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At Woodlea Junior School, History is the main driving focus for the wider curriculum. We believe that the study and teaching of History inspires and motivates children’s eagerness, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the diverse society in which they live and that of the diverse wider world. It helps gain a sense of their own uniqueness, identity within a social, cultural, political and economic background. Our children are always keen to understand what particular skill they are learning in History at the start of the session, whether it be chronology, events, people and changes, interpretation, enquiry and using sources or communication and vocabulary.

Year 3 children have been learning about life during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. To make this topic come to life, a professional Blacksmith, Gary, arrived at Woodlea Junior School to showcase his skills and talents to the children. The aim of the day was to engage the children to get hands-on experience of the varying metal items created and used within this historical era and to witness a demonstration of how metal tools are developed and created using stone, charcoal and heat. During the day, Gary explained to the children about the importance of Blacksmiths during the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Some of the items created by Gary included a pinnacular brooch, hooks, keyrings, a rose, torcs used by the wealthy Celts and some nails. All the children were extremely intrigued and asked many questions which Gary answered to the best of his knowledge. It was an absolutely marvellous day filled with great activities. Every child, including many teachers, had a tremendous day and were thrilled and amazed at how metal can be changed once it has been heated. 

Iron and Fire day!

4T have been working collaboratively to use the correct terminology to describe different artefacts from the Shang Dynasty! They all took it in turns to have a feel of the artefact, discuss the possible uses and then actually define what it is!

King Alfred the Great by Year 5!

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In Year 5, the children have been learning about King Alfred the Great. To ensure that the children fully understood who this King was, they all researched facts about him and then uploaded a video by acting in role!

VE Day letters written by Year 6!

During the war, life changed for everybody, including children, men and women. For most children, the war years were a time of anxiety and frustration and for many others it was a period of family separation. The Year 6 children were asked to look at accounts of people who lived during the war and then write a letter in character expressing their feelings about the end of the war. Take a look at some of the great letters written!

Wartime diaries by 6C!

Hayden’s Great Grandad sharing his experience about VE Day, back in 1945!

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We have been very fortunate to hear from a 93 year old, great grandad, who made a special effort to share his thoughts about VE Day, back in 1945!