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Mr Hancox, Mrs Ponting and Mrs Webber

Home Learning - Summer Term

Thank you to everybody who submitted pictures for our Year 1 Kindness Collage - it looks amazing!

Suggested daily timetable for Year 1:

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Good morning Year 1!

I'm really excited to be taking over your online learning this half term and there's lots of great things to do and enjoy. It would be lovely to hear from you and find out what you have been doing. You can send me an email on the address in your grown up's last email from Mrs Wright. I look forward to hearing from you.

I also have a special story to share with you. It's helps explain social distancing and how we can still make each other smile. It's called 'While We Can't Hug' and you can access the story by clicking here.

Today I have a bonus challenge for you! At the bottom of the page you will find a new maths and English activity book. There are lots of lovely maths and English challenges for you to explore. I hope you enjoy them!

Mrs Lawry :)

Here are today's activities:

English:  Today it's spelling shed day! Please log on and complete the -ing and -ed games that I have set for you. Do you think you can get higher in the league table than Year 2?

Maths:  We'll continue to use the Daily Lessons on BBC Bitesize for our maths lessons this term.  Click here to access the BBC Bitesize website, containing daily videos, games and activity sheets.  For extra practise, click here to access the White Rose activity sheets for each day.

Wellbeing at Home:  As a continuation of Mental Health Awareness Week, the publisher Dorling Kindersley have produced a 'Wellbeing at Home' activity pack with tips on positive thinking and staying calm.  You can dowload it by clicking here or find it attached to the bottom of this page.

Personal Best Challenges:  You'll all have been emailed about the Hampshire School Games 'Personal Best' challenges, you can score points for the school just by taking part!  Check the Langrish School Twitter Feed for scorecards and daily demonstration videos.  For more ideas you can click here to visit the Getting Active section of the Energise Me website, or look at the links in the Additional Resources section below.

Chance to Shine Cricket:  There are loads of cricket-related challenges and activities to keep you all active on the Chance to Shine website - click here to give them a try.

History:  Our History topic this term is 'Toys', exporing how toys have changed over time and particularly in the last 100 years.  Click here to access the week-by-week resources.

Science:  We'll continue to explore the subject of 'Everyday Materials' through this term's history topic 'Toys'.  Click here to access the week-by-week resources.

Music: Hampshire Music Service have sent through a series of activities for you to try at home. Use the two 'Keep Calm and Make Music' PowerPoints at the bottom of the page to get creative and have fun!  The Royal Albert Hall at Home also have loads of inspirational music sessions to stream and explore.  Click here to visit their website.

Computing:  Use 2Create a Story on Purple Mash to write, illustrate and animate your own story.  Click here to access instructions and details.

SCARF PSHE Materials:  SCARF have provided age-appropriate activity packs focusing on children's physical and emotional wellbeing.  Click here to access the activities.

Harold's Daily Blog:  Harold the SCARF giraffe is off school too, sharing what he's been getting up to, as well as creative and mindfulness ideas, via his daily blog.  Click here to catch up with Harold and try some of his ideas as part of your daily routine.

Design and Technology:  We're looking at salads and smoothies this term, including trying different recipes, discussing a healthy diet and finding out where our fruit and vegetables come from.  Click here to access the week-by-week resources.

Twitter:  Keep up to date with any additional ideas, activities and resources by following the Langrish School Twitter Feed which is updated nearly every day.

Additional Home Learning Resources:

Below are links to various websites which you may find useful in the coming weeks. Some of the websites and learning ideas are reminders of what we already subscribe to, and some are new ones which you are more than welcome to investigate.

Reading: There are lots of colour-banded e-books available on the Oxford Owl website.  Simply click on 'My Class Login' and enter the username langrishyear1 and the password we shared via Seesaw.  Alternatively, you can create your own free account.

These Sight Words Games are a range of printable games providing fun and interactive ways for children to practise their reading.  Use the pre-made versions or create your own for an extra challenge!

Spelling Shed:  Children have their own Spelling Shed logins and can be practising their spellings and earning points along the way.

Writing:  Pobble 365 provides pictures, ideas and inspiration to get the children writing.

Maths:  There are lots of interactive maths games to try on Snappy Maths, Top Marks Maths and IXL.

Purple Mash:  All children have Purple Mash logins and can explore their wide range of activities across all subjects including lots of stories in Serial Mash.

Phonics:  Phonics Play has plenty of free resources to try and an annual subscription is only £12 for unlimited access to all their resources.  They are currently offering free access during the school closures by logging in with the Username: march20 and the Password: home.

Yoga:  The Cosmic Kids Yoga channel on Youtube has lots of fun yoga adventures that get the children moving and stretching.

Mindfulness:  The Childline Calm Zone provides a fantastic range of resources, games and activities for dealing with the more stressful aspects of being on lockdown.  They include breathing exercises, yoga, ways to express how you're feeling and tips for coping.

Super Movers:  The Super Movers website has lots of songs we love to sing and dance along to that also help the children to learn.

Music:  Children can explore the  Charanga website for musical inspiration.  The Royal Albert Hall Home website contains a number of both upcoming and archived events for children to explore different genres of music including jazz and opera.

Dance:  Exercise your body and your imagination with these BBC 'Let's Move' programmes based on a wide range of topics and stories.

Outdoor Activities:  Gilbert White's House have a number of downloadable sheets to help explore the outdoors.  The South Downs National Park Learning Zone and The RSPB also have some fun outdoor activities to help connect with the nature on your doorstep.

Busy Things:  Busy Things is packed with fun and colourful games that cover a range of curriculum subjects from Maths, English and Science to Computing, Citizenship and R.E.

Twinkl Resouces:  Twinkl offers thousands of resources for all school years and subject areas.  They are currently offering free access during the current school closures by using the code UKTWINKLHELPS at can also access the Twinkl Year 1 School Closure Resource Pack by clicking here.

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons:  BBC Bitesize have launched a comprehensive range of online lessons for key Year 1 subjects.  They include videos and interactive resources.  Click here to begin exploring.

Internet Safety:  Home learning may involve spending more time online than you would normally.  Below are some links to a few useful activities and resources which will help you and your family stay safe online.  Please remind your child to tell an adult immediately if they every find something online that upsets them.  It would also be helpful to let the school know of any issues that arise so we can alert the wider school community to any possible risks.


As you are undoubtedly aware, your children are using online resources and different devices to access some of their home learning. Please be advised of the importance of online safety and discuss it with your child.

Here are three things we recommend:

  1. Check the settings on all devices that your children use. See the NSPCC's excellent guide on how to do this.
  2. Aim for a balance of activities including time in the day when children have a break from screen time. 
  3. Talk to your child about safety. Explain that if something they experience online makes them confused or just feels wrong then they need to tell you about it straight away.

Useful numbers:

As a charity, the NSPCC helpline services will remain open for children on 0800 1111.

For adults concerned about a child, please call on 0808 800 5000.


A Taste of Our Learning

Week 25 - Curious about capacity, powerful protests and fiery art

What a week!  In maths, we've been measuring and discussing capacity using lots of water, some of which even made it into the containers!

We protested to King Charles II about the laws he needs to bring in in order to make London a safer place when it's rebuilt after the Great Fire of London.

The fire also featured in our art this week as we used red, yellow and orange tissue paper to create fiery collage backgrounds for our silhouette pictures.

Ask your child which activities they enjoyed the most this week.

Week 24 - Dramatic learning, wonderful weights and fabulous phonics

Open Box Theatre came in this week to whisk the children back through time and deposit them right in the middle of the Great Fire of London.

The children learnt all about what life was like in 17th century London before the fire and how dangerous (and smelly!) the streets had become.

They then saw inside Thomas Farynor's bakery as the fire began and did their best to put it out before finally escaping to the fields outside the city.

Ask your child to tell you five facts that they learnt along the way.

Maths this week was all about weighing and comparing objects, and as usual there were a variety of challenges to put their thinking and reasoning skills to the test.

These ranged from decoding secret messages by arranging objects in the correct weight order, to comparing the weight of different 3D shapes and deciding if certain statements about them were true or false.

The children also had to weigh and compare objects using non-standard units (such as wooden blocks) to see which ones were heaviest and lightest.

Which challenges did your child enjoy the most this week?

We have daily phonics and handwriting sessions in Year 1.  Mrs Ponting takes the majority of the class for phonics, allowing Mr Hancox the time to focus on smaller groups who need extra support.

The children have different focus sounds every day, and also put their phonics skills to the test by reading and identifying both real and "Alien" words.

In handwriting, we revisit the day's phonics sound and practise writing it using the correct letter formation.

Try practising at home using the letter formation Powerpoint attached to this page.

Week 23 - Animal encounters, getting the measure of things and an imaginary adventure

We were lucky enough to have some really wild visitors to the classroom this week when Birdworld brought along some animals to meet the children.

They were introduced to Ben the rabbit, Ted the tortoise, Ernie the royal python, Colin and Dave the hissing cockroaches and a giant African land snail named Jeff.

We learnt lots of facts about them, including what they ate, which animal families they belong to and how the royal python got its name.

What can your child tell you about the animals they met this week?

It was rulers and tape measures at the ready this week when we turned our attention to measurement in maths.

Challenges included everything from making Play Foam sausages and LEGO towers of specific lengths and heights, to finding out which animals all the children were taller and shorter than as well as finally answering that age old question: how long is a piece of string?

Ask your child which challenges they completed this week.  You could even try measuring and comparing some objects around the house.

Our topic work took us back in time this week through a virtual museum called the Matrix.

The children had to pretend they were back in 1666, waking up to find themselves right in the middle of the Great Fire of London.

After escaping through an upstairs window, they then had to navigate the flame-ridden streets of London, heading first to the river Thames, then on out of the city to safety, but not without encountering many obstacles as they went along.

Ask your child to describe their journey and the three challenges that had to complete along the way.

Week 22 - Great fires, animal diets and pancake races

The children returned from lunch this Tuesday to find a table covered in objects.  There were maps of London, a long wig, bread rolls, a diary, books about British history, and photographs of King Charles II, Samuel Pepys and, of all things, some parmesan cheese.

It wasn't long before the children deduced that it was something to do with this term's topic: the Great Fire of London, but could they figure out what all the objects were and how they were connected to that fateful week in 1666?

Ask your child what they discovered about the Great Fire of London this week.

We continued our science topic of 'Animals Including Humans' this week by looking at what different animals eat.

Drawing two intersecting chalk circles on the classroom floor, we created a Venn diagram with animals that eat meat on one side, animals that eat plants on the other, and animals that eat both right in the middle.

We then sorted animals into the correct zone based on what they ate.  Can your child remember the correct scientific words for animals that eat just meat, just plants, and both meat and plants?


It was Shrove Tuesday this week, so Tuesday morning saw the annual Langrish School pancake races take place.

Luckily, the bad weather held off and enabled parents and families to join the children in the playground for our yearly extravaganza of furiously flying frying pans, carefully crafted crêpes and perilously propelled pancakes.

Everybody who took part received a certificate and parents, families and children alike all had a flipping great time!

Week 21 - Safer Internet Day, talking about change and getting to grips with computers

It was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, and this year's theme was all about online identity.

We began by talking about what makes up our identity as well as the identity of others, and focused on which parts of our identity are private and should not be shared online.

We then had a drama workshop with Perform, where the evil Dr Robotnik tried to obtain the children's private information but was thwarted by their Internet safety superpowers!

Can your child tell you the three Internet safety steps they learned in a rap?

'Change' was the theme of this term's World Faith and Philosophy unit.

We talked about what change means, what kinds of changes we experience in our lives, and whether we thought change is generally a good thing or a bad thing.

After that, we used drama and role play to explore several stories from the New Testament in which Jesus brings about positive changes in people's lives, including Zaccheus the tax collector, Jairus' daughter and a blind man.

Can your child remember what happened in any of the Bible stories?

In ICT, the children have been getting used to logging on and off the computers as well as using a number of different applications.

The main aim has been to introduce them to word processing, using the program Clicker 6 which helps the children along by suggesting words and spellings as they type.

They also have to save, retrieve and edit their work from previous weeks as well as getting used to the keyboard layout with the help of the fun BBC site Dance Mat Typing.

Can your child show off their keyboard skills?

Week 20 - Loads of L.S. Lowry, perfecting place value and a wonderful washing workshop

It's been 'Take One Picure' week across the school this week, and the picture that our Arts Ambassadors chose for us this year 'A Village Square' by L.S. Lowry.

We started with lots of discussions around the painting.  Did the children like it?  Where did they think it was painted?  How long ago did they think it was painted?  What would be different about the painting if the same scene were painted today?

The children then created images, writing, poetry and even put themselves inside the painting using a green screen!

Ask your child what they enjoyed most about our week with L.S. Lowry.

In maths, we continued looking at place value, this time going up to 50.

The children get used to talking about how many lots of ten and how many lots of one make up each number, and helping them to visualise the concept were a variety of challenges to take on over the week.

These ranged from decoding hidden pictures of Numicon dotted around the room to answering word problems and counting objects in a tray by bunching them together into groups of tens and ones.

It's all designed to make the rather abstract concept of number and place value far more understandable for the children by allowing them to experience if both visually and physically through concrete objects.

Hand hygiene was the name of the game on Wednesday when a member of the school nurse team came in to give a hand washing workshop.

The children learned about why and when they should wash their hands, and were given some top tips including rolling up their sleeves, only using a single squirt of soap and making sure they dry their hands properly to ensure that no nasty germs are lurking in the crevices!

Ask your child what song they have to sing while washing their hands to ensure they've scrubbed away for long enough.

Week 19 - Glorious glockenspiels, going for goal and sensational sorting

In Music,the children have been learning the song 'In the Groove' as part of this term's Charanga unit.

This week, they got to experiment by playing along with the song using a variety of instruments.

Glockenspiels, triangles, drums and tambourines all played a part in the Year 1 orchestra as the children played along, trying to keep in time with the pulse and tempo of the music.

They love any opportunity to be as noisy as possible and this was no exception!  Ask your child which instrument they enjoyed playing the most.

We braved a cold Wednesday morning to put our hockey skills to the test in P.E. this week.

Aiming and shooting was the object of the exercise, so the children were tasked with trying to score a goal by getting the ball between two coloured cones.

Once they'd practised shooting from a stationary position, they then progressed to dribbling and shooting which proved to be quite a tricky challenge!

Ask your child how many goals they managed to score - will they beat their total next week?

In Science this week, the children were learning the skill of grouping and categorising animals.

We looked at lots of different animals and discussed all things they had in common as well as the things that made them different.

We then talked about how we could set about putting animals in to different groups by, for instance, making a group of four-legged creatures and a group of two-legged creatures.

Ask your child what categories they chose.  Can they think of a different way to classify two groups of animals?

Week 18 - Cool cookery, freaky faces and a feast for the senses

The children were cooking up a storm on Friday afternoon as they took a culinary trip to Italy with some Mediterranean pasta.

They had to slice the vegetables and add them to the tomatoes along with some herbs to make a tasty sauce.  After that, they cooked the pasta before putting it all together into one tasty meal.

The children love these cookery sessions and are gradually building up their repertoire of sweet and savoury dishes.

Maybe you could try a bit of cookery at home this weekend.

In Art, we continued looking at portraits.  This week, we looked at Picasso's cubist portraits and how his style changed from realistic portraits to more abstract representations of faces.

The children then had a go at creating their own abstract portraits using collage, sticking facial features into unusual patterns to create some very freaky faces!

Why not try creating your own abstract portraits at home by cutting up some old magazines and mixing and matching the faces in a Picasso-esque style.

Our senses tell us about the world around us, and Year 1 put their senses to the test this week with a range of challenges.

These included using their sense of sound to identify animals from the noises they make; using their sense of touch to find the box that contained a plate of slime; and using their sense of taste to correctly identify four different flavours of crisp.

Ask your child what their favourite challenge was and if they managed to identify any of the mystery smells!

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?

P.E. Kits

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.

Class Charter

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.

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