Passchendaele 1917 – 2017

On 30 and 31 July, the UK Government in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the city of Ypres, the Municipality of Zonnebeke and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 will mark the centenary of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres. The official commemoration begins on the eve of 30 July with a traditional Last Post Ceremony at the CWGC Menin Gate.


This short video reflects how so many young men have gone – but are not forgotten.


Please click on the link below.

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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.

20.06.17 Year 5 Visit Gressenhall Workhouse and Dreamy Hollow WW1 Trenches

It’s been an interesting week for Y5, they explored life in a Victorian Workhouse at Gressenhall.

Experienced lessons in a Victorian school – which they enjoyed!

Then, visited original practise trenches for WW1 at Dreamy Hollow.

The journey was long and warm, but the children behaved extremely well and enjoyed all the activities, hopefully they have taken away many great memories of the day.



19.06.17 Heigham Class are Estimating Mass

Measuring accurately is a useful life skill to develop with your child, in Heigham Class we were estimating and weighing rocks today.

Have a go at some of these activities at home!

 Show your child how you use kitchen scales to measure ingredients.

Have your child weigh themselves on bathroom scales. Weigh other family members and family pets.

Talk about how much your child weighed when they were born.

Show where the weight of goods is recorded on food packets.

Have your child help you weigh items when grocery shopping.

Play on a see-saw and talk about how to make the see-saw go up, down or balance.

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.

14.06.17 WW1 War Artist Paul Nash – Heigham Class

As you know, Heigham class has been researching aspects of WW1. Today they captured some of the elements of the World War One artist Paul Nash in their own work.

They viewed works by Paul Nash, and photographic images of The Western Front then recorded aspects that they wished to recreate in their own work.

We did get quite grubby, as most of us selected to work in charcoal!


When war broke out Paul Nash joined up and was sent to the Western Front. He fell into a trench and broke a rib and was sent back to England. In his absence, his regiment was wiped out at the ‘Battle of Passchendaele’.

Nash returned to the trenches as a war artist, filled with a fierce sense of mission – not to avenge his fallen comrades, but to portray the futility of war.