What it's like to be a historian at Excalibur
Year 2 - October 2022
Year 2 had a great day being history detectives in Nantwich. They searched the town for clues about what it was like to live in Nantwich at the time of the Fire of Nantwich in 1583. In the museum they found out about how people put out fires in the 16th and 17th Centuries, played with Tudor wooden toys and found out just how tricky it was to write with a quill.
Our Year 2 History Detectives have been looking at 17th Century artefacts today. We had to think about what they were made from, what they were used for and what we would use today.
Fire of London - Year 2 - September 2022
Year 2 acted out what happened when the Fire of London began, considering why and how it spread so easily.
Nantwich Museum - Year 2 - March 2022
Following their recent study of The Great Fire of London, Year 2 visited Nantwich Museum. They had a great day being historical detectives learning all about: how rich and poor people lived during Tudor times; the importance of ‘Namptwich’ as a Tudor market town; how Tudor buildings were constructed and most importantly, the similarities between The Great Fire of London in 1666 and The Great Fire of Nantwich in 1583.
Guy Fawkes - Year 1 - December 2021
The children loved acting out the 'Gun Powder Plot' in six acts. This was a fantastic conclusion to our learning about Guy Fawkes.
Local History - Year 2 - November 2021
In Year 2 last week, as part of our work on local history, we compared maps from 1840, 1888 and 2021. We looked at how the village has changed, especially after the arrival of the railway in 1848.
Yellow Brick Road Workshop - Year 3 - May 2021
Yellow Brick Road Workshop - Year 4 - May 2021
Yellow Brick Road Workshop - Year 6 - October 2020
In October, Year 6 received a visit from the Yellow Brick Road Workshops, where they learnt about the Colonisation of Africa. During the session, they learnt so much that one child said "We've learnt too much!": they found out about the trans-Atlantic slave trade; they discussed the ethical considerations of the British Museum's Benin Bronze collection; they practised some traditional African dance; they felt and looked at a variety of African fabrics; and they created their own African soundscape. Many thanks to Veronica and Alice for the insightful and engaging session.
Viking Day - Year 4 - October 2019
This term year 4 have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings! We were very lucky to have a Viking raid our hall! During our Viking workshop day, we dressed up as Vikings and learned all about Viking stories, weapons and funerals. Our visitor brought along Viking swords, chain armour and shields for us to look at and we were even allowed to try some helmets on! Thank you very much to Manaraefan Herred for visiting Excalibur and providing us with such a wonderful days experience as Vikings!
Stoke City Stadium - Year 2 - October 2019
Year 2 visited the BET365 Stadium to learn more about Sir Stanley Matthews a local and worldwide footballing legend. During our visit we were allowed in the home and away changing rooms, as well as onto the pitch side area. In the Sir Stanley Matthews suite we learned about the footballers life before, during and after his footballing career.
Year 5 and 6 Timeline - September 2019
In order to enhance their understanding of chronology, Year 5 & 6 spent an afternoon in the hall to create their own timeline. Initially, the children worked in groups to list as many historical events as possible. Suggestions included previously-learnt topic areas, such as World War II, the Great Fire of London, the Vikings and Ancient Egypt. In addition, other events were chosen, including the London 2012 Olympics, the Big Bang, the EU Referendum and the start of the Christian calendar.
Once the list was made, the groups were tasked with sticking the events up on the wall, starting with the Big Bang at one end and present day at the other.
Through discussions and debate, the timeline was amended and improved until a detailed chronology of historical events was constructed around the room.