Monthly Archives: October 2014

Natural Art and Natural Artists

This week Year Two have had a fabulous time exploring the woodland garden. Using the artist Andy Goldsworthy as our inspiration we made pictures and patterns out of natural materials.

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A Victorian Gallery…

We had two brilliant days before the half term break. For two days we dressed up as if we were in Victorian times. One day was spent at school and included a Victorian-style lunch (in silence but we were allowed more than simply bread and water!). The other day was spent at Wisbech Castle when we were apprentice boot boys and scullery maids. Our tasks included laying a table for a ‘light’ four course lunch, folding a napkin into a crown, making and decorating a pie crust, identifying genuine Victorian objects and doing the washing with a posser, washboard and mangle. We also got to play with Victorian games and toys at lunchtime – something that servants would not normally be able to do. We hope you enjoy the photographs!

A Victorian Adventure – or Two!

Both Year 2 classes and the Year 2 staff arrived at school dressed in Victorian-style clothing this morning. 2H headed off to Wisbech Castle to experience life as trainee servants in a Victorian home whilst 2W had a taste of what it would be like to be a schoolchild in Victorian times. We don’t want to reveal too much more at this stage as the children have all promised to keep the details of their day secret form the other class until after Thursday when 2H will have a Victorian school day and 2W will go to Wisbech Castle. Watch this space for photos and more information on Thursday!

Terrific Timelines

Yesterday we had great fun with timelines in Year 2. To kick-start our Victorian topic, we had a look at a timeline representing Queen Victoria’s 63 years, 7 months and 2 days on the throne. In our groups (the Wonderful Ones, the Terrific Twos, the Thrilling Threes, the Fabulous Fours and the Fantastic Fives – because we are all amazing!), we worked as teams to sort the cards into date order. It was quite challenging and we thought the change from the 19th century to the 20th centre was particularly confusing! We had to listen to each other as well as discuss our thoughts and ideas. We enjoyed reading about the events and were horrified by some of the facts! Especially concerning was the thought that a factory act passed in 1847 meant that it became illegal for children to work for more than 63 hours per week in a factory! We worked out that before 1847 children could have worked for more than double the time we spend in school each week! Not only that but they would have had chores to do at home before and after work. We were also unimpressed at the thought that lunch would probably have consisted of no more than dry bread and some water.
We learned that school became available for children aged 5 to 12 in 1870 but that free schooling for all children was not available until 1880. We all decided that we were very lucky to be able to go to school 7 hours or so per day with breaks and a hot lunch…
We’ll keep you updated with more facts as we learn more about the Victorians and Queen Victoria.
Don’t forget to come dressed in Victorian-style clothing on Tuesday and Thursday next week, Year Two!

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