Spring 2 2019 – Year 1

Our Planet and Beyond

The children have been really interested in our topic so far. We have learnt about the ‘Race into Space’ and enjoyed finding out about Albert the monkey, Laika the dog, Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova and Neil Armstrong. We also looked at moon buggies and the children were able to design and make their own as part of their Design and Technology learning.

The children have also learnt about the artist Jackson Pollock and had a go at creating some galaxy pictures in the splatter painting style – this was great fun!

We all had a go at making our own rockets that would shoot into the air too. We used a plastic canister and filled it with water before dropping an effervescent tablet into the water and putting the lid tightly on. We then stood back and waited for the results.

In Science, we have learnt about materials and the children went on a materials hunt around school. They were also able to describe different materials and went on to investigate the different properties of these.

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.

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