Happy New Year everyone!
We have started off our exciting and busy half term in year 1 with a brand new learning theme all about China. During the first week of the term, we enjoyed some brilliant chinese-inspired activities such as making New Year dragon masks; painting chinese symbols and practicing using chopsticks!
As Geographers we will be exploring the country of China, considering both its human and physical features. Using this knowledge we will compare Beijing or other Chinese towns and cities to our own town North Walsham.
As Scientists we will be discovering the world of animals – including identification, diet and food chains. We will look particularly closely at Chinese animals and the different habitats in this vast landscape.
As Historians we will find out about the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, and his magnificent Terracotta army, which was discovered in 1974. We will also enjoy traditional tales and find out about Chinese New year in February.
As Artists we learn about colourful and creative dragons. We will also explore watercolour landscapes and Chinese lanterns.
As Musicians we will explore rhythm, relaxation and movement through listening to and creating our own Chinese influenced music.
As Designers we will design a 3D dragon boat (and find out about the ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ in China). We will consider the appearance of the boat as well as the materials we choose in order to make it float and be water proof.
All the children will have daily lessons for Maths, Phonics and English, reinforcing and improving those fundamental skills that run through all our learning. We adopt a practical approach that we will link with our exciting learning theme as well as linking running themes in Maths and English wherever possible.