Image of Year 3- History- Creating timelines
11 Jun

Year 3- History- Creating timelines

Year 3 created a history timeline using a toilet roll, with each sheet representing 100 years. This activity helped them visualise how long ago prehistory was. They also learned how BC and AD divide history into distinct periods. Some of the events that they were fascinated about were 'The Invention of the Printing Press (Around 600 years ago)' and the Internet was invented, (1980-1990s) which changed how people communicate, learn, and share information. Today, we use the Internet for almost everything!

Image of Year 4 Designing and Making Viking Longships
24 May

Year 4 Designing and Making Viking Longships

What a great ending to our History unit on The Vikings. Today we created our very own Viking longships and the children were really enthusiastic and creative. It has been wonderful to see how much they have learned about this topic and how they have created lots of cross curricular pieces of work around it.

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23 May

Year 6 History

Today, year 6 devised some questions to find out more about Jack Banks. With these questions, they then carried out some research to form an explanation about who he was. He was an extremely courageous young man who actually lied about his age in order to get accepted into the army. Tragically, this led to his death at the tender age of 16.

Image of Year 4 History - Extracting and Interpreting information from Viking Artefacts
23 May

Year 4 History - Extracting and Interpreting information from Viking Artefacts

As part of our final history lesson, we looked at how we can make observations about artefacts and how to deduce information about Viking life. The children worked hard to complete knowledge tables on what the artefact was, what it was made from and what it could have been used for. We have really enjoyed our history unit on the Vikings and loved linking it to our fact files in our English lessons too.

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21 May

Reception: Active Explorers

It has been wonderful to see how our Ducklings are developing in problem solving and how they are all actively exploring all areas. They are constantly wanting to improve their work and are able to complete tricky tasks independently. This week, our Ducklings are learning all about dinosaurs and have created some fabulous Diplodocuses, labelled dinosaurs, created a dinosaur habitat and painted some marvellous dinosaurs whilst telling the class some wonderful facts about the knowledge they have learnt so far. Keep it up!

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16 May

Year 6 History

In history, year 6 started to look at the impact air raids had on the town and people of Darwen during WW2. They looked at eye-witness accounts and realised that, although on a smaller scale to other towns and cities, Darwen was affected a great deal by air raids. There was death, destruction and injuries, but in a time of peril the town pulled together to support each other.

Image of History - Exploring the features of a Viking Longboat
3 May

History - Exploring the features of a Viking Longboat

In our history session today we have been exploring the features of Viking longboats. We looked at how each feature was used such as the sail, rudder, hull, oars and bow. We then went on to design our very own fact file. We found out that the longboats could carry about 100 men and were up to 30 metres long and in good weather conditions, they could reach speeds of up to 17 knots!

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25 Apr

Year 6 History

In year 6, we continued our unit, which focuses on the impact of World War Two on Darwen, by investigating some attendance registers used by St Barnabas school (then Culvert school) during the war. We found out that evacuees came from London and attended the school and this may have happened due to events taking place in London at the time.

Image of Year 3 - Art- Prehistoric Palette- Create paints using all natural ingredients as prehistoric artists did.
22 Apr

Year 3 - Art- Prehistoric Palette- Create paints using all natural ingredients as prehistoric artists did.

In ancient times, people had to get creative with their art supplies since they didn't have paints like we do today. They used things from nature, like crushed berries, burnt wood, and plant extracts mixed with animal fats, to make colours. That's why they collected leaves and other natural materials—they were their art-making tools. Today, Year 3 artists explored this ancient technique. They went on a nature walk to gather leaves, mud, twigs, and flower petals for their artwork. Back in the classroom, they mixed flour and water to make their paint base. Adding spices like turmeric or paprika gave them colours such as yellow, red, brown, and purple. Back in class, they used their homemade paints in their sketchbooks. They made marks, noting down the process for each colour they created. Through simple shapes, intricate patterns, and symbols.

Image of Year 5 - History
18 Apr

Year 5 - History

Today, Year 5 have been working on looking at the royal progress that took place in 1575 when Elizabeth I took her progression to Worcester. The children analysed many sources and records from that time period and they were able to gain an idea what they were like. The children interpreted the sources well and were very inquisitive about records containing: plans, amendments, itineraries and jobs that each individual person had.

Image of Year 4 History - King Alfred the Great
21 Mar

Year 4 History - King Alfred the Great

In our History lesson today we looked at various interpretations of Alfred the Great . We started in 793AD when the Vikings sailed down from Scandinavian lands to the North East coast to Lindisfarne. Here they savagely attacked the monks and robbed them of their treasures. 50 years on over 3000 Vikings arrived but King Alfred had something to say about that! He gathered his army and they fought a gruesome battle and this is when Alfred gained his King Alfred the Great title. One that no other king has ever received.

Image of Year 2 - History
21 Mar

Year 2 - History

After the Battle of Hastings, William I built many castles across England. This week, we explored the different types of castles we might find in this country. We compared different castles from different time periods. Then we drew our own castle which included many of the features we identified. The children made sure their castle had lots of features so it could defend itself against a potential invasion!

Image of Year 6- Imperial War Museum Visit
21 Mar

Year 6- Imperial War Museum Visit

In History this term, Year 6 have been learning all about the Second World War and the part that Darwen played in it. It has been wonderful to visit the Imperial War Museum to learn more about the Second World War and the part that London played in it and contrast this to Darwen’s involvement. All of the photos can be found here: https://www.stbarnabasdarwen.co.uk/photo-galleries/imperial-war-museum

Image of Year 6- Thames River Cruise
21 Mar

Year 6- Thames River Cruise

Our Year 6 children enjoyed seeing some of the famous sights of London from the River Thames. They also learnt about the history of the buildings from our tour guide. Can you spot any you know? For all of the photos, click here: https://www.stbarnabasdarwen.co.uk/photo-galleries/thames-river-sightseeing-cruise

Image of Year 6- London Sightseeing
21 Mar

Year 6- London Sightseeing

Year 6 saw lots of London's famous sights such as Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament , the Tower of London and we watched the changing of the guard. For all of the photos, click here: https://www.stbarnabasdarwen.co.uk/photo-galleries/london-sightseeing

Image of Year 6- Houses of Parliament Visit
20 Mar

Year 6- Houses of Parliament Visit

Our Year 6 class enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Houses of Parliament. They went on a special guided tour and got to go into the House of Lords. They finished the visit in Westminster Hall and looked at where the late Queen Elizabeth II was laid in state. All of the photos can be found here: https://www.stbarnabasdarwen.co.uk/photo-galleries/houses-of-parliament-visit-1

Image of Year 6- Natural History Museum
20 Mar

Year 6- Natural History Museum

Our Year 6 class had a wonderful time exploring the Natural History Museum in London. They saw dinosaur and animal bones and fossils and lots of stuffed animals. They also enjoyed visiting the gift shop. Click here for all of the photos: https://www.stbarnabasdarwen.co.uk/photo-galleries/natural-history-museum

Image of Year 1- Local History Walk
19 Mar

Year 1- Local History Walk

In their history lessons, Year 1 have been learning about the positive impact that Queen Victoria had on Britain during her reign. They learnt that Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert, supported Britain in becoming more developed. During her reign, trams and trains being developed meant that people and goods could move around the country and machinery that could be powered by coal and water could produce materials such as cotton, paper and metals very quickly that could then be shipped to other countries to support Britain becoming wealthier. Today, Year 1 went on a walk around Darwen to see the impact that Queen Victoria’s reign had on their hometown. They saw many factories that have now been repurposed but were once cotton or paper mills such as Radford Mill on Bolton Road, Hilton’s Old Paper Mill which is now Kenleys and Brittania Mills. They also saw several sights were cotton factories used to be that are now housing estates such as the site where Bowling Green Mill used to stand and where Waterfield Mill used to be. From visiting so many locations where cotton and paper mills used to be, it helped year 1 to understand just how much of a part Darwen used to play in producing cotton especially. They also learnt that this cotton used to get shipped over to India to make Britain wealthier and this is why Ghandi visited Darwen. As well as this, Year 1 also saw the original tramway track which was built and in operation during Queen Victoria’s reign and the concrete capping on Clough Street which tells us that there was a coal mine in his area which would have been used to generate the power for both the trams, trains and machinery. Year 1 walked over 3 miles during our local area history lesson which is a great contribution to our ‘Big Lent Walk’ challenge too- well done Year 1.

Image of Year 2 - History
14 Mar

Year 2 - History

This week in History, we continued our learning looking at Monarchs. In previous lessons we learnt about our current monarch King Charles III. This week we went back nearly 1000 years to 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. We looked into the Norman Conquest and the events that occurred leading to William of Normandy becoming king. We then looked at the Bayeux Tapestry which shows scenes from the Battle.

Image of Year 3 - The History of Women’s Football
5 Mar

Year 3 - The History of Women’s Football

Today during class worship we looked into the history of women’s football. Year 3 were very interested in learning about what women have faced in the past and how the game is evolving to include women. We discussed the importance of encouraging and supporting each other. The boys in class can’t wait to cheer on the girls on Friday when they take part in a football tournament in support of International Women's Day.

Image of Year 4 History - Who were the Anglo Saxons and the Scots?
22 Feb

Year 4 History - Who were the Anglo Saxons and the Scots?

We started our new history topic on Anglo Saxons this afternoon where we looked at identifying where Angles, Saxons and Jutes came from and then we went on to why Anglo Saxons chose to invade Britain. They travelled on longships and some of them were invited by the Romans but some were raiders. Britain offered plentiful resources and the children worked hard to investigate other reasons as to why invading our land was so popular.

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22 Feb

Year 2 History

We began our new History topic of Monarchs by looking at what a monarch actually is and what they do. We discussed our current monarch King Charles III and his roles and responsibilities. We designed a crown with symbols that represent what a Monarch’s job is. For example, writing a speech, money to show wealth, handshakes to show him meeting with other people and a bible to show their faith.

Image of Year 2 - History
8 Feb

Year 2 - History

We have loved learning about how we learned to fly over the past 5 weeks. From the Wright brothers first flight in 1904 to the moon landing in 1969. The children have been fascinated by how certain people were able to invent new ways to fly that hadn’t been thought of before. This week, we combined all of our learning and put it on a time line so we can see the events in chronological order.

Image of Year 3- History-Why did Tudor children work and what was it like?
1 Feb

Year 3- History-Why did Tudor children work and what was it like?

This afternoon, the young historians delved into the Tudor era, exploring the lives and working conditions of that time. The children were amazed by the differences in daily life. Girls didn't attend school; instead, they assisted with household chores such as cooking, cleaning, and looking after younger siblings. Meanwhile, boys often apprenticed with blacksmiths, learning to craft tools, horseshoes, and more using metals to bring money for the family. They often worked long hours often cramped and uncomfortable environments. They weren't privileged to attend school as we do, and their toys and clothes were simpler. Despite these differences, they still found ways to have fun and enjoy their time like us!

Image of Year 2 -History
25 Jan

Year 2 -History

Over the past 3 weeks, we have been looking at famous explorers. In particular, explorers who helped us learn how to fly. From the Wright Brothers flight in 1903 which lasted 12 seconds, to Amelia Earhart’s brave mission across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. We have found this very interesting and are looking forward to exploring the next step in aviation.

Image of Year 2 - History
11 Jan

Year 2 - History

Our new History topic for this half term is Explorers! We began by looking at what an explorer is? What do they do? Why are they important? We also discussed the equipment that explorers may need in order to go on long, hard journeys. We touched on famous explorers that we will look in more detail at such as Christopher Columbus and Tim Peake. To finish we thought about where we would like to explore in the world. We had many ideas such as The African deserts, Antarctica and Mountains in Norway. We discussed what we might find in these interesting places. We then drew our rucksack full of the equipment we would need on our adventures.

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7 Dec

Y4 English - The Diary of a Roman Soldier

Over the past few weeks, the children have been working hard on sentence stacking to develop their diary writing skills. We focused on the life of a Roman soldier and our success criteria included using personification, adverbs, fronted adverbials and inverted commas. They have now published these on the chrome books and we look forward to passing them on to another class to read and evaluate.

Image of Roman Battle Formations in Year 4
29 Nov

Roman Battle Formations in Year 4

In our history lesson this week we discussed why the Roman army was so successful. We looked at why they were so powerful and disciplined. We then looked at how they used manoeuvres and drills to create various formations so that they could protect themselves from every angle in battle. We finished with a real life drill to see if Mrs Gardner could get through the children’s wedge formation that they created with their own shields. Not one boulder (ping pong ball) got through so well done Year 4 - it was a huge success!

Image of Year 4 History - Why was the Roman army so successful?
23 Nov

Year 4 History - Why was the Roman army so successful?

In today’s history lesson we focused on why the Roman army was so successful. We investigated how the army was broken down into units with a legion having 5000 men, Cohorts then had 480 men and Century’s had 80 men in each group. Finally this was broken down into 10 groups of 8 soldiers who lived, ate and slept in tents together. We also looked at tactical Roman manoeuvres such as the Wedge and Testudo formations. The children can’t wait to finish their shield designs so we can try out the formations to see which would have worked the best in keeping the enemy at bay!

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23 Nov

Year 6 History- Evacuees

Today, we concluded our unit on propaganda and how it has been used throughout the ages. Our focus today was how it was used during WW2. Year 6 discovered that it was used to persuade parents to send their children to the countryside so that they were safe. Therefore, many pictures of evacuees shows them smiling. However, year 6 are now aware that this may not have reflected their true emotions as they will have left loved ones and special possessions behind.

Image of Year 4 - English: Researching Roman Soldiers
21 Nov

Year 4 - English: Researching Roman Soldiers

Year 4 had a great time exploring the Roman history box today. The children watched videos, examined artefacts and researched from information books to find out about what life was like for a Roman soldier in Britain during the 1st century AD. They will be using these facts to help them write in role throughout this English topic.

Image of Year 1 History- What happened on 2nd September 1666?
14 Nov

Year 1 History- What happened on 2nd September 1666?

As part of history unit on the Great Fire of London, Year 1 acted out what happened during the 2nd September through to 6th September 1666. We had the baker Thomas Farriner going to bed and leaving a spark in the oven which then caused a fire to break out, children acting as the fire jumping from house to house, children using leather buckets, water squirters and fire hooks attempting to put the fire out and others escaping London in boats on the River Thames just as residents did at the time of the GFoL, children acting as the fire getting ever nearer to the Tower of London where people had stored their possessions for safekeeping, children acting as St Paul’s Cathedral and being defeated by the flames, children acting as King Charles II ordering gunpowder to be used, children acting as the buildings which were blown up with gunpowder to create a fire break to stop the fire and finally children acting as the last flames which died out.

Image of Reception: Muddy Monday
13 Nov

Reception: Muddy Monday

Today our Ducklings visited the war memorial at Whitehall park. We had a look at the photographs and pictures of soldiers, their uniform and their armour. We noticed that there were only boy names so we discussed why. A few of our children found their forenames too! We then walked back to school through Jack Keys so we could get a little muddy!

Image of Year 6- Remembrance Service
10 Nov

Year 6- Remembrance Service

Some of our Year 6 children took part in a special service of Remembrance this morning at Whitehall Cemetery. We are so proud of the way they joined in the service showing their respects and thanks to those who lost their lives during the world wars. After the service they had to find our adopted war graves plus two others and laid special poppy crosses on them. We took a few moments to pray for all of those who gave up their lives for us and also remembered loved ones that might have passed away who are laid to rest in the cemetery.

Image of EYFS/KS1 Remembrance lunch time crafts
10 Nov

EYFS/KS1 Remembrance lunch time crafts

Our EYFS & KS1 children really enjoyed creating Remembrance themed crafts at lunch times. St Barnabas remembers!

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6 Nov

Reception: Remembrance Day

Reception have been learning all about Remembrance Day. They created poppies in provision using playdough, creative materials, felt tips and paint.

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3 Nov

Poppy Appeal 2023

From Monday our Heads and Deputies will be selling Poppy Appeal merchandise at break times. The suggested donation for zip ties and reflectors is 50p, standard wristbands £1.00 and slap bands £1.50. Poppies will also be available to purchase for a small donation. Next week we will be focusing on Remembrance Day in our Worships and our Year 6 Heads and Deputies plus some of our WOW group members will be taking part in a special Remembrance Service in Darwen Cemetery. We will remember them.

Image of Why did the Romans invade Britain?
2 Nov

Why did the Romans invade Britain?

Today we have started our new history unit on Roman Britain. We focused on why the Romans came to Britain. After watching a video, we added our ideas to a mind map. We found out that the Romans came for our natural resources including iron, wool, tin and gold. They invaded over 2000 years ago but we now know that after Julius Caesar failed, Emperor Claudius was successful.

Image of Dance Warriors in Year 4
2 Nov

Dance Warriors in Year 4

We began our new dance unit today in PE and linked this to our history topic based on the Romans. We watched different examples of choreography and then selected which piece of music we would like to perform to. The majority of the children chose ‘Warriors’ and then we worked both individually and in pairs to create exaggerated movements that a soldier makes.

Image of Year 5 - Maya Gods
2 Nov

Year 5 - Maya Gods

This week Year 5 have been exploring what the Maya believed in? The children were exposed to a variety of gods that the Maya worshipped and the children created their own fact file on their favourite God. The children focussed especially on the human and animal characteristics of their chosen god and these gods were important to the Mayan civilisation.

Image of Reception- Powder Paint Fireworks
31 Oct

Reception- Powder Paint Fireworks

Reception class had lots of fun learning all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot. They then created their own firework patterns using powder paints. They tried hard to create lines, circles, spirals and stars.

Image of Reception: Muddy Monday
30 Oct

Reception: Muddy Monday

We had a very busy Muddy Monday session today! We started the session with Mrs Ham. We discussed signs of Autumn and enjoyed singing Autumnal songs. We then went to a woodland area with Mrs Wilkinson and collected sticks to make some bonfire pictures this week. We enjoyed playing in the mud and the stream and even had a go at climbing trees!

Image of Year 2 - Local History
12 Oct

Year 2 - Local History

This afternoon, Year 2 set off on a local history walk to explore the events that happened when Gandhi came to visit Darwen in 1931. We visited the lodges that were home to mill workers and this was also the place that Gandhi stayed during his visit. The children learnt why Gandhi was invited to Darwen by Percy Davies the owner of Greenfield Mill. We walked past where this mill used to be and there is now a stone in place to show where it once stood (see photo). Mill workers wanted to speak to Gandhi to discuss his campaign for Indian independence from the British Empire which resulted in the cotton boycotts. One Darwen lady said ‘your boycott is putting us into poverty’. I’ll let the children tell you how Gandhi responded. The walk was really enjoyable in the sunshine, we ended with a story in Jacks Key. The story explores the remarkable life of Gandhi and the interesting events of his life.

Image of Year 3- History- How and why did the Egyptians mummify people?
5 Oct

Year 3- History- How and why did the Egyptians mummify people?

In our history lesson today, Year 3 explored the reasons behind the ancient Egyptians' practice of mummification and discussed the methods they used to preserve human bodies.The children were fascinated by the additional information they discovered through books, including the intriguing fact that ancient Egyptian priests kept the heart inside the body for the afterlife.

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2 Oct

Monday Worship: Black History Month

This month it is black history month. Mrs Ham told us how some African children were sold as slaves and would have to work and could not go to school. They would not earn any money but were forced to be slaves. The Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman wanted to make a difference and stop slavery. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, the president of the USA stopped slavery and freed them all. Black history month reminds us of all the black people who made and continue to make a difference to change the world such as Martin Luther King Junior, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela. We watched a video to find out more information about a group of black children who made a difference in their town by having peaceful sit ins in restaurants that were just for white people. They had to show our Christian value of courage when standing up for what was right. We ended our worship by reflecting on how we can stand up to things that are unfair and we sang 'I can make a difference'.

Image of Year 2 - History
28 Sep

Year 2 - History

Our History topic this half term is exploring the history of our local area. This lesson we concentrated on the history of our school. It was fascinating to look at the log books dating back to the 19th century. The children loved looking at the different sources that helped us to understand how our school got here. We found out that our school was originally called Culvert School until 1978 when it was reopened as St Barnabas. We created a list of similarities and differences between how our school use to be and how it is now. We really enjoyed exploring the history of our school!

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26 Sep

Year 6 History

In year 6, we have been focusing on the theme of propaganda and how it has been used across the ages. This week, we focused on Elizabeth I and how her portraits made her appear younger towards the end of her reign. This was because she wanted to be flattered, but she also wanted to be seen as a strong monarch, especially after the Spanish Armada. At this point, she took control of the portraits that were painted of her.

Image of Year 3- What did the ancient Egyptians believe?
19 Sep

Year 3- What did the ancient Egyptians believe?

Today, Year 3, as historians, explored the world of Egyptian gods and goddesses. They discovered why these gods and goddesses were so important to ancient Egyptians, using the Egyptian creation story as an example. They also learned about the extraordinary qualities that made each god and goddess unique. Additionally, they discovered the meanings behind the symbols and characteristics associated with their chosen god or goddess.

Image of Year 4 Art - The role of a curator
13 Sep

Year 4 Art - The role of a curator

In our art session we explored the role of a curator and the skills required to do this role. We then created our own gallery with various pieces of artwork and sketched this using different grades of pencils.

Image of Year 3- P.E- Playground games in the 20th century
11 Sep

Year 3- P.E- Playground games in the 20th century

Today, in our PE lesson, the children played games like the ones kids played in the past, like in the 1940s, 1950s, 1970s, and 1980s. A group of 5/6 taggers chased after the other children and tried to tag them. When a child gets tagged, they have to stand with their feet apart and their arms stretched out to the sides. Another child can free them by running under their arms or crawling under their legs. The children had an absolute blast! For the warm-up, the children played a fun game led by Mr. Frostie and Mr. Sunshine. The game involved running, jumping, skipping, galloping, and hopping around.

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29 Jun

Viking Longboat Challenge

To complete our history unit on the Vikings, we complete a longboat challenge. The children worked in teams to design and make their very own boat, featuring key pieces such as oars and rudders. These were then evaluated using the success criteria. What a fantastic way to finish the unit and well done to the children for working so well in their teams.

Image of Year 1 History Walk in Darwen High Street
29 Jun

Year 1 History Walk in Darwen High Street

Year 1 have really enjoyed walking around Darwen High Street identifying different types of shops and finding out which type of shops used to be around many years ago. With the help of an expert from the Darwen Heritage Centre, they were shown different places that used to be bakers, butchers, grocery stores, pharmacies, shoe shops or different types of clothes shops (such as hat shops). They also walked through Darwen Market Place and found some placards explaining which shops used to exist in the 1800s.

Image of Year 1 Local History Lesson in Darwen Heritage Centre
29 Jun

Year 1 Local History Lesson in Darwen Heritage Centre

Year 1 had a super history lesson learning about the changes that have happened within Darwen Town Centre in the past couple of centuries. Our expert (Albert) from the Darwen Heritage centre showed the children a range of different historical images and photographs of the town centre many years ago and was able to explain what is in place of them geographically today. The children couldn’t believe that a few live bears and their keepers roamed the streets of Darwen for entertainment purposes years ago, or that the butchers hung their meat outside their shops! They got to handle and see artefacts including olden day money and a wooden cash register too.

Image of Year 1 History Challenge in the Darwen Heritage Centre
29 Jun

Year 1 History Challenge in the Darwen Heritage Centre

After their super history lesson at the Darwen Heritage Centre, Year 1 were challenged to find the words for different types of shops around the two rooms inside the centre and also the corridor linking them. They were looking for these particular words: baker, boots & shoes, butcher, chemist and clothes. They had to tick how many words they could find on a worksheet. The exact amount of shops in Darwen from the olden days had been put around the rooms. The children found that they all had the most ticks for the clothes shops. They also really enjoyed looking at the giant models of Darwen Tower and all the unique historical artefacts that the heritage centre has within in.

Image of Year 5- English- A visit from Salma (Sudanese refugee)
29 Jun

Year 5- English- A visit from Salma (Sudanese refugee)

Today, Year 5 had a special guest, a Sudanese refugee visitor who shared her remarkable journey and life experiences with us. She spoke about the journey she undertook with her four young children when they were forced to flee their home country due to injustice and an oppressive regime. She spoke about the challenges she and her family have faced while adapting to life in the UK. The weather, the food, and the language barrier have posed significant adjustments for them. However, it was inspiring to witness the resilience and determination with which they have approached these challenges. The children were incredibly engaged and displayed remarkable curiosity. They asked numerous insightful questions, delving into the details of her experiences and seeking to understand the impact of her journey on her life and her children's lives. We want to say a big thank you to our visitor for sharing her story with us. It was an important lesson for all of us about how strong people can be, even when things are tough. We also want to thank John East for helping to arrange this visit.

Image of Year 1 Visit to St Barnabas Church
27 Jun

Year 1 Visit to St Barnabas Church

Today Year 1 went to St Barnabas Church as part of their RE unit: Our world, Jesus’ World. Rev Ben helped us to learn more about Jesus’ world and let us think and discuss how it is different living on Earth today compared to when Jesus was alive. The children really enjoyed listening to the story of the prodigal son and either watching others act out the story or being actors and actresses themselves. They looked for images of Jesus within the church and we looked at the clothes and signs of different lifestyles people would have had back then. Year 1 have certainly enjoyed having their RE lesson with Rev Ben in church today.

Image of Year 3 History: Who were The Celts and how did they survive in The Iron Age?
19 Jun

Year 3 History: Who were The Celts and how did they survive in The Iron Age?

This term in History, Year 3 have been learning about historic Britain and how it evolved from The Stone Age, through to The Bronze Age and The Iron Age. This afternoon, we learnt all about The Iron Age and The Celts. We then completed a research activity, where the class had to investigate how The Celts survived, during the Iron Age.

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25 May

Year 3 History: The Stone Age

This term in History, Year 3 have been learning all about the changes from The Stone Age, through to The Iron Age. This week, we Iooked at what changed for people living in The Stone Age, from the Palaeolithic age, through to the Neolithic age. We learnt how weapons and clothing had developed and how at the beginning of The Stone Age, hunter gatherers would move around often, in search for food. As we approached the end of The Stone Age, people lived in settlements and would farm their animals and crops.

Image of Year 5- Identifying Greek language
25 May

Year 5- Identifying Greek language

This afternoon the children looked at two different stories of 10 year-old children, buried in which were 20-odd words that derive from Ancient Greece. Working in pairs, against the clock, they had to not only spot the words with Greek origin but also, by means of extension for the most able, to use an authoritative dictionary, or the internet, to explain what the words actually means e.g. Brontosaurus = thunder lizard.

Image of Year 4 History - How did the Vikings Travel? Investigating Longships
25 May

Year 4 History - How did the Vikings Travel? Investigating Longships

In our history lesson today we have learnt all about methods of travel and in particular the use of longships. We looked at the key functions of the boats, labelling a diagram and then adding further details from researching. In the next part of the lesson we will be designing and making our very own longships which we are super excited about.

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18 May

Year 4 English - Information Texts

In our English lesson today we have been developing our ideas for question research. We looked at ‘Viking Weapons’ and ‘Viking Jobs’. The children added lots of detail to their research banks and then selected relevant key pictures and captions.,

Image of Year 4 English - Exploring Fact Files
11 May

Year 4 English - Exploring Fact Files

In our English session this morning we have started our new Non-Fiction unit on Fact Files. We explored various examples all about the Vikings as this is what we are studying in our History lessons. We discussed what they are for, their purpose and what a good one looks like.

Image of Year 4 History - Viking Chronology
11 May

Year 4 History - Viking Chronology

In history today, we have been looking at key words to do with Viking invasion, matching these to their definitions. We then looked at a timeline placing events chronologically. The children worked extremely hard to develop their knowledge about the Viking invasion, what happened at Lindisfarne and how this impacted on following events.

Image of History - Why did the Vikings come to England and then settle here?
5 May

History - Why did the Vikings come to England and then settle here?

In our history lesson this morning, we have been looking at who the Anglo Saxons were and why the Viking’s came to invade and eventually settle in our homelands. We also mapped out their journey from Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Image of Year 3: King Charles III
3 May

Year 3: King Charles III

This afternoon for class worship, we spoke about the coronation of King Charles III and the different events that are taking place to celebrate this exciting event. We also thought about how we should show mutual respect and tolerance to others and respect how we choose to celebrate the coronation.

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2 May

Rev Ben Worship: Kings Coronation

Today, we thought about the kings coronation. We began our worship by playing a game. The teams from years 5 and 6 had to get their captains ready for the kings coronation. The children voted for their favourite and it was an even split. Well done to all of the children for being great sports! Rev Ben asked the children to think about what makes a good king. The children said the king has to be kind, generous, honest, dedicated, responsible and respectful. In the bible, Jesus explained how a king is a servant. King Charles needs to serve by showing justice and mercy just like Jesus did. Thank you to Rev Ben for leading our worship today. We are looking forward to our coronation celebrations in school this week.

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27 Apr

Year 5- History- Who were the Ancient Greeks?

This term in history, the children will learn about how did Ancient Greece influence other societies and life today? This afternoon, we looked at a Relief Map, a map indicating hills and valleys by shading rather than by contour lines alone. We then explored some of their greatest achievements and what they are still remembered for, such as ; literature, theatre and modern drama.

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20 Apr

History in Year 4 - Anglo Saxon and Viking Settlement

Today we started our new history topic - Anglo Saxon and Viking life in Britain. We looked at who they were, why the vikings chose to come to Britain and reasons why they settled here.

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19 Apr

Year 4 - A great start to our new English topic

In Year 4, we have started our new English topic based on the book ‘How to be a Viking’ by Cressida Cowell. We had great fun using clues to predict events in the story and using the dice to summarise events in the story.

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30 Mar

Year 6 History trip to Darwen Heritage Centre

This week, year 6 visited Darwen Heritage Centre to find out a little bit more about the impact WW2 had on the town of Darwen.

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29 Mar

Reception- Continuous Provision- The Royal Family

This week the children have been learning all about the royal family. During continuous provision the children haven carrying out different activities in our areas which are all linked to the royal family. We have been painting King Charles in the painting area, we’ve had Buckingham palace and a London scene set up in the small world area, we have been building Buckingham palace in the construction area and we have been making cakes for a royal afternoon tea in the malleable area. We have been really interested in asking and answering lots of questions about the royal family.

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29 Mar

Year 1- History walk

In history this afternoon we went on a walk to see the Steam Tram Turning Triangle. It was one of the first steam trams to open in the whole country during the Victorian times. We are currently learning about inventions in the Victorian times in our local area.

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24 Mar

Year 6- London Sightseeing

Whilst in London, our Year 6 class have seen many famous sights. These included Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and the River Thames. Most of our children had never been to London before so we hope this has given them a taster of London and hope they choose to visit again with their family.

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23 Mar

London 2023

We are off! Our Year 6 children, Mrs Ham, Mrs Price, Mr Prescott and Mr Tierney are so excited for their trip to London. We can’t wait to visit the Natural History Museum, Houses of Parliament tour and workshop, Lion King Musical, Science Museum, Imperial War Museum and a tour of London sights.

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23 Mar

Natural History Museum

Our Year 6 class had a brilliant time exploring the Natural History Museum in London. They saw dinosaur and animal bones and fossils and lots of stuffed animals. They learnt about evolution, earthquakes and volcanoes and extinction.

Image of Year 6- Imperial War Museum
23 Mar

Year 6- Imperial War Museum

In History this term, Year 6 have been learning all about the Second World War and the part that Darwen played in it. It has been wonderful to visit the Imperial War Museum to learn more about the Second World War and the part that London played in it and contrast this to Darwen’s involvement. We also visited some other galleries including one about the war in Ukraine to highlight that war is still happening. We will shortly be having some Ukrainian refugees visit our school to talk to us about their experience of war and to thank us for the fundraising we have done for DARE (Darwen Asylum and Refugee Enterprise). We also visited a gallery about online gaming that showed that children have always been fascinated by war, good stories always have conflict and children have always played war games.

Image of Year 2 - Christopher Columbus
15 Mar

Year 2 - Christopher Columbus

During our history lesson in year 2 we have begun to look at our second famous explorer, Christopher Columbus. We had a look a various pieces of historical evidence from the 1500’s to work out what Christopher Columbus was most famous for. The children were great at using their detective skills to work out what he explored and why he became a world wide name.

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9 Mar

Year 6 history

In history, year 6 have been looking at the impact WW2 had on the people and the town of Darwen. This week they looked at a significant individual named Jack Banks. Jack was only 16 when he lost his life in the conflict and actually lied about his age in order to join the armed forces. Year 6 started the lesson by asking historical questions and then used a variety of sources: commonwealth war graves website, Darwen Heritage Centre research and newspaper articles to gain a better understanding of who Jack Banks was.

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7 Mar

Reception: Designing a fire engine

As part of our learning all about superheroes, we have been making fire engines in our malleable area. Before the children could make their fire engine, they were set a challenge of designing their fire engine and labelling it. They then followed their design to build their fire engine. Super work!

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1 Mar

Year 6 History

This week, in history, year 6 used eye witness accounts to help them describe the impact that air raids had on the town and people of Darwen during World War Two. They found out that businesses and homes were destroyed, 7 people lost their lives and that generally people were in a state of shock. Despite this terrible event, it also brought out the good in people and everyone did their bit to help. One example of this was an injured man being transported to the infirmary on the back of a milk truck.

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1 Mar

Year 6 London Trip Information Meeting

Dear Year 6 parents and carers, thank you so much to everyone who attended the London meeting this evening. I hope you found it informative and it's great to see how excited the children are. If you weren't able to attend, please see the powerpoint and letter on class dojo for further information. I will also send home a printed copy with your child tomorrow. If your child has medical needs and/or needs medication whilst in London,please complete the following google form. https://forms.gle/NYfrcLW56bhGrWvH6 If you haven’t done so already, please complete the google consent form ASAP so that we have emergency contact numbers, information on allergies etc https://forms.gle/3X7NzNskihd1dX4y8 If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. This trip is a great way to develop their independence and resilience before they go off to high school, as well as having lots of fun with their friends. We are sure that all of the children will have a wonderful time and will make memories that will last a lifetime.

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23 Feb

Year 6 History

In history, year 6 have been focusing on how Darwen helped Britain stand firm against the German threat during WW2. We found out that the people of Darwen raised funds for a spitfire plane through public subscription and that they also raised money for a warship and three tea wagons through national savings. The people of Darwen thought of many creative ways of raising money: collecting tins, selling paper dollies and jumble sales.

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21 Feb

History- Year 5- Sequencing events in a Chronological order

This afternoon, the Year 5 Historians have sequenced events and periods using appropriate terms e.g. chronology, legacy, continuity, change, and trends. The children used our outdoor history timeline to support them with their learning. They looked at the key dates and events that occurred during these periods. We then identified the changes during these periods of time. The children compared cobbled roads and Celtic homes, (Roman period) and the great inventions of the Vikings such as wooden combs and Viking longships.

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6 Feb

Year 2 - Has man ever been to the moon?

During our history lessons in year 2, we have been looking at explorers. We looked at many different sources and worked as historians to discover how we can prove that man has actually been to the moon and what source best suits the statements children were presented with.

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2 Feb

Year 6 History

In year 6, we have looked at some of the war-time admissions at St Barnabas (then Culvert School), and noticed that some evacuees actually attended after being evacuated from their homes that were more at risk of being attacked.We used this and the key events of the war to infer why they might have moved to Darwen and why some evacuees may have stayed longer than others.

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1 Feb

Year 3 History - Chronology

Year 3 have been busy during history organising pictures into chronological order, comparing pictures and discussing their ideas within their groups. They answered the questions; 'How do the periods of time studied in years 2 and 3 fit into a chronological framework?' and 'What has changed during these periods of time?'.

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31 Jan

Year 6 Art- Still-life sketching

In Art, year 6 have been creating their own still-life sketches of WW2 items. We decided on this as our focus because of our local history topic in which we will look in more detaIl at the role Darwen played in WW2.

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27 Jan

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today our thoughts and prayers are with the 6 million victims of the Holocaust and their families. This morning in Worship we lit a special candle and held a moment of silence to remember them.

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26 Jan

Year 6 History

In history, year 6 investigated whether it was necessary for evacuees to be evacuated during WWII. They also looked into whether the number of evacuees stayed the same during the war or whether it was dependent on circumstances.

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20 Jan

Reception - Chinese New Year

This week, we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We have practised writing Chinese numbers, tasted different Chinese foods, learned all about the famous dragon parades and even made our own dragon! We have really enjoyed learning all about the traditions of Chinese New Year and comparing them to our own experiences and celebrations.

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1 Dec

Year 4 History - Comparing Iron Age and Roman Settlements

In our History lesson today, we looked at both Iron Age and Roman Settlements. We highlighted the similarities and differences between the two and then moved on to creating our own version of a Roman settlement which included an amphitheatre, baths and an aqueduct.

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28 Nov

Year 5 - English- Analysing a film clip

Over the next few weeks, the children will be writing a short narrative based on the film 'Oliver Twist. In our English lesson today, the class explored the historical context of Oliver Twist, learning about the Victorian Era and the author Charles Dickens. The children then moved on to analysing a film clip and creating their own sentences using expanded noun phrases and adverbs.

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24 Nov

Year 4 History - Why was the Roman Army so successful?

In our lesson today we looked at how to find supporting evidence to back up assertions made about the power of the army and how these may be prioritised. We also looked at how the army was able to expand and what factors were most/ least important.

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23 Nov

Year 4 Researching Roman Life

This week in English, Year 4 have been researching life in Ancient Rome in preparation for our 'Day in the Life of a Roman Soldier' diary entry. We have loved handling artefacts and using text books to find out more about the Roman way of life.

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14 Nov

Year 1- Remembrance walk

On Friday afternoon we visited Whitehall park and Darwen cemetery to pay our respects for Remembrance Day. We are so proud of year 1 for showing lots of respect!

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11 Nov

Remembrance Service in Whitehall Cemetery

Our Year 6 Heads and Deputies along with some of our WOW (Worship Our Way) group attended the special service of Remembrance on Armistice Day at Whitehall Cemetery. They laid a special wreath and poppy from St Barnabas and also placed poppies and crosses on our special adopted war graves. We will remember them.

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10 Nov

Remembrance Day Art in the Rose Garden, Whitehall Park

We have been overwhelmed with the entries for the Remembrance Art competition. We have displayed some in the hall and some in the Rose Garden in Whitehall Park. You are welcome to view the entries in the hall tomorrow morning in celebration worship and I’m sure the children would love to visit the park over the weekend. It has been extremely difficult to judge them as all of the entries are so unique and special. We will be revealing the winners next week when Mrs Govan and a member of FOSB are in school. I won’t be in school tomorrow as I’m attending a training course but Mr Prescott and Year 6 will be leading our celebration worship and will be holding a two minutes silence for Armistice Day.

Image of Year 2 - Remembering all those who fought
9 Nov

Year 2 - Remembering all those who fought

Year 2 took a trip to go and see all the war memorials that are in Darwen cemetery. We looked at all the people who fought and took part in the war from Darwen, we discussed the conditions and respected all those that gave their lives for us.

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8 Nov

Reception: Remembrance Art

The children in Reception have been practising their expressive arts and design skills. They have been joining materials to create poppies in the malleable area and have been selecting the correct colours to accurately paint poppies. The children were able to explain why we wear poppies.

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7 Nov

Reception: Muddy Monday

This week, Reception visited the war memorial at Whitehall park. We looked at the names of some of the soldiers and what the soldiers wore. The children took time to reflect and said thank you to the soldiers.

Image of Year 6’s visit to our adopted war graves.
7 Nov

Year 6’s visit to our adopted war graves.

Year 6 today visited our school’s adopted war graves to give them a tidy up in preparation for a special service at Darwen Cemetery on Remembrance Day this Friday.

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4 Nov

D.T- Year 5

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their first lesson in design and technology today. Prior to our lesson, the children learnt about the different types of cushions from different time periods around the world, leading up to the present day and the wide and varied range we have now. They have been developing their knowledge of, and skills in different sewing techniques. They will use these skills to design and create their Christmas-themed cushion. They have also been investigating and analysing various types of pillows, this will allow them to be creative and imaginative when they make their cushion.

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3 Nov

Escape to Pompeii - English -Year 4

In English this week, we have started a new story called ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Bali’s. In todays session, we have focused on conveying the thoughts and feelings of a character from the story. We looked at how Tranio would feel about living in the beautiful city of Pompeii, developing our own sentences around this.

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2 Nov

Reception- All about Bonfire Night

Reception have been learning about Bonfire Night this week. Today, we looked at the importance of staying safe around bonfires and fireworks. For example, we discussed how only adults can set off fireworks, how we should stand well back and the importance of wearing gloves. We then went outside and used the powder paint to create our own colourful fireworks.

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19 Oct

Year 5- Class Worship- How do you think rules should be decided?

During our class worship this morning, the children were fascinated to learn about the history behind the Lindt chocolate bunnies. The first Lindt bunny saw the light of day in 1952 inspired by a father and a young daughter. Over 150 million chocolate bunnies are produced and distributed in 50 countries. However, Lidl (supermarket) were offering a cheaper alternative to shoppers, therefore Lindt took Lidl to court and won the case. This then opened a discussion about rules, how rules are decided, whether we should follow rules and what might happen if rules were broken. The children agreed that rules are in place to keep us safe and if there were no rules things could get chaotic. ”It's about having the freedom to do what you want as long as it's within the law and you're safe” (British Value)

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17 Oct

Reception: 50 years of St Barnabas

This year, St Barnabas primary school is 50 years old. We walked to the old school which is now Barnabas House nursery. Lots of the children recognised this building as they used to go to the nursery. We discussed how small it is compared to our big school.

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11 Oct

Year 2 - Local History Walk

In our history lessons we have been focusing on local history and the cotton industry. At this point in history, we have looked at why Gandhi visited Darwen. We have begun to explore the reasoning behind his visit- to allow India to become independent and free to make and sell their own cotton. As this was his mission, we went on a walk and explored where the Greenfield Mill used to be (where Gandhi visited) and the house in which he stayed in.

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3 Oct

Monday Worship- Black History Month

Last week we focussed on being kind to our neighbour. When we came into worship, we listened to ‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin. We discussed what this meant and looked at how it was one of our Christian values and our British Value, mutual respect. Mrs Ham told us about how many years ago, Africans were captured and taken to America to be slaves. The children all agreed that this was unfair. Mrs Ham then role played with Declan and Elsie to show the children how slaves were treated. They weren’t treated nicely which was very unfair. In 1865, slavery was completely banned. In 1926, Carter Woodson created black history week and now we celebrate black history month every October. We watched a video which showed how Ayanna Najuma who was just 7 years old changed the world! Ayanna did a peaceful protest and went into a white only restaurant and waited until they were served. Ayanna asked for a hamburger and a coke but the waitress said no. They went back on day 2 and 3. By day 3, they were served food and the restaurant became integrated. Ayanna said “my voice was little but it was just as important as everybody else’s voice”. Martin Luther King Junior also stood up for what was right and he fought for a long time for everybody to be treated equally. Finally we watched a song video about Rosa Parks and how she fought for change. This week, Mrs Ham asked the children to reflect on anything that we have experienced that seemed unfair. Did we have the courage to speak up? Can we do this going forward? We finished our worship by singing ‘Make a difference’.

Image of Year 2 - Creating a weave pattern.
30 Sep

Year 2 - Creating a weave pattern.

Year 2 created their own weave patterns using different coloured card to create their own unique pattern. This weaving linked in well with their work on local history and the cotton industry.

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29 Sep

Year 5 - History - Ancient Maya

This term in history, Year 5 are learning about Ancient Maya. We are having a big focus on how does our own history differ from that of the Mayans? In today's lesson, the children looked at Maya's writing and compared it to our writing. We learnt that the Maya wrote on standing stone slabs (stelae), walls, pottery and on sculptures.

Image of Year 5- P.S.H.E- Happy being me
29 Sep

Year 5- P.S.H.E- Happy being me

During our P.S.H.E lesson today, the children explored some of the ways similarities and, more importantly, differences can affect people’s attitudes and behaviour. We looked at reasons for people being discriminated against and how it made them feel. We also looked at the early life of Rosa Parks, thinking about the lives of all that suffered during the segregation period. We spoke about the importance of respecting others, even when they are very different from them (for example, physically, in character, personality or background), making different choices or having different preferences or beliefs.

Image of Year 3- What can we find out about Ancient Egypt?
22 Sep

Year 3- What can we find out about Ancient Egypt?

Year 3 used different resources to find facts about Ancient Egypt and copy their most interesting ones in their books.

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21 Sep

Year 5- R.E- Faith Walk

Year 5 have been on a faith walk around Darwen with John East as part of our RE curriculum, to visit churches from different denominations of Christianity. We visited St Joseph's, the United Reform Church on Duckworth Street and Spring Vale Methodist. The children had lots of opportunities to ask thought provoking questions which they had prepared earlier. They also had the chance to look around the church, explore the symbols displayed, do a quiz, look at artefacts and experiment a pretend wedding by two of our class pupils. During the walk, we stopped and looked at some of the historic buildings and ruins that are still standing to this date.

Image of HM Queen Elizabeth II - Year 5
16 Sep

HM Queen Elizabeth II - Year 5

Year 5 have paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II by placing their handwritten prayers on the school fence which we have turned into a prayer space. We have spent time in class and worship learning about all the wonderful things that she has done for us. She will be forever in our hearts and missed by all.

Image of Year 1- 50 years of St Barnabas
8 Sep

Year 1- 50 years of St Barnabas

This afternoon we had a walk to the old sites of St Barnabas and observed some changes such as the old school (old culvert school) now being a Nursery and the old St Barnabas across the road is now apartments and St Barnabas house nursery being the old canteen where the school children had to cross the road to collect their dinner. We also talked about how different our school is as we have much more space and many more facilities.

Image of Year 6 local history walk
8 Sep

Year 6 local history walk

A short walk to see where the old St Barnabas schools used to be located. This week we have celebrated the 50th year anniversary of our current St Barnabas school building.

Image of Year 2 - Celebrating 50 years of St Barnabas
8 Sep

Year 2 - Celebrating 50 years of St Barnabas

Year 2 exploring the wonderful and 50 year anniversary of St Barnabas. We went down to the old school and discussed the differences between the two schools and we enjoyed celebrating the history of St Barnabas.

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8 Sep

Year 3 History: 50 years of St Barnabas

This afternoon, Year 3 went for a walk to see the original St Barnabas School buildings. We then came back to class to look at pictures and school artefacts from 50 years ago to present. Some of the children found their grandparents names on some of the pictures and we thought about how the school has changed over the past 50 years!

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6 Sep

Celebrating 50 Years of St Barnabas- Year 5

Celebrating 50 years of St Barnabas. During worship this morning, Mrs Ham showed us old pictures about what our school looked like 50 years ago. We compared prices of food, fuel, cars and houses from then and now too. In the afternoon in our classes we looked at old newspaper articles, log books and registers. One of the books had a lock which children were very inquisitive about. We also went for a local walk to look at buildings that used to be St Barnabas. The children were super excited to find out about the nursery they had attended used to be St Barnabas.

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5 Sep

Our First Whole School Worship- Celebrating 50 Years of St Barnabas

This morning, Years 1-6 gathered together for our first whole school worship of the new academic year and it was wonderful to have all of our children back together again looking smart in their school uniforms. Mrs Ham told us all that our current school building was 50 years old yesterday and this week we will be taking part in some activities to celebrate this. Please click to read more.....

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7 Jul

Year 2 Blackpool Trip!

Year 2 had a fantastic day at Blackpool on Tuesday! Our class topic this term is ‘Beside the Seaside’ so the aim of the trip was for the children to experience a day at the seaside and think about the activities that we do now at the seaside and comparing this to the Victorian’s. We played on the beach, listened to a talk about beach safety, went to the the top of Blackpool Tower and walked along The North Pier! The children showed so much respect to the general public and represented St Barnabas brilliantly! Well done Year 2!

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30 Jun

History- Year 5

The children in Year 5 have been exploring how the Maya civilization grew so strong when the odds against it were so huge. We have been using our outdoor History timeline to gather information and looking at our gallery in the classroom. I displayed a number of images relating to the Mayan civilization of approximately, 1,000 years ago. The children worked in pairs to spot what they thought might be important indicators as to why the Mays civilization grew so strong.

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29 Jun

Year 1 Local History

Year 1 have been exploring modern-day Darwen. We have been looking at the different types of shops that we currently have on our local high street, and we will be comparing these to the types of shops that we had in the 1950s. We discovered that we have takeaways, supermarkets, shops that sell electronics, pharmacists, hairdressers, beauticians, charity shops and discount stores. We wonder how this will compare to the 1950s?

Image of Year 6 London Thames River Cruise
23 Jun

Year 6 London Thames River Cruise

Our Year 6 children enjoyed seeing some of the famous sights of London from the River Thames. They also learnt about the history of the buildings from our tour guide. Can you spot any you know?

Image of Buckingham Palace & St Jame’s Park
23 Jun

Buckingham Palace & St Jame’s Park

We’ve just had a singalong of the National Anthem in front of Buckingham Palace! We’ve learnt so much from our guide Liz.

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23 Jun

Natural History Museum

We had a quick whistle stop tour of the natural history museum and some children spent some of their money in the gift shop. We managed to see Dippy the dinosaur too.

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23 Jun

London Sightseeing Tour

We have seen lots of sights around London and have been learning all about the History of London from our tour guide Liz.

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16 Jun

Year 2 History

This week in History, we started our Victorian Seaside topic. To start, we thought about the things we think of when we think of the seaside. We then discussed together the places we think of, when we think of the seaside. Over the next few weeks, the class will be exploring what seaside resorts were like in the past and comparing them to now.

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23 May

Whole School Worship - The Queen and Service

Today, we came together to think about service and how the Queen has served her people and God over the past 70 years. We learned about how our country has changed over this time and how much the Queen has sacrificed to support people, charities and communities all over the world.

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12 May

Year 4 Information Texts - Ancient Egypt

We have been looking at Information texts in English this week. We have started our sessions by looking at key elements of texts and summarising key information under headings such as mummification, gods, Tutankhamen and the pyramids.

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25 Apr

St George’s Day Worship

As we entered worship today, we listened to ‘Jerusalem’. On Saturday it was St George’s day. We discussed what we think of when we think about England. Carlton said “football”, Ted said “the sea”, Jake said “Formula 1” and Oscar said “our home” to name a few! We looked at a few favourites from England which included apple crumble, roast beef dinner, cups of tea, Charles Dickens, the white cliffs of Dover and Stonehenge. We looked at how things have changed in England. In the past, ladies did jobs at home whereas now ladies can have careers. We used to have lots of factories for workers but now many people work in jobs to provide services. We learnt about St George. St George died from what he believed in. He believed in God and St George stood up for what was right. We looked at our British values and how we follow them in school. We discussed how we are tolerant, how we respect each other, how our opinions are important, how we can make our own choices and how we need to follow the rules in school. During our reflection we thought about when we have had to show courage. This week we re going to focus on showing courage and standing up for what is right.

Image of Year 4- Comparing Egypt to the UK
21 Apr

Year 4- Comparing Egypt to the UK

Year 4 have started our new history topic- Ancient Egypt today. In our first session we have been comparing Egypt to the Uk looking at key differences and similarities.

Image of Year 2 visit Darwen Heritage Centre
21 Apr

Year 2 visit Darwen Heritage Centre

Year 2 learnt all about the history of Darwen at Darwen Heritage Centre. Thank you John East for being an amazing historian guide.

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30 Mar

Year 5 - Class Worship

During our class worship this morning, we have been reading through the information about the recent discovery of the shipwreck, Endurance, which sank over 100 years ago. We learnt about Sir Ernest Shackleton and his extraordinary expeditions and his life. We also learnt about his amazing crew that trusted the choices that he made to keep everyone safe and calm.

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17 Mar

Year 1 History- Victorian Transport

As part of our history learning in Year, we 1 have been learning about the Victorians. We have already explored Victorian toys and schooling and compared these to modern day toys and schooling. Today, we explored Victorian transport. We created a timeline to see how Victorian transport developed during the Victorian times from 1837 to 1901. We looked at how to the early Victorians travelled by steam train and horse and carriages and then how the horse and carriages evolved into omnibuses. We looked at how the later Victorians had cars. We also compared Victorian transport to modern day transport. We talked about how technology has evolved and today we have electric cars and trains.

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10 Mar

The Great Plague - Symptoms and how it spread

Today we have been learning about the symptoms of the plague. The symptoms ranged from feeling delirious, vomiting and even buboes! We watched a Horrible History’s clip that showed how it spread and what people believed were cures such as eating arsenic and sitting in the sewers. Did you know that the famous song ‘ Ring o roses’ comes from the plague and the ring was the swelling or buboes?

Image of Year 5 - History
10 Mar

Year 5 - History

Today, Year 5 had a role of detectives trying to prove that the legend Theseus and the Minotaur may actually have been a fact. They looked at what evidence might have survived ( images) that were part of the story and put the pieces together.

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28 Feb

Reception Vision check

Today the children met a real life superhero! Before they went to have their vision screening check, they met an orthoptic assistant who showed the equipment she uses to check the children’s vision.

Image of Year 1- A trip to Judges Lodgings Museum to learn about the Victorians.
25 Feb

Year 1- A trip to Judges Lodgings Museum to learn about the Victorians.

Yesterday, Year 1 visited Judges Lodgings in Lancaster. They got into character as Victorian children at school and Victorian slaves at work. They learnt lots about Victorian schooling such as sitting sensibly at desks, saying prayers, recalling times tables, writing on blackboards, learning about Queen Victoria and what would happen if you misbehaved. They learnt about the jobs of those who were slaves for the judge such as polishing candle sticks, kettles and cutlery, emptying buckets that Victorians did their toileting in, setting the table for the judge and his guests and folding napkins. Well done Year 1.

Image of Year 1-A trip to Judges Lodgings Museum to learn about toys from the past.
25 Feb

Year 1-A trip to Judges Lodgings Museum to learn about toys from the past.

As well as learning about Victorian work and schooling, Year 1 also learnt about toys from their past on their class trip. They played some Victorian style games and explored the toy museum. In the toy museum, they looked at toys ranging from the 1900s to the year 2000. They had to think about which ones were the old ones and which ones were the new ones and why. We now have a Victorian toy museum in our class and we are looking forward to playing with some of the toys that the Victorians played with such as the cup and ball, spinning top, whip and top, whizzer, yo-yo, Jacobs Ladder, marbles and lots of others.

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24 Feb

History - The Great Plague

We have started our new history topic today - The Great Plague. We started by by looking at a picture of London from 1616 drawn by Claes Jansz Visscher. We discussed how it looked, what we think will be different now and what religion was like in 1666. We then compared this with a picture in the same place but from 2016 drawn by Robin Reynolds. We used Visscher’s picture as a historical source to help us look for clues about how the people of London lived back then, compared to now.

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10 Feb

Year 2 Non-chronological reports

This week, Year 2 have been busy gathering facts about Neil Armstrong and Space, ready for when we write our non-chronological reports!

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3 Feb

The Space Race! Year 2 History

This term in History, Year 2 have been learning about The Moon Landings and Neil Armstrong. This afternoon, we thought about why people wanted to go to The Moon and The Space Race! We completed a timeline, putting the events of The Space Race in chronological order.

Image of Year 3 - History - locating Roman roads
1 Feb

Year 3 - History - locating Roman roads

Year 3 have been using atlases in order to locate roads built by the Romans in England.

Image of Year 3 - Holocaust Memorial Day Class Worship
27 Jan

Year 3 - Holocaust Memorial Day Class Worship

We took part in Holocaust Memorial Day by praying for all those Jewish people who died during World War II .

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26 Jan

Year 1 Class Worship

Following on from Mrs Ham’s whole school worship on Monday, Year 1 learnt some more information about WWII and how the Jews were mistreated. We learnt that the Jews had little freedom and were banned from doing certain jobs, from having pets, from going to parks and restaurants, from schools and from riding a bike amongst lots of other things. We reflected on how this must have made them feel. We also read a book about Anne Frank and the children were shocked to find out that she and her family along with many other Jewish families had to stay in hiding for a long time in fear. We then sang a song about peace and thought about how we can help to make a kind and peaceful world. We talked about sharing our beautiful smiles, helping each other, greeting each other kindly and sharing with each other regardless of people’s race or religion. We finished with some beautiful prayers for those who lost their lives and were mistreated in WWII and praying for a more peaceful and kinder world. Well done Year 1.

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24 Jan

Holocaust Memorial Day Worship

This week in our whole school and class worships, we are learning about the Holocaust and what we can learn from it. This morning we watched a video with some school children interviewing a survivor of the Holocaust, Stephen Frank. We learnt how he had such a happy life with his family until he was taken away to a concentration camp because he was Jewish. We reflected on what it must have been like to be taken away from your friends and family and to be treated so terribly. We then thought about how we can be strong, courageous and kind when we see people in our lives being treated cruelly. We then prayed for all of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. We were shocked to hear that if we had a minutes silence for each of the 6 million people who died then we would have to be silent for 11 and a half years.

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13 Jan

Year 2 Starchaser visit

Year 2 have had a great afternoon, learning all about rockets, space shuttles, the space race and the Moon landings, with Clare from Starchaser! The class asked some great questions and we will be carrying on with our learning about Neil Armstrong and the Moon landings in History this term.

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26 Nov

Year 1- Great Fire of London Workshop

Year 1 throughly enjoyed a visit from The Freshwater Theatre company this afternoon. Alison the facilitator was amazing and she took the children back in time to 1666 where they heard from Mary Porter who had experienced the fire first hand. They took part in various drama activities to really bring the topic alive. It was a wonderful experience.

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14 Nov

St Barnabas Remembers

Our Year 6 heads and deputies plus Year 5 and 6 WOW group members paid their respects on Friday in a special remembrance service at Darwen Cemetery. They laid a wreath made of poppy prayers, remembrance poems and art work. Please remember to come along to the Rose Garden in Whitehall Park to see a selection of remembrance artwork from each class.

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11 Nov

St Barnabas Remembers

Today we all met on our Junior yard to observe a special two minutes silence to remember the soldiers that sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We prayed for peace in our world and sang ‘a song of peace’. Several of our classes have visited the cemetery this week to pay their respects and have admired our Remembrance Day artwork in the Rose Garden in Whitehall Park. #wewillrememberthem

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11 Nov

Year 2 Remembers

This afternoon on Remembrance Day, Year 2 paid their respects, by visiting the Rose Garden in Whitehall Park and viewing all of the beautiful remembrance art, created by each class in school. We also shared some special remembrance prayers with Year 4 and looked at some of the different war memorials in Darwen. The children were so respectful and we are so proud of their brilliant art work!

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11 Nov

Reception Remembers!

Today the children have celebrated Remembrance Day by learning all about the meaning of poppies. They learnt that poppies are a symbol of the fallen soldiers from the war. To remember the soldiers, the children took part in taking 2 minutes of silence at 11 o,clock. We also said prayers for our soldiers together. Throughout the rest of the day, the children have been creatively making poppies in lots of different ways.

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11 Nov

Remembrance Day - Year 5

Year 5 really enjoyed the walk to Darwen Cemetery and the Rose Garden. We spent some time looking at the war graves and the Remembrance Wall. It was a lovely opportunity to remember the people who have died in wars around the world.

Image of Year 4 & Year 2 visit the Rose Garden
11 Nov

Year 4 & Year 2 visit the Rose Garden

We loved our walk to the Rose Garden for Remembrance Day today. We chose our favourite poppy art, read poems and said prayers for those who have lost their lives due to war. A very peaceful, reflective afternoon.

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8 Nov

Remembrance Worship

This morning we learnt all about the meaning of Remembrance Day. We found out that some children pretended to be older so that they could become soldiers to protect our country. They were very brave. We learnt about Walter who became the first black British officer. The army changed their perception and looked at everybody as equal. Walter was a wonderful soldier and stood up for what was right. He didn’t give up and became a soldier. People came from lots of different countries and from lots of different religions to help our country to fight in the war. Some of the children discussed how we should treat everybody equally. The children said “we are all equal…you might need help so we need to be kind to everyone…we need to do the right thing”. Women were not allowed to fight but now they are. Our children didn’t think that was fair. One lady called Flora managed to fight in the army and won a medal for her bravery. All of the soldiers showed the Christian values of courage and service. There are many memorials around the country to remember those who died in the war. Our children have been creating their own poppy artwork. Please take your children to go and have a look at the wonderful art work that the children have created in the rose garden at Whitehall park.

Image of Reception visit to the Rose Garden
8 Nov

Reception visit to the Rose Garden

Reception really enjoyed looking at all of the poppy art work to remember all of the soldiers. They will be having an activity day on Thursday to learn all about the meaning of the poppy.

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8 Nov

Year 5- History

This half term, we will be exploring ‘Anglo Saxons’ and ‘ The Vikings’ in history. This afternoon, we have been learning about ‘Alfred the Great’ and looking at clues to find out why the Saxons invaded.

Image of Remembrance Day Walk
8 Nov

Remembrance Day Walk

In Year 3 we walked to Darwen Cemetery to look at the war graves and Remembrance Wall. We spotted different war graves across the cemetery of fallen soldiers from both the First and Second World wars. We also noticed that many of the soldiers who died were very young. Lest we forget ❤️

Image of Year 3 Remembrance Art
3 Nov

Year 3 Remembrance Art

Year 3 have been working hard on their Art work for Remembrance Day. They have used acrylic paint to decorate the bottoms of bottles and then some more paper versions using pointillism.

Image of Poppy Art- Year 5
3 Nov

Poppy Art- Year 5

Georgia O’ Keefe inspired Poppy Art. The children drew poppies and then experimented with adding colour using different media, (oil pastels, water colours and wax crayons). We began by discussing the historical context of poppies as a symbol of remembrance, the end of conflict in the First World War.

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30 Sep

Year 2 History!

This afternoon in Year 2, we have been finding out key facts about the life of Queen Victoria, as part of our History topic this term! #monarchs