This week we have enjoyed learning more about the Anglo-Saxon's. We have already learnt so much during our topic lessons, but the trip gave us the chance to step back in time and experience life as an Anglo-Saxon for ourselves.
We were greeted by a Saxon lady, who explained that we were going to enter Tatters Ton, which was land owned by Lord Tatter. We were taken to the Great Hall and introduced to another member of Lord Tatters staff. They explained that they were waiting for a visiting Viking to come and collect the Danegeld (saxon money). Once the Viking had arrived, he explained that to save us from being sold as slaves, we would need to learn some Saxon skills to prove that we were worth keeping!
The Saxon soldiers had basic weapons and were only protected using shields. We learnt how they worked together to create a shield wall for protection and a Boars Head formation was used to attack.
We also learnt about the techniques needed to bake a simple loaf of bread. The Saxons would hit an entire wheatsheaf with a tool called a flail. This technique was called threshing and it knocked out the corn from inside the wheat. Once this has been done, the Saxons would have winnowed the wheat. This separates the corn from the chaff (unwanted bits). The corn can then be ground by hand using rocks and stones. A Simple dough is then created using water and salt. The bread is baked on an open fire.
Finally we were taken on a dear hunt! We learnt about tracking dear and how hard it can be to get close. The Anglo-Saxons use every bit of the dear. They use the hide for clothing and leather, they eat the meat (Venison), and they use the antlers to make tools and weapons.
We celebrated our individuality during World Book Day this week! We discussed why it is OK to be yourself and celebrated how it feels to be different. We decided that there was no such thing as normal!
We read a fantastic book called Perfectly Norman, about a boy who struggles with his identity before freeing himself and inspiring others. We looked at the meaning and re-wrote the story from Norman's point of view.
We then designed out own masks to take home which represented our collective differences...
During our English lessons we have been looking at non-chronological reports. As part of the work, we have looked at the life of a penguin in lots of detail. We have found out some fascinating information! Take a look at our 'fact sheets' below! Hopefully we can share some of the writing when we are finished!
We have been exploring and investigating factors and multiples during our maths lessons. We did this by using our times tables knowledge to build towers! Each multiple had a different size tower, depending on how many factors it had!
When we arrived we had a little look at Media City.
We went into a lounge area and watched a trailer for a new show called Firestorm! It hasn’t even been released yet. We were really lucky. It was about a group of heroes who tried to protect people. There were lots of explosions!
Some of us got to go and try out a new app. We were then able to watch a new episode of Class Dismissed. It was really funny. We had to give feedback about which characters we liked or disliked. We could also suggest new ideas for characters.
We had a visit from Hayley Hassall, who is a presenter on Newsround. She told us about how they film the program and what it is like to be a TV presenter.
We finished with a Newsround quiz and a tour of Media City and the world famous Blue Peter Garden.
Written Zak Abeeb
Here are some websites that will help you learn to code! ENJOY!
Today we have been investigating column methods for both addition and subtraction. We have used counters to show the process, and also show our understanding of exchanging.
WOW! What a brilliant start to the school year we have had in 5E! All of the children have settled into life in Year 5 amazingly well. I am very impressed.
We have had a busy first full week. Take a look below at some of the activities we have been doing.
Remember PE kit needs to be in school every Monday and Thursday for outdoor games and gymnastics.
See you on Monday
Mr E. :-)