Life through the ages inspires contents of school’s time capsule

READY TO GO Left, Khadiza Tulkubrah and Steve Nwagwu bury the time capsule at Arundel Court Junior School, Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (124026-718)
READY TO GO Left, Khadiza Tulkubrah and Steve Nwagwu bury the time capsule at Arundel Court Junior School, Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (124026-718)

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Our Year 6 children have been delving into the past, learning about life before they were born.

Our topic is Britain since the 1950s.

We tried to have a topic to get the children interested. So the topic was a 1950s school. They couldn’t believe how school has changed.

We wanted to make it relevant to them now, hence the time capsule, and taking a snippet of what their life is like. So we filled the time capsule with things that we value in our time and buried it at the bottom of the well in our school grounds.

We began by looking at 1950s life and went on from there. We looked at popular art, popular music such as The Beatles and then how schools have changed.

We looked at inventions made through the decades and what might be made in the future.

Then they designed their own inventions such as gadgets, shoes and time machines.

They have loved it, they enjoyed it a lot. They like looking at things in the past and seeing how it’s different to nowadays.

They don’t believe some of the things I’ve told them, like when I said we used to have pets in schools. We wanted them to capture what their life is like now so that hopefully in the future of the school 50 years down the line they can open it and see how it’s changed.

They had to put in an item of their belongings into the capsule. That’s quite an ask as some of them don’t have a lot.

They got into it because they thought it would give a clue of what their life is like now.

We put in a copy of The News because we wanted to show what had happened in the local area around this time. In 50 years’ time, everything will be electronic. It’s quite good because it made them think about what it will be like in 50 years.

The local area is everything to them in terms of their community and what’s going on in it. They are very streetwise children. This is their world so it’s important to them.

We also put in a pair of football boots, a football shirt, photos of the school, money and a mobile phone.

It was such a good experience. It makes the children very aware of how life changed looking at what’s happened before and it makes them aware of how life is going to change while they are still alive.