This week we have been learning about how to measure length and height in non-standard units of measure – that means without a ruler.

To do this, we have been using resources in the classroom to measure objects (and eachother!! This was very exciting did you know that Suraiya is 19 rings tall and Joshuah is 24 rings tall.

Once we’d established how tall we were using objects, we then measured eachother using our feet and hands.

Next week we will be starting our mid-year revision, where we review everything we learnt in maths since September!

Grace Darling – a hero

One stormy night in 1838, Grace Darling spied a ship, the Forfarshire, coming into trouble. Grace and her father, the lighthouse keeper, rowed out in treacherous conditions and the saved the lives of nine people. Grace was a hero.

This week we have been learning all about Grace and her heroic actions. It culminated in an independent writing task. Independent writing can be tricky, the children work completely on our own,without written examples and ideas. However, I shouldn’t have worries, everybody worked their socks off and produced some fantastic work!

Below are some examples of our hard work from Huw, Erin and Noah McG. Well done!

    Design and Technology in 1GA

    This half term one of our projects has been to make a 17th Century house in the style of those that were burnt in the Great Fire of London. We had three main steps; designing, making and evaluation.

    First we designed our houses…

    Next we made them – this was the messy part!

    Finally, we evaluated our finished models. We thought about which part of the process we had enjoyed the most and then thought about whether we would have done anything differently.

    The Great Fire of Allerton

    This week we have been recounting the events of our own fire and writing newspaper reports.
    This has been a complete change from our previous diaries, which are all written in first person. The newspaper reports are in third person and tell us information about the event. We even wrote our own headlines to grab the attention of the reader.

    To help us write our own reports, we used this example. First, we looked for different features of a newspaper report including:

    – headline
    – a photo
    – caption
    – a quote

    This helped us to know what we would need to include when we wrote our own newspaper reports. 

    Below are some examples of our reports from Kareem, Daisy and Valerio.

    Becoming Samuel Pepys

    This week we have used drama to inform our writing.

    We have been writing some diary entries as Samuel Pepys this week. One feature of diary writing is the use of first person, i.e. using “I” – This can be tricky.

    So… To get into the character of Mr Pepys, we became him through the technique hot seating. This is where someone pretends to be a character and they are asked questions and they respond as that character.

    Obviously, you can’t be Samuel Pepys without a proper periwig.

    This really helped us to become Samuel Pepys and helped the writing process.
    Below are some examples of our diaries, from Elijah, Lily, Caitlyn, Pippa and Isaac

    A special visitor

    We had a very special visitor in year 1 today.

    Samuel Pepys came to talk to us, and tell us all about life in 1666. We heard about the periwIg he wore, which was made from real hair (!) as well as the music that written and performed in 1666. This was written by composer, Henry Purcell.

    We also learned about how the Great Fire of London started. We learned about Thomas Farriner’s Bakery, and how the fire spread from Pudding Lane across London. We also learned how Londoners of the day tried to put the fire out, using a waterchain. This was when buckets of water were passed along rows of people from the Thames to the fire.

    We also learned how the fire was put out. There were two main factors to this, the strong winds died down so the fire was not being blown as quickly across the city and the authorities had started exploding houses strategically around the fire to stop the fire from spreading to others.

    This afternoon was a really interesting start to our Great Fire of London topic and we’re really looking forward to exploring further.

    Burning Fire

    Welcome back to Autumn 2!

    This half term we will learn all about the Great Fire of London. This week, we have been getting to grips with what fire is and how it behaves.
    To do this, we had our own fire in the fire pit. We watched how the fire destroyed the wood and paper and how anything in the fire pit was irretrievable. This made us think about the destructive nature of fire and how important the emergency services are to help us stay safe this time of year during different festivals and celebrations.

    We have used fire as inspiration to write some ‘verb noun’ poems. A noun is word which names a person, place or thing. Verbs are words which convey action, they tell us what a noun is doing, having or being. We thought of verbs and nouns about fire as a class and used these to create our own poems.

    Our first half term in 1GA

    What a fantastic first half term in 1GA! We are all tired, but it has been such an exciting 8 weeks of new routines and new things to learn.

    Here we are, celebrating 8 weeks of success!

    We have also created some amazing pieces of art today to celebrate one very notorious character we have come to know this half term – the big bad wolf.
    We sat for 20 minutes today, looking at pictures of real wolves and noticing the shapes and textures of their faces and bodies. We used these noticing skills to draw and create our own in our sketch books. I have included a few below.

    Have an amazing and well deserved half term break.
    See you in November!

    Beware of Boys

    Our new book hook features a boy that uses his knowledge of cooking to outsmart a wolf.

    This week we have been inspired by the recipe for “Boy Soup” to make some soup of our own. This time with autumn vegetable, not children…

    With the help of Mrs Walker in the children have all had a go at making soup this week. We even had a taste of our soup on Thursday. The soup was warming and delicious, we’re definitely looking forward to writing our own soup recipes next week.