History: Blog items

Houses through History

Date: 31st Mar 2021 @ 1:56pm

We have been learning about how houses have changed throughout history from the Anglo Saxon period to the Modern Day. We talked about the changes in the use of materials and how the Great Fire of London affected the building rules. We discussed how in the olden days, toilets were outside, but in modern times we have them inside our hosue. We have looked a range of sources and pictures to investigate changes over times, including maps which showed the changing layouts of the towns. 

The Vicious Vikings...Or were they?

Date: 30th Mar 2021 @ 5:01pm

In today's History lesson, we looked at the opinions we have on the Vikings and whether it's a true representation of them. We learnt that many of the perceptions we have of them is a result of primary/secondary sources written from the viewpoint of their enemies; they have a biased opinion. The Vikings didn't document much so we can't be certain of what they were really like. We then looked at a 'Living Graph' where we studied the times that the Vikings were the most powerful and when they ruled most of Britain. It was interesting to see how the Anglo-Saxons fought tirelessly to keep hold of the throne/power in particular parts of Britain - mainly Wessex. This came to an end when the Normans took power in 1066 from the Battle of Hastings. 

Website creation including hyperlinks

Date: 22nd Mar 2021 @ 4:02pm

This week we continued our Computing lessons and spent more time cerating our own websites. The theme of of our work is the Ancient Greeks. This week, we learned how to insert a hyperlink and how to evaluate digital content to check for authenticity. 

The Romans

Date: 15th Mar 2021 @ 12:15pm

On Friday Year 4 were introduced to their new topic in History, which is the Romans. They completed a research task using the chrome books to find out information on the Roman Empire, when the Romans invaded Britain and who Boudicca was. 

The life of Amelia Earhart

Date: 10th Mar 2021 @ 7:34pm

Today we learnt all about Amelia Earhart. We found out she was born a long time ago in 1897, over 100 years ago! We discussed how life might have been different then and looked at some pictures to give us clues. We learnt how Amelia loved exploring and nature, and liked to collect frogs and insects! 

We talked through Amelias timeline and how she loved to fly after her very first airplane ride! We then learnt Amelia has a very important goal, to become the first solo female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean. She worked hard to achieve this goal and we discussed what characteristics Amelia showed through this time in her life. Finally we looked at Amelias last challenge, and what happened to her and her navigator during this flight. 

“Amelia’s first plane was called ‘The Canary,’ because it was yellow!”

“The weather was not nice! It rained and there was thunder and lightning.”

“I think Amelia vanished because her plane ran out of petrol.”

“I think they lost control of the plane.”

“She set off from Canada and landed in Ireland.”

Amazing Ancient Greek Projects!

Date: 8th Mar 2021 @ 4:14pm

Year Five have come back to school today with some excellent Ancient Greek projects which they are now presenting to rest of the class and sharing all of their learning. The projects range from ICT presentations to models, posters and information books.

Topics include: Greek gods, food, homes, beliefs and clothing. The children were extremely proud to show the rest of the class their superb work! Well done Year Five!

Ancient Greek Projects

Date: 4th Mar 2021 @ 2:57pm

Ancient Greek Projects - in school and at home

To kick off our new historty topic, we had a visit from an Ancient Greek. He talked to the children in school and those at home via Google Meet and told them all about his life in Ancient Greece. The children were then set a task of researching an aspect of Ancient Greek life and creating a project of their choice. We had some wonderful work that ranged from models to presentations and information texts. We are looking froward to continuing our history lessons when we return to school next week. 

What a busy week!

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 8:28am

This week in Year Five, we have been participating in Forest School sessions and have loved learning how to build a fire (on which we then toasted marshmallows), den building and playing outdoor team games! On anti-bullying day, we discussed why we shouldn’t use stereotypes and make assumptions about people or unfairly judge people because of their appearance or ethnicity. We all wore odd socks to remind each other that it is ok to be different.

In History, we have learnt about the religious beliefs of Anglo- Saxons and worked collaboratively to identify Pagan and Christian beliefs during this period of history. During our weekly French lesson, we have continued to learn how to converse in French about ourselves, our families and our pets. Year Five are really enjoying French this year!
We also took part in an orienteering competition, finding our way around a course using map skills. 
A busy and productive week for all!

Mayan Sacrifice - brutal or civilised?

Date: 7th Oct 2020 @ 7:45pm

In History today we began learning about why Mayans sacrificed animals/humans. We began by exploring a painting of a sacrificial ritual. We discussed what we thought was going on in the photos and generated questions we wanted to ask based on the photo. We found out that some animal sacrifices were carried out by the high priests and was taken very seriously. The animals would be sacrificed as an offering to the gods, usually as part of big event such as a wedding, birth, death.

We then worked as groups to look through a set of photos. We had to discuss whether we thought the pictures showed that the Mayans were either a brutal or civilised people. Many of us thought that even though they were capable of great things, such as creating a number system, developing their own language, using the stars to predict the future etc. we felt that they were a brutal people.

The Mayans - What An Advanced Civilisation

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 2:32pm

During our History Topic - The Mayans - we have started to look at what made them such an established civilisation. Today, we had to go on a treasure hunt around the playground where we looked at several clues, that helped us gain a better understanding to what made them so amazing. 

We learnt:

  • They built temples, tools and weapons.
  • They were the first ever people to cultivate cocoa beans and added chilli to their chocolate. 
  • They looked at the stars to help them understand days, months and years. 
  • They came up with their own symbols, which were used for sounds and words. 
  • They also came up with their own number system that helped with trading, selling and counting the score of a ball game. 
  • They even invented the ball, which they made from the tree - rubber.

We can't wait to learn more about The Mighty Mayans. 

Researching the past!

Date: 9th Mar 2020 @ 3:04pm

In our history, we have been using Chromebooks to research about houses and lifestyles and how they have changed since 1066. The children have focussed on four periods of time, Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians and Victorians and answered questions from different areas. Children, diet, jobs, housing, clothing and they discovered a fun fact. We finally compared them as a class to see how they have changed or remained similar over time.  

Who lives in a house like this?

Date: 25th Feb 2020 @ 7:05pm

Children have been asked the question – What makes a house a home? This half term, we are going to be learning how lifestyles have changed since the Medieval period and how routines within Britain have evolved. Firstly, we are going to look at how we live today and work our way back through the Victorians, Georgians, Stuarts, Tudors and right back to when the first castles were built by the Normans in 1066. 

Toys Through History

Date: 13th Feb 2020 @ 7:52pm

In History we have been looking at how toys have changed over time. This week we invited out parents in to share their childhood memories of the toys they used to play with. We enjoyed looking at all the old toys such as pickup sticks, tiddly winks and a jack in the box. We were able to compare that all of these toys were made of wood, unlike all our current toys which are mainly plastic, we also observed that non of the old toys needed batteries or power unlike the high tec toys we have today. 

We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents and carers who shared their toys and memories with us. 

The One With The Viking!

Date: 14th Nov 2019 @ 7:51am

The Vikings are coming! The Vikings are coming!

Today we had a brilliant time with our visitor, Wolfrik. Over the course of the day we learned about:

  • Weapons and protection
  • Arifacts
  • Making name in runes
  • Food
  • Burial

We learned so much with Wolfrik and thoroughly enjoyed our day. Gabriella said, "It's brilliant having visitors like Wolfrik in. We get to look at artifacts and learn so much more by having practical lessons.

Let's excavate!

Date: 4th Nov 2019 @ 8:04pm

Children in year three have been learning about the Stone Age and exactly how we find out about the past. In order to learn about human past, we have become Archaeologists. Excavation is the method that archaeologists use to extract out of the ground. The work is difficult and has to be detail-orientated since the archaeologist is destroying the very thing they are trying to study- and there are no ‘do-overs’. It is impossible for them to know exactly what is underground so they have to be very careful not to damage what’s underneath. Children have had a cookie, (the site) and needed to extract the chocolate chips (artefacts) to gain an understanding of how careful an Archeologist needs to work.

Stone age!

Date: 28th Oct 2019 @ 10:23pm

It was a great return to school, or should we say journey back in time, for our children. Our drivers for our non-core subjects this half-term are history, science and art. So, for our 'WOW' we combined the three to create our own costumes and to transform into Stone Age palaeontologists. The children have begun their next journey by digging for rocks and fossils! As well as a brief introduction into what we know as the beginning of man.     

A day without writing

Date: 17th Oct 2019 @ 5:54pm

Year 5 had a great time during our whole school 'No Pen Day'. Pens and pencils were removed from tables and we did not write in any of our books. During our maths lesson we used counters and coins to solve addition and subtraction problems. Our history lesson was a top secret mystery about Ancient Egyptian mummification. We had to work collaboratively to work out how the Ancient Egyptians used to deal with their dead!

No Pen Day

Date: 17th Oct 2019 @ 4:23pm

This half term on No Pen Day we explore Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'. We enjoyed role playing different scenes and discussing how characters felt and acted.  In Maths we investigated place value when carrying out efficient subtraction and how exchanging takes place. In History we investigated Tudors inventories and how this linked to their social class.

Tudor Takeover

Date: 12th Sep 2019 @ 9:31am

Year 4 enjoyed a fantastic Wow based on our new topic 'Tudor Takeover. We got to learn about how the Tudor Rose came about after the Battle of Bosworth. We learnt about key events within this battle and the impact that decisions had on the final outcome. The children created Tudor roses containing key facts of this historic event. We also looked at Elizabeth the first  and created our own Tudor portraits.

Walk like an Egyptian

Date: 5th Sep 2019 @ 1:32pm

To introduce our new topic – Walk like an Egyptian – we had a fun day, full of all things Egyptian. We started the day with a treasure hunt, which involved finding out facts about the geography, history and culture of Ancient Egypt. We wrote our names in hieroglyphics and even got to meet Cleopatra and ask her questions about life in Ancient Egypt.

Heritage Day....The life of the Circus past and present

Date: 11th Jul 2019 @ 9:32am

Year 2 have been looking at how the Circus has changed over time. We looked at all the different acts both past and present then we wanted to create our very own Circus. The Greatest Showman was in town and they needed some help, so we made our very own persuasive advert to encourage everyone to come and see it. What a show it was!

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...

Date: 3rd Jul 2019 @ 9:09pm

After discovering that Blackpool's first train station opened in 1846,  we wanted to find out more about how Blackpool developed and where its visitors came from, so we became detectives.  We used different pieces of historical evidence to try and answer three main questions; Why did people visit Blackpool after 1846?, Where did visitors to Blackpool come from? and What did people do in Blackpool in the 1890's?

We used historical evidence such as photographs, newspaper adverts, advertising posters and train timetables to answer these questions in groups.  Blackpool has a fascinating history, what an interesting town we live in!

Blackpool during the war and making a video story

Date: 25th Jun 2019 @ 4:02pm

This week, we have explored how tourism in Blackpool changed during World War One. The children looked at attractions which were opened in Blackpool before and after the war. Also this week, we planned and made our own stories using Scratch Jr on the iPads. The children had to learn how to do coding and debug any issues which came up.

Dinosaur Discovery

Date: 20th Jun 2019 @ 9:21am

This week we have been introduced to our new topic 'Dinosaur Planet'. We created our own small worlds, containing what we believed we would find in prehistoric times. We discussed what dinosaurs were, how we knew they were alive and the different types of dinosaurs we would have found! To finish, we created our own dinosaur, decided what it would have eaten and where it would have lived. 

There were dinosaurs all over our classroom too! 

Wheels on the Bus go round and round....

Date: 17th Jun 2019 @ 5:14pm

Year 2 had a fun afternoon visiting all the different attractions around Blackpool.  Children then discussed what each attraction was and why it would be a fun experience. Children then spotted other landmarks around all the different attractions.