School children enjoy a history-packed afternoon tea with local church community

Year 1 children from St Anne’s Church Academy near Weston super Mare held a tea party and put on entertainment for local residents last week as part of their challenge to find out in what ways life has change since HRH, Queen Elizabeth was born in 1926.

This summer term the children have been looking looking at how all aspects of our daily life have changed and really wanted to interview Queen Elizabeth to ask her what she thinks. However, as that wasn’t possible instead the children invited  members of their local church, St Andrew’s in Congresbury, who are of a similar age to find out more from them.

18 guests from the congregation attended and were treated to afternoon tea and the children entertained them by singing ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’, ‘Bring me sunshine in your smile’ and ‘Que sera sera’ by Doris Day as well as a poetry recital.

The children learned a lot from talking to their visitors about what happened to you at school if you hadn’t learned your times tables, what life was like without a car television or telephone and woolly swimming costumes!

One of the guests, Grace Isaac, won a bronze medal in the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 for swimming and has met the Queen twice.  She showed the children her medals and newspaper cuttings of when she met the Queen. Other guests brought photographs of their school days and talked about their childhood and the toys and games they liked to play.

Year 1 Teacher, Becky Poole said;

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.  There was a great buzz of noise and the scones were delicious!  The Year 1 children were very well behaved, they sang beautifully and showed great confidence when asking their questions. I could see the children were absolutely fascinated by the responses from our guests.  A great history lesson from primary sources!”

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