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Catholic Primary School

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'A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.'

Marcus Garvey

VE Day 75th Remembrance Anniversary

 

Join us on Friday 8th May as we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces to evacuees and those who served on the home front. As we face some of the most challenging times since the end of the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.

 

Celebrate and commemorate

Each year group has prepared a range of fun activities for the children to take part in on the Friday and we encourage everyone to get involved as much as possible! Please ask the children to refer to the weekly class timetable in advance in case they need to gather any resources or find online information prior to the day. Please capture these wonderful moments and send pictures and examples of work to the class teacher via the year group email address.

 

Two Minute Silence

At 11am, people across all generations and communities will take part in a national moment of remembrance and pause for a two minute silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.

There is no right or wrong way to take part in the silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, watch the broadcast on television, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.

 

Resources

The teaching resources and materials each year group have provided have been designed to ensure that children have the right level of support and challenge that they need to understand VE Day and Remembrance. In addition to this, I have added additional website links and PowerPoint presentations that may also be useful:

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/teaching-remembrance?seg=WPDW3B

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr

 

I hope the children are able to explore what VE Day meant to different countries, communities and people through first-hand written and film accounts, striking photographs and thought provoking activities.

Mrs Ali

On Wednesday 27th November, Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed their 'Victorian Day'. The children immersed themselves into a Victorian school setting, starting the day with a drill, exploring the countries Queen Victoria ruled over and experiencing some of their daily lessons in separate classrooms, with the girls sewing and the boys making catapults and airplanes out of wood. These cross-curricular activities enabled the children to experience working on blackboards through the day and understand life as a Victorian child. 

Year 1 Victorian Day

History  at St Michael & St Martin

 

We perceive History to be an essential part of children’s education, in the development of their thinking and learning skills, enabling them to develop a sense of personal identity and an understanding and respect for other cultures and points of view.

 

Our history topics allow the children to appreciate the problems of the past and how attempts were made to deal with them. It helps them to understand the bearing that the past has on the present and the future. Opportunities are provided for the children to develop their skills, to gather evidence through sources and to reflect critically on the material they have gathered. We feel it is important to explore the history of our local area to ensure the children make links between how and why change occurs, and the impact this has had over time.

 

As a school, we support and encourage the children to make connections between the topics taught and how this can influence their lives and the world around them. We have now introduced a ‘Big Question’ for each topic to ensure the children explore and research an area of a topic in depth. We believe this will enthuse and inspire the pupils to be inquisitive, independent learners.

We are fortunate in having themed weeks/days and extra-curricular activities to embed the children’s learning in and out of a classroom setting. These experiences are made possible by the support of our parents and community, and this encourages the children to continue their learning at home.

Our vision is to enable the children to build on key skills needed in history  by putting no ceilings on their learning and to prepare them for their secondary education.

 Please click on the link to see some fun history activities:

https://bbc.in/2FvlaRs

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