Great Fire of London TASC Project

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!

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    Explore Learning Workshop

    We had a visit from Emily and her team from Explore Learning.

    They brought some maths challenges with them and it was up to us to help them!

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    We had to follow clues left by the pirates in order to find the treasure. We learnt about clockwise and anticlockwise turns in order to help us find the treasure.

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    By working together as a team, we helped each other and found all of the treasure.

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    Multi Skills Trip to Park Academy

    As a special treat, Y1 and Y2 were invited down to Park Academy to complete some Multi Skills activites for the afternoon.

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    We had lots of fun, trying out lots of different activities and working together in teams.

    Thank you to the adults who came to help us and Craig Malkin for organising it. We can’t wait for the next time!

    Maths, maths, everywhere!

    Just because it is our KS1 SATs week, it doesn’t mean that we can’t make our learning fun. Today we played a maths game that challenged our understanding of maths problems in numerals and words.

    All around the classroom were different maths clues that we had to solve with a partner. It was fun working with a partner to solve the clues!

    Sometimes we could do the problem mentally or sometimes we had to use a whiteboard to help us to show our working out.

    It was a race to see who finished first! Here are our winners! Well done everyone!

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    Living, Non-Living or Once Living…?

    Our Science topic is all about animals and their habitats so we went to explore the secret garden to see if we could find different objects that we could sort.

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    Once we had collected our objects, we came back into the classroom to sort the objects into living, non-living and once living objects.

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    We know that all living things can:

    Move

    Respire (Breathe)

    Sensitivity (Using senses – taste, touch, see, hear and smell) 

    Grow

    Reproduce (Having babies)

    Excretion (Go to the toilet) 

    Nutrition (Eat and drink)

    Look at the first letters of each of those words above. What do they spell out? 

    We also found some interesting plants in the secret garden. Do you know the names of any of these plants? How can you find out the names of these plants?

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    PE in Pearl Class

    This half term, we have been learning how to play rounders in PE. This is a game that has lots of rules so we started off practising our throwing and catching. The following week, we used bats to try and hit the ball. This week, we got a chance to set up mini games. Miss Varley was so impressed with the super team work we did and we loved playing the game. We can’t wait to play again next week!

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    Football

    We had our last football session with the coaches from Sheffield United Community Foundation this week. They were so impressed with how much progress we have made in the last 3 weeks. We definitely have some footballers in the making in Pearl class.

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    After we had warmed up, we were split into 4 coloured different teams and we had some short games against each other.

    IMG_1002 Miss Varley was stood on the sidelines and was the teams’ cheerleader, supporting everyone that was taking part.

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    Miss Varley saw some fantastic team spirit, some brilliant goals and some even better goal celebrations! At the end of all the matches, we did have a winning team and they were…

    IMG_1004A massive thank you to the coaches that have been coming into school to help us with practising our football skills in all weathers. Pearl class have really enjoyed working with you.