At John Cross, we believe history fires pupils’ curiosity to ask questions and know more about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Pupils should be encouraged to develop a chronological framework of British history that will enable them to make sense of the new knowledge they acquire and make links between events from the past. This will also allow them to understand the process of change, to see how we arrived ‘here’ and help them to make sense of the present, their world, and enrich their understanding of it. We want pupils to realise that the past is gone and history is constructed and contested. History’s unique concepts help pupils to construct arguments and support them to become analytical citizens who can question human motivation and society with skill and confidence.
Y5/6 Victorian Seaside Resorts and Blackpool Topic!
Year 5 and 6 children have been studying the topic of Victorian seaside holiday resorts, with a focus on Blackpool, linked to our geography topic.
As part of this topic, the children explored why seaside resorts became popular in the Victorian era, along with the importance of railways and trains becoming wide spread. We are lucky that we have Blackpool on our doorstep, and so were able to visit the resort, looking at the mixture of Victorian and modern architecture, whilst also drawing 'bird's eye' view maps in the square next to Blackpool Church. We also enjoyed a walk on on the Central pier, looking at the Victorian features, before visiting the Sealife Centre.
At school, the children researched different aspects of Victorian seaside holidays, and in groups created 'Victorian' advertising posters to try to entice people to visit in Victorian times.
STONE AGE MAN VISIT!
Year 3/4 had a full day's visit from a Stone Age man to support their learning in this topic! Not only that, Dan is famous, being one of the stars and having lived as a real Stone Age man as part of Channel 4's 'Surviving the Stone Age' series. The children learnt all about how Stone Age man lived and hunted, along with their clothing and food. They even got to try out some of the furs, instruments and weapons before making sap lamps in the school woodland in the afternoon!