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Year 1 - Mayhew Class



Welcome to Mayhew Class Page.

Our class teacher is Miss Robson.


Did you know we are called Mayhew Class after the author James Mayhew? We have really enjoyed reading some of his books in class including 'Katie in London', 'Ella Bella Ballerina' and 'Can you see a little bear?.'

Outdoor Learning Day

On Friday 8th June it was Outdoor Learning Day. We spent all day outside in the lovely hot weather learning about our school grounds. First we went to the Wildlife Area to collect lots of natural materials. Then we used these materials to make some art on the field. The children made campfires, animals, houses, dens and so much more! After play time we went on a tree treasure hunt. We identified different trees by their leaves! Before lunchtime we even got a play on the park at the recreation ground. After lunch we had a visit from Tony the Park Ranger from Howard Gardens. He told us all about how he looks after Letchworth and even showed us some nests he had found. We had a fantastic day learning outside and are looking forward to spending more time outside this Summer term. 

Our Butterfly

For the last few weeks Mayhew Class have been looking after a caterpillar. The caterpillar then turned into a chrysalis which then after much anticipation turned into a butterfly. We fed the butterfly some sweet water before letting in free into the wildlife area! The children made fantastic signs to show how we look after animals and how to keep them safe. As a reward for doing such a good job we got to decorate royal wedding biscuits in golden time. Yum Yum!

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Planting Day

On Friday 18th May we were very excited to plant all our sunflowers we had been growing into our class bed on the field. We also planted some other plants such as strawberry plants and tomato plants that parents had kindly donated to us. During this day we weeded our beds and made sure they were ready for plants. We potted up our plants in various areas around the school and have been enjoying watering them since Friday! We also decided as a class to go on a school litter pick where we thought we might find some plastic to support 'Plastic Free Letchworth'. We were amazed by how much rubbish we found. After collecting it we sorted it so some could be recycled. 

Maggie the Tortoise


This half term we have been learning about animals. We were lucky enough to have Maggie the Tortoise to come visit. Mrs Groves taught us how to look after her for the day. We observed Maggie and noticed differences and similarities when comparing with humans. Mrs Groves also told us about how Maggie is a Herbivore and only eats plants. 

Performance Poetry

In Mayhew Class we have been learning how to perform a poem. We created some top tips on how this should be done by watching videos of Michael Rosen. We know we have to be expressive and use actions. We practised our animal movements poems and then got to perform them on the stage! The audience gave us some stars of things they really liked but also some tips on what we could do better next time.

Sport Relief

On Friday 23rd March we took part in 'Walk a Mile'. We made fantastic banners to show support for Sport Relief. We raised over £200 for sport relief and enjoyed singing and chanting as we walked around the school 4 times! Thank you to all the parents who joined us!


In P.E we have been practising multi-skills using some of the new P.E equipment. We have practised skills such as balancing and control. Our most favourite has been skipping! We are looking forward to applying these skills into new games in the Summer term. 

World Book Day

We had a fantastic World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. We enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book characters and showing off our costumes to everyone in the hall. Mayhew Class also got to share stories with Afternoon Nursery. Miss Shoebottom came to see us and shared her favourite story of Peter Rabbit. She had a great costume! We got to make bookmarks and enjoyed listening to lots of stories.


Clay with Victoria Houghton

We were very lucky to have Victoria Houghton come into school during Creative Fortnight. She taught us step by step how to make a hot air balloon tile. We used super listening skills to roll, pull, and shape the clay. We have left the clay to dry in the classroom and are looking forward to painting our tiles so we can take them home!

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Kites in Mayhew Class

Mayhew Class decided they wanted to make kites during our topic 'Up Above'. We investigated which materials which would be the best. We tested plastic, paper, card and silk. We then voted which one would be the best and designed our own kites. In the next few weeks we picked out our favourite designs and cut our materials safely. We then chose whether we would like a tail or not on our kites. After attaching these and our strings we went outside and flew our kites together! Great work Mayhew Class!

Children in Need

On Friday 17th November we celebrated Children in Need. We paid £1 to dress up wearing spots to raise money for charity. We even had a conga line on the playground with Pudsey. He even came to our classroom to collect our money. 

Geographers in Mayhew class

We had a fantastic trip to the cinema to see Wallace and Gromit. Before we went we looked at different aerial maps of Letchworth. We found different landmarks including the train station, bus stops, shops and parks. We worked together to find different landmarks. When we walked to the cinema we then saw these landmarks in Letchworth! When we got back from the cinema we looked at the route we walked to get there and recognised what we saw along the way. As well as this we created our own maps of our journey. 

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Another crime scene!

Another crime scene appeared at Icknield! When we went out and explored we discovered that there were three new crime scenes to have a look at. One with straw, one with sticks and one with bricks. After much investigation we realised the Big Bad Wolf had been bacl again! We helped the 3 little pigs escape the Big Bad Wolf by creating wanted posters and putting them around the school to help locate him. Another crime solved by Mayhew Class - Well done!

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Points and patches!

In P.E this half term we have been learning about balancing. We have worked together to use different parts of our bodies to balance on. Can you see where we are balancing on a point? (This might be an elbow, knee, hand or feet). We can also balance on different patches of our body like our tummies, sides and backs!

As a cool down we have been learning different yoga positions to practise our balancing. We must keep really still to do this, have a look at our pictures.

Shared maths 

Every other Friday we enjoy shared maths in Mayhew Class. We like to share what we have been learning in maths with our grown ups so they can help us at home. This half term we have been focusing on representing and understanding numbers to 10. We have used resources such as tens frames, numicon, multi-link, dice, dominoes and bead strings to support our learning. Come along next time to see what we have been up too!

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Guess who!

We decided in our role play area to make some wanted posters. These are the suspects we are looking for. We described them and have been asking for witnesses around school for anyone that has seen these missing people! We have loved role playing being police officers in our role play area.

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Harvest activities

We were lucky enough to have lots of adults to come join us for some Harvest crafts. We made shape scarecrows, woven baskets, leaf hedgehogs and pictures out of natural materials. We also had a fantastic time delivering our Harvest boxes. Thank you to everyone who came to help us on our walk and deliver all the things you brought in!

A break in!

Mrs Egan came to visit us and said her office was a mess! She said that she needed our help to investigate what had happened and who the bad character was. We decided to go look for clues with the iPads and magnifying glasses to make sure we did not miss anything. After this we decided that we needed to make police hats and detective badges to make sure we were doing a fantastic job to help Mrs Egan. We made predictions about who it might of been and came to the conclusion that is was the Big Bad Wolf!

The Enormous Crocodile!

There was an emergency in school when a big footprint was found on our school grounds. As a class we decided to go out and investigate. We found lots of clues which helped us to come to the conclusion there was an Enormous Crocodile on the loose! We have decided we would like our role play to be a Police Station as we loved being detectives!

Our 2017 Ofsted inspection commented - that we still provide good quality education & a stimulating & caring environment. Individual needs are well met & children quickly grow in confidence. There is a positive culture for safeguarding & pupils said that they feel happy & settled in school.

"I am amazing. Together we are magnificent!"

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