Monday, 27 November 2017

What do you mean Lego is an old toy?!

In today's blog post, we worked on this together as a class. Some of the pictures were taken by Lois and Ottie. We gave suggestions as what the captions of pictures needed to be and recounted events that happened in the pictures.

Finding out about old toys from a primary source. That's you find out something from the person who knows about it. 

We recapped some of the questions we asked and what answers we got.
We asked what is the game? How do you play?
"The game is you have the match the dog. if they don't match you have to find a different way to match them. And you have to make it into a square." - Kye

"The game was very tricky and you have to think about it."

What is this game?
"So like you get all of them to match, you're the winners. It's kind of the same as the dog one." - Keenan
What is it made of?
"Cardboard" - Albert.

What is it?
"It is a toy car. made of grass and wood."

These are some of the questions we asked Keenan's mum about the toys she brought in.
Erin asked "How do you play with it?" 
"You race them with other cars." 

Lois asked "Does it make a noise?"
"You have to make car noises for it."

 Noah asked "How fast did it go?"
"That depends on the hill, steep hills it went fast, sloping hills it went slower."
Kye asked "When did you start playing with it?"
"Dad built it when I was about 3 years old, and when I was 5/6 I could go on it on my own."
Nathaniel asked "What was it made of?"
"Metal with rubber wheels and rope to make it steer."
Hooriya asked "Is it interesting?"
"I thought so. It was good fun."

Jennie remembered "This game is called sticks. You have to drop the sticks then try to pick them up."
Lois added "When you pick up the black stick, you can use it to flick others."
Kye reminded us "but you mustn't move the other sticks, otherwise you miss a turn."

 Then we had a look at toys Hugh's parents used to play with. "Hugh's dad loved playing with lego when he was our age" says Noah.
Hooriya says "There were all kinds of instructions."

Molly thought "but we still play with lego now, it's not an old toy."

 Then we played with a game called boggle, 
 Aaron asked "When did you start playing boggle?"
When I was 8 I got the game boggle for Christmas, then I got it again the following 2 Christmas'.
Lois asked "What is it made of?"
"How does it work?" Asked Jennie.
"You shake the die in the box so they jumble up *rattle rattle rattle* then try to make words with the letters, but the must be touching each other.
Then we had a go at making some of our own words. We found:
rot, go, got, quit, lit. 
Can you find any more?

Erin brought in a super game called Caveman. The children were shocked to find out it only had 1 game on it, and you couldn't download anymore to stick on it. They were confused why the pictures were so blocky and the screen was too tiny and when Miss Morris took of the back, Jennie almost fainted at the size of the batteries in it.

It was a very interesting afternoon. We learnt a lot about old toys and how some are still popular today. We also thought that our toys are way more fun than the grown ups toys because they're bright, make noises and use electricity.

Well done to everyone who had a chat about toys with adults at home, a lot of us seemed rather knowledgeable about Carebears, My Little Pony, Weebles and "that phone with the floppy eyes that you pull along on a string and it goes ding ding ding".

Year 1 would like to say a big thank you to the adults who brought in toys and came in to have a chat about their toys. We enjoyed learning about toys from a primary source.

In science we are learning about the seasons and the weather. So there's only one way to find out, to go outside and experience it. So we went on an autumn hunt, in search of signs of autumn, we found leaves of all kinds of colours, some trees had already lost a lot of their trees as next month it will become...... yes Winter (not Christmas as that is a holiday in winter). 

 In maths we have been using doubling machines to make numbers bigger, twice as big actually. How a doubling machine works is
  1. You count out the number you want to double - Kaysie,
  2. Put the doubling machine next to it - Nathan,
  3. Count the total of counters on the table and in the doubling machine - Adam A.
We worked in pairs so that we could really talk about our thinking during our doubling investigation.

Miss Morris likes to put the ipad on the board so we can see what other people in the room are getting up to, then we can explain what we've found out.


Nathan & Alyssa