History: Curriculum Posts

A Journey Through Time Historical Project 
As we reach the end of our 'Journey through Time' historical project we would like to say a special thank you to our PTA - Tritlington Friends past and present for helping us bring our vision to life.
Our aim was to give Tritlington children an understanding of the heritage of Northumberland and, in particular, their own local area. 
The children enjoyed three educational visits to Northumberland Zoo, Woodhorn Museum and Beamish to find out more about the history of farming and rural life, mining and industry and the history of town life.  They also enjoyed learning first hand what life was like from people in the local community. 
The exhibition was held in school where we showcased the learning that took place.  We are very thankful to the Ventient Sisters and North Stead Wind Farm for the grant received to support this wonderful historical project.  
Evacuee Day
Class two have had a wonderful immersive World War 2 day with Mrs Gammer.  The children dressed as evacuees and experienced the sights, sounds and tastes of World War 2. Mrs Whellens kindly cooked a delicious ration inspired menu of corned beef hash and vegetable soup, followed by apple crumble and custard, but the children had to show their ration books to receive their meal.
School rules were changed so everyone had to carry their identity cards at all times and if the air raid siren went off the children had to take shelter under  desks for safety. 
The children were lucky enough to see a genuine gas mask and had to plan and calculate food and clothing shop using coupons and old pennies. The children enjoyed listening to some war time music at lunch and Mrs Laidlaw even brought an old record player in. 
The History of Town Life 
Our whole school trip to Beamish was the final installment in our Journey Through Time project.  The weather could not have been better and the children were all looking forward to a day of discoveries.  First stop for the children was the Colliery Village, where we had an interesting talk from one of the museum staff about the routine the miners followed at the start of a shift and the procedures in place so the mine knew how many men were down the mine.  The pit cottages were a revelation to the children and some had a go at helping to make a clippy mat.  
Next it was off to the town where we saw lots of old fashioned shops and their wares.  The Cooperative was very interesting with all the old artefacts.
We gave our feet a rest at the park for lunchtime and the chance to blow off some steam on the swings. Some of the children had a trip on the tram - huge excitement and lots of fun!   
The History of Mining 
The children went on a visit to Woodhorn Museum at Ashington as part of our whole school project "A Journey Through Time" to learn about the history of mining in Northumberland.
One of the most informative parts of the museum for the children was Coal Town.  This is an engaging and interactive exhibition where you can experience the true story of coal mining in Northumberland through the eyes of the Ashington Community. The children set off on their journey through time walking to work at the coal mine in 1918 at one in the morning.  As they took in the events of the past and the decades flew by, they learned about some fascinating people!  The children gained an insight into what it was like to live in a house in the "pit rows" ...... to go on a miner's picnic .....to be on a march ....even to be part of the miner's strike.
They crammed into the "cage" like a sardine which carried the miners to the coalface.  It was interesting to see the joys of washday in the past - what hard work it was!
We learned about the community values and what was important to the miners and their families. We explored what the mining families did in their spare time - growing leeks, the art of the "Proggy" and painting.
The gallery with the works from the Pitmen Painters was enjoyed by all the children.  They loved to see what the men painted and even had a go painting in the style of the men back at school.
The History of Farming
Educational Visit 
At Northumberland Zoo the children visited the Tractor Shed where Mr Stephen Hogg, a local farmer with a wealth of experience, shared his knowledge of farming through the years.
He was able to explain to the children how the various machinery on exhibition was used by farmers in the past, how the industry has changed and how farms work now. He shared with the children what it is like to be a farmer, including the favourite parts of his job.  
There is a wide selection of tractors on show at the Zoo and the children were very interested to learn about them.  They even got on board to try out the driving seat, perhaps in the future some of our children will go on to be farmers!
Remembrance Day 

A stunning floral tribute created from handcrafted poppies has formed the centrepiece of Tritlington School’s Remembrance Day.

Here at Tritlington First School pupils have really enjoyed creating a fantastic remembrance garden to mark Remembrance Day.  The children made handmade poppies using a range of different media to put on display, which was viewed by families in the school playground.

As well as the poppies, the school have been thinking about those who served, or are serving in conflict.

It is part of the school’s curriculum of promoting values of liberty and respect, British history and British values.

“It is a fitting reminder for young children about the need for peace in our world” Said a parent.

“It is fantastic to see the younger generation being involved in our history and understanding where we have come from.” – Parental Quote

Here is what the children had to say about the poppies they created…

“My Great Grandad was in the war, he was lucky and lived, it is really important to remember all of the brave soldiers.” – Pupil Quote

“The brave soldiers fought for us, we remember them.” –Pupil Quote

Class 2 Trip to Vindolanda

Class 2 had a fantastic trip yesterday!  It was a jam-packed day exploring the archaeological site at Vindolanda. After this, we visited The Roman Army Museum where we found out what life would have been like as a Roman soldier. We looked at lots of interesting artefacts and thought about how they provided evidence of the past. We can't wait to bring this learning back into the classroom as part of our history this half term! Well done everyone!