Category Archives: History

Mysterious box

Bluebirds were very excited today when a mysterious box appeared in the classroom. It was full of interesting Egyptian artefacts. The children enjoyed being archeologists and examining the items. They considered what the items were, what they were used for and what this told us about Egyptian life. With amazement, the children watched As Mrs Parry showed them a sarcophagus… revealing a mummy inside!

Finally, the children looked at photo evidence of artefacts to answer and ask questions about the past. Please have a look at our photos.

Ancient Egypt

Bluebirds were excited to go on a time travel experience today to find the time period of the Ancient Egyptians! On the way travelling back in time, they passed through the year they were born, the First World War, the Victorians, Tudors, Viking’s, the Birth of Jesus, Romans and Ancient Greece!

The children ordered and created a timeline together to understand when the Ancient Egyptian period was in relation to other events in history. Afterwards, children looked at events within the Egyptian era and created individual timelines.

Bluebirds already knew some facts about Egyptians…

Sophie – There was a queen called Cleopatra.
Kiall – They loved treasure.
Niah – They had pyramids.
Brooke B – They had big cat statues.
Evie – They were wrapped and buried in tombs in pyramids, with jars for their livers!
Melissa – They drew people with animal heads.
Megan – They wore striped headwear.
Kezi – Men worked whilst women stayed at home.
Kennie – They had Mummies (not like Mum’s that have babies) wrapped in toilet roll!

Remembrance Day

Bluebirds discussed Remembrance Day this afternoon. They heard how the First World War ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh year which is when we remember soldiers who have lost their lives during any war.

Children discovered poppies were the first thing to grow in the field where soldiers fought which is why they are significant. Bluebirds learnt how British Legion use they money collected from the sale of poppies.

Kezi – We remember soldiers who died in service. We are silent for 2 minutes which is 120 seconds.

Sophie – Wreaths are lay at special monuments.

Evie – I am going to church parade to remember with the Brownies this Sunday.

Amber – My Uncle was a soldier.

Melissa – We have made felt poppy wreaths in afterschool club.

Rubi – Poppies were the first flowers to grow in the fields where the soldiers died.

Instruction writing

This week, Bluebirds have started looking at instruction writing. To see what they could remember about writing them they wrote a set of instructions about how to build a Stone Age shelter.

After writing non chronological reports last half term, the class are experts in Dragonology so set to work sequencing a set of instructions about how to catch a dragon. After ordering them, some children were able to compose instructions including time conjunctions, imperative (bossy) verbs, adverbs and prepositions.

Black History: Nelson Mandela

As part of Black History Month, Bluebirds have been learning all about Nelson Mandela. The class were dismayed to hear that black and white people had separate restaurants, schools and even buses!

Sophia – When he went to prison for so long he would have missed seeing his children grow up.
Melissa – I am glad it’s not like that now because I wouldn’t be able to be with my good friend Kezi.
Niah – I’m pleased I wasn’t alive when that happened as I wouldn’t have been allowed to see my Uncle.

Sarehole Mill trip photos

Today, Bluebirds enjoyed a trip to Sarehole Mill to learn more about the Stone Age.

First of all, the children learned what types of food the Stone Age people ate and why they had to move around and stay in their family groups. Next they played a hunters and gatherers game on the field!

After that, children then created shelters after some critical thinking, perserverance and team work! They learned that the animal skins were made waterproof by using ………urine! Ugh!

With much excitement, the children saw and held some real artefacts including a spear head, a hand axe and a scraper tool. The children were all very sensible and careful as these items were so old!

Last of all, there was a short walk to Moseley Bog to examine where Bronze Age people had once been. Bluebirds played a beetle identification game to work out what people had eaten. They also discovered steam (from heated stones and water)’ was used to clean the skin. The dirt would rise to the skin surface which could then be scraped off. The first sauna!

Finally, the children heard briefly about the Bronze Age and Iron Age and examined some Bronze Age tools.

The children really enjoyed their trip and were complimented on their exceptional behaviour.

Well done Bluebirds.

Stone Age Food

Bluebirds were eager to find out about what was eaten during the Stone Age. There were some surprises as there are quite a few things which we still eat today such as herbs, nuts, fish, boiled fruit, crabs, cockles, mussels, oysters and lobsters.

The more unusual food items eaten in Stone Age were red deer, wild boar, horses, stinging nettles, insects, snails and caterpillars! Stone Age people used to eat every part of an animal including the blood and brains.

Being archaeologists

Bluebirds got the chance to be archaeologists this week when they had to carefully excavate and find evidence from the Stone Age. It was very exciting with gasps of amazement as different artefacts were unearthed!

Bluebirds then helped Mrs Parry to match some labels to different types of tools used by Stone Age people. Children noticed lots of adjectives were used which linked back to our earlier English lesson!

The Stone Age

Today, Bluebirds were introduced to their new topic of The Stone Age. Some pupils already knew facts which they shared with the rest of the class. Mrs Parry explained the meaning of AD and BC and discussed chronology so the children gained a batter understanding of how long ago this period was and how long it lasted. Afterwards, the children created a human timeline and rearranged themselves into chronological order.

Melissa – Stone Age people had no clothes and had to kill animals to use their fur…I think?!
Phoebe – They drew pictures in caves.
Kennie – They got stones and sharpened them to make tools.

Tin foil mummy

In History last week, we wrote instructions on how to make a mummy.

We wrote about all the steps that the Ancient Egyptians went through to prepare and preserve the body before they buried it in a tomb.

Today we began making our own mummy! We have modelled a body out of tin foil, then we are going to wrap it in bandages before placing it into a sarcophagus.