Today we had great fun being ice explorers! We started off the day making some jam sandwiches – to take with us on our Arctic adventure. The jam sandwiches were sticky but very yummy! Year 1CO have written down the recipe so we don’t forget!
Before we could continue any further on our expedition we had to learn what equipment we would need to help us survive, just like Ernest Shackleton! We used lots of new equipment and made sure we would keep safe with our head torches and lamps, as well as having our snow boots and jackets to keep us warm, all packed neatly away in our backpack. Whilst exploring the Polar Regions we came across some penguins! Very silly penguins who all taught us a new dance. We also played some Arctic games to finish off the day!
In Science we tested what materials would slow down the melting of an ice cube. On our tables we had the following: tin foil, bubble wrap, cling film, paper and card. First we wrote adjectives to describe the materials and then we predicted what would happen with each material and then tested it. We discovered that the tin foil was able to slow down the melting of the ice cube.
No Pens Day
The children have loved exploring different ways of learning that does not involve having to do any writing or even picking up a pencil! The children started off the day with their Gruffalo performance and enjoyed watching all the other KS1 classes perform. Then they did some finger painting and created their own woodland trees! We also got crafty by making our own cotton wool polar bear masks and some beautifully decorated hedgehogs, ready to use next week!
After break both year 1 classes joined together and explored using all their different senses. There were tables for tasting, smelling, optical illusions, a feely bag and a listening corner. Children tried a variety of puzzles and foods and used their taste buds and noses to work out the answer.
Building Number Sentences
This week the children have been building and writing their own number sentences. They worked in their groups to build a number sentence and had to make sure they were in the right order.
Howe Park Wood
Year 1 had an excellent day out at Howe Park Wood at the start of the week! The children loved being able to get out into the woods and go exploring. We started off our day learning all about the different trees, food and water around the woods. Then the class got to build their own shelters and test to make sure they wouldn’t get wet if they camped underneath! Safe to say we had some very successful shelters built! In the afternoon the children went Gruffalo and Superworm hunting! Although we didn’t find where the Gruffalo was hiding, we did find some very large Gruffalo footprints and Mrs Revell even had a close encounter with him! However, we did manage to find where Superworm was hiding after some digging.
Mapping the School Playground
This week we have been looking at maps and the different symbols we use to identify where things are on a map. The children went out in their groups and built their own maps of the playground.
This term in Science we are looking at animals and learning about life cycles and we have been lucky enough to have chicks join us in our classroom. The children have loved watching the eggs hatch and being able to see the chicks grow. The class have been brilliant, looking after the chicks, making sure they always have plenty of food and water and that they are keeping warm under the heated lamp.