It was lovely to welcome the children back to school this week and to hear about their holiday adventures.
Our week began with a Year 2 ‘Cinema’ experience in the school hall as the children watched the film ‘Bolto’. This served as an introduction to our work this half term on ‘The Great Serum Run/The Iditarod Race’. (Back in 1925 there was an outbreak of Diphtheria in Nome, Alaska. An antitoxin serum needed to be transported 1000 miles from Anchorage, with almost 700 miles of that journey done by sled dog teams in the harshest weather conditions). We then read the story of ‘The Great Serum Run’ and used a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the book and the film.
In Geography, the children created a map using mixed media to show the journey taken from Anchorage to Nome. They also learnt the commands that the Mushers used during the Iditarod Race to tell the sled dogs what to do, and used these commands to direct their Beebot husky on a grid.
In History, we created a timeline from 1925 to 2025 on a 100 beaded string. Using their mathematical knowledge of counting in tens and ones, the children had to mark the dates of historical events/events significant to them e.g. the year in which they were born.
The children and staff have been so excited to learn about ‘The Great Serum Run’ and found out that every March, there is an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that commemorates the 1925 serum run to Nome. Perhaps you might like to choose a Musher to follow [CLICK HERE]