Category Archives: History

Black History Month: Harriet Tubman

This month is Black History Month and during their Topic lessons, Robins have been learning about famous black people throughout History.

As a class we have studied about Harriet Tubman.

During an afternoon Robins carefully created their own fact file or diary entry about Harriet Tubman.
Can you spot your own work?!

Robins have also worked hard to create a display board showing the learning we have done on both Black History and our value of the month Tolerance. To highlight what a wonderful and diverse class we are; we created a map showing where we are from. Doesn’t it look nice?! (don’t forget to leave a comment for encouragement ? )

Extension: At home visit to see how Harriet Tubman tells the story of her life and how she escaped slavery.

Our value word Tolerance & Black History Month

Robins highly value the importance of tolerance.

As a class we have been sharing all about ourselves. Many of us have family that come from different countries. This has enriched our learning and increased our understanding of the importance of tolerance and respecting all cultures. During circle time we have been able to enjoy a range of languages including Chinese, Kurdish, Arabic, Punjabi, Urdu, Italian, Spanish and Maori.

Mr Lo has also purchased a book to share with the class. Don’t forget to take a look during our ERIC sessions.

As part of our values and black history month display board we have decided we would like to decorate it with photos of our diverse class. Some of us have already brought in photos. Thanks for sharing!

Furthermore, we have discussed the importance of recognising Black Figures. This week we have recapped on important Black Figures. Can you recognise them?

and finally, we also looked at some local black celebrities.

A big shout out to Jessica for making a table comparing Roman numerals, English and Chinese.

Ryan for taking pride in his football. Well done!

Groovy Greek Entertainment!

It’s been a while since we last updated our blog on the Greeks; that doesn’t mean we stopped learning about them!
Recently Robins have been researching all about democracy in Greece,

The Olympic Games.

and Greek Theatre.

It was very fascinating learning about the different types of plays, including:
Tragedies: The first type they invented was the tragedy. In tragedies, one or more major characters always suffered a disastrous end.

Comedies: In comedies, plays always had a happy end.

Satires: Satires were plays that made fun of mortal legends and of real people. In ancient Greece, you did not poke fun at the gods – not in a play, not in real life, not ever. But you could poke fun at your leaders. And that was uniquely Greek. Satires in ancient Greece were often political in nature, and could indeed affect people’s opinions about current events.

Robins used bullet points to record their findings. Below is an example.

After that, they had fun designing their own masks. Can you tell which are comedies and which are tragedies?

Extension: At home
Visit to read more about “How did the Olympic Games begin?”
and to watch a video about Greek Theatre.

Black History Month

October is also Black History Month.

For “Talking Tuesday’s” guided reading lesson we read all about Black History month to consolidate our knowledge on the topic.

The skill for the day was to “Ask questions to check your own understanding”. Robins got very excited when we did the “hot seating” activity.

Whoever was in the hot seat got to ask their question to the whole class and then pick who to answer it. If the answer was correct, they then got to sit in the “hot seat”.

Well done Robins.

Don’t forget to have a go at reading this out aloud at home; It counts as one of your reading targets!

Making Greek Pots and Vases

Robins have recently been learning all about the Ancient Greeks and the importance of Greek pottery and vases.
Robins made a request if they could have a go at actually making them, and… guess what? We did!

It was a lot of hard work requiring perseverance and concentration. Many of us reflected on how difficult or hardworking the process is and how skilful the Ancient Greeks were.
Below is a short video of our learning!

Everybody worked well and we’re now waiting for them to dry out to take home. Well done Robins!

As an extension task; paint and decorate them at home!

Analysing Pottery

Did you know Ancient Greek art was an important part of the lives of the people.
Vase painting was important, and the pots would normally feature paintings of people or figures.
Vases were part of a way that the Ancient Greeks made money and artists would sell and trade vases to make a living.

Continuing with our learning about the Ancient Greeks. Robins have looked at the Ancient Greeks timeline and have been looking at images off artefacts to develop knowledge and understanding of Ancient Greece through historical enquiry.

By looking closely at Vases, Robins have been able to infer information from artefacts about what life was like in Ancient Greece.

For those of you who were not able to join us in this lesson, below is a summary of what we have discussed.

Have you had a chance to look at any more images of Greek Pottery? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Claudius the Roman emperor

After Claudius left he assigned a general to lead the army. The Romans found the Isemi tribe camp and whipped the leader with horrible insults. They took people for the army and stole from them. Boudicca (the Isemi tribe leader) wanted revenge so she went around Britain with 100000 army members and the Romans had 10000 so Boudicca thought she would’ve won the battle between them and the romans. When the time came the romans won by killing 80000 members of the tribe and only 400 from the roman army after that there were no more Britain invasions.

3 Facts
This all happened in 1 years time.
Boudicca was believed to have poisoned herself to evade capture.
The battle took place in the West Midlands.

By Callum F and Nashe

Local history

This afternoon, year 4 spent some time looking at photos from the past of the local area. The children really seemed to enjoy looking at these and were straight away making comparisons to what it is like now.

We then had a discussion starting with what we saw in the photos, before moving on to how things have changed. The children spoke lots about how they think the local area looks a lot neater now than it did before and seems to be more looked after.