DT focus: Fire Engines
As part of our learning about the Great Fire of London, Class 2 have been building fire engines to reflect the ways in which fire emergency services have developed since 1666. We used Museum of London's interactive resources to learn about the fire engines available in 1666 and contrasted these with modern day ones. The children made a detailed plan for their own fire engine, paying attention to the headlights, sirens and mirrored writing on the vehicle. We then painted a 3D-model following our plan, drilled holes in the wheels and attached axels to secure them in place. This was a fun way to expand on our learning about the Great Fire and practice our DT skills!
Topic focus: What can we learn from a journey around the world?
This half term Class 2 have been global explorers, learning about the seven continents of the world and sailing the five oceans. We have learned about the world's largest desert, Antarctica and about the Aboriginal cultures of Oceania. We have visited safaris in Kenya and South Africa, practised West African Kanthe-blanket weaving and had a go at using an Ethiopian goat herder's wooden pillow/chair! Our European adventures have thus far taken us on a zoom to Spain where we were within picking distance of olives, lemons and oranges and could see the North African mountains in the far distance; as well as introduced us to the Finnish sweet treat, pulla, which we baked in class. We explored the Native American tale How the Raven Stole the Sun and learned about the special powers of a Navajo arrow. The Asian leg of our journey took us all the way to China where we partook in the Chinese New Year celebrations. In South America we learned about the Peruvian weaving techniques and made our own, colourful blankets. We have proven ourselves to be quite the global explorers and cannot wait to continue on our travels!