Lots of history in Year 1
Friday 13th June | 10 comments
This week we have started our history topic all about Castles. We began by discussing ‘What is history’? The children were very interested and have asked lots of great questions. We then found out about why and when castles were built and looked at different types of castles. Ask your child about Motte and Bailey castles. The children learnt about different parts of a castle including battlements, arrow loops, curtain walls, ramparts and portcullis. They were very keen to find out more about ‘murder holes’ – this is where boiling liquid was poured through holes in the ceiling onto the attackers below! Next week we will be learning about roles of the people who lived and worked in castles and also creating our own coat of arms.
During our literacy session the children were all very excited to find a mystery parcel…it was a set of very heavy keys! They had a note attached that said ‘The keys to the castle’. The children thought of some great ideas about who the keys may have belonged to – we had ogres, evil knights, spooky witches and bad princesses! They then used a story mountain to plan a story about a castle. They used this plan to write their story independently remembering everything they have learnt this year. This piece of writing will be levelled and help us give your child a final end of year level for their writing.
In numeracy we have also been busy assessing what the children have learnt this year. Their end of year levels will be in their final report that you will receive in July. All the children tried very hard and enjoyed showing us what they have learnt.
Next week we will be doing the Year1 Phonics Check – please see separate posts for more information about this.
Have a great weekend in the sun.
The Year 1 Team