The aim of history at Ellwood primary school is to help children understand Britain's past and that of the world. Children will be encouraged to ask questions, think critically and develop their own perspective and judgement.
Through the history curriculum the children will develop an understanding of the chronology of the world studying periods of history from the Stone Age through to a theme in British history after 1066 and aspects of local history. During their time at Ellwood, children will have the opportunity to learn about significant individuals who have had an impact on national and international history.
Beech and Chestnut classes started the year with an online lesson with Elizabeth who works for the National Archives. Elizabeth showed the children maps of London and they found St. Pauls Cathedral, Pudding Lane, London Bridge and the River Thames on a map. The children were able to talk about why the fire spread quickly using their knowledge of materials.
In the Spring term, Beech and Chestnut looked at different types of transport and investigated how people travel.
The Great War
Willow and Sycamore classes are studying World War One, The Great War. In Willow class, the children have created some fantastic topic book covers using a colourwash background and silhouettes to create a battlefield scene. You can see some examples below.
They have been learning about the events leading up to the start of the war and what it was like living in the trenches and have started to create sketch book diaries based on their research.
Willow Class have been learning what it would be like to discover and investigate sherds of pottery found in the Forest of Dean. They also learnt about Roman life through the medium of dance.
Willow and Sycamore classes have been learning about Ancient Civilisations. They have studied Ancient Egypt, finding out how and when they lived. They also learned about the process of mummification and who built the pyramids.
They carried out their own research on the Shang Dynasty, producing some super projects and homework tasks.
Finally, they looked at Ancient Greece. Year 6 learned about the Greek theatre and plays written in that time, acting them out and writing their own playscripts.