Category Archives: History

Great Fire of London Workshop

Set in 1666 with the plague and the great fire…..fleas, no toilets, thousands of wooden buildings, rats galore. The children had fun learning about life in 1666.

Toucans were very lucky to be visited by The Freshwater Theatre Company to enjoy an interactive experience all about the Great Fire of London. The children took on roles of the different areas of Pudding Lane, where the fire started, to re-enact what happened through drama. Some were market traders, some worked in the bakery and some were actually the fire (with streamers!). They had great fun and it really brought their topic to life.

Luckily, the children worked well as a team to extinguish the fire so all ended well. The children recapped about their experience afterwards

Extension: Click here to visit the Great Fire of London BBC Website

Mary Seacole

Today we had a special lesson about respecting others and celebrating diversity. To begin the lesson Mr Lo told us how he was so happy we showed respect to others and celebrated that we were all unique. 

We then learnt about Mary Seacole.  we have listened to her story of how she, like Florence Nightingale, travelled so far to the Crimea to help many soldiers. Mary Seacole, unlike Florence, had to use her own money and was not allowed to open a hospital. She was both clever and smart as she opened the hospital by calling it a hotel. Her hospital was set up very close to where the fighting was.

 

All us felt it was wrong for Mary to be treated unfairly and that she was so heroic in using her own money to go and help them. We also decided it was unfair to be judged by the colour of your skin and are very glad at how wonderful our class is as we have all unique children. 

Look at us working on our activity to learn more about Mary Seacole’s life .

 

Florence Nightingale Timeline

Today we made a classroom timeline about Florence Nightingale. We discussed

1820 – Florence Nightingale was born to a wealthy family and she had a very good education. We also discussed how she was born in Florence, Italy!

1851 – Florence Nightingale went to train to be a nurse at a German hospital.

1854 – Florence and her nurses travel to the Crimean War in Turkey. They were shocked by the dirty and crowded hospital. At first the doctors did not want Florence to help. As more and more patients arrived Florence and her nurses were allowed to help. The nurses cared for patients as well as clean the hospital.

1856 – When Florence came home, she continued to work to make hospitals better for patients.

1859 – Florence opened the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in London.

1883 – Florence was awarded the Royal Red Cross.

1910 – Florence Nightingale passed away.

 

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Florence Nightingale

This half term we have been studying Florence Nightingale.

We have been learning all about her early life and her career. Today, we have been looking at photos of Florence and comparing her to modern day nurses. We noticed that nurses have changed drastically over the years, and we think Florence Nightingale would love to work in a newer hospital.

We were able to draw portraits of Florence so that we could really look at how nurses would dress during the Crimean War.

Whilst we were drawing, we also asked each other retrieval questions to check our partner could remember facts about Florence Nightingale.

Great Fire of London Game

Year 2 had a look at this blog today. It is a great way to look at the topic and remember the key facts of the topic!

If the game below does not load up correctly. Click here to open it in a new window.

Great Fire of London Workshop

Set in 1666 with the plague and the great fire…..fleas, no toilets, thousands of wooden buildings, rats galore. The children had fun learning about life in 1666.

We learnt that the fire started in Pudding Lane in a bakery. It was a narrow lane with houses very close together.

We could hear horses and church bells in Pudding Lane. The children brought Pudding Lane to life with its warehouse filled with flammable things, washers, fish sellers (very smelly), fruit sellers, children playing hopscotch and skipping as well as the bakery (with the oven).

Then on the fateful day of September 2nd 1666….

Just after midnight a spark leapt out of the oven, maybe because the oven door was not shut properly, and because the bakery was made of wood….it caught alight. So did the surrounding houses. It spread through London as the wind also blew it.

The fire lasted 4 days.

Some people managed to escape the fires by getting to the river Thames and getting on a boat.

Samuel Peyps was an eyewitness. He saw the fire and wrote about it. He would write his diary, but he would write in code.

His diary said his servants told him about the fire, when he saw it from their window, he thought it was a long way away, so he went back to bed!

When he realized hundreds of houses had burnt down, he was worried his would also burn. So he went to see the king. King Charles II. He told him to pull down some buildings to make a fire break. When Samuel told the Lord Mayor to pull down some houses, he said “No” because he didn’t think it was that serious. What a mistake that was.

The people had to fill leather buckets and pass them along to put the fires out.  That was very hard, they used hoses too. They even tried to pull houses down themselves. Eventually the king ordered the use of gunpowder to bring buildings down and stop the fire. Eventually it stopped.

 

100 thousand people lost their homes in the great fire.

Christopher Wren was asked to design and re-build lots of new buildings around London.

Now houses are made of bricks, roads are wider and we have fire fighters in case of fires.

 

Black History Month

As part of our History lessons, we have been learning all about Mary Seacole. We have listened to her story of how she, like Florence Nightingale, travelled so far to the Crimea to help many soldiers. Mary Seacole, unlike Florence, had to use her own money and was not allowed to open a hospital. She was both clever and smart as she opened the hospital by calling it a hotel. Her hospital was set up very close to where the fighting was. 
 
Freya – She was so brave because she was so close the war. She was amazing because she was not allowed to be a nurse and she did listen to others because she wanted to help soldiers.
 
Joshua – She was brave because she went close to the war. She opened a hotel / a hospital using her money. She was born Kingstone, Jamaica a long time ago. She used herbs for medicine.
 
Jonah – She helped lots of soldiers that were injured in the Crimean War in a hotel; that was a hospital. She was clever and smart because she was not allowed a hospital so she opened a hotel. She went back to England. She was poor and had poor mental health. She wrote her own book about her life. 
 
All Toucans found her life story interesting and all agreed how brave she was. They also decided it was unfair to be judged by the colour of your skin and that she should have been treated the same as Florance and allowed to be a nurse and to travel to the Crimea.
 

Florence Nightingale

In History Year 2 have been learning about Florence Nightingale. We have been learning all about her early life and her career. Today, we have been looking at photos of Florence and comparing her to modern day nurses. We noticed that nurses have changed drastically over the years and we think Florence Nightingale would love to work in a newer hospital.

We were able to draw portraits of Florence so that we could really look at how nurses would dress during the Crimean War.

Great Fire of London Workshop

On Thursday Year Two had a visit from a lady called Nicky who works for The Freshwater Theatre Company. Nicky introduced the children to our new History Topic – The Great Fire of London. Nicky taught Toucans a rhyme to start with: In 1666 London burned like little sticks, In 1666 London burned like little sticks! Year Two learnt actions to go with the rhyme to help them to remember.

Nicky then changed into character dressing as a maid at the time of the fire, she encouraged the children to use their imaginations throughout the workshop. Toucans learnt about where and when the fire started, how the fire spread and how the fire was eventually stopped! The children had lots of acting opportunities. Khayri was pretending to be Samuel Pepys and Evie and Shenyar were chamber maids! Both children and adults learnt lots of interesting facts and we’re looking forward to starting our Topic next week!

The Great Fire of London Workshop

Toucans were very lucky to be visited by The Freshwater Theatre Company to enjoy an interactive experience all about the Great Fire of London. The children took on roles of the different areas of Pudding Lane, where the fire started, to re-inact what happened through drama. Some were market traders, some worked in the bakery and some were actually the fire (with streamers!). They had great fun and it really brought their topic to life.

Karly became Samuel Pepys, Declan was the Mayor and James became King Charles II for the afternoon! The children had to keep explaining to our special visitor about modern day living as she had travelled to us, from 1666. She didn’t know what electricity was or even hand sanitiser!

Luckily, the children worked well as a team to extinguish the fire so all ended well. The children wrote about their experience afterwards – please have a look at the writing by Shriya, Reva and Elias…….along with all our photos of the afternoon too!

Mrs Parry
Year 2 Class Teacher

Video: Alex safely re-enacted where the Great Fire of London took place

With the permission and help of his parents, Alex safely re-enacted where the Great Fire of London took place – at Farriner’s Bakery on Pudding Lane, in London. As you might see, it only took two and a half minutes to completely burn away. Fire spreads very quickly. Think back to when you made your fire safety posters – can you remember any rules and advice?

Do not try this at home unless an adult has agreed to help you with it all!

Tudor Houses

Toucans have been set the challenge of making Tudor Houses today, after learning how properties used to be built during the period of the Great Fire of London. The houses had second storeys that were wider than the lower floor which meant they were close together. They were built with timber and some had straw roofs. This all contributed to how quickly the fire spread. Shriya has made a brilliant model – well done!

Alex R’s model below.

Isla’s Tudor House model below.

Ryan’s Tudor House model below.

Alex S’s Tudor House model below.

Fabulous Florence!

Toucans have been really interested in our History study about Florence Nightingale. The children have placed events of Florence’s life in order on a timeline. Do you know what year she was born in? What year did she die?

The children have spent a lot of time finding out how hospitals were in Victorian times compared to now and also discovered what improvements she introduced. Toucans noticed how Florence looked very different to nurses we see nowadays and made some interesting comparisons. This knowledge enabled the class to write a letter to the Victorian government in role, as Florence. They were able to explain the living conditions and convey what equipment was needed.

Black History Month – Florence Nightingale

Toucans have learnt about a very famous person called Florence Nightingale. She was born 200 years ago and was a nurse. She realised lots of germs were in hospitals and began to start cleaning them. She helped lots of injured soldiers in the Crimean War. When she returned she realised she had become very famous and opened a hospital called St Thomas’. She received lots of awards for her work. Toucans learnt some new vocabulary and found out the meaning. We have heard a lot about germs and infection recently. The children made links and realised why the new hospitals recently built have been named Nightingale – They have all been named after her! What facts can you remember about Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale

In our History lessons we have learnt all about Florence Nightingale. Today we did a quiz to finish the topic and found that we really have learnt a lot!

Today we learnt about Black History Month. We learnt that October celebrates all black people in History who have done wonderful things. We started learning about Mary Seacole by listening to the story of her life and drawing portraits.

This is what we have learnt so far:

George – She wanted to go to the Crimean War with Florence Nightingale.
Maya – She stood up for herself when people said she couldn’t help.
William – When they didn’t let her on the boat she bought her own ticket to travel to the Crimea and help.
Eason – Mary Seacole helped in the Crimean War.
Daisy B – She built her own hospital and called it the British Hotel.
Liam – She wanted to help so much that she just wouldn’t give up.
Her father was Scottish and her mother was Jamaican.