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Bishop's Stortford Richard Whittington Primary School pupils celebrate history

Pupils at a Bishop's Stortford primary school brought history to life with a week of events celebrating the past.

Richard Whittington assistant head Gemma Paine explained how the inaugural event at the Thornbera Gardens school came about.

"The week was conceived as part of the unveiling and promotion of the school's impressive new history timeline," she said.

Year 4 Vikings (49255370)
Year 4 Vikings (49255370)

"To launch the week, children took on the role of archaeologists, locating and collecting artefacts from an excavation site created on the school field. Each class, from nursery to Year 6, pieced together the clues they found, which enabled them to identify the period of history that was to be the basis of their learning that week.

"With exciting and engaging lessons spanning from the Stone Age to modern history and current events, children studied significant figures including King Canute and Michelle Obama, and debated the question 'What did history do for us?'

"As a culmination of their learning to end the week, children wore period costumes and delivered thoughtful and creative final showcases."

Year 1 Space travellers (49255379)
Year 1 Space travellers (49255379)

They delivered speeches, sang, told stories and recited poetry to show how history is handed down through the ages.

Ms Paine said: "The passion and enthusiasm we've seen in the children is tangible. It's so clear that providing these rich, meaningful opportunities for children really allows them to form those deeper connections and develop their thinking skills. It's been an absolute pleasure to be a part of."

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