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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 7th December 2018

Try some of these questions to find out what your child did at school today.

Year 1 have created an Advent Calendar of Kindness - have a look by clicking here.

In maths, we've continued looking at addition and subtraction up to 20. Try this 'Subtraction Grid' game for some extra practise, or test your addition and subtraction using the 'A-fish-metic' game on Purple Mash.

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 revising all our phase 5 sounds, particularly the sound 'ew' (chew).  We've also been looking at forming simple sentences.

This term's Reading Challenge is nearly over.  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 guided reading, we read the first chapter of 'Class One and the Winter Walk' in the Serial Mash section of Purple Mash.  Why not try some of the creative activities or quizzes.

As an extra reading resource, you can now access Oxford Owl ebooks via this link and the class login details shared on Seesaw.  Children can choose age appropriate books and even use the audiobook tool to hear the story while they follow the words.

Children in Need day

The children had a wonderful day raising money for Children in Need by coming in with their teddy bears and pyjamas.  Even the teachers joined in with the pyjama party!  The fundraising continued when all the children took part in a day-long dance-a-thon in aid of the NSPCC.

World War I day open classroom

Thank you to everybody who came along to support our World War I Day open classroom event.

I hope you enjoyed the chance to see how we commemorated 100 years since the end of World War I and paid tribute to both the humans and animals that took part in the conflict.

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 indoor P.E. on Tuesdays and outdoor P.E. on Thursdays (weather permitting).  Please ensure your child has the correct kit to be warm and comfortable in both environments.

Week 13 - Missing elves, Learning Detectives and wonderful writing

Theme of the week: Mindfulness

"Sometimes you need quiet time for thinking." - Georgia

We were just beginning to get into the Christmas spirit this week when our elf went missing.  The children finding green fur by the window and around where our elf had been meant there could only be one culprit - the Grinch!

In order to rescue our elf, the children had to write a letter saying why we wanted our elf back and explaining why Christmas is such a special time of year.  After that, they built some 'Grinch detectors' to let us know if he was back in the area!

Luckily their letters did the trick, and the Grinch's heart grew large enough to return our elf!  Phew!

What did your child put in their letter to the Grinch?

Every day in Year 1, we have two 'Learning Detectives'.  Everybody gets a turn, and it's the job of the Learning Detectives to spend the day looking out for examples of amazing learning.

At the end of the day, the Learning Detectives report back to the rest of the class, describing all the successful learning and wonderful learning behaviours they've seen during the day.

It's great for getting the children thinking about their learning, as well as celebrating and reflecting upon all the wonderful work we've done that day.

Can your child tell you what some of our Learning Detective words mean? 

The children were all extremely excited to get their handwriting books last week!

We take a few minutes every day to practise one letter, really thinking about how we hold our pencils, form our letters and try to make sure they're all the right size.

Having the lines to guide them makes a big difference to how the children write, and the opportunity to concentrate fully on letter formation rather than worry about stories, sentences or spelling is really valuable.

There's a cursive letter formation Powerpoint attached to the bottom of this page if your child wants to practise at home.

Week 12 - Letters to Santa, mathematical challenges and a moving zoo

With Christmas just around the corner, the children had the important business of letting Santa Claus know what they'd like for Christmas.

Santa himself appeared via videolink from the North Pole, reminding the children how important it was to use their best handwriting as well as capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.

Alongside details of the (many!) presents they'd like  for Christmas, the children also let Santa know about something they'd done this year that they were proud of.

What did your child tell Santa about in their letter?

Our learning question in maths  this week was "Can a picture represent a number?"

So, alongside our addition and subtraction challenges, we also explored the ways in which numbers can be visually depicted - and even physically constructed - without writing so much as a single digit.

We also had the usual range of activities, which this week included a 'Tin Can Alley' challenge in which the children had to knock down numbered tins with a bean bag and add up their score.

Which was your child's favourite activity this week?

In Design and Technology this week, the classroom turned into something resembling a cross between London Zoo and Jurassic Park!

The children created moving creature pictures by cutting out various animal body parts and fastening them together using split pins.  This enabled  their creations to move their legs, arms, heads, tails and even trunks.

There were lots of animals to choose from, ranging from elephants and tigers to giraffes and even dinosaurs.

Which animal did your child create?

Week 11 - Anti-bullying Week, addition and subtraction, and polar science

It was Anti-bullying Week this week, and this year's theme was 'Choose Respect'.

It was launched in our assembly on Monday, and we spent Monday and Tuesday exploring the meaning of respect and why it is so important to treat everybody respectfully.

This was done through discussion, role-play and art.  Then on Thursday, the children were treated to a live performance of 'The B Word' by Firehorse Productions, which further emphasised the importance of treating each other with respect.

Ask your child why it's important to always be respectful to others.

Once again, it's been a very hands-on week in maths as we've explored addition and subtraction.

This week's challenges included cracking secret codes, adding up the scores from 'Strictly Come Dancing', and rummaging through a box of leaves to find numbers in order to build and solve calculations.

There was even a 'Crazy Creatures' challenge, where children had to put their hands into a box, pull out some animals (not real ones of course!) and add up how many legs they had altogether.

What was your child's favourite activity this week?

In our 'Weather Around the World' topic, we were trying to work out why it's so cold at the North and South Pole.

To find out, we covered a globe in absorbent cloth and used a water spray to replicate the rays of the sun.

We discovered that the globe got really wet around the middle - where the equator would be - but only a little bit damp at the top and bottom - where the Poles can be found.

Ask your child how they would interpret the results of our experiment - why do they think it's so cold at the Poles?

Week 10 - Superb shapes, fabulous flap books and helpful hedgehogs

Our work on 3D shapes continued in maths, and we kept things very hands-on with a variety of challenges and activities.

The children explored the properties of 3D shapes by creating their own pack of ‘Top Trumps’ cards, detailing how many faces, edges and vertices each shape has.

They also sorted a boxful of 3D shapes into six different trays depending on how many faces each shape had, and even created their own 3D shapes by building them out of straws and lollipop sticks.

Which shape did your child decide to build?  How many faces, edges and vertices did it have?

We started reading ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith this week.  It’s all about a curious hedgehog called Max who’s determined to find a safe way for hedgehogs to cross the road.

After writing descriptions of Max using a variety of adjectives, we then decided to help him in his quest by designing some ‘Caution: Hedgehogs Crossing’ signs.  Designs complete, the children then made their signs using cardboard and lollipop sticks, ready to warn all unwary motorists to slow down!

Ask your child what’s happened in the story so far and how they think Max will help his hedgehog friends safely across the road.

Our Design and Technology unit this term is all about moving pictures.

This week, we were making our own version of a lift-the-flap book by creating a picture with an opening door.

First, we explored a variety of different lift-the-flap books and looked at how the were made.

Next, the children designed the front of a house with a door that opened to reveal something inside.

Ask your child what was behind their door, or even make your own lift-the-flap picture at home.

Week 9 - World War I, wonderful whales, creative candles and staying safe

On Friday, we had an incredibly busy day of activities commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One.

We began by learning some wartime poetry in a drama workshop.  After that, Ryan from Petersfield Museum came in to lead a poppy-making activity.

We then learned about how all sorts of animals from dogs and pigeons to horses, donkeys and canaries played a part in the war.

Finally, the whole school came together for a minute's silence and to perform our poems for each other.

What did your child learn on WWI day?

The children also learned all about whales and dolphins last week with a wonderful marine workshop.

The children got to examine all sorts of artefacts, from skulls and jawbones to the tooth of a sperm whale and a piece of baleen.

They also learnt all sorts of facts and figures, including which is the largest dolphin (hint: it's black and white) and which animal can fit on the tongue of a blue whale (hint: it's really big!).  We also measured out the length of a blue whale in children.

What can your child remember about whales and dolphins?

This term's R.E. topic shed some light on the symbolism of candles.

We began by looking at how Christians use candles as a symbol of remembrance and made paper candles as a way of remembering somebody special to us.

We then heard the story of Diwali, and learnt about how Hindus use candles in their celebration of Diwali to symbolise the triumph of good over evil.  The children then made and decorated their own clay diva lamps which were very colourful!

What can you child tell you about how Hindus and Christians use candles?

On Tuesday, we had a visit from the NSPCC who came in to talk to the children about their 'Speak out.  Stay safe.' campaign.

We discussed the importance of talking about things that worry us or make us feel unsafe, and made sure the children know who to turn to for help if ever they need it.

It was all done with the help of Buddy, the NSPCC's mascot, and we'll be raising money to help the NSPCC with a danceathon at the end of the month.  Look out for the sponsor forms coming home (and for the dancing practise to begin!)


Week 8 - Spooky stories, super shapes and valuable votes

It was Halloween this week, so we got into a spooky mood by writing some scary stories.

First, we read 'A Dark, Dark Tale' - a story about a mysterious box hidden in a dark corner.  We then went hunting in the copse for a mysterious box I'd heard was hidden there.  Once found, the children (very carefully!) brought it back into the classroom and wrote about what they thought might be inside.

Later on, the children wrote their own versions of 'A Dark, Dark Tale'.  Ask your child what was inside the spooky box in their story.

In maths, we started our work on shape and position by going out and about on a shape hunt.

The children had to search the playground for as many different 2D shapes as they could.  They then noted down where they found them, before drawing and naming each of the shapes on their sheet.

Back inside, we had lots of activities for the children to do, all exploring the concept of shape.  These included making magnetic shape pictures and building shapes out of straws and lollipop sticks.

How many different shapes can your child find and recognise around the house?

Our theme of the week across the school this week was 'Democracy'.

We discussed the concept as a class and why it's important, as well as linking it to Article 12 of the UNCRC which states that children have the right "to give their opinion and for adults to listen and take them seriously".

We also had a number of votes, including which story we wanted to read on Purple Mash and which new design of behaviour reflection sheet the children thought should be adopted by the school.

Ask your child why they think democracy is important.

Week 7 - Weather reporting, glorious glockenspiels and half term reflection

A huge tornado hit Petersfield this week - but luckily there were some intrepid weather reporters around to tell us all about it!

The children wrote their reports on how the tornado was formed, and went on to describe how residents could stay safe, as well as which buildings in Petersfield had been destroyed by the twister (I'm sorry to say that Waitrose, Pizza Express and the Taro Centre all came out of it quite badly).

We then used green screen technology to record the children delivering their reports in front of an approaching tornado!

I hope you enjoyed watching their reports on Seesaw.

In music, the children have been learning the song 'Hey You!'.  And they've not just been learning to sing the song, they've been learning to accompany themselves on the glockenspiel too.

After a couple of minutes' free playing to get some of the more "experimental" melodies out of their system, the children then settled down to learning the correct notes in the correct order so they could play along with 'Hey You!'.

They showed great timing and co-ordination, and the first performance by the Year 1 glockenspiel orchestra was a roaring success!

Alongside 'Hey You!', the children have listened to and compared several other rap performances including Will Smith, MC Hammer and the Sugar Hill Gang.  Which was your child's favourite song?

As our first half term draws to a close, we've been in a reflective mood in Year 1.

First, we looked back through this web page to remind ourselves of what we've been up to so far this year.

Then, we discussed the importance of reflecting on our learning: looking at how much we've already achieved this year, talking about some of the things we've enjoyed the most, and asking the children about their proudest achievements.

What's been your child's favourite part of the year so far?

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.

Our Awards

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