World War 1
As it was the centenary of World War 1 in November 2018, we looked at and visited local historical points including the ‘war memorial’ and ‘lonely soldier’ statue. We learnt about life in the trenches and met a real soldier called Arthur. Arthur put us through our paces on the front line and showed us real artefacts from the war… we even got to hold them! In year 1 our specific focus was animals and their roles during the war. We particularly enjoyed learning about the dog Sargent Stubby and designed and made medals for him to commend his bravery. We used clay and tools to make the medals and then painted them and added ribbon. We are very proud of our final pieces!
In literacy this term one of our focuses has been to read and follow instructions, as well as writing them for others to follow. We know that if we are making something, we should include a list of ‘what we need’. We also know that key features of instructions include, numbers or time connectives and imperative/bossy verbs, which we are now very good at using! We have written a whole host of instructions this term (promoting curricular links) including, how to wash your hands, how to make a jam sandwich, how to make a moving toy and how to make a thaumatrope.
As part of our Religious Education we visited our local Church. We learnt about the main features of a church and key vocabulary, which included ‘alter’ and ‘pulpit’. We sat in pews and listened to a Bible story as well as taking our turn to stand at the font. We all particularly liked the stained glass windows and the stories that they told. On our return to school we made our very own stained glass pictures for our classroom windows, they looked amazing!
Also in R.E we have been learning about the Christmas Story, specifically focusing on why gifts are given at Christmas time. We now know that this is because Jesus was given to Christians as a gift from God. We also know that the first Christmas gifts ever given were gold, frankincense and myrrh from the three wise men to baby Jesus. We have discussed how we feel when both giving and receiving gifts and we know gits don’t always have to cost money… we are all extremely excited for Christmas time!
In Maths this term we have been focusing on and consolidating numbers to 10. In particular we have looked at number bonds and addition & subtraction using the part, part, whole model, which we are now quite confident with! We have also looked at pattern, 2D and 3D shape as well as ordinal numbers, where we had great fun racing each other! We have also been counting forwards and backwards in 1’s, as well as counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We are doing great and are going to keep practising, so we can become even faster!
Toys – Old and New
We began this history topic by exploring toys from the present day and toys from the past. We had lots of fun playing with new toys that we brought from home and old toys from school. We looked at the materials they were made from and made comparisons and preferences. There was a unanimous decision that we preferred toys from the present day, as we liked that they were able to move.
In addition we visited Beamish Open Air Museum and took part in a workshop where we got to play with many old toys and got to make our very own thaumatropes. We also visited a Victorian school, sat at old desks and wrote with slate, which is very different to Hetton Lyons Primary School. We also played in the playground with hoop and sticks, skipping ropes, hopscotch and cup and balls. We had a fantastic day!
We also linked parts of our technology curriculum to this topic by designing a toy for the future and a moving toy. Sadly we haven’t made our moving toys as yet because we are still awaiting the loooooooooooooong overdue cardboard wheels. However as soon as they arrive, rest assured this will be our top priority!