What a super way to end term 5! A trip to Butser Ancient Farm followed by Interhouse Sports. The trip was a wonderful way for the children to experience some of what life must have been like in the Iron Age, Roman and Saxon times and to be able to see how each time period brought about new changes in the way people lived. Having sat in the smoky Iron Age round house to learn more about this period, the children decided that they’d rather have been living in Roman or Saxon times as their homes were far more comfortable.
Shortly after arriving, we were put to work to make wattle fences, weaving hazel rods between stakes. This was harder to do than we thought and it took a lot of strength to bend the hazel. Teamwork was essential. It made us realise how tiring life would have been making enclosures for vegetable beds and to keep the animals secure.
Following on from this, we sat outside the Saxon house to sew Runes on to card. Each symbol represented a letter in the alphabet. After lunch, we turned our hands to making bracelets, having first made nettle strands into cords- a process called cordage. The majority of us enjoyed the chalk carving the most. Using sharp flint we carved patterns into chalk, staining it with ash and green dye from leaves. Surprisingly, this was the most relaxing of pasttimes!
This term, we complete our journey with Edward Tulane. There have been many highs and lows for Edward as he learns to love “for there can be no happy ending without love!” Pelligrina would say. We have wriiten diaries, letters and dabbled in a bit of poetry too. The children, moved by the trials and tribulations of Edward,have written poems to capture Edward’s feelings about people he had loved and those he had despised. Here are a few extracts from Iona, Dylan and Bailey’s poems:
If I had wings, I’d fly into the loving arms of Abilene;
I would drift back to her rather than fall in to the deep ocean;
If I had wings, I’d swoop back to Nellie and Lawrence,
to sit in Nellie’s kitchen to smell the sweet cinnamon buns and listen to stories of those she’d loved and lost;
to rest on Lawrence’s shoulder to learn more about the constellations.
If I had wings, I’d break free from the wires that bound me,
and soar off the pole into the sky and watch Lolly stare in awe, curiosity and amazement..
If I had wings, I’d soar into the heavens to join Sara Ruth’s constellation
with the memory of her golden-flecked hazel eyes to comfort me.
This term, in Science we investigate the impact humans have on the environment: both positive and negative. On Wednesday, we had an unexpected visit from representatives from CountryStyle Recycling, who taught us more about the 4R’s (Respect, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). This linked perfectly with our new science topic and helped us learn more about what we can do to make a positive impact.
We are continuing our learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Viking invasions and in RE we are exploring ” why some people say life is like a journey” comparing different faiths.
Please remember to have your PE kit in school daily as this term is always a busy one with summer production rehearsals, sports day preparations and the inevitable timetable changes.
Continue to practise your spellings and times tables to be tested on Wednesdays. Let’s see if we can reach our target of 100% in both of these. You can do it year 4!