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Year 1 - Butterfly Class - Mr Hancox


Friday 24th June 2022


Home Learning Menu

English:  Make time to read with your child for approximately 5-10 minutes every day.  Children are encouraged to change their reading books regularly, however you can find extra reading material on the Oxford Owl website.  Our Library Day is every Thursday, so children can also bring their library books back and exchange them for new ones then.

You don't need to record each daily reading session in your child's Reading Diary, but do make an entry at least once a week; whenever they finish a book; or to say that they enjoyed a particular story you've shared.  There are plenty of reading and phonics activities to have a go at in their Reading Diary as well.

Additionally, children can practise their spellings online using the Spelling Shed logins which will be coming home soon, or there are a range of word games available to play in the 'Assignments' section of the Brainzy website for which the children also have logins.

Phonics:  We've been revising our Phase 5 sounds, oy (royal), ir (girl), ue (oo - glue) and ue (yoo - huge).  Look out for these words and sounds in your reading and conversation.  We've been singing along to the Syllables Song, the Alphabet Song and the Reading Aloud song on the BBC Supermovers website, and the Phonics Play website also has some excellent free resources and games for extra practise.

Maths:  (20-30 minutes per week)  We've continued looking at fractions this week, including halves and quarters.  Can you find halves and quarters of shapes or amounts at home?  Sing along to the Fractions Song on the Supermovers website, or try these resources on BBC Bitesize.  There are also some interactive games in the Brainzy website.

Number recognition is also important in Year 1, and the children frequently struggle to recognise the tricky teen numbers between 10 and 20.  I've attached some number recognition flashcards to the bottom of this page if you'd like to practise at home.  The 'Out and About' cards on our maths page also have some great ideas for exploring numbers in everyday situations.

History:  We'll be looking at the history of toys this term, and how much they've changed within living memory.  Can your child chat to you about the toys you played with when you were their age?  They could even ask their grandparents about the toys they had when they were a child.  What's changed over the years, and are there any toys or games that you or their grandparents played with that are still around today?

Phonics Word Wall

We go through all the words on our Word Wall every day as part of our Phonics lesson.  The borders are colour-coded to indicate which book bands the words will appear in (Pink/Red, Yellow/Blue, Green/Orange), mirroring the order in which the different phonics sounds and phases are taught.

Age-related expectation is that children should be reading Orange books by the end of Year 1, and should therefore be able to read, recognise and understand all the words down to the bottom of the board when they appear in a text.  They should also be able to start using them in their own writing, utilising the Word Wall in order to help them with their spellings.

You can watch a video of Mr Hancox guiding you through the Word Wall by clicking here.

P.E. and Forest School Days - Summer Term 2

Forest School sessions will take place every Wednesday afternoon.  Can children please wear PE kit for Forest School, which must include long trousers  for safety.  Due to the nature of the outdoor environment, children who do not have the correct kit will not be able to take part in Forest School for safety reasons.  We'll be going out whatever the weather, so please ensure your child has suitable clothing to stay warm, dry and comfortable.  As with P.E. days, any earrings or other jewellery should be removed for Forest School.

P.E. will be taking place on Wednesday and Friday, so can children please come in wearing their P.E. kits on Friday and their Forest School clothes on Wednesday, as these will be suitable for Wednesday's P.E. session too.  Long hair must be tied up and any earrings or other jewellery removed.  Children should have shorts and jogging bottoms for P.E. as sessions may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather.

Internet Safety

There have been some recent instances of children across a number of year groups discussing inappropriate Internet content they have viewed at home.  Please ensure that your Internet-linked devices at home are suitably supervised and protected using the parental controls available.  For advice on how to keep your child safe online, including the use of parental controls, click this link to the NSPCC website.


A Taste of Our Learning

Week 35 - Marvellous museum pieces, glorious Games Week and staying safe with Buddy

On Tuesday, we all hopped onboard a coach and headed to the Search Toy Museum in Gosport for a 'Toys Through Time' workshop.

The children got valuable hands-on experience with everything from original Victorian metal hoops and wooden spinning tops, through Shove Ha'penny boards and Tiddlywinks, right up to Game Boys and walking, roaring dinosaurs.  They had to become 'History Detectives', working out which toys came from which period of history by looking at the packaging, the materials they were made from and how they worked.  Which exhibit did your child enjoy the most?  Can they describe it, and tell you which period of history it came from and how they know?

Langrish have been taking part in Hampshire School Games Week this week, an initiative designed to help all the children learn how to keep themselves healthy in body, mind and spirit.

We talked about leadership, and the children added the important qualities of a good leader to their own 'leadership pizzas'.  We played a 'Higher or Lower' game, in which the children had to run to different parts of the room depending on how much sugar they thought was in a variety of treats.  We've also been getting competitive in our P.E. lessons, doing some yoga to relax, and have even learnt about the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham; can your child remember the name of the mascot?

Talking of mascots, on Thursday we met Buddy, the mascot of the NSPCC's "Speak out, stay safe" campaign.

It's designed to empower children to know it's OK to speak out if they're sad, worried or unhappy.  We talked about trusted adults, and who the children could talk to - both in school and outside - if they had something on their minds.  They also learnt the number for Childline - 0800 1111, just in case a trusted adult isn't around when they need them.

Ask your child about Buddy and his message, or click here to visit the Buddy Zone of the NSPCC website for advice, games or the 'Calm Zone'.

Week 34 - Fabulous fractions, Terrific Toys and fun in Forest School

We began looking at fractions in our Maths lessons this week, and will be covering halves and quarters of the course of the next few weeks.

We've talked about halves and quarters being equal shares of a whole, and have been investigating different ways of making halves and quarters, from card sorting activities and iPad games to making Play-Doh pizzas and colouring in different shapes.

What can your child tell you about halves and quarters?  Is there anything around the house that can be divided up into equal parts of a whole?  If so, is there more than one way to divide it up? 

When your History unit is all about toys, it's inevitable that, sooner or later, you're going to have a big play session in the classroom!

That's exactly what happened this week, with the children getting their hands on all sorts of toys and games to have a go at.  These ranged from dominoes, LEGO, jigsaw puzzles and toy cars, to yo-yos, diabolos, a Jack-in-the-box, and even a space hopper!

Having tried everything out, the children then thought about their own favourite toys, drawing a picture and writing about why they liked them.

What's your child's favourite toy?

In a scorching hot week, the shade of the copse provided the perfect refuge for Wednesday afternoon's Forest School session.

The children hung hammocks and built shady dens, as well as taking part in craft activities and creating some very dubious-looking, dishes in the mud kitchen!

They also tracked down and collected lots of elderflower and, with the addition of some lemon juice, began brewing their own elderflower cordial which will be ready to drink later in the week.

What did your child get up to in the cooling shade of Forest School this week?

Week 33 - A toy timeline, perfecting position and sampling salads

We began our 'Toys Through Time' History topic with a timeline activity this week, trying to put a selection of toys into chronological order.

Some toys were obvious, as the children were able to work out that electronic toys and games must be more modern.  However, there were some surprises in there, and quite a few toys that have been around for a lot longer than you might think!

Can your child tell you about any of the toys that appeared on our toy timeline?  Do they have any of them at home themselves?  Or were they particularly surprised by how long some of the older toys have been around?

In Maths, we've been learning about position and direction.  Alongside using positional language such as between, next to, above and below, the children have also been practising telling their left from their right and describing quarter, half, three-quarter and full turns, both clockwise and anticlockwise.

It's a lot to remember, but we've been doing matching games, cut-and-stick activities and challenge sheets as well as programming Beebots to make turns and dancing along to the Position and Direction song on Supermovers.

Challenge your child to follow some simple directions.  Maybe they could even direct you!

We'll be designing and making a seasonal salad in Design and Technology this term.  We'd already learned about fruits and vegetables in Science this week, but Friday was all about the taste test to see which elements of a salad were most popular within the class.

We sampled celery, radishes, carrots, baby leaf spinach, iceberg lettuce, sweet gem lettuce, rocket, baby sweetcorn and cherry tomatoes.  The children noted down whether they liked them or not, and annotated their decision with notes on taste, texture and colour.

Ask your child what they enjoyed the most.  Which ingredients do they plan to include when that create their own salad?

Week 32 - A Jubilee jamboree!

We had an incredibly busy week celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee!  We learned all about the Queen, finding out about her homes and family, making a timeline of events from her reign, and even learning all about her pets!  We made red, white and blue bunting and painted our paper plates, all ready for the big street party on Thursday.  After decorating cakes and biscuits with suitably celebratory designs, the whole school (along with many of their parents and grandparents) then gathered on the playground to sing the national anthem and enjoy a fabulous afternoon tea party.

What are your child's favourite memories of this brilliantly British week of celebrations?

Week 31 - Surviving storms, terrific trees and glorious glockenspiels

In our Geography unit, 'How Does the Weather Affect Our Lives', we've been looking at extreme weather and the damage it can cause to buildings.

The children were tasked with coming up with their own storm-proof houses, designing them in their books (including the best shapes to use and what materials would be used to build them), before creating prototypes for the rigorous (and very wet!) storm testing phase.

Ask your child about their design and how it might withstand a storm.  How did their prototype fair when the monsoon conditions hit?!

Our Science lesson took us outside again this week as we were investigating trees as part of our 'Plants' topic.

We looked at the structure of a tree and discussed the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees, before venturing out into the school grounds to see how many trees we could identify.

The children had a sheet to help them, with pictures of the leaves they might find on different trees in order to help identify them.

Which trees did your child manage to identify?  Can they identify any other trees you encounter in your garden or when you're out and about?

The children got to show off their musical talents this week when our Music lesson gave us the opportunity to get out the glockenspiels.

We've been learning the song 'Your Imagination', and the children began by playing a simple accompaniment using just one note.  Once they were used to the rhythm, they then moved on to playing along with the song using three notes.  Finally, they had the opportunity to improvise their own three-note accompaniment, but still following the rhythm of the song. 

They did a great job and could well be a shoo-in for 'Britain's Got Talent' next year!

Week 30 - Remarkable reports, marvellous Miró and pufferfish PSHE

Some BBC newsreaders will have been quaking in their boots this week as Year 1 did a wonderful job of showing them how it's done!

The children have been writing news reports about the recent dragon sightings around Petersfield, making sure they answered our five 'W' questions: who, what, when, where and why.

They then stepped in front of the camera, and we used green screen technology to transport the children into a real newsroom in order to deliver their reports.

Ask your child if the experience made them consider a future career as a news reporter.

Things often get a little surreal in Year 1, but this is particularly true when we're taking a look at some surrealist works as part of our Art lesson.

We've been exploring the paintings of Joan Miró, a Spanish artist who worked in a variety of styles and materials.  This week, we looked at his surrealist works, and the children noted how they often contained recurring motifs such as animals, letters, parts of the body, and geometric lines and shapes.

They then had a go at creating their own surrealist artworks containing some of these same motifs.  What did your child include in their surrealist artwork?  Maybe you could try one at home.

As part of our PSHE work, we've been using a series of resources called 'Waves of Wellbeing', exploring a wide range of personal, social and emotional concepts through the lens of various sea creatures.

After looking at how hermit crabs cope with change and how dolphins work as a team, this week we examined the lessons we can learn about thinking before we react by looking at the northern pufferfish.  Pufferfish react to stressful situations by puffing up, but this can be uncomfortable for them and affects their ability to swim.  We discussed how we can avoid feeling 'puffed up' by taking time to pause and think before we act.  Can your child give you any other tips about staying calm in stressful situations?

Week 29 - Fabulous forest school, marvellous multiplication and perfect plants

We've had a very outdoorsy week this week, including an action-packed Forest School session on Wednesday afternoon.

The children made models out of natural materials, cooked up some very questionable recipes in the mud kitchen, and built dens and even created their own rope swing.

They not only had hammocks to relax in and trees and flowers to explore, they were also able to have a go at print painting using natural materials such as bark and stones to make patterns on their pieces of paper.

What did your child get up to in the woods this week?

In Maths, we've been looking at multiplication and division, beginning with creating and counting equal groups.  It's important that the children understand this concept first, before applying it next week in order to solve multiplication and division problems by either creating equal groups from a whole, or splitting a whole into equal groups.

We've been practising this week using hoops and beanbags to create our groups, as well as making arrays: objects ordered into rows and columns.

Can you spot any arrays around the house?  Maybe an ice-cube tray, window panes or an egg box?

Science this week started indoors, looking closely at the different parts of a plant, identifying what they were called and what role they played in keeping the plant alive and healthy.

We then headed outside to the copse and playing field, looking for different plants and trees in order to inspect their roots, stems, leaves and flowers.

The children enjoyed exploring the wide variety of plant life around the school grounds, and took great care in sketching the plants they found interesting.

What plants and trees do you have in your garden?  Can your child identify their different parts and tell you what they do?

Week 28 - Dazzling dragons, wonderful weather and here we grow!

There was much excitement in Year 1 this week when dragons were spotted flying towards the copse!

After reading the book 'Tell Me a Dragon' so we might know what to expect, the children headed into the copse and found three nests containing dragon's eggs!  Each child chose an egg and, depending on its size, colour and temperature, tried to figure out what kind of dragon might eventually hatch out (although this process can take up to 100 years), creating fact files full of information about their dragons and maps of where they might live.

Can your child describe their dragon to you?

In Geography, we started our look at how the weather affects our lives by examining the climate of our local area and looking at different ways of measuring and recording the weather conditions.

After using a compass to identify north, south, east and west, we then checked the wind direction using a weather vane.  Our rain gauge and thermometer gave us our rainfall and temperature readings, and an okta allowed us to judge how much of the sky was covered by cloud.  We even managed to identify the clouds as cumulus clouds.

What type of clouds can you see in the sky today - can you find any cloud shapes?

Our Science this term is all about plants, and what better way to find out what plants need in order to thrive and survive than by growing some of our own?

The children planted their own bean plants which they're going to look after and monitor over the next few weeks, recording how they grow and change over the course of the term.  After discussing what we thought plants would need to grow, we also planted three beans which we'll attempt to grow: one without water, one without light and one without soil.

What does your child think will happen to our experimental bean plants?  Will they grow at all?

Week 27 - An eggs-tremely busy week!

It was an extremely busy week in Year 1.  We learned all about the concept of 'Welcoming' in World Faith and Philosophy, hearing the story of how Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  We had an Easter bonnet parade, went on an Easter egg hunt (thanks to FoLS!) and even found time to finish our Great Fire of London topic by having a protest in the playground about what new rules and regulations need to be brought in to ensure London is rebuilt more safely following the disaster of 1666.  We even found time to learn a song about the Great Fire of London and perform it for parents at our open classroom event on Thursday !  After such a busy week I think we've all earned a holiday - enjoy the Easter break!

Week 26 - Seasonal science, discussing a disaster and creating cards

Now we're officially in spring, it was a great time for the children to look again at the changing seasons.

This week, we were examining how the tilt of the Earth on its axis causes the seasons by allowing different amounts of direct sunlight to reach the northern and southern hemispheres at different times throughout the year.

The children explored this phenomenon in a number of practical ways, using everything from globes and torches to Play-Doh and pencils.

What can your child tell you about the seasons?  Can they name a country that has different seasons to us?

Our Great Fire of London topic continued this week with the children trying to find the answer to the question: what caused the Great Fire of London?

In groups, the children discussed different factors that contributed to the fire being such a disaster, from the neglectful baker whose oven started the blaze and the Mayor who didn't act quickly enough, to the Londoners who ran away rather than trying to fight the flames and the weather whose warm conditions and strong winds fanned the flames as they engulfed the tinder-dry wooden buildings.

What did your child decide was the main reason the Great Fire of London caused so much devastation?

In Design and Technology, the children have been using their knowledge of pop-up books to design and make a pop-up Easter card.

After looking at different moving picture mechanisms, the children then had to come up with their own designs for an Easter-themed card to give to a family member.  They had to think about what which part of their picture should move, which mechanism to use, the best materials for the job and how they were going to join the whole thing together.

I'm sure you'll look forward to seeing the finished products when they come home!

Week 25 -Curious about capacity, wonderful water safety and fighting the great fire

Maths this week has been all about capacity and volume.  Luckily, the sunny weather meant we could take our very watery challenges outside, and with the help of some Year 6 assistants, the children experimented with different aspects of capacity and volume.

This week's challenges ranged from cracking codes and estimating how much water might fill different containers, to precisely measuring 100ml of water in order to do a magical balancing trick with an empty can!

Can your child tell you the difference between capacity and volume?

Just as the sunny weather began to make us all think about heading to the beach, Martin from the RNLI came in to talk to the children about how to stay safe near the water.

After discussing the work of the RNLI and the many different types of rescue they perform, he then taught the children how to spot an on-duty lifeguard, as well as demonstrating some of the different flags they might see at the beach and what they all mean.

Can your child remember which flags are safe to swim between or what they should do if they're caught in a riptide?

Our Great Fire of London topic continued with some dramatic role-play this week, as the children entered the BBC's 'Matrix' virtual museum, using their imaginations to fight the flames, pull down houses and even talk to King Charles II!

Later on, we looked at different historical sources, and talked about which ones would be most useful (and trustworthy!) in finding out about the Great Fire of London.  One of these was Samuel Pepys' diary, and we talked about why eyewitness accounts are so valuable to historians, as well as learning a little more about the man himself.

What can your child tell you about Mr Pepys?

Week 24 - Scintillating senses, marvellous mass and seeing red

We continued our scientific look at 'Animals Including Humans' this week by focusing on our senses.

We began by talking about our five senses and which parts of our bodies we used for receive each sense.

We then put our senses to the test with five challenges involving smell (guess what's in the cups by smelling them), sight (find the hidden numbers to twenty), touch (guess the shapes in the box by feeling them), hearing (identify the animals from their sounds), and taste (which flavour crisps are in the different bowls).

Maybe you could try some similar challenges of your own at home!

Maths this week has been all about weight and mass.  The children have been encouraged to explore the concept by comparing different objects and finding out which are heaviest, which are lightest, and if any have an equal mass.

As usual, there have been practical challenges, and these have ranged from solving word problems and balancing scales using blocks and play-dough, to weighing Numicon and deciphering secret codes by putting weighted boxes into the correct order.

What was your child's favourite challenge this week?  Maybe you could do some weighing at home this weekend - baking is a perfect way to practise!

On Friday, we supported Comic Relief by celebrating Red Nose Day 2022.

The children all paid £1 to come in wearing non-uniform, and it made for a very interesting day in Year 1!

In the afternoon, we learnt a bit more about where our money goes and the kinds of good work it's used for.  The children then launched themselves into a range of Red Nose Day activities, including colouring, maths puzzles, word-searches and dot-to-dot pictures.

Thanks to everybody who helped us support Red Nose Day 2022 by donating to Comic Relief.

Week 23 - Juggling gingerbread, diverse diets and untangling timelines

We're looking at traditional tales in English, and for the past couple of weeks we've been exploring the story of The Gingerbread Man.

First, the children learnt the already familiar tale off by heart, using role-play, a picture-based story map and actions to become really confident with the narrative.

They then wrote the story themselves, following their story maps to remember what happened in each part of the tale.

Next week, they'll be coming up with their own version by changing some aspects of the story using their own imaginations.  What will your child be writing about?

In Science, after learning how to classify animals according to their physical and biological similarities, this week we've been learning how to classify animals according to their diets.

We began by laying two overlapping hoops on the playground to make a Venn diagram, we then put toy animals into the correct areas of the diagram depending on whether they ate just meat (carnivores), just plants (herbivores) or both meat and plants (omnivores).

Can your child remember which animals we put into which area of the diagram?  Why not challenge them to name one carnivore, one herbivore and one omnivore!

We began our History topic of The Great Fire of London this week with a history mystery: what was lurking under the sheet on the desk?!  The answer was a whole range of objects relating to this term's topic, including bread, cheese, maps of London, a wig, pictures of King Charles II and Samuel Pepys, and even a plastic rat!

The children had plenty of time to explore and discuss the items before talking about how they all fit into the story of the Great Fire of London.  We also created a timeline, showing where 1666 lay in relation to today and showing some of the important events that had happened before and since.  Can your child tell you anything about the Great Fire of London?

Week 22 - World Book Day, fabulous firefighters and fun on the field

It was World Book Day on Thursday, and we began the day with a mystery: the gingerbread men had escaped and were hiding somewhere in the school!  The children had to follow a number of clues which finally led them to where the gingerbread men were lying low, which was - of course - in the school library!

We then designed our own bookmarks and even took part in the BBC's 'World Book Day Live Lesson', exploring popular themes within children's literature.

Finally, we looked at the job of illustrators, and became authors ourselves by writing stories to go with a set of illustrations.  Don't forget to use your World Book Day voucher!  Which book will your child choose?

Kelly from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue service came in on Wednesday to talk to the children about the emergency services.

The children learnt about staying safe and played a quiz where they had to separate things they were allowed to play with from things they should never touch.

We looked at smoke alarms, learnt what to do if we have a fire in the house, found out what firefighters wear, and were also taught a special rhyme accompanied by Makaton sign language to remind them not to play with matches or lighters.  Can your child tell you the rhyme and do the actions?

The copse was still suffering from the effects of storm Eunice on Monday, but not wanting to miss out on any outdoor learning, the children's Forest School session took place on the field instead.

Using hoops to mark out areas of grass, the children were tasked with looking for signs that spring might be in its way, including green shoots, flowers, insects and other small animals.

They loved exploring, and also had time to collect some of the fallen twigs from the field and turn them into insect houses and bug hotels.

Ask your child what they spotted out on the field.

Week 21 - Take One Picture Week

As always, the choice of image for the National Gallery initiative 'Take One Picture' fell to our pupil Arts Ambassadors, and this year they chose 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas' by Claude-Joseph Vernet.

To begin with, each child was given a small portion of the image blown up to A4, which they had to examine closely in order to guess what they thought the painting might be of.  They then put all their pieces together, revealing the evocative image of a shipwreck from 1772.

Across the week, we explored the image by writing poetry, using musical instruments to compose soundscapes, and creating cardboard box seascapes with clay ships.  What was your child's favourite activity?

Week 20 - Safer Internet Day, numerical notions and chatting about change

Tuesday marked Safer Internet Day 2022, and this year's theme was 'All Fun and Games?', which we explored through a mixture of drama, art and poetry.

We began with a drama workshop from Perform, exploring the importance of not sharing personal information online.  We then went on to read the story of 'Digiduck and the Magic Castle' (attached to the bottom of this page).  Daddy Duck downloads the latest game for Digiduck to play, not realising that the game includes in-app purchases.  It's not long before Digiduck (having guessed Daddy Duck's weak password) has run a huge bill.  Try reading the story together.  What advice would your child give to Digiduck?

In maths, we've been taking our knowledge of number and place value within 20 and expanding it to include numbers up to 50.

The children have been practising building numbers using lots of 10 and lots 1, looking at how each digit in a two-digit number contributes to its value.

They've done this using LEGO blocks, Numicon (tracking down and decoding the pictures secretly hidden around the room), and Dienes blocks, as well as recognising and labelling pictorial representations of two-digit numbers in the peg card challenge.

Which was your child's favourite place value challenge this week?

Our concept for World Faith and Philosophy this half-term is 'Change'.

We began by talking about what change means and what things around us change (and don't change), doing a yoga adventure based on the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' as part of our discussion around changes that occur in the natural world.

We then looked at the concept of change in the Christian tradition, hearing about Zaccheus the tax collector and the story Jairus' daughter, and discussing how, in these stories, Jesus changed the lives of the people he met.

What can your child tell you about change?

Week 19 - Fabulous friendship, lovely line drawings and crazy about computing

We've been talking a lot about friendship this week, starting off with a discussion about why we have friends and what makes a good friend.

The children decided that friends are people who are kind to us and enjoy the same things as us, but we also talked about how we sometimes fall out with our friends, we don't always have to agree with everything our friends say, and sometimes we just want to be on our own - all of which is perfectly normal in the world of friendship, and doesn't make us any less of a good friend.

Ask your child what they do in order to be a good friend.

In Art this week, we continued our work on portraits by trying to capture movement in our pictures.

Using simple line drawings, the children were encouraged to focus on the photographs in front of them, looking carefully at the curves and lines of the people as they danced, played or took part in a variety of sports.

The hardest part was trying to draw what was in front of them, rather than what they imagined it should look like, which is much easier said than done!

Which picture did your child choose to draw?  How did they capture the moving subjects?

The children have also been on the computers this week.  They have to log in using their username and password, then find and open the word processing program.

The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, so the children have been practising their typing skills as well as using the 'Shift' key to capitalise some of their letters.

They've also been challenged to save their document, then find and reopen it in the next lesson in order to extend, edit and improve their work.

Maybe they can practise their typing skills at home on the BBC's Dance Mat Typing

Week 18 - Amazing animals, wonderful writing and fabulous fitness

We headed outside for Science this week to see what animals we could find lurking around the school grounds.

We began by looking at some different groups of animals: mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles.  After discussing which ones we were most (and least!) likely to find in the school grounds, we headed outside to see if our predictions were correct.

The children had to note down any animals they spotted, where they saw them and which family of animals they belonged to.

Which animals did your child see?  Could they do a similar investigation in your garden?

In English, we're looking at traditional tales, beginning with the story of Little Red Hen.

Using the Talk4Writing approach, the children first learn the story off by heart using actions, repetition and even a visual story map to help them remember the whole narrative.

Having written the story of Little Red Hen, the children then create their own version, keeping the basic structure of the original but putting their own spin on it by changing characters, settings and repeated phrases with some wonderfully offbeat results!

Can your child tell you the story of Little Red Hen and what they changed in their version? 

Our P.E. days this half-term are Wednesday and Thursday, and the children are getting a great mixture of outdoor games and indoor exercises to keep them fighting fit (and hopefully wear them out a little before we send them home!)

In the indoor sessions they've been working on their core strength, balance and controlled movement, including stretches, jumps and holding poses.  Using numbered spots on the floor also sneaks in a little bit of number recognition and mathematics too!

Can your child demonstrate any new-found strengths or skills from their P.E. lessons?

Week 17 - Spellbinding safety, cracking coasts and wonderful weather

The children had a special treat this week with a visit from David Tricks' Road Safety Magic Show.

Combining magic, comedy, puppets and songs, the show was a fantastic way of getting across some important road safety messages in a fun and memorable way.

The children learnt the importance of having a helmet for riding their bike or scooter, wearing bright clothes when crossing the road at night, and of course, the four magic words: Stop, Look, Listen and Think.

Ask your child what they remember about the Road Safety Magic Show.

In Geography, we continued exploring the coast, this time focusing on our own coastline here in Great Britain.

The children learnt the difference between 'human' and 'physical' geographical features, and we compared the coastlines of different locations to see how many of each we could spot.

Looking at Brighton, Torquay, Hastings and The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, the children had to decide which features were 'human' (man made) and which were 'physical' (natural).

What geographical features can you see when you're out and about?  Are they 'human' or 'physical'?

Our long-term study in Science is all about the seasons.

Every Friday at 9am, we check our weather station to see how much rainfall we've had over the past week and what the morning temperature is on our thermometer.  We also look online to see how many hours of daylight we'll have on that day.

Data collected, we then enter it onto our graphs, looking for patterns and trends in our results as we move through the seasons, and seeing what predictions we think we can make about the coming week.

What can your child tell you about our results?

Week 16 - Brilliant bodies, splendid self-portraits and amazing addition

We began our science topic, 'Animals Including Humans', this week by looking at the latter - humans.

The children split into small groups and drew around each other onto large pieces of paper, making life-sized diagrams of the human body.

They were then challenged to label as many body parts as they could, starting with the hair and facial features at the top, all the way down to the feet and toes at the other end.

How many parts of the body can your child name?  Can they sing along to 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes'?

Our Art unit this term is all about portraits.

We began by looking at and discussing different styles of portrait by artists such as Da Vinci, Matisse and Kilmt (the children were impressed by the realism of Da Vinci and the bold, golden palatte of Klimt).

They then looked at some self-portraits, and were encouraged to create their own self-portrait using a mirror in order to carefully scrutinise their own features rather than simply drawing what they imagined they looked like.

Maybe you could try drawing your own self-portraits at home, or read a book about a famous artist together.

We'll be looking at addition and subtraction within 20 over the next couple of weeks.  We started by using the 'counting on' method of addition, practising this by playing a game in which the children chose a number card, rolled a dice, then added the two numbers together by counting on.

We also looked at how number bonds can help us work out addition within 20; for instance if we know that 3+4 = 7, then we can work out 13+4 by splitting out the ones column (3+4), adding in the tens column (10) and putting it all together to make 17.

 Ask your child which method they prefer for solving addition calculations.

Week 15 - Welcome back!

It's been lovely to have everybody back after the festive break, even if it's only been for three days!  In English, the children wrote about what they got up to in the Christmas holiday and shared excitedly the news of what Santa Claus had brought them.  In Maths, we started looking at addition and subtraction, including how to use the commutative law to help us when adding numbers together.  We also began our Geography topic which is all about the seaside, and even built a submarine at the back of the classroom to aid us with our undersea exploration!  Ask your child what their favourite activity was this week, and what are they looking forward to learning all about this term?

Week 14 - Merry Christmas!

It's been a busy final week in Year 1, with Nativity performances, Christmas parties and class Christmas lunches.  The children have worked really hard both on stage and in the classroom; excitement levels are definitely building for Santa's impending visit, so it just remains for me to wish you all a very merry Christmas from the whole team here at Langrish.  See you in 2022!


Week 13 - All the Fun of the Fayre, Lots of Letters and Amazing Mae

Christmas came to school on Wednesday afternoon when, the Langrish Christmas Fayre was open for business!

There were stalls in every classroom, from making Christmas decorations and cards in Year R and Year 2, to decorating biscuits and playing 'Pie Face' in Year 1 and Year 4.

You could even enjoy a mug of hot chocolate or a marshmallow kebab in one of the café's being run by Year 5 and Year 6

The children were free to browse around and spend their money wherever they wanted.  What was your child's favourite festive stall?

We've done a lot of letter writing in Year 1 over the past couple of weeks.  Last week, we all wrote our letters to Santa Claus (who even had time to pop up on the screen for a quick video chat!)  The children even created special envelopes for their letters, sprinkled with a little Christmas magic.

This week, we had to write another letter when our class Christmas elf went missing.  Who could be responsible for such unfestive tomfoolery?  It turned out to be non-other than the Grinch himself!  He said he'd only return our elf if the children wrote him some nice letters, explaining why Christmas is so important.

What did your child put in their letter to the Grinch?  Why is Christmas so important to them?

We continued our look at pioneering women from history on Friday, and this week we turned our eyes to the stars to learn about Mae Jemison.

Mae was a doctor before following her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by being accepted onto the NASA astronaut training programme, and in 1992 she became the first black woman to travel into space.

The children learned about Mae's amazing story of perseverance and hard work before creating their own astronaut and sending her into space using the green screen!

What can your child tell you about Mae Jemison?

Week 12 - Perfecting Place Value, Interesting Investigations and a Festive Fun Run

Maths this week has been all about place value and number recognition.  The children have undertaken a variety of challenges to help them improve their number sense, including making the numbers (and the correct amount of objects) out of Play-Doh, recognising numbers by the number of tens and ones they contain and solving word problems involving numbers up to 20.  They've even been delving through boxes of fallen autumn leaves to find hidden numbers and matching the numerals to a pictorial representation and the number written as a word!

What numbers can you spot when you're out and about?  How many lots of 10 and 1 do they contain?

We all turned into scientists on Thursday afternoon, braving the cold to undertake a science investigation: which material would make the best coat for our friend, Little Bear?

We discussed the most important properties of a good coat before testing a variety of different materials including wood (waterproof but heavy and too stiff), paper (not waterproof and not very strong), linen (strong and quite waterproof), tinfoil (shiny and waterproof but not very strong) and fleece (thick and warm but quite absorbent).

Which material (or materials) did your child decide would make the best coat for Little Bear?

The children donned their Santa hats, reindeer antlers and wellies for the sponsored Festive Fun Run on Tuesday afternoon.

They were challenged to complete 5 laps of the whole playing field, but the children ended up enjoying themselves so much that some of them went on to complete as many as 20 laps!

It was all done to help raise money for the school, so thanks to everybody who donated money (and I'm sorry if you sponsored your child per lap!)

Don't forget to send your sponsorship forms and donations back to school.

Week 11 - Beautiful butterflies, describing details and marvellous models

English this week has been all about the Book of Butterflies.

After watching a short film in which a man's book of butterflies comes to life, the children have been coming up with different ways to describe what the butterflies look like and how they move.  We began by collecting as many different verbs as we could to describe how the butterflies travelled.  We then collected our adjectives, describing what the butterflies looked like.  The children then set about doing their own piece of writing, putting together everything we'd discussed into their own book of butterflies.

Ask your child which verbs and adjectives they chose to put into their piece of writing.

The children's vocabulary was being tested in other ways this week, as they were challenged to describe historical photographs.

The images were all linked to Mary Ellis and World War II, and each child was given one picture to describe to a friend.  Sitting back to back, they had to say whether their photo was in colour or black and white, if it contained any people or vehicles, and whether the picture was taken on land, sea or from the air.

It was a really tricky challenge, and the children had to get quite creative in order to describe some unfamiliar locations and vehicles.  Can your child remember the picture they had to describe to their friend?

Our DT lesson this week was rubbish - literally!  The children were challenged to build their favourite piece of playground equipment using whatever they could find in the junk modelling box.

The idea was to encourage them to consider the best materials for their structure, how to make it as sturdy as possible, and what would be the best method of joining it all together.

Having looked at the structure of existing pieces of playground equipment, could the children put that knowledge into practise with their own builds?  Once finished, the children were then asked to evaluate their models - what worked well and what would they change next time?

Week 10 - Banishing bullying, flying through history and getting into shape

We all came in sporting odd socks on Monday to mark the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week.

The odd socks are a symbolic celebration of difference and diversity, and we discussed this year's theme, "One kind word", during a circle time about the importance of keeping our school a bully-free zone.

The children then designed their own pairs of odd socks, created some colourful anti-bullying banners and even came up with placards bearing their own kind words.

Can your child remember what bullying is and what to do or who to tell if they ever see or experience bullying?

We began this term's History topic with a mystery table.  The items included poppies, a flying helmet and goggles, old maps, books about important women in history and female pilots during World War II, and models of fighter planes.

Who or what could link all of these things together?  The answer is Mary Ellis, an ATA pilot during World War II.  We'll learn more about Mary next week, but this week we imagined what it must've been like to fly a World War II plane by watching a video shot from the cockpit of a spitfire and even donning our flying goggles to fly around the hall!

Can your child find out any facts about Mary Ellis?

Maths this week is all about 2D and 3D shapes.

Building on what they learnt last year in Year R, the children have been recognising and naming 2D and 3D shapes through a variety of challenges and activities, from making 3D shapes out of play-doh and going on a shape hunt around the school, to building 2D shapes using lollipop sticks, using rubber bands to form them on a geoboard, and even making pictures of dinosaurs using magnetic 2D shapes.

Can your child recognise and name any 2D and 3D shapes around the house?

Week 9 - Marking remembrance, super stories and fabulous forest school

Thursday marked Remembrance Day this year.  The children have had the opportunity to buy their poppies from Year 6 through the week, and in class has a short assembly on what Remembrance Day means and why we wear poppies before observing the two-minute silence at 11 o'clock.

The children then made their own poppies before launching into a variety of remembrance-related craft activities.

Ask your child what they remember about Remembrance Day.  Can they tell you what the leaf on the poppy should always point towards?

We started our English unit out in the copse, listening to the spooky story 'A Dark, Dark Tale'.  In the story, a mysterious box hides inside the darkest corner of a cupboard, and we found our own mysterious box buried in the copse!  What could be inside...

The children then set about planning and writing their own versions of 'A Dark, Dark Tale', putting a new spin on the story by changing the repeated adjective from "dark, dark" to something else.

What adjective did your child choose?  Can they tell you their whole story?  And what was hiding inside the box?!

Speaking of being out in the copse, the children are absolutely loving their Tuesday afternoon forest school sessions every week.

They get up to all sorts of things, from building dens and obstacle courses to spotting wildlife and whipping up some tasty treats in the mud kitchen.

This week, the children were also told the story of 'Hedgehog Howdedo' and talked about how the hedgehogs are getting ready to hibernate at this time of year.

What's your child's favourite forest school activity?

Week 8 - Dazzling Diwali, interplanetary imagination and brilliant book buddies

Our World Faith and Philosophy unit began this week by exploring the concept of god.

We looked at the depiction of God in the Christian religion by hearing stories from the Bible and listening to the lyrics of Christian songs.

We then compared that to the Hindu concept of god, looking at how different gods represent different aspects and roles, from creator and protector to providing good fortune and dealing destruction.

We also heard the story of Diwali and made diva lamps, comparing the symbolic use of candles in both Hinduism and Christianity.

On Wednesday, Perform came in to provide Year 1 with an interplanetary drama adventure!

After learning about all the planets in our solar system, the children then had to help save planet Earth from the evil Cruel Commander who was intent on its destruction.

By using stealth (not necessarily a strength in Year 1!) and some very special friendship powder, the children were able to thwart the Cruel Commander's nefarious scheme.

Can your child name the eight planets (and one dwarf planet) in our solar system after travelling to them all this week?

Regular reading is one of the most important aspects of our learning in Year 1, so to ensure all the children get a chance to read out loud we've drafted in some extra help!

Each week, children from Year 6 will come into our class to read one-to-one with a Year 1 child.

The children absolutely love showing off their reading skills to Year 6, and it's also a great opportunity for the Year 6 children to reflect on their own reading journey and see how far they've come.

Who did your child read to this week and which story did they choose?

Week 7 - Fabulous falconry, counting on Katherine and a reformed character

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Fab Falconry on Friday morning.

The children got up close and personal with a variety of birds during their avian adventure, meeting a kestrel as well as four different species of owl.

They learned all about the different birds and even got to handle them!  By the end of the session, the children were full of fascinating facts about our feathered friends.  Ask your child what they can remember about our visitors.

We'd also like to say a big thank you to FoLS for funding the Fab Falconry visit.

As part of Black History Month, we spent Wednesday afternoon hearing all about Katherine Johnson.  The story, as told in 'Counting on Katherine', is about how Katherine overcame the social barriers and expectations of being a black woman in 1950s America to eventually play a vital role in sending American astronauts into space, onto the moon and - crucially - in returning them safely home.

Inspired by Katherine, the children then made their own (somewhat less complicated!) calculations in order to assemble their own rockets and even tried sending some of them into space from our launch pad.  What can your child remember about Katherine Johnson?

After exploring the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the children had the opportunity to write their own versions this week.  Then on Wednesday, they were amazed to receive a message from the Big Bad Wolf saying that he'd changed his ways and was now good.  Could it be true?  There was only one way to find out!

The wolf arranged to visit on Friday morning, so the children got busy writing questions to ask him.  Why did he become good?  Is he friends with Little Red Riding Hood now?  One little girl was even brave enough to ask him is his teeth were still sharp!

What was your child's question for the Big Good Wolf?

Week 6 - An awesome assembly, amazing algorithms and fabulous fairy tales

Thanks to everybody who was able to attend our Harvest Festival Assembly on Wednesday morning.

The children shared their favourite fruits and vegetables, talked about what crops need in order to grow, highlighted the importance of saving the bees and even shared a few of their harvest acrostic poems.

After rounding the assembly off with a fruity musical showstopper, Year 1 then joined the rest of the school in bringing their donations round to the harvest table for collection by the Petersfield Food Bank.

Thank you for all your generous harvest donations.

In computing, we've been learning all about algorithms.  It's a big word for small children, but it simply means a set of step-by-step instructions.

The children made photo algorithms of LEGO models, using the iPads to take a picture of each stage of construction, then challenging a friend to follow their algorithms and build their designs.  Later in the week, they also wrote an algorithm for making a potato man, listing which body part goes where and in what order

We even did a 'Draw With Rob' on Friday and discussed how these instructional videos also constitute a type of algorithm.  Can you think of any other everyday algorithms?

In English, we began to look at traditional tales, starting this week with Little Red Riding Hood.

We read the story in class, then the children split into groups and headed outside to perform their own role-played versions of the story.

Later in the week, we looked again at adjectives, thinking about which adjectives we'd choose to describe Little Red Riding Hood and which we'd choose to describe the Big Bad Wolf.

Ask your child what adjectives they'd choose to describe these characters.  Can they think of any good adjectives for characters in some of their other favourite stories?

Week 5 - Marvellous morning work, keen on Klee and a sneak peek at next week

There's always something to be getting on with in Year 1, so every morning, between putting their coats away, organising their water bottles and choosing what they'd like for lunch, the children have a simple task to complete.

It might be practising how to spell the days of the week or the months of the year, doing a word search featuring one of our Phonics focus sounds, or practising their number formation.  Whatever the activity, they not only serve to reinforce what we're learning in class, they also encourage the children to be independent learners.  

And as a special treat, their morning activity every Friday is a little bit of extra choosing time!

We had the paints out again in Art this week as we continued playing around with colours.

Taking the work of Paul Klee as our inspiration, the children experimented with tints, choosing one colour as their basis and gradually adding more and more white paint to create paler and paler colours, painting a single strip of their new colour each time.

The results were fantastic, and the children had some fabulous insights into how the different colours Klee used made them feel, from bright and bold colours to more neutral hues.

Ask your child what they remember about Paul Klee.

Some people think the new James Bond film is the hottest ticket in town, but that's only because they haven't heard about Year 1's Harvest Festival assembly next Wednesday!

To avoid any spoilers, top secret rehearsals are well under way for our autumn extravaganza, and the children have been in the hall practising their lines and singing the song for our fruity finale.

Year 1 parents are welcome to attend, with the assembly running between 9.00 and 9.30 next Wednesday (October 13th).  It's the first "proper" class assembly since 2019, but the children have taken it all in their stride and will put on a great show.  We hope you can join us on the day!

Week 4 - Crazy colours, chatting and choosing

We were mixing it up in Art this week - literally!

Having learnt about the three primary colours last week, we experimented with mixing them together this week to find out what secondary colours we could make.

We also took a brief look the colour field paintings of Mark Rothko, after which some of the children even tried mixing their own colours to create colour field paintings for themselves.

Can your child tell you which colours they mixed together this week, and what other colours they managed to create?

PSHE and class discussions are an important part of the transition into Year 1 from Reception.

This week our UNCRC Articles of the Week were Articles 28 and 29: that children have the right to an education and that that education should encourage all of their talents.

In an outdoor circle time, we discussed how the children felt about their new class, including what they enjoyed, which parts of the transition into Year 1 they had found the most challenging and what they were looking forward to learning about in the coming months.  And as it was such a nice day, we even found time for a few outdoor class games to finish the session!

One of the things the Year 1 class enjoy most is their afternoon Choosing Time.

It's still really important that the children get time every day to play, socialise and get creative, whether that's by dressing up, drawing and colouring, or building a LEGO town, a giant marble run or a road network for their toy cars.

Their right to play and relax is enshrined in Article 31 of the UNCRC, and it's a great time to watch them have fun and let different sides of their personalities shine.

What's your child's favourite Choosing Time activity?

Week 3 - Fabulous forest school, mad about materials and hooray for harvest!

The children had another fabulous Forest School session this week, making the most of the good weather by heading out into the copse to play and explore.

They collected leaves to make forest crowns, gathered sticks for next week's creative activity and whipped up some very interesting looking recipes in the mud kitchen!

The children absolutely love getting out amongst the trees.  Maybe you could go for a walk and find some decorations to make your own forest crowns at the weekend.


Our Science topic this term is all about everyday materials, so we began by looking at some objects made out of everyday materials this week.

There were five tables: one with objects made of wood, one with metal, one with plastic, one with rock, and one with paper and cardboard.  It was the children's job to explore the different objects, see what they were made from, and try to work out why each particular material was chosen to make each particular object.

Can you find any objects around your house that are made from these materials?  Which materials are the most common in your home?

We'll be presenting our Harvest Assembly in a couple of weeks, so this week we started learning all about the Harvest Festival.

We found out what the Harvest Festival is and discussed what kinds of crops are being harvested at this time of year.

The children wrote about their favourite fruits and vegetables, and we also started collecting some suitable vocabulary for writing our acrostic poems next week.  The harvest topic even extended into story time, when we read The Scarecrows' Wedding on Friday!

What can your child tell you about the Harvest Festival?

Week 2 - Crazy about counting, catching crocodiles and a creative Christmas

In Maths this week, we've been looking at different ways of counting and representing numbers up to 10.

The children have had lots of practical challenges to complete, involving such things as play-doh, jigsaws and building blocks.

They've also had to match numbers with their pictorial representations, draw counters onto tens frames, and complete a counting challenge across the week involving such diverse objects as pegs, marbles and plastic narwhals!

Ask your child which challenges they most enjoyed this week.

Posters appeared in Year 1 this week warning the children to watch out for crocodiles!

After being caught on camera in the classroom, we finally trapped the beast, only to discover that it was friendly, vegetarian and, as it turned out, inflatable!

It was all part of our English lessons which were based around Roald Dahl's 'The Enormous Crocodile'.  After reading the story to the children, we learnt about adjectives and tried to think of as many different adjectives to describe the Enormous Crocodile as we could.

Ask your child which adjectives they chose to describe the Enormous Crocodile.

No, that wasn't a mistake in this week's titles, we were actually beginning to think about Christmas in Year 1 this week!

To ensure you have plenty of time to order the child-designed Christmas cards this year, we began creating them this week by finger-painting our snowy backgrounds.

And while this was all going on, we obviously had to embrace the Christmas spirit by colouring baubles, cutting out snowmen and even listening to out favourite Christmas songs!

Look out for your child's finished Christmas card artwork which will be coming home next week.

Week 1 - Welcome back!

It's been a busy first week in Year 1!  Not only have the children been exploring their new classroom, they've also found time to create our Class Charter, design an E-Safety Agreement and elect our School Council representatives.

On top of that, they've been finding missing numbers in maths, writing about their favourite part of the week and playing games outside on the field and in the copse.

And if that weren't enough, the children have also discussed the seasons, been on a summer sunshine senses walk and had lots of choosing time too - phew!

Ask your child about their first week in Year 1.

This week, Year 1 listened to the story of Smartie the Penguin and how he managed to stay safe online.

We then talked about ways in which the children could keep themselves safe when using the Internet and came up with some rules together to put into our Year 1 Internet Safety Charter.

A copy of the charter has come home, with a portion for your child to sign and stick into the back of their Reading Diary to remind them of our Internet safety tips.

For more advice on how to keep your family safe online, have a look at the links below:

Internet Matters

Google's "Be Internet Legends"

Childnet International

The Parent Zone

Our Class Charter

Year 1 discussed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, deciding which of their Rights they felt were most important to them.  We then created our class charter together based on their choices.  

Learning Behaviours Presentation

Thank you to all those parents who were able to attend our Learning Behaviours presentation.  It was really useful to share and discuss our strategy for encouraging positive learning behaviours by linking them to characters from children's literature, and your input was instrumental in honing the vocabulary we'll be using to encourage these behaviours across the school.

The Learning Behaviours PowerPoint presentation is attached to the bottom of this page.

Year 1 Information and Expectations

-  A curriculum update containing details of the subjects we'll be covering this term can be found at the bottom of this page, as can a list of the Year 1 "Non-negotiables" (expectations for the end of the year).

-  Alongside the academic curriculum, we're encouraging the children to become more independent by giving them responsibility for everyday things such as keeping track of their own jumpers and water bottles and carrying their own bags.

-  Home learning will appear on the website, with the expectation being daily reading (5-10 minutes per day), weekly maths (around 20-25 minutes during the week) and a third option to be dipped into at your leisure (this term it's all about our local area).  We'll be keeping the children very busy at school, so it's important they have plenty of downtime to play, relax and explore at home too.

-  We'll be covering Internet safety with the children, with a PowerPoint for parents attached to our Safeguarding page.

-  Don't forget to put name labels on anything that comes to school - you'll be amazed at home many children say "Mine's the one with no name on it"!

-  The children will all take the Phonics Screening Check in June, the only statutory "test" in Year 1.  It's just to check the children are where they need to be with their Phonics, and consists of 40 words: 20 real words and 20 "alien" words.  More information can be found about the Phonics Screening Check on the Oxford Owl website.

Snack Time

Healthy snacks are provided by the school in Year 1, however you can choose to send your child in with their own snack as long as it's either fresh fruit or vegetables - nothing that comes in a wrapper please!

Seesaw Electronic Learning Journal

We'll be using the Seesaw Family app to share some of the children's learning this year.  Check your email for an invitation from your child's teacher in September and download the free Seesaw Family app for your device or log in on a computer.

If you'd like to keep your child's work from this year, click this link to discover how to download their entire Seesaw journal to keep forever (and possibly embarrass them with in the future!)


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