During our Year 1 History lessons we have been learning about Past and Present. We were lucky enough to visit Towneley Hall to learn more about toys from the past.
For our Year 3 Spring topic, the children have enjoyed researching and learning about the Stone Age. We have learnt in a variety of ways to study the lives of people during the Neolithic period and compared their lives with our lives today. We are now starting to investigate the Bronze Age and discuss the advances in travel and technology from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age.
As part of our history topic, along with year 4, we enjoyed an educational trip to the cinema to watch Early Man, an animated movie set during the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The Children thoroughly enjoyed the tip and are looking forward to continuing to investigate the Bronze Age.
This year for art, the children have enjoyed studying the work of several artists. So far we have focused on Kurt Schwitters and his famous collages. We researched the German artist and examined his different artistic pieces before creating our own collages using lots of materials to create a 3D effect.
What is the secret of the standing stones? (Bronze Age)
At the beginning of our Year 4 topic, we researched how bronze was created during the Bronze Age through the process of smelting from copper and tin. We then compared the process with how bronze is created in the modern day and looked at the similarities and differences.
Next, we became archaeologists and looked at a variety of artefacts from the Bronze Age. In small groups, we analysed the artefacts and discussed what we thought they might be called and what purpose they had. The artefacts included a shield, a spear head, a dagger and a scythe.
After this, we researched the life of the Amesbury Archer – a skeleton that was found by a group of archaeologists who were excavating an area of land before a new school was due to be built. The discovery happened just two miles from Stonehenge. After looking at the artefacts that were found in his grave, we imaged we were one of the archaeologists that made the amazing discovery and wrote a diary entry about that day. We also created a storyboard about the life of the Amesbury Archer, ensuring we included historical facts such as how he travelled to England from Switzerland, he had a mouth abscess which perforated his jaw, he walked with a limp after dislocating his knee cap and how he was given the name the Amesbury Archer because he was found in Amesbury and had been buried with a bow and arrow.
We then spent time finding out what a monument was and researching famous monuments and what they represented. We looked at ancient monuments, modern day monuments and Bronze Age monuments. During the remainder of our topic, we will research the stone monuments at Merrivale.
Year 6 have covered WW1, looking particularly at young soldiers and the propaganda element. We used the novel Warhorse to paint a picture of what it was like to fight in the trenches. The children enjoyed an excellent drama morning, where they became WW1 recruits, led by the very strict, but very knowledgeable Sergeant Meredith! The children learnt all about hand signals, what it means to sign up and looked at lots of amazing artefacts. They also learnt to stand to attention, stand at ease and salute – but never to the sergeant!
We then began to look at our next question ‘Why was winning the Battle of Britain so important?’ We studied maps, statistics, newspaper articles and photographs. We interpreted this information to answer the question. We also discussed the importance of first hand accounts, such as diaries and letters. We found that ultimately, Britain strengthening their air force was a key turning point in fighting Nazi Germany.
We have now moved onto India, our question is ‘How did India change in the 20th Century?’