“Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.”

                                                                          Robert Louis Stevenson

Viking Day

Year 4 rounded off their History topic on Vikings, by having a Viking Day. The children were all given Viking names for the day and each took on a role within the village, from chieftain to warriors, boat makers, weapon makers and cooks. Across the day they carried out the various roles, had a go at writing and reading messages written in runes and learnt about Viking gods, before setting off on to raid the British Isles. 

Year 4 were amazingly industrious, and very fearsome, Vikings!

 

Bellboating

Year 4 had a lovely day bellboating. They learnt how to paddle and work as a team, then paddled up to the weir (going through the diamond shaped lock) and back, before enjoying some racing and a catwalk activity!

Tag Rugby Festival

Year 4 took part in a tag rugby festival at Blessed Edward Oldcorne. The children were put into two teams and both played very well. One team finished 2nd and did not loose a match, the other team finished 4th. We were very impressed with everyone’s rugby skills and also their understanding of the rules of the game. 

 

Geography Fieldwork

Years 4 and 5 visited the Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve to take part in some geography fieldwork. During the day the children investigated the erosion and deposition of the streams, and profiled the stream by measuring the speed of the current and the depth of the water at various intervals. With these measurements they were able to work out where the erosion and deposition would take place. 

In a separate session, groups took samples of the water and identified the living organisms that they found. They examined the creatures and recorded the types of animals they had found. This enabled them to draw conclusions on the pollution levels and health of the stream.

The children all had a fantastic day and learnt so much. Thank you to all the staff who planned and accompanied the children and to the reserve staff, who ran the sessions.

History: Vikings

Year 4 were visited by a Viking! The children enjoyed a morning of role play and at the same time their history knowledge of Viking society, beliefs and civilisation was broadened, as they were transported back to AD 793. 

The children got into character by creating their own names and practised saying them in their scary, Viking voices. They spent some of the morning learning about Viking beliefs and their Gods. They worked in groups to chose a God and represent them in a freezeframe. 

Over the course of the morning, amongst other things, they learnt how to build and crew a long boat, and then sailed away across the sea on a Viking raid to Lindisfarne, tossed this way and that on the stormy waves! On the way they played some Viking games and made up riddles for each other, like the Viking raiders would have done.

They finished off by sitting round the ‘camp fire’ and listening to Viking sagas, just like the Vikings would have done.

Thank you to the PTA for part funding the session.