Stone Age Day 2022
On 21st November, we enjoyed a Stone Age day at West Cornforth Primary School. We all entered the Stone Age and became hunter-gatherers. Each class looked at where the Stone Age came on the history timeline. We enjoyed dressing up and taking part in Stone Age activities.
Find out what each class got up to below:
Can I retell simple past event?
In Early Years, they thought about the how the Stone Age people they lived. They became hunter gatherers and foraged for their own food and built their own shelters.
Can I ask questions about the past?
In Class One, they thought about the clothes Stone Age people would wear. They thought of some questions they could ask about their clothes:
• Why did they have fur?
• Where did they get the fur from?
• Did boys and girls wear the same?
Year One then designed a Stone Age outfit.
Can I develop an awareness of the past?
In Class Two, they thought about where the Stone Age was in history. They made a human timeline of significant historical events.
Can I use photos and artefacts?
In Class Three, they thought about Stone Age pottery. Class Three used photos of Stone Age artefacts to then design and make their own Stone Age pot.
Can I compare and contrast sources?
In Class Four, they used a variety of primary sources and interpretations to gather information about the Stone Age people. Our sources included an oil lamp, flint and needle. We then thought about which source was the most useful.
Can I use some different sources of evidence to deduce information about the past?
In Class Five, we used a variety of primary sources and interpretations to gather information about the Stone Age people. Our sources included an oil lamp, flint and needle. We thought about the information we could deduce from them.
Can I understand that no single source of evidence gives the full answer to questions about the past?
In Class Six, we used a variety of primary sources and interpretations to gather information about the Stone Age people. Our sources included an oil lamp, flint and needle. We thought whether the sources were reliable and useful.
Stone Age Shelters
Unfortunately, it was raining all day, so we made indoor Stone Age shelters. We worked as a team to make our own shelters out of things that we could find. We researched Stone Age dwellings and tried to recreate them.
Hamsterley Forest Visit
Class 6 have been learning all about forests in geography. They recently went on a class trip to Hamsterley Forest. During a 4km walk, the children gathered and collected data, based on their pre-planned field study. Some children collected evidence relating to the reason people visit the forest, others looked at the tree species or wildlife. After a busy day collecting data, they finished it off with a picnic and played on the climbing frame.
See below for some of the children’s’ work from processing and presenting their geographical data.
Click on the link to watch GoPro footage from their visit.
County Durham and Darlington Fire Service Visit
County Durham and Darlington Fire Service visited Class 5 and 6 to remind them of the dangers of fireworks, in the run-up to Bonfire night. Fortunately, the fire service had time to let the students explore the fire engine as well as exploring how to use the hose.
The programme helps children understand:
- Abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse
- That abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe
- Where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including Childline Service
The assemblies, which feature Ant and Dec, support children to feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe and include access to supporting classroom resources.
They are an effective way to support our school’s safeguarding duties and link directly to the curriculum as well as help reinforce key messages about abuse and neglect as part of our school’s teaching on relationships.
With the help of their mascot, Buddy the speech bubble, children will know they have the right to:
- speak out and be heard
- be safe
- get help when they need it.
Want to know more about the programme? Take a look at the NSPCC website to find out more about what the service entails.
To begin the place value topic in Class 6, they’ve been enjoying lots of practical, outdoor maths lessons. Pupils made use of the outdoor areas, as well as the natural resources to support their understanding of numbers up to ten million.
Class 6 Science – Evolution and Inheritance
Yesterday, Class 6 had a visit from Miss Denham’s pet dog (Alfie the Cavapoo). As a class, they discussed his inheritance coming from both his Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parents. In small groups, Class 6 children then investigated Alfie, identifying the characteristics that he had and classifying these as either coming from his Poodle or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ancestry. The children used various skills to determine these traits.
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British History Timeline
Class 6 have been developing their historical knowledge of how children had fun in the past, focusing on the vast changes in the theme of fun since the Romans left Britain. To start their topic, they have created a British history timeline video, we hope you enjoy.
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