BUDDING reporters at Long Lawford Primary School have been documenting how their fellow pupils bought history to life to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
For their school newspaper Lawford News, Year 6 children chronicled the school’s History Week, when pupils looked at how different aspects of society have changed during The Queen’s 70-year reign.
The Observer is happy to publish extracts of their work below. Perhaps they will be writing news in these pages in years to come!
Year 1 – Royal Fun
By Nirel and Ella
Children in Year 1 have undertaken some incredible activities. They created a time line following the Queen and her life from young to old.
The students started their learning by reading a fantastic picture book called The Queen’s Hat, which was about a chase through London for the Queen’s runaway hat, which ended up on a baby’s head!
Inspired by this tale, the children created hats from paper and craft material, and fashioned crowns with cardboard and markers.
Ollie said: “I liked making the crowns because I put a rugby ball on top of it!”
They were given an assembly by the Head Teacher telling them about the Platinum Jubilee as well as The Parish council presenting them with lovely teddy bears in a union jack mug. They also made posters to tell you about the Queen’s royal life and painted some wonderful portraits.
The children have also constructed paper planes with the Queen’s face. For this, they used paper and markers, and ended up with fabulous royal planes. They also made tea cups with the Union Jack imprinted on them.
Year 2 – Endless Entertainment
By Niharika and Holly
The Year 2s have been learning all about old fashioned entertainment.
They have especially looked at TVs from 1952 to the present day, and they also learnt about the Queen’s Family Tree.
Year 2 have been taught many games and dances over the past week. An example of a dance is the Hand Jive. One of the students said: “I liked learning about the games and the Hand Jive.”
They have also played many old school games that they liked. Following this, they did their Sponsored Seventies, in which they did 70 star-jumps, and they succeeded.
90 per cent of Year 2 pupils enjoyed doing their DT, which stands for design and technology. One of the children said: “We made lots of Great Britain flags!” They also made bunting with a British theme to it. In addition, they constructed chariots out of cardboard.
The main focus in Maths this week included them being detectives, because the Queen had unfortunately lost her brooch – but remember this isn’t a real incident!
They succeeded thankfully, and returned the brooch to Queen Elizabeth. They even wrote letters to the Queen, congratulating her thoroughly on her 70 years on the throne.
Year 3 – Jolly Jubilee
By Noah P and Josh
Year 3 have undertaken a variety of history skills including use of sources by learning about sports over the past 70 years.
The children learnt that in the 1950s, Roger Banister, who was well known for his talent in running events, broke the world record for a mile in less than four minutes.
The record for a mile now stands at 3.43 seconds, and the children thought about why people can run faster now. The children thought that it was the technology in the shoes, running clothes and how they trained.
As well as this, they watched the world cup from 1966, where England defeated Germany and the Queen handed the trophy to England.
As much as the Queen likes sports, tennis doesn’t tickle her fancy because whilst watching Virginia Wade win Wimbledon in 1977, she was caught reading the Sporting Life during a tennis match.
Year 3 completed many activities about the Queen. Willow from Year 3 said: “I liked these activities because it is about the Queen and I can learn more about her. My favourite activity was the 70 laps around the field.”
Year 5 – Education
By Noah C and Abdullah
Year 5 have been learning about how education since the 1950s is very different to nowadays.
Many things have changed such as school dinners, school uniform, and even how strict the teachers were educating children.
Teaching in the 1950s was much stricter than the teachers you know today. Back then, they used blackboards so it was mostly talk and chalk education – when the teacher writes something on the blackboard and the student copies it.
If a student does something wrong, they would get punished by getting whipped by a cane because it used to be legal.
A popular lunch time dish was kidney pie with mash potatoes and a jam roly-poly. Another dish was minced beef with mashed potatoes.
Most of the children thought the dinners were tasty, but Mrs Hayden said: “I did like the dishes back then but I would prefer the lunches today.”
When the children went onto the playground the boys and girls would be split into two different areas. The children were given a lot of freedom during their play time as they didn’t have many supervisors to look after them.
In the 1950-60s there were wooden desks in schools which had an inkwell and they would be able to open the top and put their belongings inside.
Some would even say that the classrooms were extremely boring; they didn’t have any decorations or exciting activities to do.
Harry Wood exclaimed: “Sometimes my back was killing me because of the wooden material that the chairs were made out of.”
Year 6 – Spectacular Celebration
By Laiba and Hala
Year 6 have been joining in with an extensive five-day celebration. School council have been involved in the planning and have organised activities such as national anthem practice dress up day, a picnic on the school field, and assemblies.
The children and adults participated in a chain of many exercises (70 seconds each).
Clara said: “It was so much fun!” Nina added: “I can’t wait for our picnic.’’
All children received generous gifts from the Parish Council in an assembly – a small teddy, a platinum jubilee mug, and a heartfelt message.
Children around the school came together to sing the national anthem.
Year 6 have been colouring images of the queen, making timelines about the royal family, making crowns, and non-chronological reports about the Queen’s lifestyle. Did you know she owns all the swans in England?
Year 6 have made many displays about the Queen including magnificent portraits and expensive crowns. Also, they have made reports on platinum jubilee street parties that have been going on recently.