What have you been doing this week?
Year 2 have finished their tests this week. They have been learning about the Victorians. There are so many things that the Victorians did that have a strong resonance with children. They were interested to find out how many very young children worked in mines or factories. They also learned about when education became compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 10. Mrs Thorpe did some extra research to find out about our school which was built around 1870. She told us that there was a school in Chigwell Row before ours was built. We looked at some photos and told the children when they needed the toilet they’d have to go outside. This was okay during warmer times but on a cold day it wasn’t fun.
Every week the children have a singing assembly. Mrs Thorpe and Miss Buckley are our resident music lovers and take the task of choosing songs to perform very seriously. They have chosen some songs for the whole school to sing in our summer concert and the teachers and TAs have chosen some individual songs for each class to perform. Although we have Mrs DaCosta in once a week, music plays a big part in our school life. Mrs DaCosta also shows the children how to play some instruments, including the ukulele and the recorder. Having access to music and particularly instruments, from an early age, fosters a love of music and sometimes performing too. All the different celebrations and performances that the children take part in have their own unique songs. Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Christmas celebrations come round in a cycle making the childrens’ time here one that has a few long standing traditions.
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