THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON!
This half term the children have worked incredibly hard, and have done lots of fantastic learning all about The Great Fire of London. We have learnt how the fire started, why it spread so quickly and thought about what it would have felt like to be alive at that time.
In the last week of term, we were very fortunate to have a visit from our local Fire Brigade. We were able to ask them questions about what it is like to be a firefighter and what parts of their jobs were the most dangerous. After that, we were able to go outside to recreate Pudding Lane and The Great Fire of London. The children were able to burn their houses under the supervision of the firefighters, which was lots of fun!
Around the world in 30 days
After a brilliant Christmas break, we came back and got stuck into our new topic learning all about our world and the difference places within it. To kick start our new topic we visited Chester Zoo, along with the rest of school. What a fantastic day we had seeing lots of different animals, lots that we had never heard of or seen before! One of our highlights was seeing the painted dogs, as they came really close to the glass and settled down just in front of us. Mrs Cadman's favourite was seeing the jaguars in their enclosure. Luckily we were able to see them fast asleep underneath a tree, it made Mrs Cadman's day!
We continued our topic by learning all about another country that is very different to ours. We researched Kenya, and found that it has a beautiful countryside, many beautiful animals and a very interesting culture. We looked at different pieces of African art and used it as inspiration to create our own African sunsets including Maasai tribemens. It was interesting to compare our daily life in Oldham, with daily life in Kenya, and see just how different they are.
Under the sea
Our second topic this term was Under the Sea. As part of this topic we continued to learn about different animal habitats, focussing particularly on the different animals that live under water. In our science lessons, we thought carefully about how animals that live in the sea are well suited to their habitat. We discovered that there are lots of weird and wonderful creatures in the deep sea!
World War 2
As a class we absolutely loved learning about this important part of world history. We learnt about what life would have been like as a child as home during the war - what jobs we may have had to do, what daily life was like and even what life was like as an evacuee. We really enjoyed dressing up as evacuees and visiting Stockport Air Raid Shelters. While we were there we had the opportunity to take part in different jobs done in the home, such as making rugs and blankets, washing clothes using a mangle and creating camouflage netting. Many children particularly enjoyed tasting some ration food, the sugar sandwich was definitely a hit! Here are some of our highlights:
Potions, mixtures and inventors
We have had a fantastic start to the new school year! The last few weeks have been very exciting in the year 2 classroom. We've had lots of special visitors, such as the BFG and Willie Wonka even sent some of his Oompah Loompas to deliver some special sweets to school. We have been inventors for the last few weeks and created lots of new inventions. We designed our own chocolate bars for Willie Wonka to make, and we had a go at designing a special dream for one our friends. It was lots of fun! We have also learnt about 2 very famous and important inventors, The Wright brothers, who invented the very first aeroplane. It was fascinating to see how much aeroplanes have changed compared to ones we have now.