Tea, Loch Ness Monster, Rugby & Dancing: UK Day in Y1

The Year 1 children had a great time learning about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. We celebrated UK Day by having a session enjoying some of the traditions from each of the four countries.

We looked at the regional food that is eaten throughout the four nations. The focus for England was on afternoon tea. Our research showed how this was first introduced as a snack between lunch and dinner.

The children took it in turns to smell three different blends of tea leaves. Most of us found the scent a little overpowering.

It was then time to stage our own Year 1 afternoon tea party. Sandwiches, scones and strawberries were all served.

Year 1 then moved their research north of the border up to Scotland. We were introduced to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. The children were asked to consider if they thought this was a real or fictional character.

We created our own Loch Ness Monster designs using salt dough. The children were keen to make their own monsters appear very friendly.

We also looked at some of the traditional food eaten in Scotland. This included lobster, salmon and oat cake. We learnt about some of the famous landmarks including Ben Nevis, the River Tay and Edinburgh Castle.

Our Welsh learning looked at the success of the National rugby team. The children all designed a kit that the Welsh players could wear.

We then headed outside for a brief rugby training session. The children were asked to pass the rugby ball within a small group. An opposition player was placed in the centre of the circle. Their task was to try and intercept the ball.

Irish dancing was the main theme for our celebration of Northern Ireland. The children also painted some shamrocks and traditional Gaelic patterns. We have learnt about the importance of the Shamrock in Irish culture.

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