Category Archives: History

History Man – World War 2

Our afternoon with David, The History Man, started with briefly discussing World War One and how that impacted and influenced World War Two.

David then showed us and talked about a variety of different things and aspects of World War Two. This included the different types of gas masks there were, toys during World awards Two, shooting rifles, clothing, an air-raid siren, etc.
After learning lots of interesting facts, the children were then given some time to explore and were able to use the siren themselves, try on some clothes, and even practise their rifle skills!

The children had a great afternoon and really did love every minute of it. Thank you so much for David from all of Y6 for such a wonderful and informative time!

World War Two

This week saw Year 6’s final lesson of their World War Two topic. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and were sad to see it come to an end.
In this lesson we looked at what events occurred leading up to end of the war and considered why Germany surrendered. We used play-dough and a map to show where different countries fought and invaded. This helped the children understand some of the events that occurred and the reasons for them.

Walter Tull

Back in October the children started to study Walter Tull for Black History Month. Walter Tull was a professional footballer and fought as a soldier in World War One. The children loved learning about him! We started by reading a book which was a scrapbook of his life. We then completed some online research, created a timeline of his life and then finally the children created a double-page spread to show what they had learnt about him. They have taken a while to complete but are now finished and looking amazing!

Maya Civilisation

To end our history unit on the Maya Civilisation, we looked at the possible theories regarding the civilisation’s decline. It was clear to us that there are so many theories as to why it declined, but no one actually knows for sure the real reason why. Working in small groups, the children took on the role of arguing why it may have been due to a particular theory. For example, we had Professor Poor Soil in one group and Dr Drought in another.

World War Two

Recently Year 6 have started their history topic on World War Two. The children are already very engrossed in this topic and cannot wait to learn more! In their first couple of lessons they have learnt why the Second World War started and all about propaganda posters.

World War Two Recounts

Evie and Kennie both came into school this week with something to share with the class.

Evie had a lovely recount that her great grandad had written about his experience in the war and she confidently read this aloud to the class.

Kennie shared photographs of his great grandad who was in the war, as well as photographs of French money and ration books.

Thank you both for sharing those things with us!

Baking a rationing recipe!

After a very long wait year 6 finally were able to create their rationing recipe – honey cakes! The children had previously planned for these cakes and considered the ingredients and equipment that would be needed.

The children had to work in small groups to measure, weigh and mix the ingredients together before kneading the mixture and creating small honey cakes. The children then waited for their cakes to bake and filled out their evaluation forms. Once they had finished, the children tasted their cakes and evaluated the flavour and texture. They then tasted modern day Madeira cake and compared it to the rationing recipe.