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


Toys, toys, toys!

Hello and welcome back to another school year!

To start off our topic this term – Toys, we traveled to the Horniman Museum to participate in a workshop about toys from around the world!

When we arrived, we looked at different toys that were used to tell stories. We used a doll that could be turned upside down and back to front to create different characters from Little Red Riding Hood!

Then, we had the opportunity to explore a variety of different toys and we had so much fun!

After we ate our lunch, we explored the rest of the museum and saw lots of wonderful things.

We even saw some honey bees in action! Can you spot the Queen?

To end our day, we decided to add a wish to the wishing tree. Our wish for 2G this year is ‘happiness’ which we experienced today!

We had such a great day, come back soon to see what else we get up to in Year 2!

Miss Green

Sweet strawberries in the sunshine

Today, Year 1 traveled to Stonepitts Farm in Kent to try our hand at strawberry picking!

Through our topic, Let’s Be Farmers we have learned all about fruits from around the world and the differences between where and how they grow!

We picked a punnet of strawberries each and even got to taste some – they were yummy! Then, we enjoyed some countryside air and summer sunshine whilst we ate our lunch.

Thanks to all of the parents who came today, we had such a great time with you all.

Have a look at what we got up to!

Miss Green and Miss Burns



Year 5 School Journey to Wick Court Farm

We made it! We’re having a great time and we’ve done so many amazing things. We’ve fed the pigs, fed the cows, fed the chickens, collected eggs, mucked out the geese pen, witnessed the birth of two lambs, did some gardening, landscaping for new beehives and cleaned up horse poop!

We’ve also learnt how to clean up after ourselves so when we get back home, we’ll be more than happy to show you our housekeeping skills!

We are waiting outside the boot-room ready for for hard days work on the farm!
In the barn, waiting to feed the animals.
Feeding the dragon composter!
Now you see why it’s called The Dragon!
Did you know that some chicken eggs are blue?
We were so lucky that we witnessed two lambs being born. We named them Edmund and Waller!
Cleaning out the goose house

New born lambs!


Creeping and crawling into the new term!

Year 1 had a very exciting visit today from Andy the Bug man to start our new topic, Eggs – let’s get cracking!

We got to meet lots of different creepy crawlies and we learnt so much about them all!

We met reptiles, molluscs, arachnids and insects and learnt about their life cycles. We even got to touch and hold some of them!








































We are so excited to learn more about different creatures that lay eggs, check back soon to see what we get up to!


Miss Green