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The Swinging Sixties revisited!

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Petersgate Infant School in Clanfield invited grandparents to come into the school to take part in a living history event depicting life in the 1960's and 70's.  Janet Harris with (far left), her granddaughter Sian Saunders (six) and Sian's friend Holly Cantrell (seven).
Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14410-3)

. Petersgate Infant School in Clanfield invited grandparents to come into the school to take part in a living history event depicting life in the 1960's and 70's. Janet Harris with (far left), her granddaughter Sian Saunders (six) and Sian's friend Holly Cantrell (seven). Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14410-3)

CHILDREN travelled back to the Swinging Sixties as their grandparents visited their school to share experiences of living in that era.

Pupils at Petersgate Infant School in Clanfield are having a history week and as part of that, they have been learning about how different life was then.

Children came to school dressed up in clothes from the 1960s.

As part of the topic, the school held a Grandparents Day, where relatives were invited in to spend time with their younger ones and to share their stories.

Petersgate headteacher Julie Tasker said: ‘We decided to encourage the children to learn about family history by focusing on the ’60s.

‘We invited the children’s grandparents in to spend some time with us looking at artefacts and sharing their experiences. Lots of grandparents brought in their old school books so children could see that.

‘It was amazing. We want to involve as much of the community as we can throughout the year.’

Some of the pupils have been learning about the moon landings as part of the topic.

Children also learned a song by The Beatles and they were dancing and playing games from the 1960s.

‘We wanted to show the children how different it was,’ added Ms Tasker.

‘They have been absolutely amazing. They forget that their grandparents were children once.

They have had a whale of a time dressing up. Family history is a large part of our curriculum. The ’60s are still 50 years ago.’

Ms Tasker said the grandparents enjoyed their time at the school, too.

‘The feedback we got was amazing. They loved coming in to spend some time with their grandchildren and to be involved which they don’t normally get a chance to do.

‘They loved sharing their experiences with the children. It took them back down Memory Lane.

‘It’s the opportunity that they don’t often get the chance to do – spending quality time with their grandchildren.’

Now, the children are going to be writing about their experiences during the history week.

They are also studying famous people from that era, such as Martin Luther King.

 

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