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Happy Christmas!

Mercury class have had lots of fun making their Christmas cards, festive calendars and decorations. They have worked so hard since they started Year 1 and we are very proud of their achievements.


Thank you so much for all the Christmas cards, chocolates and gifts that you have sent into school for both myself and Mrs Dami. We really appreciate your kindness.


We hope you and your children enjoy the holidays and you get some well deserved time to rest.


We look forward to seeing the children refreshed and ready to learn again in January. Have a wonderful Christmas!


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis and Mrs Dami


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Christmas Party


This Friday we would like the children to enjoy a party to celebrate all the achievements they have made this term. We will be playing party games, making Christmas crafts and watching a movie.


If you would like to bring in some party food on Friday morning for them to enjoy that will be very much appreciated. Please can you make sure that all snacks are nut-free.


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis, Miss Garcia and Miss Martinez


Year 1 Class Teachers

Posting the letters to Father Christmas

The letters the children wrote to Father Christmas are now safely on their way to the North Pole. Please do look out for a reply from Santa Claus which should hopefully land on your doormat at home very soon.



Posting the letters to Father Christmas.

Trees Are Us


The children really enjoyed getting their hands muddy and planting the new trees that next spring will begin to line the fence along the school railings by Hempstead Road. A big thank you to the Friends of Lanchester for plotting out the spaces where the new saplings will grow. All the trees are native UK varieties and have been donated from The Woodland Trust through their Community Tree Scheme.

Planting new trees at school.

Letters to Father Christmas


The children have worked hard in their English lessons writing their letters to Father Christmas. The letters are now all safely in their envelopes ready to be posted to Santa's headquarters in the North Pole.


Thank you so much for sending the envelopes and stamps into school. We hope your children enjoy receiving the special letter that Father Christmas sends back to your home.


The children's letters were so creative that we wanted to share them with you. (We also thought you would like to read them in case you have Christmas shopping planned!)


We will send a photocopy of your child's letter home for you to read in their school bag. Please remember you don't need to post this letter because the original letter has already been posted to Santa. 


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis, Miss Garcia and Miss Martinez

Year 1 class teachers

Letters to Father Christmas

Letters to Father Christmas 1

Christmas Concert


The festive song Mercury Class will be singing at the Christmas concert is Jingle Bell Rock. Please can you encourage your child to sing along to this song at home to practise? Here is a link to the song on Youtube which also has the lyrics on the screen. The lyrics are also below too. 


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis


Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring
Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun
Now the jingle hop has begun

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time
Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square
In the frosty air.

What a bright time, it's the right time
To rock the night away

Jingle bell time is a swell time
To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh
Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet
Jingle around the clock

Mix and a-mingle in the jingling feet
That's the jingle bell,
That's the jingle bell,
That's the jingle bell rock

Maths Week 

The children in Year 1 have really enjoyed learning outdoors during Maths Week. They put their counting and comparing skills to good use as they collected twigs, stones, leaves and small branches to see who could build the tallest structure.


A big thank you to all the parents who came to school to join in with our learning on Wednesday. The children really enjoyed all the extra help and enthusiasm you gave.

Outdoors learning during Maths Week

Making a map of Watford.


The children in Year 1 really enjoyed their visit to Watford town centre on Tuesday 14th November. As part of their geography learning, they created two maps. The first was a sound map, where the children drew a map of all the different sounds they could hear around them including cars driving, birds singing and an airplane flying overhead.


The second map showed the route they had taken from school to New Watford Market. A big thank you to all the parents who came along to help us walk the children safely into town and back.

Making a map of Watford

A letter to Father Christmas


In English the children are going to practise their letter-writing skills by composing a letter to send to Father Christmas. We would very much like to send their letters direct to Santa's headquarters in the North Pole, so each child gets their own reply sent to their home address.


To assist with this festive task, we need your help by supplying two envelopes.


1. Please can you write your home address on the first envelope and attach one first class stamp.

2. Please can you send in one blank envelope (the children will write Father Christmas's address themselves in class) with one first class stamp attached.


Please can your child bring these two envelopes into class to give to their class teacher by Monday 20th November.


Thanks so much,

Mrs Francis, Miss Garcia and Miss Martinez


Year 1 class teachers



Christmas Concert Costumes


The children in Year 1 will perform a selection of Christmas songs from all around the world at two concerts on Tuesday 5th December at 9.15am (no siblings please) and Thursday 7th December at 2pm (siblings very welcome).


We would like the children to bring a Christmas jumper or festive top to wear during the two concerts to school in a named bag on Monday 4th December. They will wear these with the rest of their school uniform.


We will make sure the Christmas jumpers are safely returned home after their second performance on the Thursday afternoon.


Many thanks for your help,


Mrs Francis, Miss Garcia and Miss Martinez


Year 1 class teachers



Show and Tell Timetable until Christmas holidays

Dazzling Diwali Celebrations

Dazzling Diwali Celebrations


The children in Year 1 enjoyed a fascinating afternoon when they go the opportunity to celebrate Diwali. A group of Year 1 mums kindly gave up their time to talk to the pupils and explain the meaning behind the Festival of Lights.


As well as learning about the legend of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and the demon king Ravanna, the children's RE learning included them dressing up in traditional Indian costumes, making Diwali celebration cards and colouring in indicate Diwali patterns.


A big thank you to all the mums for giving the children such a wonderful afternoon.


Toy Workshop

Toy Workshop


The children got the opportunity to step back in time when they spent the afternoon playing with some old fashioned toys. In a special toy workshop, the friendly team from the British Schools Museum in Hitchin ( invited the children to play with popular toys from the past including a Jack-in-a-box. They tried out a game of hoopla and skittles, as well as gazing into a kaleidoscope. The session linked in with our learning in history where the children have been finding out more about life in Victorian Britain.

A special visitor for Year 1

The children really enjoyed their RE lesson last Friday when Dr Natalie Moss came into school to talk to the Year 1 pupils about her religion, Judaism. The children learnt all about the traditions Jewish people follow when worship at a synagogue. They enjoyed trying on the hats that Jewish men wear and a prayer shawl called a Tallit. They also sampled some traditional Jewish foods and drink. We’d like to say a big thank you to Dr Moss for making her talk so much fun for the children.

Naughty toys

Naughty toys on the loose at Lanchester!

The children had a lot of fun today in their English lesson when they took their toys on an adventure in school. Last week they read the story the Naughty Bus – a brilliant picture book where a bus goes on an adventure racing through a plate of baked beans, knocking over a cup of tea before it accidentally falls into a pond.

Today they had to create their own story where their toy was naughty at school. Toys were spotted climbing up the railings, knocking over books and creating chaos all over the classrooms.

A big thank you for sending the toys to school with the children. We hope the toys are much better behaved now they have safely returned home.

Mercury Timetable

Year 1 Autumn 1 Curriculum

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  • Lanchester Community Free School
  • Hempstead Road, Watford
  • WD17 3HD

01923 224160