoy during the bubble closure this week! Keep an eye on this page for videos and live session alerts if you fancy joining in. 

Thursday 22nd July 2021

Live session 10:30am via Google Classroom


The last day is here! We are super excited to see you all at 10:30am on Google Classroom for our live cook-along lesson. Don't forget to bring your banana, melted chocolate and sprinkles! We will also be posting a video on this page with a message from all your Year 1 teachers later today.


Here is a link to the banana ice lollies if you would like to make them at a later date.


Well done Olive and Elm class for a fantastic year in Year One. We will miss you all lots and wish you all a wonderful summer! 

Template to create your own recipe

Wednesday 21st July 2021


Good morning Year 1! We have new and exciting activities coming your way today so keep checking this page for updates.



More details to follow.

Ice-cream Activity Booklet

Sunglasses Summer

Draw a large pair of sunglasses (or use the printable template above) and, inside the lenses, draw some activities that you'd like to do in the summer holidays.

Today, we have a tangram puzzle challenge for you all to try. Each tangram consists of 7 flat pieces. There are 2 large triangles, 2 small triangles and medium triangle, a square and a parallelogram. The goal is to put these 7 pieces together to make a shape. 

The three main rules are: use all 7 pieces, the 7 pieces must not overlap and they must all touch! Good luck with your building; we'd love to see some pictures of your finished shapes. 

Ice Cream Scoop Artwork

Tuesday 20th July 2021



Join Mrs Lewis and Mrs Franks at 2pm on Tuesday 20th July for a pirate treasure hunt! We will be streaming live on Google Classrooms. A link and reminder of how to sign in has been sent to your email. If you have any questions, please give us an email!


Captain Lewis Scallywag and Captain Franks Rattlebones

Pirate Activity Pack

Dream Beach Activity

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Mrs Franks has designed her own dream beach! Can you design yours?

'Rolling in Treasure' Game!

Build your own catapult like Dennis the Menace!

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You will need:
-7 BBQ skewers
-jelly babies or marshmallows (soft sweets)
-a plastic/lightweight spoon/fork
-1 elastic band
-sticky tape
Meet the Year 1 Teaching Team

Important Information

  • PE is twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The children will need to wear their PE kits for these sessions. Please send your child to school in their PE kit every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Each week we will post the learning for next week on this page. Please check this weekly as it will contain the key learning for Year One and links and ideas to help you support your child at home. 

Virtual Visit!

Olive and Elm classes enjoyed a very special virtual visit to a Garden Centre today! Jack and Sarah from Harlow Garden Centre took us on a tour and showed us the goods-in warehouse and lots of the plant display areas such as the evergreen trees and rose bushes! They also taught us words such as 'chlorophyll' (affects the colour of the plant) and 'variegated' (leaf with more than one colour). We loved hearing all about what Jack and Sarah do each day at the garden centre and how they take care of all the plants. Thank you!

Canadian Barn Dance 5

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We have been learning a Canadian Barn Dance routine in our Dance lesson this week. We will add the next steps to our step hop routine next week! Here are some of our dances so far...

Canadian Barn Dance 4

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Canadian Barn Dance 3

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Canadian Barn Dance 2

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Canadian Barn Dance 1

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Instruction Writing- Baking Bread and Butter Pudding

We have been busy making bread and butter pudding in Year One today. We listened to the instructions carefully and mixed, buttered, poured and baked our pudding! We will be writing instructions about how to make it later this week.

Science Week- Inventing Paint Colours!

It's Science Week at Millfield and our topic is Inventions! Our first invention in Year One was to use natural materials to create pigments to make our own paint colours. We planned which colours we wanted to make and select natural materials such as petals and leaves to help us make them!

Music with Mr Hampshire

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'Music from around the World - Scotland'

Mindfulness Art with Mrs Lewis and Miss Halsall

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'I'm Still Standing' performed by Mr Hampshire

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Mrs Franks will be taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. Use these resources if you would like to get involved! You can also use the link below to find out more and to submit your results.

Early Spring Nature Walk with Mrs Kershaw

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'Happy' performed by Mr Hampshire

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Music with Mr Hampshire 2

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A letter to Year One from Mrs Kennedy- Weeks!


Dear Year 1 children and teachers,


I arrived at school this morning feeling excited about the day ahead. 


As I opened my office door, I saw that something had been left on my desk. I was curious to find out what it was! As I got closer, I could see a note on the front explaining that Year 1 children (within the Year 1 bubble) had created a non-fiction book all about penguins and I was lucky enough to be able to read it!

I then heard a ping and looked at my emails to see that I had received an email from Mrs Franks sharing a non-fiction e-book that had been created by using the penguin reports that children had completed at home!  


Thank you so very much - what a treat for me! 


I am so impressed with all your hard work to create such amazing non-fiction reports all about penguins - one of my favourite animals! The information that you have carefully written, as well as the labelled images have helped me to understand more about penguins. The book is full of fantastic topical terminology that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. I particularly like the 'Did you know...?' questions which was a very clever way of sharing information.


Did you know that the Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species, reaching as tall as 120cm in height? How tall are you? Are you shorter or taller than an Emperor Penguin? 


Thank you again for sharing your very impressive learning. 


Keep smiling! 


Mrs Kennedy-Weeks

Mindfulness with Mrs Kershaw

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Music with Mr Hampshire

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Storytime with Mrs Lewis!

Mr Wumble and the Dragon Part 5

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Mr Wumble and the Dragon Part 4

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Mr Wumble and the Dragon Part Three

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Listen on to find out how Mr Wumble defeats the dragon!

Mr Wumble and the Dragon Part Two

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Find out what happens to Mr Wumble in Fairyworld.

Mr Wumble and the Dragon Part One

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Join me for another story this week. This time it's a fairy tale called Mr Wumble and the Dragon by Enid Blyton.

The Climbers Part Five

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Here is the final part of The Climbers. Visit our class page next week for a new story!

The Climbers Part Four

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Where will Alma and Tully go next? Who will let them in?

The Climbers Part Three

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What will happen to Star Bear and Alma now the villagers have discovered the truth?

The Climbers Part Two

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How do you feel about Star Bear? Do you think he is really as fierce as the villagers say he is?

The Climbers Part One

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Join me each day to read the adventures of Alma and her bear cub.

Year One Christmas Poem

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Personification Poems

This week, we have been imagining what winter would be like were it human. We drew an image of winter as a person and then wrote sentences to describe them. We were inspired by the poem 'Seasons' by Valerie Bloom. An excellent job from Harry, Alfie, Rose, Isabelle, Brodie and Daniel on their winter poems! 

Christmas Crafts in Year One

We have been in the Christmas spirit this week and getting involved in Christmas crafts and helping to decorate the Millfield playground!

Olive Class Christmas Carols!

Jingle Bells

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Olive Class enjoyed venturing outside today to safely sing some Christmas songs! We sang 'Deck the Halls', 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town', 'Silent Night', 'Away in a Manger', 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and 'Jingle Bells'!

Making Fruit Pizzas

Fruit Pizzas Cooking Class

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Here is our Elm class cooking class to teach you how to make your own fruit pizzas at home.

Fruit Pizzas Cooking Class

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Here is our Olive class cooking class to teach you how to make your own fruit pizzas at home.
In Year One, we made fruit pizzas using raspberries, grapes, bananas and blueberries. We recorded ourselves giving instructions to make the pizzas for our very own Millfield cooking show.

Junk Model Buildings

We were inspired by the building work at Millfield and spent Tuesday morning designing and building our own cardboard houses. We thought about the features of a house and what they definitely needed and then got to work building them out of junk modelling materials. 

The Snail and the Whale

We have been writing our own version of Julia Donaldson's 'The Snail and the Whale' in Year One this week. Well done to Jack C who worked extremely hard on his sentence structure and also passed his spelling target this week! 

Ocean Setting Description

We took our imagination to an underwater setting this week and used our five senses to describe it. Well done to Lea who wrote this shimmering sea description!

Poem Writing in Year One

Well done to Hayden in Elm class who used rhyming words to write a great poem this week. 

We were inspired by the poem 'The Treasures' by Clare Bevan.

Well done to Sydney in Olive Class who chose some brilliant adjectives and animals to add to her rhyming couplets poem.

Year One Classroom Layout


In Year One, we have been working on making some reasonable adjustments to our classrooms to help us to support children in their learning.


We have created a carpet area in both classrooms, which will allow for more engaged and age appropriate teacher input. Children will be sat in lines facing forward on the carpet and will remain with their line as they transition to the tables.


The tables have been laid out in a way that ensures that no child is face to face with another child. Please see below for a few photos that show the changes we have made in Elm and Olive classrooms.


Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 


Best wishes from the Year One Team

The slideshow below shows the classroom layout for Olive and Elm Classrooms from 20th October 2020. 
Please click on the link below to view the welcome to KS1 document.



We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures of the continuous provision in the Elm and Olive classrooms.