Why do people move?

People  Place  Problem  Possibilities 
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. 

Knowledge Organiser

To follow 

Trips out/Visitors In 

Oxford Museum, city walk or bus tour, Oxford University visit 

Liz Woolley, local historian 



Learning Exhibition 

History trail of Grandpont/Horrible Histories video of History of Oxford