Who lives in a House like this?
Year 1 have been looking at the way we live and how this has changed over time. To do this, they have been exploring houses from different periods of History for example a Victorian house. The children have recognised that some objects belonged in the past. Whilst looking at different objects found in houses, they have been spotting old and new things in pictures for example items found in a Victorian kitchen compared with objects found in modern kitchen today
How quickly did the Fire of London spread?
Year 2 have been studying the Great Fire of London for their first History topic of the year! They enjoyed their Big Bang day as they created rows of houses - they then saw the effects of the fire on their own paper model of London! In lessons, they have using words and phrases like before, after, past, present, then and now. To further their historical knowledge, they have been focused on Samuel Pepys. They have found out that his diary informs them about lots of interesting facts about the fire in 1666.
What do you know about the Egyptians?
Year 3 have been learning all about the Ancient Egyptians for their first History topic of the year. They have been inspired by the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter and were intrigued about the artefacts found in the pyramid. They have been thinking about what the artefacts show us about the Egyptian's life and their beliefs. For their Big Bang, the children enjoyed using their imagination and exploring a mysterious tomb in the classroom as well as creating their own pyramids out of giant Jenga pieces. They also enjoyed going on a trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum to learn more about the artefacts found in the pyramids. To deepen their historical knowledge, they have been developing their research skills to find answers to specific historical questions and using a timeline to set out the order that things may have happened.
What did the Romans do for us?
Year 4 enjoyed learning all about the Romans and the impact on Britain for their first History topic of the year. The children loved dressing up for their Roman day and learning what it must have been like to be in the Roman army as a soldier. They were able to explain how Britain was invaded and learnt about some of the surviving ruins which show us that the Romans were here in Britain (for example local Roman roads and Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland).
Were the Vikings settlers or invaders?
Year 5 have developed their historical knowledge and understanding of chronological order in their second History topic of the year - Whose land is it anyway? In this topic, they have been focused on learning about the struggle for land between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. The children have created their own timelines in teams and learnt about different historical events in Cambridge. They were excited to learn that our local area changed during different historical periods.
Year 5 also had a big surprise when a Viking came to school! The children worked hard to make Viking headbands with beads and used drama and literacy skills to help tell the tales of the creation of Midgaard and Ragnarok. After that, they took part in a Viking Althing (discussion and debate about crime and punishment). In the afternoon, Year 5 used team work to practice battle drills and completed a Viking raid!
Year 5 enjoyed learning all about the Anglo-Saxons for their first History topic of the year. During their Big Bang day, the children were challenged to help solve the Timeline Turmoil activity through teamwork and drama. They were intrigued to learn about Anglo-Saxon literature, art and culture and produced some excellent stories retelling the tale of Beowulf as well as create some beautiful intricate illustrated letters you might find on a manuscript. Year 5 used a hypothesis in order to answer questions about the past through developing theirl knowledge of primary and secondary sources. Learning about different types of sources (including those found at Sutton Hoo), helped the children to explain some of the times Britain has been invaded.
War: What is it good for?
Year 6 have been discovering what happened during World War Two through History lessons, a trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum and a fun-filled morning with author, Paul Nolan, in which they took parts in many activities to cement their knowledge. In teams, they have researched different significant turning points, creating timelines with lots of information, and researched the impact of the Blitz. They have been inspired to write about the Blitz, evacuation and explored the propaganda used during the war.