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King's Hedges Educational Federation

Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.

Northfield Avenue, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HU

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History

Year 1  

Who lives in a House like this?

We have enjoyed our History topic focused on various houses from the following periods in history: Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorians. We have written interesting reports about each house in a different period of history. We have also compared modern rooms and Victorian rooms for example the kitchen and the living room.

What toys did children used to play with? 

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. 

 

Year 2 

How quickly did the Fire of London spread?  

We enjoyed our Fire of London topic! We 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. We chose to look at Samuel Pepy’s life and write a biography all about him. We imagined asking him questions and explained how the fire spread through London, using this understanding to write our diary entries.

How has flight changed over time? 

We have been learning all about how flight has changed over time! We enjoyed a visit to Duxford Imperial War Museum and were amazed by all of the different types of planes we were able to see. In the classroom, we have written diary entries about our trip, descriptions of flying machines and even biographies of the Wright Brothers.

Year 3   

What do you know about the Egyptians?

We have been thoroughly engaged by our Tomb Raiders topic all about the Ancient Egyptians. We have developed our research skills to find answer to specific historical questions like ‘How did the Ancient Egyptians mummify their dead?’ During our research, we used both ipads and books (secondary sources) and discussed which resources were most useful. We also had the opportunity to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum and looked at artefacts from the past.

Year 4 

What did the Romans do for us?

We have really enjoyed learning about the Romans! We had a fantastic Roman Day in which we enjoyed eating Roman-inspired food! In writing, we 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. We loved creating timelines, looking at primary and secondary sources as well as maps of Roman Britain.

 

Why did the Anglo Saxons come to Britain?

We have really enjoyed our 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, we 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

 

Whose land is it anyway?

We have enjoyed learning about the Anglo-Saxons. Through developing our research skills, using ipads and books, we have learnt all about the lifestyles of the Anglo-Saxon people and the impact of the invasion on the Britons. We wrote fascinating balanced arguments which discussed the fairness of the Anglo-Saxon invasion. In order to do this, we have identified different reasons for and against the Anglo-Saxons invading and ordered them in importance.

Were the Vikings settlers or invaders? 

We have thoroughly enjoyed our Viking topic. We have expanded on our prior knowledge of British history to consider the impact on the Vikings’ arrival in Britain and their consequent raids on Lindisfarne. Through history lessons, we have learnt about Viking mythology and religion. In writing, we have produced some thrilling stories centred on their own Viking character coming into our school!

Does the punishment fit the crime? 

We have really enjoyed our recent History topic in which we have learnt about the ‘Thing’ (the Viking equivalent to a parliament) and compared and contrasted it to the current way our country is governed now. We held our own Viking version of parliament and linked it to PSHE and P4C questions. Later on, we thought about how weapons and armoury changed over time and made comparisons between the Vikings and 15th and 16th Century knights when we visited the Fitzwilliam museum.

Year 6

 What influence did the Ancient Greeks have on us?

We have loved learning all about the Ancient Greeks - we 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, we enjoyed writing their own stories featuring a mythical creature and a hero.

 

War:  What is it good for?

In the Autumn 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. We have even managed to squeeze in a poem and another description of evacuees leaving the train station. We enjoyed going to Bletchley Park and learn all about the code breaking as well as having a fun-filled morning with author, Paul Nolan, in which we took part in activities to cement our knowledge. We even wrote short stories which have been published! See the link below:

Below is the link that takes you to Paul Nolan's website where he has displayed some examples of our WW2 writing:

'Just to let you know that I have read and commented on all the stories and have posted a selection onto my Hall of Fame http://www.paulnolanauthor.co.uk/kings-hedges-primary-school-.html
They are all great short stories, but the one written by Maitri and Hubert is among the best I have ever written!
Best wishes, Paul'

 

What did the Mayans bring to the world?

We have also enjoyed combining our History and Geography knowledge in their recent ‘Chocolate topic’. We 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. We completed some great pieces of historical research whilst exploring the geographical journey of chocolate across the world using atlases and globes.