Our Local Study topic looks at Rattlesden and beyond and compares it to a location that identifies similarities and differences. Rattlesden is a fascinating village, both historically and geographically, steeped in legend and folklore of the surrounding area. Many people within the community have lived there all of their lives and pass fascinating stories through the generations. Most attended the school when they were children and have seen the school and the village change over the years. The school also has artefacts and historical documents from its Victorian beginnings, including photographs, ledgers and original fixtures. The children are very proud of their school’s heritage. The history of the school is fascinating and makes an excellent study point that the children can really identify with.
WOW days! Trip to Museum of East Anglian Life (Victorian / School link, as well as local history) Oak Class visited the Museum of East Anglian Life to experience a Victorian classroom. Our teacher was very strict and we discovered just how different learning was in Victorian times compared to now!
Looking in detail: The Green Children of Woolpit and the legend of St Edmund Art and Creative Writing We used local history as a stimulus for art and creative writing. The children wrote descriptions and newspaper articles about the mysterious appearance of two green children who emerged out of a wolf pit in the nearby village of Woolpit.
Further afield: A focus Bury St Edmunds, including Creating graphs based on questionnaires about Bury completed over Easter and using other information for creating statistics.
Community Celebration To celebrate our wonderful village and it's rich history, we invited members of the community to visit our school. We displayed our home learning projects and enjoyed tea and cake whilst talking to members of the local community about their memories of the local area and experience of attending our school in the past.