Fire safety in Year 2 … Firefighter Ollie visits 2MH

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to school – we have a thrilling term of learning ahead of us!

Our exciting new topic focus in Year 2 is the Great Fire of London and on Wednesday 9 January 2019, we welcomed Ollie Jardine from the London Fire Brigade to our class to tell us about fire safety.

  

Ollie talked to us about the work of firefighters and we discovered that as well as putting out fires, they do many other important jobs such as dealing with car crashes and rescuing animals. Ollie told us about the vital equipment and apparatus that firefighters need to wear (from helmets and metal boots to fire-proof gloves and breathing equipment.) We were astounded to learn that firefighters are trained to get all their firefighter clothes on in 30 seconds, jump down the pole in 30 seconds and be anywhere in London ready to fight a fire in 5 minutes!

   

We talked about how we should contact the emergency services in case of an emergency. Rino acted out ringing 999 to report an accident, remembering how important it is to stay calm, give clear details of what happened and to give the correct address.

Ollie explained the importance of having smoke alarms in buildings to alert people to fire and stressed that these should be tested each week to check that they are working. Kai helped Ollie to test a smoke alarm – it made a very loud noise!

   

We watched a film showing us how to react to a fire and then we had to identify potential fire dangers in a ‘hazard house’. We learned how important it is to make sure that all matches and lighters are kept out of reach, candles are positioned in safe places and plug sockets are not overloaded.

   

We learned how to keep ourselves safe if we are caught in a fire by reading out some memorable rhymes with Ollie like “Under the smoke, so you don’t choke” and “Call 999 and you will be fine.” We know that we must never return to a fire… we must leave it to the experts – the firefighters.

What a brilliant talk it was! We learned so much about fire safety. Later that day, we all wrote thank you letters to Ollie and created fire safety posters for the classroom. Many thanks to the incredible London Fire Brigade and the amazing work they do.

Mrs Mooney 2MH

Toys and Games – Year 2’s Educational Visit to Horniman Museum

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Year 2 – it’s been lovely getting to know all the children in 2MH and their parents and carers. We’ve got a great term’s learning ahead of us – I know you will love our Topic focus of ‘Toys and Games.’

On Wednesday 12 September, we leapt straight into learning about toys around the world by going on a wonderful educational visit to the Horniman Museum. Many, many thanks to our volunteer adult helpers – Ezra’s mum, Karmel’s dad, Isaac’s mum and Elliot’s mum. We really appreciated your support.

After walking to New Cross Gate station where we caught the train to Forest Hill, we walked up the hill to the  Horniman Museum. Once we had had a rest and eaten some fruit, we decided to explore the Museum. First we went to the World Gallery where we saw a range of different toys and other artefacts. We were able to handle some of the toys and draw pictures of our favourite things.

 

 

We then looked at the Natural History collections, where we saw hundreds of specimens of different animals, including a Bengal tiger and a huge walrus.

Next we went to the education centre for our toy workshop. It was great fun! We were shown a Little Red Riding Hood puppet which could be turned upside down to become the wolf and then changed again to become the grandma.  We recited the story of Little Red Riding Hood with the help of the puppet.

  

After that, we split into three groups and handled and played with a selection of toys, including Victorian wooden toys, such as cup-and- ball games, pecking hens and Jacobs ladder. We were shown an unusual religious doll and an apple-headed doll from N America.

 

 

 

 

 

We were all fascinated by the toys made by children in Zimbabwe. These ‘push and pull’ toys had been made using recycled materials such as wire, tin cans and even flip-flops!

 

 

 

 

 

When the workshop session had ended, we wandered down to the Musical Instruments section and experimented with a range of unusual instruments.

 

Finally, we had our lunch at the Museum before setting off on our journey home back to school. When we were back in the classroom, we completed our day by sharing Safi’s amazing book of photographs of children from all over the world together with their toys. Thank you, Safi! Here are a few photos from the book.

What a wonderful start to our term’s learning.

Mrs Mooney

2MH