Mad Science, wicked weather workshops – Spring Term 1 2019

As part of the year 1 topic ‘Weather Experts’ the children had a visitor, Dr Dee Enay, from Mad Science. She started with a whole school assembly focussing on lightning and how electricity travels. The children were amazed!

“The electricity went through 5 people”.

“Dr Dee Enay is very clever because she pressed the boy’s head and the light turned off”.

Afterwards Dr Dee Enay worked with each year 1 class to explore rainbows and how light bends through rain drops. The children were able to wear special light bending glasses to observe all the colours in white light. Finally the children witnessed how the lightning in the Vander graph could create static electricity, it was a “hair raising” experience!

This extended the children’s current science knowledge and learning. Each class have been completing an enquiry where they observed changes over time. The children have created weather diaries recording what they could see and hear. After each recording they discussed the similarities, differences, patterns and changes between the weather we have had this term. For example last week a child said “the ice has gone”. The teachers then explained how a change in temperature had made the ice melt.

Christmas Production of ‘The Inn-spectors’

This half term the Year 1 and Reception children have been busy preparing for their Christmas Production of ‘The Inn-spectors’.

The story was about a group of ‘Inn-spectors’ who visit Bethlehem to inspect inns around the time Jesus is born. They meet the special baby, Mary, Joseph, the wise men and the shepherds, before declaring that the stable is fit for a king!

The children performed to their grown-ups and did a fantastic job!

Dogs Trust and Cats Protection visit to year 1

As part of Year 1’s ‘Animal Life’ topic, we have had a visitor from the Dogs Trust and Cats Protection charities.

The children learnt about how to look after these animals, how to behave around them, and the signs that the animals might give to show how they are feeling. The children asked lots of inquisitive questions about how long the animals live for, how they are looked after, and used their own experiences of looking after cats and dogs to suggest answers to questions.

Summer 2 2018 – Visit to Holkham Hall

When we arrived at Holkham Hall, we were greeted by the staff and we started our different activities.

We walked around the Field to Fork experience.

We learnt about the Coke family who lived in Holkham Hall and saw their family tree. We learnt that now Lord and Lady Leicester live there with their four children, four dogs and a parrot named Basil!

We saw lots of different tools and equipment that are used on the farm. Some of us got to hold them and use the bird scarer!

We saw lots of different products that are made from crops that are grown at Holkham.

We also learnt about the deer and birds that live at Holkham Hall and some of us got to dress up as game keepers. Miss Hooper got to dress up too!

We also watched a film all about farming at Holkham.

Another activity was learning all about the story of Holkham Hall.

We learnt about the history of the hall, the families and about the different people who work there. Some of us got to dress up as these people and pretend to do their jobs.

Finally we went into Holkham Hall. We saw the beautiful Marble hall, the Parrot Bedroom, the old Kitchen and the Saloon.

We all had a fantastic time at Holkham Hall and learnt about how people used to live years ago!

Step On It Training

The year 1 children at Toftwood Infant School have been learning the importance of road safety and have taken part in the Step On It training. The children have learnt about the signals a car might show when manoeuvring, like indicating, reversing and breaking and have also learnt how to cross the road safely.

Mrs Pilbrow, a TA at Toftwood Infant School, has taken small groups of children along School Lane to learn about where it is safe to cross, looking both ways to check for traffic and staying with their adult when crossing the road. Mrs Pilbrow said ‘it is a very important lesson that the children should learn and if one day this saves a child’s life, it is a great lesson for all’.

The children enjoyed the training and could talk about how to stay safe when crossing the road, the different vehicles and dangers that might be on the road and the importance of listening carefully for traffic too.

Spring 1 2018 – Visit from Mr Ponder the Electrician

Mr Ponder came to visit Year One to talk about solar energy. He showed us how the light rays can produce electricity. We were lucky enough to see a solar panel up close and talk about solar farms.

Mr Ponder showed us a diagram of how solar panels can provide electricity to our homes. The children were fascinated to find out how big solar farms are and how they use sheep to keep the grass short. The children asked Mr Ponder questions about being an electrician and thoroughly enjoyed his visit.

Spring 1 2018 – Visit from Mr Bell the Weatherman

Year 1 children were treated to a visit from Mr Bell who is a meteorologist and a weather forecaster on the television as part of their Weather Experts topic.

Mr Bell showed the children how he presents the local weather and what the different images on the screen mean. He talked about how they show rain, the temperature and the wind speed.

Mr Bell then talked to the children about the different instruments that are used to measure the weather. We learnt that a rain gauge measures the amount of rainfall, a thermometer measures the temperature and an anemometer measure the wind speed.

Christmas Production of Baubles

This half term the Year 1 and Reception children have been busy preparing for their Christmas Production of ‘Baubles’.

The story was about a kind school caretaker, Mr Potts, helping the children to understand the real story of Christmas by placing the baubles he had made on the school’s Christmas tree.

The children performed to their grown-ups and did a fantastic job!

Tractor visits Year 1 to help celebrate Harvest

This week the Year 1 children have been learning about Harvest festival. The children have learnt about the Creation story and how Christians celebrate the Harvest as part of the RE curriculum. They have talked about their favourite things about the Earth and things they are thankful for. One child said “I am thankful the tractors for helping grow the food.” This is also linked to the British Values that we promote in school as well as developing their appreciation of where food comes from.

As part of their learning, Mike Garrod visited from his farm in Garvestone and brought his tractor along too! Each child was able to sit in the driving seat and learnt about how the tractor is used during Harvest time. They also saw some wheat that had been harvested from Mike’s field this year and got the chance to ask him questions about being a farmer.

The children looked closely at some vegetables that are harvested at this time of year and we investigated where they were grown in the world. These vegetables were kindly donated to our school by Tesco Dereham as part of their Community Champion work.

Year 1 Autumn Activity Afternoon

We had fun during our Autumn activity afternoon. Our grown-ups were able to come into our classes and join in with some Autumn and Harvest crafts.

Everyone was able to make an apple crumble with their grown up ready to eat for tea!

We coloured some Harvest pictures.

We made split pin scarecrows and decorated them with patterns!

The children made leaf hedgehogs and Autumn leaf spirals.

We also used corks and cotton buds to paint leaves on our handprint Autumn trees!

We played Tractors and Trains board game and built different Autumn inspired Lego models.

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