British Heritage Week
SSPP pupils were treated to a whistle-stop tour of British culture and traditions as part of our British Heritage week to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Pupils from Nursery to Year 6 researched a different aspect of British Heritage from fashion, food, sport and music, to writers, artists and comedians. They also studied an aspect of British Values including Mutual Respect, the Rule of Law, Democracy and Individual Liberty.
During the week, which culminated in a showcase assembly on Wednesday 27th April, Nursery pupils baked a birthday cake for the Queen, whilst Reception children made costumes to showcase British fashion throughout the ages including Viking helmets, Medieval conical hats, Victorian top-hats and 1960s tie dyed t-shirts.
Year 1 studied famous British artists from David Hockney to Andy Warhol and investigated Julian Opie, attempting their own portraits in his style. Year 2 compared famous British writers from the past and present including William Shakespeare and J K Rowling, and looked at how important the writing of Samuel Pepys was in telling us about the past.
Year 3 took lessons in British etiquette, baked scones and wrote cordial invitations to the Queen requesting her presence at their afternoon tea which was rounded off with the National Anthem.
Pupils from Year 4 mused on a medley of music from across the decades from Cliff Richard, Tom Jones and David Bowie, to Wham, the Spice Girls, Robbie William and Adele. Not forgetting a magical mystery tour through the music of the Beatles and the huge influence their work has had on British music.
Year 5 researched the history of cricket and tennis, whilst delving into the lives of famous sports personalities such as David Beckham, Andrew Murray and Lewis Hamilton.
Finally Year 6 pupils explored the history of comedy from Punch and Judy and Pantomimes to slap-stick and satire with a study of comedies such as Absolutely Fabulous, Morecambe and Wise, Only Fools and Horses and Spitting Image. They rounded off the assembly, by treating the whole school to a medley of theme tunes from these classic British shows.