Why do people move?
|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|
|Empress Matilda||Oxford||Should have been the first female monarch of England but throne contested by Stephen of Bois||Marched to Oxford – fought for her right to the throne
Briefly became ‘Lady of the English’
Escaped from St. George’s tower lowered on a rope
This project starts with a story about 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.
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.
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, from the immediate neighbourhood of the school to the city as a whole, discovering who the first settlers were and how the geography of our city helped to establish it as an important place. We move forward through history learning about the different groups of people who have come to live in our city and why – did they come to trade, work or study? – right up to the present day.
Trips out/Visitors In
Oxford Museum, city walk or bus tour, Oxford University visit
Liz Woolley, local historian
History trail of Grandpont/Horrible Histories video of History of Oxford