"We are historians..."
Above: Hannah More, a English religious writer, philanthropist, poet and playwright associated with and buried in Wrington village.
At Wrington School, our curriculum is designed to inspire children and ignite their curiosity of learning about the past. Priority is given to developing specific historical skills to ensure knowledge is learnt, built upon and remembered. We will equip pupils with the ability to ask questions about the past, understand different points of view, to think critically, analysise evidence and develop informed judgements. Children will learn about mistakes made by societies in the past and how lessons can be learnt from such actions and events. Our curriculum is designed to be highly engaging, varied and based on the interests of our children whilst meeting the needs of all regardless of background, culture and ability.
History is delivered using a thematic approach making good use of cross- curricular links so children can make connections between all key aspects of their learning. Our long term planning develops the historical skills and concepts of Historical Interpretations; Historical Investigations; Chronological Understanding; Knowledge and Understanding of Events, People and Changes in the Past; Presenting, Organising and Communicating as required in the National Curriculum. Progression is planned carefully so that all pupils can be successful as historians by the end of year 6.
Through a series of carefully planned sequence of lessons, children will acquire knowledge and subject specific vocabulary. Prior learning is built upon in each class and opportunities for revision of facts and historical understanding are further developed. We warmly welcome many visitors to the school so children can actively engage first hand in their learning both inside and outside the classroom. Where possible, we also use the local community and locality to further enhance our curriculum ensuring at all times we embrace British values, the UN’s Global Goals and our school values.
The impact of this high quality teaching and learning at Wrington will be seen through:
- pupils being able to share their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm through their pupil voice;
- pupils highly engaging in their history learning and asking questions to find out more;
- pupils taking their learning home, researching work independently, talking with parents, visiting sites of interest and sharing their further enjoyment of the subject;
- pupils’ work showing a range of topics covered in a variety of ways. (Cross-curricular links will be clear and subject specific vocabulary used. Work will be clearly differentiated as appropriate);
- the school environment reflecting the rich history curriculum through displays, photographs and resources.
- pupils reflecting on lessons learnt from history helping them to make informed decisions in the future.
Black History Month
The children have been learning individual stories about some remarkable people who changed the world in their own way despite coming across some obstacles along the way.
In Reception the children were read the true story of tv personality and Floella Benjamin (DBE) and explored her journey to England from Trinidad as part of the Windrush generation. The children learnt about some of Floella's early struggles and adjusting to life in England.
As part of Black History Month, Year 5 have been studying the amazing musician Aretha Franklin. We considered what the title of her song ‘Respect’ meant to us. We also read the book, ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ and found out all about her incredible life and her fantastic achievements. Did you know…?
She learnt to play the piano just by listening to musicians visiting her house.
She joined gospel choir at the church where her father was a minister.
Aretha’s father took her on tour – people cried with joy when she sang
A record company offered her a contract
Aretha’s songs climbed the charts. One of her most popular songs was called ‘Respect’.
The words became an anthem for African/American women, demanding equal respect.
One of her friends was Martin Luther King Junior – when he died, she sang a song in his honour called ‘Precious Lord’.
She started writing and producing her own songs across a range of genres, recording hundreds of great hits.
After thirty years, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she was the first woman in history to be on the list.
Her greatest honour was singing at the inauguration of the first African/American President of the United States.
The little girl who asked for equality earned the R-E-S-P-E-C-T of millions!
Following two weeks of work in english and history the children came together to remember those who have been affected by conflict. Each class learnt about an aspect of remembrance such as looking at war memorials and statues to war poetry and the symbolism of the poppy. What does it mean to remember?
Each class made a poppy wreath and presented it after a two minutes silence on the 11th November- Armistice day.
Year 3 visit to Bristol museum
Year 3 went to the Bristol history museum, where we enjoyed a Stone Age to Iron Age workshop, to reinforce our learning in class.
We also enjoyed visiting the Egyptian display to recall and revisit our learning from our previous history topic about ancient Egypt.
Year 1 village walk
Year 1 have been finding out about the history of the village. With the help of a local historian they found out that Wrington used to have a train station, a fire station and a few famous local residents. How does our school compare today with the one in victorian times? How is it the same? How is it different?
The Platinum Jubilee
The children of Wrington have been celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in style. After a royal bake off each class looked in detail into a different decade of Queen Elizabeth's reign. All children and parents were given the opportunity to walk through the decades with our special jubilee trail to see how Britain had changed from 1953 to 2022. The children enjoyed seeing the similiarities between each decade, spotting world events they had learnt about and which toys were popular, some of which are still familiar to us even today.
We had members of the community to talk to us about their memories of their own coronation day and each class learnt an iconic song from their decade to perform to our street party at the end of the week of celebrations.
The coronation of King Charles III
The school had a week full of celebrations. The centre piece was the presentation of learning given by each class about the historical objects linked to the ceremony.
St Edward’s Crown and the Imperial State Crown
The Coronation Throne
The Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross
The Sovereign’s Orb
The Coronation spoon and anointing
After the coronation the children had a chance to watch the key parts of the service and the video was stopped to point out and explain the objects discussed above within the ceremony.
We have been learning all about democracy leading up to our school council elections. We learnt about Emily Davison, the suffragette movement and their fight to get the vote for everyone.