This week during History the children have been exploring the significant historical event of children working in the coal mine. The children experienced what a day in the life of a child working in the coal mine would be like, learning key facts such as their daily routine and their jobs- trappers and coal collectors. The children watched a documentary of children working down the mines and began to relate how the children might have felt. The children then role played certain jobs, which they really enjoyed. Then the children took it in turns to hot seat a child in the mine, whilst other children asked key questions relating to their previous learning. The children were all excited and engaged in the topic. Well done Year 1!
The National Coal Mining Museum- 1SP
Over the last few weeks the children have begun learning about coal mines and the people who worked down them. To kick off our learning we visited the National Coal Mining Museum. The children spent the day learning lots about coal mining and how it has developed throughout history. The children got chance to go underground to visit a real coal mine and they learnt about the different job roles that people would have carried out down there. They had to remember to keep their hard hats and their torches on to keep themselves safe. It was very dark! The children were shocked to find out that children as young as 5 would have been made to work in the mines for 10 hours a day back in Victorian times.
The children also got to visit the pit ponies and the miners shower/ locker room. It was interesting to see what the contents on a miners locker would look like depending on the job they had. Some of them were very dirty! We also got to see the the medical room and we learnt that this was a very important room due to the amount of accidents and deaths that would occur when working down the mines.
The children also got to visit the control room and the steam engine room. In here, they learnt about how the miners communicated with people working above the ground. The steam engine room showed the children how they steam engine quickly transported coal from the mine to the surface.
We had such a super day and we couldn't wait to write about it when we got back to school!
Creating our own fossils...
Following on from their archaeological dig, the children extended their learning of how fossils are formed and how they are extracted from the ground. The children then went on the create their own replica fossils using plasticine and toy dinosaurs. Their final creations looked very realistic, well done!
Digging for fossils!
This week the children have become archaeologists and they have been digging for fossils and interesting artefacts. The children learnt how fossils are formed overtime and they learnt what sorts of dinosaur fossils have been found around the world. The children also found lots of fun facts about fossils- like that without fossils we would have never had discovered that dinosaurs were alive. Great digging year 1!
A Long Long Time Ago...
This week the children started to learn about when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. They plotted events on a human timeline on the playground to help them establish the context of how long ago different things happened in time. The children were amazed when they found out that the first dinosaurs lived around 3.45 billion year ago!
This week in History the children started to learn about when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. They plotted events on a human timeline on the school field. The children were amazed by how long ago and how far they had to stand when they found out that the first dinosaurs lived around 3.45 billion year ago! Super!