Year 6 History
In Year 6, we investigating the following questions:
Where does wearing a poppy for remembrance come from?
Who created the idea?
Should they be better known?
We researched the history of Remembrance Day, focusing on why poppies have become the symbol for it. We found out about John McCrae who wrote the poem In Flanders Fields, Moina Michael (who was inspired by McCrae’s poem to petition for the poppy to become the symbol of Remembrance Day) and Anna Guerin who worked with Douglas Haig (the founder of the Royal British Legion) to bring the symbol of the poppy as Remembrance to the UK in 1921.
We also had the opportunity to complete some observational drawings of poppies and create our own artwork of a poppy using a variety of different mediums.
We have been very lucky to have Kathryn from the National Archives back in our classrooms again this week, taking part in a virtual classroom of Image of a King.
This time we were looking at how Henry VIII used symbols and images to display royal power. We go to look at some of the original documents from Henry’s reign to investigate how he was portrayed as a great monarch.
Year 6 have had a week full of virtual meetings, linking in with the Norfolk Record Office (learning about the Strangers of Norwich) and the National Archives where they learned how to be a historian.
What is History? National Archives
Year 6 spent some time with Kathryn (virtually) who works at the National Archives, taking part in an online session about What is History?
We discussed what History was, learned what was stored at the National Archives and looked at some sources in depth. We were amazed to learn that the weirdest artefact the National Archives has is a fully preserved and mummified rat! This rat munched through a whole box of important records and was responsible for modernising the way their artefacts and documents are stored! After this, we looked at a range of different sources of evidence, learning how to take important information about it. The children all said they really enjoyed the session and can't wait to take part in next weeks one An image of a King...
Strangers of Norwich
This was another online session we were lucky enough to take part in. The Norfolk Record office led an online session which explored the reasons behind why the Strangers came to Norfolk during the Tudor period. We learned about why Queen Elizabeth I invited the Strangers to both Norwich and Great Yarmouth and discovered their feelings on living and working in the county. Year 6 also learned what the Strangers brought to this country and thought about what they would have taken with them if they were in the same position.
Trip to Castle Museum in preparation for our Darwin Enquiry
Year 6 took a trip to the Castle museum to begin to prepare ourselves for our next topic of Darwin. We stopped off at the forum on the way as we had been invited to look at and buy some fossils which we thought would be important when learning abut Darwin. While we were at the Castle Museum, we learned about some of the animals, birds and insects which were important within Darwin's work, discovered some letters from him about his study of barnacles and had some time to do some sketches in the museum.
Year 6 went for a walk around Tudor Norwich after discovering that Norwich is the UK’s most Tudor city! We had learned about Elm Hill and other areas of Norwich and decided to go and visit these in person to see the Tudor architecture and history for ourselves – Tudor houses are very easy to spot at they all look quite similar! While we were looking at the different Tudor buildings we also completed some sketches to record our findings!
Strangers Hall Trip
Year 6 took a trip to Stranger’s Hall in Norwich. We walked there and back, beginning to explore Tudor Norwich while we walked. When we arrived at Strangers Hall, we explored the building, looking for different Tudor artefacts and information. The house itself is a maze so we also tried to record a map of where we went as we moved through the house.
While we were at Strangers Hall, we learned about the ‘strangers’ of Norwich –Tudor refugees! It was interesting to find out that the Flemmish and Belgian ‘strangers’ helped to put Norwich on the map, increasing Norwich’s economic value in textiles. When we returned to school, we spent some time comparing thinking about the Tudor refuges and how this compare to modern life.