A child in nursery drawing at the writing table and when asked what he was drawing he replied, ‘It’s a blimp!’ He explained, ‘It’s a Hindenburg blimp…it’s from Germany.’ He said he knew this because it says Hindenburg on the side of the blimp!
The children from EYFS through to Y6 learn about the lives of significant black people who have made a profound impact in history.
EYFS – YR
Y1 researched the life of Benjamin Zephaniah, a British writer and poet.
Reception and Y2 studied the life of Mary Seacole and the important work she carried out during the Crimean War
Y3 researched Howard Gayle – the first black player to play for Liverpool.
Year 4 studied the life of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army.
Y5 researched the life of Pablo Fanque – the first black circus owner recorded in Britain and known for being a showman.
Y6 researched Moira Stuart with Year 6 – first black female news presenter on BBC.
As part of our Egyptian work in history, Year 4 have mummified tomatoes. Yes you read correctly!
Just like the Egyptians did with most of the internal organs and fluids from the body, we began by scooping out the inside of the tomatoes. The Egyptians knew that the drier they could get the body, the less likely it was to rot. We then cleaned our tomatoes using anti-bacterial gel. This replicated the how the Egyptians would cleanse the body with Palm Wine and water from the River Nile.
We made our own version of Natron using salt and bicarbonate of soda and placed this inside of the tomatoes. The Egyptians did this to make sure the body was as dried out as it could be.
Over the next few weeks, we will be observing how the mummified tomatoes change and comparing this with the tomato we did not mummify.
Year 4 used websites and information texts to research how life changed for the Celts after the arrival of the Romans in Britain. The children were surprised to learn that before the Romans arrived, people living in Britain were unable to read and write and many of the words we use today originated from Latin, the language introduced by the Romans. The children then used this research to write in the role of a Celt in an English lesson.