History Summer term 2022

Our Time Capsule

The whole federation was involved with planting a tree and burying a time capsule, as part of our platinum jubilee celebrations. The children were given the opportunity to decide what was buried in the time capsule. Items from our recent ‘history of our school day’ and jubilee celebrations were placed in the time capsule. A plaque was placed next to the time capsule and tree, to enable children and staff to locate it in the future.


Reception children learnt about the Queen as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations. This included finding out how long she has reigned, about her family, horses and corgis. The children were intrigued to find out more about the Queen. “How far is the Queen,” one child remarked. The children had the opportunity to create stamps of the Queen and write cards to the Queen. The home learning activity was to find out about the Queen.

An example of home learning.

In summer two, Reception children visited Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse for a fairy tale event. Part of the day involved helping the ugly sister and Cinderella with jobs around the house and gardens. Jobs included pumping water from the well to water the plants, washing clothes using the wash board and washing dolly, and milking the pretend cow. Some children were also lucky enough to watch the farrier fit new shoes onto the Suffolk punch horse. This sparked a conversation about working horses and their role before tractors were used.

“Just pretend it’s a real cow, look how fast I can move it,” one child commented as they attempted to milk the pretend cow.

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“I know what that’s for, it’s for clothes,” one child commented when they saw the wash board.

Year one

Year one children wrote fact files about the Queen, in the week leading up to the jubilee celebrations.

Year one children experienced a Victorian wash day.

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They also visited Holkham Hall in the summer term (see write up under year groups, year one).

Year 2

Year 2 children learnt about the Queen and wrote letters to her, as part of the jubilee celebrations.