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Mr Hancox, Mrs Kean, Miss Pratt & Mrs Ponting

Welcome to the Year 1 class page. Look around for half termly overviews of our curriculum coverage and updates on what Year 1 have been up to recently, including details on our current learning.

Home learning for Friday 12th October 2018

Year 1's Home Learning Journals have been sent home.  Feel free to record home learning in any subject using this book, including any parts of this term's Reading Challenge.  Children can bring their Home Learning Journals in at any time to share any work they're proud of.

As always, daily reading is our main priority for home learning in Year 1.  You can record all your reading in your child's reading record, which also contains phonics sounds and high frequency words to practise and learn.

In phonics this week, we've been looking at the sounds 'ai' and 'ee', and the tricky words 'was' and 'my'.  Look out for them in your daily reading.

This term's Reading Challenge has been sent home.  After positive feedback, it's similar to the format used at the end of last year.  There are 25 house points on offer for finishing the challenge, so get reading!  Click here for Year 1's recommended reads.

In maths, we've continued looking addition and subtraction.  Try this 'Post Sorting' game for some extra practise.

In guided reading, we read the first chapter of 'Percy the Poorly Pony' in the Serial Mash section of Purple Mash.  Why not try some of the quizzes and activities for chapter 2 and 3.


Theme of the week: Aiming high and setting goals

"If you aim high then you can be

the best that you can be." - Emilie

Harvest Festival assembly and open classroom

Thank you to everybody who came along to support our Harvest Festival assembly and open classroom event.

I hope you enjoyed the chance to see what we've been up to so far this term, and I think you'll agree the children did a fantastic job of performing their assembly!

Year 1 Class Charters

After discussing their rights based on the Articles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Year 1 worked together to decide which rights they wanted to include in our Class Charter.  They drew pictures to illustrate which rights they felt were most important and the Class Charter includes all of these rights, as well as how both the children and adults will ensure they are upheld.  Ask your child which rights or Articles they can remember.  The Class Charter is attached at the bottom of this page.

We have also discussed e-safety this week, and together came up with a Year 1 e-safety charter to help us stay safe when we use the internet.  A paper copy has gone home to sign and return; it's also attached at the bottom of the page along with our class charter.

P.E. Kits

We'll be doing P.E. indoors on Tuesday afternoons and outdoors on Thursday afternoons.  Please ensure any earrings are removed and your child has the correct P.E. kit to be safe and comfortable in both environments.

Seesaw Electronic Learning Journal

From time to time, we'll be using the Seesaw Electronic Learning Journal to share your child's learning with you directly. 

Seesaw is private and you'll only see work created by your child.  If you'd like to sign up, please follow these instructions:

  1. Click on this link:
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once approved, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in.

You can also access Seesaw from a computer at

Thank you for supporting your child's learning!

Week 6 - Twisting tornadoes, discussing deities and a trip to the moon!

We went all 'Wizard of Oz' on Monday, when Year 1 was hit by a twister!

Luckily, this particular tornado was trapped safely inside a bottle, and the children had a chance to see a vortex close up as the air and water collided, mixed and formed a twisting, tornado-like funnel.

We also had a go at making a human tornado in the playground, with half the class representing rising  warm air and half the class representing the falling cold air.Ask your child how a tornado is formed, or even try the bottle experiment for yourselves at home.

On Tuesday we went on an out-of-this-world school the moon!

The children were given their return tickets on Monday, and duly turned up on Tuesday morning all ready for blast off!

Once we'd landed on the moon, we went on a moon walk, collecting scientific samples to analyse once we'd returned to Earth (which we eventually did but only after a lunar picnic!)

Using videos, images, virtual reality and - most importantly - the children's imaginations, we were able to get a glimpse of what it might be like to take a day trip to the moon.

What was your child's favourite part of the trip?

On Wednesday we explored our R.E. topic for this term: the concept of God.

In the morning, we looked at the Christian concept of God.  The children all thought about what God might look like; and through songs, poems and bible stories we came to understand what Christians mean when they talk about God.

In the afternoon, we looked at Hinduism, and how Hindus have many different gods with specific areas of belief associated with each one.

Which Hindu god did your child choose to draw and write about?

Week 5 - Outdoor games, making rainbows and the Big "Good" Wolf?

It’s great to get out onto the playing field for P.E. when the weather’s good, so we’re making the most of it while we still can!

This week we were practising our ball control skills with some throwing, catching and rolling.  We also worked in pairs to pass the ball over, under and around each other, all the while keeping it under control.

We also played a warm-up game combining team spirit, speed hopping and rock-paper-scissors!

Ask your child if they can explain the rules of the game.

As part of our ‘Weather Around the World’ topic, we’ve been learning about rainbows.

We discovered that rainbows can only occur when the sun is behind us, shining onto rain that is falling in front of us.  The raindrops act as prisms, splitting the light into the seven colours of the rainbow.

Luckily it was a sunny day, so with a little help from a spray bottle to create our rain, we had a go at making our own rainbows.  It was tricky to see the effect outside, but inside we managed to make a rainbow for the whole class to see.

Can your child remember the seven colours of the rainbow?

We had a special guest in the classroom on Wednesday morning, when the Big Bad Wolf came in to pay us a visit.

We’ve been looking at the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, and despite his reputation the wolf now claims to have changed his ways to become the “Big Good Wolf”.

The children all wrote questions for the wolf and he happily took the hot seat to answer all sorts of enquiries, ranging from “What is your favourite food?” to “What’s your full name?” and “Would you like a banana?”

What question did your child have for the Big Bad Wolf?

Week 4 - Autumn walks, anchor tasks and Christmas comes early!

As part of our year-long study of the seasons, we headed outside this week to explore the official arrival of autumn.

The children used their clipboards to note down everything they could see, hear, feel and smell now that autumn was here.

Their notes included everything from smooth acorns and crunchy leaves to the cooler temperature and the smell of wet grass.

We also took a class photo by the oak tree on the playing field.  If we take the same photo again in winter, what does your child think might have changed? 

On Monday the whole class took part in a maths 'anchor task'.

It's an open-ended task designed to stretch and challenge the children's concept of numbers.  This one involved the children working in pairs and using 20 blocks to find as many calculations as they could that added up to 20.

I was so impressed by how the children embraced the challenge, and they immediately launched into creating calculations adding multiple digits together rather than the usual "X + X = 20".

Ask your child what calculations they came up with that added up to 20.

Anyone who came into the classroom on Wednesday afternoon would have been forgiven for thinking they'd entered a time warp!

 There were Christmas jumpers, Christmas hats and Christmas music; but no, we hadn't gone mad - it was all to get the children into a Christmassy mood for creating their own Christmas card designs.

We had to do them nice and early so they can be sent off, scanned and put online ready for parents and families to view and order in time for Christmas.

We'll let you know as soon as they're ready to order!

Week 3 - Brilliant beans, marvellous mindfulness and more-or-less maths

We're learning about plants in science this term, so what better way to discover what plants need to survive than to grow some plants ourselves.

The children all got their hands dirty planting their beans in cups and making sure they had enough soil, water, sunlight and space to thrive.

We then started keeping our bean diaries to keep track of how much they grow each week.

We also have three experimental beans: one without soil, one without water and one without sunlight.  What does your child think will happen with these beans?

Promoting positive mental health is a big focus at Langrish, so in P.E. we've been invigorating our minds and bodies with some yoga.

The children learn a number of different yoga poses through storytelling; participating as the poses and movements are woven into a fun and entertaining narrative.

We always finish with some relaxation and will talk more about mindfulness and breathing exercises as the term goes on.

The children absolutely love taking part in the stories and always take on the personas of the different characters with enthusiasm!

Can your child show you any of the yoga poses we've done this week?


It's been another busy week in maths as we continue to explore number, place value and counting.

The children have been solving lots of puzzles where they have to work out one more or one less than a given number.

One challenge involved deciphering coded words by placing bottles into the correct order according to numerical clues.  Another involved fishing for numbers and using them to practise number bonds to ten.  We've even been exploring numbers by playing 'Top Trumps'!

Ask your child which activities they enjoyed taking part in this week.

Week 2 - Exploring numbers, mixing paints and enormous crocodiles

We continued to look at number and place value in maths this week, with the children taking part in a variety of activities.

There were word-searches to help the children practise spelling numbers; the 'Towers Challenge' (making towers from a specific number of blocks and placing them in the right tray); and a 'Play-Doh Challenge' in which the children had to make the correct amount of crocodile teeth from Play-Doh.

We also had number sequences to solve and looked at pictorial representations of numbers.

Ask your child which maths activity they enjoyed the most this week.

In art, we continued our exploration of colour by looking at the work of Mark Rothko.

Rothko used bands and blocks of colour to create his paintings, so the children practised mixing different colours from the three primary colours and using these to create their own ‘colour field’ paintings.

The children had a wonderful time mixing the paints to make lots of different colours, then mixing those colours to make even more fabulous colours.  There was paint and water everywhere, and the classroom certainly looked like Mark Rothko’s studio by the end of the afternoon!

Ask your child which colours they created.  Or if you have some paint, try making your own ‘colour field’ paintings at home.

It was Roald Dahl day on Thursday, so we spent the week doing work around one of his best-loved stories ‘The Enormous Crocodile’.

We began by reading the story, then had a visit from the Enormous Crocodile himself!  (Who luckily turned out to be rather friendly).

After that, we wrote character descriptions, a book review, and even an alternative ending where the Enormous Crocodile gets a chance to change his ways.  We even made our own Enormous Crocodiles out of cardboard and role-played the story out in the copse.

Can your child tell you the story of ‘The Enormous Crocodile’?



The Enormous Crocodile visited the classroom - luckily, he turned out to be friendly!

Week 1 - Welcome back!

It was wonderful to welcome Year 1 back to school this week!

We got straight down to business, and in English we were talking about sentences and what makes a good sentence.

We even went outside and created our own sentences in the copse, making sure we began with a capital letter, ended with a full stop and had finger spaces between each word.

We then made up some sentences of our own, including our learning promises for the year.

Ask your child what their learning promise was for Year 1.


We began our 'Colour Chaos' unit in art by looking at the work of Piet Mondrian, an artist who used geometric patterns and blocks of colour to create his artworks.

The children viewed some of his pictures and discussed what they liked or didn't like about them.

They then made their own Mondrian-inspired collages by sticking blocks of paper in the three primary colours onto black or white backgrounds.

Ask your child what they thought about Mondrian's work.  Can they remember the three primary colours?


In maths, we've been looking at place value and doing some simple addition within 20.

We explored place value by working in pairs to throw two dice and recording which numbers we could make with the digits that came up. For example, if you rolled a 3 and a 2, you could make 32 or 23.

We then talked about  how we could tell which number was bigger or smaller by looking at home many lots of 10 and how many lots of 1 our numbers contained.

You could try this at home with two dice - maybe even have a competition to see who can throw the biggest number!


Meet the Teacher

Thank you to everybody who attended the most recent Meet the Teacher events.  One of the main topics we discussed was safeguarding and in particular the importance of keeping children safe when using the internet.  You can visit the safeguarding section of our school website by clicking here and get more information and advice on internet safety via the CEOP thinkuknow website.

Curriculum overviews can be viewed below by clicking on the attachments.

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  • Offsted
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