St Mary’s EPS has had a very special history topic called Shaping Our Nation. We worked on this in partnership with the Smith Museum and our topic was launched by having a night at the museum sleepover for P4-6.
Throughout October and November all the classes in St Mary’s EPS were preparing different parts of the project for when they took over the Smith Museum once again – to share their learning. P7 started their World War 2 topic. They used an app called ‘Morfo’ to make key figures in WW2 come to life.
Primary 5/6 were doing, People Who Shaped Our Nation, for example William Wallace and Sir Alexander Fleming. They chose four important people throughout history and gave persuasive speeches to try to prove who they thought was the most important and influential, our parents had to vote based on how persuasive we were.
Primary 3/4 were learning all about Romans and used their knowledge to create, from scratch, and perform, an opera called ‘The Pottery Promise’. They did all the composition, instruments, script, acting and props themselves!
Primary 1/2 were learning about jobs in the olden days and how these people used jobs to help other people. They made a blacksmiths, a castle kitchen and a school and set these up in the museum.
On Tuesday the 29th of November the day came for sharing our learning and everyone was very excited but also nervous. The museum, as normal, was open to the public but family members were given a special invitation to visit the museum. Everything was set and ready to go. There were 2 sessions, the first session was a great success and a quote from a parent was “It’s amazing how you have managed to do all this so well!”
Some children had a packed tea at the museum which went down very well with the pupils, before more guest came to hear about our learning in the evening. The day was a great success with the whole school coming together as a big team. Some quotes from the pupils of St Marys were “I think it was a brilliant learning experience for me from the aspect of our WW2 topic.”(Lukas P7)
“I learned more about being a team and about William Wallace.”(Chiara P6)
It is safe to say that history was really brought life through this way of learning and sharing.