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Our Topic: School Days


In this history project, children extend their vocabulary of time and explore how words and phrases describe the length of time or how long ago something has happened. Children are introduced to Whitelands Parks' history, within living memory. By using artefacts, photographs and other historical sources, they will work together to create a timeline for the school’s history and put them in chronological order. The children are introduced to the concept of artefacts and explore a range of objects, interpreting what they tell us about childhood in the past. The children begin to compare artefacts from the past to the objects that they use today.

 They revisit learning from the Early Years about significant events, including birthdays and family celebrations, and are introduced to family trees. They will also be learning about the life and legacy of significant people such as Samuel Wilderspin, who changed how young children were taught.

The children are introduced to the Victorian era and learn that this is a time beyond living memory. They will take part in a Victorian school day and understand how activities, lessons and discipline were very different.







The partner Science projects 'plant parts' and 'animal parts build upon the children’s knowledge of plants as living things and they  will learn about wild and garden plants by exploring the local environment. They identify and describe the basic parts of plants and observe how they change over time, revisiting seasonal changes. They will demonstrate their knowledge by drawing labelled diagrams. The children learn about classifying seeds and bulbs by sorting and grouping them and looking for patterns between the groups. They will learn about the parts of leaves and conduct simple tests to compare leaves.


The children develop an understanding of the importance of plants and animals, including shelter, food and a sources of natural minerals. The children go on to learn about animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates. They identify and describe their common structures, their diets and how animals should be cared for.



Curriculum Summary for the Summer Term - School Days