Today we showed the children a walk through game which is available online, courtesy of the Geffrye Museum in London. It takes them through a Victorian house in 1870 and allows them to find out a little more about living in Victorian times. Lots of the children loved it and were keen to have a go. I promised them I would blog the link, so here it is!
If you’re heading to London during the half term break, there are a couple of places that are worth visiting in relation to our Victorian topic and also relating to the Great Fire of London.
The Great Fire Monument is free to look at and, for a small fee, you can climb the steps to the top and admire the view. Be warned though – it’s a long way to the top, although you do get a certificate if you manage it! You can find information by clicking here.
The Museum of London has a special exhibition running at the moment until April 2017, commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. I’m told that it’s well worth a visit. Click here for more information. There is a small charge for entry to the exhibition but the museum itself is free to visit.
After half term we will be exploring the life and work of Florence Nightingale. There is a wonderful museum dedicated to her life which is a treasure trove and contains many original artefacts and lots of her own belongings. It is located in St Thomas’ Hospital, close to Westminister Bridge. You can find out more by clicking here. If you’re travelling by train you can download a voucher here for 2 for 1 entry to the museum too!
These are not compulsory visits or activities but we just wanted to share some ideas with you!
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!
Year Two have been busy learning all about two Victorian nursing pioneers who had the same goal, to revolutionise nursing. However, Florence Nightingale, without doubt the most famous of the pair, and Mary Seacole had very different experiences, although both overcame prejudice against gender and race in order to achieve.
Although Mary Seacole’s story was well known at the time of her death in 1881, her story was overshadowed by that of Florence Nightingale and was quickly forgotten before being resurrected in the late 20th century.
Find out more about Mary Seacole’s story here.
Follow this link for more information about Florence Nightingale.
The Florence Nightingale Museum is located in London and is well worth a visit if you happen to be in London at any time during October half term or indeed any other time! It is close to Waterloo station and is situated in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital; there is a small entry charge. The museum is only small but is a great introduction to the story of Florence Nightingale which we will be learning about after the break.
Another landmark relevant to our Y2 topics is the Great Fire of London Monument which is situated at Pudding Lane, next to Monument tube station. If you are feeling energetic, or wish to tire the children out, why not climb the 311 steps to the top to enjoy an amazing view of London? Click here for information.
Have a wonderful half term break and don’t forget to practise on those violins and ‘cellos!