There are three History topics throughout the school year; one in the second half half of every term. Each of these topics will be taught as a focused History week where there will be lots of research and writing opportunities following on from the exploring and enquiry of various artefacts. In previous years, children have also been able involved in making and testing foods, re-enacting dances, designing their own replicas of artefacts and creating drama productions of key events to immerse them in their learning.
Our Autumn topics are:
- Year 1: Toys, toys everywhere! (Toys belonging to grandparents and their own)
- Year 2: Fire! Fire! (The great fire of London)
- Year 3: Scavengers and settlers (Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages)
- Year 4: The Victorians
- Year 5: Battling Britain
- Year 6: The Egyptians
Our Spring topics are:
- Year 1: Explorers (Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus)
- Year 2: Fighting Fit (Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell)
- Year 3: Rocking Romans
- Year 4: Smashing Saxons and Scots
- Year 5: Meet the Greeks
- Year 6: The Incredible Maya
Our Summer topics are:
- Year 1: School's Out! (What would you have done after school 100 years ago?)
- Year 2: Scrub a dub dub (Kitty Wilkinson)
- Year 3: Marvelous Mersey
- Year 4: Vicious Vikings
- Year 5: Freedom (Impact of the slave trade on Liverpool)
- Year 6: Beatlemania
This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. As well as selling poppies to raise money for the Royal British Legion, each class will complete a special piece of work which will show their thoughts and feelings about the day.
The whole of St Matthew's came together today at 11am to join in a minute of silence to mark this coming remembrance day; the 100th anniversary of the end to the First World War.
Earlier on in the day, every class produced a special piece of reflective work including poppy art work from Reception, letters from Years 1 and 4, poems from Years 2 and 3, a letter to a soldier from our Year 5 classes and a reflective piece of writing from Year 6 about the significance of the day to them.
The Mystery of Stonehenge
Biscuits, marshmellows and key information about what was found at Stonehenge? Strange! Year 3 tackled the mystery of Stonehenge by looking at some images of Stonehenge and making some initial theories as to what it was built for. They then watched a few short videos and scoured key fact sheets, discounting some sources and keeping others. Lastly, they had a go a building our own mini-Stonehenges using the biscuits and marshmellows so that they could get an idea of the shape and patterns involved in its design.
This all came together with final theories as to why Stonehenge was build which were wide ranging but backed up with evidence - just like the experts!
Bronze Age shields
Great Fire of London
Our Amazing Work!
Not only were their books beautifully neat and full of information, but the children were very confidently able to talk in great depth about their topics. In fact, it was hard to stop them talking!
Scarlett Y6 - "I like History because I enjoy looking at how we've changed and evolved over time and if the effects were good or bad compared to now."
The Y6 children collectively spoke about how History was important so that we can learn right from wrong by looking at past mistakes and how proud they were that they could talk about the history of Liverpool when people asked them.
Emily Y4 - "I like History because you can dig into the past. I like learning about the Victorians because she made most of the things we need and without her, we would live a very different life."
Harry Y4 - "I like History because you can find out things that have happened in the past. I have learned that some toys we have were used in 1837! I also learned that when Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria wore black for the rest of her life.
Shay Y2 - "I liked learning about the Great Fire of London. They used crowbars to pull down the houses to stop the fire spreading."
Noah Y2 - "The past is fun to learn about and it's really important. I know all about how they put the fires out in the Great Fire of London."
The following link is a great tool for home and at school to develop History skills
- Choose an artefact and make it full screen.
- Talk about its features; what does it look like, what patterns are there, any colours, what about textures?
- Where do you think it came from?
- What might it have been used for and why do you think that?
- Read some of the background information and discover the real reasons!
Even if your guess was completely wrong, that's fine! It's all about exploring History, making observations and drawing conclusions.
Stone Age Man
With History week kicking off next week, and the Year 3 topic being all about the Stone Age through to the Iron age, they had a visitor come in to talk about the Stone Age. He brought some amazing artefacts with him like clothes, weapons, tools and instruments which they got to take a close look at. He also brought some authentic Stone Age food - bugs. Yes, they were soon nibbling away on ants and worms listening to some great stories.
Have a look at some of their pictures!
Year 5 - Causes and consequences of WWII
Year 5 looked in depth at the causes of WWII and the consequences, both short term and long term, of it. They found that things were not perhaps as simple as first thought and that the events leading up to the war were very complex and wide spread.
Year 1 - Toys toys toys!
Year 1 were exploring all about toys, past and present. They started by asking their parents and grandparents what toys they played with when they were younger and why. They were also able to go on a trip to the museum to look at a range of toys from the past and even got to touch and hold a few!
The children saw some toys hadn't changed at all and were still played with today, but other toys that we have today are very different to those in the past. They didn't have iPads 40 years ago! Imagine that!
Year 4 - Victorians
Year 4's topic was all about the Victorians. They went on a trip to Quarry Bank Mill which, although not built in the Victorian times, was used extensively by them. It was particularly important during the industrial revolution to increase the supply of cotton to both England and the United Kingdom. They also discovered that it used to be powered by animals, then by water and later by steam power. This gave them a real insight to the change which occurred in England during the revolution and what a driving force it was to the industry sector.