Making 17th Century Houses

Over the past few weeks, Year 1 have been busy making Tudor houses in order to create our very own Great Fire of London in school.

They worked in pairs to first design their houses, exploring historical designs and noticing that many of the houses were wider at the top than the bottom. They considered the materials that Tudor houses were made out of (and how flammable those materials were), before discussing what they could use to create their houses. Next each pair selected the two cardboard boxes that they were going to work with and created a design, thinking about how they would join their boxes together and then strengthen them.

The first part of the make involved the children stuffing their boxes with straw to make them more flammable, sealing the boxes and then joining them using masking tape. Next they used paper mache to strengthen the boxes and secure the join.

After that, the children painted their houses white. Once they had dried they used cardboard buttresses to support the houses and keep them standing upright.

Once their houses were stable, each pair painted on the wooden beams before decorating and then attaching their roof.

The children had a great time making their houses and are very excited to burn them to recreate the Great Fire of London next week!

Here are some of the finished results:

Creating fire collages

In art, year 1 have been combining the skills that they have learnt over the past few weeks to create a fire collage. They mixed paint to create the colours of fire, used different brush strokes and gestures to communicate the movement and shapes of flames and then collaged on top with a variety of different materials to add depth.

Anti-bullying Week

This week, as part of anti-bullying week, we thought about what bullying meant and how it might make someone feel. We considered whether a bully is always a bully or if they can change, and what we could do if we saw that someone was being bullied.

We made anti bullying posters and then learnt a rhyme which we then chanted as we marched round with our posters!

1M are bakers!

This week in our topic lessons we learnt that the Great Fire of London started in a bakery shop. This inspired us to have a go at baking ourselves. We followed a recipe to make healthy raisin scones.

First we sieved the flour into a bowl, before rubbing in the butter with our fingertips.

Next we stirred in milk, vanilla essence and raisins.

Then we rolled out the dough and cut out the scones using a cutter.

After that we brushed the top with milk and popped them in the oven.

Here are the finished scones!

We tasted our scones and shared our thoughts.

Fire Safety Instructions

This week we have been learning how to write instructions. We first learnt about imperative verbs and practised finding these in a sentence. Then we wrote our own fire safety instructions, remembering to include our bossy verbs at the start of each sentence. We checked our work carefully and edited it with a green pen, just like reflective butterfly, before writing it up neatly with pen. There were lots of amazing pieces of writing. Here are some of our final pieces of work.


Fire pit circle time

As part of the launch of our new topic, The Great Fire of London, we had our own bonfire in 1M.

Before we went outside, the children thought about any negative habits or feelings that they had from the year so far. This might have included something that they felt was hard or that they just ‘can’t’ do. They then wrote this down on a piece of paper.

We went outside to the fire pit and the children took turns to throw their notes onto the fire and saw how the fire destroyed the paper so that it was gone forever. The burning of the paper symbolised leaving behind the negative feelings. We discussed how with perseverance, just like tough tortoise, many things that we find hard would one day become much easier. The children thought about how they felt now they had burnt the paper and set a simple goal for the future.

We also explored what we could see, hear and smell. We observed how the flames flickered, the smoke drifted and the sparks popped. We will use this later in the week to write our own fire poems.

Sketching with clay

Following on from our work last week in art where we created continuous line drawings of each others’ poses, this week we used clay to create the sketches. We thought about the shapes we could see in each others’ poses, noticing the way each body part was positioned. Then we explored how to mould and shape the clay, creating the different body parts and joining them together. We then experimented with manipulating our sketches to create different poses.

We are ACE Artists!

This week in Art we developed our sketching skills by practising continuous line drawings of each other. First of all everyone practised drawing Miss Miles, making sure that they didn’t take their pencil off the page. This proved to be pretty tricky but with lots of practice and perseverance it became easier. Then the class practised drawing each other in different poses, thinking about the shapes and composition of the different body parts.