Houses Through Time
Year 1 have enjoyed their history topic focused on various houses from the following periods in history: Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorians. They wrote interesting reports about their learning. They also compared modern rooms and Victorian rooms for example the kitchen and the living room.
We have been learning all about Victorian toys. We have been comparing them to the toys we play with at home and at school. We had the opportunity to explore a range of replica Victorian toys and we made our own cup and ball toy. We enjoyed learning about all of the different types of toys and we also discovered that some of the toys are still played with today. We also learnt about the huge difference between ‘rich’ toys and ‘poor’ toys. We did some writing in role and received our very own Victorian birthday presents! We wrote diary entries about our birthday and what we thought of our new toys.
Fire of London
enjoyed their Fire of London topic! They were able to recount and create a timeline of some famous from Britain who lived in the past, explaining what they did and why it was important. They chose to look at Samuel Pepy’s life and wrote a biography all about him. They imagined asking him questions and explained how the fire spread through London, using this understanding to write diary entries.
History of Flight Over Time
Year 2 have been learning all about how flight has changed over time! They enjoyed a visit to Duxford Imperial War Museum and were amazed by all of the different types of planes they were able to see. In the classroom, the children have written diary entries about their trip, descriptions of flying machines and even biographies of the Wright Brothers.
Year 3 enjoyed their Tomb Raiders topic all about the Ancient Egyptians. They developed their research skills to find answer to specific historical questions like ‘How did the Ancient Egyptians mummify their dead?’ During their research, they used both ipads and books (secondary sources) and discussed which resources were most useful. They also had the opportunity to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum and looked at artifacts from the past.
Year 4 enjoyed learning about the Romans! They had a fantastic Roman Day in which they enjoyed eating Roman-inspired food! In writing, they have produced some great pieces of work including a biography about Julius Caesar, a poem inspired by the Romanisation of Britain and an argument discussing if and how the Romans improved the British way of life. Year 4 enjoyed creating timelines, looking at primary and secondary sources as well as maps of Roman Britain.
Anglo Saxons - West Stow
Year 4 have really enjoyed their Anglo-Saxons topic and had the opportunity to go to West Stow to learn all about how people from the past lived in our locality. In the classroom, they have been inspired to write an Anglo-Saxon Village report, an adventure story featuring a king, treasure and a monster and a poem looking at how they arrived in Britain across the seas!
Year 5 have really enjoyed their recent History topic. They have learnt about the Normans and looked at historical sources like the Bayeux Tapestry and created different castles for Home Learning. They have also written fascinating reports about the Battle of Hastings.
Anglo Saxons - Invasion
Year 5 enjoyed learning about the Anglo-Saxons. Through developing their research skills, using ipads and books, they learnt all about the lifestyles of the Anglo-Saxon people and the impact of the invasion on the Britons. They wrote fascinating balanced arguments which discussed the fairness of the Anglo-Saxon invasion. In order to do this, Year 5 identified different reasons for and against the Anglo-Saxons invading and ordered them in importance.
In Spring term, Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed their Viking topic. They have expanded on their prior knowledge of British history to consider the impact on the Vikings’ arrival in Britain and their consequent raids on Lindisfarne. Through history lessons, the children learnt about Viking mythology and religion, in addition to learning about the ‘Thing’ (the Viking equivalent to government) and compared and contrasted it to the current way our country is governed now. In writing, they have produced some thrilling stories centred on their own Viking character.
Year 6 have loved learning all about the Ancient Greeks - they have learnt about the history of the Olympic games, what Ancient Greek mathematicians have done for us today and drawn 3D Greek Temples using isometric paper. After learning all about the Ancient Greek theatre, they enjoyed writing their own stories featuring a mythical creature and a hero.
Year 6 have also enjoyed combining their History and Geography knowledge in their recent ‘Chocolate topic’. They have explored the history of chocolate: finding out about the origins of the cacao bean and the Ancients Mayans with their ‘xocolatl’; the impact of chocolate on the beliefs of the Aztecs and their king, Montezuma; and finally, the journey of the Spanish Conquistadors who brought chocolate over to Europe. They completed some great pieces of historical research whilst exploring the geographical journey of chocolate across the world using atlases and globes. Year 6 even had the opportunity to order various events for a timeline task during continuous learning activities.
World War 2
In the Spring term, Year 6 have been inspired to write some detailed pieces of writing from their exciting Duxford Imperial War Museum trip including: diary entries as if they were experiencing the Blitz in an air-raid shelter, a letter as an evacuee responding to a family member’s letter, an emotive description of the soldiers on the boats during D-Day, and finally a non-chronological report about different aspects of World War Two. They have even managed to squeeze in a poem and another description of evacuees leaving the train station.