Welcome to Year 1
Our Trip to Whipsnade Zoo
On Wednesday 4th July year 1 went to Whipsnade Zoo. Our topic this term is ‘Our Wonderful World’ and we have been learning all about animals, their habitats and what animal group they are in. Throughout the day we got to see many different animals such as, a crocodile, a penguin, giraffes, brown bears, penguins, and many more.
We also went to a workshop called ‘Fur, Feathers and Scales’. The children discussed the differences between reptiles, mammals and birds. They then had the opportunity to handle real objects from the natural world, from a lion skin to an ostrich egg. They used descriptive words to label and sort the animals into groups. At the end of the workshop they had a surprise guest which was Cornelius the corn snake. This was very exciting and we had some brave children who were not afraid to pet the snake.
Our topic this term is Eye on London. The children have been learning all about London and have particularly enjoyed learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’. On Monday 29th January Year 1 & 2 had a Great Fire of London workshop. The hall was set out as Pudding Lane, where the fire had started. There were different activities the children could take part in which included:
Barber Surgeons, Apothecaries, Leather Workers, Chandlers, and Weavers.
While the children were taking part in their activities some children were chosen to act out different parts of the event such as putting out the fire, or collecting and killing the rats. All the children were completely engaged and took on their responsibilities very seriously. They had to be responsible for putting out the fire and pass a bucket to each other quickly before the fire got worse. This was an experience the children will never forget and it helped enhance what they already knew about the fire and also taught them many more facts that they didn't know.
On Friday 6th October Year 1 went to the Gunpowder Mills.
The children took part in 4 different workshops which taught them about Victorian Life. The first workshop was the ‘Holiday’ workshop where the children were shown photographs and taught about where Victorian children would go on holiday and how long for. In the second workshop the children were shown Victorian toys. They looked at the material the toys were made out of and were given the opportunity to play with the toys.
In the third workshop children were given the opportunity to experience life in a Victorian classroom. They had a strict teacher who made them recite the alphabet and use chalk boards to write.
The last workshop was the Victorian house where the children were asked to do house work. They had to polish shoes and wash the clothes. The children enjoyed this workshop very much and were more than happy to do household jobs.
We had a fantastic time on our school trip and the children had a fun and educational visit.
On Thursday 22nd June year 1 went on a trip to Tesco. It may not sound very exciting but it was great fun as we were invited to look behind the scenes of the bakery. We found out that while we are tucked up in bed, the bakers are up by 3am making all the bread to be sold that day. They make an amazing 5000 rolls per day. During our time there we were lucky enough to make our own bread rolls.
First we all washed our hands. Then we put on our aprons and set to work. We mixed flour, water, salt, sugar and the magic ingredient yeast. We all had our own piece of dough and had to knead it. We then shaped our rolls and put them on the trays to be cooked.
The lovely ladies that helped us on the day delivered our bread to us in the afternoon. It smelled delicious.
“I put cheese and butter in mine” James
“I put cheese in mine, it tasted yummy” Zofia
“I put lots of butter on mine and shared it with my family” Daisy
“I had mine with humous” Jessica
Today year 1 had fun making fruit kebabs. First they designed their fruit kebabs by looking at the fruit they had brought in and choosing a colour sequence.
They then washed their hands and got to work pushing the fruit onto the kebab sticks. The smell of the delicious fruit filled the room, and was so tempting that the children wanted to eat them straight away.
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