History

In our History lessons, we aim for pupils to gain an understanding of Britain’s past, as well as the wider world. Through engaging and exciting lessons, we aim to inspire children’s curiosity.

Year 1 
 
Year 1 have been thinking about how their lives are different to when their parents and grandparents were younger. They used a scrubbing board and mangle to wash some clothes. It was a lot harder than putting clothes into the washing machine!
Year 1 have also had the chance to play with some toys which have been played with through the ages. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 
Year 5
 
Year 5 have been learning about The Victorians and had a fully immersive experience of going into a Victorian school. They learned about the 3 Rs, Queen Victorian and the British Empire and even played traditional games like marbles. 
Year 5 have also created some beautiful pieces of work all about Queen Victoria and Luton's hat making history.
Year 4
 
Year 4 have been learning about Ancient Egypt. They have been using a range of sources to find out about Ancient Egypt. These include books, the internet and artefacts.
For their Brain Builder homework, a few children in Year 4 made a shaduf! (In case you don't know, a shaduf was used to get water from the River Nile.)
In music, Year 4's work this half term has been focusing on the song 'Blackbird' by The Beatles. 
 
Paul McCartney wrote this song about civil rights for African Americans in 1968. Slavery had been abolished in America, but racism was still happening and life wasn't equal for African Americans. There was a huge struggle for equality, lots of dreadful things were going on and people were dying. After reading about the civil rights movement (led by Martin Luther King Jr.), Paul McCartney wrote the song Blackbird about a black woman, in support of the Black Power Movement.
 
Badgers were inspired by the meaning behind this song and, as a class, wrote some of their own lyrics to fit into the song. (The main contributions were from Jack and Josh, who were inspired by what they had previously learnt about Rosa Parks.)
 
Blackbird by Badgers
 
Blackbird sitting in the front tonight,
Waiting for this moment to be combined,
All your life,
You were only hoping for your moment to arise.

Blackbird sitting in the front tonight,
Trying to change your life, to be free,
All your life,
You were only praying for some equality.

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly,
Into the light of the dark, black night.

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly,
Into the light of the dark, black night.

Blackbird fighting for her greater rights,
Take your inner strength and learn to fight,
For your life,
Your time to fly has only seconds to arrive.
Your time to fly has only seconds to arrive.
Your time to fly will take just seconds to arrive.
 
If you would like to watch the video of Badgers performing their song, the link is below:
 
https://youtu.be/gGtEATD6ydY