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Great Fire of London drama journey

This afternoon Year 2 had a very exciting experience. A visitor from Freshwater Theatre Group came to work with us about our History topic of the Great Fire of London. Mary was a real eyewitness! She told us she was there at the time of the fire and took us on a Drama journey through the story of how the fire happened. We learnt it happened in 1666 when all the houses in London were built very close together. We got into two lines to become the houses on the streets of London. We learnt one of the reasons why the fire spread so quickly was because the sparks leapt from one house to the next.

The fire started with one small spark in a bakery on Pudding Lane and was soon spreading all over London. Callum C acted as Samuel Pepys and other children were his maids. They woke him up to tell him all about the fire and he was shocked! Then some other children joined in with the Drama and acted out what might have happened when the fire started. They had some excellent ideas for what the people might have said!

We followed Mary around the streets of London and discovered how devastating the effects of the fire were. We saw all the houses on fire, the streets were full of people trying to escape and even the churches were burning. We tried to escape the fire by getting on a boat – the cheeky man even asked us to pay! The fire burnt for four whole days until the blew the houses up to make fire breaks.

After the fire King Charles (Keelie) and the Lord Mayor (Leo) were asked about their plans to rebuild London. We gave them some good advice:

What a wonderful workshop!

What a wonderful workshop!

Black History month

October is Black History month so Year 2 have been learning more about what it is and why it’s important. We started our lesson by thinking of all the famous, talented black people we know. We thought of loads!

In our History lessons this week we have learnt about Florence Nightingale. Today we focused on another famous nurse who was around at the same time called Mary Seacole. We learnt that she wanted to help injured soldiers in the Crimean War the same as Florence Nightingale but the doctors wouldn’t let her because of the colour of her skin. We were so shocked at this and very pleased that it doesn’t happen anymore. Mary Seacole decided she was going to help anyway and bought her own ticket to get there and help. She ended up helping hundreds of soldiers.

We made our own fact files about Mary Seacole and drew portraits of her to help us to remember how important she was.

Florence Nightingale

Today we started our History topic. We are learning about a famous person from the past – Florence Nightingale. First we talked about how we learn about the past and decided there are lots of different ways. Today we watched a video about Florence Nightingale’s life to find out why she was famous. We learnt lots of facts – look at our mind map.

Next we used the computers to play a game where we helped Florence to clean up the hospital. We also learnt lots of extra facts. The game we used is on the BBC website so have a look at home if you are interested.

Finding out about history

In our History lesson today we started to think about how we find out about History. We know the story of the Great Fire of London because we have been learning about it and had a wonderful workshop. We started to think about how that History has been passed from 1666 to us in 2017. We played a game to learn more about sources of History:

http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game/

It was very useful. We already knew about Samuel Pepys’ diary and how that explained how the fire happened. We also knew that people painted pictures of the fire because they didn’t have cameras to take photographs. However, we didn’t know that much about artefacts and eye witness accounts though so the game was very good at explaining that to us.

We then wrote some sentences explaining what we had learnt.

Great Fire of London performance

This afternoon Year 2 had a very exciting experience. A visitor from Freshwater Theatre Group came to work with us about our History topic of the Great Fire of London. First she told us some facts about the fire and then we played a game. We had to follow instructions to make different shapes relating to the fire. We then got into two lines to become the houses on the streets of London. We learnt they were all very close together and that was one of the reasons why the fire spread so quickly.

The fire started with one small spark in a bakery on Pudding Lane and was soon spreading all over London. Yusif acted as Samuel Pepys and other children were his maids. They woke him up to tell him all about the fire and he was shocked! Then some other children joined in with the Drama and acted out what might have happened when the fire started.

Our favourite part was when we pretended we were the fire and leapt from house to house.

Here are some more facts we learnt:

What a wonderful week!

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We have been extremely busy this week in all our lessons. We have started to focus on our topic ‘Little Masterchef’ more this week. We have started to learn about Florence Nightingale who was a nurse a very long time ago. We have also started to think about all the different ways we can be healthy, including having a healthy mind. We focused on all the things that make us happy and, as you can see from our work, we thought of lots of things that do make us happy. We have also started to do some excellent art work. Early in the week we did portraits of ourselves as chefs with rice hats on and made a frame from pasta. They make our classroom look fantastic! We also learnt how to sketch vegetables and some of us did some very accurate drawings. We then cut the vegetables open and had a closer look and smelt them. Toucans decided they would very much like to try some of these new vegetables so watch this space! All our work is on display in our classroom so please do come and have a look.

Henri Rousseau

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Today we learnt all about Henri Rousseau. Here are some facts:

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So we decided to make our own pictures in his style. We started by using watercolours to paint the background. Some of his paintings are sunny, some have blue skies, some have sunsets and some are stormy so we each chose which we wanted to do. We then added layers to our paintings by using tissue paper. We used this to make the trees, plants, flowers and grasses. Finally next week we will make our animals to hide in our pictures, just like Henri Rousseau. Come and have a look at our work when it is finished.

Great Fire of London

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This afternoon Year 2 had a very exciting experience. Dawn from Freshwater Theatre Group came to work with us about our History topic of the Great Fire of London. First she told us some facts about the fire and then we played a game. We had to follow instructions to make different shapes relating to the fire. We then got into two lines to become the houses on the streets of London. We learnt they were all very close together and that was one of the reasons why the fire spread so quickly.

The fire started with one small spark in a bakery on Pudding Lane and was soon spreading all over London. Sean acted as Samuel Pepys and Sophie was his maid. She woke him up to tell him all about the fire and he was shocked! Then some other children joined in with the Drama and acted out what might have happened when the fire started.

Our favourite part was when some of us acted as the fire and the rest of us tried to put the fire out. It was very hard work! We tried buckets of water but that didn’t work. We tried pumping water through hoses but that didn’t work. We tried using axes to pull the buildings down so the fire couldn’t spread anymore. Then we used gunpowder to blow the houses up and finally it worked and the fire died down.

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