Monday 12th March
Today was a very exciting as we spent the day learning about the Vikings, how they lived, where they invaded and who they fought. We all began in the hall looking at a map of the where the Vikings travelled from and where they raided. We also learnt about the ships they raided on, slaves and what they would take when raiding.
4RW then had a chance to look at a variety of Viking artefacts ranging from an ear spoon to a body scraper, which would be used to help keep them clean. As part of this lesson we found out that Vikings lived in longhouses and also kept their animals in the house with them as it was extremely cold where they lived. Children got the chance to try on a Viking helmet and found out that horns on a helmet was a myth created by an author about 100 years ago and true Vikings have never worn horns. They also discovered that a traditional winter diet would be pickled fish, which would be eaten on a daily basis due to the lack of fresh food.
The children were then sent off for a fact finding mission, looking at information to answer questions about the different areas of Viking life, they even got a chance to play some traditional Viking games which were very similar to modern day Draughts and Connect Four.
Our afternoon was a very noisy affair with lots of Vikings raiding different countries and learning about the range of weapons Vikings would take. Swords were only really used by very wealthy Vikings as the cost of a sword in modern day money would be the equivalent of a three bedroom house! Many Vikings used spears and wooden shields instead and very few wore helmets instead opting for a warm woolly hat to cross the North Sea in.
The children thoroughly enjoyed our Viking day and have learnt lots of fantastic facts about how the Vikings lived and why they raided other countries. Take a look at our photos and videos of the fun they had.
This term our Topic has a History focus looking at 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. Our journey began with our trip to Rochester, looking at the castle and its defensive position. We took part in workshops at the Cathedral, discussing the Normans and their impact on England. We also be found out about reasons for pilgrimage and how this links to our R.E. The children had great fun on our trip and represented Shears Green so well with their fantastic behaviour. Please look out for the home learning sheet that we will be sending home for your child to complete a project, based around this term topic.
In term 1 we had great fun in our Topic - Burps, Bottoms and Bile. We spent lots of time looking at the digestive system from the beginning to the end, using our sewing skills to make a digestive t-shirt.