Year 5 and 6 are engaged this term in learning about the local environment. We are finding out what a fascinating place Syresham is.
We started by reflecting upon our experience of the village now and all the events and activities which make Syresham a great place to live. This led us to ask questions about the past and how things have changed. We explored the meaning of place names to date settlements in the area and looked at the Domesday book to find out about Syresham in 1088. Walking around the village looking at architectural features has given us more clues about the development of the village. The children have enjoyed getting out and about in the village to draw and photograph.
We have found out about the more recent past by interviewing Mrs Palmer about life in Syresham when she was a child. The children were engrossed in her stories of school and home life. Next we interviewed the clerk to the Parish Council to find out more about the running of the village before thinking about how the village might be in the future. The class became very engaged in topics which were important to them such as tree preservation.
While learning about the geography of the area we have practiced skills in map reading and plotting coordinates. We have looked at geographical features in the area and the impact these have on life styles.
We will move on to find out more about important events and people in the history of Syresham. As we are gathering information from different sources, we are planning to create a website to hold our research and be the culmination of our topic.
What have we been up to?