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


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