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. 
Chestnut and Beech Class are learning about the local history
Both classes have been very busy learning about our local history. The children have visited the 'tump' next to the school where we discussed the tump is made from the waste out of mine. The children then made 'cave paintings' with the mud and dirt we collected. The children also visited the Dean Heritage Centre where they looked round an old miners cottage, pulled a hod and made an old Victorian toy.
Miss Hek and Mrs Aston visited Mark at Little Drybrook mine, who showed them around. The children watched videos of the visit to see what it looks like in a mine and to see someone working in a mine.
At the beginning of the topic the children wrote letters to Mr Ball to find out what it was like growing up in Ellwood. Mr Ball has very kindly replied to the children in a letter and created a display of old photos of what Ellwood school used to look like. 
Chestnut class started their new topic on the local area by looking at some objects used in the mine.
The children had some great ideas about what the objects were used for.
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.