As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future.
“I do enjoy history. I find it fun. We do a range of periods of history and we learn it in an interesting way.”
“My favourite question has been the monarchy.” “‘Who ruled during the British monarchy’ because I enjoy learning about the royals and their life.” “The most interesting thing I learnt about was the monarch of our choice.” “I chose Elizabeth I” “She accomplished multiple things and secured her rule in a time when British monarchy was unstable. She also learnt multiple languages and only died of natural causes instead of a sickness or rebellion like some of her relatives.” (Year 6)
“I like it because you get to learn about different times.”
“I think I liked when we learnt about the stone age the best because you got to learn about the start and how they made tools out of rocks and that was fun.” “We had a stone age day and we got to see the different rocks and how they were used.” “We cooked our own fish. We put it over a fire. It was amazing.” (Year 5)
“I have learnt about the Ancient Greeks.” “We learnt about the gods and we also did some research about them.” “One of the things I found out was that Hades was the king of the underworld and that Zeus is the king of the gods.” “Hercules had tasks to do to become a god.” (Year 4)
“I like to look at the past.” “We can look at the past and then see what the future might be like”. (Year 3)
"In year 1 we were looking at our grandma’s and grandpa’s toys and how they developed.” (year 3)
What does History look like at Park Road?
Stone Age Enrichment Day
To ignite our History cycle ‘How did Britain change between the beginning of the Stone Age and the end of the Iron Age?’ Year 3 spent the day living as Nomads! We foraged for food, played a hunting game, made our own flour by grinding seeds and also gutted a fish. We finished the day by using flints to build our own fire and toasting bread that was made with the flour we had previously worked so hard to grind. It was delicious!
Here are some quotes from the children about their experience:
“We learnt all about the Stone Age and did really exciting things like gut a fish. I learnt how to grind seeds into flour. “
“I learnt how to use local resources to build a fire and I really enjoyed learning how to be a Nomad!”
Viking Warrior Training Enrichment Day
Year 5 headed off into the abyss to the caves of Sale to begin their Viking Warrior training. They were met by Bjorn, who was to be their warrior trainer. We learnt about axe throwing and archery. Archers were not common but were still a necessary part of the army. Not only did they learn about it, they were able to have a go.
They had to ensure their sea-legs were ready, so off they went on a long-boat (a narrow boat). Luckily, all of the Year 5s passed.
Finally, as the rain came we had to build a shelter so they could have a well deserved rest.
Greek Warfare Enrichment Day
Today the children enjoyed a day creating and learning all about Greek Warfare as part of our introduction to the Ancient Greek civilisation as part of our History cycle. The children worked alongside author and historian Tony North of TimeTrips.co.uk. The children learnt all about the Ancient Greek army and the role of a hoplite, an ancient Greek soldier. The class then built replicas of the armour that Ancient Greek hoplites would have worn - shields and helmets! This all before a reenactment of the Battle of Marathon between the Athenians and the Persians. What a day!
Lark Hill Live at Salford Museum
Year 2 were immersed in to life in Salford during the Victorian Era. They were taken back in time and transformed into Victorian children. They explored day to day Victorian life and looked at various Victorian inventions, discussing how they have influenced our lives today.
Roman Art Enrichment Day
Year 4 recently had an exciting Roman Art day with artist and historian Tony North! Throughout the day, the children explored the fascinating world of ancient Roman art and culture, building a Roman town and creating metallic Roman art such as coins. With Tony's guidance the class even planned their own Roman town. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to engage with history and art in a fun and interactive way, and they all had a wonderful time! We're grateful to Tony for sharing his expertise with us and making the day so memorable.
The Coronation of HRH King Charles III and Queen Camilla celebrations
As part of our coronation celebrations, the children enjoyed a whole school party picnic. Children were also invited to take part in a 'design a stamp' competition. As a school, we created a whole school time capsule; locking in time the life of children at Park Road. Each class decided on a few items which they felt would be great for future Park Road pupils to explore. These included photos of the classrooms, postcards to the future and so much more.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022
To mark the platinum jubilee, we took a journey through time and enjoyed a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's remarkable achievement of 70 years on the throne.
Each class took a dive into a decade of history, looking at Manchester over the 70 years. We created a school timeline sharing the changes throughout time. We also enjoyed a 'Parade of Reign' around the school after spending a day dressed up as a historical or fictional monarch followed by our very own whole school afternoon tea.
Crime and Punishment Enrichment Day
Year 5 were very excited to be visited by the executioner when learning through the question "How has crime and punishment changed through the ages?" They were able to handle tools of torture including the finger trap, the cats tails and many more. Through drama they explored different punishments for various crimes across the ages.
Stone Age Enrichment Day 2021
To ignite our History topic 'Who first lived in Britain?' Year 3 spent the day in the life of Nomads. We foraged for food, played a hunting game, made our own flour by grinding seeds and also gutted a fish. We finished the day by using flints to build our own fire and toasting bread that was made with the flour we had previously worked so hard to grind. It was delicious!
"I really enjoyed the whole day being a Nomad. My favourite part was grinding the flour but it was really hard. I learnt that Nomads had to work really hard to stay alive."
"I loved it when we played hunters and then tried the different fruit and vegetables. I also liked grinding the seeds to make flour to make our own bread, it tasted really nice."