History Subject Leader - Christopher Moore
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.
Lower school have enjoyed learning all about the Anglo-Saxons including the culture, archaeology and exploring different sources to understand what life was like. Some children also made excellent models for their homework like the one in the picture below made by Ryder in Badgers class.
On Monday 3rd December the children from Year 5 and 6 welcomed Grandparents and relatives to a World War 2 Tea Party to share experiences and artefacts with the children. Some adults brought in artefacts like: ration books, medals, telegrams and badges. Once the stories had been shared, everyone got the opportunity to try some of the WW2 recipes the children had made using a weekly ration allowance. The children were really creative with their ideas and brought in things like: chocolate potato cake, scones, elderflower jelly, oat biscuits and carrot cookies. After the children had eaten their food, they went into the hall to sing some songs from the era. They sang ‘We’ll meet again’ and ‘Run Rabbit’, singing these songs brought back lots of memories for all of the visitors.
We really enjoyed the afternoon because it was interesting to find out about people’s lives during the war. Thank you to all of the adults who came to the Tea Party to share their stories, to parents who came to help and to the teachers who helped the afternoon happen.
Grace Brierley and Ben Green
As part of lower schools current History topic they enjoyed a fabulous Ancient Egyptian workshop with Brian. They learned many new things, such as:
The many uses of the River Nile
What the first type of paper was called - papyrus, and how it was made
How to become of Priest or Priestess
The importance of the Pharaoh
Howard Carter and his memorable find
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
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