Year 6 are continuing to enjoy their journey exploring crime and punishment through the ages and this week it was the turn of the Tudors!

We studied lots of punishment devices and came up with some very interesting predictions about what they would have been used for.

Kristian and Courtney studying the sources of evidence carefully to inform their predictions

The boys were pleased that many of their predictions turned out to be correct

However, none of the year 6s predicted that this item, ‘The Brank’, would be attached to women’s heads as a punishment for gossiping! The sharp metal insert would cause pain inside their mouths if they attempted to speak. Safe to say, our year 6 girls were happy not to have been born in the tudor time period!

Year 5 Anglo Saxon and Viking Experience Day

Wow! What a fantastic day Year 5 had!

We had a special visitor in school who delivered an Anglo Saxon and Viking workshop. It was fantastic to be able to see and touch all of the replica games, clothing, weaponry and other artefacts from this period.


Looking at every-day life for the Anglo Saxons. What did they wear? Why did they make and wear jewellery? Did they have slaves? What did they use their horns for?

The children had a go at writing their names in Anglo Saxon runes.



Grinding grain to make flour using quern-stones.


Did you know that fighting was only a very small part of Anglo Saxon and Viking life? Nevertheless, Year 5 loved finding out about the various weapons and armour that they would have used. It was all rather heavy!

Playing some traditional Anglo Saxon games.


Our enquiry challenge for the day: what are all of these items? What were they used for? Who would use them?

Timelines of Queen Elizabeth II

Today in Year 2 during our topic lesson we were historians. Each group had a selection of photographs all of Queen Elizabeth II and some of the most significant events in her life.
First we discussed what we thought was happening in every picture then we had to order them in chronological order. We learned lots of new facts about her which we then wrote onto a timeline!




Chinese New Year!

The children in the Hub have been demonstrating excellent use of fine motor skills this week for our Chinese New Year celebrations.

We enjoyed our food tasting session with noodles, spring rolls and rice crackers on the menu. We used chopsticks to eat our noodles with and Raphael was crowned King of the Chopsticks.

The children displayed safe use of scissors and excellent cutting skills making their lanterns.

Good speaking and listening skills were also displayed during our story of the day ‘Cleversticks’, beautifully read by Stephanie.


Viking Shields

To launch their new topic, Anglo Saxons and Vikings, Year 5 designed and created Viking Shields. First of all, we looked at some sources of evidence, depicting original and replica Viking shields and discussed the size and shape of the shields; the materials used to make the shields and the colours commonly used to decorate them. Using these ideas, we designed and constructed our own replica, Viking shield.
































Megan D, Mia-Louise Y, Cameron C, Ronnie H, Darcie C, Leila BH, Declan G and Dawood M with their fantastic Viking shields.

Round Houses

As part of our Wow Day to launch the topic, ‘What is the Roman Legacy’, Year 4 investigated who lived in Britain, before the Romans invaded. We then used our construction skills to make a Celtic Round house. Here are some of our replicas.

History Staff Training

Staff participated in a hands-on training session in which they discussed and explored how the history curriculum can be delivered with a focus on skills. Staff worked in teams to complete various activities and put themselves in the children’s shoes! It sparked lots of different talking points and ideas about how the curriculum can be best delivered to engage, enthuse and inspire our young historians at Christopher Pickering.

Drawing Conclusions from Sources of Evidence

Year 6 really enjoyed their introductory lesson to the new topic ‘Crime and Punishment’. The first focus was Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and they were presented with a range of sources linked to this time period. Working in groups, the children discussed and evaluated what the source of evidence could teach us about crime and punishment. They also discussed how reliable the source of evidence was.

We also really enjoyed using our new giant timeline to visually see the context of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking time period in comparison to other periods within British history.

Here are two examples of some of the fantastic work that the children produced within the lesson:

Romans invade Year Four

In year four we wanted to know how our lives changed from living as Iron Age Celts to being invaded by the Romans!

Using sources of evidence, we explored the attempted  invasions to discover which were /were not successful and why. We enjoyed reenacting the invasions in a class Celts V’s Romans battle!

Discussing sources of evidence to order events.


Teams label their evidence based upon what they know.



We worked together to order the events.

Stone Age Necklaces

As part of our Wow Day to launch the topic, ‘Who first lived in Britain?’, Year 3 designed and made Stone Age replica necklaces. First of all we looked at some photographs of Stone Age necklaces and discussed the materials that these were made from. Using these ideas as a prompt, we designed our own.

We then made our necklaces using clay. We had to make sure there were no cracks in any our pieces.

A few days later, we painted our necklaces and threaded them onto string.

Wow! We can’t believe how beautiful they look!