History

 
History
 
 
 
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
Remembrance day
 
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
 
The Year 3 classes have been learning about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages and as part of that, had a look at how the discovery of bronze let them create tools, equipment and weapons to help them. Here are some of our Year 3s getting to grips with a Bronze Age shield for the first time!
Great Fire of London
 
The Year 2 classes are well under way with their topic on the Great Fire of London, looking at how the fire started and why. They then got to explore a whole array of artefacts connected to fire fighting to find out what methods would have been used to tackle the blaze as well as talk about what we would use instead these days.
Egyptians
 
In Year 6, they were fortunate enough to have Fr Conor come in to talk to them about the Egyptians. As a keen historian and someone who has studied them in the past, he had a lot of insight and knowledge to share with them. They also had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions about things which intrigued them. Fascinating introduction to the new topic!
Year 6 museum trip
 
 
Year 6 had a brilliant trip today at the World Museum and Walker Art Gallery. They visited the brand new Egyptian floor as part of their History topic and saw some real Mummies and Canopic jars. They also had time to visit all of the other floors too! In the afternoon, they popped over to the Walker Art Gallery and spent some time looking at all of the wonderful paintings. Have a look at the pictures below! 
Our Amazing Work!
 
With the first topics complete, our children have been showing off just some of their fantastic work in their History books.
 
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!
Pupil Voice
 
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.
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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.
Mystery of the Maya
 
Our Year 6 children investigated some Ancient Maya artefacts this week taking careful consideration for what they were made from, how they might have been used and what connections they could find between them. They discovered a lot of the artefacts had links to their religious beliefs.
Edith Cavell and Florence Nightingale
 
In Year 2, they've been working through their topic of 'Fighting Fit', the stories of how Edith Cavell and Florence Nightingale made huge impacts in First World War and the Crimean War through saving the lives of soldiers - sometimes on both sides. The children worked through sequencing events from earliest to latest and had the opportunity to investigate different artefacts from their time.
Making historical links to Geography
 
Year 3 were set the challenge of sequencing different maps of the Roman Empire without having been given any information at all! They had to use their map reading skills and historical enquiry skills to investigate each one and put them in the correct order to show the expansion of the Roman Empire using the tiniest of clues along the way. They all succeeded though! Fantastic work!
Roman artefacts
 
Our History topic is all about Roman Britain, carrying on from learning about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. We explored a range of Roman artefacts this week (touching, feeling and even smelling) to help us learn more about what life was like back in 55AD. Some of them were very obvious, but some were extremely tricky and left us a bit confused although some great theories were discussed. See if you can work them all out.
Our Amazing Work! (part 2)
 
Over half way through the year and our books are going from strength to strength. Here's some more of our children showcasing their favourite work and pieces that they are proud of.
 
Absolutely brilliant work, so detailed and jam packed with information and historical language. Well done everyone!