What another busy half term we have had in Year 1! We spent a lot of this half term learning all about The Great Fire of London. To start us off on this topic, we spent a week learning about The Gunpowder Plot to coincide with Bonfire Night in November, when we returned from our half term holidays. We ordered the events in the story in our Literacy books to help us understand what happened. We also used the materials in Forest School to create Fireworks art. We had lots of rockets and sparklers.
We watched videos and read books to help us find out lots of information, including where and when it started and why it lasted for so long and spread so widely. We created model villages of London using the construction blocks and added yellow, red and orange tissue paper to make the fire. We also set up our own ‘Pudding Lane’ bakery in our role play area.
We had great fun in our music lessons this half term. We learned to sing along to a song called, ‘In the Groove’ and have even begun to learn to play a simple version of this on the xylophones using the notes C and D.
In Science, we have been learning about Everyday Materials. We worked together to name some materials, including paper, wood, metal, plastic and fabric. We even completed a science investigation, to investigate which materials are magnetic. We found out that metal was the only material that was magnetic, but not all metal were magnetic! How strange!