As part of our history topic, a very excited Team AC visited Barnsley Museum to find out about the similarities and differences between the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. The children were able to find out answers to our key questions through hands on experiences and workshops. They had many questions and were able to talk about their day by means of a recount. Children learned new vocabulary to help with their understanding and could see how ‘The Stone and Metal Ages’ followed chronologically.
The children also had chance to explore the other historical eras throughout the museum and see how Barnsley had changed throughout history. They enjoyed finding out about Barnsley’s rich mining history and how children as young as eight would be sent down the mines through small, dark tunnels in very dangerous conditions. They linked this to the life of children in the bronze age, who had to collect the copper from the mines. The children had a very interesting and informative day to extend their understanding of life through history.
This week Team CH have been celebrating the life of Rosa Parks. They recognised Rosa Parks as a significant person from history and revisited her story of how she helped change the rules, and the lives of so many people.
Prior to introducing Rosa Parks, we introduced the story 'Tusk Tusk' Written by David McKee - Once elephants came in two colours: black or white. They loved all other creatures - but each set wanted to get rid of the elephants that were not the same as them. Peace-loving individuals ran and hid in the deepest jungle, and battle commenced. The war-mongers all succeeded. For a long time, it seemed that there were no elephants in the world at all, not of any colour. But then the descendants of the peace-loving ones emerged from the jungle, and by now they were all grey.
This lead into a conversation about equality. Next, they introduced Rosa Parks and spend time talking about who Rosa Parks was, why she is a significant person and the changes that happened thanks to people like her.
Finally, the children wrote down some information about Rosa Parks and discussed the key vocabulary: equal, justice, segregation and significant.
This week Team AC have talked about why we have bonfire night. They looked at the history of bonfire night and why we celebrate every year. The children then acted out the gunpowder plot to retell in their own words. They used vocabulary including, history, parliament, plotters, evidence, treason and torture.
Children were asked the key question
Children watched a video of the events surrounding the Gunpowder Plot. They were given chance to make notes and discuss further key question
Children acted out the different parts of the story showing their ability to recount the gunpowder plot.
Park Street focused a lot in assembly and collective worship time on Armistice Day this week and reflecting on the significance of soldiers who have braved their lives for us today. The children had a wonderful knowledge of this and enjoyed reflecting on Major John McRae's poem 'In Flanders Fields'.
Mrs Fitchett has launched a Poppy Art competition this week - get your entries in ASAP! We also have a large amount of entries to Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club Art Exhibition - details on the attached, but please go and visit the Metrodome this next weekend to offer your support and to see the masterpieces!
The whole school took part in two minutes silence at 11 o'clock on Friday to remember the fallen and those currently affected by conflict.
The photo below shows our beautiful Remembrance display that all classes contributed too within their art lesson.
Team DB have been learning about Remembrance. The children have been busily sorting a timeline of events since the end of the First World War and the history of the Cenotaph and Britain’s War Memorials. This really highlighted the importance of remembering those who have, and are, fighting in wars. The children learnt about the meaning of Cenotaph - empty tomb - and they also read the poem Flanders Fields, taking a copy home to practise as part of our oracy development.
Team DB's history this half term is linked to the Geography topic about Wombwell in WW1. They will continue to learn about this so keep checking the blog for updates!
Rainbows have been learning about Remembrance Day. They know that this is to remember soldiers and they know that some soldiers fought in the past. They know we wear poppies to show we remember the soldiers.
Their activities this week have included developing their cutting skills to create a poppy to wear, exploring and describing different textures to create a giant poppy picture to display in school, looking at remembrance pictures and identifying the initial sounds and tracing patterns on poppy petals. Rainbows also created a collage using different materials to make poppies to display in school. They made photo frames to help remember special people and special events that had happened.
The Rainbows watched a video from CBeebies that helped them to understand remembrance day. A family of rabbits are effected by soldiers fighting and they talked about the different emotions the rabbits and other animals might feel and what happened to where they lived. The Rainbows identified emotions including happy, excited, frightened, worried, scared and sad.
Year 6 have been learning about Remembrance. The children spoke today about the sacrifice made by soldiers in the world wars and those still defending us today. They were posed the question;
"World War 1 was called the war to end all wars. Why do you think people called it that at the time?"
This opened up a very interesting debate and the children were keen to engage. It opened up some questions about the current wars in Ukraine and Gaza and the children were very respectful.
The children took part in 2 minutes silence at 11 o' clock to remember the fallen and those who suffered.
As this weekend is Remembrance weekend the Rainbows have been learning about "the past." One of the activities was revisiting the "Ourselves" topic and talking about changes over time. They talked about what has happened in their past and how they have changed.
They looked at pictures of different people throughout their life. They had to order the pictures to create a timeline. Rainbows remembered the vocabulary they learnt during the "Ourselves" topic. They could identify baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult and elderly people. They could use this vocabulary confidently. Rainbows ordered the photos and explained to their friend the changes from each photo. They talked about babies needing adults to feed them and that to communicate they cry and put their arms out. They said toddlers learn to walk and can make different sounds to communicate. They said children can walk and move in different ways, can talk and communicate in different ways and they are taller than toddlers. The Rainbows could describe the changes in each picture and were inspired to try and complete the activity independently during provision time.
The Rainbows also focused on "the past" and were brought in a very strange object. First they held the bag and guessed what might be inside because it was very heavy. When they were shown the object they wondered what it could be. Lots of them thought it might be a type of door handle but some Rainbows guessed correctly that it was an iron! They compared the iron from the past to an iron in the present. The Rainbows found out it was made of metal, while the modern iron was mostly made from plastic. They talked about how the iron would get hot because it didn't have plug, and one Rainbow said they need to heat it up in flames. The rainbows all got to handle the iron (carefully) and told their friends it was very heavy and hard to push. They all decided that the modern iron was easier to use than the iron from the past.
Today the Shooting Stars have begun their new theme for learning with a focus on Bonfire Night and Fireworks! The children were very excited to tell us all about the fireworks they had seen and heard over the last few days. At group time, they learnt the Makaton signs for bonfire and fireworks and they watched some fireworks on the interactive whiteboard. They talked about the colours and the sounds and they enjoyed pretending to be fireworks and blasting off into the sky shouting "boom, bang, wheee, wooosh and pop!"
Here are some of their provision activities so far this week:
They have been creating firework collage pictures by sticking materials onto black paper using glue. Their focus words were "colourful, bright, sparkly and glittery" and they tried to use these words to describe their pictures.
In their painting area, they have been creating fireworks using glittery paint to make them sparkle. They tried to create different patterns and used the words "circles, spirals, dots, zig-zags and lines." They used cotton buds to make their patterns which was really good for developing their fine motor control.
Shooting Stars have also been creating fireworks using chalks in the mark making area. They tried hard to make lots of different patterns!
Team EO started the week listening to ‘Sparks in the Sky’. They then learnt about the Gunpowder Plot.
The children know that it happened in the past and discovered that this is the reason that we celebrate Bonfire Night.
They know that Bonfire Night is always celebrated on the 5th November.
Some of their provision activities were about Bonfire Night so please check out their blog to find out more!
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