In their outdoor learning this week Year 5 linked their learning to their history topic, focussing on the Greek myth of Arachne, a weaver who acquired such skill in her art that she dared to challenge Athena, goddess of war, handicraft, and practical reason. Athena wove a tapestry depicting the gods in majesty, while Arachne’s showed their love stories. Enraged at the perfection of her rival’s work Athena tore it to pieces. Arachne was changed into a spider, which is where we get the name of the zoological class to which spiders belong: Arachnida.
The children learnt some knots and they applied this to make frames from sticks. They then wove their own patterns. Afterwards they cleaned their muddy boots by jumping in puddles on the playground and were rewarded for their fine weaving with a hot squash back in class.
Well done Year 5!