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History Day

History Day

On 26th June 2018, Springfield worked alongside History in the Community to put on an entire day looking at life in Burnley in 1911. Each teacher put on a different workshop looking at various aspects of life including; school, health, sport and work. Year 1,3,4,5 and 6 travelled around school attending different workshops, learning all about these different aspects. There was also a workshop looking at maps from 1911 and maps from 2018 of Burnley Wood and the children searched for different places.

Here are some quotes

‘I enjoyed looking at the maps to find our school and Towneley Hall.’

‘I liked wearing the apron and writing on a chalk board.’

‘Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their History day. They learnt so much in such a short space of time. One of the highlights for this class was learning what life was like in a school in 1911.’

‘I enjoyed the sport activity, it was interesting to see what they would play 100 years ago.’



Year 1

History in Marvels

Enquire and Aspire!


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.


Year 3

History in The Avengers

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Autumn Term 2018 

Our enquiry

How did the lives of Britons change during the Stone Age?

What have we learnt so far?

We have worked through our forth ancillary question which was ‘Why did Stone Age Britons spend most of their time living in camps rather than in caves?’ The children described the likely features of Stone Age summer and winter camps in Britain and offered reasons and explained why they were required. 

Our fifth ancillary question was ‘Why was the Red Lady of Paviland so important?’ The children have had the opportunity to recognise, describe and compare and contrast the difference between historical facts and historical supposition.

Our sixth and final ancillary question was ‘How were people living in Britain at the end of the Stone Age compared with the beginning?’ The children have identified, described, compared and contrasted and explained some of the important ways in which life for Ancient Britons changed during The Stone Age.

All of our lessons included either discussion, analysing a range of sources and showing our thoughts and ideas through pictures and writing. 

In addition to this, the children went to Liverpool World Museum to further study The Stone Age.  They took part in a workshop which travelled through time from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age and then onto the Iron Age. The children took part in many activities including looking at artefacts with their peers and discussing their purpose.  They also had the opportunity to wear helmets and hold swords that would have been used in battle.  Some of them had the opportunity to wear slippers from the Stone Age and chain mail that would have been worn in battle in the Iron Age.

Look at some of our pictures from our topic on our class page.

What are we going to explore next?

We are in the process of presenting our final answer to our main enquiry; How did the lives of Britons change during the Stone Age?

The children’s view

These quotes are responses from the children when asked ‘What have you enjoyed about our lessons in this topic?’

I really enjoyed going to Liverpool World museum because we got the chance to hold artefacts.

I enjoy looking at pictures and photographs and discussing with my friends.

I like to watch video clips about The Stone Age and then discuss with my friends.



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.

Year 4

History in Hogwarts

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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

Art in The BFG’s

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Autumn Term 2018

Our enquiry

Why was winning the Battle of Britain in 1940 so important?

What have we learnt so far?

Continuing from last half term, we have moved on to our second and third ancillary questions. We analysed tables that gave us valuable information about what Britain and Germany had in terms of weapons and equipment. This helped us to answer the question ‘What did Hitler need if an invasion was to succeed?’

Our third and final question was ‘Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?’ The children had a variety of quality, real photographs and pieces of written information and they used these to infer the reasons why Britain won. They created a jigsaw of all the reasons that contributed to show that they had developed the skill of synthesising. They then wrote an impressive response to the question, that they wrote into their Presentation books.

What did the children say about History?

‘I enjoy it because we are learning about the world’ Konrad

‘It has been interesting to see what the war was like’ Summer

‘I enjoy History and it is important because are learning about what our ancestors did’ Jake

What are we going to explore next?

Our next enquiry is: Why did Britain rule the biggest empire the world has ever seen?

Take a look at our class page to see some photographs!




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?’





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