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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!



This week, British History will be our focus for topic work. 


Here is the first lesson beginning with who was the rightful heir to the throne in 1066 and will also look at the Battle of Hastings and the tactics that won this! 

In this lesson, you will need to listen carefully to the why three different key figures had a claim to the throne and put forward your own argument for which one of these was the right person to become king. Remember to justify your opinion with the evidence you have just heard! You can pause and rewind the video as many times as you need! 


For the third task in the video where you are asked to rewrite events into the chronological order, if you have access to a printer you can download the pdf below and cut these out and rearrange them if this helps.  


There is also a link to an animated version of the Bayeux tapestry that you might like to watch after you have completed the lesson (it starts halfways through when Halley's comet appears and finishes with the Battle of Hastings).

*Please note, as WW2 was covered as a topic last year, we are not using the Year 6 foundation history lessons available on the National Oak Academy*


Today is Florence Nightingale's 200th Birthday and also marks International Nurses Day.

As many of you will already familiar with Florence Nightingale, her achievements and legacy from topic work in previous school years, today's task is to find out more about the NHS.


What is our National Health Service, how does it work and when was it set up and why?


2020 is the year of the Nurse and you may want to find out more about what nursing involves as well as many other jobs in the NHS. There are more than 350 different jobs in the NHS!


This Newsround page is a good starting point for your research. Create a mind map in your yellow exercise books with what you have found out. There is also a timeline below which shows key events in the history of the NHS set in context alongside key historical events over the last 100 years. 


You may also want to Say thank you to the NHS by taking part in this competition for primary schools (deadline for entries is 19th June). There is a video below to introduce it and you can read all the rules and how to enter online here

Get creative...
Produce a piece of artwork  ̶
a painting, drawing or collage, for example.
Write something about it  ̶
a poem, story or song.


Here is a 2019 entry example to inspire you. Good luck!


In today's lesson we are going to focus on two medieval monarchs - who was the worse king? You may already be familiar with King John who is buried in Worcester cathedral! 

As for the previous lesson, you can pause the video, rewind and replay as much as you like. There is no need to complete the quiz at the beginning as we have missed out the second lesson. 


For the final two activities, there is a document below with the table and the statements. If you have access to a printer, you can print this out, cut out the statements and decide which column of the table you should place them in. Think carefully about what you have learnt about the two kings before deciding who you think was the worst. Remember, there is no right or wrong answer, you just need to back up your answer with evidence.


You can also find a copy of the knowledge organiser with all the medieval monarchs and some of the key vocabularly below. 


Today's history lesson will look at another medieval Monarch Edward I. You may have visited some of the castles he built in Wales which will you learn more about as part of this lesson.

As usual, you can pause, rewind and replay the video as many times as you like. As you go through the lesson, you will be asked to answer some multiple choice questions. For the final task, you are asked to decide whether your opinion is that Edward I was a great or terrible king? Perhaps you also think he might be both and instead of a table you could place the statements in a Venn diagram. Again there are no right or wrong answers, just your opinion on the facts that have been presented to you in this lesson. 


If you have access to a printer, you can print out the table and statements, as for the previous lesson. There is also a template below, if you have chosen to complete a Venn diagram.


Today you might be catching up on one of the history lessons from earlier in the week or might want to spend some more time on your competition entry - a piece of artwork or writing to say thank you to the NHS.


If you have managed to do all that already, below is a link to a video which shows you how to make a simple lamp, inspired by the celebrations of Florence Nightingale this week. Have fun! 

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