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History as it happens - Remembering Queen Elizabeth
History isn't static - every day more history is made.
On Thursday 8th September 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth died, after over 70 years as our head of state. We marked this significant event in our history as a country by sending a tribute to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh with Mrs Swindells and Mrs Robinson. They sent photos and videos so that we could share in the experience.
Mr. John Garlington, a local Historian, Published Author and ex-teacher , visited our year 5 and 6 classes earlier this week. He was kind enough to take us through a photographic journey of Victorian Preston. We learned about a local photographer named Robert Pateson and his process of taking photos of Preston.
Children were able to recognise many locations from the images, one even spotted his house! We were particularly interested in seeing how Preston's city centre has changed. There were some wonderful images of Avenham Valley (now Avenham Park), Winckley square, the markets and the Harris Museum.
Through the images children were able to see the fashions of the time including what workers and the upper classes were wearing. The children were able to see what a Victorian camera looked like and how it worked ; people had to stay still anywhere between 30 seconds and 2 minutes sometimes. This is why many Victorian people are shown not smiling in images; it was very hard to hold a smile for 2 minutes!
Both year 5 and 6 managed to ask lots of very interesting questions based on their learning about Victorian times- including questions about workhouses, the mills and Mr. Garlington's own great great grandparents who were featured in the presentation! John was kind enough to gift the school two copies of his book about Robert Pateson . Here are some of the children spotting some of the features of a Victorian street scene; analysing the photo in order to understand a bit more about the Victorian way of life.
At Frenchwood we believe that the teaching of fun, engaging interesting lessons will provide children with an excellent start on the road to becoming an Historian and a life-long learner. History is not only about finding out about the past but being part of the past, living as others would, developing empathy and asking questions, enquiring and reasoning. A variety of teaching styles are employed along with the use of visits to museums, castles, mills and local buildings in the surrounding area. Visitors and other ‘experts’ are encouraged along with high quality resources. We aim to motivate pupils, use their developing historical skills and for them to learn about the world around them from past to present.
The Subject Leader
I am subject leader for History here at Frenchwood Primary School. My role is to develop an enjoyment of History for our children, to provide opportunities for them to acquire historical skills and to learn about the past. Often History is at the centre of our curriculum learning, the vehicle through which we learn all about different areas of the curriculum – a starting point to make links about the world we live in. We expect children to build on previous learning and we use progression statements to ensure learning is monitored and developed. The areas studied can be seen on our curriculum map and it is through these that we develop our understanding of chronology, expand our vocabulary and become Historians – collecting and questioning evidence, finding out about the past, recognising change and developing an understanding of cause and consequence.
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