Hartismere School

Est. 1451. An outstanding coeducational secondary school & sixth form college and England's first academy

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

History Learning at Home - Week 3 (Covid-19)

Bury St Edmunds

Friday 24 April 2020


Dear pupils and parents

History Learning at Home

The end of another busy week. Year 7 have been busy learning about the Middle Ages (the Crusades, the power of the Church and Henry II's quarrel with Thomas Becket) while Year 8 have been finding out about campaigns fought by groups like the Chartists to try and get the franchise extended. Meanwhile Year 9 were the other side of the Atlantic and a little further forward in time thinking about the origins of the civil rights protests of the 1950s and 60s in the USA.

Our exam classes were forging ahead with their preparation for next year and history classes in both years have begun to experiment with the joys of video conferencing; it's good to actually see people and talk about how things are going rather than be stuck in a constant cycle of email exchanges. These first live video meets seemed to work very well and we're going to continue to use them as we move forward this term.

The Instagram page is slowly filling up and attracting a steady stream of views and likes. St George's Day was particularly busy - 9 Things You Didn't know about St George! There was also the chance to share some of the work that pupils have completed and very good it was too. If you are not already please do come and have a look at what we're doing. I'd also mention that there are several other subject pages that are putting up some really excellent content. 

Looking ahead......

I'm just getting details together at the moment of a really exciting opportunity for some pupils to be involved with Dig School run by Professor Carenza Lewis (University of Lincoln) previously of Cambridge University and before that TV's 'Time Team'. We've worked with Professor Lewis before when she ran the Higher Education Field Academy through Cambridge and we had some fantastic experiences of completing actual archaeology that supported ongoing research into abandoned medieval villages. I hope to offer this as an enrichment activity and those pupils involved will be completing enquiry based archaeology online from home. More details to follow. 

I'll end by saying that it has been a real joy this week working online with our children. They are as enthusiastic about their learning from home as they normally are in school and they never cease to impress me with their good humour, kindness and common sense. I won't lie, it is jolly hard work trying to keep track of one's classes and dealing remotely with the inevitable problems that working in a new way throws your way. But, it is made a lot easier when you've got some stellar youngsters pulling in the same direction I have to say. Thank you to all of you that have put in a good shift this week. Have a great weekend.

With best wishes,

Richard Miller