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24/05/22

In Elmer we have been thinking about sustainability and have been doing some ‘plastic free’ planting. https://t.co/XdldAya52S

24/05/22

Dahl class having such fun on the common on a nature walk for and , enjoying the nature all around us is good for us! https://t.co/Ucgu9AdTOW

23/05/22

To celebrate susfest, year 4 have created persuasive posters to encourage local people to reduce, reuse, recycle https://t.co/dWwviFw6Rq

23/05/22

Super start to our Sustainability festival 2022 week with lots of fascinating articles in Aquila to explore: from ancient eco warriors history to plant power science. https://t.co/OWb1PGamoO

23/05/22

Watch out HA Team Potter are about checking if lights have been left on! We are recording our data in a table and are going to present our data in a bar graph to Mrs Johnston! https://t.co/lmGdmVw6JD

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/Hw0J5KGveK

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/1kffhg5izD

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/eHecgNgcmB

20/05/22

A few examples of year six Team Tolkien’s Queen-inspired poetry https://t.co/ozpMvzTKHP

20/05/22

Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired poems. https://t.co/epf0ypDDZ5

20/05/22

Wonderful Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired poems. https://t.co/l8o9OclrMx

20/05/22

Amazing year six Team Shakespeare poets writing and performing Jubilee poems to reflect their historical learning about the Queen this half term. https://t.co/l7RyBSASHA

20/05/22

Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired raps. https://t.co/4s3HMYXfhR

20/05/22

Amazing year six Team Shakespeare poets writing and performing Jubilee poems to reflect their historical learning about the Queen this half term. https://t.co/SJWwE4AjxH

19/05/22

Year 3 & 4 had a lovely walk this afternoon to Oval for our educating hearts and minds project. We all enjoy the beautiful sunshine and surroundings. https://t.co/EP9svdB3x5

19/05/22

Potter Class had a fantastic time walking to The Oval this afternoon. What great weather for it! https://t.co/bypAsAbKWc

19/05/22

Year six track events - 100m sprint https://t.co/ud1Rkb2m9V

19/05/22

Year six practising their rounders skills and tactics on a gorgeous sunny day https://t.co/Wz0vNvu7rU

18/05/22

Dahl class have worked really hard on our home learning these past 2 weeks and have created presentations all about rocks, well done! https://t.co/2XQnYg9z7Y

16/05/22

Team Tolkien were treated to a short play, in the afternoon sunshine, on the much awaited new play equipment! We had beaming smiles all-round! https://t.co/FrsXJIZbGj

16/05/22

Year 3 have been inspired by their text War and Peas to design imaginary kingdoms that will inspire our writing. This lesson comes with a warning: it might make your stomach grumble! https://t.co/me12o2QXXw

13/05/22

Year six team Shakespeare artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/TVZYVTOFp5

13/05/22

Year six team Shakespeare artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/A8duckwgsI

13/05/22

Year 4 working on our overarm throws in PE https://t.co/ZZhW29sRuA

13/05/22

Year six team Tolkien artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/K8RUn7XNQP

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/KNsCXETRSe

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/PTZGaTlK4c

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/JfiEzUQKmh

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/crKMu2myr7

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/OLVLXCWWK0

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/32CQPZCw22

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/3h6UFl4TMA

11/05/22

Super pre-SATs cross country this morning https://t.co/beTV7y3d60

11/05/22

Dahl class computer scientists have worked hard today on creating their own blogs https://t.co/GXGqvsR6jR

11/05/22

In maths today Dahl class have enjoyed using concrete resources (clocks) to create angles and measuring them using our protractors https://t.co/re9XWO18wK

11/05/22

Super pre-SATs cross country this morning https://t.co/fHUMiDkhSg

11/05/22

Year six Team Shakespeare historians exploring an art gallery of different representations of the Queen and answering the question: who is the real Queen? https://t.co/ln96bOdO45

11/05/22

Year Six day three SATs breakfast party: croissants! All very excited for double maths this morning! https://t.co/q0mzITxvFn

11/05/22

Year Six day three SATs breakfast party: croissants! All very excited for double maths this morning! https://t.co/IME0bhxry7

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History

Purpose and Aims

Purpose:

For pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Aims:

  • To investigate and interpret the past
  • To build an overview of world history
  • To understand chronology
  • To communicate using the language of an historian

Provision

Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways

  • Breadth - which gives pupils experiences of a range of historical figures and periods
  • Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like historians

Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element, repetition and increasing the understanding is our goal for the “depth” element.

Our curriculum drivers shape our approach to teaching history so that every opportunity is taken to relate history to the needs of our pupils. History is studied throughout each academic year and across each key stage so that pupils can gain a growing developmental understanding of the matters, skills and processes in our curriculum. Coherent contexts for learning engage ad involve pupil.

Progression and Assessment

Our progression has 4 key objectives which mirror the four aims of the subject. We set out our expectations around Chris Quigley Essentials “mile stones” approach. Each milestone has a set of indicators that re repeated throughout 3 cognitive domains: Basic (We call it Paddling), Advancing (we call in snorkelling) and Deep (we call it diving). It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will have an advancing understanding by the end of the milestone and some will have a deep understanding.

Assessment and reporting

We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each term and use this to forecast as to whether pupils are on track to meet our curriculum expectations for the end of the milestone.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Improvement

The role of the leader in monitoring pupil’s outcomes is to audit teacher’s judgements. This is done collectively in staff meetings and then collated by the leader. The leader then works collectively with the teachers to examine the strengths of the provision along with the areas for development for the provision. The leaders then create an action plan to improve achievement. The leader keeps track of the improvements they have secured over time to understand how effect the provision is.

Year 3 Potter Class, Timelines

Brilliant historians of Potter Class have been working hard to develop their understanding of change over time by creating timelines of homes throughout history.

Timelines

World War 2 Workshops for Year 4 and Year 5

A great start to our WW2 workshop this morning. Dr Seuss class look fabulous- thank you parents.

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Stories Through History in Year 3 Potter Class

We have been exploring stories throughout history. Today we created story stones for different parts of a story that will inspire our Stone Age stories.

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Archeological Dig in Year 4 Kerr Class

Kerr class having their own archaeological dig. To learn about transport from the ancient past.

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Year 6 started their new history topic entitled Find Your Voice 

Looking at activism in Britain over the past few centuries. Incredibly thoughtful and thought-provoking discussions on Baroness Lawrence’s work as an activist for anti- racism in the judicial system.

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Amazing Artefacts

Year 4 Kerr Class have been investigating transport in the past.

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Year 6 visit the History of The Oval

Year 6 Historians looking at the site of the National Children’s Home at the Highfield Oval in Harpenden, linked to their Home and Belonging PSHE and history topic.History in the making: year six digging and planting trees in the Oval orchard to regenerate this special piece of history and vital ecosystem for generations to come.

Inside the chapel observing the window designed by artist Frank O Salisbury - taking notice of all the skills depicted in the window that children at the home would have been taught.

Art chapel

History oval

Year 6 School Trip to the Charles Dickens Museum

Very excited to start our Charles Dickens workshops and tour of his house decorated for Christmas.

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Taking in the role of curators and asking questions about a range of artefacts from the Charles Dickens collection.

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Learning lots about Charles Dickens’ life and the lives of rich Victorians by exploring his house.

Curators in action debating which artefacts should be added to the Charles Dickens museum.

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Year 1/2 WW1 and WW2 Workshop

On Tuesday, Elmer and Aslan had a WW1 and WW2 workshop as part of our topic 'Let's Remember.' We created a human timeline to show the events of WW1 and WW2. We played a game to understand what the soldiers ate in the trenches during the war. In the afternoon, we were able to touch and look at the different artefacts from WW2 and WW1. To end the workshop we worked on our marching! We had a great day.

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Year 3 Potter Class visit Verulamium Museum

On Monday, Potter Class went to St.Albans to learn more about the Romans. We got to touch Roman artefacts to see how they lived. We also visited the Hypocaust and the Roman theatre. This was a great opportunity to do some sketching. Our trip inspired us to write recounts of our day. 

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Foundling Museum, Year 6 Georgian & Victorian Times

On Wednesday Year 6 enjoyed a wonderful day at the Foundling Museum finding out about the lives of Foundling children in the Georgian and Victorian era, not to mention a fun-filled lunchtime and play at Coram Fields, the original site of the Foundling Hospital.

"Today we enjoyed a wonderfully thought-provoking and informative trip to the Foundling Museum in London to learn about the lives of poor children in Georgian and Victorian Britain. We were fascinated by the patience and resilience (two of our values) of Thomas Coram in waiting seventeen years to gain permission to set up the Foundling Hospital along with the kindness of famous artists (William Hogarth) and musicians (Handel- our composer of the month) in donating their time and works of art to raise the profile of the hospital and raise funds to support the children.

We looked at a huge range of primary and secondary evidence, from letters to artefacts to paintings to verbal reports from Foundlings in the 20th century. We discussed in depth what life would have been like for the Foundlings, compared to the lives they would have lived had they remained on the streets and also compared to our own lives. We debated the ethical dilemma that mothers would have faced deciding whether or not to give their baby up to the Foundling Hospital.

We were also very excited to go to the Handel exhibition as he was one of our composers of the month last year! We got to see many of his personal artefacts such as his will (bequeathing his Messiah score to the hospital), his watch and many of his letters. We also got to listen to the different genres of his music – from choral to operatic - and to explore an amazing circular timeline of his life which included key cultural events throughout his life."

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Dickens Museum, November 2018, Year 6 Shakespeare

Click on the link above to see our Pupil Voice on our school trip and to learn more about the fabulous day we had.

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WW1 & WW2 Workshop, Year 2 Aslan Class

Aslan class had a wonderful Workshop based around World War 1 and 2 on Tuesday. The children were surrounded by real artefacts from the war. Children got to try on gas masks and helmets the war. Children also got to use a stirrup pump  used by the fire brigade during WW2.

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It was a fantastic ore inspiring day that produced some fascinating and mature conversations between the children.

Foundling Museum, Year 6 Shakespeare Class

On Wednesday the Year 6 children enjoyed a wonderfully thought-provoking trip to the Foundling Museum in London to learn about the lives of poor children in Georgian and Victorian Britain. They were fascinated by the patience of Thomas Coram in waiting seventeen years to gain permission to set up the Foundling Hospital along with the kindness of famous artists (William Hogarth) and musicians (Handel- our composer of the month) in donating their time and works of art to support the children. We can’t wait to explore the history of the Foundling children further back in class. A huge thank you to the five parent volunteers who expertly led their groups around the museum; the museum staff commented on the super engagement and behaviour of the children.

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Key Stage 1 School Walk to the War Memorial in Harpenden

On Monday, pupils walked to the War Memorial to sketch the poppies and to lay the wreath from Harpenden Academy. Pupils discussed why the poppies had been placed at the War Memorial and why this year was especially important because it was 100 years since the end of WW1.

Image 4London Bridge is Falling Down, Year 1 Elmer Class

When we were at the fire station, the fire brigade set alight to our houses and we watched them burn to the ground. Then they let us put the fire out with the giant hose!

While we were there we got to do a few other things; we played team games to aim the hose – our teachers were very close to being sprayed!  We also tried to lift the dummy people out of the pretend fire. As well as that we went into the practice room to use the special cameras that can help to see through the smoke!

Image 5History on a Page, Year 4 Austen Class

We have had a tremendous week this week at school.

On Tuesday Year 4 had a ‘History on a Page’ workshop in school which was hugely creative and educational. We made candles, leather pouches, baked and learnt to weave. We enjoyed our banquet in the afternoon. Thank you to parents for sending the children in such amazing costumes, it really helped to create a medieval atmosphere.

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History of Children's Home, Year 6

Year 6 went on a wonderful trip to the Oval on Wednesday to find out about the history of the children’s home that was established there in the early 20th century. As historians they used artefacts and archives to learn more about the lives of children in the past. The volunteers who led the tour commented verbally and in writing on how beautifully behaved the children were and how curious and engaged with the discussions and activities. I was particularly impressed with their empathy when imagining what it would have felt like for children arriving from inner city London to the Oval.

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Natural History Museum, Year 6

On Tuesday, 24 April 2018, Year 6 spent the day deepening their knowledge and understanding of evolution at the Natural History Museum. They explored what has evolved over the past few hundred million years, how it has evolved and why by participating in a range of fun activities and games. The children were so excited to see Mary Anning’s fossils up close, not to mention a series of skulls showing how humans evolved over the past five million years to carry larger brains! A huge thank you to Molly's mum, Micah's mum and Ellie and Sav's dad for coming on our trip with us.

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