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Wenlock C of E Junior School


The purpose of History at Wenlock is to ensure that our children develop a progressive and chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history in an exciting and challenging cross curricular approach. Through combining History with other areas of the curriculum the purpose is to help children to understand History from a range of sources and how our knowledge of the past is constructed. We strive to support children to question, compare, respond and make their own thoughtful connections to significant historical events information.

Autumn Term


Year 3

Stone Age – Are caveman real?

Year 3 has launched their topic through the English curriculum following the story of the Stone Age Boy, and linking this is historical timelines and artefacts. The children created some wonderful cave paintings and learnt that this is one way that we discovered about times in the past, way before historical records of writing and technology.


Year 4

Why was Britain open to invasion?

After learning about the Stone Age in Year 3 children briefly studied the Celts (Iron Age) and the Romans at the beginning of term. This means children are learning history in chronological order. Romans this year at Wenlock has become a year 3 subject, but it is important that our year 4’s do not miss out such influential times, therefore, the children will learn more about the importance of the Romans in the Summer term.


Anglo-Saxon Wow Day

Year 4 had an exciting day when they went back in time when the Anglo Saxons came to town. All children and staff dressed up for the occasion. With hand crafted shields raised in fierce formation ‘The Battle of Wenlock 2017’ kick started an engaging, interactive and fact finding day. Replica weapons, the invasion of Britain and Anglo Saxon food games, Trail by punishment and an Anglo Saxon burial meant all the children got active as they learnt. Mrs Ingram and Mrs Spalding were not let off either, as children dressed them up as Anglo Saxon women; Mrs Spalding a Pagan and Mrs Ingram, a Christian.


Year 5

What would it be like to live in Ancient Greece?

The year group began the year by uncovering the Ancient world of Greece. Ancient Greece is a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world. The displays and theme work clearly show that the focus has initially been on Gods; Greeks followed like the Romans, a polytheist religion and worshipped many Gods. Greek Myths are also being studied through cross curricular links in English to the Myth of Pandora’s Box.


Year 6

Why did the world go to war?

Autumn 2 with Remembrance Day, has launched Year 6 into their Historical theme of World War 2 for this term. The purpose of the theme is to carry out a study on an important aspect of British History extending knowledge beyond 1066.


Children have started their theme through cross-curricular links to English by decoding the poetry and learning the importance of why we remember.


Spring Term


Year 3

Year 3 spent the whole of this term covering the topic of the Romans. Therefore, this is the last History topic for the year 2017/18 for them. The topic was cross curricular including English, Art, Music and History. The children created some wonderful art mosaics and investigated Roman music. The English writing has also been history based including Letters from a Roman Soldier, Non-chronological reports on Julius Caesar's invasion and a Recount on their exciting trip to Verulamium. Some excellent writing Year 3 smiley


Year 4

Year 4 studied the Vikings – Invaders or Settlers? leaning about how and why the Vikings invaded. DT and Art was a big focus for them. The children enjoyed designing and making Viking Long Ships, including sketching dragon heads. Children also learnt about some of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking Kings and carried out research on some of the famous Vikings, like Erik the Red.


Year 5

This term year 5 have focused on a Space, with another History theme planned for the Summer term However, History was included in the Space theme through studying key events and people related to space, e.g. Neil Armstrong. In addition, set homework included researching key people in History like Rosa Parks and Stephen Hawkins. Some fabulous homework – well done Year 5.


Year 6

Why did the world go to war?

Year 6 completed this theme by contrasting their values to the atrocities of World War II, the persecution of the Jews. Children then completed the theme through the answering of the Big Question.


Who or what was to blame for the demise of the society of Pompeii?

This term, Year 6 have moved on to address the causes and significance of the events in Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD79. Children have looked at the chronological events that led up to the Volcanic eruption and linked History to Geography and Science.