Today pupils across the school travelled back in history with a wide range of events going on throughout the day.
The day started with Mr Willetts launching the “Guess the Adult” competition. Photographs from the history of the adults in the school were displayed and pupils had to try to identify who was who from their baby and childhood photographs.
Mr Simmons then created a timeline – out of toilet rolls. With each sheet worth 10 years, he travelled back through time showing how long ago various events took place, going back to the Romans in the first roll of toilet roll. To go back to the extinction of the dinosaurs, he would have needed enough toilet rolls to cover the whole of the hall floor three layers tall!
It was then time to get back to the classes and begin the activities. Year 5 and 6 pupils travelled back to World War Two. They carried out research, tried some cooking with the rations, worked on a big art collage and cracked codes at Bletchley Park.
Pupils came dressed as evacuees and throughout the day had to carry their gas mask, the gas mask box and their identity card. They had to be on standby to dive under the table when the air raid siren went off.
Pupils in the Infants discovered the history of some of the things they now take for granted. They were able to explore some early telephones and cameras and had a go at making their own camera and telephones.
Pupils also had the chance to see the history of transport with an old fashioned car and motorbike coming to the school for them to investigate. They also had fun playing some of the games of the past, such as making flick books.
Children in the EYFS found out what schools were like in the past, played some games that children would have played years ago and even had a go at washing by hand – as they would have done before electricity!
Children in Year 3 and 4 spent the day in a number of workshops. Some found out about the history of music, starting with a quiz, then investigating a range of instruments from history before having a go at making their own instruments. In another classroom we travelled back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians with the children bringing their favourite bears to be blessed and mummified.
Other pupils travelled back to the time of The Romans, exploring the food that would have been eaten and making some mosaic pictures. Whilst other pupils turned into archaeologists and took part in The Big Dig. With trowels and brushes, the children had to carefully excavate their site and piece together the clues to discover the secrets held within the earth.
It was a day that will go down in history as being a fantastic day of learning in the school. Please leave a comment below and tell us what bit you enjoyed the most.