Class Bray - Reception & Year 1
Class Bray had a great wow day. They got a hands on experience of what it would be like to go to school as a Victorian child.
The children all paid a penny to enter the school hall which was set out in forward facing rows with girls seated on one side and boys on the other.
We loaned a 'Victorian school box' from The North Devon Maritime Museum which helped bring the learning to life.
They got dressed into their Victorian costumes and went back outside to line up in height order.
We went into the hall and they stood behind their tables until directed to sit down. There was a lot of laughter when they were all given a popular Victorian name for the day.
The children were then talked through the strict Victorian school rules and learnt about the cane and dunces hat punishments. They were definitely glad we don’t have those today!!
We then all stood to sing the National anthem facing a picture of Queen Victoria.
Mrs Day then inspected they children’s hands, nails, clothing and shoes to make sure they were clean and tidy!
Children then started taking part in separate ‘girls’ (making peg dolls), and ‘boys’ activities (making boats). We then of course let the children all have a go at all the activities!
We made 3 big Victoria sponge cakes which we thoroughly enjoyed eating at snack time. We all thought it was delicious!
The children then had the opportunity to explore a box of Victorian toys, books and games.
In the afternoon the children experienced a Victorian drill and played traditional playground games with Mr Day.
A fun filled day was had by all!
The children all really enjoyed our Australia WOW day. We spent the morning learning about Australia Day, traditions and aboriginal art. We had a go at creating our own aboriginal dot paintings and made fairy bread (a party food). We used a world map to pin point where Australia is.
In the afternoon, we took part in a ‘Bush Tucker Trial’, where some brave children nominated themselves to be blindfolded and try some Australian food. All children had the opportunity to try it once they knew what the food was. We then finished the afternoon by watching a clip from Deadly 60 about some of the more dangerous creatures that are found in Australia.
Class Bray had a wonderful WOW day as an introduction to our Great Fire of London topic.
We learnt about how The Great Fire of London started on 2nd September 1666 in Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane. We know this because Samuel Pepys kept a diary.
We made our own modern day bread rolls that we cooked in our school oven, and damper bread that we cooked on a campfire later in the day.
We learnt that the fire spread quickly as the houses were made from wood and were built really close together. We made our own replica Tudor houses for a display.
In the afternoon, we learnt about how to stay safe around our Wild Tribe campfire by staying the correct side of the safety circle. We toasted marshmallows on the fire to make s’mores, kneeling with one knee up in the safety position. A wonderful day was had by all.