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History at YWJS

 

'A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.'

Marcus Garvey

History Statement of Intent

 

Resilient            Respectful                 Inspired                Curious

 

Historians at Yeadon Westfield Junior School

 

At Yeadon Westfield Junior School, History is a fun, creative and engaging subject which motivates and inspires our children through gaining knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. By studying individuals, societies, cultures and countries, History enables pupils to gain awareness of what happened in the past and reasons for these events. History helps our children understand complexity, the changes and challenges over periods of time and to respect diversity of the different cultures. Local area studies enable children to develop empathy and understanding.

 

At Yeadon Westfield, children learn through a sequence of carefully planned lessons which develop transferable historical skills. These skills, developed through historical enquiry, have a wide application to the wider curriculum and everyday life. Our rich, exciting topics inspire our children through the inclusion of dynamic visitors, workshops, Educational Visits and a wealth of enrichment activities which bring the past back to life and which generate a curiosity for historical events, people and societies. Historical awareness also promotes responsible citizenship and challenging enquiry promotes resilience.

 

A curriculum map provides a framework for the History taught within YWJS. The whole school plan ensures learning is progressive and that historical skills are central to learning. Links are made between themes of History studied, so that the pupil’s knowledge is not episodic, ensuring good chronological understanding. This also gives children the skills to compare and contrast events and note trends over time.

 

By the end of Year 6, our children are curious historians, using a range of historical skills confidently to unpick and ask questions about the past, as well as understanding how events of the past have shaped modern Britain and the wider world.

Spring Term 2024 - Year 5 - Anglo-Saxon Life Part 1

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We went to Murton Park Anglo-Saxon village near York to experience life in Anglo Saxon times. In this video we made candles and learned how to be scribes.

Spring Term 2024 - Year 5 - Anglo-Saxon Life Part 2

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We went to Murton Park Anglo-Saxon village near York to experience life in Anglo Saxon times. In this video we played games and fought off the vikings.

Year 3- Settlement- How different was life in the Stone Age when man started to farm? 
We looked at evidence of how Stone Age life had started to change. We noticed that a man was standing behind a plough whipping Oxen. The oxen were pulling the plough so the man could plant seeds. We could see birds circling in the sky which made us think it was seeds that the man was placing. There was a tree stump, showing trees that had been chopped down to make things from. We agreed that this was the beginning of farming. 

 

We then worked in groups to put information on a spectrum sheet as to whether the evidence showed a big change from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic, small change or things that had stayed the same through the whole of the Stone Age. 

Spring Term 2024 - Year 4 - The Maya

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As part of their Maya topic 4I mimed what it would be like moving through the jungle. Here are some of their mimes. But what are they up to?

Autumn Term 2023 - Year 6 - WWII visit from Leeds Museum Service

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Leeds Museums Service brought in a selection of WWII artefacts. We held and looked at a number of the artefacts, used morse code machines to send messages and practised first aid using bandages.

Autumn Term 2023 - Year 6 - Interpretive Dance

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Year 6 have had great fun learning a traditional 1940s Swing Dance in PE. They also included some interpretive dance aspects where they acted out through dance the feeling of being part of an air raid and what that would look like if the dance hall was bombed.

Autumn Term 2023 - Year 6G - World War II

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We went to Thwaite Mills at Stourton where we had a fascinating day studying several aspects of World War II.

Autumn Term 2023 - Year 6M - World War II

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We went to Thwaite Mills at Stourton where we had a fascinating day studying several aspects of World War II.

Autumn Term 2023 - Year 5 - Black History Month

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We have been making our own collages in the style of Jacob Lawrence.

Autumn Term 2023 - Year - Black History Month

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We used the art work of Ghanaian Nelson ZePequeno as the inspiration for our outdoor creations.

Autumn Term 2023 - Year 4 Muddy Puddle Day - Black History Month, Roman Maths and Art

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We made Roman numerals using lolly sticks and soled problems containing Roman numerals. We wrote our answers in chalk on the playground. We also created Art in the afternoon as part of this Black History Month task:

Black History Month artwork
Choose a black person who inspires you. They could be someone you have learnt about from Black History or a famous black person in the present.
Think about their qualities and what they have achieved. Perhaps there are certain words, colours or symbols that come to mind when you imagine them?
In groups or individually, draw an outline of their portrait onto a piece of black card with a pencil. Use materials from around the school grounds to add colour or patterns to the space inside the outline. You could include images related to their life or quotes from them.
Display your creation proudly where you can look up to your inspirational person every day and feel inspired.

Autumn term 2023 - Year 4 - Roman colosseums and Roman bust sketches in 4I

Horrible Histories!

'Thing in the Hall' - January 2023

 

Children have returned to find the school hall had been transformed into an imaginary world this morning.

The ‘Thing in the Hall’ as it has come to be known began twenty years ago, when Mrs Piotrowicz attended a course at The Playhouse which encouraged the use of creative environments for all aspects of the curriculum, especially writing. The staff transformed the hall using drapes and props, a tradition which has continued every four years since 1999, allowing each Westfield child to experience the environment at some point during their time at the Junior school.

 

 

This year’s themes link to History work with The Stone Age (Year 3), The Maya (Year 4), The Anglo-Saxons (Year 5) and The Vikings (Year 6). All the children were given time to explore and it was super to see their eager faces with lots of comments such as 'O.M.G' and ‘This is brilliant!’ and ‘Is this really the hall?’.

 

Over the last two weeks, the classes were timetabled into the hall to carry out curriculum work (including meeting a variety of different characters who set the children some tasks!), school lunches took place in classrooms and assemblies will took place as reflective classroom time.

Parents were invited to come along and have a look at the hall on Friday 6th January 2023

 

We would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to all the staff who worked really hard to gather the props over the Autumn term and spent a full day on the first day back after the Christmas holidays creating the environment, especially Mrs Clarkson who has coordinated the project this year. 

Here are some of the images for our 'Thing in the Hall' project known as 'Horrible Histories'

January 2023.

Please click on the link above to see more detail, including videos of the amazing transformation of our school hall and what our school community had to say about it.

Spring Term 2023 - Year 5 - Anglo-Saxon candle making and relaxation

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Year 5 visited Murton Park at York for a day spent learning about the Anglo-Saxons. There are 2 videos here. One shows them leaning about fighting and writing, and the other about candle making and daily life and relaxation.

Spring Term 2023 - Year 5 - Anglo-Saxon fighting and writing

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Year 5 visited Murton Park at York for a day spent learning about the Anglo-Saxons. There are 2 videos here. One shows them leaning about fighting and writing, and the other about candle making and daily life and relaxation.

Spring Term 2023 - Classroom Displays For Each Year Group

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"I enjoyed comparing the Viking warriors to the Ancient Greek warriors. I had to remember what we had learnt about the Ancient Greeks from Year 5. I'd prefer to be an Ancient Greek warrior because I like the heat!" Alana 6M

 

"I enjoyed learning about the Battle of Hastings at the end of our Viking topic. We talked about what armour the Saxons fought with compared to the Vikings. We acted out dramas to perform this. I'd prefer to be an Anglo Saxon because they're stronger." Noah G 6G

Spring Term 2023 - Year 4 - History on our Muddy Puddle Day

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We used this Muddy Puddle Day to combine our maths with art to create geometrical artwork. We went indoors to make some Mayan style wraps and enhance our food preparation skills. Back outside we cooked and ate the wraps round the fire pit, learning more Health and Safety skills.
We warmed up playing Pok-a-Tok. This is a ball game where you can't use your hands or feet to move the ball. Challenging but fun.
We also acted out some of our Mayan stories.

Autumn Term 2022 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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Autumn Term 2022 - Year 6 - Thwaite Watermill

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As part of our World War II studies we visited the mill and enjoyed lots of different activities related to the war.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 5 - History - The Olympic Games

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As part of our Ancient Greeks topic we re-enacted our own version of the Olympic Games.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 4 - Roman Potions

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The children's first English lesson this half term. They were creating potions as a hook lesson for our instruction writing topic. The children will design their own potion and write an instruction text of how to make it linked to the Roman's topic.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 6 - History Written Work

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Here are some examples of the written work we did during our World War II and local history topics.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 5 - History Written Work

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Here are some examples of the written work we did during our Ancient Greeks topic.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 5A - Greek Inspired Dance

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Year 5 have taken their Ancient Greek topic into their P.E lesson. They used dance to interpret Greek legends. There is a video for each class.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 5H - Greek Inspired Dance

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Year 5 have taken their Ancient Greek topic into their P.E lesson. They used dance to interpret Greek legends. There is a video for each class.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 4 - History Written Work

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Here are some examples of the written work we did during our Romans topic.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 4 - Muddy Puddle Day - The Romans

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We spent the whole day outside. First we dyed wool using natural Roman methods. Then we worked out challenges using Roman symbols and lollypop sticks. Finally we made mosaics out of tiles. We had a fantastic time.

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 3 - History Written Work

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Here are some examples of the written work we did during our Ancient Egyptians topic.

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Spring Term 2022 - Year 5 - The Battle of Hastings

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Year 5 re-enacted The Battle of Hastings. (No pupils were blinded during the making of this video.)

"I enjoyed learning about the houses the Anglo Saxons lived in. They had thatched roofs with no windows. I would like to have lived in the Anglo Saxon times because I'd have liked to have my own crops" Finley 5H

Year 5 Anglo Saxon topic work

Spring Term 2022 - Class 4I - The Maya

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As part of our Maya topic we created a Dragon's Den style pitch to the 'Lion's Lair' about the Maya achievements. Some of us wanted to 'sell' our modern day inventions for cacao beans thinking carefully about what the Maya had and what they needed. We gave reasons as to why the Maya would need our invention.
You can find more information at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvDujDrI24w&t=5s

"I enjoyed learning about what food they ate. They ate avocado, coco beans, rice, corn and chocolate. I enjoyed trying the chocolate!" Brooke 4I

 

"I also enjoyed trying the chocolates because we got to see what different types of chocolates there were and what they ate!" Charlie B 4I

Year 4 Maya topic work

Year 6 Vikings topic work

Spring Term 2022 - Class 3L - The Stone Age

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Year 3 all went to Skelton Grange Environment Centre so do some Stone Age activities. This video is mainly Class 3L. Sorry about the building site racket on the videos.

"I enjoyed going to Skelton Grange because we got to learn what life was like for a Stone Age person. We toasted bread on a fire and fish as well." Phoebe 3L

 

"I enjoyed looking at artefacts and working out what they might have been." Yousef 3L

Year 3 Stone Age topic work

Ancient Egyptians Year 3

"I liked the Ancient Egyptians because I liked learning about the Scarab Beetles because it was interesting learning about how they walked. I liked using the clay to make our own beetles" Heidi 3L

 

"I enjoyed adding key features of Egypt to a map". Marian 3L

Year 3 Egyptians topic work

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 3 - Muddy Egyptians

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As part of Muddy Puddle Day we hunted outside for a variety of natural materials and used them to create our names in hieroglyphs.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 3 - The Egyptians

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We went outside and a great time recreating Egyptian Tug-O-War competitions.

Autumn Term 2021 - Remembrance Day

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The whole school considered the sacrifices made during war time. Everyone was involved in making poppy wreaths. Here are some examples.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Remembrance Day

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Year 6 went to the memorial in Nunroyd Park on Nov. 11th. They laid a poppy wreath, observed a minutes silence and shared thoughts about different groups and individuals.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Thwaite Watermill and WWII

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As part of our World War II topic we visited Thwaite Watermill in Leeds. There we learned about the Blitz - bombing raids, blackouts, air-raid shelters, gas masks and using putty to repair bombed out windows. We also studied rationing.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 Thwaite Watermill - the outtakes.

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Here are some extra photos of the children in their outfits and cutting the cardboard wedding cake.

Year 6 WW2 topic work

Ancient Greeks Year 5

"I enjoyed learning about the sports that Ancient Greeks played in the Olympics. They used to do chariot racing which looked fun" Zak 5H

 

"I liked learning about the different Greek Gods. I liked how they all had a power. My favourite was Zeus" Lucas 5A

Year 5 Greeks topic work

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5A - Muddy Puddle Day

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5A continued their study of the Greeks in the school grounds.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5H - Muddy Puddle Day

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As part of Muddy Puddle Day 5H continued their study of the Greeks outside.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5 - Groovy Greeks - Making Souvlaki

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We designed some Greek inspired pottery, then we prepared some Greek food and finally we went out to the fire pit where we cooked and ate the food.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - World War II and Muddy Puddle Day Part 2

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We also experienced other aspects of World War II. We looked at some precious and interesting mementos; we studied Morse code; we played wartime games; we designed propaganda posters and finally we toasted muffins.

"Elizabeth's grandad was in the war and she brought in his ID card and his medals to show us what he had achieved during the war. It was really interesting." Seth 6M

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - World War II and Muddy Puddle Day Part 1

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We made our own version of an Anderson shelter and spent time experiencing a little of what it would have been like in there during an air raid.

"I really enjoyed going in to the sports shed and pretending we had been in an air raid. We played games and looked at newspapers whilst we experienced the sounds" Elsie-May 6G

Ruthless Romans Year 4

"I enjoyed learning about what food they eat. They ate figs ,bread, meat, apples and turnips. I liked finding out where rich Romans lived. They lived in fancy houses called villas." Maddison 4I 

 

"On muddy puddle day we got to roast crumpets and eat them! This is what they used to eat by toasting them on the fires!" Charlie 4I

Year 4 Romans topic work

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 4 - The Romans

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Emily Nelson from the Leeds Discovery Centre brought some Roman artefacts in and told us all about them. We spent some time examining them.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 4 - The Romans

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Year 4 merged some of their study of the Romans with their Muddy Puddles outdoor learning day. They carried out several different activities and didn't get too wet.

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Summer Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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Year 3 spent a whole day studying Stone Age life. These 5 videos Show them experiencing foraging, weaving, cave painting shelter building and making fire. They had a great day.

Summer Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 3 Stone Age Day

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 4 - Mayan Culture

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We have been studying Mayan culture. This has involved outdoor learning, history, food technology and a lot of fun!

Spring Term 2021 - Year 5A - Anglo-Saxon Summary Sheets

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Double-page spreads produced by the pupils showing what they learned during this topic.

Spring Term 2021 - Year 5A - Anglo-Saxon Inspired Sculpture

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Using Anglo-Saxon art for inspiration we produced our own clay sculptures.

Spring Term 2021 - Year 5 - The End of the Anglo-Saxons

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We finished this topic re-enacting the defeat of the Anglo-Saxons by the Normans.

Spring Term 2 - The Anglo-Saxons Year 5

Spring 2021 - Year 6 - The Vikings

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A selection of final summary sheets produced at the end of the topic.
Autumn 2020

Have a look at our double page spreads that show off our work in history across the whole school.

Class 6G - Remembrance Day

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We went across to the memorial in Nunroyd Park where we laid a wreath, read some poems, and thought about the sacrifices which people have made. Many of us expressed what was important for us, but the loud traffic and poor microphone made these thoughts difficult to record. It was a very moving occasion.

Year 5 - Ancient Greece work linked to history, art, English and geography

Classroom Displays

 

Below are pictures of the History displays which are on classroom walls during the Autumn term.

Year 3 - Ancient Egyptians

Year 4 - Romans

Year 5 - Ancient Greeks

Year 6 - World War 2

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Year 3 Trip to Nell Bank for their Stone Age topic - Spring 2020

Year 4 - Ruthless Romans - Autumn 2019. History linked to our Art work inspired by Roman Mosaics.

Year 5 - Groovy Greeks Topic - Autumn 1. We linked the Greeks across the curriculum including History, English, computing, art and DT.

Year 6 - Trip to Thwaite's Mill linked to 'Keep calm and carry on!' World War II topic - Autumn 2019

Remembrance Service - November 2019

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