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.

Helicopter Stories in 1GA

What an exciting first two weeks we’ve had in 1GA. We are starting to get use to new routines and structures.

One very exciting new addition to life in year 1 has been our Helicopter Stories, this is an active story session where our classroom is transformed into a stage (through the simple use of masking tape!!).

So far we have written stories together, Jack and the Beanstalk and Three Little Pigs. As the year goes on, the children will have the opportunity to write their own ”Helicopter Story’ which will go in our class story book.

Once a story has been written, we act it out as a class on our stage, some children are actors and some are story listeners.

We have watched little pigs, big bad wolves, giants and even beanstalks. We’re very excited to see what other characters come to life on our classroom stage!