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Welcome toHensall Community PrimarySchoolHigh expectations for all, by all.


Welcome to Tanglewood

with Mrs Bramley, Mrs Thexton, Mr Palmer, Mrs Hiorns and Mrs Smith

Our busy week commencing 1.7.19

Thank you to all parents and carers who popped in for our 'Grab A Grown Up' poetry workshop with Conrad. The children had a great time and it was super to have so much support. Congratulations to story competition finalists Freddie, Ella, Oscar, Scott and Holly Ann and an extra well done to Ella and Scott for being the overall winners in their age groups.

Our busy week commencing 24.6.19

All the children had a super time at Woodmeadow Trust at Escrick. They were so enthusiastic, despite the awful rain which did not seem to stop all day. We had fun pond dipping and searching for minibeasts, identifying the creatures as we went along. We also made some fantastic 'natural art works'.

Our busy week commencing 6.5.19

This week we have been learning to label the different parts of a flowering plant and have made observational drawings of a variety of specimens!


Which flowering plants do you have in your garden at home?

The Y2s have finished learning the funny tale of The Papaya That Spoke.

Can you practise at home, with all the actions? The better you know this story, the easier it will be to write your own version in the coming weeks.

Use this text map to help you remember the structure of the story.

Our busy week commencing 29.4.19

A big thank you to all the children and carers who worked so hard on learning the spellings for the spelling bee. We have been truly amazed at how well the Y1 and Y2 children have done with these very tricky words. All children got a little prize and sticker for taking part today, and the winners in each year group will be announced in celebration assembly next Friday.


This week we have been learning a new story called The Papaya That Spoke. We watched some papayas growing (a bit quicker than normal) on a video and even tasted one.

Can your child tell you the beginning of the story yet?

Maths - Can you spend 5 minutes per day playing a little maths game with your child? Choose a number and ask them to say one less and one more. Then ten less and ten more. So if the number was 24, they should be able to say 23 is one less and 25 is one more. Then 14 is ten less and 34 is ten more. If they are already really confident with ten more and ten less, increase to 20 more and 20 less etc Keep it quick and fun!

Our (very) busy week commencing 1.4.19

Thanks so much for sending in the pizza toppings. The children enjoyed making and eating the pizzas and the experience helped them write a great set of instructions!

We really enjoyed welcoming author Conrad Burdekin on Thursday. The children wowed him by coming up with great ideas for their story King Gristle And The Giants. Conrad was so impressed with the children's vocabulary - confront, preposterous and rotten all went into the story.

Thanks to all the parents/carers who came to school to celebrate the children's super writing.

Our busy week commencing 25.3.19

Happy Mother's Day! We hope you enjoyed receiving the cards which the children worked so hard on!

Next week will be our last week on instructions. On Monday we will be making pitta bread pizza and using this experience to write our own set of instructions. We will provide the pitta bread, tomato sauce and cheese. If your child could bring some toppings, eg a pepper, an onion, olives, sweetcorn, pineapple then we will create some colourful and yummy snacks!



Our Busy Week 18th March 2019

On Tuesday we had a very busy day at Colne Valley Museum.  The children made lavender bags and corn dollies as well as helping to do the laundry and cooking their own lunch.  It was delicious! They learnt how life for children over 100 years ago was very different to their own.

'Washing had to be done on a Monday.'

'Children as young as 3 had to help make yarn for their family to sell.'

'They heated water on the fire to do the washing.'

You can see how great the children looked in their costumes in the photos below. Thank you to everyone who provided costumes to help the children feel they really were living 100 years ago.


Our busy week commencing 11.3.19

Thank you to all parents and children for the super efforts on red nose day. The children looked great and we loved eating our buns.

Telling the time! We can tell that lots of the children have been practising this important skill at home. Thanks so much.

Y2s should now be able to tell the time to o'clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to the hour. They should be beginning to connect the language to the work we have been doing on fractions.

Understanding the clock face as quarters of a whole really helps with that tricky 'quarter to' time and why it is expressed at '2.45' on a digital clock.

Practising the 5 times table will really help with the next phase - telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

Y1s are doing a great job on o'clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to the hour as well. Be sure to notice what time you do certain things during the day so the children begin to understand the passing of time.

                                             Our busy week commencing 4.3.19

What a week! On Tuesday we worked in teams to create shelters on the field. We worked out why we might need a shelter, what we would need to build a shelter, and how to make the shelter. Next week we will be putting together a set of clear instructions to help others create their own cosy dens. We were so proud of how the children worked cooperatively in their groups.

Later, we measured, whisked and selected different toppings until we had our own delicious pancakes. We had fun eating them too. Yum!
On Friday we enjoyed a massive celebration of stories for World Book Day. Thank you to all children, parents and carers who helped with the amazing costumes. We shared stories with friends from other classes and then welcomed our mystery reader, Imogen's dad who read The Highway Rat! What a fantastic day!

Our busy week commencing 11.2.19

Thanks to all parents and carers who have been working on telling the time at home. This is such a tricky skill and the children need lots of practice. Please carry on pointing out the time on both analogue and digital clocks. Start with o'clock, half past, then quarter past and quarter to the hour. It is also helpful if children can understand what time of day we do certain things, eg go to bed, have lunch, wake up etc.

                                             Thank you for your continuing support.


This week we have been enjoying the lovely weather and completed a skipping workshop in the sun.

Not bad for February!

Y2 Poetry

The Y2s have been in our grounds using all their senses and created some fabulous winter haikus.

See a selection below.

Our busy week commencing 4.2.18

Happy Chinese New Year! We celebrated by making Chinese lanterns, creating traditional cherry blossom prints and making special red envelopes to put treats and messages in.


We finished our stories inspired by the traditional Chinese tale, The Paper Horse. We hope you enjoy reading our stories at parents' evening. Don't forget to make your appointment.

Our new class reader is Jill Tomlinson's, The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark.

Please bring a copy from home if you have one.

Y2 Maths

The Y2s have been carrying out surveys in the classroom and creating tally charts and pictograms to present their results. You can see photos of us interviewing each other below. Click on the link below and practise at home by answering the questions about this pictogram, or even create one of your own. You could ask your family their favourite author, breakfast cereal or chocolate bar and create a pictorgram!


Our busy week commencing 28.1.19

Yaaaay!! Snow! We really enjoyed playing in the snow on Friday morning. It was lovely to see the frosty trees, silvery spiderwebs and feel the crunching under our feet.

Homework - Y1 children, please practise zipping up your own coat and putting your own gloves on.



We enjoyed making a Chinese dragon ready to celebrate Chinese new year next Tuesday.


These words and phrases have come up during the week. Can you discuss them at home and practise using them so that the children add them to their vocabulary?



muttered            sighed          gulped           gloom (Natasha went into Baba Yaga's dark house and stood in the gloom)          scowled            raging river      

Y2 Maths


We have been using our 5 times table. Please encourage your child to count in 5s (5, 10, 15 etc) holding up a finger at a time.

Then ask them, for instance, how many 5s in 35? They will have seven fingers up and so they will know the answer. Then you can rephrase the question What is 35 divided by 5? 7! Lots of practise will really help the children become more fluent in their calculations.


Y1 and Y2s

Please keep showing your children the clock (both analogue and digital). Start with o'clock, half past, quarter past and then quarter to the hour.

Once they have mastered that, the Y2s can use their 'counting in 5s skill' to work out the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

It's much easier to learn to tell the time, slowly and in real time, rather than trying to understand it in a lesson at school. Also, help them to understand what time we do certain things.

eg It's five o'clock and we are having our tea! It's seven o'clock so it's your bedtime.

Our busy week commencing 14.1.19


This week we have been learning more about China, comparing landmarks in our country with famous Chinese buildings and cities.

We have been learning our Chinese story Paper Horse. Can you practise at home with the text map? There is a video of the first section below to help if you get stuck.

Paper Horse 2019.mp4

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We came up with two nouns:

tiger                    laptop

and thought of some silly sentences like....



Ivor...The tiger played a game on the laptop.

Zach...The tiger sat on the laptop eating humans.

Gabriella...The tiger threw the laptop!


Here are two new nouns. Please can you put them into a sentence together?

pig           watermelon


A prize for anyone who brings in a written, neat sentence. Y2s...can you add an adjective too?





Our busy week commencing 7.1.19

Happy new year! We have an exciting first week welcoming our new head teacher Mrs Clayton. We have started our topic on China and begun to learn a Chinese story called The Paper Horse.


This is our super sentence this week.


The paper horse jumped onto the bed.




Y1s Can you copy this sentence in your best handwriting and change the adjective?

(For example:  The golden horse jumped onto the bed.)

Y2s Can you change the adjective and the nouns?

(For example: The grumpy pig skipped onto the farmyard.)

Here are some words we have discussed this week. Can you talk about them at home? Can you put them into a sentence?


scornful                             snarled                                bellowed

Happy Christmas To All Tanglewood Children, Parents and Carers


What a hectic and super week we have had! The children thoroughly enjoyed the party, especially meeting Father Christmas. They did a great job in Mrs Conroy's special assembly which was a lovely, if tearful occasion. We hope you all have a lovely and restful holiday and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 8th January. Don't forget to read and practise your spellings!


Our busy week commencing 10.1.18

Thanks to all parents and carers who came to see our Christmas show. Well done to the children. You sang beautifully and made us all very proud.

This week we have investigated and discussed the following words. Can you use them in a sentence? Can you explain what they mean at home?


stealthily                infested              phantom

Our busy week commencing 3.12.19

This week we have finished learning our Talk For Writing recount about Goldilocks's Party.


Next week we will be writing our own recounts. If you practise this one over the weekend it will really help your writing next week.


There are two videos below to help you if you get stuck.

Y2 Goldilocks.mp4

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Y1 Goldilocks.mp4

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Thanks to all the parents and carers who supported the Christmas Fayre. The children had a great time!

See the pictures below.

This week we discussed Christingle celebrations and noticed how the fruits and sweets were skewered on cocktail sticks. Can you try to use the word skewered at home?

Jensen told us about a new word he had learned - relief.

Can you put this word into a sentence and explain its meaning?

Our busy week commencing 26.11.18

We finished reading The Jolly Postman and on Tuesday we held Goldilocks's party - just like the characters in the book.

We played games, ate jelly and even watched some magic tricks. Check out the photographs below.

We are now learning a recount text about our party - text map coming home next week!

We have continued looking at shape this week.

Can you tell an adult how many sides and vertices these 2D shapes have? Can you talk about the faces, edges and vertices on the 3D shapes?

Which shape has double the vertices of a square? Which shape has only one curved side?

The children are getting much better at asking about words they don't understand and are even starting to have a go at working the word out from the root word or previous associations.

The following words have come up and been discussed this week. Can you try to use them at home?


                                                          perimeter         dappled              rune  



The Y1s have been doing some fabulous RE work with

Mr Bringloe investigating symbols and why people choose particular symbols to represent what matters to them.


They have had some super discussions and came up with the following set of symbols to symbolise Year 1 and

Hensall School.



Our busy week commencing 19.11.18

Thanks to all the children who have been practising their lines for the Christmas play. Sorry we had to chop a few lines out - the rehearsals were taking so long with such a lot of lines! It is looking great now and we can't wait to share it with you.

This week we have learnt two new words whilst reading Flat Stanley. Can you discuss them at home?

                                                  jostled                               gloomy

We have also practised some new maths vocabulary. Can you explain

                                    these  words to grown ups at home?


                                                                                                    vertex                                 vertices


All the children have been working with 2d and 3d shapes this week. Can you discuss the properties of each shape at home?


You could play 'Guess My Shape' with yes and no answers only.

There are more ideas for exploring shape here.

Our busy week commencing 12.11.18

We've had a busy week making our own adverts, practising our Christmas play songs and, of course, raising money for Pudsey Bear! Thanks to all the children and parents who contributed. The children looked great!

The children thoroughly enjoyed Fantastic Mr Fox. Our class reader for the next week or two will be Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. If you have a copy, bring it along so you can read along with the teacher.

This week we have been talking about the following words


ravenous                                    famished    


Can you use them at home too? A big thank you to Freddie who brought his own new word to class - barren - an adjective to describe a place where nothing grows - like a desert.

Well done Freddie. We would love to hear any other words you come across whilst reading, watching television or listening to others talking.

Our busy week commencing 5.11.18

This week we have enjoyed discussing bonfire night and the history of Guy Fawkes. Children told us about their bonfire night experiences and we made some fantastic artwork inspired by firework displays.


A great week for teamwork!

The children rediscovered the jigsaw cupboard during wet play and have really enjoyed working together to finish different puzzles

We were very excited to receive a package from The Jolly Postman this week. He sent us his book and copies of nursery rhymes to jog our memories. We have enjoyed saying the traditional rhymes as well as listening to traditional tales.

We have been learning and practising the art of letter writing!

Click on the link below to read The Jolly Postman's letter to us.

We have also been enjoying our class read, Fantastic Mr Fox. Thanks so much to all those children who have been bringing their own copy.

The children love to share the book with their friends and read along with the teacher.

We have come across the following words whilst learning the nursery rhymes and reading Fantastic Mr Fox. Would you discuss and use them at home so that the children remember their meanings?

rare                               scolded                     direction                    courage


Please could Y1 and Y2 parents encourage their children with the very tricky business of telling the time?!

A good start is to point out to children what time it is at various different points during the day - especially o'clock times - and notice what you are usually doing at that time.


When telling the time, we start with o'clock, then half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour.

Then we move on to telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes. The expectation is that children will be able to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes by the end of Y2 on both digital and analogue clocks.


Another way you can help is to discuss the different kinds of coins and notes we have in England. It is tricky to accept that a 2 pence piece is bigger than a 5 pence, but worth less! It is also hard for children to understand that we have a limited selection of coins and do not, unfortunately, have an 8p coin or a 25p coin to use when paying for an item. Asking your child to show you different ways you can make an amount (eg 20p) is a great problem solving exercise.


In RE the children have been learning about Diwali. We had fun exploring the colourful traditions in different ways including creating artwork.

Our busy week commencing 22.10.19

Important news! - After the half term holidays, Tanglewood will be reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. If you have a copy of this book, please would you bring it to school each day in your book bag? That way we can all read along together!


Well done to all the children for their fantastic performance at the Harvest Festival. It was so lovely to see so many parents and carers at the church! Thank you for your support.


This week we have been reading, responding learning and writing poetry about autumn.

Check out the videos below..

Autumn Leaves.mp4

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In our story book Avocado Baby we came across the word 'wrench'.

It is a funny spelling - with a silent w.

Some children knew this word as a noun.

But in our story, it was used as a verb. Avocado baby got so strong that he could wrench the side off his cot. Can you discuss this word at home?


Can you write another sentence which uses this word, either as a noun or a verb?

Can you think of any other words that can be a noun and a verb?

Our busy week commencing 15.10.18


This week, Tanglewood and Storyland have been out on the field collecting autumn leaves. We have identified the leaves by looking carefully and matching our leaves to their photographs on an identification sheet.

We have also written an information text about leaves from deciduous trees.

This week we have learnt lots of new vocabulary to do with leaves.

Can you describe a leaf to a grown up using the correct scientific words?



         tip       veins      lobes     margin    smooth  stem      deciduous        evergreen       jagged


             Can you explain what 'leaflets' are?

Click on this link for the words to our harvest song. Can you practise at home?

Y2 Maths

We have been using equipment to help solve problems this week. It is important that we recognise numbers represented in different ways. Try the problems below.



Year 2 have been working on creation stories with Mrs Turner.

Creation Story.mp4

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Our busy week commencing 8.10.18

This week we have begun to look at autumn and harvest. We started off by tasting some different kinds of beans!

These words came up when we tasted and discussed our different beans. Can you talk about them and use them at home.


creamy     bitter    bland    texture    allotment   stalk      contain

In maths, the Year 1s have been partitioning numbers into 2 parts using a part whole model. Can you find the missing numbers in these models and write a number sentence to match?




Which part whole model shows 5 + 3 = 8?

Our busy week commencing 1.10.18

This week we have learnt about the composer Gustav Holst. We listened to his piece of music, Mars, Bringer Of War and responded by drawing and painting. Check out our digital art video below.

Holst Mars The Bringer Of War.mp4

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The Y2s finished their story about a character who gets lost or stuck in a strange place. They were very brave and shared their story with a Y6. All the Y6s were very impressed and the Y2s realised that they were REAL AUTHORS!!

Our busy week commencing 24.9.18

This week we have enjoyed our team day. It was great working with children from the other classes and we enjoyed experiencing a taste of democracy when we voted in the new house captains.

We are working hard to improve our vocabularies. Below are some words which we discussed following our reading. It would really help if you could practise using these words at home so that the children don't forget their meaning. Try to point them out if you come across them in your reading. We would love to read any sentences that children write using these words.


                                                   wrinkled        plump         scowl         lank          astronaut   

Y2 Maths

Please practise counting forwards and backwards in 10s, 5s and 2s from zero.

Once you have got the hang of this, practise counting forwards and backwards in 10s from numbers other than zero. For example 54, 44, 34, 24, 14, 4. Fluency with this will really help your maths!


Ask adults at home to create some number tracks like this one and see if you can fill in the missing numbers. Can you create a number track for somebody else?


Can you solve this puzzle? Ask adults at home to set you more puzzles like this one. Can you explain how you worked it out?


Yr 1 maths

This week in maths, the year 1s have been comparing groups of objects and numbers using the vocabulary less than, more than and equal to.

They have begun to use these symbols to complete number sentences.


Can you use the numbers to make the statements correct?

Circle the sets of objects which complete this statement.

Our busy week commencing 17.9.18


This week we have finished learning our model text based on The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.


Can you use this text map to help you say the text at home?


Can you present the text to any of your family?


Can you get your families to join in? We would love to hear about any families joining in with our oral story telling.


If you get stuck, then click on the video below to help.  I think we made one or two little mistakes. Try to spot them.


Year 2s have been trying to spot our special joining words in the story.


Did you hear any of these.....


and     but      that     when       if       so     or      because       ?

Way back home small.mp4

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We made some special rockets as part of our space topic. How do we get them to move?

Our Busy Week Commencing 12.9.18

This week we began to learn a story about a boy who got stuck on the moon and who meets an alien.

We think it might have been that alien who landed his rocket in our garden last week!

We imagined what he might look like and created an alien portrait using collage materials. Please drop in to school to see our alien display in the corridor or look at the examples below.

We have been learning about the planets in our solar system. How many can you name without looking at the picture?

Can you explain to somebody at home what the word 'orbit' means?

Which of these planets has the hottest climate? Which has the coldest? Can you explain why?

In maths the Y2s have been revising the use of these mathematical signs to compare numbers and explain their reasoning.

Try questions like this.....

True or false

62 < 85 ?

Explain how you know.

We've also been posing number puzzles for each other like this one...

I'm thinking of a two digit number. It has 6 tens and some ones. It is an odd number. What numbers could it be?

In maths this week the Year 1s have been learning to represent numbers in different ways including tens frames.

Can you quickly say the number each of these tens frame is showing?

You can practise making numbers on this interactive tens square. Click on the link.

We have also been solving problems and proving our answers. Can you explain your answer to this problem.



Our Busy Week Commencing 5.9.18

Some very strange things happened this week in Tanglewood!


First Mrs James sent us this picture she had taken of the moon.

We wondered who had written this message.

How did they end up on the moon?

Why do they need help?

What have they used to create this word?



Then we found this letter which had drifted down from the sky.


We decided it was an English person on the moon, or an alien who could speak English!


We wondered what kinds of noises they could hear and what might be making the noises.


We practised making different noises and agreed that it would be quite frightening to hear these noises in the dark.


Then we found this rocket which had landed in the garden. We wondered who had left it there and why they had visited Hensall school!


We hope to find out more next week!


In maths, the Year 1s have been sorting objects into sets and explaining their sorting e.g. happy and sad faces, colours, big and small. Can you sort these vehicles? Can you find different ways?