Mr Hancox, Mrs Ponting and Mrs Webber
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.
Friday 17th January:
Theme of the Week: Gratitude
"Saying 'Thank you' makes everyone feel better." - Sam
Class Discussion: What are "good manners"?
What are some examples of good manners?
What are some examples of bad manners?
Why are good manners important?
How much does it cost to have good manners?
Home Learning Menu:
English: Continue to read daily. Reading Diaries have gone home in which to record your child's reading activities. They also include phonics sounds and tricky words to practise. You can also explore Serial Mash and Oxford Owl for extra reading.
Phonics: In phonics this week we've been looking at the sounds 'wh' (when), 'ph' (dolphin) and 'ew' (chew). Look out for them in your daily reading as well as in general conversation.
Reading Rockets have also gone home. Children can practise the words on their rocket. Once they can read them all and recognise them in a sentence, they can bring them in and move up to the next rocket.
Maths: We've continued looking at addition, subtraction and place value in maths this week including the commutative law. Try this 'More than, less than or equal to' game or this 'One more or one less' game for some extra practise as well as this 'Bubble Bonds' game on Purple Mash.
Geography: We were using Google Maps to look at the school, Petersfield and its position in the UK, Europe and in the world. Can your child find Petersfield on a map of the UK, or the UK on a map of the world?
Cookery: The children made 'Mediterranean Pasta' on Friday afternoon. The recipe is attached at the bottom of this page if you'd like to try it together at home.
Want to know more about what your child got up to at school today? Then why not try some of these dinner time conversation starters.
Please ensure P.E. kits contain everything they should (shorts, t-shirt, socks, trainers, tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie). It is essential that your child is safe, warm and comfortable in both indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons. Please note that children with missing or inappropriate kit may not be able to take part in P.E. lessons.
Langrish maths bags:
Our Langrish maths bags are full of fabulous resources for honing the children's maths skills and come with a booklet of ideas about how best to use them. We're only handing them out on request this year, so if you'd like to borrow one please let the office know via the usual email. The bags cost £12.50 each to put together, so if you'd like to keep it beyond the end of Year 1 please see the office about making a payment. If you don't wish to buy the maths bag, simply use it for this year then hand it back with all its contents intact at the end of the summer term.
A Taste of Our Learning
Week 17 - Super shopping, marvellous maps and the Little Red Hen
The Year 1 shop was open for business again during maths this week.
Shoppers had 20p to spend and could buy any number of items as long as they added up to 20p in total.
Other challenges included word problems, Multilink activities and even a word search of number bonds to 10 to try and solve.
It was all designed to hone the children's adding and subtracting skills; why not try some of the games suggested in the Home Learning Menu to see how they're doing.
Geography this week was all about map skills and Petersfield's place in the wider word.
Using Google Maps, we were able to find Petersfield, then zoom out to see where it was in relation to the rest of the UK.
We then zoomed out further, looking at Europe and, eventually, the entire world to see where we are in relation to other countries.
In groups, the children were then given iPads and explored for themselves the geography of our local area, trying to find recognisable landmarks and even their own houses.
In English, we started looking at the traditional tale 'The Little Red Hen'.
First, the children listened to the story before splitting into groups to re-enact the tale of the Little Red Hen and her unhelpful friends.
We then created a story map, using images and actions to help the children remember the story.
Finally, the children began writing the story of 'The Little Red Hen' themselves, all ready for creating their own versions of this well-known tale next week.
Can your child tell you the story of the Little Red Hen?
Week 16 - Perfecting portraits, brilliant bodies and unjumbling geography
Our Art unit this term is all about portraits.
We began by looking at some famous portraits by artists as diverse as Leonardo Da Vinci, Henri Matisse and Gustav Kilmt. The children discussed the similarities and differences between the portraits as well as whether or not they liked them.
They then had a go at a self portrait, using mirrors to look at their features and trying to accurately capture what they saw.
Ask your child which of the famous portraits they liked the best and why.
In Science, we began our topic of 'Animals Including Humans' by looking at the latter - us!
The children were tasked with creating and labelling a life-size picture of a human body.
Splitting into groups, they drew around one group member to get the body shape, then set about naming as many basic body parts as they could and writing them onto the sheet.
Ask your child how many different parts of the body their group managed to correctly label.
Our learning question for this week's Geography lesson was deceptively simple: What is geography?
The children were given dozens of pictures and split into pairs to look at and discuss them, coming back together to collect as much geographical vocabulary as we could.
They then had to finish the sentence "Geography is the study of..." using only three words.
Can your child remember the answer we came up with? And can they tell you the difference between human geography and physical geography?
Week 15 - Merry Christmas!
It's been a busy week with Nativity plays, class parties and lots of festive fun! Thanks to everybody who came along to watch our performances this week, and it just remains for me to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Week 14 - Beautiful biscuits, a gruesome Grinch and delightful descriptions
We donned our aprons for a spot of biscuit baking in Year 1 this week.
The children loved getting their hands dirty as they measured out the ingredients and mixed them all together in their bowls.
Next, it was time to roll out the mixture and choose which shapes they wanted to cut their biscuits into.
Once the biscuits were baked and cooled, the children then got to ice and decorate their creations in a festive fashion.
Maybe you could do some Christmas baking at home this weekend.
We heard the story of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' on Monday, and that lunchtime something terrible happened - our class elf went missing!
The children looked for clues and found some green fur by the window which could only mean one thing - he'd been stolen by the Grinch!
It was then up to the children to write a letter to the Grinch asking for our elf back in time for our Christmas Fayre and explaining why Christmas is such a special time of year.
Did the letters work and make the Grinch's heart grow? You'll have to ask your child!
The children's descriptive language was put to the test in history this week as the children had to look closely a range of photographs and talk about what they could see.
After hearing the story of Mary Ellis and her exploits as a pilot in the ATA, the children not only had to describe the images, they also had to work out where they fitted into the story of Mary Ellis' life.
This was done using deduction and inference skills, examining the photos as historical evidence and making judgements about how old they were and what was going on in the pictures.
Did your child have a favourite image?
Week 13 - Magnificent Mary, lovely levers and marvellous mindfulness
We had a history mystery this week when the children used their detective skills to work out the details of our significant person study.
The table contained a flying helmet, goggles, model fighter planes, poppies, a map the Isle of Wight and books about World War II and important women through history.
After working out that it must be a female World War II pilot (and having a go at being pilots ourselves in the playground!), they then found out there her name was Mary Ellis.
Ask your child what more they'd like to learn about Mary's life and her role in World War II.
In DT we continued to make moving pictures inspired by well known traditional tales.
This week it was Jack and the Beanstalk, and after being reminded of the story the children set about making their own moving pictures inspired by the story.
To make the pictures move the children had to use a lever and a pivot, making sure the lever was the right length and the split-pin pivot was in the correct place to enable Jack to either jump onto or off the beanstalk.
Maybe you could try making your own moving picture at home.
Our theme of the week this week was mindfulness, and as part of that the children partook in a little classroom yoga.
Now that we're in winter, the story was appropriately an adventure tale based on 'Frozen', and as the children listened to the story they could join in by doing different movements and poses that tied in with the characters and events taking place in the tale.
Can your child remember any of the poses or what they were called? Maybe they could teach you a little bit of yoga!
Week 12 - Looking at light, the Green Cross Code and perfect place value
The second part of this term's World Faith and Philosophy unit built on the children's knowledge of how Christians uses the symbol of candlelight by comparing it to how candlelight is used as a symbol in Hinduism.
We heard the story of Diwali - the Hindu festival of light - before the children set about creating their own Hindu diya lamps out of clay.
Finally, we discussed the use of candlelight as a symbol and why it is important to both faiths.
Can your child tell you the story of Diwali?
It was Road Safety Week this week, which tied in nicely with the book we've been reading in class: 'The Hodgeheg' by Dick King-Smith.
The children learnt the Green Cross Code, acting out the different steps before writing them down to create their own illustrated Green Cross Code booklet.
They even created their own Green Cross Code mascots to follow in the footsteps of Tufty and the Green Cross Code Man.
Can your child remember all the steps of the Green Cross Code, or explain why knowing it would have helped Max, the hero of 'The Hodgeheg'?
In maths we continued to look at place value as well as addition and subtraction within 20.
As always there were lots of interactive challenges to be completed by the end of the week, from knocking down numbered tins and adding them up, to hunting for numbers in a box full of autumn leaves and even counting the number of legs on different creatures and adding them together.
We've also used lots of visual methods to demonstrate how many lots of 10 and how many lots of 1 make up a two-digit number.
Can your child explain to you how they know the value of each digit in a two-digit number?
Week 11 - Anti-Bullying Week, an interesting investigation, and getting a handle on candles
It was Anti-Bullying week this week, so the whole school took part in this year's 'Change Starts With Us' campaign.
In Year 1 we talked a lot about what constitutes bullying, and what the difference is between somebody being rude, somebody being mean and somebody being a bully.
We then discussed what the children need to do if they see or experience bullying and the importance of speaking out as soon as possible.
Ask your child about our Anti-Bullying Week discussions and activities.
Our Science topic of 'Plants' continued with the children undertaking an investigation.
They were asked a simple question (do all oak leaves have the same number of lobes?) and had to come up with a good way to try to answer it.
The children soon decided that we had to count the lobes on a leaf, but how many leaves would give us a wide enough sample? Did it matter whether or not they all came from the same oak tree? And was it important to pick leaves off the tree or could we gather fallen leaves from the floor too?
Ask your child what we did in the end and what conclusions we came to.
Our World Faith & Philosophy this half term is all about the symbolism of candlelight.
We began this week by looking at candles in the Christian faith and how they are used in different ways.
We talked about how we use candles to celebrate (on a birthday cake for example), to remember (a prayer candle lit for a friend or relative), and to represent specific faith-based concepts, as they do on the advent wreath.
Ask your child if they remember what the four candles on the advent wreath represent.
Week 10 - Dark, dark tales, sparkling teeth and Children in Need
For the past two weeks, we've been reading 'A Dark, Dark Tale' by Ruth Brown.
We began by reading the book, then the children found a dark, dark box hiding in a dark, dark corner of the classroom - but what was inside!
Inspired by this, they then became authors of their own dark, dark tales, changing elements of the original story to create their own versions.
Ask your child what they changed for their story and what creepy creation was lurking on the denouement of their novel.
We went from dark, dark tales to white, white teeth this week with a visit from the Hampshire school nurses team telling the children all about looking after their teeth.
They learnt about how much toothpaste to put on their brush, how long to spend brushing their teeth and how to brush the different areas of their mouth most effectively.
We also looked at food and drink that might damage our teeth as well as things that were good for them.
What can your child tell you about looking after their teeth?
It was BBC Children in Need Day on Friday, and the children threw themselves into it with customary gusto.
Resplendent in a wide variety of non-uniform, the whole school kicked off the day by taking part in a live work-out with Joe Wicks.
Break time saw lots of games and competitions to take part in and the after-lunch duck race was a huge success.
We also had a class discussion about the charity, who it helps, how it links to children's rights, and why it is important to support it.
Ask your child what they enjoyed most about the day.
Week 9 - Splendid shapes, jolly hockey sticks and a visit from the Life Bus
We began looking at shapes in maths this week, beginning with 2D shapes and moving onto 3D shapes later in the week.
Our first adventure was a 2D shape hunt around the school. The children had to find as many different shapes as they could, from rectangular windows and triangular bunting to square fence panels and semi-circles painted on the playground.
Back in the classroom we were just as busy, exploring different shapes through geoboards, making magnetic pictures and using play foam to make 3D shapes.
Which shapes can your child spot out and about or around the house?
Our outdoor P.E. session this week was all about developing the children's hockey skills.
The first job was to teach the children how to hold their hockey stick properly and comfortably.
Then the hockey balls came out and the children had some time to get used to the feel of dribbling them around the playground before we began looking at the best way to control the ball and stop it running away from us.
Ask your child if they can describe, or even show you, the best way to hold a hockey stick.
We had a visit from the Life Bus this week and it was a fantastic way to introduce the children to the SCARF PSHE program.
Year 1 learnt all about the human body, including naming different parts of the body (inside and out), and finding out about different families of food and what roles they play in keeping us healthy.
They also learnt about the importance of a good night's sleep, as well as meeting the SCARF mascot Harold the Giraffe and helping him to choose some healthy food for his packed lunch!
Ask your child what they remember about their visit to the Life Bus .
Week 8 - A plant-based poser for half term
There's no formal home-learning for the half-term holiday, just to relax, have fun and - of course - to look after the bean plant your child brought home last week! However, if you do want to keep your child's brain ticking over during the holiday, you could ask them about our experimental bean plants pictured below.
There were three plants: one grown without soil, one grown in a completely dark cupboard, and one plant we completely deprived of water. Ask your child how each one grew compared to our normal plants, and what do the results tell us about what plants need in order to grow and thrive?
Week 7 - Amazing Grace, an ace assembly and awesome autumn
Thursday was Significant Person Day across the school, and in Year 1 we were learning about computer programming pioneer and US Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.
We celebrated her curiosity by making 'Time to be curious' alarm clocks as well as making a timeline of Grace's life and achievements.
Ask your child what they remember about Grace, what was the significance of the alarm clocks, and how Grace finding a moth led her to coin a computing phrase we still use today.
Wednesday morning saw Year 1 leading the school's Harvest Festival assembly.
They did a fantastic job of sharing all their harvest-themed learning, including favourite fruits, harvest acrostic poems and a performance of the 'Harvest Samba'.
It was also an opportunity to thank everybody for their harvest donations which are being shared between the Petersfield Food Bank and the LifeHouse charity in Southsea.
A huge thank you to everybody who was able to come along and share our harvest celebrations.
As part of our study of the seasons, we went for an autumn walk this week.
The children were thinking about things they could see, hear, feel and smell now that autumn was well on the way.
These ranged from falling leaves and bare tree branches to damp air and wet mud.
After we'd collected our ideas, we then had a class photo taken in front of the copse. Ask your child what changes they think they'll see if we take the same photo again in a few months time.
Week 6 - Action-packed addition, terrifying tornadoes and brilliant Beebots
We've been adding in maths this week, focusing in particular on our number bonds to 10 through a variety of practical challenges.
These have included a fishing challenge, a building challenge and a play-foam challenge. We also had a shopping challenge in which the children had to spend 10p, first on two items, then on three items, and finally in as many different ways as they could come up with.
Ask your child about the challenges they enjoyed this week, do they think it helped them to learn their number bonds to 10?
We went all 'Wizard of Oz' on Tuesday, 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 presenting a weather report from right inside the path of a tornado which was about to hit Petersfield!
Ask your child how a tornado is formed, or even try the bottle experiment for yourselves at home.
The children's coding skills were put to the test this week as they got to grips with programming Beebots.
Using simple command buttons, the children had to program the Beebots to travel through a toy shop, landing on specific toys.
If things went wrong, it was up the children to retrace their steps and debug their algorithm, figuring out where they went wrong and trying again.
They also used the free Blue-Bot app which means you don't even have to have a Beebot to practise your programming! Maybe you could try it out at home.
Week 5 - Remarkable rainbows, wild plants and car park safety
Our topic of 'Weather in the UK and Around the World' led us to explore rainbows this week.
We found out that we can only see them when the sun is shining behind us and it is raining in front of us.
To prove it, we managed to create our very own indoor rainbows, making our own rain with a spray bottle and being rather lucky with a beautifully sunny afternoon.
Ask your child if they can remember what happens with the raindrops and the sunlight that causes a rainbow, and can they remember all seven colours in the spectrum?
Science this week was based around the question 'What is the most common wild plant in the school grounds?'
We began by talking about what a wild plant was and which were the most common ones we might encounter around school (including some that it was best not to touch!)
Then it was time to head out with our tally sheets and collect some data, scouring the school for wild plants and noting down how many there were.
Finally we came back together to compare results. Ask your child about our findings; did we answer our question?
To mark the beginning of Walktober, an enterprise designed to encourage children and their families to get out walking, we reminded the children about staying safe around traffic.
We discussed the possible dangers of the school car park and which areas were appropriate to be picked up and dropped off in, as well as which gates to use as pedestrians and which parts of the car park we should never walk across.
We then did a quick practise so that Year 1 could become bona fide walk-to-school safety experts, so make sure you follow their lead!
Week 4 - Wise wizards, colour field chaos and a book of butterflies
There was a touch of Camelot about the school hall on Thursday, when we had a visit from Merlin the (rather forgetful) wizard.
King Arthur's sword, Excalibur, had been stolen by the wicked Morgan le Fay and it was up to the children to help track it down and return it to its rightful owner.
They braved fire-breathing dragons, creepy castles and wicked witches in order to get Excalibur safely back to King Arthur.
What was your child's favourite part of their adventure?
In Art, we looked at the work of Mark Rothko, particularly his colour field paintings.
The children examined Rothko's style, and how he expressed feelings and emotions using large blocks of colour.
Having explored primary colours last week, the children then set about mixing primary colours together to make new colours, creating the different shades and hues they wanted to use in their own colour field paintings.
Ask your child what colours they mixed together and what new colours they managed to make.
We began our week of English lessons by looking closely at sentences - what makes a good one and what makes a bad one?
We then went on to begin our work on 'The Book of Butterflies', using a short film as a stimulus for gathering vocabulary and writing sentences.
The children loved the film, and even tried to catch the butterflies as they fluttered around the screen!
Ask your child what they thought about the film and what new words they've learnt this week. Can they give you an example of an adjective or a verb?
Week 3 - Planting beans, potato algorithms and fire safety
What better way to investigate the science of how plants grow than to grow some plants for ourselves?
We headed outside so that every child could plant their own bean, and over the next few weeks we’ll be looking after them and monitoring how they grow.
We’re also conducting an experiment by growing three extra beans: one without planting it in soil, one without water, and one being grown in a cupboard without any light.
Ask your child what plants need in order to grow, thrive and survive, and what they think will happen to our three experimental beans; will they still grow?
In Computing this week, the children were learning all about algorithms…using Mr Potato Head.
It all boiled down to the importance of following a simple list of instructions: an algorithm.
The children chipped away at the problem in pairs, one child following their partner’s instructions to add body parts to their paper Potato Head.
Once finished, the children switched roles so that everybody got a turn at both creating and following algorithms.
Could you create an algorithm for something at home? Perhaps for getting dressed or making a sandwich.
On Thursday, we had a visit from Hampshire Fire & Rescue who came in to talk to the children about what they do, and to give the class some tips on how to stay safe and what to do in an emergency. We talked about how and when to call the emergency services, and which services we might need in different situations.
The children also learned how often we should test our smoke alarms and when to change their batteries.
Finally, one of the children was challenged to put on a full Firefighters kit as fast as they could and managed it in a record-breaking 17 seconds!
As your child what they learned from the visit and which part they enjoyed the most.
Week 2 - Internet safety, playing with plants and sorting things out
Our class discussion this week was all about Internet safety.
We began by hearing the story of Smartie, a penguin who got a new tablet for his birthday and was having great fun using the Internet but also hit a few snags along the way.
We talked about the good choices that he had made and how we could keep ourselves safe like Smartie when using the Internet.
Based on the children's suggestions, we then put together an Internet Safety Charter for them to sign and stick into their home learning journals when they come home.
Can your child remember how Smartie stayed safe?
We began our plants topic in Science by looking at the different parts of a plant.
The children teamed up to examine lots of different plants, talking about what they could see and trying to name the different parts that make up the plant's anatomy.
Back in the classroom, the children then labelled a picture of a plant, identifying the flower, stem, leaves and roots.
Can your child tell you about the different parts of a plant and what they do? Maybe they could draw you a picture.
In Maths this week, we've been talking about all the different ways in which we can sort objects into groups.
The children have had trays full of objects ranging from lollipop sticks, coloured straws and plastic elephants to LEGO bricks, threading beads and toy dinosaurs.
They were challenged to see how many different ways they could group the objects together, including by size, shape or colour.
Ask your child which objects they sorted and how they decided to group them together.
Week 1 - Welcome Back!
We've only been in class for two days but after the summer break the children were keen to get straight down to business now they're in Year 1!
They've had plenty of time to explore their new classroom, as well as writing about what they got up to in the summer holiday, clambering over the wall equipment in P.E. and even getting some counting practise in maths.
We also looked at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the children created our Year 1 class charter based on the articles they felt were most important.
Ask your child about their first week in Year 1. What was their favourite part?
In P.E. this term we'll be doing indoor gymnastics on Friday mornings and outdoor multiskills games on Wednesday mornings. Please make sure your child has a t-shirt and shorts for gymnastics and a warm tracksuit and outdoor trainers for multiskills. This will ensure your child is safe and comfortable in both environments.
We've created our class charter based on the articles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We discussed relevant articles in class and the children chose the ones which they thought they should include in our charter. Ask your child which of their rights they thought were the most important and why.
Seesaw Electronic Learning Journals
From time to time, we'll be uploading some of the children's learning to the Seesaw electronic learning journal. Check your emails for details of how to download the app and create an account. You'll be able to see, share and even respond to your child's work. For more information on Seesaw click here.
Curriculum overviews can be viewed below by clicking on the attachments.