The Water Tower

In English, we have been reading The Water Tower by Gary Crew. To help us explore this interesting book we have been getting creative with some drama activities.

Chinese whispers

We created rumors about how the water tower first came to be. We shared the rumors with the rest of the class.

Figurative language:

In order to create some interesting figurative language describing the tower, the children acted out parts of the tower and described what that part was using figurative language.

News reporters

The children interviewed members of Preston (the town where the water tower is) about the mysterious happenings of the tower.

Next week we will be writing newspaper report about he water tower.

Sun, Earth and Moon

To start off our topic on Earth and Space, the children investigated the relative sizes of the Sun, Earth and Moon. They made scaled versions of the Sun, Earth and Moon and compared them to each other. They were able to see that the Sun was 108 times bigger then the Earth and the Moon was 4 times smaller than the Earth. Here is an example of one of the scaled models:

Following this, the whole class went outside and measure out how a scaled distance of the Sun to the Earth and Moon. We used a trundle wheel to measure out 150 m and it ended up being all the way across the other side of the field.

In this photo, the Earth and Moon are all the way in the distance near the KS1 playground.

World War Two – Lincoln Visit

We had a fantastic day at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, The Usher Gallery and The Collection.

When we arrived at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, we were given an introductory talk on World War Two. Following this, we split into two groups and headed off to our workshops. One workshop was on rationing and the other was on air raids.

Once we had finished our workshops, we walked through Lincoln, down Steep Hill, to The Usher Gallery where we had our lunch. Then, we explored the Usher Gallery and did some sketches of two paintings: ‘A Tank in Action‘, 1917 by John Hassall; ‘Britain at Play‘, 1943 by L. S. Lowry.

For the last part of our trip we explored The Collection Museum, where we looked at the periods of history leading up the start of World War Two.

We had a brilliant day and we hope you enjoy looking at our photos.

Red Cross

Last week, we had a visit from Emma from the youth team at the British Red Cross, who came to speak to the children about first aid.

The children learnt about what the British Red Cross does: they are an impartial organisation that helps people in need and can be found all around the the world. To begin with, the children looked at some photos and decided if they would, or would not help the person in need and had to give their reason why. They watched this video about giving first aid to people on the street.

Following this, the children learnt how to do a basic assessment of an injured person on the floor, and how to put them in the recovery position.

Finally, the children, in small groups, were given different first aid situations to act out. They did a great job.

For more information on the British Red Cross First Aid, visit their website here.