Understanding of the World

Year 2: D & T GFoL

Year 2: D & T GFoL

Design and Technology – Year 2

The Great Fire of London – Part 1

In Year 2 today, children started to build a replica of a street from London in the 1666’s. Children used cardboard boxes as the base and then added stones, small pebbles and split-pins to try and reproduce a cobbled street.

Children designed the model so that the houses were all very close to one another – just like the houses from the period and one of the reasons that the fire spread so quickly.

Facts:

London in 1666

Back in the 1660’s, people were not as aware of the dangers of fire as they are today. Buildings were made of timber – covered in a flammable substance called pitch, roofed with thatch – and tightly packed together with little regard for planning. About 350,000 people lived in London just before the Great Fire, it was one of the largest cities in Europe.

Homes arched out over the street below, almost touching in places, and the city was buzzing with people. Lots of animals lived in London, too – there were no cars, buses or lorries back then – so as well as houses, the city was full of sheds and yards packed high with flammable hay and straw.

Following a long, dry summer the city was suffering a drought. Water was scarce and the wooden houses had dried out, making them easier to burn… it was a recipe for disaster.

Year 2 – Materials

Year 2 – Materials

In science, Year 2 have been learning all about everyday materials. In today’s session, children looked at the suitability of everyday materials for a waterproof investigation. Children looked at plastic, rubber, paper, fabric, and many other types of materials. The children made a prediction for the suitability of each material and rated them with 1,… Continue Reading

Year 2: Judaism

Year 2: Judaism

In R.E. we discussed other religions and focused on Judaism. The children learnt all about Shabbat. Shabbat is a very special day for Jewish people and the name itself comes from the Hebrew word for Sabbath. How Shabbat is celebrated: Celebrating Shabbat in a Jewish home. … Just before dark, the mother lights the Shabbat candles and recites a… Continue Reading

Lots of ‘firsts’ for Reception Class

Lots of ‘firsts’ for Reception Class

Reception have enjoyed lots of ‘firsts’ these past few weeks. They are settling well into life at St Teresa’s and are enjoying all aspects of our creative curriculum. Here they are enjoying their first sessions of PE, dance, forest school and music. Reception have also had their first visit to our school library and have… Continue Reading

Year 2: Science

Year 2: Science

In science, children have started to look at different types of materials. They have discussed the uses of different everyday materials and are familiar with how some materials are used for more than one thing (metal can be used for coins, cans, cars and table legs; wood can be used for matches, floors, and telegraph… Continue Reading