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25/01/2017

Year 2 learn more about their city

On Tuesday, the Badgers and Owls togged up in coats and hats and set off for their historical and geographical City Trail.

We snaked through the Close and had a first stop at the High Street Gate learning that every night this huge gate is closed and locked. Sophie liked this gate the best! The materials used to build the various buildings were discussed and we looked at their use today. The children were amazed to hear that Prezzo was once a bookshop! Theo and Kayra’s favourites included Prezzo as they liked all the black and white buildings. Patrick was eagle-eyed and noticed that the National Trust shop had changed its use and is now a sweet shop!

We stopped at various places on the map, where each time a child read out the information about the history of the building including who lived there. The Old George Mall and its past interested Gabriel who would like to explore inside.

Many of the children hadn’t noticed things above eye level which led to much pointing and gasps as they discovered something new. One of these spots was at the Cinema where the shields were a new sighting for Sophie and Charles and were a firm favourite for Winter-rose, Samuel and Mary.

The Poultry Cross was another, with Alessandra, Edward, Joe and Josie voting for this as their best place on the trip. We also bought some food items in the market and discussed which countries the food comes from. The stall holders were magnificent and very kind, giving the children lots of insight into the food that they were selling. Katherine and Charles chose the market as their favourite part of the trip. Money and change was calculated and economics and value for money discussed, when a sign declared ‘30p each or 4 for £1:00’ with the reward being a tasty snack from Reeve’s!

The Tourist Information office was the last stop where some leaflets were read and information brought back to school to help with our topic. Jack liked the butcher’s bike and Josie remembered the White Hart majestically standing on the roof. Naomi liked the information about the stage coach leaving here for London at night time! Kavan picked the lion and the unicorn which sit proudly outside St. Ann’s Gate as his best sighting.

The children were polite and inquisitive and real ambassadors for the school. They returned to school full of details about our city and eager to find out more.

Rhonda Cartwright 

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