At the end of last week, Year 1R were set the challenge of designing and building a tent for a small world toy that a circus could perform in. They went through a process of skills before given a set of resources from which to build it.
Stage One: How do we put up a tent?
The children showed they were effective communicators by working together to put up the tent. The discussed the different materials used including the importance of the waterproof outer layer.
Stage 2: What kind of tent design do we want for our circus?
The children worked in pairs, using iPads, to research different tent designs and come up with the one they thought was most suitable for housing a circus. They explained their reasons to an adult and included them on their plans. Look at their fantastic plans below!
Stage 3: What materials will we need?
Finally the children were given a range of materials, some more useful than others, from which to construct their tents from. The final results showed their ability to work together in groups, their effective communication with their partners and their critical thinking skills when things didn't work out. Below are a selection of photos from the process.
The children then spent time looking at each of the designs and talking to the designers. At the end, the class voted on which was the most successful tent for a circus. A very big well done to all the class for their persistence and enthusiasm for this challenge!
Please watch and practice this video at home. Particularly the blending!
Last week we also learnt what the word waterproof meant and used our investigation skills to search for other waterproof materials in the classroom.
First, we looked very closely at the materials to see if we could find any holes or any other reasons they might let the water through. Then we wrote down our predictions.
Finally, we tested the materials by pouring water over them. If the cotton wool in the cup got wet, then the water passed through the materials and this meant the material was not waterproof.
We then talked about why it was important for a tent to be waterproof. What do you think we came up with?
In some of our lessons this week we have been preparing for a very special occasion. The Royal wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Megan Markle. To begin, we learnt about what a royal family was, looking at Thailand's own royal family before Miss Ridley shared the royal family from her home country.
In English, we looked at invitations and wrote our own for the tea party we would be having on Friday.
We followed instructions to make a cucumber sandwich. We had to read the instructions carefully in order to do it correctly.
Then together we wrote our own instructions to make paper crowns. We tested out the instructions by making the crowns to wear at our party.
A party fit for a Prince or Princess!
Finally we enjoyed the results of all our hard work by having a tea party ourselves! At the party we learnt how to make a cup of tea, how to dunk a biscuit and how to do some ballroom dancing. It was a lot of fun.
In some of our topic lessons this week we have been looking at Clowns.
In history, the children have learnt about the first clowns, and how they have changed over time. We watched some videos of clowns performing and then had a go ourselves. It was fun trying to make everyone laugh!
1R were set the homework task of designing their own clown faces. Today, we looked at lots of different styles, shared our homework and then had a go at painting our friends faces! We practiced our social responsibility skills by respecting each others work and allowing our friends to paint our faces. It was fun and we even painted Miss Ridley!
Have a nice weekend!
On Monday we talked about the rules that are given when going to a circus or show and why they are important. Circuses are crowded places with the potential for a lot of accidents so it is important to know what do do in an emergency and how to stay safe.
The children created their own posters displaying some of the rules you must follow in the circus.
Can you think of any other rules we should follow?
In the first week of our new Circus topic, Year one have discussed the history of the circus. The children used their critical thinking skills to look closely at pictures from the first circuses and understand what happened at them. The discussed the differences and similarities between those and modern circuses and they decided which they would prefer to go and see.
The children also practiced their social responsibility skills by discussing the question 'Should Wild Animals be used in Circus Performances?'.
The children had many reasons for and against and gave these in a whole class debate. They also looked at a poll of the secondary students and teachers and used this to help them decide also. Please see it below.
The children have also begun learning some circus skills in our Circus School Role Play corner. They have been having a lot of fun with the diabolo, juggling, spinning plates and hula-hooping.
Welcome back to school after a lovely Songkran break!
The children have started a new topic this term called 'The Circus is coming to town!'. Take a look at the home page to find out what they will be learning about this term.
To start our topic we turned the music room into our own Charter Circus. The children were given tickets to enter and shown a performance of Cirque de Soleil.
Please answer the question below to help us with next week's discussion!
As part of our Live and Let Live topic, we have been learning about Sea Turtles. First we learnt about their life cycle, watched the film Sammy's Adventure and enjoyed showing our understanding with play dough and role play.
Then we learnt how to draw turtles, practicing our pencil control and our ability to follow instructions.
Finally, after learning the dangers turtles face in today's oceans from plastic pollution, we designed and made our own reusable canvas bags! We hope to take them shopping with us from now on!
The winning bag was......
This week, to continue our Live and Let Live topic, we took a trip to Sea Life, Bangkok. There we saw a variety of different sea-dwelling creatures. We had a fantastic time!