History Curriculum

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Reception class are learning about dinosaurs this week. They have designed and drawn their own fantastic dinosaurs, and could tell Miss Sears and Miss Davidson all about it.

Year One have continued to investigate toys in their history lessons, and have made some Thaumatropesto play with.

Reception class have had lots of fun this week learning all about the chronology of life, from babies to the elderly!

Year 6 have been learning all about the Vikings, and were lucky enough to be able to experience some Viking clothing and armour, from the Lancashire Museums. They discovered just how heavy Viking Chainmail (byrnie) really is!

Year 5 have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons settling in England and had fun making a timeline of events!

Year 1

Year 1's topic is Toys from the Past and Present.  These photos show children's work about sorting toys by the materials they are made from.  They have also used the 2paint programme on Purple Mash to think carefully about our own teddy bears and produce a picture of them.  This will help us to understand the passing of time within living memory.

Year 1 have had a wonderful time learning some old-fashioned games outdoors this term!

Year 2

Year 2 are learning all about the Great Fire of London this term.

Year 3

Here are some examples of work the children in Year 3 have been doing about the Stone Age - they have been investigating and discussing artefacts and making hypotheses about what they thought they might have been.

In Year 3 the children are looking at the topic Stone Age to the Iron Age.  First we used a toilet roll within our lesson!  This was so we could understand what pre-history was, and to help us understand the duration and chronology of the passing of time.  The toilet roll was divided up into lengths representing periods of time, firstly within living memory - and then beyond.  It turns out, the Stone Age was a long time ago!

Year 5

Year 5 have made timelines to show the length of time the Anglo-Saxons ruled in England, and some key events within this time.

In Year 5 we are investigating the Anglo-Saxons.  We have used the 'mystery of the empty grave' to look into life as an Anglo Saxon further, using our inference skills to guess what the objects might have been used for and making our own hypotheses on this.  We then voted on who we thought the grave belonged to.

Year 6

Year 6 are learning about Vikings this term.  They have thought about whether the Vikings deserve their 'bloodythirsty' reputation, and began to challenge stereotypes. They have been learning about how the Vikings began their time in this country as 'raiders', which changed over time to 'settlers', and eventually even became rulers in parts of Britain.  Year 6 have been making 'living graphs' to show that the periods of time that the Vikings had control in this country.  The higher the strip, the more control they had!  As you can see, the children didn't all agree on the same periods of time!

Year 6 have had a really interesting lesson looking at recent Viking artefacts from archaeological excavations, and deciding how these help to prove that the Vikings were not as bad as we think!  We decided that these artefacts show that the Vikings were traders, craftspeople and farmers, who settled in this country with homes and families - and they had even back gardens!

Year 3

In our History lesson we were looking at different points in the timeline from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We had to decide where they went on the timeline. It took us a while to realise the numbers were getting smaller up to the birth of Jesus and that then they started again.

Year 4

Year 4 are studying The Ancient Greeks in History this half term.  These pictures show the children using pictures of artefacts to make hypotheses and decisions about historical facts.

Year 2

This half term, Year 2 have been learning all about Darwen and its history.  They went on a learning walk in our school area with local historian Albert Gavagan from the Darwen Heritage Centre.  The children learnt a lot about the history of our local area!

The subject lead for History at Darwen St James is Mrs Thompson.