Today Year 1 took part in an exciting drama workshop based on the Great Fire of London. First, the children warmed up with a variety of dance and drama activties and then travelled back in time in their time machine to imagine what life was like during the fire. They pretended to walk the streets of London, dodging fire balls and avoiding the flames.
Finally they recreated the fire with materials and movement, starting small and then building the intensity before letting the fire die out.
This afternoon, Year 1 were given the task of building a house as a group that needed to withstand ‘the huff and the puff’ of a hairdryer! Engaging their team ant skills, they worked together to select from a variety of materials to create their own free standing houses. They used straws, paper, card, lollipop sticks, pipe-cleaners, masking tape and glue, to build some very imaginative houses. The final test was to see if they would stand up against the hairdryer! Most of the houses proved to be very sturdy and survived the test.
Next week we will be learning the story of the Three Little Pigs through T4W, discovering which of the pigs houses managed to survive against the wolf’s huffing and puffing.
As part of our RE curriculum, we have been learning about what it means to belong to a Church or a Mosque and discovered some of the different ways that Christians and Muslims practise their religions.
We have been very fortunate this week to have some parent volunteer’s speak to us about their experience of worshipping at a Mosque and to answer our questions. The year 1 classes asked many thoughtful questions and we learnt so much about how, when and why Muslim’s pray, including finding out about prayer mats, clothes worn to prayer and wudu. Thank you very much to Iqra’s dad and Maryam’s mum for giving up their time to teach us so much!
This week Year 1 planted spinach, rocket, radishes and cress. We looked at the different types of seeds and thought about what seeds need to germinate. Then we discussed how to look after the plants to make sure they grow. We will need to be careful gardeners over the next few weeks to make sure that the plants are healthy. At the end of term we will harvest the plants to make a salad to eat at our class picnic.
As part of Science week, Year 1 had a virtual zoo session with a zookeeper from Chester Zoo. We learnt all about nocturnal animals and discovered the different ways that the animals were suited to moving around and finding food at night. Building on our previous learning about senses, we noticed different features such as large eyes, to give us a clue as to how the animal is adapted to life in the dark.
We have also been learning about lions, writing our own non-chronological reports full of interesting facts. Here are some great examples: