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History at Ashurst

History at Ashurst is taught as a discrete subject developing children's subject knowledge and historical skills through enquiry based learning.  We have chosen specific focus areas based on the needs of our children, providing them with key knowledge that makes links with the world they live in today and enhanced through enrichment opportunities.

 

This year we are working towards accreditation for History Quality Mark celebrating the quality education we deliver in History that is constantly being reviewed and enhanced.

Mrs K. Crampton Humanities Leader 

At the start of every term, the children take part in completing a history or geography project linked with their topic. This work is then showcased in the hall at the end of term for all classes and parents to enjoy. Positive comment forms are also completed by those who wish too. We love to celebrate our learning in history and geography as well as celebrating the successes in other classes. Thank you to the history ambassadors, who helped to co-ordinate this event and make this possible. 

Canary Sings Project- Four children from year 5  in October 2019 took part in the Canary sings Project. The children had to work closely with the author Tracy Spiers and research the history of St Helens. They then used this learning to write and illustrate their own book.   All the children are looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

Remembrance Day - The children really enjoyed taking part in a Remembrance service on Monday 11th November. The service was attended by a range of local schools. They showed their support, dedication and respect towards this important day by creating readings, taking part in a dance or carrying important and significant items towards the alter such as a British flag and a wreaths. 

Holocaust competition- In October 2019 Year 5 took part in a holocaust art competition to remember all the jews who lost their lives during the war. The children had to discuss  and design a flame. The children studied poems, one from a survivor, about the experiences and effect the Holocaust had on them. Within our school, the power of vocabulary is at the very heart of our curriculum in all subjects therefore we chose to create a powerful message through the use of vocabulary. Following on from this, year 5 then visited their local secondary school to take part in a lesson on the holocaust and create butterflies that will be used in a local exhibition to again commemorate that it is 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz- Birkenau.

Holocaust activity in colloboration with Haydock High school- 

History and art club- An extra curricular club was conducted by the art leader for KS1 children. The club was to encourage the childrrn to have fun as well as extending the children historical knowledge beyond the classroom. It was also encouraging and promoting the children's love for the subject as the club was very popular. 

VE Day event - The children in year 4 really enjoyed their day at Haydock High school learning all about the importance of VE day and taking part in wartime activities. 

Clonter- Year 5 are currently taking part in a theatre project based on their history topic of the Anglo Saxons. They have taken part in two workshops: one to create a backdrop and lighting and the other one to write their own songs. The children have written their own playscript and will soon be acting this out on the theatre stage at Clonter in Chester to other schools. 

Clonter- The children took part in a song writing workshop to compose a song for their theatre production in March. The children enjoyed learning the skills of how to write a song whilst composing the music at the same time. 

Upcoming history events

VE Day 8th May 2020- Marks the 75th anniversary and will be celebrated in school on Monday 11th May due to the bank holiday. 

Keeping checking this page to watch our learning journey in History and the excellent provision on offer.