Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0JQ
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about our topic ‘Queens and Castles’. They have used their skills as historians to ask and answer questions, order key events and recognise significant changes that have happened over many years. The children were able to use their newly acquired understanding of castles to design and draw their own. Key features included battlements, arrow slits and moats. They could discuss the importance of these features and their vital role in protecting those living within the castle grounds. We also looked closely at the lives of Queen Elizabeth 1st and Queen Victoria and compared their reigns. The children were able to learn and retain an amazing amount of information about both Queens and used this information to complete fact files, comparison tables and create timelines. They were able to explain what they would do if they were King or Queen for the day with some suggestions being ‘I would help the poor’, ‘I would make sure everyone had food’ and ‘I would wear beautiful dresses everyday’. We look forward to consolidating our learning with an exciting workshop from ‘History off the Page’ at the end of March.
Year 1 this term have enjoyed being historians discovering about toys from the past and present day. Children have investigated popular toys through the 20th century and the early 21st century. Year 1 thought about their favourite toy from today before we moved on to look at toys which were popular when our parents and grandparents were children. The children have been developing a range of historical skills, such as: asking and answering questions, identifying and interpreting different sources and recognising change and exploring how this influences them today.