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Autumn 1

FOREST SCHOOL - DAY 1

 

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ANIMAL HANDLING

Today Y4 had a fantastic opportunity to hold a Cockroach, Tarantula, Lesser Tenrec, a British Hedgehog, a Bearded Dragon, Snake, Meerkat, Skunk and the opportunity to feed a Raccoon!

What a brilliant morning!!

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FINAL CLAY TILES

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Clay Techniques

 

We have started our first clay project in Fantastic Foxes. We made clay tiles including patterns inspired by Ancient Greek Pottery. 

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Art & DT Carousel

Y4 have started a new art and DT carousel of 4 activities this week. 

These include: 

-Making a bird feeder 

-Making a bridge out of paper

-Designing a large free standing structure out of marshmallows and spaghetti 

-Drawing Kandinsky circles using oil pastels

Some of these activities include problem solving, working as a team and building upon skills they have already learnt. 

Take a look!!

Class Wide Reward!!

 

Well Done Fantastic Foxes for reaching their first 100 Class Wide Rewards so quick in the year!!

They decided to have a bikes and scooters afternoon.

Take a look at Y4 enjoying their afternoon of fun!

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

Y4 are going to see 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the theatre next week. In Guided Reading we have been learning more about the story and about the characters within it. In Miss Kendall's literacy group we re-acted a scene from the play using play scripts. 

Y4 did a great job at acting using a variety of body postures and expression in their voices!

 

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Who were the Romans?

The Roman army had occupied most of Britain for nearly four hundred years. Then in 410AD, due to attacks upon land close to Rome and economic problems (not enough money/resources to manage such a large empire), the Romans withdrew their army to support the Empire in Europe. Before we find out what happened after they left, let's recap what Roman Britain was like:

What was it like in Roman Britain?

How did the Romans change Britain?

 

What happened after the Romans left?

 

The Romans didn't take their buildings with them. After all, how could they? The Britons who were left over (along with some of the Romans who deserted the army) made use of what was left over. The Britons were descended from the Celtic tribes that lived in the British Isles when the Romans arrived. They would also include people from across the Empire who had settled down and started families. 

 

During Roman rule, they would have their own leaders, but they would have to agree to do what the Romans told them. As the Romans left, they were able to make their own decisions for the first time...

 

The majority of Britons

 

Most Britons took the opportunity to expand their own farm land without having to pay taxes or give food to the Roman governors. Some new villages sprung up as extended friend and family groups would work together to survive. It takes a lot of effort to grow food, make clothes, raise children and farm animals. It's easier to do it together. Some building resources would have been taken from Roman buildings.

British kingdoms

 

Those who took over Roman forts and towns became powerful. With defensive walls, pre-built stables, wells and granaries and forges for blacksmiths, the forts allowed tribal leaders to equip their warbands with food and weapons. These tribal leaders would become kings of British kingdoms (or lords who served under the kings). Some were already tribal leaders and some seized power through force. These British kings offered protection to villagers in return for food, animal skins and labour. Oddly, money gave way to barter in this time.

 

Georgia O'Keeffe

 

As our science topic is 'Which wild animals and plants thrive in Walkley?' we have been looking at some living things we may find locally. 

We have been inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings of living things especially flowers and used watercolour to paint in a similar style. Look at what we produced!

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