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The Meaning of Home in Year 2

Linked to UNICEF World Children’s Day on Wednesday 20th November, Year 2 have been working on an art and writing project on the theme of home.  The materials for this topic came from Nord Anglia Education’s Global Campus, a website with a huge range of brilliant activities for our children to engage with.  Our hook into the topic was Stepping Stones, a children’s book written by Margriet Ruurs with artwork by Nizar Ali Badr.  The book tells the story of Rama, a Syrian girl forced to flee her home due to war, how she escapes and how her family find a new home.  Each page of text (written in both English and Arabic) has a corresponding image created using stones.  We spent a long time discussing the depth of ideas in each image and the messages they contain.

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In response to the book, the children reflected on their own ideas of home.  Within our diverse and international school, 'home' for children can be several places, often spread across different countries.  We discussed feelings we might have at home, such as safety and warmth, our loved ones, like parents, siblings and pets, and also special objects that tell us that we’re home: favourite toys, much-loved books and gifts from the people we care about.  We also used our senses to discuss the sights, sounds and smells that make our home feel like home.

With all these thoughts in mind, the Year 2 children wrote a poem and created a piece of artwork.  As Nizar Ali Badr uses natural materials in his artwork, we decided to do the same.  The children enthusiastically collected all sorts of dried leaves from our playground and used these in combination with coloured pencils and watercolour paint to make their artistic creations.

I hope you enjoy looking at some of the great pieces the Year 2 children created.  We are also creating a display along the Year 2 corridor in school so we can celebrate the children’s excellent work.

By Thomas Wood

Year 2 Alligators teacher

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