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Year R – Fruit Tasting

Year R – Fruit Tasting

In Year R the children were given a coin to exchange for three pieces of fruit.  The children were encouraged to try different fruits and talk about how they tasted.

They have also been learning how our breathing can help us remain in the green zone and stay calm.  The children have been learning feather breathing, belly breathing and bubble breathing.  Look how relaxed they are!

Year 1 – How to Catch a Star

Year 1 – How to Catch a Star

Year 1 have been reading the story ‘How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jeffers in English. In the story the boy tries to catch a star of his very own. Well, we decided to catch (make) our very own stars. We followed instructions and a recipe to make two different types of star. One was a coloured card star and the other was a salt dough star. After we had made the stars, we used this information to help write our own instructions.

Year 2 – Making Porridge

Year 2 – Making Porridge

This week, Year 2 have been reading Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Today we had a go at making our own porridge just like the 3 bears. We read the recipe and followed the instructions to make sure our porridge was just right! Later this week we will be writing our own recipes so others can make our delicious porridge.
Year R – Supertato

Year R – Supertato

In Reception they have been reading the story of ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra.  The children made their own super vegetable heroes.  They chose their own vegetable and how they wished to decorate their superhero.

Year 2 – Dance

Year 2 – Dance

Year 2 have started their indoor Dance unit focused on Plants. A nice little link to our Science work! In session 1, we thought about digging and raking and we learnt what unison and canon means.
Digging and raking can be hard work, so we also had to think about some tired freeze-frames. Can you spot anyone with an aching back or having a drink? Class 9 managed a whole class canon of raking!
Year R – New Topic

Year R – New Topic

Early Years have started a new topic – superheroes! They have been discussing what a hero is and what they look like in real life.  The children dressed up as mechanics, police officers and office workers and compared them to fictional characters like Superman.  The children have also been learning how our brains help us make choices and sorted out cards for the characters Betty and Berty to tell them the things our brain does for us and the things it does not.  In maths, Year R have been counting bricks and making towers and Evil Pea from Supertato has been knocking them down.  The children practised counting and learning that the amount of bricks was still the same. What a busy week

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Year 1 – Astronaut Training Day!

Year 1 – Astronaut Training Day!

We had a great first day back because it was astronaut training day. We all had an astronaut passport which contained five different activities that needed to be completed in order for us to pass our astronaut training. We had to find out all about astronauts and what it takes to become one.  We wrote a list of ten things that we would take to space. Next we had to complete astronaut exercises that included the following; alien egg racing, shooting stars, moon orbiting, meteor shoot out, a spacewalk and finally moon jumping. Also we made meteor rock cakes and designed and made rockets. You’ll be pleased to know that we all passed our astronaut training and had a tremendous amount of fun!

Year 1 – Marble Runs and Mazes

Year 1 – Marble Runs and Mazes

In Design and Technology at the end of last half term, Year 1 designed and made marble runs or mazes. First we had to decide whether we would make either a marble run or maze and then we drew our designs and listed what equipment we would need. Then we used boxes, straws, lids, matchsticks and other resources to make the marble runs and mazes. Finally we tested and evaluated them. Some children loved being engineers and others decided it was harder than they initially thought; nevertheless we all had lots of fun!

 

Christmas Hamper Raffle

Christmas Hamper Raffle

We are so excited to share with you all of the hampers that have been created from the generosity of our school community. Many thanks to all that contributed. We have sold so many raffle tickets! Here is a sneak peek of the prizes that will be won. Good luck……!

Year 2 – DT

Year 2 – DT

Year 2 children used various D&T skills to create their own moving picture Tudor houses as part of their learning on the Great Fire of London. We experimented with push and pull simple mechanisms to make the fire move.
Christmas at Langstone

Christmas at Langstone

Christmas has taken over Langstone infant School.

Our Christmas displays are based on Christmas books. How many have you read?

 

Year R – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Year R – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! In Early Years we have been mark making in glitter.  We have also been practising our reading in our independent learning time, making marble runs and practising our scissor skills.  Some classes have even had a visit from a mischievous elf!

Year 2 – Writing with Quills

Year 2 – Writing with Quills

Year 2  have been learning about The Great Fire of London. They have learnt all about Samuel Pepys and how he recorded the events of the fire in his diary. The children had a go at using a quill and ink to write their names.

Nick Sharratt – Oh No! Shark in the Snow

Nick Sharratt – Oh No! Shark in the Snow

Today the children were very lucky to participate in a special online webinar with the author and illustrator Nick Sharratt. He shared his new book ‘Oh No! Shark in the Snow’ and taught the children how to draw a number of illustrations. The children loved it and produced some fantastic drawings. The staff also enjoyed having a go too!

 

St Cuthbert’s Church Christmas Tree Festival

St Cuthbert’s Church Christmas Tree Festival

On Thursday Mr Wells, Miss Vickers, Mrs Fitzgibbons, Miss Greenaway and Mrs Duncan went down to St Cuthberts church to hang all the decorations that were made on decoration day.
This year we have made our tree interactive and called it the ChristMaths tree. Underneath the tree instead of presents you will find a challenge sheet with maths questions. Solve the problems and then find the answers on the tree to make a Christmas word.
Once you have completed the sheet, bring it into school on Monday to get a festive merit!
The Christmas Tree festival is running at St Cuthberts Church from Friday  to Sunday and entrance in £2.
Year 2 – Cone Dragons

Year 2 – Cone Dragons

Last week, Year 2 had a brilliant time reading instructions, learning how to make ‘Cone Dragons’. Once they had made the dragons, they planned their own instructions and wrote them independently.

Decoration Day

Decoration Day

On Thursday we held our annual Decoration Day. We made lots of Christmassy things and the school was covered in glitter. Look out for when the decorations go up this week and look out for Christmas books we’ve based our class displays on!

Year 1 – Dogger – Mini School Fair

Year 1 – Dogger – Mini School Fair

In English Year 1 have been learning the story of ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes. In the story Dave finds his lost toy Dogger at the school fair. So we decided to have our own school fair in the hall. There were five activities which included Lucky dip, Penalty Shoot Out, Tin Can Alley , Hoopla and the Three-Legged Race. The children had lots of fun!

 

Year R – The Gruffalo

Year R – The Gruffalo

Year R have read the story of the Gruffalo. The children then used a range of different resources to create fabulous pictures of the character.

 

Children in Need

Children in Need

We have had a great day celebrating Children in Need. The children looked amazing in the clothes that make them sparkle or are sparkly. We looked at the fabulous colouring that the children have done for the competition and awarded stickers, merits and certificates.

Thank you for all you contributions to Children in Need through the Just Giving page or cash donations. We’ll let you know our grand total next week.

Year 2 – Maths

Year 2 – Maths

Year 2 have been learning how to use a rekenrek, a new counting tool that supports children to recognise number bonds within 20 without having to individually count each digit. For example recognising that seven is made up of five and two.

Year R

Year R

We have been having lots of fun in Early Years.  We have been telling our puppet and animal friends who has more and who has fewer using objects in the classroom.  Some children found paintbrushes for Elephant and Crocodile and told them who had fewer.  We celebrated Children in Need by wearing something that made us sparkle and we have been exploring what might happen to the inside of a pumpkin if we put soil inside.  Watch this space for further photos of the pumpkin and the changes that happen.
Year 1 – Materials

Year 1 – Materials

As part of their topic and science learning, Year 1 have been sorting their toys based upon the materials they are made from. They sorted them into plastic, metal, wood, fabric, rubber and cardboard. Some toys were a little bit tricky as they were made of more than one material. Therefore the children decided to put them in the middle of two or three groups. After the children then wrote about the different toys and the materials from which they were made from.

Can you see if the toys have been sorted correctly?

Key Stage 1 – Cricket

Key Stage 1 – Cricket

Ollie was here again today. The children had a lot of fun learning how to bowl with a straight arm. There were a lot of stray balls all over the place. Ollie and members of school staff were kept very fit collecting them from over the fence! The children also learnt about the role of a wicket keeper.

Kindness Week – Collaborative Art

Kindness Week – Collaborative Art

During Kindness Week each class was given part of a larger piece of art to collage. The classes had to collaborate to ensure the pattern was consistent across the the bits that fit together like a jig saw.

We think it is amazing. We hope you do too!

Year 2 – Acts of Kindness

Year 2 – Acts of Kindness

As part of our Kindness weeks the children decided to send thank you cards to the NHS staff at our local hospital to say thank you for all their hard work during the pandemic. We used the image of the rainbow as the children remembered it has a symbol of thanks during lockdown. The children enjoyed the act of kindness and are looking forward to sending them to the hospital  soon.

Chance to Shine Cricket

Chance to Shine Cricket

We are really lucky to have Ollie, a cricket coach from Hampshire Cricket working with us this term.

The children are learning lots of new skills and having a lot of fun.

Year 1 – Shaker Instructions

Year 1 – Shaker Instructions

In English last week, Year 1 learnt all about Instruction writing. They learnt how to follow verbal instructions ‘How to make a Shaker’ and then followed these to make their own shakers. They also sequenced written instructions and then created group plans to support their instruction writing. Finally they wrote their own instructions on ‘How to make Shaker’ for Year R children to follow.

 

Year 1 – Achievement Assembly

Year 1 – Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assemblies are coming thick and fast these days. we are so very proud of all the children’s achievements, it is wonderful to be able to celebrate them together as a year group in the hall. Year 1 sang together beautifully the song ‘Just Sing.’ The children celebrated receiving Silver and Gold certificates with the obligatory juice and biscuit.

Year 2 – Fire Safety

Year 2 – Fire Safety

Year 2 were visited by the Fire Service Schools team. Karen came in and taught the children about the role the fire service plays in keeping people safe. She also told them what to do in an emergency at home. The children learnt about checking their smoke alarms and Karen recommended adopting ‘Check it Tuesday’ in their houses. The children learnt a rhyme about matches and were even given a sticker to remind them ‘matches and lighters never touch, they can hurt you very much’. The children loved the visit and now know how to be safer at home.

Year R – Firework Pictures

Year R – Firework Pictures

In Reception the children learnt about bonfire safety on November 5th.  The children created their own fireworks using a range.

 

Year 2 – Achievement Assembly

Year 2 – Achievement Assembly

These children had an Achievement Assembly today, they received Opal, Topaz or Amethyst Certificates.

The children shared one of their achievements with the year group and we were able to sing one of the songs we have been learning together.

The children celebrated with the traditional Achievement Assembly feast of juice and biscuit, before returning to their class to start their learning.

Year R – Signs of Autumn

Year R – Signs of Autumn

This week the children brought in envelopes with all the signs of autumn they had collected during the half term holiday with their families.

They then enjoyed observing the changes of autumn and talked about what they could see.

“I think it’s like an owl, it can fly.” (helicopter leaves)

“There’s lots of coloured leaves—red, yellow green and conkers come from conker trees..”

“All the leaves come off the tree and they die.”

“They go brown and get crunchy.  The wind makes them fall down.”

Year 2 – Poetry Recital

Year 2 – Poetry Recital

This week the children have been creating their own poems about firework night linked to the story ‘Sparks in the Sky’. On Friday the children had a poetry recital and read their finished poem to the class.
Year 1 – Achievement Assembly

Year 1 – Achievement Assembly

Today has been a very exciting day as we have been able to hold our first Achievement Assembly in the hall as a Year Group. It is the first step in returning these wonderful celebration assemblies to a pre-COVID norm.

The children shared one of their achievements with the year group and we were able to sing one of the songs we have been learning together.

The children celebrated with the traditional Achievement Assembly feast of juice and biscuit, before returning to their class to start their learning.

Year 1 – Pablo Picasso continued…

Year 1 – Pablo Picasso continued…

As you know already, Year 1 have been learning about the Spanish Artist Pablo Picasso this half term. They have practised drawing abstract facial features and then drew their own Picasso inspired portrait. Next they learnt all about the primary colours and colour mixing, as well as mixing tones making a colour lighter and darker. Finally, they painted their own Picasso portraits.

We hope you like our art gallery!

 

Year 1 – Autumn

Year 1 – Autumn

Year 1 have been using their senses to explore different autumnal objects. Next they came up with lots of adjectives to describe the objects and then used these to help them write some lovely autumn poems.

Year R – Dear Zoo

Year R – Dear Zoo

In Reception we had a special delivery from the zoo.  The children have been talking about the box, asking lots of questions – “What was in the box? Why were there holes? Was it heavy? Was it fragile? Who delivered the box?

On Wednesday the children discovered the box was open and there was nothing inside.  They found some footprints in the classroom and went to look for clues as to where the animal had gone.  Some children thought a polar bear had escaped and others thought it must have been a bird because it flew out the box. They thought we could call the police to help us find the animal or become detectives and look for clues.

We have really enjoyed reading the story ‘Dear Zoo.’ Take a look at some of our learning.”

Year R – Phonics

Year R – Phonics

In Early Years we have been learning new phonemes (sounds) in phonics.  We have been practising writing the sounds in flour, on whiteboards and finding them in our outside provision. We really enjoyed getting messy this week whilst practising our writing!

Year 1 – Pablo Picasso

Year 1 – Pablo Picasso

Year 1 have been learning about the Spanish Artist Pablo Picasso this half term. They have learnt that he created abstract portraits. They then worked in pairs or small groups to create their own Picasso inspired portraits.

What do you think of our faces?

Year R – Some favourite things!

Year R – Some favourite things!

In Reception we have been making mobiles of our favourite things.  We drew pictures of our favourite food, colour, toy and game.  We then cut out our circles and threaded them onto a twig. Don’t they look fantastic!

 

Year 2 – Achievement Assembly

Year 2 – Achievement Assembly

Today has been a very exciting day as we have been able to hold our first Achievement Assembly in the hall as a Year Group. It is the first step in returning these wonderful celebration assemblies to a pre-COVID norm.

The children shared one of their achievements with the year group and we were able to sing one of the songs we have been learning together.

The children celebrated with the traditional Achievement Assembly feast of juice and biscuit, before returning to their class to start their learning.

Year R – Phonics

Year R – Phonics

We have been learning the sounds s, a, t, p, i, n, m and d in phonics.  We had a treasure hunt and had to find things around the classroom that started with the sounds.  Some of us made silly soup.  Can you see what ingredients we put in?  Early Years have also been learning about how to regulate our emotions.  Can you guess which zone we are in by our facial expressions?

Year 1 – 5 Little Senses!

Year 1 – 5 Little Senses!

As part of their science learning, Year 1 have been exploring and using their senses. The children tasted different fruit, identified different objects by touch and identified close up pictures by sight. The children went on a listening walk to identify different sounds and also they had to identify six different smells from the smelling cups. They all had lots of fun!

Year 2 – Design Technology

Year 2 – Design Technology

As part of our topic ‘All About Me’, Year Two has been learning about healthy lifestyles and healthy eating. We have learnt about food groups and designed a healthy meal. After that, we designed our own healthy wrap. We chose ingredients from different food groups, to ensure that the wrap contained a balance of ingredients. Finally we created our own wraps. As part of this activity, we reminded ourselves about hygiene and hand cleaning. After putting the ingredients on the wrap, we learnt the tricky art of rolling the wrap. We did really well at this. Finally, the wraps were placed in tin foil, to be taken home, shown off and eaten. Well done to everyone for making a great effort with this.

This is Me!

This is Me!

Year 1 have been very busy with their learning already. They have been learning all about themselves and their bodies. The children worked in groups to draw and label the different parts of the body. They have also painted self-portraits of themselves. Who do you recognise?

Hello Year 1!

Hello Year 1!

The children have settled in beautifully to Year 1 since returning to school.

Let’s meet the classes below.

Year R – A Successful First Week

Year R – A Successful First Week

The children in Year R have been busy exploring the different learning environments. The children have been exploring our learning through the inside and outside provision.  They have listened to stories and visited our school library.  There are so many books they have enjoyed reading with their new class friends! They are kind and helpful to each other and have been showing their teachers how well they follow the Golden Rule stories they have learnt this week.  A lot of fun (and mess) was had at the sensory station where they explored different textures with our hands.  We have really enjoyed their first full week in school and are looking forward to next week.

Year 2 – Maths

Year 2 – Maths

In Year 2 this week we have been representing numbers in different ways and then ordering numbers to make our own number line. We even made a human number line using objects in our classes

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Returning to School

Returning to School

Dear Parents and Carers,

We look forward to welcoming back your child to Langstone Infant School on Monday 6th  September.

You will be aware that there remain a large number of COVID cases both locally and nationally and we will be continuing to follow the guidance that is issued to us.

Please read carefully the information below for the return to school.

DROP OFF

Year 1 and 2 will start at 8:45am

The gate to the main playground will open at 8:40am, at the same time the classroom door will open and children can walk straight into their classrooms. There will be no need to queue and wait on the playground. You can drop off your child and go.

Please may I take this opportunity to remind you that your child remains your responsibility until they are in the classroom door. Please ensure that you have walked them to the door or watched them from the playground go into the school building and not just watch them from Stride Ave.

There will not be an opportunity for you to talk to your child’s teacher but if you have an urgent message please email using the class email or call the school office.

The gate to the playground will close at 8:45 at which time learning starts. If your child arrives after this time, you will need to sign them in at the office. Please do not put staff in a difficult situation by pleading with them to let you into the playground after this time.

PICK UP

 Year 1 and 2 children will finish school at 3:00pm

The gate to the main playground will be opened at 2:55pm. We ask you to queue in an orderly line from the numbered sign post that will be placed in the playground near the appropriate classroom. This will help the class teachers to be able to find you quickly, particularly as the new class teachers get to know you and the children. The class teachers will open the classroom doors at 3pm and send your child to you when they see you at the front of the line. Please exit the playground swiftly – there is space along Stride Ave for you to meet with other parents to catch up and arrange play dates etc.

The gate will close at 3:05pm

We ask you to be on time as after school meetings involving school staff will begin at 3.15pm.

STAYING SAFE

Please help us to keep our school community safe .  We respectfully remind you that only one parent/carer will be permitted for the drop off and collection of pupils and please maintain safe spacing.

SIBLINGS

We know that many of our children have siblings who are not yet school age. We appreciate that you may have to bring siblings to drop off and collect your child, but ask you to keep this to the minimum where possible, and remind you that you remain responsible for your children and safe spacing when dropping off and collecting your child. We respectfully request that you keep any children next to you in the queue and not allow them to run around the playground.

COMMUNICATION

As stated previously, at this time teachers will not be available to speak to parents/carers unless teachers initiate the contact. Teachers must commit their time to ensuring that all children safely enter and leave their care. Parents can contact teachers through the school office by email and phone calls as usual. Any messages or queries for the office should be emailed or phoned in before 8:45am or after 9:30am.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Children will be expected to return to school in full uniform. They must wear clean clothes every day.

  • White polo shirt, grey skirt/pinafore or grey trousers/shorts, bottle green jumper/sweatshirt/cardigan (summer green/white gingham checked dresses)
  • Footwear – Black shoes (in the interest of safety these must have closed toes and low heels)

Children will not be required to bring a PE kit to school, they will wear their PE kits on their PE day. This will commence the week beginning 13th September.

 

Monday Tuesday Thursday
Class 5 Class 6 Class 4
Class 8 Class 9 Class 7

 

PE Kit

Black shorts, tracksuit bottoms or leggings. White t-shirt, black plimsolls or trainers (velcro), black hoodie or sweatshirt.  Children should not be wearing football kits or other coloured sports kit on PE days.

No earrings on PE days. Small stud earrings the rest of the time. No other jewellery should be worn.

Your child should not bring extra items into school, they will only need:

  • A bottle containing water – we will provide your child with a new bottle on the first day
  • Their lunch (if you are providing it)
  • A waterproof coat incase of rain
  • Their book bag

SNACK

All children will have access to a piece of fruit or vegetable during the morning break. We will encourage children to try the different fruit and vegetables. Please make sure you let us know of any allergies.

LUNCH 

Children will be entitled to their free school meal, from Monday 6th September this will be a  hot meal, although you are welcome to provide a packed lunch from home. They will order this each day as they did previously in their classroom at the registration time. As before, it is a three week rolling menu (copy attached). The children will not have access to their school water bottles at lunchtime and should bring a separate drink with their packed lunch.  Children having a school lunch will be provided with a cup of water.

SYMPTOMS

If your child becomes unwell with COVID symptoms, they must not come to school and you should inform the school as soon as possible. If your child displays these symptoms when they are at school they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. Your child should be taken for a PCR test and you should inform the school of the result as soon as you have it.

We hope you find the information in this letter helpful and we look forward to welcoming you on Monday 6th September.

Yours sincerely,

Miss V Page

Headteacher

 

Year 1 – Sports Day

Year 1 – Sports Day

Year 1 had a great sports day! They competed in lots of races such as; egg and spoon, relay, hurdles, beanbag, skipping, football dribble and the sack race. They enjoyed cheering on their fellow classmates and earnt stickers for their achievements. What a fantastic day!

Year 1 – PSHE Keeping Safe!

Year 1 – PSHE Keeping Safe!

Year 1 have been really busy learning about ‘How to Keep Safe’. They started the day by thinking back to earlier on in the year when they learnt about Internet Safety Day and about keeping safe online.

We then learnt about ‘Road Safety’ and the ‘Green Cross Code’ and acted out different scenarios on the school playground.

Another part of our day was ‘Sun Safety’ this was really important as we were currently in a heatwave. The children created a sun safety poster to share all the important information.

Finally we learnt about medicines and drug safety. We had to sort medicines and other household items by whether they were safe or not. Most importantly we learnt you must check with a trusted adult before touching anything.

Year 2 – Sports Day

Year 2 – Sports Day

Year 2 finished their year with a lovely sunny day Sports Day. The children took part in races on the field and they all received stickers to recognise their achievements.

Achievement Assemblies – Classes 5, 7 and 8

Achievement Assemblies – Classes 5, 7 and 8

Achievement Assemblies are coming thick and fast this week. I think we may run out of juice and biscuits! The children have celebrated receiving their latest Certificate and are already busy filling up their next merit cards. |They look very proud of their achievements and e are very proud of their hard work. Well done everyone!

 

Year R – Sports Day

Year R – Sports Day

Year R had a wonderful time at their sports day last week. Each class held their own sports day.  The children took part in games and races and all received stickers and certificates for their participation.

Year 2 – Staycation

Year 2 – Staycation

As part of their work on Holidays, Year Two, along with most of Britain, planned a fabulous Staycation on the school field.

Would the weather hold out? Would we stay on the ‘green’ list?

Follow this link to find out more about it and see lots more pictures!

Come on England!

Come on England!

Today has been a busy day at school. It has been lovely seeing so many happy children in their non uniform. There have been lots of excited children who have been proud to show their sports kits and red and white clothes.

Thank you for all your support! It’s coming home!

 

Key Stage 1 – Cricket

Key Stage 1 – Cricket

Years 1 and 2 Took part in a cricket experience today, in the sunshine on the field. Follow this link to read more about and see what the children got up to with more pictures.

Year R – There’saShark in the Park on a Windy Day!

Year R – There’saShark in the Park on a Windy Day!

This week in English the Reception children have been reading the story of ‘Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!’ by Nick Sharratt.  In the story Timothy Pope uses his telescope to look for sharks.

The children  used their telescopes to look for things in the outside area and then wrote about them in their books.
“I can see a snake and it has scary eyes.”
“I can see a frog on the ground and it is sitting in the mud.”
“I can see a shark under a bridge and there is fish in deep blue water.”
Year 2 – Working Scientifically

Year 2 – Working Scientifically

Year 2 have been putting all their science learning to great use this half term and have been working scientifically. The children have been planning experiments, carrying them out, making predictions, recording results and measurements and talking about what they have learnt.

This week the children investigated what happened to puddles.

Year 2 – Leaflet Writing

Year 2 – Leaflet Writing

We do like to be beside the seaside!

In Year Two, we have been thinking about all of the seaside attractions that Portsmouth and Southsea have to offer.

For an English task, we researched different attractions, such as the Spinnaker Tower, Historic Dockyard and the seafront.

We chose different headings and wrote detailed sentences about four of the attractions.

Please enjoy reading them. You could use them to plan a day out of your own!

 

Year R – Seascapes

Year R – Seascapes

In Year R we have been making seascape pictures using water paint.  Today, we started to put on sand to create texture to our images.  Next week, we will add sea creatures.  Which ones do you think would be best?

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

In Year R, we have been learning the language more and fewer in maths to practise our skills and use the language correctly, we had to vote for a story book and looked to see which one had more cubes and which had fewer.
Year 1 – Weather Forecasts!

Year 1 – Weather Forecasts!

Year 1 became weather forecasters this week as part of our geography learning.  We watched a BBC weather forecaster in action and learnt that they stand in front of a green or blue screen to explain the weather. We then used the green screen at school to have a go ourselves and had lots of fun!

Also we have been keeping a weather diary across week and Class 5 decided to compare Portsmouth’s weather with Inverness in Scotland. We have also identified the typical weather we have in each season and have discussed how climate change has affected this over the years. As well as this we discussed and sorted clothing based upon its suitability for different types of weather.

 

Year 1 – Plant Detectives!

Year 1 – Plant Detectives!

Last week Year 1 became ‘Plant Detectives’ as part of their Science learning. They studied the plants closely and identified each of the main parts. The children then dissected and labelled each part and discussed its function.

Year R – Using Year 1 Farms

Year R – Using Year 1 Farms

In our outside continuous provision, we have been playing with the farms that Year 1 made in design and technology.  We loved putting the cows in the field and grouping the animals together.
Year R – Pirate Maths

Year R – Pirate Maths

Year R have been learning how to write and form the number 9 correctly this week.  Our topic is Pirates and Mermaids.  Did you know that pirates like to bowl?  We have been bowling and explaining our learning, in sentences, by saying how many skittles had fallen over and how many were still standing up.  We have been thinking about how we could represent the 9 skittles using a tens frame and counters.  In continuous provision, we have been exploring the number 9 and the different parts that make it.

Year 2 – Forensic Scientists

Year 2 – Forensic Scientists

Year Two become Silent Witnesses!

Year 2 were lucky to take part in a Forensic Science Experience. A scientist called Chris came to each Year Two class during a busy day of activities. We learnt about what forensic science is and what it is used for. We learned some amazing facts, such as;

  • Everyone’s fingerprints are completely different!
  • DNA is something almost unique to every different person
  • DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid
  • DNA can be found on your skin, hair, saliva and even your poo!

You can find out more about DNA here;

What is DNA? – BBC Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpffr82/articles/zvwbcj6

We became detectives, searching for who had taken a purse. There was a long list of suspects! We worked in teams to solve clues and search for DNA evidence. One or two super sleuths even discovered that two of the suspects have the same DNA (a true fact!).

We all had a super time and learned a lot about how science is important in the world around us.

Year 1 – Wonderful Weather

Year 1 – Wonderful Weather

Year 1 were really excited last week as they had received a special present from Elmer! First there was a letter that explained that Elmer needed our help because he didn’t understand the weather and did not want to ruin his colours if there was any bad weather. He asked the children to learn all about the weather and even try some exciting weather experiments. There was ‘a skittle rainbow’,  ‘make it rain’ and ‘a tornado’ experiment. The children then wrote about which experiment they liked and disliked and why.

The children had lots fun!

 

Old Year 1 Had A Farm Part Two… EIEIO!

Old Year 1 Had A Farm Part Two… EIEIO!

In art the following week, the children looked at clay animal sculptures. They used these ideas to create their own farm animal out of clay. The children molded the animal out of one lump rather than adding separate pieces together. They then painted their animal once dry.

Can you guess what farm animals we have made?

als we have made?

Old Year 1 Had A Farm… EIEIO!

Old Year 1 Had A Farm… EIEIO!

The week before half term Year 1 have been creating their own farms The children followed their group design to then create a 3D model of their farm. They used a range of materials and joined and decorated them in a variety of ways including; tape, glue, paint and tissue.

We hope you love our farms!

Year R – Pirates and mermaids

Year R – Pirates and mermaids

Our new topic in Year R is Pirates and Mermaids.  A shark box arrived and delivered pirate dressing up and new books to read to introduce the start of our topic.  Whilst reading the books, we realised that we did not have a ship, flag or any pirate treasure.  The children have been designing their role play this week, painting their ship, joining and making parrots and have found golden coins hiding in the sand.  Did you know the skull and crossbones flag at the top of a pirate ship is called a Jolly Roger?

 

Year 1 – What a smell!

Year 1 – What a smell!

This week Year 1 have been ‘Poo Detectives’ as part of our science learning. The children had to look closely at the ‘poo’ and decide which farm animal it belonged to by the clues they could see. After they had discovered which animal the poo belonged to, they then needed to decide whether the animal was a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore based upon what they had already learnt. The children had lots of fun investigating!

*No animals were harmed during this process and no real ‘poo’ was present*

 

Year 2 – Anna from ORCA

Year 2 – Anna from ORCA

As part of their WaterWorld topic Year 2 were visited by Anna from the ORCA organisation.

The children learnt all about the different species of whales and dolphins in our seas and oceans. The children were able to look closely at different artifacts including jaws and teeth.  It was a fantastic presentation, all the children thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt lots.

If you’d like to find out more about ORCA follow this link.

Year R – Exploring Magnets

Year R – Exploring Magnets

In Early Years, we have been exploring if objects are magnetic or not magnetic.  Can you tell by the photos which objects were magnetic and which ones were not? We also explored the magnets and could say if they were attracted to each other or repelled.  We had a lot of fun finding out, in particularly seeing how strong the magnets were and what they could move and hold.
The Big Ask

The Big Ask

Hi, my name is Rachel de Souza and I’m the Children’s Commissioner for England. My job is to speak up for children in England, stand up for their rights, and make sure that the people in power listen to what children need and want.

It’s time to give something big back to young people like you after COVID — and we need your help to do it.

This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. We’ll use what you tell us to show the government what you think, and what children need to live happier lives.

This survey will only take you 5-10 minutes

Please follow this link to visit the survey.

Year 1 Snuggly Snerds

Year 1 Snuggly Snerds

Year 1 have been reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’ by Julia Donaldson. In the story there is an imaginary character called the ‘Snuggly Snerd’. We then made our own Snuggly Snerds, which we named and described.  We then wrote sentences about them in our English Writing.

 

Year 2 – RE

Year 2 – RE

As part of our RE work on what ‘creation’ means, Year Two created a clay model of whatever they wanted. In later sessions, we have talked about what creation means in different religions.
We hope that you like what we made! (Click on the photo to see the creation!)
Year R – Salt Dough Aliens

Year R – Salt Dough Aliens

In Early years we have been making aliens out of salt dough.  We had to measure the ingredients, stir and shape our dough to look like an alien.  Once the aliens were made, we used our joining skills to craft a spaceship for the alien to fly in.  When the spaceships were dry, we painted them to look more realistic.  Luckily the aliens did not steal any of our pants!

Year 1 – Maths this week

Year 1 – Maths this week

Year 1 have been learning about addition this week. We have been combining parts to make the whole. We have also learnt that addition is commutative and we have been explaining our learning in full sentences. We have been using vocabulary like ‘First, then and now’, as well as addends, sum and total. Also we have been using counters and other resources to help us.

We are getting really good at our addition facts!

Class 1 – Achievement Assembly

Class 1 – Achievement Assembly

Last Friday some of the children from Class 1 celebrated completing their bronze merit card by receiving their certificates in a class assembly.  Well done to you all.

 

Year 1 – Oh no! Not another crime scene!

Year 1 – Oh no! Not another crime scene!

Year 1 became detectives last week as they discovered something strange had happened to the adventure play area. The area was taped off and the children worked together to take photos and mark the evidence. They had to be careful not to touch anything in case they left their own finger prints behind at the scene. The children first thought the Easter Bunny had been as there were pieces of half eaten carrots. However, they soon discovered a wellington boot and a nest with eggs and this led their findings towards some escaped farm animals instead.

 

Year R – Aliens Crash Land at Langstone

Year R – Aliens Crash Land at Langstone

To get ready for their new topic ‘Aliens’, Miss Beckwith washed lots of decorated pants and put them on the line to dry. Unfortunately the Aliens (who love underpants!) saw them and tried to steal them! Luckily they got scared away by a teacher walking down the corridor but they left lots of broken pieces of spaceship all over our garden area and now the pants have to be washed again!

 

Class 2 – Achievement Assembly

Class 2 – Achievement Assembly

Just before the Easter break Class 2 held an Achievement Assembly. The children received their Bronze certificates and celebrate their achievements with their classmates

, a squash and a biscuit.

 

Easter Hat Competition

Easter Hat Competition

Miss Page and Mrs Marshman had the most wonderful time this morning looking at all the amazing Easter Hats the children have made. It was a real challenge to decide on the winners in each class. Thank you for helping the children with their amazing hats we have raised over £220. Follow this link to see some photos of the amazing hats.

Year R

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3

First Place: Imogen

Runner Up: Ollie

First Place: Madison

Runner Up: Ethan

First Place: Ellis

Runner Up: Lenny

Special Mentions

Hudson

Ben

Oliver

Charles

Jax

Special Mentions

Elliott

Woodie

Grace

 

Special Mentions

Ezra

Lillie

 

Year 1

Class 4 Class 5 Class 6

First Place: Isaac

Runner Up: Harrison

First Place: Priyah

Runner Up: Lincoln

First Place: Hallie

Runner Up: Rosie

Special Mentions

Lillia

Iris

Georgia

Special Mentions

Benjamin

Ellis

Nellie

Alfie

Oscar

Ronnie

Louisa

 

Special Mentions

Emerson

Jesse-Rae

 

Year 2

Class 7 Class 8 Class 9

First Place: Jack P

Runner Up: Freddie

First Place: Loki

Runner Up: Jacob Ma

First Place: Eliza

Runner Up: Isabelle

Special Mentions

Sianna

Oscar

Thomas

Brandon

Theo

Special Mentions

Flynn

Bella

Aiden

Jesse

Scarlett

Aiden

Special Mentions

Joshua E

Tasin

Jack C

Grace

Tsiana

 

 

Year R – Easter Egg Hunt

Year R – Easter Egg Hunt

Year R had an Easter Egg hunt in the Sensory Garden. They even found Mrs Beggs, along with some chocolatey treasure.

Year 2 – Maths Games

Year 2 – Maths Games

Year 2 have been putting the number skills to good use by playing games. They have been practicing fluency with the games that they have played.

Achievement Assemblies

Achievement Assemblies

Achievement Assemblies have been happening at a fast and furious rate. The children have worked so hard this term both during the lockdown and now that they are back at school. We are so very proud of them.

The children share one of the achievements in their merit cards and then celebrate with a drink and a biscuit with their classmates.

Class 7 Class 8 Class 8
Class 3

 

Year 2 – Dinosaur Islands

Year 2 – Dinosaur Islands

The children worked in their animal groups to design their own dinosaur habitat. They planned collaboratively on a planning sheet before copying their plan onto the box. They then built up the structure using junk modelling before covering with paper lamination. After they were dry they painted the island and added geographical features to match their plan. The children were able to amend their island but only after discussion as a group.

Year 1 Guinea Pigs

Year 1 Guinea Pigs

Year 1 have been reading the story of ‘Christopher Nibble in a tale of dandelion derring-do!’ by Charlotte Middleton.

We then learnt how to draw our own guinea pigs and write some sentences about them.

We hope you love our drawings!

Year 1 – Let it Grow!

Year 1 – Let it Grow!

It has been lovely having all the children back in Year 1, they have all definitely grown.

So have all our plants too!

As part of our ‘Let it Grow’ topic we have been planting and growing runner beans, broad beans, grass and taking care of mini daffodils.

Year R – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Year R – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

In Year R the children have been learning about different minibeasts.  They have made a range of minibeasts for their class displays.  They used lots of different resources and skills to make them including printing, painting and learning how to joint parts together. Year R have also read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and made their own caterpillar to help us learn about the days of the week.
Year R – Minibeasts

Year R – Minibeasts

In Year R the children have been learning about minibeasts.  Today, they started to build their ant farm and our wormery.  Did you know a worm has no arms, legs or eyes?

 

The Masked Reader

The Masked Reader

Well done to everyone who took part in our Masked Reader Challenge. We hope you enjoyed the stories and I’m sure you did really well!

Here are the answers!

Reader A Reader B  Reader C  Reader D  Reader E
Pig the Fibber Come Back Jack Little Penguin Lost The Book with No Pictures Aliens in Underpants Save the World
Mrs Watson Miss Owen Mr McEvoy Mr Wells Mrs Fletcher
Reader F Reader G  Reader H  Reader I  Reader J
Six Dinner Sid What the Ladybird Heard Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat Super Daisy Mr Big
Mrs Marshman Miss Bugden Mrs Mitchell Mrs Bartlett Mrs Knapp

World Book Day

World Book Day

We had a different World Book Day to usual, but we all still had a great time sharing our favourite books and doing book related activities. Follow this link to see more photos and read more about it.

Thank you!

Thank you!

We would like to say a huge thank you to the parents of our critical worker children who kindly delivered two wonderful hampers of goodies for all the staff.

Staying Connected Pictures

Staying Connected Pictures

Lots of you were busy on Wellbeing Wednesday creating your pictures because we are missing seeing you. It has been fun looking in the silver bin to see who is there! All the pictures have been put up in the hall for you to see when you come back to school. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Wellbeing Wednesday

Wellbeing Wednesday

Look at all the things we got up to on Wellbeing Wednesday day which we had during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Painting and colouring, baking, junk modelling, finger painting and crafts.

Year 1 – Space Topic

Year 1 – Space Topic

Year 1 have really enjoyed learning about space. They have been doing all sorts of exciting things: making models, learning stories, space painting and learning about astronauts.

Follow this link to see all their work.

Year 1 – PSHE

Year 1 – PSHE

As part of PSHE, the children have been learning about the importance of keeping clean and healthy through daily habits such as cleaning our teeth and washing our face and body.  They had a go at washing a baby to help them understand the importance of caring for others who are unable to do things for themselves.

Print for free at a Library

Print for free at a Library

Please see this important information from Portsmouth Libraries:
Any parents home schooling and needing to print, remember Portsmouth Libraries will re-open for essential computer and internet use on Friday 8th of January and you are allowed to print up to 10 B/W pages homework related for free.
We’ll provide this service at Central, Carnegie, North End, Paulsgrove, Alderman Lacey, Beddow and Southsea libraries.
Just call your nearest library to book a PC and bring your library card if you have one.
Remember you can sign in for a library card online at https://portsmouth.spydus.co.uk/…/spyd…/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME
Using Google Classroom with XBox and Playstation

Using Google Classroom with XBox and Playstation

OPEN GOOGLE CLASSROOM ON XBOX AND PLAYSTATION

Classroom can be opened on Xbox and Playstation. There isn’t an app that you can add to the consoles. Instead,  built-in browsers that come on the two devices. On Xbox, it is Microsoft Edge. On Playstation, it is the “www” browser. To find these use the search function accessible on the home screen.

Once the browser has been opened:

  1. Type in google.co.uk in the URL bar.
  2. A prompt for a Google account will appear.
  3. Type in the email and password.
  4. The Classroom home screen will open up.

If you have a keyboard you can plug in, it will have a much easier for navigation. Otherwise, use the controllers to click on, open up assignments and type.

Learning at Home

Learning at Home

We are really missing seeing you all at school. It is very quiet, but it does mean that hopefully we can all be back together soon.

Remember that all your learning is on your Google Classroom. If you can’t find your password, email your class email. We are really looking forward to seeing how you are getting on.

If you are looking for other things to do why don’t you look at the page of activities and ideas we have put together, by following this link.

Information Update

Information Update

Please note that class emails will not be read until 4th January 2021.

If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday 18th December or over the weekend (19th and 20th December) please can you inform the school on  covidupdate@langstone-inf.portsmouth.sch.uk and take your child for a test.

If your child tests positive please contact the school on covidupdate@langstone-inf.portsmouth.sch.uk

The school e-mail will be checked once a day at 10 am on the 19th and 20th December and appropriate action will then be taken.

If your child develops symptoms on or after the 21st December, you do not need to notify the school but should notify the NHS Track and Trace service.

Year 1 – Marble Mazes

Year 1 – Marble Mazes

In Design and Technology Year 1 have been designing and making marble runs or mazes. First we had to decide whether we would make either a marble run or maze and then we drew our designs and listed what equipment we would need. Then we used boxes, straws, lids, matchsticks and other resources to make the marble runs and mazes. Finally we tested and evaluated them. Some children loved being engineers and others decided it was harder than they initially thought; nevertheless we all had lots of fun!

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day

School looked amazing last week as everyone was wearing their Christmas jumpers. We raised an impressive £652.18 for Save the Children trough our Just Giving page and on the day donations. Well done everyone, thank you for your generous donations.

To see more about what we got up to follow this link.

The 12 Days of Christmas PE Challlenge

The 12 Days of Christmas PE Challlenge

Some of our classes have undertaken a Christmas Movement Challenge. Each day they have taken part in activites and exercises linked ot the 12 days of Christmas song. Here they are getting active!

Year 1 Science Plants

Year 1 Science Plants

In Science Year 1 have been learning about parts of a plant. We decided to link it to art by colour washing a background and then collaging our own plants. Once we created our flowers, we then labelled the different parts.

Year 1 Dogger School Fair

Year 1 Dogger School Fair

In English Year 1 have been learning the story of ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes. In the story Dave finds his lost toy Dogger at the school fair. So we decided to have our own school fair in the hall. There were five activities which included Lucky Sticks, Penalty Shoot Out, Bottle Shy, Hoopla and the Three-Legged Race. The children had lots of fun!

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day

We’re taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 11 December! It doesn’t matter where we are – at home, work or school – on Christmas Jumper Day all you need to do is get your silliest, most festive jumper on and donate to Save the Children. 

By pulling on our Christmassy knits and donating, we’ll be transforming the future for children. Every pound we raise will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, and change the future for good.

Go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cjd200011612 and simply click the donate button to give your £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous…) and help us reach our team target.  We’ve also got our own QR code – simply scan the code with your phone camera and donate directly to our team! Not sure how it works? Here’s a link to the handy guide on using QR codes: https://claim.savethechildren.org.uk/guide

For more information on Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, please visit https://christmasjumperday.org

Year 1 – Maths – subitising

Year 1 – Maths – subitising

Year One children have been learning to ‘subitise’ in maths (recognise a quantity by the pictorial arrangement).  They began by looking at familiar patterns and arrangements such as dice and Numicon.  They were then given a number of images and were asked to work together to identify the amount shown without counting.

Year 1 – How to make a Shaker

Year 1 – How to make a Shaker

In English last week, Year 1 learnt all about Instruction writing. They learnt how to follow verbal instructions ‘How to make a Shaker’ and then followed these to make their own shakers. They also sequenced written instructions and then created group plans to support their instruction writing. Finally they wrote their own instructions on ‘How to make Shaker’ for Year R children to follow.

Year 1 – Toys Topic

Year 1 – Toys Topic

Year 1 have been exploring and learning all about their toys. They sorted their toys based on different criteria like colour, size, type etc. The children then sorted the toys according to the material they were made from, linking into their science learning about materials.
Year 1 – Picasso Art

Year 1 – Picasso Art

The children in Year One have really enjoyed learning about the abstract artist Pablo Picasso.  They tried to create their own portraits in the style of Picasso using pencil, paint and pen.  When producing their work they thought carefully about line, size, colour, shape and position.  We think they look great!

 

Class 8 – Achievement Assembly

Class 8 – Achievement Assembly

Congratulations to the children in Class 8 who received their Merit Certifcates in a class celebration today. I’m sure they all enjoyed their juice and biscuit!

Year R – Working Hard

Year R – Working Hard

In the outside area, the children have found lots of signs of Autumn, such as falling leaves, sycamore seeds and spider webs.  The children used the leaves to make their own creatures.  Can you guess what they are?  The children found some colourful acorns.  The children practised recognising and ordering the numerals.

 

Year R – Outside Area

Year R – Outside Area

The children in Reception have enjoyed exploring the outside area and making new friendships. They have been learning to share the resources and develop their gross and fine motor skills on the apparatus and through using a range of resources.

Year 2 – Fire Safety Visit

Year 2 – Fire Safety Visit

Year 2 were visited by two fire safety officers. The children  leant what to do in case of finding a fire in a building and about matches and lighters. They have learnt some catchy phrases to help them remember what to do.

‘Matches and lighters, never tounch.

They can hurt you very much.’

‘Get out!

Stay out! Call 999’

Class 8 – Achievement Assembly

Class 8 – Achievement Assembly

Lots of things have changed at school and it might seem quite different. However, our children are working incredibly hard and we are very proud of their achievements. We can’t celebrate in they way we used to, so that is a little different too. Achievement Assemblies now happen in our classes. It’s still special, just in a different way.

Today was the first Class Achievement Assembly. The children were presented with their certificates and the whole class celebrated with juice and a biscuit! Keep up the great work!

Year 2 – Making Wraps

Year 2 – Making Wraps

Year 2 have been looking at healthy eating as a part of their ‘Good to be me!’ Topic.
The children have designed, made and evaluated their own healthy wraps. What do you think?
Year 2 -Greater than and Less than

Year 2 -Greater than and Less than

Year 2  have been learning to compare two numbers and show which number greater or less than the other.

They loved watching this video.
Then they had a go  by taking it in turns to be the alligator eating the biggest number. They are going to continue this learning next week so watch this space for more photos…
Year 1 – Representing Numbers

Year 1 – Representing Numbers

In maths this week, year one have been learning all about number and place value.  The children were asked to represent numbers using a variety of resources.  We were impressed with the different ways they chose to show this.

Year 1 – New Classes

Year 1 – New Classes

What a great start! Year One children have had a fantastic first week back at school and have settled well into their new classes.

Year 2 – Maths

Year 2 – Maths

Year Two have been reminding themselves about using numbers to twenty. They have been working together to order numbers, play Numicon bingo, count on and back and add and subtract within twenty.

Year 2- Good to be me!

Year 2- Good to be me!

Year Two have begun their ‘Good to be Me’ Topic and have enjoyed making paper plate faces. We have been speaking about the different senses linked to each of the features on their face.

Thank You

Thank You

We would like to thank all of our families for the very kind words in cards and gifts they have given us at the end of this very strange school year. They are very much appreciated – thank you. We all wish you a safe, enjoyable and restful summer.

Year 2 Leaver’s Picnic

Year 2 Leaver’s Picnic

It was lovely to see year 2 yesterday. The weather was beautiful. The children and their parents came onto the field to eat their lunch whilst being able to see and say goodbye to classmates and members of staff. The children were able to collect their work, complete a quiz of things they learnt in Year 2, and solve Mrs Knapp’s very challenging photo puzzle. We sang a few of our favourite songs and wished Year 2 luck on their next adventure at the junior school.

 

Whole School – Friday’s Home Learning

Whole School – Friday’s Home Learning

Home learning for Friday 17th July

Warm up activity Fist squeeze
  1. Stand, sit or lie down and relax your arms by your sides. Take three soft, slow, mindful breaths. Pay attention to what you are thinking and feeling. 
  2. Imagine those thoughts and feelings gathering like red-hot energy in your hands. Breathe in and squeeze your fists as tightly as you can.
  3. Breathe out and open your hands, soft and loose. Imagine the red-hot energy flying away like sparks.
  4. Breathe in and squeeze your fists again. Let the energy build.
  5. Breathe out, open your hands and let the energy go.
  6. Repeat until you feel calmer.
  7. After you’re done, swing your arms gently side to side to loosen up.
Main activity Thoughts, feelings and actions

How we think, how we feel and how we act are all linked. For example:

‘Becky thinks all dogs will bark and jump up, so Becky feels afraid, and her action is to leave the park.

Everyone has different thoughts, feelings and actions. Here are some other ways people might think, feel and act when they see a dog at the park.

Can you remember a time you felt anxious or worried? What did you think? What did you feel? What action did you take?