A visit from Sir James

We had a special visit from a knight last week! His name was Sir James and he began by telling us everything about knights and showed us the equipment he uses in battle. We then got the opportunity to become knights ourselves, using shields and spears to protect our bodies from flying foam arrows! Finally Sir James told us a story about a knight and every child kneeled to be knighted by Sir James’s sword. It was a fantastic day and the children really enjoyed meeting an real life knight.  

Making a Drawbridge

We used our knowledge of castles to make our very own functional drawbridge using a winding mechanism.  The children had to make sure their drawbridge could rise and fall and solve any problems that occurred. The children worked in pairs brilliantly and helped each other to construct their drawbridges. 

Catapult Investigation

We worked in small groups to investigate which material would make the best catapult. We had to make a prediction first and then test out our ideas. We thought about how we could make our test fair and what we needed to change each time. We were then able to draw our own conclusions based on the results.

Dragon egg found at Portway!

On Thursday, during our winter walk, we came across a glittery trail. We followed this trail and discovered an enormous egg! We were unsure where this egg had come from, what type of egg it was and why it had appeared at Portway Infants! So the children wrote a letter to a Dragon Hunter to ask if she could visit and investigate our egg. Despite being very busy the Dragon Hunter was able to come in and answered lots of the children's questions. She also told us how she became a Dragon Hunter and shared her exciting collection of dragon findings.   

Moving Vehicles

We have been learning about how vehicles move. First we learnt about the forces push and pull and explored what we could push and pull in the classroom. We then looked at two different types of axles: a fixed axle and a free axle and used different types of construction to have a go at building our own.  

Road Safety

In year one this week we have been learning about keeping ourselves safe when crossing a road.  We went outside and acted out different scenarios showing how to cross a road safely.  We have learnt:

1.       To find a safe place to cross away from parked cars.

2.       To stand back from the edge of the road.

3.       To stop and look left/right for traffic.

4.       To listen carefully for vehicles.

5.       To walk straight across the road.

We are going to be applying all this important learning into our writing and will be writing sets of instructions for safely crossing the road.  You will be able to read these instructions at our next ‘Show and Share’.

Visit of American Hot Rod Cars

Mrs Hibberd, from the Valley Gas Speed Shop, very kindly came into school to talk to the year one children about her American Hot Rod cars. She brought in three cars for us to see: a 1949 Pontiac, a red lightning Ford truck and Matt Kenseth's NASCAR named Dollar General.  

We got the chance to use our observational skills to sketch our favourite vehicle, complete a treasure hunt and then we got the opportunity to sit in the cars too!

A big thank you very much to Mrs Hibberd for all your planning and making the morning such a huge success.

Trip to Museum of Army Flying

This week year 1 visited the Museum of Army Flying to learn about the history of military transport. The children were given a guided tour of the museum focusing on the different vehicles the museum has in its collection. We especially enjoyed seeing all the different helicopters we had learnt about in school last week. We then took part in a session in the classroom where we had the opportunity to explore different flying vehicles e.g. parachutes, kites. We also got to make and fly our very own paper aeroplanes! We finally got to explore some of the exhibits in the museum further and were able to dress up in different army uniforms, then sit in a real helicopter and pretend to be the pilot!

Thank you very much to all our parent helpers and to the museum for such a wonderful trip.

Year 1 Pirate Day!

On Friday Year 1 celebrated the end of our topic with a pirate day where we all came to school dressed up! We braved the rain and completed a treasure hunt where we had to use a map of the school grounds to find hidden puzzle pieces.

We navigated Bee-Bot to different places on our very own treasure island maps. We really enjoyed creating and using our own instructions for building a pirate ship. 

A fun day was had by all!