This term in Otter class we will become history detectives. We will be learning about World War One and using local history to help us think about the impact of the war on the people who lived in the area.
Our summer term overview is below so please have a look to see what we will be covering this term.
Summer 2021 - History Detectives
This term we have been learning about World war one, the children were learning about life as a soldier. They marched around the hall wearing a heavy pack and tried on an army hat.
We were very lucky to get a box of world war one artefacts from the Oxfordshire museums service and Mrs Gravett made the children a museum in the hall! They enjoyed looking at the artefacts and guessing what they were made from and what they were used for. We had a shell casing, a medal and even a part of a WW1 tank!
While learning about life in the trenches the children wrote their own trench diaries. They made them from a single sheet of paper and dyed the covers with tea for an authentic look. Then we wrote small entries each day on a particular topic, for example when they were travelling to war or when they were about to go "over the top".
Our class novel has been Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo. The children were lucky enough to receive a visit from a real warhorse last week. Chinnor warhorses came to visit and the whole school were lucky enough to meet Abbie the beautiful warhorse and Lou and Mo her owners who were dressed in replica uniforms (VERY hot on such a sunny day!). We were so grateful they came to see us and offer the children such a fantastic opportunity for learning.
The children made some amazing artwork connected to the Warhorse novel too. We have been busy!