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History Subject Leader - Christopher Moore

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Vision for History


At Oatlands Junior School we encourage children to be curious about the past and equip pupils with the historical enquiry skills to: ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, make connections, contrasts and trends over time and gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.


Upper schools new history topic for the Autumn term is WWII. The children have been enjoying their new history topic  and Year 5 are looking forward to the trip to Eden Camp. It has also been very interesting hearing about the children's family link to WWII. One example is Holly in Tigers class who produced an excellent note book on her great grandfather who was a wireless operator and gunner in the RAF.   
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The Romans

Upper Key Stage Two are currently enjoying studying the Romans. They are learning about the rise and spread of the Roman Empire as well as the invasion of Britain.  
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Year 5 Victorian Day

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On Thursday 7th December, the Year 5 children had a Victorian Day Workshop. It was to enable us to have a better understanding about Charles Dickens and the Victorian era in English. During the morning, we were visited by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, Mr Fairfax (mill owner who always said ‘splendid’ and emphasised the p), Florence Nightingale (a famous nurse), Mr Obadiah Pitt (headmaster), Fanny (Chambermaid), Billy Sweeney, who taught us a few songs that Victorians sang to amuse themselves. Afterwards, we had a little break and then came back inside to do some drama. Firstly, we warmed up our bodies and then, we acted out being people in higher and lower society. In the afternoon, the storyteller told the story of A Christmas Carol and chose people along the way to act out parts in the story. To finish off all the excitement, we sang a last song that we learnt with Billy called Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay. Everybody really enjoyed Victorian Day - it was SPLENDID!


Madeline O’Connell and Evie Holding

What we've been learning about...

Joseph Kell's poem about Ethelred the Unready & the Danegeld

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In Years 3 & 4, we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. 


"Did you know that Viking helmets didn't have horns?" Ben Summerson - 4H Falcons

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