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Youngsters turn back time for history day at primary school in Denver




Youngsters in Denver transformed into residents of eras past for an immersive history day last Friday.

Pupils at Denver VC Primary School dressed as Tudors, Victorians and people from the Stone Age and Iron Age for the day, to further explore the topics they have been studying in the classroom.

Geography and History co-ordinator, Kit Sexton, who teaches reception, said: “We just wanted to develop an interest and curiosity in significant periods in British history.

History day at Denver Primary School, each class has been given a different period of British History to explore (i.e. Stone Age, Victorian Britain, The Iron Age and the Tudors)...Pupils from Class 1 Stone Age, they are pictured with class Teacher Kit Sexton and Teaching Assistant Alison Alves.. (22463913)
History day at Denver Primary School, each class has been given a different period of British History to explore (i.e. Stone Age, Victorian Britain, The Iron Age and the Tudors)...Pupils from Class 1 Stone Age, they are pictured with class Teacher Kit Sexton and Teaching Assistant Alison Alves.. (22463913)

“We focused on the idea of continuity and change through British history, something which is a focus in the national curriculum.”

He added: “Each class was allocated a time period and they investigated aspects like food and housing, things like that, linking it back to continuity and change – thinking about what has changed and what has stayed the same.”

The children took on practical tasks throughout the day to encourage them to engage with their topics.

History day at Denver Primary School, each class has been given a different period of British History to explore (i.e. Stone Age, Victorian Britain, The Iron Age and the Tudors)...Pupils form Class 4 Year 5/6 Tudors, they are pictured with Class Teacher Dawn Henden... (22463911)
History day at Denver Primary School, each class has been given a different period of British History to explore (i.e. Stone Age, Victorian Britain, The Iron Age and the Tudors)...Pupils form Class 4 Year 5/6 Tudors, they are pictured with Class Teacher Dawn Henden... (22463911)

Class 1, who were looking at the Stone Age, created cave paintings and Neolithic jewellery, while class 3, who were studying the Iron Age, made model houses.

The Tudors was class 4’s topic, who have been learning about the Reformation, and they produced some written work on the subject.

Meanwhile, class 2 were visited by a parent who works as a nurse, who spoke about the changes in the medical practice since the Victorian era – the period they have been learning about.

“They had already been studying Florence Nightingale so that was quite a natural fit, and made it a little more real.”

At the end of the day, the pupils joined together for an assembly where each class shared what they had learned.

Mr Sexton said they hope to hold more curriculum enrichment days on different topics in the future.

“They all seemed really positive about it,” he added. “It’s a nice way to engage the children and develop the national curriculum.”


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