This week sees a change of Humanities topic in Year 2. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London but are just as excited to learn about the Victorians. Thursday and Friday will be particularly exciting as everyone in Year 2, including the teachers, will be dressing in Victorian style clothing and visiting Wisbech Castle as well as having a Victorian style school day!
We are going to be finding out all about the reign of Queen Victoria, who was, until recently, the world’s longest reigning monarch. We will also find out about two amazing women who changed nursing for ever – Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
If you are planning a visit to London over half term, the Florence Nightingale Museum is located at St Thomas’ Hospital and is well worth a visit. Click here for more information! If you’re travelling by train, you might want to visit the Days Out Guide website beforehand as you can download a voucher which will entitle you to 2 for 1 entry to the museum with your train tickets! More about that here!
We were extremely lucky to welcome two visitors to Year 2 on Friday afternoon. Tarannum’s Dad and Grandma came to tell us all about the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. We learned lots of things and all of the adults were most impressed at how well we had listened as we answered lots of difficult questions in the quiz at the end of the presentation. We all received medals and sweets and then enjoyed colouring in some pictures related to the story. Click here for more information about Durga Puja.
Mrs W, Mrs H, Mrs L and Mrs B were delighted to welcome the new Year 2 pupils to school on Monday morning and we’ve all been enjoying getting to know each other. Nothing had prepared us, however, for the phone call that came in the middle of this morning’s Humanities lesson! We were busy learning about the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys when Mrs L and Mrs B rushed in to say that the LJS gardener was on the phone. Mrs W took the call and excitedly agreed that we would go out to the woodland garden to investigate! The box was apparently near the bird table and we all eagerly headed out to see if we could find it.
Imagine our amazement when we found the box, complete with a label that stated it was the property of Samuel Pepys and had been buried on 4th September 1666! Having discussed the sorts of things that Samuel Pepys buried in his garden to protect them from the fire, we decided that it would be OK to open it and take a look inside… There was no sign of his famous diary but we worked out that as it had been published many years before, someone else must have found that already. Some of his other treasures were in the box though, namely a bottle of wine and some cheese! Even better news was that somebody had replaced what would surely be very mouldy 350 year old cheese with in-date child-friendly cheese snacks! Some of us ate some of the cheese to check it was safe to eat…
We are loving learning about the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys. James was excited to tell 2W that he had visited the monument to the fire which on the corner of Fish Street Hill stands 61 metres from where the fire started. It is close to Monument tube station in London. If you’re in London, why not take a look? A word of warning though – although the monument is very tall at 202 feet, it is not easy to see until your are next to it and look up as it is surrounded by tall buildings! Click here for more information on the Monument.
It’s been a while since our last blog so here are a few photos and a little bit of information about what we’ve been up to!
Well… We’ve had another visit from the RNLI, this time from Mike Major who brought dressing up clothes as well as talking to us about Grace Darling.
We’ve finished our lifeboat and lighthouse models – they look fabulous!
We have raised money for the RNLI by wearing our wellies and doing a treasure hunt. Mrs W was thrilled that the Infants raised £420!
We have made our own string printing cards and printed seaside-themed pictures.
We’ve been pretty busy haven’t we?! Just over a week to the summer holidays and we’re as busy as ever, not to mention pretty hot with the lovely weather.
We have been thoroughly inspired by Grace Darling and the work of the modern RNLI and have been busy making clay models to reflect our topic. Ogre the past few weeks we have carefully modelled our clay and now in the middle of the important painting process. It is taking us a while to finish them but that is because we are taking great care to ensure that they are finely detailed and carefully finished. Here is a sneak preview…
This afternoon we were very excited to welcome another visitor from the RNLI to talk to us about Grace Darling and the amazing work of the lifeboatmen and women. Mrs H and Mrs W were very impressed by all the information that we had remembered when we were aneri Mike’s questions. We also learned lots of new information. Did you know that the RNLI needs £150 million each year in order that they may carry out their work? We have a fundraiser next week so hope to help them out a little.
A particular highlight of the visit was when we re-enacted the Grace Darling story using a few costumes, a piece of rope, a couple of chairs and a pair of oars.
Huge thanks to Mike for coming to talk to us – we really enjoyed it!