Field of Archives

How Paganel Primary School is playing its part to remember the First World War, 100 years on.


In November, earlier in the year, Paganel Primary School’s Year 5 classes visited Lodge Hill Cemetery as part of a project with the Big Ideas Company to commemorate those who died in the First World War and are buried at Lodge Hill.

We researched a number of soldiers buried at Lodge Hill, and the pupils took part in a number of activities to locate and learn more about these individuals, to help to connect them with the events of 100 years ago.

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Learning about our suffrage heritage

It’s important to know where your from.  It’s also important that where you’re from recognises and values you.

We started this week with a political map of Birmingham, showing boundaries about to change, discussed why they were changing, discussed the biggest change in Birmingham Political history in 1911, when the Greater Birmingham Act made us ‘the second city’, and the biggest national political change on February 6th 1918, when the Representation of the People Act was signed on 6th February 1918, giving the right to vote to most men and, for the first time, some women.

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In the playground


Following the interviews, we decided to go out into the playground and photo some of the things discussed.  Here are some of the comments:

‘We’ve had a lot of fun here’

‘This is where the foxes live – we’re not allowed to go too close.’

‘We use the tables for hiding under – they have games on top.’

‘When we were little we got to go the little playground.  We’ve not been here for years!’

‘In year 2 we did PE here [the small playground]’

‘I remember growing vegetables and eating them. Make soup and parents had to try it.’
‘In nursery we used to play on the bikes.  Brings back memories of crashing into the wall and hurting myself, so many times.’

Today: 23.6.2015

Today at archives after school club, I have been writing a letter to the new archivers in year 5. This letter will show and tell them what to do. I have enjoyed writing this letter 🙂 and wish them the best of luck ;P Ashfaq a colleague has been identifying teachers. Harley has been sorting out valuable photos and that’s it today 😉

My life in year 6

My names Jessica and this is what i think of my class.

In year six there are many great lessons,sometimes in science we do amazing experiments.In literacy its even better ; we mostly work in groups which is a lot of fun as we get to share ideas and co-operate.

Today we have been interveiwing people about drayton manor and sats.

Its been a great experience taking sats, and an even better one going to drayton manor.

– Jessica L

Research about a old pupil from 1938 called Thomas B.

Recently we have been finding out about this man called Thomas. He had been looking on our blog and rang the school.

This is what he said ” My name is Thomas and I came to this school in 1938 and I would like to find out more about the school and how its changed from when I came here.”

We have looked in the old admission register books but not found a Thomas B but we have indeed found a Marguerite B. We have also looked in the old log and punishment books and still not found a Thomas B. So we are wondering now if he is searching up about a relative…


Next we will contact him to see what he wants us to do and see if he would like to come and look around the school and look in our archive room.

By Sophie. Aged 11. Archives

Archaeology club and the air-raid shelter

Our deputy head Mr Philip created the following blog.


8th Jan 1940 log book Paganel juniors. ‘6 air raid shelters finished and ready for use’

The Brainchild of three Year 5 pupils, Archaeology Club got underway two weeks ago. Our first session wasn’t much of a success – we managed to dig up some of Mrs Hunt’s bulbs in the Quadrangle and we found a rock that must of had a large amount of metal in it, since it made the metal detector beep.

And yes – we have our first Paganel Primary School metal detector – enabling us to sweep the ground for treasure.

The second week was much better. We had heard, via Mr Grinham, the site supervisor, that there was an old air raid shelter buried somewhere at the back of the huts. So we begun there, Alfie sweeping the ground with the metal detector and almost instantly we began to hear lots of beeps. A short bit of digging later and we hit something hard – it was concrete buried about 10 cm down and with rods of rusty iron running through it – reinforced concrete – just the sort of thing that might have been used to make a school air raid shelter in 1939.

But why an archaeology club, I hear you ask? Well first of all there are three enthusiastic archaeologists in Year 5 – Alfie, Cameron and Reece who have all had a keen interest in history, finding buried treasure and generally digging up the ground since they were in Year 3. Secondly we had heard from the curator of Weoley Castle Ruins that she suspected there may have been an Anglo-Saxon settlement on the ridge above the the location where the Weoley Castle lies – the very ridge upon which school is built. So with the prospect of our very own Stafford shire Hoard in our mind (with admittedly a very low probability) we set out on the Archaeology Club.

And no, after two weeks we have found no Anglo Saxon gold, but we have found that air raid shelter and we have also heard that 22 years ago a ‘time capsule’ was buried on the field. Unfortunately we can find no record of where that time capsule may lie, so a lot of metal detecting is still ahead of us. It’s a big field…

Our Fabulous Mystery

Last week our deputy head (Mr.Philp) located the original plan layout of the previous version of Paganel Primary school, from 1936.

We studied the plans and went around the school and tried to find what has changed.  Our biggest mystery is what happened to the the cloak room. Sam’s theory is that the cloakroom was changed into the staff room. This is still to be explained. We’ll let you know what we discover.

We took photographs of the plans and places of the school which have now changed.Copy of IMG_20150127_152538 (1)   IMG_20150127_153207 IMG_20150127_155256 IMG_20150127_153224 IMG_20150127_155450 Copy of IMG_20150127_152538 (1)IMG_20150127_153224IMG_20150127_155256IMG_20150127_153207