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Spring Term 2 - Magnificent Monarchs

What makes a monarch magnificent? 

This project teaches children about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, they build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns.


Giving a gift to at least one person during Purim is called Mishloach Manot. It is a mitzvah (rule) of Judaism. Jews give inexpensive gifts including two foods, such as hamantaschen, sweets, fruit, nuts or bread to make sure that everyone has enough food for the Purim celebrations. Today we iced biscuits and gave them to a friend we thought about how it felt to give a gift to someone else.


British Science Week

The theme this year for British Science Week is ‘Growth’. In Year 1 we made our own seed bombs. We talk about how plants spread their seeds and what they need to grow.


In RE we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Purim. The Purim story features a villain called Haman, and everyone in the synagogue boos, hisses, stamps their feet and uses noisemakers (called graggers) and cymbals whenever the name of Haman is mentioned during the service. We have made our own graggers using craft materials.



This afternoon, the children learned lots of knowledge about Elizabeth I and considered how if she was a magnificent monarch. They watched a factual videos about her and discovered that she was a very strong, educated and brave sovereign. Then as a group we looked at some of her actions and how these impacted her reign. 



Today we used our knowledge of Hampton Court Palace to build a model using recycled materials. We practiced composing sentences orally and next week we will write an information leaflet about this royal residency.



Today the children created a timeline to introduce the concept of historical periods and to understand that a timeline is a display of events, people and objects in a chronological order, using this knowledge the children displayed six significant sovereigns in the correct historical period. The children also learnt that a historical period period is the duration of a monarch's reign and that some of the historical periods include Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Plantagenet, House of Lancaster, House of York, Tudor, Stuart, Restoration, Hanoverian, House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and House of Windsor.

 World Book Day 


For World Book Day the children in Year 1 had the opportunity to star in their very own production based on the book Where the Wild Things Are. The children had an amazing professional to work with from the West End who showed them all the different skills needed to become each part. 

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