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Local History Week 2021

Local History Week 2021 looked a little different this year at Kingsley. The gallery of work you will see here may be a combination of the fantastic work carried out at school or at home. Our children have been extremely resilient and have shown some fantastic historical skills throughout the school. We hope you enjoy learning more about what we have discovered below. 

Year 6 started the week by looking at old maps from 1947 of the local area and comparing them with today on Google Maps. Then, after looking at some images and inferring ideas, the pupils then raised some of their own questions about the shipbuilding industry and used research to begin answering them. They then found out about roles within the shipbuilding industry and thought about the qualities required to complete these jobs before creating job adverts.

Year 5 have looked at maps and discussed how they changed from 1859 to now. They explored photos and talked about expectations of women and men in different time periods. The children gathered information to collate a timeline about how the steel industry has changed over the years. What do you think of their amazing art work too?

Megan Hall - Steelwork Slideshow

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Adam's Steelwork Slideshow

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The Y5 team managed to get some responses from the children at home via Google classrooms. This was carried out a full month after they have completed they work and they had lots of amazing things to say - take a look.


Nathan - Knowing what the steelworks was like and that there still is a steelworks.


Micah - I enjoy asking my grandparents about it because they tell me lots of information.


Jay - I liked it because it is talking about old Hartlepool compared to now. I also found it interesting because the steel works are very cool and you normally don't see steel works anymore.


Ashton - Learning about the steel works and comparing stuff. That Hartlepool is a port town.


Harriett – I liked learning about where we live and how people used to work. I now know that the ironworks were set up by Thomas Richardson.


Adam - I liked looking at the history of Hartlepool and finding out that my family and what they did.


Ava D - I enjoyed drawing a picture of the steel works. It was really fun.


Liam – I enjoyed learning about how Hartlepool used to be a fishing village and I enjoyed the picture I drew of the steelworks.


Neve - I enjoyed learning about where things were on the map.


Joseph – I enjoyed learning about the history of the town in which I was born and live. The most interesting fact I learnt was how old the Steelworks were and how long it had been around.

The Year 4 cohort have been studying the bombardment of Hartlepool and identifying which areas were most badly damaged. Check out their amazing art work and an example report from Lewis Mann to show off what he has learnt.

Year 3 have been showing off their inference skills when learning about a key historical figure that belonged to Hartlepool. They studied the importance of this person’s life and discovered what he had accomplished for our great town of Hartlepool.

In Year 2, we started by investigating lots of different artefacts and sources of information from a local museum to give us some clues about what our key question was going to be about. We created our own questions that we wanted to find answers to by the end of the week. Next, we researched information about the HMS Trincomalee and created posters encouraging people to visit this famous landmark. We used this information to help us compose a letter to a family member of friend to tell them about what this fascinating ship has to offer. Finally, we plotted the different voyages of the HMS Trincomalee and answered a quiz about which continents and oceans she sailed through. Check out out Geography page if you need some help remembering these and the Y2 superstars will be happy to help!

Year 2 HMS Trincomalee display

Year 1 explored toys from a long time ago and compared them to the toys they have now. They used words linked to the past and to the modern day. They experienced what it was like to play with toys from a long time ago and chose their favourite.