This half term, we have been learning all about the Great Fire of London. To finish off our learning about the Great Fire of London, we used TASC to put all of our learning to good use.
In TASC, there are 8 different steps we have to follow.
The first step is to think about what we already know. We have learnt that:
- The fire started in Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane.
- It started on Sunday 2nd September 1666 and it lasted for 5 days.
- The fire spread across London quickly because the houses were made of wood, they were very close together and there was a strong wind pushing the fire on.
- Samuel Pepys write a diary at the time. He was an eyewitness and his diary is very important to us now.
- Over 13,200 houses and 80 churches including St. Paul’s Cathedral were destroyed in the fire.
- Only 6 people died in the fire.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral was rebuilt after the fire and the houses were made from stone rather than wood.
The second step is to identify at the task:
Make an artefact that would have been around in 1666.
The third step is to think about all of the different ideas we could make linked to the task.
The fourth step is to decide what we wanted to make as our artefact. This gave us the chance to do whatever we wanted to make.
The fifth step has got to be our favourite step: LET’S MAKE IT! These are some of our finished projects.
The sixth step is to evaluate the projects we had completed. We worked together to give each other two stars and a wish.
The seventh step is to communicate and show all of our hard work to someone else. We invited Ruby class into our classroom so that we could showcase our projects. They invited us into their classroom too so we could see what they had been busy making too!
The eighth and final step is to think about what we have learnt over the week. We have had a lot of fun being able to put our creative skills to good use and it has been fun working with different friends to create our projects. We can’t wait for the next time we complete TASC! Miss Varley has even said that we can burn our houses after half term, just like the real Great Fire of London.
As everyone had worked so hard, we sat down at the end of the week and ate the delicious bread that had been made – this was definitely our highlight of the entire week! Yum!
If you read our class blog a few weeks ago, you will know that we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and would know that there was a very special visitor in school…
Check here out this post to have a quick catch up…
We have made a video to show you just what we got up to with our special visitor. Let us know in the comments sections below what you think!
At Prince Edward, we have changed the way that we complete homework.
This half term we have been learning all about Florence Nightingale and homework this half term was to create something that reflected the learning that the children had taken part in.
Here are some of Pearl class’ entries…
This superstar visited the library with her mum to learn more about Florence Nightingale!
What a fantastic effort – you really were able to bring your learning to life.
We are looking forward to seeing what next half term brings…
Summer 1 was all about Florence Nightingale.
We learnt lots about her life and why she is famous over the past 6 weeks.
Can you remember the answer to any of these questions?
- What year was she born?
- Why was she called Florence?
- How old was she when she died?
- Why did Florence want to be a nurse?
- What did Florence find when she arrived in Scutari?
- How did Florence make changes for the better in Scutari?
- How do we remember Florence today?
If you aren’t sure of any of the answers, Pearl class worked in pairs to make information books on the iPads all about Florence Nightingale. Click on one of the links to read one of our fabulous books!
FN – Abigail and Akram
FN book – Aissata and Laura
FN book – Aiva and Narla
FN book – Alfie and Tanya
FN book – Connor and Summer
FN book – Corey and Grace
FN book – Dannilou and Kaiden
FN book – David and Lacey-Mae
FN book – Justin and Harvey
FN book – Kadi and Lowan
FN book – Lacey and Megan
FN book – Leo
FN book – Oliver and Emily
FN book – Skyla and Logan
We also had a very special visitor in school before we broke up for half term. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog for a video coming up very soon!
This half term, we have been learning all about the life and times of Florence Nightingale and to end our topic, we had a very special visitor.
Can you remember any facts that you have learnt about Florence Nightingale?
When and where was she born?
When did she die?
What was she famous for?
How do we remember her today?
We went back in time to the Crimean War in 1855 in the middle of the Crimean War to learn what it was like to be a nurse or a soldier in Scutari hospital.
Where did the Crimean War take place? Do you know where Scutari is? Use a map to find out.
The hospitals were dirty and soldiers had to sleep on the floor because there weren’t enough beds. There was no clean water and the food that the soldiers ate was mouldy. Rats carried disease throughout the hospital and many soldiers were dying from the poor conditions rather than their injuries.
Florence took a team of nurses to try and make the conditions better for the soldiers. We imagined what it would have been like to be there as a nurse or a soldier.
What was it like to dress up? Did you enjoy it? Could you have imagined what it was like to be a soldier or a nurse in the Crimean War?
We had a look at some artefacts and had to handle them carefully because they were fragile and old.
We also got to complete lots of other activities like playing with old-fashioned toys and games, making lavender bags and pretending to cook for the injured soldiers.
Thank you Florence for coming to visit, we had an amazing time!
How to continue the learning at home:
- Click here to play the BBC game about Florence Nightingale.
- Use Google to research more about the life and times of Florence Nightingale.
- Draw a picture of Florence Nightingale.
- Write a diary entry about your experience of Florence coming to visit.
At 11 o’clock, on the 11th day of the 11th month, we stopped what we were doing to had a two-minute silence to remember the soldiers who have died for our country in wars past and present.
We watched a live feed on the internet and saw that everyone around the world was silent at 11 o’clock.
People wear poppies as a mark of respect to remember all of the soldiers who have died in the first and second world war but also the fighting that is happening today. Click here to visit the Newsround website for more information.
Click here to watch a short animation from Cbeebies about Remembrance Day. It follows a young rabbit through the poppy fields.
Poppies were the only thing that grew in the fields after the fighting has stopped.
There is a famous poem by John McCrae, written in May 1915 that was inspired by all the poppies in fields. Click here to read it.
In class, we have written in our topic books about what Remembrance Day is all about and made some poppy crafts in our independent learning time.
How to continue the learning at home:
- Talk to your child about what the poppy symbolises and why people wear them.
- Watch the Remembrance Service on television on Sunday 13th November with your child.
- Visit a local cenotaph and talk about why the poppies have been laid.
This week, we had a mystery box delivered to Pearl class.
What was it? Who was it from? What was inside it?
We talked to each other to think about where it might have come from and we had a think about might have been inside.
Miss Varley took things out of the box, one at a time to try and guess the theme of the box. The first thing that came out of the mystery box were a box of matches and this helped us to think of a reason that matches could be used. The next thing that came out of the box was a candle. We know that we can use matches to light the candle but that didn’t help us to guess what was in the rest of the box. The third thing that came out of the box was a picture of King James I. We didn’t know who King James was so we had another look inside the mystery box. A calendar was the next thing out of the box and it had 5th November highlighted. What did this mean? Some of the children knew that the 5th November was the date of Bonfire Night and then Cyrus said that he knew about a man called Guy Fawkes. The other things in the mystery box were: a blueprint of the Houses of Parliament, a picture of some fireworks, a newspaper article from 1605 of a Bonfire and a book about Guy Fawkes.
Today we were going to learn about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night.
We got to learn about Guy Fawkes and how Bonfire Night was started over 400 years ago. Here is some of the work that we completed in class.
Here are some of the fun facts we have learnt:
- King James was a Protestant and made a new law that made Catholics very unhappy.
- Guy Fawkes and his friends were Catholics and they disliked the King. They wanted his daughter, Elizabeth to be Queen because she was a Catholic.
- It took a long time to plan how to blow up the Houses of Parliament and it was all planned to take place on 5th November 1605 because they knew that the King would be there.
- They had put gunpowder in the cellar, directly underneath the King’s throne.
- A man called Lord Monteagle, who was a Catholic, was sent a letter, warning him not to go to Parliament on that day.
- He couldn’t keep this a secret so went to tell the King.
- Guards found Guy Fawkes in the cellar, ready to light the gunpowder.
- He was arrested and put into the Tower of London.
- King James wanted us to remember the 5th of November as the day he didn’t get blown up so that is why we have bonfires and fireworks today.
We learnt a rhyme to help us remember what happened all those years ago.
‘Remember, remember the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot. ‘
We used bright pastels and paint to create dome firework pictures. We even included some onomatopoeia to represent the sounds that fireworks make.
How to continue the learning at home:
- Visit a bonfire with your family and friends.
- Talk to your child about fire safety.
- Ask your child to retell the story of Guy Fawkes to you.
- Draw bonfire/firework pictures on dark paper with bright pastels or paint.