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.
We have been learning even more facts about Florence Nightingale! We focused today on making timelines of the events of her life. We worked in groups to start with and then made our own. We also looked at some pictures of what Scutari hospital looked like before Florence was there and after she was there. We were shocked at the difference she made!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Today we learnt all about Henri Rousseau. Here are some facts:
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.
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.
As part of our History lessons we have been learning all about Mary Seacole. We have listened to her story, painted some pictures and written some facts we have learnt. It has linked nicely with our value word of tolerance.
We thought as a class that our lives now are much nicer. We know it is important to learn tolerance and try and get on with people even if they are different to ourselves.
Today Key Stage One visited Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. We had a very busy but wonderful day.
Toucans started the day by having a Pattern and Print workshop. Anna, the teacher at the Museum, took us to a special room in the gallery where we looked for different patterns. There were lots of interesting items with patterns on such as plates and teapots but there were also patterns all around us on the building itself. We found the patterns and drew them, taking care to add lots of detail. Next, we went into the Art room where we turned one of our patterns into a printing tile. We drew our design onto a polystyrene tile. It was quite difficult because we had to do it deep enough so it would print, but not too deep or it would break. After that, we put printing ink on our tile and used an old-fashioned printing press to print our designs. They looked fantastic! As printing ink takes a long time to dry we left our work at the Museum. Anna will post them to us in about a week and we will display them proudly in our classroom.
In the afternoon we explored the Art galleries for ourselves. We went and looked at some paintings from over 300 years ago! We thought the people wore quite funny clothes and had unusual hairstyles. We practised our own drawing skills by trying to re-create one of the portraits we liked the best. We tried hard to add enough detail. Then we went to look at the Little Hoot display. These were owls that were designed by schools to go with the Big Hoot owl project. We thought they were absolutely fantastic! Before we left we went to look at the Staffordshire Hoard. We couldn’t believe all this wonderful treasure was just lying under the ground for such a long time. It was amazing!
At the end of the day we set off back to school. Maddison said ‘It was a wonderful day’ and Llukan enjoyed it so much he said ‘I want to go there again’. Toucans behaved impeccably, which is very hard to do in such a quiet place. Well done Toucans – your teachers are very proud.