History-Geography Week 2017

From Monday 6th February to Friday 10th February, the whole school took part in History-Geography week. Each year group had a designated decade and learning was focused on the local area of Blackpool.

Volunteers, Mr and Mrs Ashworth, visited the children to tell them all about life on Marton Moss and they explored old pictures of the area. Mr Shaw brought in his slide show and showed the children old pictures of the school and Blackpool. The children asked them lots of questions about life at school in the 1940s. 

Mrs Harris, our welfare assistant, and Mrs DeRome, our teaching assistant, also told the children in KS1 about what school life was like at St. Nicholas in the 1940s and 1980s. Mr Coleman also visited Year 6 and they asked him questions about life in the 1940s.

Mrs Carroll, a local historian, kindly lent the school some interactive displays from Blackpool Treasure Trove. The children could pretend they were at the theatre or learn all about the Blackpool poem, 'Albert and the Lion.' Mrs Carroll also showed the children an online game centred around the history and geography of Blackpool. If you would like to play the game, please visit www.ellisbs.co.uk/treasuretrove/

KS2 were visited by Mr Turpin, who served on the HMS Belfast during World War 2. The children really enjoyed his stories about life on the ship and looking at his medals. The HMS Belfast is now a war museum permanently moored in London. http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

Year 4 and Year 5 were visited by Mrs Elliott from Community Railway and they learnt all about the history of the railway and the train line from Preston to Blackpool. Mr O'Donnell, from Lancashire Memories, took KS2 children on a journey through the growth of Blackpool with the use of lots of artefacts and videos. He encouraged the children to talk to their elderly relatives and find out as much as they could about their life when they were growing up. Visit http://www.lancashirememories.com/ to see his great work.

All classes took part in decade dancing, thanks to Mrs Dobson and Mrs Sargeant. Children learnt Spice Girl routines, how to twist and 'shout' like Lulu.

Finally, the week ended with a visit from The Gazette, and children in fancy dress from their chosen decade. Wow, what a turn out it was! The costumes were amazing. The children's work was also on display in the hall for everyone to see.

Miss Turner and Mrs Groome would like to thank everyone involved, especially the volunteers who took time to speak to pupils.  It was a fantastic week!

What will children need to know and what will the world look like in 2028?

Schools, like ours, are constantly looking to build a curriculum and learning experiences that equip our children for a future not yet envisaged. What skills will they need and what will the world look like? Here is one view of what the world will look like in 2028 according to one school.

Growth Mindset

To find out more about growth mindset watch this short video:


There is a lot of work being done around the world on building resilience in children and young people, but it is a complex issue as this video shows.

Watch the video HERE.

Advice for parents on how to develop resilience in their children can be found HERE.

Primary Futures - What would you like to be when you leave school?

If you work hard and believe in yourself then there isn't anything you can't aim for. On Thursday 16th June we had a number of high profile visitors who helped to show the children that if you work hard enough you can be anything you want to be. We look forward to close working relationships with the Blackpool Business Community as we move forward. Below you can view some of the photographs that were taken on the day. Thank you to all those volunteers who gave their time so freely to take part.

Primary Futures launch photos

World Book Day 2016

The children (and adults!) had a fabulous time on World Book Day this year, dressing up as their favourite book characters and talking about why they love to read.  Each year group had a fashion parade to show off their costumes to the full!

Growth v Fixed mindset

There is research evidence to show that children and adults will make more progress and enhance learning if they have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset. These are the findings of Carol Dweck who has determined the characteristics of people with fixed and growth mindsets. You can see these below.


The children have been taught that it is fine to make mistakes as long as they learn from them and that intelligence isn't fixed and that the harder they try, the more they will succeed. You will see displays around school which support this approach and we would be grateful if parents can support these messages at home.

For more information on this research please read: Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential by Carol Dweck