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Over the summer holidays, Mr Nicholls found a Roman coin behind the swimming pool. He sent it to the Time Team who suggested that perhaps the children in Year 4 could excavate the area to see if anything else may be buried there. Of course, we couldn’t say no to Tony Robinson! So with metal detectors, shovels and trowels we set off to in the school grounds. Having been successful in finding a number or Roman coins as well as other artefacts we were interested to learn more about Roman life. One of the things we found out was the Romans were famous for their army. We decided to create shields that resembled those of the Roman army. Here are some pictures of our shields…
In Autumn 2, we have been learning about Antarctica and global warming. To kick start our topic we began by looking at extracts from Shackleton’s Journey. The children spotted posters around the school which stated:
We unpicked the language on this poster and had a reciprocal reading session discussing what the purpose of this poster was. We then decided if we would like to apply for this journey or not! We wrote letters to Shackleton convincing him of our ideas. Here is an example:
The children have become fully immersed in the story of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition and have researched animals he may have found. We sketched Emperor Penguins using shapes to create the body shape. Here is an example:
Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Happy New Year.
This term we have kicked started our topic learning by visiting Salisbury Museum. The staff at the museum were very impressed with both the children’s behaviour and their knowledge. It was a great day had by all.
We started our trip by entering the Wessex gallery. We discussed how we would lay out a museum if we were designing it. We decided we would put things in chronological order so our visitors could pass through the different ages in history. Funnily enough, Salisbury seemed to have the same idea! We looked at various artefacts in the museum which included things from the Stone-Age through to the Normans. We enjoyed being able to open draws and cupboards to find even more interesting items. Here are some pictures of us exploring:
After lunch, we went into a class room and were able to look at Saxon artefacts. We all became archaeologists, filling in a ‘Finds Record’ sheet about items we were looking at which included weapons, jewellery and ceramics. Things we had to note down included:
What it was made of?
If it had any decoration on it.
How big was it?
What it was used for?
What kind of person would have used it?
If it was the complete artefact or if it was broken?
What it felt like?
After this, we learnt that Saxon’s loved to make extravagant accessories like brooches. We were impressed with the intricate details the Saxon’s carved into them and had a go at making our own. We used a sheet of gold paper to imprint our designs onto and then stuck a safety pin on the back so we could wear them like real Saxon’s. They turned out brilliantly!
Then finally, we did some role play. This showcased a Saxon dying and the process that happened afterwards. Important items were placed with the deceased to be buried with him/her. Here are some pictures of this:
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the museum and cannot wait to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons this term!
Continuing our Anglo-Saxon learning, we learnt how the Anglo-Saxon’s took control of most of Britain, although they never conquered Scotland, Wales or Cornwall. They settled in England in places near rivers or the sea, as these areas could be easily reached by boat. We considered what else would be important have around their settlements. Then we designed our own settlements based on these ideas. Here are some examples of our art work:
To conclude our Anglo-Saxon learning, the children spent time over the half term working on their homework projects. As usual, I was blown away by their creativity and would like to thank both the children and their parents for their efforts.
Here are some pictures of a variety of their projects: