Our Fire Engines
Paul Perro's Great Fire of London Poem
We worked with a partner to read part of the poem. We then recorded it and illustrated it to show our understanding of what was happening.
Putting out the fire!
Welcome to Pudding Lane
We created our own house in Pudding Lane. We used a range of materials including wooden sticks, paper and card. We drew an outline of a Tudor house using chalk. We then filled the outline with sticks and then painted it white. We then created a roof using brown materials (scrunching, rolling or layering) and we then added beams.
We thought about what we might have seen, heard and smelt from our Tudor houses during the Great Fire of London. We wrote our thoughts on special paper.
3D Pudding Lane
We were challenged to design our own 3D Pudding Lane.
I had to think about what tools and materials I would like to use.
We thoughts about the different colours we saw in the fire that Hillary created during our trip to Layer Marney Tower. We explored making shades and tones and then used different coloured paints and straws to create fire pictures in the style of Jackson Pollock.
We had lots of fun looking through the books at the book swap and choosing some to take home.
We had lots of fun at the 'book swap' as part of our World Book Day celebrations. We chose a one or two books to bring home, but we also enjoyed looking at other books and reading them with our friends and family. We are looking forward to coming to the 'book house' to swap our books soon.
World Book Day
For World Book Day we focused on the book 'The Word Collector'. We came to school dressed in characters from books and linked it to a word e.g. snappy, stylish, letters, safety.
We had lots of fun and enjoyed learning lots of new words!
Layer Marney Tower
We went on a trip to Layer Marney Tower for our Great Fire of London Day.
We dressed up in outfits similar to those that might have been worn in 1666.
We were very excited to climb the tower! We walked up the spiral staircase all the way to the top and looked at the view all the way to the sea!
Our Tudor House Drawings
We explored the key features of a Tudor house. Did you know that the structures were made from wood, that the wooden beams were painted with tar and that the walls were made from sticks and clay (wattle and daub)?
We used our sketch pencils, rulers and crayons to create out drawings.
Our Town Cries
We imagined ourselves as town criers in 1666.
We wrote our own town cries to tell people about what was happening in London.
We have been learning about Giuseppe Arcimboldo an Italian artist who was famous for his self portraits and portraits using fruit and items from nature. We started by taking inspiration from Giuseppe Arcimboldo self portrait and used our sketch pencils and mirrors to draw our own self portraits before choosing one watercolour and painting shadows and shades.
Reverse Advent Calendar
During Advent the children in Year 1 brought in presents for less fortunate children in Colchester. We thought about how lucky we are and how important it is to help others when we can.
We wrapped the gifts we collected and they were then donated to Refugee Action Colchester.
We had a very special Carol Service on the last day of term. Each class sang a special Christmas song and we donated sweet treats for those less fortunate than us this Christmas season.
We learned about what the different parts of a Christingle represents and shared our knowledge with our friends. We then made our own special Christingles to feel closer to Jesus during this special season of Advent. We took our Christingle's home to light with our families at a quiet time over the Christmas holidays.
As part of Anti-Bullying week, we thought about our positive attributes and how we would reach out and help our friends if they were upset.
Our Odd Socks
We loved wearing odd socks all week to celebrate 'Anti Bullying Week' and remembering that we are all unique, special and loved in our own way. We then designed and decorated our own odd socks!
Fields of Poppies
We took inspiration from photographs of poppies that had been growing in our school garden to paint our own field of poppies. We used our watercolour paints and thought about the different shades of green and red that we could use. Some of us mixed colours to help us create different shades.
We Will Remember Them
We thought about what poppies represent and how they showed signs of hope at the end of the war, when people were very sad, tired and heartbroken. We used a collage of newspapers declaring the end of the war and practising ripping and rolling tissue paper to create our own 3d poppies.
We wrote our own firework poems, using descriptive words to describe our rockets and their journey to the sky.
We loved reading our poems to each other.
WANTED! Guy Fawkes
We learned about Guy Fawkes and created wanted posters! We were shocked that he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and enjoyed being historians. We even made our posters look old with a special mixture and tea bags!
The children used PVA glue to create their fireworks and then sprinkle salt over their masterpieces. They then used paint to add colour to their fireworks. As you can imagine, it was VERY messy, but lots of fun!
Thank you to all those who donated to our Harvest collection for Colchester Foodbank. Some children from Year 1 went to the foodbank today to deliver their donations. They were so grateful and blown away by the generosity of our school. Your donations really will go a long way to help those in need at this difficult time, so thank you.
We invited our families to a special 'Harvest Festival' to celebrate some of our learning this half term. We performed our special barn dances, some of us read prayers and some of us read poems. We shared cakes and thought about how lucky we are to have food. Over the past few weeks we have been donating items for the food bank and we managed to collected a large number of items.
We wrote special Harvest prayers thanking God for the food we have.
Some of us even asked God to help the poor and hungry.
We used similes to describe some of the food that is grown or found at the farm.
Black History Day
Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed a vertical day in which the children worked together in small groups to focus on an important individual in Black History. The children worked so hard all day and produced the most amazing work. Click on the video to see some of the learning that took place.
We listened to Aretha Franklin's hit 'RESPECT' and then used different pastels to draw how the song made us feel and what it made us think of. We then cut out the letters to spell 'RESPECT'.
We role played the story of Rosa Parks on the bus. We then thought about how she might have felt and wrote our ideas down, imagining ourselves as Rosa.
We learned about Katherine Johnson and her love for numbers and geometry. We celebrated the important part she played in the history of space travel and decorated her with numbers and number sentences.
Our Trip to Hollow Trees Farm
Our Autumn Self Portraits
We used items that we collected from our Autumn Walk to create self portraits.
We used mirrors and our checklists to make sure we included all of our features.
Our Autumn Walk
Our Self Portraits
We thought about our key features e.g. eyes, eye brows and hair.
We used mirrors to look at our features and a range of paints to create our masterpieces!
During British Values Day we: