Why do people move?


People  Place  Problem  Possibilities 
Y3/4 Blue   Oxford, the wider world   The other animals feel mistrustful. Should they welcome this newcomer or not?   The benefits of living in a diverse, multicultural community/country

Human thriving through showing compassion for others (refugees)


Viking Norway and Anglo-Saxon Britain.
Viking Norway and Anglo-Saxon Britain.
What pushes and pulls people away from their homes today?
Harmony between cultures and finding similarities and differences that make them unique.

That the UK is made up of many cultures due to our history of immigration

Compassion for and understanding of the myriad of reasons why people move.

Year 3/4 

The project starts with, ‘The Suitcase’: the story of a character who has travelled a long way looking for a place to call home. Upon arriving he receives a frosty welcome initially from the inhabitants of this new place, who feel curious, threatened and uncertain about this new arrival. We explore ideas around why the character may have decided to come and how we would have welcomed him if he was a new-comer to our school as well as relating the story to a real child as the children discover a letter written in an unfamiliar language. We explore the various reasons that people move (migrate) including those who are refugees and how some communities, including our own, have turned to welcome and help them, showing kindness and acceptance.

We then turn to a study of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings, considering the idea that people from other societies have been coming to Britain for a long time. The children learn about some of the tensions involved in the settlement as well as ways of life and matters that impact on us still. We then move on to think about the different places we are connected to. Do we have friends or relatives overseas? Have our families moved to Oxford from different parts of the UK or further afield? We think about the diversity of our school and the benefits that brings for us and the UK as a whole. 

Following on from this, we broaden our study into our local area of Grandpont and Oxford itself. We delve into the fascinating history of our city, discovering who the first Anglo-Saxon settlers of ‘Oxenforde’ were and how the physical geography of our area helped to establish it as an important place for trade. We then arrive in the present as we consider why people move to Oxford today (and to our school) including to work or study, developing an appreciation for Oxford being famous as a university city. 

Year 5

It is the late Anglo-Saxon period in England, and the Anglo-Saxons have been settled in Britain from Northern Europe for almost 800 years. An aspirational couple from Norway are looking to move. Thorsteinn, has been part of a Vikingr raiding party for five years and the lack of land and possibilities in their homeland is making them desire a new land in England.
Brother Aelrich: How does this affect the lives of those who are vulnerable to those with bad intentions? How did the Anglo Saxons embed Christianity in Britain?
King Alfred: What are good intentions for leaders to have? What is worth saving and protecting?
Why do people move, and how do others react to their arrival? How does it affect the lives of those who already inhabit the land? What were the motivations for Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to move in 410 and 797BCE?
What pushes and pulls people away from their homes today?

Knowledge Organiser

To follow 

Trips out/Visitors In 

Oxford Museum, city walk

Liz Woolley, local historian 


Learning Exhibition Year 3/4 Red Carpet Horrible Histories Film Premiere 

The children made fantastic Horrible Histories films relating to the Anglo Saxons and Vikings, incorporating all of the knowledge they had gained. The restorative conversation in line with our school values, between Beowulf and Grendel was very memorable!