Happy New Year!
We welcomed the new term in with a visit to the local Methodist Church.
We were looking at features of Churches, making observations and asking questions. There is lots of new vocabulary to learn and we will be following this up with an ongoing interactive display in the ICE zone to label photos from the visit.
We have had a fantastic Great Fire of London, History Off The Page day!! Thank you parents for the wonderful costumes you provided for your children. They looked great and it really helped to set the tone of the day and help us imagine we really were in 17th Century London.
The children had opportunities to role play different professions in London in 1666 alongside the story of the Fire and how it developed. Lots of interesting facts were presented in a fun and engaging way.
In the afternoon the children considered how evidence is found for events in the past, and groups had 'dig boxes' to brush away the soil and reveal artefacts. The children had to work out which profession the artefacts belonged to, linked to the morning's activities and decide whether the shop had burnt down in the fire, been pulled down as a fire break or been blown up with gunpowder. They were very good History detectives and thoroughly enjoyed the activity.
Little Red Riding Hood has been a guest in our Literacy lessons. The children have been working on super sentences, using the Mighty Writer and practising their adjectives. They have acted out, ordered and retold the story. We have drawn story mountain plans to use as retell aids and have then used these to plan the opening of the story, and written that in our books. The work continues next week with the writing of the middle and end section of the story. As always the children are relishing the gruesome details of the Fairy Tale. Next week we will all get to the Happily Ever After.....!