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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When we arrived at the Sealife Centre, we were greeted by staff and we started our VIP Discovery Tour. We saw the penguins being fed their fish and watched the sharks and turtle swimming around as we walked through the tunnel.
We also saw jellyfish, lots of different fish, seahorses and rays.
We saw a starfish and crab up close and got the chance to stroke them. The crab felt very soft and the starfish felt very bumpy! We learnt that a starfish has 5 arms and 1000 feet. We also learnt that crabs walk sideways because they don’t have any hips!
After lunch, we had a walk around the rest of the Sealife Centre and had a closer look at the sea creatures. We even got to go in the submarine and sat next to the rays and fish in the tank!
ZSL London Zoo Skype Call
On Wednesday 4th October the Year 1 children received a Skype call from a zookeeper from ZSL London Zoo. She was located in front of the giraffe enclosure and started by asking the children what their favourite animals were.
She then discussed different types of animals and how we can classify them. The children used what they had learnt from the topic ‘Animal Life’ so far and really impressed the zookeeper with their knowledge of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and fish. The zookeeper showed the children different skulls, skins and teeth from animals and discussed why they might need these to survive.
The children took part in a quiz about what animals eat. They had cards to hold up to show whether the animal was a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. The children all enjoyed taking part in the call and learnt lots more about animal life!
Year 1 had Zootastic, a mobile petting zoo, visit school to enhance the children’s learning of their topic ‘Animal life’. The children had been learning about classifying animals into mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds and also learnt about animals that are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.
Ian and Alison visited on Friday 22nd September and worked with each year 1 class to talk about classifying animals. They came with lots of animals to look at, discuss and touch. Ian showed the children a snake, Bobby the tawny owl, Lisa the bearded dragon, Harvey the rabbit, Laurel and Hardy the guinea-pigs, Fluffy the tarantula and a scorpion.
The children really enjoyed seeing the creatures up close and listening to the facts that Ian was sharing about each animal. The children also learnt how to handle and care for the animals by being kind and gentle.