Today the children in year 2 had a fantastic time visiting the sights of the Great Fire of Gateshead and Newcastle. Thanks to ‘That History Bloke’ for sharing his knowledge with us and making us more aware of the events from Friday October 6th 1854.
Year 2 had a brilliant time with Richard ‘That History Bloke’ today!
We learned so much and got to touch and use items from the Victorian Times! (Ask the children to explain what a ‘Gazunda’ is 😂🙈) We learned the names of the important landmarks and places we are visiting tomorrow, we guessed the jobs that people did in the past by investigating their possessions. We even made up a play. We learned lots AND we had fun! Richard was very pleased to hear this!
The children were totally engrossed with the whole session and it was a brilliant day!
The children ended the day chanting “History is fun, history is fun!” and Richard said it was the best Christmas present to hear that.
It made us even more excited for our visit to the Quayside tomorrow, to visit all the places we learned about today and to find out even more.
We can’t think of a better way to round off our learning about ‘Fire; Friend or Foe?’
Max was reading the Minecraft annual today during D.E.A.R time and spotted something that he had to share with us all…
He found out that the makers of Minecraft, worked hard to build a replica of London at the time of the Great Fire on their game.
You have definitely learned lots through our big question!
Year 2 were very busy this afternoon, preparing table decorations to sell at the school Christmas Fayre.
Thank you so much to Wendy and Ellen from Thanks a bunch in Hebburn, for their generosity and time. We all had a brilliant time, learned lots and were very proud of our creations!
I wonder if anyone at home can comment to tell us what an ‘oasis’ is, when you’re crafting with flowers?
They will be on sale at the fayre in Friday for £5 each. Be quick, I can imagine that they’ll sell out quickly!
At the end of the day, Year 2 have been enjoying lying in front of the crackling fire while listening to a story. We want to keep it on all the time!
As part of our big question of ‘Fire; Friend or Foe?’ We have been investigating the best materials to use for fire fighters outfits.
We learned about Charles Macintosh who used wax to prevent water from getting into the fabric. We decided to see if this was true by creating a wax relief painting. We used crayons, which are made from wax, to draw fire shapes and washed it with orange paint.
We were amazed to see that the wax was water resistant. As the paint just wouldn’t stay on that waxy parts. The non waxed parts absorbed the wet paint.
We found that the thicker and harder we pressed with the crayon, the more water resistant it was.
There were some delicious smells coming from our kitchen workroom this week. Year two have been making and designing their own bread buns as part of our D.T within our big question of ‘Fire; Friend or Foe?’
There were some delicious concoctions such as honey and chocolate, there was also some interesting ones such as garlic and chocolate…
We decided that today fire was our friend as it helped us to cook our bread!
Here is the recipe if you’d like to try yourself…we would love to hear how it went.
On Thursday 12th December we will be going to the Quayside in Newcastle/Gateshead for our visit to the scene of the Great Fire of Gateshead. We have been allowed to eat our packed lunches in Bessie Surtees House. This is a Grade 1 listed building and they have kindly requested that the drinks the children bring with them are clear, so they don’t stain the interior furnishings.
Therefore could we ask for your child to only bring water for this visit.