29 Nov

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Mr Hanif would like to tell you what has happening in his History lessons..

I always try to tell my pupils that History is full of really good stories and, to borrow a line from Doctor Who, when they enter the classroom we do “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff” and go on great adventures, discovering the stories of the past. So, step in to our little time machine and we will take you on our journey so far..

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This term Year 7 have had an introduction to History. We have found out about chronological order and why it is important to put events in the past into the right order. The pupils have created historical timelines making sure all the events from the past are in the right order. They finished by creating their own personal timelines tracking their unique and wonderful History..

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This week we have explored one of the first things on our World History timeline – dinosaurs! Year 7 have learned about the different kinds of dinosaurs that roamed the earth, although unfortunately the Tyrannosaurus Rex is not as scary as it once was thanks to Toy Story’s Rex..

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We also made our own fossils this week and the children have really begun to develop a good understanding of how the use of these sources of evidence has given historians a greater insight into life in the past..

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We can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Year 8 have been learning about the Stuarts and the English Civil War and in the last few weeks we have been concentrating on the Gunpowder Plot or, as Anisa refers to it, the “washing up powder plot” – Mrs Usher and I can’t help but giggle every time Anisa insists on calling it that, somehow we don’t think Bonfire Night would go off with quite the same bang every year!

Year 9 have focused on the Second World War and the impact this had on children during the war. The aim of the topic is to gain an understanding of how people’s lives were different in the past and how events from the war have shaped our lives today..

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This week we have concentrated on the impact of rationing during the war, and why it was necessary and the class were able to describe how people’s diets were different during the war..

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They compared a wartime menu to a modern day menu and created one of their own with rationing in place – once they’d got over the shock of not being able to nip in to MacDonald’s and KFC, they were able to create some lovely menus which relied on the use of fruit and vegetables..

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Thank you for joining us on our journey – I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes, “We are not makers of history. We are made of history.” (Martin Luther King, JR)