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We, at Worsthorne Primary School, aspire to develop curiosity and wonder, together with a deep knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and of the wider world. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
Past and Present ELG
Children at the expected level of development will:
– Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society;
– Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;
– Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling;
What an amazing start to our Year 5 topic! The children had some historical inquiry work to carry out when presented with the image of, what we now know to be, a Viking chess piece. They thought of great questions, likened historical facts they already knew to the piece and discussed in detail what they though it would be used for. The children were fascinated to find out what it was made from, where it was found, who made it, how old it was and what it was used for.
The children then had their chance to be archaeologists and dig out their own chess pieces using tools. What fun they had! It has even started a new craze in class with chess…
Ancient Egypt Workshop
Year 6 were extremely lucky to have a visit from History Alive for an Ancient Egypt workshop. The morning began with the children acting as different people in the ancient civilisation. Some were peasants, temple dancers, soldiers, a script and a Pharaoh, amongst others. The children were shown artefacts and were allowed to handle them. Each one was individually described. Everyone was dressed up with costumes and played a role.
In the afternoon, we learnt about how food was grown, sown and made into food. We role played trading goods at the markets, trying to sell their wares and outshouting the other market sellers. We pretended to eat as the Egyptians did by reposing (laying down) and were told about the various foods that would be available. Later in the afternoon, we learnt about the pyramids. We discovered how the giant stones were moved, the conditions of the workers and how hard life was for an ordinary person.
The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were praised by Mrs Balshaw, who led the session, for how well behaved they were. All the children, asked very thoughtful questions and listened carefully. Well done Year 6!
We learnt about Rosa Parks and how she was treated unfairly one day on a bus.
We chatted about how we are all special and that no body is more important than anyone else.
The children agreed that everybody should be able to sit where they want. We did ask some more thought provoking questions, such as ‘Is there ever a time that you might give up your seat?’ and ‘Was Rosa right to do what she did?’
The children made their own bus, to represent that everyone is welcome.