Finchley get tapestry work all sewn up!

Today we had our second sewing session with local artist Emma Skeet.  We made leaves and letters to add the tapestry that will go on display in St Barnabas Church at the end of term.  We got to see the tapestry which contains the poppies we made last week- it looks amazing!

Everyone did really well, but a special well done goes to Kamsi for his amazingly neat and careful sewing on the letter A!

Dolphin Class Tapestry with Emma Skeet

Today, Dolphin Class had their second tapestry workshop. In World War 1, soldiers would do tapestry to regain their motor skills in damaged arms. They would use the time to chat and relax, in peace and quiet, to get over shellshock.

We have spent 2 workshops learning to sew and do basic embroidery stitches. Many children really struggled with the skills of sewing at first, just as injured soldiers would have done. Considering that this was the first time a lot of the children had sewn, the improvement in their skills by the end was phenomenal!

The children made flowers and poppies to go on the group tapestry, and began to make water for our emblem.

Don’t forget the family tapestry session Tuesday 18th July, where families are invited to join with their children in putting the finished product together. Dolphin class’s session is 9-10.30.

Sunday 2nd July – 8 Y6 children perform in ‘Come Yew In’ with The Common Lot

On a beautiful afternoon in the shadow of Cow Tower, 8 of our Year 6 children join local theatre company The Common Lot in their latest piece Come Yew In – A Proud History of Strangers in Norwich. Over the past few weeks they have been working with Duncan Joseph to develop a 5 minute piece based on stories of the Kinder transport in World War 2. Their piece then became one of the stories in the 90 minute performance. They are performing again at Peterson Park in Mile Cross at 7.30 on Tuesday evening. Well done to all involved and thanks to everyone who turned up to support them.

Friday 30th June – data entry begins

Year 4 start the epic task of entering information on ‘our lads’ onto the database. Each child will take responsibility for 4 ‘lads’. Attention to detail is of paramount importance as once it goes live the database will be a resource that anyone from around the world interested in the men from Heigham can search to find out more. We aim to get all 195 ‘lads’ onto the database by the end of term.

Friday 23rd June – Victorian living comes to Wensum

Many of us have been wondering  what life in Heigham would have been like in the early part of the 20th Century.  Today we found out as we immersed ourselves in a wonderful series of hands-on activities, experiences and learning.  Children moved through 7 different experiences – knit and natter; the seamstress, Victorian food, singing, clapping and playground games, toys and games, laundry and boot making, and Victorian photography – and came away with a rich understanding of the sights, sounds, smells of life over 100 years ago.  The day ended with everyone gathering on the playground for a photograph and a rendition of God Save the King!  A huge thank you to Neil and his amazing team for genuinely bringing the past to life for us all.  Enjoy the gallery.

Year 3 visit Gressenhall Museum

Today we enjoyed a very hot and sunny trip to Gressenhall Museum of Rural Life.

When we arrived we met Rachel, a Gressenhall workhouse resident.  With her was a very strict Victorian school teacher!  We spilt into 2 groups and spent time with both people: Rachel showed us round the workhouse and helped us to learn how hard life was for people with no money who ended up here.  The school teacher took us to a classtroom from 100 years ago and made us sit up straight, write on a slate and learn a rhyme about Christopher Columbus.  No slouching or fidgeting was allowed!

We had a fantastic day and learnt lots about what life was like 100 years ago.  This will really help us with our Working As Historians project.

Thursday 15th June – Y5 complete first major historical research task

Y5 reconvened today to complete the research task tracking down missing biographical information for our ‘folder of the fallen’. Some new faces joined those trained up on Tuesday and through hard work, determination and no little perseverance, they completed the task. We now have biographical information for all those men for whom the information still exists. We are pretty confident that where gaps remain it is because the records no longer exist. Well done to all involved. You have truly worked ‘as historians’. Y4 can now complete their task. I estimate we have about 150 hours of data entry ahead of us! That works out at about 45 minutes per ‘lad’. Let’s get to work.

Monday 5th June – Children work as historians to gather information on our fallen ‘lads’

Year 3 started the new half term working as historians to search an online database for details of the lads from the roll of honour. With only the most basic information to guide them, they searched the Commonwealth War Graves website to identify the lads and save certificates for each of our fallen. They had to learn all about how the information is presented and how to enter the data into the various search fields on the website. This is a genuinely authentic historical research task and Year 4 will be picking up the trail on Wednesday. Next week the children will be finding out where the men lived before plotting this information on contemporary maps of the local area.

Friday 26th May – It’s the turn of Y3 to explore their city’s WW1-era heritage

On the hottest day of the year so far, Y3 make the journey into Norwich to explore aspects of their city’s heritage related to our Working as Historians project. Like Y4 and 5 before them they visited the Heritage Centre and Bridewell Museum, and took a tour of WW1-era sites around the city centre. When we return after half term we will be working with Neil Storey to start the process of investigating the names on the Roll of Honour. Enjoy the gallery.