This week was 'Egerton Topic Week' and all classes took part in focusing their learning on Egerton. In Year 4, we directed our learning towards fact and fiction in relation to the village, particularly centred around St James' Church. We were given statements about Egerton to investigate and used a variety of sources of evidence to analyse and help us to determine whether we believed them to be fact or fiction. We had to think carefully about the reliability of the evidence we had.
One of the statements we investigated related to the myth of their being a tunnel leading from the cellar of the village pub. Mr Hawkins said that he had been in the tunnel before it was blocked up, although we could not find any evidence in books or on the internet to verify its existence. We began wondering why there would be a tunnel and where it would lead, so on Friday, we wrote some fiction stories about the mysterious tunnel.
In our art lesson this week we walked to St James' Church and, through careful observation, we drew either the church, the World War I memorial or a gravestone. We were very lucky to have lovely weather (but not too hot!) which made our lesson all the more enjoyable.
In addition, all week we have been thinking about our own personal histories and sharing items in shoe boxes which represent important events over our lifetimes. We thought about the 'archaeology of rubbish' and how we can learn about a person's history by looking at, not only items they throw away, but how the oldest items will be at the bottom, building up layers, similar to how history is discovered underground by archaeologists.