It has been great fun in Year 4 this week designing and making our own Roman mosaics. The children have researched why the Romans decorated buildings with mosaics (to show their wealth). We have enjoyed the whole process from planning to sticking on our tesserae (tiles) and finally grouting the final product. Some of these will be up on display and the children will all be able to bring them home later in the school year.
This week we have continued on the theme of ‘harvest’ and ‘autumn’ by focusing more on fruit. Our story ‘Handa’s Surprise’, is about a little girl who goes on a journey to surprise a friend. She initially has a basket of different fruits. However, there is a twist at the end of the story as Handa delivers a surprise basket of fruit. Perhaps you could ask your child to explain the story to you and why Handa was surprised.
To support this story and the children’s learning, they have explored carrying plates of fruit on their head. Some found this much easier than others! We have also chopped fruits to make a fruit salad for the outside water tray and tasted a variety of exotic fruits. Mrs Jackson made the children laugh when trying to open a coconut. Whilst exploring the fruit they were encouraged to use all their senses when exploring at these activities. On Thursday we made a fruit crumble. It was delicious and speedily eaten!
We have also studied the shapes of fruit when making observational paintings; looking closely at each piece to try and correctly paint the shape, size and colour.
The children have been learning some harvest and autumn related songs and these have been recorded for you to enjoy. They learnt the words really quickly.
Have a lovely half term holiday resting and enjoying family time.
This week in Year 1 we have been busy designing and making our own sandwiches. The children tasted four different types of bread on Monday and four different types of spread on Tuesday, before discussing fillings and coming up with their final designs on Wednesday. As this was part of a DT project, the children all had a design brief and had to make their sandwich to a particular specification! It needed to hold together, have no more than two fillings and be something that they enjoyed eating! The Year 1 Teachers had great fun in the supermarket, ensuring that everyone had their choice of bread, spread and filling and the children were very excited to have the chance to make their own ‘dream sandwich’ on Thursday! They all did very well with spreading and filling their sandwiches and a great time was had by all, especially when they came to eat the sandwiches. There were some traditional combinations such as ham and cucumber / tuna and sweetcorn and also some more obscure flavours….chocolate spread and pickle / honey and ham to name but a few!
Thanks to all those of you who came to watch our informal Harvest Celebration on Wednesday and Thursday. We were very proud of the way in which the children spoke, sang and listened to each other. Well done Year 1 – next stop Nativity!!
Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable Half Term.