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In our history club today we started making our trenches. We worked in groups of 5 with a range of different year groups so we could all share our ideas. 


First, we got a shoe box and cut one of the sides off so we were able to get a side view on the trenches as well as a birds eye view. 


 Then, we then used clay, glue and leaves to create a muddy/dirty looking ground. And then on top of this we used clay and lolly sticks to create the tunnel trenches. 


 We then started to piece things together that had been collected like wires and crocodile clips. You can start to see our trenches finally coming together. Next week we are going to paint them so make sure you come back and check our page out then!

Our next area in history was World War One and World War Two. Again with there being so much to look at in history, we focused on the trenches. Our aim at the end of history club is to have made our very own trench model. 


Today, we discussed World War One and World War Two. So many of our great grandparents in class fought in the war! We got to listen to a soldier who was the First World War talk about his experience in the trenches and what it was like day-to-day. He also spoke about how hard it was receiving letters from home and how mixed his emotions were reading these letters. These people are true heroes!


We used the iPads to research the trenches. We found out that trenches were like little villages swarming with soldiers, there were also lice, fleas and rats living alongside the soliders- yuck!! The soldiers pretty much lived in the trenches and woke up at 5:30am (so early!) and probably didn't get much in the way of sleep. 


The bit in between the trenches was called No man's land and this was the area the soldiers would run across to attack the enemy. 


Take a look at some of our posters and research leaflets. 



The Great Fire of London

Wow! What a horrible 3 days to have experienced!


The fire started on Pudding Lane, in 1666,  from a flame in a baker's oven (he forgot to turn it off, eek!) and continued to roar for a radius of 1 and a half miles across London. The fire burnt down 13,000 houses, 87 churches and even St.Paul's Cathedral and left 70,000 people homeless. The houses being made of wood caught fire much quicker and the summer had been very dry meaning the fire spread extremely quick. A man named Samuel Pepy's kept a diary so we know lots about what happened during this time. Unfortunately, they didn't have a fire brigade system like we do today, so was very difficult to control the fire and put it out.


Take a look at our chalk drawings of the Great Fire of London (our hands got very messy):




As history is such a massive topic, we have decided to zone in on a few areas in our own history in England. To start with we looked at The Black Death, which started in 1348 and ended in 1351.


First, we wanted to know what started The Black Death, which was disgusting. We found out it came from the fleas on the rats!! These fleas lived on infected rats and then bit human beings. When a victim had been bitten they came up in these things called buboes, which filled with blood - where the term Black Death came from - and victims ended up covered in buboes and died usually within 12 hours. 


As as a task, we pretended to go back in time to 1348 and we created posters to warn people about The Black Death. We wrote about the symptoms the infected patient would get and what types of cures they could use. These cures were ridiculous! Things such as rubbing a live frog on your tummy and sitting in the sewers. We knew these wouldn't work but had to pretend because we had gone back in time. 


Take a look at some of our posters!!