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At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education is embedded within our

overarching curriculum that prepares our children for many different aspects of their lives.  

Our overall goal is to help our children to become well-rounded individuals with strong character, who will eventually go out into the world of adults and be actively and positively involved in society.   In order to do this, we are striving to create a conducive environment around the school and this year we have created our own specific Personal Development Curriculum that is entwined with our academic history curriculum.

Our history curriculum aims to provide engagement and enrichment and through this, we aim for all children to have equal opportunities to thrive together.  

History and Geography Curriculum Overviews

History and Geography priorities.

Academic year 22-23

Today we became History Detectives! 

We used clues to figure out when the Great Fire of London was and how it started. 

The children worked in groups, with their adult and came up with some incredible ideas!

We even spoke about whether we thought it was accidental or on purpose - an interesting discussion in Holmes Class!

Ancient Greek Pottery Painting In Shelly Woods Class

Ancient Greek Pottery - Shelly Woods Class

Today we got all messy and created our very own Ancient Greek pottery.  We researched some designs, created some of our own, practised different patterns and then used clay to create our own masterpieces!  When they are dry, we will use black and orange (the colours the Ancient Greeks used) to paint our creations!

King Class has been reflecting upon why we wear poppies on poppy day and how we remember the soldiers who fought for us.

Ancient Greece Timelines

Take a look at some of our Ancient Greece timelines!  What a fabulous effort our wonderful Shelly Woods class have made. 

Woods Class - Ancient Greece 

 

To begin our Ancient Greece topic, Shelley Woods class were given some half term homework. The task was to research, design or build something relating to Ancient Greece. The task was deliberately vague so the children could let their imaginations run wild. So far the response has been amazing, we've had written projects, shields, a vase, various buildings and a rap song! 

King Class-To start our 'Remembrance Day' topic we listened to the story of 'Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge' as a way of exploring children’s understanding of memories. We found out that memories can be funny, sad and scary, we then shared our own special memories with the class.

Black History Month 2022

We celebrate different cultures throughout the school year at St Mary's but this year for Black History Month we wanted to learn about inspirational Black British people.

King Class celebrated Black History Month this week by listening to the story 'Coming to England' by Floella Benjamin which was a true story of how she travelled from Trinidad to England when she was a child and what experiences she had. We then discussed how unique we all are. how we should be kind to everyone and drew ourselves and our friends differences.

To acknowledge Black History Month, Shelly Woods Class will be doing reading comprehensions based on the lives of prominent black people. We will begin today with a reading comprehension based on 'The women who helped build NASA' and then research inspirational Black British people.

Merckx Class focused on Martin Luther King and his I have a dream speech for Black History Month. The children wrote their own speeches based on a topic they felt passionate about.

The children in Pele class have been taking part in history lessons about the Romans. We have been looking at the invasion of the Romans, how they build their own cities and towns and what sorts of armour they used to fight in the war with.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

1926-2022


Eternal rest, grant to her O Lord,
and let Perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.
Amen.

In loving memory of our queen. King Class celebrated the Queen's life in worship and thought about how her family would be feeling. We then sketched our own interpretation of the Queen.

Academic year 21-22

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

We have a lovely celebration lunch today.

Drake Class invited their parents into school for a craft afternoon.

The Cove-Learning about 'The Ancient Egyptians'.

WWII Historical Enquiry 

Today we had so much fun looking at different WWII artefacts - we asked questions, found out different facts and used the primary sources to support our learning of WWII.

This half term, Drake Class have learnt all about Florence Nightingale's life, how she made a difference and why we remember her today.

Garrido Class were learning about the roads that the Romans built when they invaded Britain. They used atlas' to locate different places on a map before drawing some of the roman roads themselves!

Tower Wood Residential Trip -On our tour of the lake district today, we learnt all about the Romans and the Vikings and how settlements have changed. We also spoke about different rock types and how the weather has changed them/how caves have evolved over time.

Drake Class wrote recounts about their class trip to Fleetwood Museum.

To start off their Victorians topic, Drake Class visited 'Fleetwood Museum' to learn lots of facts about Victorians visiting Fleetwood. It was amazing!

The Cove-Using non-fiction books to research 'The Great Plague' to find out facts and some of the children acting out Ring a ring o roses and this linked with the Plague. ​

Garrido Class have been learning about 'The Stone Age' and enjoyed dissecting Stone Age poo this afternoon to find out what Stone age people ate in the past.

Garrido Class also used iPads to research about Stonehenge. They learnt about what Stonehenge was and why it was used. They had lots of fun!

Remembrance Day 2021

Columbus Class

Drake Class

The children in the Cove have remembered the fallen soldiers in worship throughout November.

Some of the children from Shackleton Class represented St Mary’s by attended the Remembrance Parade on Sunday and placed a poppy wreath on the Cenotaph.

Black History Month 2021 at St Marys.

Columbus Class created some beautiful art work inspired by famous black artist, Frank Bowling! Take a look at their creations!

Sir Francis Drake Class learnt about segregation in the 1960s and how Ruby Bridges started her first day in an all-white school. They discussed how she would have felt going to a new school and being in the classroom with no friends to play with. The class was shocked listening to the story as they know that we are all special and equal. They understand that Ruby played a large part in helping other schools all over America to make the decision to desegregate.

Sir Francis Drake Class also learnt about Alma Thomas who was an art teacher and artist who created art with bold bright colours. She was an influential black person as she was the first African American woman to have a solo Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. We then created our own art inspired by Alma Thomas.

Juan Garrido Class - We started our learning by discussing how Black History Month started and which black people have been influential, both past and present. In small groups, we then took it in turns to read and feedback new facts we had learnt.

Marco Polo Class-Today we have been celebrating Black History Month and talking about a number of famous black figures who have been inspirational. The children were given 5 inspirational black people to choose from. They were asked to create a fact file about this person and the amazing achievements that they made. We talked about: Barrack Obama, Martin Luther King, Alice Coachman, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver and Nelson Mandela.

The Cove watched clips to understand the discrimination black people experienced. Then wrote about their findings and thoughts, they then made positive pebbles.

Shackleton Class researched 10 different people of interest in Black History month. We also played a loop card game based on many influential black people - we loved it that much we played it twice!

Academic year 20-21

Griffin Class-Acted out the Great Fire of London in class today! Can you spot Samuel Pepys, Thomas Farriner and the people of London rowing away to try and flee the fire?

Bertoli Class-Understanding the world. "Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines" We have been making clay diva lamps for Diwali and writing and posting letters to our houses.

Pugin Class-Our project was the Romans and we have moved onto Food, Glorious Food.

Kere Class

In History we are focusing on the local area. We have looked at an overall chronology of historical time periods initially. After this we looked at what Fleetwood and Blackpool area was like before the victorian era, using primary and secondary source materials and discussing their reliability and usefulness. We then looked at what made the Fylde coast so popular amongst victorian and Edwardian tourists and made our own brochures to convince them to visit. We will continue to focus on the development of the area within the victorian and edwardian periods.

Role-play in Hadid Class

In history we have been learning about how Victorian schools were different from our own. We have learnt about the punishments children received for talking in class and the lessons they learnt in school. The children thought it would be a good idea to have separate lessons for girls and boys but didn't think it very fair that girls learnt sewing and cooking and the boys got to learn carpentry!

Kestrel Class have been researching facts about Stonehenge and we have made posters too.

Learning about the ancient Egyptians from one who knows!

Peregrine Class - History brought to life

 

Peregrine class had an extra special trip to the library today. We were invited to join in a history/drama workshop, based on the Ancient Egyptians. The theme was mummification and all the gory details, perfect for Halloween. It was informative and great fun, the children loved it.