On Thursday we had a go at being archaeologists by digging for Viking artefacts in the sand. We had to be very careful to avoid destroying the precious artefacts and next week we will examine what we found to see what it can tell us about the Vikings.
Our trip to Norwich Castle
We had a wonderful time learning all about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons at Norwich Castle Museum. When we arrived, we were introduced to the three main characters who we would be working with over the day. First, we had a session with a jewelry maker who taught us how to make beautiful brooches to keep our clothing pinned up. Next, we met a modern-day metal detectorist who told us about what kind of things might be found in an Anglo-Saxon grave and what they can tell us about their lives. We also saw a real grave as well as some human jaw bones! After lunch, we had the opportunity to look at some artefacts - some looked very familiar to us but some were more difficult to identify. Lastly, we met a story-teller and acted out a well-known Viking story. It was a wonderful visit and we all learnt a lot of new information. Please enjoy our pictures below.
We have had a fantastic time studying Australia for Multicultural Week. We decorated boomerangs using traditional designs; created animal pictures using dot art; made hand print art inspired by aboriginal cave paintings; made fish, jellyfish and turtles out of plastic bottles; made coral reef dioramas and created colourful birds. We have had a great time and learnt lots of new facts about Australia. Please enjoy pictures of our week below.
In English, we have finished up the half term with some Ancient Greek inspired poetry. We all wrote
verses based on The 12 Labours of Heracles then used different bits of our verses to create a class poem.
We hope you enjoy.
The 12 Labours of Heracles
The Nemean lion began to get strangled,
After him and Heracles got a bit tangled,
The lion was getting strangled to death,
So he let out a stinky breath.
The Hydra had poisonous breath,
But it didn’t stop it going to its death,
When he chopped off their heads,
He burned them so they never bled.
Heracles chased a deer,
For a long, long year,
Its horns were made out of gold,
They stood out and were very bold.
Heracles had to bring this beast back alive,
Avoiding its teeth – as sharp as knives,
He threw the bull over his shoulder,
It was as heavy as a boulder.
Heracles needed to clean out the poo,
Because thousands of cows needed the loo,
It was impossible, he was unable,
Diverting the rivers made him able.
The birds had feathers which were sharp,
You would never see them in the dark,
Heracles could not get close,
So he used arrows with a poison dose.
The Cretan bull was a beast,
It was very strong at the least,
It had burning breath,
And was put to death.
The horses were trained to eat,
Human flesh for their meat,
Diomedes fed them his enemies,
But Heracles fed them their master, Diomedes.
He went to Amazon land,
And walked across the sands,
He took the belt of their queen,
And made a big scene.
He was a three-headed beast,
And it was not the least,
It was a tough fight,
It lasted deep into the night.
A ferocious dragon he had to attack,
But strength he did not lack,
He was very bold
To hold the world,
Then Heracles took the apples back.
He crept into Hades and started to fight,
But Cerberus was fierce and gave him a fright,
But Heracles fought back.
Lola wanted to share this beautiful picture she painted. She used oil pastels and followed a tutorial by painter Bob Ross - what a stunning result!
Mental Health Week
This week we are really focusing on Mental Health and Awareness. On Monday we learnt some breathing exercises and did some yoga to help us combat stress and improve our physical health. We also learnt about e-safety and the impact that online activities can have on our stress levels. On Tuesday we did an activity that helped us become aware of different parts of our body and where we might be feeling tense (which we can then target for relaxation). We also played a board game which encouraged us to talk about our emotions as well as doing some mindfulness colouring. On Thursday we looked at diet and exercise. We did a few short bursts of exercise and thought about how it made our bodies feel. We also talked about the importance of a healthy diet and made posters encouraging others to be more fit and healthy. On Friday we had a special assembly about resilience which we then used to make our own 'resilience buckets' - on one side we wrote the things that can stress us out and on the other side we listed things we can do to relive that stress. In the afternoon we did some more activities about resilience and self esteem and had some healthy snacks as we worked.
Ancient Greeks Learning Cafe
We had a lovely afternoon at our Ancient Greek learning cafe today. First, we did a Catch 1 Partner to learn about some of the different symbols/responsibilities of the Olympian gods. Then, we did a relief carving using a bar of soap - we drew a picture into the soap then carved out the space around it to make out shape stand out. It was very messy but very fun and it resulted in some beautiful artwork.
5SA are 'Whizzers of the Week'! - 12/10/18
'Whizzers of the Term'! - Autumn Term
Christmas Learning Cafe
Thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas Learning Cafe, we had a great time making different winter/Christmas themed crafts including woolen winter hats, lolly stick figures and music paper Christmas trees.
Aliens in Sheringham?
Overnight, something very strange appeared on our school field so we went to investigate. We found some unusual-looking pieces of machinery, some patches of a black, oily substance and a sticky goo hanging down from the trees. We all made notes and diagrams of the unusual objects (in case they suddenly vanished!) and made suggestions about what might be the cause. Many of us decided that the most likely explanation was something...Out Of This World!
Space Exploration Day!
Today we had our Space Exploration Day. We started the day by becoming actual space explorers through the use of virtual reality headsets. We visited the different planets in our Solar System and learnt lots of interesting facts about each planet. Next, we made alien slime that behaved like a solid when pressure was put on it but returned to a liquid when left alone. We even added glitter and food colouring to make it look really extra-terrestrial. After break we made space rocks with pens and paints. Everyone showed great artistic skill in this and really thought about their design. After lunch we made planet inspired sun-catchers using tracing paper and tissue paper. Everyone thought carefully about how to best represent their chosen planet.
It was a really fun day and everyone had a good time. Below are some photos of the day as well of some videos of us wearing our virtual reality headsets.