Threads Environment and Sustainability Arts and Architecture Key Figures
This topic enables the children to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local history. It will enable them to address questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They will understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources, including using sources significant to our school, village and other significant places locally. The school has artefacts and historical documents from its Victorian beginnings, including photographs, ledgers and original fixtures. The history of the school is fascinating and makes an excellent study point that the children can really identify with.
This topic also enables the children to develop their geographical skills and fieldwork. Our Local Study topic looks at Rattlesden and beyond and compares it to a location that identifies similarities and differences. In addition, it provides many opportunities to engage with our local community. Many people within the community have lived there all of their lives and pass fascinating stories through the generations.
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.