We had some brilliant homework in from the last half term following our learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
Today is Remembrance Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the country stands still and is silence for two minutes.
In this two minutes, we remember soldiers that have died in wars past and present.
Remembrance Day was first held in 1919, one year after the First World War ended. It is sometimes known as Armistice Day.
On Remembrance Day, people will lay wreaths of poppies on statues and monuments to remember all the soldiers who died for us.
Poppies are worn on Remembrance Day because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the First World War ended.
In class today, we read the story Where the Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey.
We also watched the short video from Cbeebies – click here if you would like to watch it again.
Any money that is raised by the Royal British Legion goes to soldiers and their families if they have been hurt or injured.
LEST WE FORGET
Last half term, we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. They were both nurses in the Crimean War and they helped lots of soldiers to recover after they were injured in the Crimean War.
Usually to finish off our topic, we have a wonderful visitor called Candice who comes into school to run a Florence Nightingale workshop. Due to the current circumstances, this hasn’t been possible this year but we have been able to borrow some of the wonderful artefacts, props and resources to enable to carry out this workshop in school.
Just take a look at what we got up to…
To start our learning about Black History Month, Miss Wright had organised for a special visitor called Paul to come into school to show us how to play an African drum. What a treat we had this week – just look at the fun we had.
We learnt the names of the drums and how to play them. We learnt how to play some African rhythms on the drums and we finished off our session by playing our African rhythms in a three-part round. What an exciting morning we had!
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 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!
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…
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.
- 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 half term, we are learning about the explorers Neil Armstrong and Robert Falcon Scott.
Here are some questions that we will be asking over the next few weeks.
What is an explorer?
What are they famous for?
Why are they significant?
How do we remember them?
Do you know any facts about these explorers?
If you do, please comment below to help us out with our learning.
Don’t forget to let us know who you are and where you are from.
In History this half term, we have started to learn about the Great Fire of London but we don’t know much about it yet.
Can you help us by commenting on this post if you have any information or facts that you think that we will find useful?
Here are some questions that you could help us to answer.
- Where did it start?
- When did it start?
- How long did it last?
- How did the fire spread?
- How did people escape from the fire?
- What happened after the fire?
- Which buildings got damaged in the fire?
- Was anyone hurt in the fire?
- Who is Samuel Pepys and why is he important?
- Were there fire fighters to help put out the fire?
We hope to find out some answers soon.
What you could do at home to support your child…
- Use the internet to find out facts about the Great Fire of London.
- Comment on the post with any facts you have found out.
- Visit the library to find information books about the Great Fire of London.
- Share these facts with your child.