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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 11th October:

This week's theme: Aiming high and going for goals:  "It's good to have an idea of where you want to get to." - Lucas

Class discussion: What is it like to be a child at Langrish School ?

What things about the school are you most proud of?

What do you enjoy learning about the most?

Is there anything about the school you'd like to change if you got the chance?

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.

The Langrish Autumn Term Reading Challenge has also gone home this week so you may wish to get started on that - there are a staggering 25 house points on offer to everybody who completes it!

Maths:  We've been looking at addition this week, particularly our number bonds to 10.  Try this 'Hit the Button' game to practise your number bonds to 10, or maybe extend the challenge by trying number bonds to 20.

Science:  We've been talking about trees and how to identify them.  When you're out and about, see if if you can spot some of the ones we learnt to identify this week: oak, beech, birch, field maple and elder.

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 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.

Our Awards

  • Arts Mark Gold
  • Music Mark
  • Offsted
  • RRSA Silver
  • Gold Sports Mark