Our bug hotels are nearly finished.
We have measured, cut and joined lengths of wood to create a cuboid frame. We are currently creating the floor, sides and roof of the hotels by wrapping wool around the frame. The next stage will be filling the frame with insect friendly fillings (like leaves and twigs) for the bugs to visit.
We cant wait to put our bug hotels out in the school grounds.
Keep your selfies safe!
Following on from our Maths and Computing week, we have been learning about keeping ourselves safe online in Circle Time. We have learnt that you should never share personal information online and you shouldn’t message or talk to people you don’t know. When using a profile picture you should not use your whole face in the image - you could cover it with your hand (by doing a dab), use an emoji as your face or use a cartoon version of yourself. You could even use a photo of your pet or your favourite toy instead of a picture of you. If you do use a photo of yourself, don’t allow your school logo or sports club to be seen as this gives information about you to possible strangers.
We designed our own ‘safie-selfies’ - check them out!
This week we had to cut 4 pieces of wood to a given size and then glued them together to make a rectangular frame. We used card triangles to reinforce the joins.
Science - Living Things
We have been thinking about ways to sort a variety of animals.
Some of our ideas : Can they fly? Do they have more than 2 legs? Do they eat meat?
We then used these yes/no questions to help us complete classification keys.
This term we are learning about animals and their habitats, we are going to make our own bug hotels in Design Technology.
This week we learnt how to measure and cut accurately using a bench hook and a junior hack saw.
To make sure we were safe, we had to keep our fingers tucked in as they held the wood and the bench hook. We had to make sure we didn’t put our fingers near the blade, and we were not allowed to walk around with the saw.
We were all very excited to use the saws. We used sandpaper to make the edges smooth.
Next week, we will have to make a set of specific measurements so that we can make a rectangular frame.
Here are some of our finished Viking boats!
Viking Longship project
Believe it or not we are currently making our own Viking Longship models this week! They are currently under construction in the classroom. We are making them out of cardboard and masking tape. Once they are finished we will decorate them with acrylic paint and then test them out on water! We hope they won’t sink and that they are waterproof. Watch this space for the finished articles next week!
We some very special visitors to school this week - actual Vikings!
Sven and Niall taught us all about everyday life as a Viking and what it was like to go to battle!
We looked at lots of objects that Vikings might have used and had an opportunity to ask questions too.
Miss Thomas sold us all to Niall and he then trained us as Viking Raiders. We learnt how to hold our swords and shields and work as a team to fight and to defend ourselves. In return, Miss Thomas was given some beautiful clothes, necklaces and silver coins. Some of us were given jobs, these included being a law keeper, a grain grinder and even a wee collector!!!
Our favourite part of the day was when we re-enacted some battle scenes, this included attacking Mr Templer, who was a monk for the day!
We also learnt about Viking art and created some Viking tattoo sleeves and did some weaving using looms and wool.
We really enjoyed learning in this active and engaging day and have loved sharing our new learning with other children.
This week we have been learning about Viking clothing. We learnt that their clothing was basic, but warm (Scandinavia is very cold). Men would wear long shirts with a belt over baggy trousers. These were normally made from wool. They used natural dyes from plants and berries to change the colour of the wool. Ladies wore dresses with tunics over them and sometimes they wore head scarves. Both men and women wore woollen socks and leather shoes. Leather is made from animal skin.
After we researched the different clothing, we decided to be Viking fashion designers... check out some of the Winter '17 collection...
The Pet Rock task was set as an optional homework over half term and we have been delighted by your creative ideas.
Here are some of the amazing creations.
As part of our History and Geography topic, we have been investigating not only why The Vikings invaded Britain, but also why they decided to stay (settle).
We used natural resources to recreate a Viking village; thinking about having a river (water for cooking, cleaning and drinking), hills (for protection) flat land (to farm on) and woodland (for building materials) nearby. We really enjoyed collecting the resources from around the school grounds and then making our natural 3D models. Next week, we plan to make maps of our villages using symbols and a key.
We've been learning some songs about The Vikings with our singing teacher from Stockport Music Service!
Ay! Oh! Ay! Oh!
Speed across the Sea,
What belongs to you
Will soon belong to me.
Cutting through the waves,
We'll rob you of your wealth,
We'll grab ourselves some slaves.
Looming through the fog,
We murder and we maim,
And we'll treat you like a dog.
Stop us if you dare,
We'll set your home ablaze,
We'll leave your bodies there.
We're the Vikings on a raid, yeah!
Christian monks better be afraid, yeah!
Longships sail from the Northern shores
And we land in Britain with a great big roar!
We'll take your gold and we'll take your chains
And we'll make you thralls to the mighty Danes!
Raiders from the North in the days of old.
With the power of Odin and the (clap clap) love of gold.
Ludworth Goes Global!
This week Year 3/4 have travelled across the globe through their learning.
During the first half of the week the children found out about Denmark, Sweden and Norway - these countries are collectively known as Scandinavia and are the homeland of The Vikings. Each class conducted research and activities about one of the countries and then then shares their knowledge across the year group in a fact swap!
Did you know that lots of the Disney films are based on stories written in Denmark?
Did you know that Forest Schools first started in Sweden?
Did you know that Norway only has 6 hours of daylight in the winter?
Later in the week, the children were immersed in some cultural activities from New Zealand, India and Mexico!
They performed their own Haka, just like the New Zealand Rugby team (Mr Tennant's favourite sport). Then they took part in some Indian meditation and bhangra dancing (Miss Thomas visited India in the summer). Finally, they made decorations for the Mexican Festival of the Dead (Spanish is the most spoken language in Mexico - Mrs Naughton is fluent in Spanish).