Bridgetown's Greatest Briton
Bridgetown’s first History Week took place on Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July. The theme of the week was: ‘Bridgetown’s Greatest Briton’ and each year group learnt more about the life and times, contributions and achievements of an influential figure in British History. Pupils studied the following people:
Year R & Year 2 – William Shakespeare Year 1 – Queen Elizabeth I
Year 3 – Emmeline Pankhurst Year 4 – Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Year 5 – Queen Elizabeth II Year 6 – John Logie Baird
The week began in suitably historical style when everyone, even staff, came to school in historical dress. Suffragettes, knights, maidens, kings, queens, chimney sweeps, pirates, Victorians, Romans, Egyptians and Greek were all spotted walking down Bridgetown’s corridors.
Professor McGinty the amazing time travelling adventurer visited school for two days enthuse, entertain and inform. Pupils from Year R- Year 5 were enthralled by his tales from the past and enjoyed dressing up and examining artefacts he had brought with him from his Tudor, Victorian and Wartime travels.
Each class took part in an archaeological dig to unearth artefacts and make deductions about the past. Children we able to handle objects which were hundreds of years old. Some were quite easy to deduce and others were trickier.
There was also an opportunity for each class to cook some food from the past. Foundation stage were amazed that they were able to turn butter into cream – just like the Tudors would have done. Year 2 made gingerbread Shakespeares. The practical area in Year 3 was transformed into an Edwardian kitchen as children cooked brown apple betty and breakfast cakes (a savoury muffin). Year 5 enjoyed a tea party fit for a queen as they made coronation chicken sandwiches and a traditional Victoria sandwich.
Foundation and Key Stage 1 took part in a history trail around the school, answering questions, solving puzzles and handling artefacts. It was a wonderful opportunity for Year 6 to spend some time with their special Year R friends, as they led them around the trail.
A family homework project encouraged children to work with their parents and siblings to produce a piece of work inspired by the historical figure studied by their class. We were amazed at the quality and variety of work completed; wonderful models, mosaics, portraits, and timelines now fill our entrance hall.
At the end of the week, pupils and parents had the opportunity to vote and one figure from history was crowned Bridgetown’s Greatest Briton! Have a look at the poll below to find out our winner and watch some of the voting videos made by pupils.
Thank you to all 411 of you that voted... and the winner is...
Well done to all the children for producing their persuasive videos... see below!