Do you know what life was like in Victorian times? Year 2 visited the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey and found out for themselves.

Read these reports written by Shardae and Millie to find out more.

On Friday 6th October we went to the gunpowder mills. First we went on the coach and I played with my friends. It was exciting. The first thing we had to do was wait outside for our teacher to show us the first activity. Our first activity was learning all about Victorian toys. We learnt about china dolls and a cup and ball and a yoyo. My favourite toys was the china doll. 

Next we went to the seaside. Me and Johnny dressed in a swimming costume and I was walking up and down holding an umbrella. I held a bucket and spaed and we coloured pictures of Mr Punch, Judy and a crocodile and the baby. 

Then we had lunch time but it was a picnic. Then after lunch we ran around the trees. 

Then we had school. The Victorian teacher was very strict. We wrote on slate boards and if we were naughty, we had to have a dunce hat. 

Then we went to wash some clothes. I washed some shoes and some cloths. 

Then we went back to 2017

By Shardae

On Friday we went to the Royal Gunpowder Mills. First we got on the coach and I played some games. Then, when we got there, we were met by a lady with grey hair. The lady told us that we were going back in time.

Our first big activity was to learn about Victorian toys. After that, we learned about a Victorian holiday. Ladies fainting and there was a really disgusting thing Victorians did. There was a thing called a penny lick. One person had a lick (of ice-cream) , then another person, then another. 

Then we had lunch and a run about.

Next we had to learn the Victorian school rules. The we wrote our names on a slate, but Sam's mum did a funny face instead so she got hit by the cane!

Then it was time to wash some teatowels and clean some shoes. 

Then we went back to 2017 and Ladbrooke School.


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Old Macdonald had a farm...


Year 2 have been learning about Food, Glorious Food. Earlier this term we visited Tesco to see what happens in the shops that we buy our food from. But where do the shops get the food that they sell. Ofcourse, the answer is that farms have to produce it. We went to visit a farm to see the animals that give us so much of our food...and to enjoy the rides and activities that are there.

The first animals we saw on the farm were meerkats. We don't eat these, but they were fun to watch. We then saw more traditional farm animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, goats, hens and even a shire horse.

As well as these animals there were some other animals that might be found in the countryside such as deer and even some animals from other countries such as rhea and wallabies.

The strangest thing we saw was a talking, moving tree.

After our lunch, which some of us shared with a cheeky runaway chicken we had fun with the other activities at the farm. There were lots of things to do. The train ride, the carousel, the bouncy slide, the trampolines  and the climbing frames were all fun but our three top activities were probably the helter skelter, the enormous sandpit and of course the doggy dog roller coaster. The teachers were too scared to go on the roller coaster, but most of the children were brave enough...and had a great time!

Take a loook at some of our pictures below

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This December Year 2 got together with Year 1 to put on a excellent show called Eddie the Penguin Saves the World. Eddie noticed that the ice was melting in Antarctica. When he and his family travelled North to the North Pole they found out from the Polar Bears that the ice was melting there too. What could they do?

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Luckily Eddie knew exactly what to do and he took his family all around the world teaching the humans to take care of our wonderful world.


Look at our pictures and see the amazing scenery and costumes made by the fabulous Ms Edgar, Mrs Wilkinson and the team...kindly helped by the parents of course.

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Can you spot our brilliant narrators and the penguins and polar bears? Look out for the school children who learnt that they should walk, skip, cycle or even scoot to school.

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You'll also find  the lumberjacks who learnt to plant trees instead of cutting them down and the Prime Minister of Australia who taught the country to recycle by singing Eddie's special recycling song.

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Thanks to DJ Johnny and DJ Donnie who introduced Eddie and the Penguins on the radio.

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Here are some more of our lovely photos. Who can you spot in them?

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Marvellous Me Workshop


Our topic this term has been Marvellous Me. We have been learning about the many ways in which we are all marvellous. Some are marvellous singers, some marvellous writers, others are marvellous at sports and still others are marvellous at many other things, including being a good friend. 

We all have marvellous bodies and we learnt more about these in our body workshop.

Some of the things that we learnt were: 

1. We have five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. We were surprised to find out that our sense of touch comes through all our skin, not just our hands. We investigated our sense of touch using our fee



Our taste of smell is closely connected with our sense of taste. Here are some of us investigating taste...and observing our tongues.


We found out more about our sense of hearing and how we can identify things by the sounds they make even if we can't see them.Here we are listening carefully to sounds


We know that our eyes give us our sense of sight. Did you know that the pupil opens and looks bigger in darker conditions. This is us finding out about our eyes.


Where would we be without our skeleton? We'd be floppy and we wouldn't be able to stand or move about. We found out lots about our bones.and how important they are.



We have lots of things about us that are the same...but we are all unique. We are different sizes, have different colour eyes, hair or skin. Every single person has a unique set of fingerprints. Here we are identifying some things about our bodies that make us...US!