Maple class become Viking architects!
Last week the children investigated different Viking houses and worked as a team to design their own Viking house.
Today (much to their delight!), they have started to make their houses using their designs as a guide. They have made a good start and are eager to continue tomorrow.
Thank you to everyone that has donated cardboard, the children loved having such a wide selection of shapes and sizes to choose from.
Keep an eye out for our finished houses!
Maths this week
Over the last few lessons, we have been learning how to divide using chunking.
Today, they chose a division number sentence, decided as a group how long they thought it would take to solve the problem and then used chunking to find the answer. They really enjoyed the element of competing against each other!
When they had all finished, they discussed what they had done and made corrections where needed. Well done everyone!
Should the Vikings be allowed to stay?
We split the class in half for topic to have a debate. One half were the Anglo-Saxons and the other were the Vikings.
The Vikings had to persuade the Anglo-Saxons to let them settle in Britain based on what we had learnt already. They presented their arguement to the Anglo-Saxons very well, who then discussed if they were willing to allow them to stay. Eventually, the Anglo-Saxons decided that the Vikings could stay due to their skills, however they gave them some terms and conditions. They made the Vikings promise that they would share their skills, trade with them and protect them when needed.
The children were eloquent and listened very well to each other. We were very impressed that the Anglo-Saxons gave the Vikings terms and conditions to them staying in Britain!
Viking Wow Day
To kick-start our Viking topic, we began the term with a 'wow day'.
We began the day learning about Viking helmets, the different types and how they were made. We then made our own! It was a fiddly job and tricky at times but the children worked very well together and made some excellent helmets!
We spent the afternoon designing and making Viking shields. We looked closely at patterns and the types of designs that were used before creating our own. The children did an excellent job and looked extremely fierce when wearing their helmets too.
While they were busy being creative in the classroom, Mrs Rutherford was very busy baking Viking Bread with small groups of children. It smelt delicious, we hope it tasted yummy too!
Gregorick, the Anglo-Saxon, paid us a visit and had lots of interesting and exciting artefacts to show us.
First, he welcomed us into the small hall by blowing a huge horn which made us all jump! The children were mesmerized and he even let one of the children have a go - it was harder than it looks!
Then, he talked to us about the battles that he and his tribe faced and why they often had to defend themselves. He showed us the weapons they would have used (all blunt!) and explained all of their different uses. One weapon was a small sling shot, axes, spears and swords. Some of the children even got to have a go at charging at him with a spear to hit his shield! Luckily it was a strong shield!
Gregorick showed us the different types of helmets that he and his people would wear and explained why they all looked so different. Ask the children to see if they can remember.
We then split off into our own classes, we stayed in the hall and learnt all about crime and punishment. We learnt that if you were punished for a crime, the Anglo-Saxons has very starnge ways of deciding if you were guilty or not. We held a mock trial and the children had to judge if the thief was found guilty or not. They were very harsh judges and decided very quickly that they had indeed committed the crime!
Gregorick then showed us how to play a popular Anglo-Saxon game. It was a little bit like connect 4 and the children soon got the hang of it.
Finally, in the afternoon, we made brooches and had a go at writing with a real quill and ink. It's harder that it looks but some of the children showed a real talent for it!
Maple class have been transformed into Anglo-Saxon designers! They spent a lesson exploring Anglo-Saxon brooches focusing on the patterns, symbols and shapes and used then what they discovered as a stimulus for their own brooch designs.
Much to their delight, they were able to use clay to begin making their brooches. The children used a range of tools to create different patterns and textures. Some used their hands to sculpt the clay into different shapes and others used water and fingers to create a smooth effect. The children loved it! I am very proud of the effort and creativity they displayed throughout the lesson and they are very excited to finish their brooches as soon as they are dry.
Watch this space for the finished products...
Yesterday, Maple class spent the afternoon outside investigating the different habitats in our school grounds. We spent a lot of time exploring the ditches, hedgerows and the forest trail around the edge of the school (much to the children's delight!) and discovered lots of mini beasts lurking in lots of different places. We talked about the different sorts of habitats and why some creatures liked dark and damp homes, while others liked to live in bright, leafy homes.
We even identified the different sorts of trees in our school grounds and looked at the differences between each tree. They were particularly excited to find a maple tree!