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!
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.
The corridor outside the Science Room and Year Two has been transformed in the last week or two. The Great Fire has been recreated, complete with Tudor houses, flames and origami boats on the River Thames.
We have also worked in groups to write eyewitness accounts of the fire from different viewpoints. Using Mrs W’s magic dust, we were transformed into the King, the Guardian of the Tower, a resident of Pudding Lane and Thomas Farynor the baker. We then took different roles to record our ideas. In each group there was a scribe or writer, an adjective King or Queen, a capital letter checker, a full stop checker and a spelling checker. We found that we had to talk and listen carefully in order to create our work. It was interesting working in a team and we were all really pleased with the writing that we produced.
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!