On Monday 13th March, the year 1 classes went on a trip to Embankment and the South Bank. We had been learning how to sketch buildings by looking at the shapes and patterns of the building. Before we went, we practised by drawing our school building. When we looked closely, there was much more detail than we realised!
We walked across Jubilee Bridge from Embankment Station to the South Bank. We talked about the natural and human geographical features we could see on the way. The river is natural and the bridge is human made.
We looked closely at the buildings across the river and used our sketching skills to draw what we could see. Some of the buildings and structures we could see were The Houses of Parliament and The London Eye.
On Friday 3rd February the year 1 classes went on a local area walk. We walked from school, through Vallance Gardens, past Whitechapel Station and across Whitechapel High Street to look at the market. Then we walked to The Royal London Hospital and carried on to the Idea Store. At each place, we made sketches in our art books of the different buildings we could see. Next we will turn our sketches into a local area map in a Geography lesson.
We have also begun writing a recount of our trip in Literacy.
Year 1 Indigo and Sapphire classes went to the pantomime at Hackney Empire to watch Sleeping Beauty. We watched the colourful characters and the magic and sparkle as part of the performance. We all joined in with the singing and dancing and really enjoyed ourselves. As part of our Literacy lessons we will be writing recounts about our trip.
Year 1 visited the National Portrait Gallery. We had been learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole in our topic lessons. We learnt that they were nurses that helped people who had been injured or were ill. In the National Portrait Gallery we saw a picture of Florence Nightingale working in a hospital. We also saw a portrait of Mary Seacole. Then we had a go at drawing portraits of Florence Nightingale or Mary Seacole ourselves.
We watched a video about ‘Friendship.’ We worked in small groups to think of ideas around friendship that we could discuss as a class. Everyone had a vote and the winning idea was ‘how to play with friends.’ We listened to each other’s ideas and used words like ‘I agree’ and ‘I disagree.’ We all agreed on some important ideas.
Ask people of they would like to play with you
Teach new friends the Golden Rules and to use T.A.G.
Help people if they do not know the rules to a game
If you are kind to people, they will want to play with you
In Year One we have been reading and performing noise poems. We read the poem “Let’s Practice” and discussed the different sounds. We selected musical instruments to use to make the different sounds. Then we performed the poem.
Year 1 visited Stepney City Farm as part of our topic about ‘Animal Tales.’ We had a tour around the farm by one of the farm workers. She told us lots of information about the animals there. We learnt about what they eat and what they need to stay healthy. We touched some of the animals and talked about how they felt. We also looked at the plants growing on the farm and even got to try some of the leaves growing in the greenhouse.
Since our trip we have drawn a map of the farm, made information pages about the animals we saw and written a recount of our trip.
As part of our Year One topic about Animal Tales we made animal masks. First we looked at different animal masks. We talked about how they were made and important features a mask should have. We then drew our mask design. We decided which materials and mark making media we wanted to use. Then we made our masks.
In year 1, we have been reading ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.’ We designed our own lighthouses and used recycled materials to build them. We looked at pictures of different lighthouses from around the world to decide how to decorate our lighthouses. Finally, we painted them using a range of designs.
We learnt about Mary Seacole and the important work she carried out. We found out that she made her own herbal medicines. We searched for natural ingredients to make our own medicines. We were visited by an actress in the role of Mary Seacole. We had the opportunity to take on different roles to act out some of the significant events in Mary’s life and it helped us to find out more information about Mary Seacole’s life and work .