This week we have been learning about Brazil. On Monday, we took a step into the country and had a go at Samba dancing and playing the Samba drums; we tried some coconut water and learned about some famous landmarks. We then focused on where people in Brazil live, particularly those with little money. We compared our houses to favelas and realised just how lucky we are to have running water, electricity and clean, safe homes made from new and strong materials. In our outdoor learning, we painted some cardboard boxes and (attempted!) to stack them on top of each other to create our own favela... but the wind was too strong! It kept blowing them down. Watch this space for our final (indoor!) favela...
Safer Internet Day
Today has been all about keeping safe when using the internet. We all made a special promise that we will keep in order to be safe on the internet. We also talked about how we are connected with people around us either through school, after school clubs or friends and family. We created a big web in a circle to show all the different connections we could think of! We talked about how people can be connected through the internet.
Today, we took part in a Gospel workshop with Miss Morrison! We loved singing 'This Little Light of Mine' and really got involved doing the actions too! We sang our little hearts out! Have a look below...
As part of our topic this half term 'Why do homes look different around the world?' we looked more closely at Africa and discovered that they live in mud huts! They use sticks, mud and straw to build their huts as this the only materials they have to hand. These materials are best suited for homes in Africa as it helps to keep them cool in the hot temperatures. We got out waterproofs and rubber gloves on and had a go at building our own mud huts! Just like they do in Africa, we had to fetch the materials we needed to build our mud huts. We worked together and even began to build our own community, it was great fun!
Last week, our class got 100% attendance! We got to visit Pet’s Corner over at Samworth to hold and stroke the pets over there… we saw mice, gerbils and chinchillas! We have also had some pet gerbils to look after all week. Let’s see if we can keep the good attendance up!
Following on from our outdoor learning, today, we went out on a walk around the local area to explore the different types of houses people live in in Forest Town. Donning the hi-vis jackets, we counted the different types of houses we saw on our way using a chart and tally system to record our data. There were lost of houses for us to count! We found out that semi-detached houses are the most popular type of house in the area and bungalows came in second. We didn't see any terraced houses along our route. We saw other types of building too; including a library, a factory, a shop and a nursing home. The children behaved exceptionally - well done!
In our forest learning this week, there were lots of clues hidden around the outdoor area. We had to work together as teams to collect the clues, one at a time, read them quickly and match them to the photographs of the houses they described. It was a challenge as it was a windy day but the weather just added to the fun!
Today, we developed our scientific skills further and conducted an investigation into which materials are waterproof. The Three Little Pigs wanted to know which material would be best to make their roof out of. We started off by making a prediction about which material we thought would be waterproof…
This week in our Forest Learning, we conducted an science investigation! The Three Little Pigs sent us a letter to ask us which materials would be best to build a house that would not change if The Big Bad Wolf came along! First, we thought about how we could change the shape of a material; we came up with bending, stretching, twisting and squashing. Then we predicted which materials we thought would change shape and which we thought would not change shape. After that (the exciting part!) we went outside and tested each material at each station. We tested yoghurt pots, pans, tea towels, socks, jigsaw pieces, foil, cardboard, plastic oven gloves and pegs! We used lots of scientific language such as bendy, stiff, hard, soft and stretchy. We had lots of fun!
Today, we used the BeeBots in our Computing session. We learned all about what an algorithm is (we did, honestly!) and worked with our Learning Partner to enter instructions into the BeeBot to direct him around the maps. We had to think carefully about the instructions we gave the BeeBot and whether or not he had to make a left or right turn.
This week, we have been learning about the traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs. We have acted the story out, retold the story in our own words and were really excited when we found out our Forest Learning was all about The Three Little Pigs. Waterproof trousers and coats on, we acted out the beginning of the story in the classroom and in small groups pretended to be the pigs. We worked as small teams to build houses made out of straw, sticks and bricks. The best bit was pretending to be The Big Bad Wolf and blowing all of the houses down! Fun was had by all!
We visited church and took part in lots of Christmassy activities. We had lots of fun learning all about The Christmas Story!
To celebrate the opening of our Heritage Garden, we had a fun packed day in Year 1. We dressed up as Victorians, we collaged some vegetables and did some collaging using real fruit! We also made a 'Funnybones' Scarecrow which won....... first prize!!!
We learned all about France, made an Eiffel Tower using marshmellows and spaghetti and even learned some songs in French!