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EY Picture News - A new study published in an archaeological journal, using evidence found in Italy, has found Neanderthals organised their living areas and tools in a similar way to modern humans. We have been learning about neanderthals and dinosaurs from the past that are now extinct...

The Legend of St. George!

The children in Reception have been learning all about St. George, the patron saint of England. They have discovered how he was alive around 1700 years ago and he is the patron saint of England because of the bravery and chivalry he displayed! We held a parade on St. George's Day to celebrate and made England flags, roses and shields to celebrate! 

Famous Astrounauts from history!

We have learned about the first man into space, the first woman into space, the first man to walk on the moon, the first black woman to go into space and the British astronaut who spent 6 months on the ISS! These inspired lots of us to dress up as astronauts on Space Party Day! 


The children all thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas dinner (especially the Christmas crackers!) We made lots of links to what we learned about the traditions that the Victorians introduced that influence how we celebrate Christmas today - having turkey, having Christmas crackers and all sitting together for a celebratory meal.

Learning all about why and how we celebrate Bonfire Night in Great Britain!

We learned that over 400 years (a very long time) ago, in 1605, a man called Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the government including King James I. Guy Fawkes' plot was foiled and King James decreed that every year on 5th November, people in Great Britain should celebrate Bonfire Night to remember how he survived! We learned that having fireworks is one of the ways we celebrate! 

Christmas in the Past

A visit to Muncaster Castle to learn about Christmas in Victorian times.

Reception - The History of Pizza! 

Our topic this half term is 'Around the World'. This week we have been learning all about the continent of Europe and the country of Italy which is within it! We discovered that a food Italy is famous for is Pizza! We learned about the first ever pizza made in the Italian city of Naples 144 years ago. A chef made it for Queen Margherita and added 3 toppings- red tomato passata, white mozzarella cheese and green basil leaves which represent the 3 colours of the Italian flag!  This is why it is called a Margherita pizza today! 

The children loved making their own pizzas and eating them for soecial snack! 


We learned all about famous astronauts and cosmonauts from the past and what they are famous for. It inspired lots of us to dress up as them for our space party! 

St. Valentine

We learned all about the history of St. Valentine then made these cards for our loved ones, just like Valentine did! 

Year 1


Year 1 have been looking at historical sources and artefacts and trying to figure out what they were used for. They researched and then found out if they had guessed right. 

Mining - role play 

Year 1 have learned about what jobs children used to do in the mine and they role played working in a mine. 

Florence Mine Visit

The children visited a local mine and learnt through story how the mine was made. They had an opportunity to explore rocks and fossils that have been mined and even used some of these to paint pictures. 

Toy Workshop

Year 1 visited The Beacon Museum where they got to learn all about toys from the past and compare them to modern toys. They got the chance to explore old toys and see how they are different to their own toys. 

Collecting Data

Year 1 had homework to ask their parents about their favourite toys as a child. We collected all of the information to find out which toys from the past were the most popular. 

Year 2

The Great Fire of London - Assembly 

Year 2 were incredible during their assembly about The Great Fire of London. They shared everything they have learned about the fire with the rest of the school and their families. They were able to talk about how the fire started, how and why it spread so fast and how we know about it today. 

Why did the Great Fire of London spread?

The children worked in teams to write down different reasons for the fire spreading so far and so quickly. 

Mystery Jobs 

Year 2 have been lucky enough to have different people come and speak to us about their jobs. Wilma told us all about being a nurse and we compared it to Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. 


Gemma told us about working in a nuclear plant. We got to wear some of the protective clothing. It was very interesting. 

Year 2 - A Victorian Seaside Holiday

The children in Year 2 have been finding out about Victorian holidays and comparing them to holidays in the 1960's and the present day. As part of their learning they had a Victorian day. Within the day their were lots of activities based on a seaside holiday in the late 1800's. They made a picnic based on what would have been available at the time such as home made lemonade, jam sandwiches and homemade bread.


The children also made puppets as part of the entertainment that would have been found at this time. 

History Timelines -Florence Nightingale

The children have been learning about the lives of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. They had to put the events of Florence Nightingale's life into chronological order. 

Year 3

Stone Age Cave - Year 3

To consolidate our learning about our History topic ‘Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age’, we turned our classroom into a Stone Age cave! Thinking about how pre-historic people lived, we created cave paintings in relation to our learning using only natural colours. We also ‘gathered’ berries to eat whilst we done this, just like Stone Age people may have done! After our cave was completed, we completed a class poster to show everything that we know about our topic and have the chance to talk about our fantastic knowledge! 

Castlerigg Stone Circle and Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

As part of their learning about the Stone Age, Year 3 visited Castlerigg Stone Circle to see one of the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000BC in the Neolithic period! 

Then, they visited Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum where they learned about the history of mining, the geology of the Lake District, saw some demonstrations of quarrying machinery and took part in some mineral panning. This also linked to their 'rocks and soils' learning in science. 

Year 3 - Stone Age to Iron Age

Year 4

Anglo-Saxon Workshop 

Year 4 took part in an Anglo-Saxon workshop led by Tullie House to enrich our history learning. The children have created a human timeline and are examined replica artefacts trying to guess what they were used for. 

The Romans - Conscience Alley - Year 4

Year 4 have been debating why Emperor Claudius decided to invade cold, wet Britain. They worked as advisors to Claudius and gave reasons for invading and reasons against invading. Our very own ‘Claudius’ then walked down conscience alley while the pupils gave their reasons for and against. 

Why did the Romans invade Britain? - Year 4

Year 4 have been investigating possible reasons for the Romans invading Britain. They ordered the reasons according to which they thought were the most important and least important. 

Year 4 - Romans Workshop 

Year 4 visited The Beacon museum to experience their exhibition on The Romans. This was a perfect way to refresh our knowledge on The Romans after learning about them in autumn. They learned about the food the Romans ate, the Roman ruins in our local area, what a roundhouse would have looked like and we even got to see a real human skull dating back to around 200AD! 


Year 4 had an excellent visit to Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum. We had a Latin class from a virtual teacher, saw many Roman artefacts, learned more about different Roman emperors and even got to experience what it is like to fire an arrow from a bow. 

When we visited the Vindolanda site, the children were amazed at the size of the ruins and couldn't believe how long about they were built! What a great, information filled day we had! 

Year 4 - Local History 

On Friday 19th May, Year 4 took part in a guided tour of Whitehaven Harbour to learn more about our town's history. We learned about the town's mining history, John Paul Jones' attack on the harbour and how the harbour has changed over the years. As always, the children were amazing and represented our school brilliantly. 

Year 4 - Local History Walk

As part of our topic, Whitehaven (including John Paul Jones), Year 4 went on a walk around Whitehaven to learn more about our town's history. We searched for and found many blue plaques around the town and when we returned to school, we researched the people/places they were commemorating.

Year 4 Anglo Saxon Day

Year 4 enjoyed our Anglo Saxon visitor. He taught us how and why the Anglo Saxons settled in Britain and allowed us to handle the weapons used by them. We imagined we were about to go into Battle and settle in one of the five Kingdoms in Britain. It really brought our topic to life.

Year 5

Year 5 - Moorforge Viking Settlement

Year 5 visited a Viking heritage discovery settlement focusing on life in the 10th century. They took part in workshops which enriched their history learning. 

Year 5

Year 6

Year 6 - Hawse End (WWII)

Year 6 visited Hawse End as part of their topic on WWII. They followed the route of a real evacuee from the old train station at Keswick, over Derwentwater on the launch and finally to the reception centre. They learnt many things throughout the day- even taking part in an air-raid where they had to seek safety in the outbuildings and they even had a visit from the Air-raid Warden!