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26th January 20
Trail : home / Curriculum : History

A Victorian Experience


Year 3 and Year 4

We were visited by Mr. Warrell, The History Man, who made use of our amazing Church Museum to teach us all about life during the Victorian period. This fits with our learning about how Blackpool has changed in the last 150 years or so. 

We learned that children would have gone to school in a school room lit only by candles, it was hard to see our work. We wrote using pen and ink and got very messy black fingers! The pen was sratchy and very different to how we work and learn. We also played with traditional indoor and outdoor games and wove wool in a traditional cottage industry style. It was a day packed with new experiences, new vocabulary, new observations and inferences. 


Using sources


Year 4 have been making observations and inferences using postcards which were written and sent from Blackpool by people on their holidays during the 20th century. We discovered we could learn about the types of holidays and the people who enjoyed them by analysing the writing and the picture on the front. 



This week Elm Class learned about Rosa Parks.  They role played the moment Rosa was asked to give up her seat.

The Potty Timeline of Blackpool Tower


Lower Key Stage 2 has been studying Blackpool Circus and the Tower. As part of this study we has begun to explore the history of the town. 

Here we are thinking about the history of the Tower using the Potty Timeline! Each group had a length of toilet roll and a line of masking tape, each piece of toilet roll represented 10 years. We labelled the masking tape with dates and looked for clues in the photos that we could match to the different periods of time. The learning supported our developing awareness of chronology and the changes to Blackpool since the Tower was built in 1894. We also used lots of observation and inference skills. 

Great work Year 4!